Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 30)

Argue that Radical Life Extension is Valid Research

If you only had 20 minutes, what would you do to convince an intelligent (college educated or professional) audience of the significance of life extension beyond 120 years? Assume they do not commit the tithonus error and are rational enough to understand that probably do want to live indefinitely so long as the quality of life meets their own standard. The problem then becomes convincing others that it is indeed possible to live very very long lives

The Node Beginner Book

The aim of this document is to get you started with developing applications for node.js, teaching you everything you need to know about "advanced" JavaScript along the way. It goes way beyond your typical "Hello World" tutorial.

Inside Facebook Server Room

Facebook has published photos and schematics of the design of the servers and systems powering its new data center in Oregon. On Friday we got a look at the real thing, as the company opened the doors of its Prineville facility to a group of journalists and local officials. Facebook Director of Datacenter Engineering Jay Park provided a tour of the data center, which we'll be presenting in two installments. Today's video provides a look inside the data halls housing thousands of servers that power Facebook, including a closer look at the custom servers, racks and UPS units the company created for the facility. This video runs about 8 minutes.

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our earth isn't the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren't specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.

XOR patent ended Commodore-Amiga

Apparently Commodore-Amiga owed $10M for patent infringement. Because of that, the US government wouldn't allow any CD-32's into the USA. And because of that, the Phillipines factory seized all of the CD-32's that had been manufactured to cover unpaid expenses. And that was the end. Commodore-Amiga had basically gambled everything on the CD-32 being the platform that would save the company. And when they couldn't bring any into the US, it was clearly Game Over.

Open Compute Project

We started a project at Facebook a little over a year ago with a pretty big goal: to build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost. We decided to honor our hacker roots and challenge convention by custom designing and building our software, servers and data centers from the ground up. The result is a data center full of vanity free servers which is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to build and run than other state-of-the-art data centers1. But we didn't want to keep it all for ourselves. Instead, we decided to collaborate with the entire industry and create the Open Compute Project, to share these technologies as they evolve.

Mystery signal at Fermilab hints at technicolour force

Just over 20 years ago, Lane, along with Fermilab physicist Estia Eichten, predicted that experiments would see just such a signal. Lane and Eichten were working on a theory known as technicolour, which proposes the existence of a fifth fundamental force in addition to the four already known: gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Technicolour is very similar to the strong force, which binds quarks together in the nuclei of atoms, only it operates at much higher energies. It is also able to give particles their mass - rendering the Higgs boson unnecessary.The new force comes with a zoo of new particles. Lane and Eichten's model predicted that a technicolour particle called a technirho would often decay into a W boson and another particle called a technipion

Big Tobacco Donations to AUS Political Parties

In Australia it is a legal requirement that donations made by individuals or entities to registered political parties to the value of or greater than $10,000[62] are declared to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The AEC posts on its website[63] donor annual returns dating back to the financial year 1998?99. Table 10.22 shows the total amounts of tobacco money received by the three major political parties in Australia since then.

Segway Jousting

What would you do if you won the lottery? Surely you've thought about it. You know, the typical stuff: Tell your boss to take this job and shove it (since my bosses are reading this, I'm just kidding), buy a fancy house and a fancy car, a yacht... maybe a small island in the South Pacific. But those are all too obvious. Reach for the stars. You did just win the freaking lottery! What you really want to do is Segway Jousting, even if you don't know it yet. That's right. We said Segway Jousting, and it's exactly what it sounds like. Plus, since you're now filthy rich, you can afford to invite your friends and pay through the nose for extremely high production values when you make a video of your exploits

Segway Jousting

Epsilon data breach

Experts say the good news is this was not credit card data or Social Security numbers. But Mike Lennon, a reporter at Security Week, says the threat he sees is that this data will give scammers what they need to "personalize the attacks."For example, scammers could build trust by sending a personally addressed email that looks like it comes from an official email address from Marriott or Hilton saying, "Congratulations, you just won a free hotel room...click here to log in to your frequent customer account." Once a customer logs in then scammers have access to more information.