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Time Leaves Turns

Posted by cadsmith on September 27, 2010

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There are signs of life swimming against the tidal forces. One may wonder how to test determinism itself, outside of philosophical scenarios. IT permeates most, if not all, domains. The fact that the volume of data exceeds comprehension invites advanced methods. Some of these preserve values. The inherent ideology affects conclusions. It is not clear how to prevent this. It is also a challenge to characterize it, but there seems to be a growing awareness of its significance going forward. In order to prevent narrow-minded short-sightedness, there are proposed diversities which mimic nature, however these can be bypassed through clever systemic exploitation of knowledge gaps or compartmentalization. This also occurs in analysis and operations. The security that defends also biases. Historically, things which are not protected tend to be plundered. Software is considered a work-around for bureaucracy, science a progression toward truth. Setting them at logger heads may have spectacular effects, as hardware can attest. If this is necessary, then a perceptive observer of the resultant chaos may discover an approach that surpasses the past. The next trick is to show the math.

Recent links (twenty-one):

Book Reviews:

JFK and the Unspeakable, James Douglass, 2008

This narrative covers the background to the fateful day. The thesis is that the protagonist, following the missile crisis, threw himself in the way of a nuclear bullet headed for the country. His predecessor had warned of a mil-industrial complex. The antagonist is a then Cold War organization, portrayed as acting like a separate state after he decapitated it, who saw withdrawal from the proxy war in Vietnam as a defeat. The title uses a phrase from theologian Thomas Merton. There are six chapters and an appendix speech. The author reportedly intended it as the start of a series which would also include MLK, MX and RFK.
zero history, William Gibson, 2010

The book describes a quest for military fashion. It is a character-driven continuation from the previous two novels which includes recent economic context. They have distinct manners and voices and are each chasing their own cultural trends. The title is about a character who has no credit record and the news assumes a death spiral. There is a lot of depth. Cool is yet unadvertised. Expert at their tradecraft, the players tend to go rogue. The setting is described in detail, London is like an “intricate antique toy … bought at auction”. Brand images from realworld things are compared like apps made from root code or true worth. It includes authentic samples of elite terminology. Locative art became augmented reality. Tracking is ubiquitous. The big ant figurine symbol shows up in luggage. There are eighty-seven chapters. Point-of-view changes among the major characters other than Big End. The audiobook lends it a voiceover quality.

video

YouTube – Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from
Reconstructing Minds from Software Mindfiles « K21st – Essential 21st Century Knowledge

AI

CyBeRev Home

LifeNaut –

blog Windows Live Outsources Blogging, Migrating 30 Million Users To WordPress.com

calendar Welcome to CalendarGod

climate NASA – NASA Study Shows Desert Dust Cuts Colorado River Flow

energy Using Clean Technology to Remedy Energy Poverty: Scientific American

geospatial CIA used ‘illegal, inaccurate code to target kill drones’ • The Register

government BetaCities

profile ResumeSponge

quantum Kiwi scientists make atomic ‘breakthrough’ | Stuff.co.nz

robotics Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off | Wired Science | Wired.com

security Virus Targets Industrial OS, Reaches Iran’s Nuclear Plant

space First Habitable Exoplanet Could Be Discovered by May | Wired Science | Wired.com

test Performance Testing | Performance Testing Resources

voice VoiceBase

wireless Super-tough wireless sensors ‘to be dropped into volcanoes’ • The Register

women Sharp Skirts Smart Networking for Women Entrepreneurs

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Nu Matters

Posted by cadsmith on September 19, 2010

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Some of the big names in their fields announce changes of opinion including Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking, and Chris Adnerson of TED. Rob Dunbar talks about ocean acidification. Nicholas Christakis forecasts epidemics from socnet analysis. Problems are being redefined and prioritized. Predictions for next year have begun. New products push the limits of mobility, computation and automation. Weather Waker original scifi can be read on Scribd and Amazon.

Recent links (about forty):

Book reviews:

Cyber War, Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake, 2010

The author discusses govnet, his proposal for private critical infrastructure networks, which the internet architects and privacy advocates were not supportive of. The first third of the book describes the way things are setup and the rest goes into defensive and offensive strategies. The actors are described such as state-run cyber warriors like Russia’s successor to FAPSI, or nationalist hacker groups. Defenses try to promote security by filtering attacks or by disrupting the parts of the network that are required for them to operate. These are non-lethal, but may lead to other types of warfare. There are costs to cyber-crime which demand better counter-measures. There is a speech at the end that sums up the recommendations for a treaty, risk reduction center, and cooperation among victim nations. There are eight chapters and a glossary, but no index. The problems and solutions are ongoing. National servers are used within the cloud framework to protect important data. Countries seek to monitor all types of traffic for security reasons, e.g. Blackberry decryption by India. This becomes sensitive when data may be used for commercial advantage. Other nations may develop their own advancements for private or global networking, such as China’s post-IP efforts.

