Monday, January 26, 2015

Free speech in the French Republic | openDemocracy

Free speech in the French Republic | openDemocracy



Since the touchstone of a free speech regime is in
how well it protects speech that most find revolting, its defenders have to be
willing to speak also for those whose opinions they don’t find respectable.

Cartoons Are Worth Fighting For | Rolling Stone

Cartoons Are Worth Fighting For | Rolling Stone





The few exceptions were new-media icons like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. Older, legacy outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the Associated Press almost all turtled when faced with the decision of whether or not to print the offending cartoons.


Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending - NYTimes.com

Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending - NYTimes.com



BuzzFeed’s
tactics could also offer a glimpse into how some personal messaging
apps like Instagram, WeChat and Snapchat — already used by millions of
people sharing text or images among friends — will be used in the
future.


Some publishers, game makers and e-commerce companies are using the apps as a new distribution and moneymaking platform.

You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans - Salon.com

You don’t have a soul: The real science that debunks superstitious charlatans - Salon.com



Excerpted from “The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs” by Julien Musolino. Published by Prometheus Books. 
 
Every
atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in
your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand.
It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all
stardust.
—Lawrence Krauss, “A Universe from Nothing,” 2012

Julien Musolino is a Franco-American cognitive scientist and an
Associate Professor at Rutgers University where he directs the
Psycholinguistics Laboratory and holds a dual appointment in the
Department of Psychology and the internationally renowned Center for
Cognitive Science. He is the author of over 30 scientific articles and
his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and
the National Science Foundation. 

The Full-Stack Startup | Andreessen Horowitz

The Full-Stack Startup | Andreessen Horowitz



A good example from big companies is Apple versus Microsoft. For years,
Microsoft just built pieces of the stack — the OS, apps — and relied on
partners to build semiconductors, cases, assembly, do retail etc. Apple
does everything



 I think a good example is ride-sharing, like with Lyft and Uber.



Besides the examples you shared already, what are some other examples of full-stack startups?


Dixon: Altschool, Buzzfeed, Harry’s, Nest, Tesla, Warby Parker.

Coinbase Has Backing From the NYSE, Banks and Venture Capitalists

First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange Set to Open - WSJ

Students Are Welcome to Shop Online During My Lectures – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students Are Welcome to Shop Online During My Lectures – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education



If a student is using technology in a way that disrupts the class, I
will politely but firmly talk to her or him in private (I have found
that approach to work, most of the time). As for singling out and
scolding students regarding poor technology etiquette, I am going to do
that as little as possible.

Snowden: iPhone has secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people - Neowin

Snowden: iPhone has secret software that can be remotely activated to spy on people - Neowin



Source: Independent.co.uk

Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life

Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei - Mind & Body - Utne Reader



Wu-wei can be roughly translated as "no trying." Practicing the ancient
art can relieve stress, help cure insomnia, and make one more at ease in
social situations.



In Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Chinese Art and Modern Science of Spontaneity (Crown
Publishers, 2014), author Edward Slingerland introduces the basics of
the Chinese art of wu-wei, an integral component of Taosim.






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republic Day Flower Show at Lalbagh in Bangalore with Instruments: Fairs and Festivals

முத்துச்சரம்: வாத்தியக் கருவிகள் - பெங்களூர் மலர் கண்காட்சி 2015 [ பாகம் 2 - படங்கள் 26 ]

Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys - ABC News

Millions of GMO Insects Could Be Released in Florida Keys - ABC News



Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.

"This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.

Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people
are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically
modified organism. More than 130,000 people signed a Change.org petition
against the experiment.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For all bitcoin’s growing pains, it represents the future of money and global finance.

Bitcoin and the Digital-Currency Revolution - WSJ:





In fact, the financial system is just getting started with you and the coffee shop. Before the store actually gets paid and your bank balance falls, more than a half-dozen institutions—such as a billing processor, the card association ( Visa MasterCard , etc.), your bank, the coffee shop’s bank, a payment processor, the clearinghouse network managed by the regional Federal Reserve Banks—will have shared part of your account information or otherwise intervened in the flow of money.

