Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eric Holder to call for bigger Wall Street whistleblower rewards - Jon Prior - POLITICO.com

Eric Holder to call for bigger Wall Street whistleblower rewards - Jon Prior - POLITICO.com



Many of the Justice settlements have been brought under the Financial
Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA), which
currently caps payments to whistleblowers at $1.6 million.




Holder called the amount “a paltry sum” in an industry that provided a
combined $26 billion in bonuses last year and where the typical
executive earns $15 million per year. Holder said that $1.6 million is
not enough to lure Wall Street executives to risk their careers by
coming forward.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Researchers are using the Oculus Rift to test immersion treatments for PTSD and phobias

Virtual-Reality Headset Is Reinventing Exposure Therapy - Scientific American

Interview: Dinesh D'Souza on Jail Time, Intellectual Conservatism | New Republic

Interview: Dinesh D'Souza on Jail Time, Intellectual Conservatism | New Republic



He has also branched out into filmmaking: 2016: Obama’s America,
D’Souza’s first movie, earned more than $33 million, the second-highest
box office ever for a political documentary. His second effort,
America: Imagine a World Without Her, is just leaving theaters after a successful run. 

Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest - Scientific American

Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest - Scientific American



A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam
by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information
from 420,000 Web and FTP sites. The hacker network,
dubbed “CyberVor,” possessed 1.2 billion unique credentials—a user name
and matching password—belonging to 500 million e-mail addresses,
asserted Hold Security, LLC.



The firm’s decision to charge potential victims a $120 fee for their Breach Notification Service did not help matters.



Even large, established firms such as Symantec Corp. have been accused of exaggerating the gravity of security threats to boost sales. A decade ago U.S. regulators cracked down on financial services firms
for the questionable practice of having their equity research and
investment banking divisions work together to endorse and then sell
certain investments. No such oversight exists for cybersecurity
companies. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

America’s Best Burrito | FiveThirtyEight

America’s Best Burrito | FiveThirtyEight

Apple hasn’t solved the smart watch dilemma — Medium

Apple hasn’t solved the smart watch dilemma — Medium:



isn’t waterproof, for instance — don’t take it swimming, or use it during any other watersport. Its battery life means that you can’t take it camping, and that you’re going to have to remember yet another charging cable any time you leave the house for more than about 18 hours. (And yes, if you end up unexpectedly spending the night somewhere, your watch will be a brick in the morning.)

Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself - Simple Programmer

Your Worst Enemy Is Yourself - Simple Programmer:



If you constantly put yourself in positions where you have to make judgement calls, you’ll constantly find yourself making the wrong calls and being defeated time and time again.



you had to keep going forward, because you didn’t have the option of going back.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The 15 most important announcements from the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 event | The Verge

The 15 most important announcements from the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 event | The Verge

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook | TechCrunch

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook | TechCrunch

A Man’s College Degree Does Have Value: to His Wife

EconPapers: The determinants of marital happiness




Although a man’s educational level has no impact on his own
happiness, a woman married to a man with at least a college degree is
about 5% more likely to be very happy with her
marriage, according to an analysis of the General Social Survey, funded
by the U.S. National Science Foundation. “There seems to be an inherent
quality of a man having a college degree that makes a woman happier in
marriage,” write economists Bruce T. Elmslie of the University of New
Hampshire and Edinaldo Tebaldi of Bryant University. Men, by contrast,
seem to have little interest in the educational level of their wives.



Monday, September 08, 2014

Women critically burned by lightning on Ipswich beach | Weather - WCVB Home

Women critically burned by lightning on Ipswich beach | Weather - WCVB Home



The severe storms brought torrential rain, vivid lighting, strong winds
and left tens of thousands without power.  The National Weather Service
said a microburst had struck Ipswich.


The patients had no pulse when rescuers got to them, but each had a
pulse restored by the time they arrived at the hospital," a statement
from the Ipswich police said.


Police said Sunday that the injured
69-year-old woman was from Concord and a 61-year-old woman was from
North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut.



Paramedics said it took 20 minutes to restore heartbeats for the women.


Sunday, September 07, 2014

Refund: A Play in One Act for Seven Males by Fritz Karinthy

திரும்பப்பெறுதல் | பதாகை



Refund
(கல்விக்கட்டணத்தை திருப்புதல்) அங்கத ஓரங்க நாடகம். பழைய மாணவனொருவன்
தான் பயின்ற பள்ளிக்கூடத்திற்கு திரும்பி வந்து நிகழ்த்தும் கூத்துகளும்,
அதற்கு பதிலடியாக ஆசிரியர்களின் திட்டங்களுமாக, முடிவில் எவர் வென்றார்
என்று ஆவலுடன் எதிர்நோக்க வைக்கும் நாடகம்.



