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Where there is money, a will and a way will follow

I found this on Bruce Schneier’s blog: Fingerprinting Computers By Making Them Draw Images Here’s a new way to identify individual computers over the Internet. The page instructs the browser to draw an image. Because each computer draws the image … Continue reading

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Take out the messenger

FedEx indicted for shipping drugs sold online http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/17/news/companies/fedex-indictment-drugs/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 Since the government can’t do its job properly it decides to go after someone it can reach in its laziness. I like this quote from FedEx: “We continue to stand ready and … Continue reading

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“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”

Why the GOP really wants to defund IRS Hint: It’s not about punishing administrative incompetence. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/01/why-the-gop-really-wants-to-defund-irs/ Back from my week long ‘vacation’ (the bulk of which was 10-12 hours a day of back breaking work (in sauna-like temps) to get … Continue reading

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Sorry for the quiet

I have been readjusting to being a working stiff again (though that doesn’t explain why I was so quiet when I was on the dole) and haven’t been keeping up with news very much. I read an interesting (older) article … Continue reading

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Finally! A start date!

After almost exactly 3 months on the dole and almost a month since I signed on the dotted line, I finally have a start date. The agency is nothing if not inefficient and cumbersome! They canceled my badge because I … Continue reading

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Oh yes, lets use Helium!

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/12/tech/innovation/big-idea-airborne-wind-turbines/index.html?hpt=hp_c2 At first the idea of a lighter-than-air product to reach the higher energy winds at higher altitude makes a great deal of sense, but the use of helium makes it a really … Continue reading

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A step towards synthetic life

Augmenting the Genetic Alphabet For the first time, synthetic DNA base pairs are replicated within living bacteria. http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39913/title/Augmenting-the-Genetic-Alphabet/ Scary? Perhaps, but going down this path opens up a revolution in biotech that makes what has come before look like the … Continue reading

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But a company can’t to go jail!

Feds wrestle with ‘too big to jail’ http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/05/investing/too-big-to-jail/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 I talk about “too big to jail” here from time to time. The core of the problem remains this idiotic notion of a corporate entity being ‘human’. You can’t put a company … Continue reading

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HFT

A nice explanation for how high frequency trading makes its outsized gains: Trading in Milliseconds: When Correlations Break Down http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/trading-in-milliseconds-when-correlations-break-down/ In the comments (most of the comments on his blog are intelligent) is another nice analogy: http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/trading-in-milliseconds-when-correlations-break-down/#comment-2146150: It would be … Continue reading

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Microbiome being hacked away by antibiotics

The antibiotics that could kill you http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/22/opinion/blaser-antibiotic-winter/index.html?hpt=hp_t4 I talk about the dangers associated with antibiotics from time to time, this is an opinion piece that sort of wraps things up, but in a more personal nature. I am now pretty … Continue reading

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