Month: June 2014

  • The Shadow Internet That’s 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

    When Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said the tech giant might bring 10 gigabits per second internet connections to American homes, it seemed like science fiction. That’s about 1,000 times faster than today’s home connections. But for NASA, it’s downright slow. While the rest of us send data across the public internet, the space […]

  • Tydelig klasseledelse er nødvendig –

    KUNNSKAPSLØFTET ble innført i videregående skole i perioden 2006–2009. Vi fikk en ny tilbudsstruktur og mange nye fag. Med Kunnskapsløftet kom også de fem grunnleggende ferdighetene: å kunne lese, regne, uttrykke seg muntlig og skriftlig, og bruke digitale verktøy. Det vakte oppsikt da digitale ferdigheter var en av de fem. Dermed stilles det krav til […]

  • Dear Pentax: Never Build a “Full Frame” Camera – Columns – Pentax Camera Forums

    Dear Pentax, Please never, ever, under any circumstances build a “35mm Full Frame” DSLR. It wouldn’t be very…Pentaxian. And “35mm Full Frames” are kin to the fax machine and transistor radio, and will suffer the same fate for the same reasons. Technology is utterly predictable in the same fashion as the weather. Specifics are hard, […]

  • The Case For Protected Bike Lanes

    Giving cyclists their own space results in some pretty big benefits beyond just a lack of dead cyclists. Visit cities like Amsterdam or Copenhagen and you soon notice something different about the facilities for cyclists. Not only are there are plenty of bike lanes, but the lanes are fully separated from the rest of the […]

  • Why haven’t we encountered aliens yet?

    Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, “Where are they?” Any civilisation advanced enough to undertake interstellar travel would, he argued, in a brief period of cosmic time, populate its entire galaxy. Yet, we haven’t made any contact with such life. This has become the famous “Fermi Paradox”. Various explanations […]

  • BBC – Future – How online ‘chatbots’ are already tricking you

    (Getty Images) Intelligent machines that can pass for humans have long been dreamed of, but as Chris Baraniuk argues, they’re already among us. Sometimes it’s the promise of sex that fools you. Sometimes it’s because they seem wise, friendly or just funny. The bots don’t really care how they trick you – their only objective […]

  • The media genius of Edward Snowden

    Reading Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place To Hide, it’s striking how meticulously Edward Snowden planned virtually every possible element of blowing the whistle on the National Security Agency. And now, one year after the initial publication of the leaks, it’s abundantly clear it was no accident that the revelations seemed deftly choreographed to maximize the […]

  • Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer

    In the middle of 1989, suburban soccer dad Chuck Blazer had just lost his job, had no income, and was struggling with debt. But he did have a few things going for him: He was audacious, with a keen eye for opportunity; he was a splendid salesman; and he knew a vast amount about the […]

  • My Mom’s Motorcycle: My Rode Reel

    This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle for the My Rode Reel competition. More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people. It highlights the lives of my grandfathers and how I was inspired by them to connect to their lives […]

  • Today is the day we Reset the Net – Boing Boing

    Today is the day we Reset the Net! It’s been one year since the Edward Snowden disclosures hit the news and the whole world woke up to the scale of mass, indiscriminate Internet surveillance — a spying campaign that was only possible because our own tools leak our private information in great gouts. Reset the […]