It was about a good-for-nothing bumpkin who goes back to his school
asking for a refund of the tuition fee he had to pay when he was a
student there, the reason being his belief that the education that was
imparted there had made him an utterly useless fellow. The principal of
the school asks him to appear for a small test and if he fails in this
test, his tuition fee would be refunded. Now the aim of the student is
to flunk the test and that of his teachers is to see that at no cost he
flunks, lest they have to refund the tuition fee.



What follows is absolute anarchy. A total laugh riot.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Ukraine: A Catastrophic Defeat by Tim Judah

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/05/ukraine-catastrophic-defeat/

The Death Café

Death has become too sanitised – Clare Davies – Aeon



Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again

essays on death and rituals and celebrations

The long conversation: Richard Linklater on cinema and time | BFI

The long conversation: Richard Linklater on cinema and time | BFI



Looking time in the eye with the maker of Before Sunrise, Sunset and Midnight.

Fabiano Caruana Is Doing The Impossible At Chess’s Most Competitive Tournament | FiveThirtyEight

Fabiano Caruana Is Doing The Impossible At Chess’s Most Competitive Tournament | FiveThirtyEight



The 22-year-old Italian — born in Miami — is ranked third in the world, according to the September FIDE list



Six players compose the field at this event, and the competition is stiff, to say the least. In fact, it may be strongest chess tournament ever held in the United States.



Carlsen, 23 years old, is the highest-rated chess player ever and already in the conversation for greatest of all time, and this is the
Norwegian grandmaster's first visit to the U.S. to play competitively
since beating India's Viswanathan Anand last November to take the
undisputed world championship. 

What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? — Tech News and Analysis

What is the blue light from our screens really doing to our eyes? — Tech News and Analysis



We’ve known for a while that excessive screen time is not good for your
sleep schedule, but the latest findings are overwhelmingly gloomy – and
extend well beyond insomnia.



Dry, Scratchy Eyes? Staring At Screens Is Driving This Trend : Shots - Health News : NPR



Depression and chronic pain are associated with dry-eye syndrome, a British study finds. And it's more likely as you age. 



Too Busy For This?

How Everything We Tell Ourselves About How Busy We Are Is A Lie | Fast Company | Business + Innovation



You're busier than ever. You work longer hours. You get less sleep. And
the situation is only getting worse. What if that's all wrong?
University of Maryland professor John Robinson (nicknamed Father Time)
has been studying how people spend their time for more than five
decades. Here's what he's learned. We work less than we think we do, we
sleep more more than we used to, and we have plenty of free time. FastCo's Vivian Giang explains how everything we tell ourselves about how busy we are is a lie

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on | The Verge

Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on | The Verge



Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage.
In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied
them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is
written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the
internet will remind you of it forever.



One theory pegs at least one user of AnonIB for the hack, and 4chan
thinks it has already identified the guy who did it. While that's going
on, people are looking for other things to blame, like iCloud and
victims that didn't use better passwords. In any event, there's a small
group of one or more people responsible for this heinous intrusion.

Six things we learned about big news outlets from a report on editorial standards » Nieman Journalism Lab

Six things we learned about big news outlets from a report on editorial standards » Nieman Journalism Lab



The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism came out with a hefty report earlier this week on developing editorial standards for journalism. “Accuracy, Independence and Impartiality: How legacy media and digital natives approach standards in the digital age,”
profiles media companies and describes challenges each were faced with
and how they came to craft transparent guidelines for those situations.



The key questions to be examined are:

1. Do current editorial standards fit digital journalism, or does the
nature of digital and social journalism require different standards?


2. Which standards do legacy and digitally native news organisations
place a premium on and why? Which principles do they share? Where does
any difference in standards occur?

Brain-to-brain verbal communication in humans achieved for the first time - CNET

Brain-to-brain verbal communication in humans achieved for the first time - CNET



A team of researchers has successfully achieved brain-to-brain human
communication using non-invasive technologies across a distance of 5,000
miles.

Home - Google Science Fair 2014

Home - Google Science Fair 2014

Peter Thiel's Contrarian Strategy

Peter Thiel's Contrarian Strategy



She is describing a slightly creepy “biofabricated” product made by a
startup the foundation funded with a $350,000 donation. The company,
named Modern Meadow, makes leather and, indeed, meat by taking skin or
muscle samples from animals via biopsy and then growing them in vitro.
Modern Meadow is just one of 19 futuristic startups that have received
donations from the Thiel Foundation over the past two years as part of
an unusual program called Breakout Labs. Though it is rare, if not
unheard-of, for a charitable foundation to donate tax-advantaged dollars
to for-profit companies, the Thiel Foundation is no ordinary charity.
It was set up in 2006 by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who crafts
his gifts to make a point, as he explains to Fortune in an
interview. “You want to pick an issue where it both does some good on
its own,” he says, “and at the same time helps draw awareness to a
broader set of issues.”