The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, 2010

Philosophy is dead, science makes the discoveries. M-theory is a candidate for a theory of everything. Descartes formulated the concept of rules of nature. Laplace postulated scientific determinism. Brains follow physical causes. Free will is an illusion, yet economics is based on it. Reality is a model and set of rules connected to observations. The book reviews the history of physics, e.g. Feynman, and concludes that the universe is a part of a multiverse, some of which have life, and began from nothing as a quantum event.

Digital Triage Forensics: Processing the Digital Crime Scene, Pearson and Watson, 2010

This process is intended to eliminate the overly busy lab delays between evidence gathering and analysis. It is different from the in-country RCFLs that are also backlogged. It has been used by Weapons Intelligence Teams since 2004 for cell phones and SIM cards which were used as part of tactical operations, activity records for payment, or detonators. Inspection is initially carried out by TALON robot. Photography in the dark avoids white light which may be targeted or interfere with others’ night-vision. Investigator bias is an issue for defense attorneys. The forensics exam consists of preparation, collection, examination, analysis and reporting. A computer BIOS’ clock may be set differently from standard time, so it must be checked and matched by forensic apps. Data on a cellphone can be accessed by other devices over networks or the cloud. There are specialized applications to review, bookmark and copy data from mobile devices and storage cards for investigative reports, e.g. for contacts, messages, call history and content. There is a glossary. Also see mobileforensics.wordpress.com or www.nfstc.org.

Point Omega, Don DeLillo, 2010

The visual mind consists of heat, space, stillness, distance, and time observes the narrator. “We want to be stones in a field” according to the subject of his film about a military analyst named Elster who also says that “The true life is not reducible to words…”. The title derives from their discussion about the evolution of matter and de Chardin’s ideas, a paroxysm, but the subject also desires another war to shape history. They do discuss the meaning of words like rendition. There is a lot of detail about the narrator’s and subject’s impressions of eachother and others. Elster’s daughter visits and the disappearances of she and the caretaker lead to a number of clues including those from his wife. Some disconnected scenes add others. The emotion of foreboding is enhanced by the prologue and epilogue in third person in 2006 where the author describes the viewing, and fateful viewers of, a slow-motion Hitchcock film which he saw several times and was where he got the idea for the novel. The middle four chapters are in first person. This number may be analogous to the stages of matter, humours or seasons referenced in the text. Both narrators discuss concepts of time, words, and film. The settings are NYC and the desert.

automotive

EFuel100, Earth’s First Home Ethanol System, a Product of E-Fuel Corporation

Welcome to BUMP!

benchmark Kraken JavaScript Benchmark

books

No Plot? No Problem!, Chris Baty, 2004

How to Write a Damn Good Novel Volume II, Frey 1994

climate

IEEE Spectrum: Pure-form Big Chill Scenario Seems Vindicated

Scientists warn geo-engineering unlikely to curb dramatic sea rise

cloud Strategy Roundtable: 5 Cloud Computing Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

cms Jambok

design 7 Excellent Websites To Get Design Feedback Visually Instead Of Emailing Back And Forth | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

marketing QR Codes: Are You Ready For Paper-Based Hyperlinks?

metal Neither Pen Nor Pencil: Write Endlessly In Metal | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

mobile

Pew Survey Finds Predictable Trends Among Mobile Phone Users

Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)

multitouch Multi-touch Technologies for Human-Robot Interaction: UMass Lowell Robotics Lab

network 5 Ways Networking is Being Reinvented

ocean YouTube – Rob Dunbar: The threat of ocean acidification

prediction Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics | Video on TED.com

robotics

The HRP-4 humanoid robot unveiled

Honda’s Exoskeletons Help You Walk Like Asimo (video) | Singularity Hub

science Chinese science and technology has long way to go, says Russian expert

scribd The future of reading and publishing is social – Introducing new Scribd home and profile pages – The Scribd Blog

security

Mobile Forensics Central

E-Evidence Information Center – Home

Briggs Softworks: Directory Snoop – File Recovery and Wiping Software for Windows

simulation How galaxies are born inside computers

social-media Seven Important Social Media Trends For The Next Year

software Dr Dobbs – Google Relaunches Instantiations Developer Tools; Now Available for Free

surveillance Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: Intel Outlines An Era of Friendly Surveillance

test

Dr Dobbs – Code Coverage, Performance Profiling Tools Released

uTest Lands $13 Million For Software Testing Marketplace

transportation What happens when you leave a skateboard and a tank alone in a dimly lit room? (video) — Engadget

video YouTube – Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

wearable Looxcie Wearable Camcorder: Capture Unexpected Moments

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Hidden Com Part

Posted by cadsmith on September 11, 2010

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Internet media lets stamps go live, opensource code connect cities, anesthesia cross continents, search be multilingual and faculty tune syllabus stats. Tech tests Turing, engineers climate, buys self-powered parts, and ends the big bang, while art and scifi plug the void. Videojug promotes beta.

