Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 57)

The Tyranny of Stuctureless

Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a structureless group. Any group of people of whatever nature that comes together for any length of time for any purpose will inevitably structure itself in some fashion. The structure may be flexible; it may vary over time; it may evenly or unevenly distribute tasks, power and resources over the members of the group. But it will be formed regardless of the abilities, personalities, or intentions of the people involved. The very fact that we are individuals, with different talents, predispositions, and backgrounds makes this inevitable. Only if we refused to relate or interact on any basis whatsoever could we approximate structurelessness -- and that is not the nature of a human group.

David Bowie dies aged 69

Rock legend David Bowie has died at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to his son and his official Facebook page."David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," the statement read."While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief.

Security Guide: How to Protect Your Infrastructure Against the Basic Attacker

Running your infrastructure in a secure configuration is a daunting task even for security professionals. This guide provides practical advice to help engineers build up infrastructure following security best practices so that they can confidently deploy their services to the public Internet and lower their chances of being compromised. This guide specifically targets Linux based systems; however, the best practices apply to all computer systems.

RimWorld

RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of known space. Inspired by the space western vibe of Firefly, the deep simulation of Dwarf Fortress, and the epic scale of Dune and Warhammer 40,000.Manage colonists' moods, needs, thoughts, individual wounds, and illnesses. Engage in deeply-simulated small-team gunplay. Fashion structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, or exotic, futuristic materials. Fight pirate raiders, hostile tribes, rampaging animals and ancient killing machines. Discover a new generated world each time you play. Build colonies in biomes ranging from desert to jungle to tundra, each with unique flora and fauna. Manage and develop colonists with unique backstories, traits, and skills. Learn to play easily with the help of an intelligent and unobtrusive AI tutor.

RimWorld

Parrot DISCO

Parrot has unveiled its first drone to ditch the quadrocopter design, dubbed the Disco, that instead features wings to help it fly.Pilots can simply toss the Disco into the air thanks to a propeller in the rear. It will take off and land on its own, as an ultrasound camera on the bottom assists to prevent crash landings.The announcement came at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and marks a big leap for consumer drones as it moves away from the quadrocopter design. It's certainly not the first take on a fixed-wing drone, however it doesn't require pilots to adjust pitch and yaw like other fixed-wing drone designs on the market.