Don’t forget the late Saudi King’s ‘jailed’ princesses - The Washington Post

Don’t forget the late Saudi King’s ‘jailed’ princesses - The Washington Post:



Saudi Arabia's absolute monarchy is one of the most heavily criticized regimes in the world. Its draconian religious laws place limitations on everything from the clothes women can wear to the means by which they travel outside their homes. Controversially, women are still banned from driving in the country.



Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhapsas many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.

Perumal Murugan's Maadhoru Baagan: D Dharmaraj: Traditions, Culture and Fiction: Book Reviews

டி. தருமராஜ்: மாதொருபாகன் நிகழ்வு:



மாதொருபாகன் நாவல் குறித்த விவாதத்தில், பெருமாள்முருகன் அறுபது, எழுபது வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு என்றும் (எழுத்தில்), நூறு வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு என்றும் (பேச்சில்) வழக்கிலிருந்ததாய் சொல்லும் 'அந்த' பண்பாட்டு வழக்கம் உண்மையிலேயே மானமிகு தமிழ் நாட்டில் இருந்ததா?

10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned | Ben Casnocha

10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned | Ben Casnocha:



In her 2011 profile of Reid Hoffman, Evelyn Rusli of the New York Times ended with a direct quote from Reid: “I’m functioning at 60% effectiveness,” he said. It was a startling final acknowledgement because the article chronicled the lengthy list of activities and accomplishments that made Reid the “King of Tech.” Given how successful he’d been over the past decade, you’d think he was operating at 150% effectiveness.
But I knew Reid wasn’t being facetious. I had just spent two years full time partnering with him on our first book The Start-up of You, which gave me a view into his life. In addition to his duties as LinkedIn’s executive chairman, Reid worked as a venture capitalist at Greylock, served on several private and public company boards, supported a range of philanthropic initiatives, and produced various intellectual artifacts, such as our book. And let’s just say that his flow of ambition and ideas was not exactly slowing down.

எம்.டி.முத்துக்குமாரசாமி: 3rd Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2015: Curated by Amudhan R.P.

எம்.டி.முத்துக்குமாரசாமி: 3rd Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2015: Curated by Amudhan R.P.

The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West | Politics | OutsideOnline.com

The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the West | Politics | OutsideOnline.com:



Twenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they're thriving, and expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.

Ageing research: Blood to blood : Nature News & Comment

Ageing research: Blood to blood : Nature News & Comment:



By splicing animals together, scientists have shown that young blood rejuvenates old tissues. Now, they are testing whether it works for humans.

The Weird Science of Naming New Products - NYTimes.com

The Weird Science of Naming New Products - NYTimes.com:



The announcement came in November with two names attached: one famous, one not, or at least not yet. The famous name was Paul McCartney. Anyone who wanted to try a virtual-reality experience starring the former Beatle — replicating the sensation of standing center stage with him as he sang “Live and Let Die” to 70,000 screaming fans — had only to download a special video file, put the file into an app for their Android phone and slip the phone into a cardboard headset designed by Google. The not-yet-famous name was of the virtual-reality production process that created this experience. Reviewers said it was “mind-­blowingly cool” and an “exciting preview of the future,” but it was also so novel that it had been hard to think of a word to label it. Its inventors had wanted a name that would lodge in the public consciousness the same way Dolby and Imax and Blu-ray had. A name that could become a verb as well as a noun. An iconic name. A name for the ages.



Shore had named everything from companies to products to websites to ingredients to colors. He was responsible for some 160 distinct names in all, including SoyJoy (the health bar), Lytro (the camera) and Yum! (the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell), as well as lesser-known names like Avaya, Enormo, Fanhattan, Freescale, Homestyler, Kixx, Mylo, Pause, Rig, Scribe, Spontania, Valchemy, Wanderful and Zact. But the new V.R. production process posed a particular challenge.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt - CNET

The Internet will vanish, says Google's Eric Schmidt - CNET



Technically Incorrect: Speaking at Davos, Google's executive chairman
explains that we'll all be experiencing our digital connections as a
seamless part of our everyday world.