Recent links (about twenty-nine):

ai Is the Turing Test Still Relevant? A Plan for Developing the Cognitive Decathlon to Test Intelligent Embodied Behavior, Mueller (PDF)

art

YouTube – Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

YouTube – Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

augmented-reality Royal Mail Launches First Intelligent Stamps | eWEEK Europe UK

bookmark Trailmeme and the Web of Intent

books The Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton, 2010

climate Climate scientists suggest geoengineering approach with engineered nanoparticles

cognitive You Are What You Touch: How Tool Use Changes the Brain’s Representations of the Body: Scientific American

database CouchOne – Your Data. Anywhere.

economics

The Optimistic Thought Experiment | Hoover Institution

Guest Post: Could Tiny Somaliland Become the First Cashless Society?

education Khan Academy

environment Early Warning Signs Could Show When Extinction Is Coming | Wired Science | Wired.com

forum Qvaq – Easy Discussions for Everyone

government Announcing Civic Commons – Code for America

media As It Moves Away From The Wikis, Wetpaint Launches TV News And Entertainment Site

medical Medical Daily: World’s first transcontinental anesthesia

mobile Dr Dobbs – Autonomous User Interfaces for Mobile Apps

ocr ABBYY OCR SDK for integrating intelligent and accurate OCR, ICR, OMR, barcode recognition and PDF conversion technologies

power Self powered parts will be electronic mainstay by 2020 – Pacemakers to power themselves | TechEye

quantum Quantum computing – separating hope from hype

robotics

Observations: Open-source personal robotics seeks a community to make it affordable

robots ready to take over your home on [technabob]

science Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Non-Expanding Cosmology Attempts To Oust Big Bang Theory

space SpaceWeather.com

test

Performance Testing

7 Excellent Website To Test And Compare Website Speed | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

Dr Dobbs – Unit Testing Tools ‘Suite’ Up

translation Linguee – The web as a dictionary – German/English

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Big Project

Posted by cadsmith on September 4, 2010

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The border between environment and society is blurring. Natural scarcity may not be reflected in prices because of temporary subsidies, but economics is adjusting to new equations based on population, climate and urbanization. Science is directed to reveal all of the parameters and relationships. Development looks at reuse and hazard reduction. Biotech has a global market base. Computation puts the expanding data into perspective. Technological determinism adds network archaeology. Society learns how to respond constructively to challenging events.

Recent links (about 30):

academic Welcome | MIT150 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology 150th anniversary

biotech The BioBricks Foundation

books

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, Evan Marshall, 2001

Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Albert Zuckerman, 1994

Dynamic Characters, Nancy Kress, 1998

climate Climate Change: A Software Grand Challenge | Serendipity

computer Dr Dobbs – IBM Claims World’s Fastest Microprocessor

disaster World Natural Hazards Website | Natural Disaster Management | Disaster Agency Hawaii – PDC

environment

Technology Review: Robotic Storm Tracker Gets a Big Test with Earl

Weather conditions tie fires in Russia to floods in Pakistan | Environment & Development | Deutsche Welle | 01.09.2010

The Deepening Crisis: Scientific American

Hurricane Earl Weakens to Category 3 Storm – WSJ.com

Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster, Keith Smith, 2004

YouTube – Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development

mathematics Impossible Soccer Kick Leads to New Physics Equation | Playbook

mobile Mobile App Helps Emergency Crews Assess Damage During Disasters

network Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: The New Science of Network Archaeology

publishing

Subutai Corporation

Moving Tales – Bringing Stories to Life on your iPad

robotics

IEEE Spectrum: NASA Ready to Send Humanoid Robot to Space

Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: Robots Take Out the Trash

science ScienceDirect – Home

semantic The Semantic Puzzle | Why SKOS thesauri matter – the next generation of semantic technologies

sports IBM at the US Open – Analyzing Every Volley, Serve and Overhead Smash – ReadWriteCloud

statistics The Big Data Explosion and the Demand for the Statistical Tools to Analyze It – ReadWriteCloud

telepresence IEEE Spectrum: Telepresence: A Manifesto

urban

How Can Los Angeles Adapt to Coming Climate Change?: Scientific American

Augmented Reality Coming to DC Bus Stops Today (Photo)

video New Microscope Enables Real-Time 3-D Movies of Developing Embryos [Slide Show]: Scientific American

Book review:

Biology Is Technology, Robert H. Carlson, 2010

This is a study of the economics of biology. It reviews the trajectory of technology, biotech, genetic engineering and industrial projections. Gene-sequencing already has international sites and a critical mass is evolving for a growth in synthetic parts exchange. Opensource is creating a participative market. Current applications include biobricks, iGEM, biofuels, and instant vaccines among many others. The turning point is that the human has become a product which redefines the producers and consumers themselves and increases the complexity of behaviors. Limits on innovation concerning rights and patents are discussed. There are risks of runaway effects which need to be better understood and monitored where possible. The opening questions about what biology is, and what biological engineering will be, are ongoing. Readers interested in bioinformatics would need additional sources.

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