Last night’s widespread outage of iinet, Australia’s second-largest Internet Service Provider, was bad enough. For hours, many of iinet’s customers had little or no access to the assorted services that they were paying for due to a cooling failure at an iinet data-centre, during record-breaking heat. Bad enough, but iinet’s communications people actually man […]
The Second Life Terms of Service (ToS) comprise over 45,000 words, spread across roughly 20 documents (including Wiki pages), all of which you must warrant that you’ve read and understood and agreed to before you can access Second Life or its forums. I read the whole thing. Every time. It takes quite a while to […] Full post: The Second Life Terms of Service […]
That seems like a fairly simple question on the surface, and – in many senses – it actually is fairly simple, with fairly simple answers. You have to think it through a little bit to actually get to that simplistic core, however. Read more ... Full post: Who does Linden Lab pay attention to?
Earlier this month, Elliot Rodger (22) made a short video and wrote a 137 page manifesto before going on a killing spree in Santa Barbara, killing six people before dying himself. Rodger is variously described as a geek, a gamer, and a sexist. And you know? None of those are of any importance in Rodger’s […] Full post: Elliot Rodger and sexism
The other day, travelling from an unfamiliar part of town back home through heavy traffic, I decided to just let Google Maps call the shots. I could have navigated myself, just using major routes that went towards areas I knew, but I decided to see what Google Maps did for me. It took me on […] Full post: An unexpected side-effect of Google Maps
The saying goes “even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day”. The implication is that no matter how wrong you are, how broken your reasoning, or how unfounded your opinion, once in a while (by chance) you’ll be right about something. There’s also an inverse corollary here: No matter how good your […] Full post: George Brandis and The Stopped Clock […]
“Left” and “Right” are two of the most commonly used political designations in this, or indeed in any, country. And you know, they actually used to mean something once. Back in revolutionary France, the “left” was opposed to the monarchy, and the “right” were supportive of its traditional structures. In the years since then, “left” […] Full post: The left, t […]
It’s occurred to me that some of you – perhaps even plenty of you – haven’t been following along in the particular social media outlets where discussions and explanations of my Web-sites’ extended downtime (three weeks), and the issues with the comments system were discussed. Okay, so let’s tackle that. Read more ... Full post: Where’d the comments go, anywa […]
So, what ever happened to marketing and PR? As an art and a science, did they even make it into the 21st century, or did they fall into a ditch somewhere, and we never noticed? Before we get started, I’m not saying that that all marketing and PR is bad or wrong nor that everyone […] Full post: What ever happened to marketing and PR?
Some people – indeed many people – feel that the Internet should be a fundamental utility and be handled in a similar way to other basic utilities. I find it hard to disagree with that, but in many respects, I feel it already is. Read more ... Full post: The Internet as a utility
By powering a self-assembling DNA nanorobotic arm with electric fields, German scientists have achieved precise nanoscale movement that is at least five orders of magnitude (hundreds of thousands times) faster than previously reported DNA-driven robotic systems, they suggest today (Jan. 19) in the journal Science. DNA origami has emerged as a powerful tool t […]
Repeating a word: as the brain receives (yellow), interpretes (red), and responds (blue) within a second, the prefrontal cortex (red) coordinates all areas of the brain involved. (video credit: Avgusta Shestyuk/UC Berkeley). Recording the electrical activity of neurons directly from the surface of the brain, using electrocorticograhy (ECoG)*, neuroscientists […]
Microsoft and Alibaba have developed deep neural network models that scored higher than humans in a Stanford University reading and comprehension test, Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD). Microsoft achieved 82.650 on the ExactMatch (EM) metric* on Jan. 3, and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. scored 82.440 on Jan. 5. The best human score so far is [...]