$500,000 will buy you a copy of Charlie Hebdo online - Quartz

$500,000 will buy you a copy of Charlie Hebdo online - Quartz



Vendors on Craigslist and eBay are selling
copies of three different issues of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical
magazine whose Paris offices were attacked by terrorists in early
January. One vendor, posting on New York’s Craigslist suggests
you hand over $500,000 for a controversial issue from 2011, featuring
the prophet Muhammad on the cover saying: “A hundred lashes if you don’t
die laughing.




Amazon is brimming with “Je Suis Charlie” T-shirts and sweatshirts, and Etsy with cufflinks, mugs and iPhone cases.



14 African Countries Forced by France to Pay Colonial Tax For the Benefits of Slavery and Colonization | SiliconAfrica.com



France is holding close to 500 billions African countries money in its treasury



France has been holding the national reserves of fourteen african
countries since 1961: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast,
Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad,
Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.


Obligation to use France colonial money FCFA

That’s the real milk cow for France, but it’s such an evil system
even denounced by the European Union, but France is not ready to move
from that colonial system which puts about 500 billions dollars from
Africa to its treasury.




During the introduction of Euro currency in Europe, other european
countries discovered the french exploitation  scheme. Many, specially
the nordic countries, were appalled and suggested France get rid of the
system, but unsuccessfully.



France allows them to access only 15% of the money in any given year.
If they need more than that, they have to borrow the extra money from
their own 65% from the French Treasury at commercial rates.




To make things more tragic, France impose a cap on the amount of
money the countries could borrow from the reserve. The cap is fixed at
20% of their public revenue in the preceding year. If the countries need
to borrow more than 20% of their own money, France has a veto.

 

Boston Robotics Companies: Jibo, iRobot, Google's Boston Dynamics Make News | BostInno

Boston Robotics Companies: Jibo, iRobot, Google's Boston Dynamics Make News | BostInno



Rethink Robotics, the maker of the human-like helper robot Baxter



Waltham, Mass.-based Boston Dynamics unveiled an
anthropomorphic robot called Atlas, which was designed to operate on
rough terrain. The 6-foot-2, 330-pound humanoid robot, which some compared to the Terminator, was developed with funding from DARPA's M3 program.



The “first family robot,” Jibo is intended to be friendly, helpful and
intelligent. It also happens to be the No. 1 most successful technology
campaign on Indiegogo. Now, the Weston-based startup has gotten a $25.3 million vote of confidence



The maker of the famous Roomba vacuum, iRobot showed off its new floor cleaning bot the Scooba 450 at CES earlier this month.



Empire Robotics’ "Versaball" gripper: It can handle objects—something that was crucial to taking on human competitors in a beer bong tournament at CES

The World in 2030 - Susan B. Glasser - POLITICO Magazine

The World in 2030 - Susan B. Glasser - POLITICO Magazine



Bill Gates predicts we’ll end polio and cut child mortality in half. We
asked 15 of the smartest people we know for their most out-there
predictions.

The Genius of Moondog, New York’s Homeless Composer

The Genius of Moondog, New York’s Homeless Composer



Armed with a six-foot, steel-pointed spear, a horned,
leather-embossed cap, and a long, wispy beard, he’d find a spot along
Sixth Avenue, set up his array of homemade instruments, and stand
placidly for eight hours, like some ancient humanized statue. Amidst the
shrill horns, screeching tires, and tumbling foot traffic of Manhattan,
the sightless giant would gently rap on his drum, advertising his wares
-- a set of albums and hand-written poems -- to anyone interested.

To
the whole of the public, he was nothing more than a nutty, homeless
waif. But unbeknownst to them, the Viking -- known more formally as
Louis Hardin, Jr., or ‘Moondog’ -- had record deals, had been covered by
Janis Joplin, and had been endorsed by some of the world’s greatest
composers.

Moondog’s legacy is that of a man who
endured through tumultuous circumstances -- acquired blindness,
homelessness, and prejudice -- to become who many would call one of the
most talented and underappreciated musicians of the 20th century.

Are you drinking because you're working long hours, or are you working long hours to justify drinking? | Comment is free | The Guardian

Are you drinking because you're working long hours, or are you working long hours to justify drinking? | Comment is free | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia's Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace - The Intercept

Saudi Arabia's Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace - The Intercept



It’s not often that the unelected leader of a country which publicly flogs dissidents and beheads people for sorcery wins such glowing praise from American officials. Even more perplexing, perhaps, have been the fawning obituaries
in the mainstream press which have faithfully echoed this
characterization of Abdullah as a benign and well-intentioned man of
peace.  