He Dropped One Letter In His Name While Applying For Jobs, And The Responses Rolled In

He Dropped One Letter In His Name While Applying For Jobs, And The Responses Rolled In



Although digital job applications would seem to be the ultimate exercise in colorblind hiring, numerous studies and applicants have found the opposite. Employers consciously or subconsciously discriminate against names that sound black or Latino, as reported by the New York Times. One much-cited study found that applicants with white-sounding names received 50 percent more callbacks than applicants with black-sounding names, a significant disparity. 

Al Qaeda Announces New Branch on Indian Subcontinent - NYTimes.com

Al Qaeda Announces New Branch on Indian Subcontinent - NYTimes.com



In the 55-minute video, which was posted on jihadist forums, Al Qaeda’s
leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, addresses listeners in parts of the region
with large Muslim populations, assuring Muslims in Burma and Bangladesh;
in the Indian cities and states of Assam, Gujarat and Ahmedabad; and in
the Kashmir region that “your brothers” in the militant organization
“did not forget you and that they are doing what they can to rescue
you.”

The creator of the Facebook page “I f*cking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Do you know Elise Andrew? : Columbia Journalism Review

Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” is fiction: Fact-checking the Fox News’ anchor’s “history” of Jesus’s death - Salon.com

Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” is fiction: Fact-checking the Fox News’ anchor’s “history” of Jesus’s death - Salon.com



From “Killing History: Jesus in the No-Spin Zone” (Prometheus Books, 2014)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Locusts Eat The Crops Of Madagascar — And Each Other, Too

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/09/03/345258382/locusts-eat-the-crops-of-madagascar-and-each-other-too

Nyrb - Dying Russians

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/02/dying-russians/

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Move Over Facial Recognition, New Algorithm Identifies Your Actions in Videos | Singularity Hub

Move Over Facial Recognition, New Algorithm Identifies Your Actions in Videos | Singularity Hub:

Researchers at MIT and UC Irvine, using natural language techniques, have created a new algorithm that can identify what you're doing

 in videos.

Neuroscientists test the theory that your body shapes your ideas

Your Brain on Metaphors - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education



What’s emerging from these studies isn’t just a theory of language or of metaphor. It’s a nascent theory of consciousness.



Persuasion Through Pictures



‘Framing’ may have fallen out of favor in Washington, but the field that birthed it—metaphor studies—is going strong.



Metaphors work in political discourse because they’re an excellent way
of grounding abstractions. People don’t necessarily understand all the
nuances of crime or the economy, but they do understand beasts and gaps.

Friday, August 29, 2014

To Feel Greater Power, Add Some Decibels to the Bass

The Music of Power



Research participants who listened to a generic piece of music with the bass turned up 15 decibels reported greater feelings of power than those who heard the same music but with the bass turned down 15 decibels (an average of 6.06 versus 5.15
on a 7-point dominant-feelings scale), says a team led by Dennis Y. Hsu
of Northwestern University. Moreover, the feelings lasted after the
music had stopped. Listening to heavy bass tones and other kinds of
powerful music may be an effective and convenient way for people to
activate their personal sense of power, the researchers say.



Perceptual and Behavioral Consequences of Powerful Music

Why the $#&@! Did Your Airline Cancel Your Flight Today? They Had a Very Good Reason

Airline Cancellations Aren't to Save Money, But to Serve Customers | New Republic



If your flight is cancelled, going to your airline’s website or
calling their customer service number can get you re-booked faster than
standing in line at the gate. Knowing in advance what other flight
options would work for you can make the process smoother and help you
nab one of the best options before others snatch them up (instead of “My
flight just got cancelled, I need a new one,” try “Can you get me onto
Flight #1539  leaving at 10:56?”). And let the re-booking agents know if
you can be flexible. For example, if your flight to Boston is
cancelled, other flights to Boston are filling up quickly as your fellow
passengers are re-booking. But if you are willing to fly to Providence
instead, there may be plenty of capacity on a flight leaving soon.



An airline-industry expert explains why you get screwed over—and how to avoid it

Leap Motion Hooks Up to Oculus for Controller-Free Virtual Reality | Re/code

Leap Motion Hooks Up to Oculus for Controller-Free Virtual Reality | Re/code



Earlier this year, Facebook turned “Oculus” into a household name by betting $2 billion that virtual reality is ready for primetime.

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program - The Atlantic

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program - The Atlantic



For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two



The Australian test flight and 30 others like it conducted in mid-August
are the culmination of the first phase of Project Wing, a secret drone
program that’s been running for two years at Google X, the company’s
whoa-inducing, long-range research lab.