Tiptoeing around his brutal dictatorship, The Washington Post characterized Abdullah as a “wily king” while The New York Times inexplicably referred to him
as “a force of moderation”, while also suggesting that evidence of his
moderation included having had: “hundreds of militants arrested and some beheaded” (emphasis added).
 

Four Bears Die After Eating 90 Pounds Of Chocolate Donuts

News from The Associated Press



New Hampshire's bear
expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four
bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

The
bears - two female adults and two cubs - were found dead within 50 feet
of where a hunter had put down 90 pounds of chocolate and doughnuts as
bait in September, The Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/1BhaVHw ) reported.

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for 'merely linking to hacked material' | Technology | The Guardian

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for 'merely linking to hacked material' | Technology | The Guardian



The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine
in statement: ‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial
complex’



Gallagher warned that the long sentence would nonetheless set a
precedent for journalists. “Basically,” he said, “if you share a link to
publicly available material without knowing what’s in it – maybe it
could contain stolen credit card info – you could be prosecuted.”

Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia

Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia



When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the
Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from
living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926.

Grantwriting for Creative Writers: Dos and Don'ts - The Loft Literary Center

Grantwriting for Creative Writers: Dos and Don'ts - The Loft Literary Center

Bigger than Hollywood | Asymco

Bigger than Hollywood | Asymco



Apple paid $10 billion to developers in calendar 2014.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

‘A Beautiful, Mournful Novel’ by Cathleen Schine | The New York Review of Books

‘A Beautiful, Mournful Novel’ by Cathleen Schine | The New York Review of Books









Saving Alan Turing from His Friends by Christian Caryl | The New York Review of Books

Saving Alan Turing from His Friends by Christian Caryl | The New York Review of Books







The Imitation Game

a film directed by Morten Tyldum



Alan Turing: The Enigma

by Andrew Hodges
Princeton University Press, updated edition with a new preface by the author, 736 pp., $16.95 (paper)





What to Read Now -- Some Vital Books from 2014 | The American Poetry Review

What to Read Now -- Some Vital Books from 2014 | The American Poetry Review



Books Discussed in This Column:
]Exclosures[, Emily Abendroth, Ahsahta Press, 2014
Veiled Spill: A Sequence, Jan Clausen, GenPop Books 2014
Ecodeviance: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, CA Conrad, Wave Books 2014
The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Copper Canyon 2014
Blood Lyrics, Katie Ford, Graywolf Press, 2014
In a Landscape, John Gallaher, BOA Editions, 2014
The Arrow, Lauren Ireland, Coconut Books, 2014
Patter, Douglas Kearney, Red Hen, 2014
Red Juice, Hoa Nguyen, Wave Books, 2014
Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine, Graywolf, 2014
The Pedestrians, Rachel Zucker, Wave Books, 2014
Also Mentioned:
You Animal Machine: The Golden Greek, Eleni Sikelianos, Coffee House Press, 2014
Gephryomania, TC Tolbert, Ahsahta, 2014
MOTHERs, Rachel Zucker, Counterpath Press, 2014

Marissa Mayer’s Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold. The Question Now Is Time. - NYTimes.com

Marissa Mayer’s Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold. The Question Now Is Time. - NYTimes.com



A new book by the journalist Nicholas Carlson, “Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo” (Twelve, 2015), has brought attention to her missteps. 



Larry Page of Google is also shy and socially awkward, Steve Jobs was a
micromanager who made some bad hires, Jeff Bezos has made huge gambles
and lost, and Bill Gates would rip his engineers to shreds if he believed they weren’t up to par.



The research firm eMarketer says that Yahoo is poised to surpass Twitter
for third place in the American mobile ad market (it remains far behind
Facebook and Google). Ms. Mayer’s acquisition of BrightRoll, a video ad
company, could add hundreds of millions of dollars to its revenue this
year, and the purchase of Tumblr might begin to pay off soon.