Today’s Deals At Amazon
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Today’s great deals at Amazon! Ivation Portable HDMI Projector – White Also… Up to 62% Off Action and Drama Film Gift Sets Also… 50% Off Hudson Jeans for Men and Women Also… Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 … Continue reading

Billions For Fusion, Not For Welfare State Boodle
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Next Big Future: Jaeyoung Park confirms publication of patent filing for Polywell Fusion and promises more technical disclosure in interview with Nextbigfuture EMC2 now has a design based on 30 years of Polywell R and D and 18 total test … Continue reading

Drudge: Amazing
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10 Publishers Account For Half Of All Online News 01/29/2016 Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers … Continue reading

Looking Deep Into His Own Arse, He Discovers….About What You’d Expect to Find There
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Goodbye, Golden Age of Growth – Bloomberg View The rise in the U.S. standard of living from 1870 to 1970 was a special century — and won’t likely be repeated. Growth over the next quarter century will resemble the slow … Continue reading

The Singularity Marches On
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » FASTER, PLEASE: Wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis patients able to walk again after stem-cell the… FASTER, PLEASE: Wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis patients able to walk again after stem-cell therapy. “The treatment is being carried out at Royal Hallamshire … Continue reading

Nah. Milo Had Nothing to Do With This
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED A FIGHT WITH MILO YIANNOPOULOS: Twitter announces major executive sh… THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE STARTED A FIGHT WITH MILO YIANNOPOULOS: Twitter announces major executive shakeup. Seriously, once they went full-SJW, … Continue reading

The Dire Future of Militant Islam
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The Thought Police Did Not Like it When I Said… | Scott Adams Blog Seeing the Future Changing topics slightly, I give you an image from today’s failed terrorist attack in Paris. To me, that looks like the future. You … Continue reading

Non Lethal Bullet Seems Like a Contradiction In Terms To Me
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Ingenious New Non-Lethal Bullet Burns Propellant Inside the Round “It’s like a bee sting. It’ s only over a small area, but it is intense enough to be effective.” I would question what is considered here to be “effective.” … Continue reading

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? The Singularity….
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Progress! New CMOS chip can process both light and electricity | Ars Technica As with many previous efforts, the one thing that isn’t on the chip is a laser; that’s separate hardware, with its output channeled into the chip. Once … Continue reading

Crowd-Sourcing Muslim Terrorism
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Bumbling would-be UK bomber asked Twitter followers for target suggestions | Ars Technica A would-be UK bomber and his wife have been found guilty by the Old Bailey court of plotting to carry out an explosion in London to mark … Continue reading

If You Want to Follow My Progress On the New Book, Check This Out
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I’ve revived my wtquick.com writing blog. I’ve been posting progress reports on There Will Be Time (my new space opera), along with stuff of interest to SF writers and fans, technology geeks, the Singularity, and whatever else crosses my mind … Continue reading

Rotten Apple
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Apple sales set to slump in 2016 with no new products, analysts warn AFTER a year of big Apple releases, analysts are predicting a flat 2016 where the world’s biggest tech company refines product lines rather than produces the next … Continue reading

Did He Really Say That?
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DNA Manufacturing Enters the Age of Mass Production – IEEE Spectrum Emily Leproust, CEO and cofounder of the buzzy biotech startup Twist Bioscience, is an industrialist on the nanoscale. “I remind everyone at Twist, we are a manufacturing company,” she … Continue reading

Good Times Coming, Genius Edition
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Intelligence genes discovered by scientists – Telegraph Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power. Researchers have believed for some time that intellect is inherited with studies suggesting that … Continue reading

Good Times Coming
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All I want for Christmas is DOOM The engine of economics is driven by scarcity. A basic definition of “economics” is given by Thomas Sowell (PBUH, may he live a thousand years), which I paraphrase here: “Economics is a system … Continue reading

It Was a Different, Utterly Alien World a Century Ago
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Found this over at the Ace Place: Take a careful look at that painting.  Look how dark that room is. The lighting comes from burning candles attached to a highly flammable Christmas tree.  Everybody is gathered around in wonder and … Continue reading

Science Marches On
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Climate Change Predictions “But of course, within a few years, nobody rode horses except for sport. And in 2000, France was getting 80 percent of its power from an energy source that was unknown in 1900. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and … Continue reading

Any Idiot Can Crack Linux Security?
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Log into most any Linux system by hitting backspace 28 times Security researchers have discovered a ludicrously simple way to hack into a number of Linux distributions: Just tap the backspace key 28 times in a row. A team from … Continue reading

Watch Ray Kurzweil On the Emergence of Machine Consciousness
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Click here to watch the video on You Tube. … Continue reading

Meet Billy Hollis
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For the software developers in our readership | Questions and Observations If you develop software and have any interest in what I do in real life, you can go to Microsoft’s Channel 9 and see a video interview of me … Continue reading

FBI Paid CMU to Crack TOR?
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Tor director: FBI paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to break Tor, hand over IPs | Ars Technica The head of the Tor Project has accused the FBI of paying Carnegie Mellon computer security researchers at least $1 million to de-anonymize Tor … Continue reading

Four Grand for a Computer? Thanks, But No Thanks
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Mini-review: Test driving a fully loaded, $4,000 27-inch 5K iMac | Ars Technica Here’s where we get to the fun stuff. The new iMacs jump two CPU generations, one GPU generation, and double the amount of storage bandwidth that the … Continue reading

Wakey Wakey
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Philips’ Life-Changing Wake-Up Lights Are Deeply Discounted Today Unlike unsympathetic traditional alarm clocks, Philips Wake-Up Lights ease you awake with a gradually-brightening light that simulates a natural sunrise, which is how humans are designed to wake up anyway. And of … Continue reading

I Won’t Be Buying Any New Tech This Christmas, Either
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Survey: 83 percent of consumers do not plan to buy a new tablet this year – TabTimes I recently wrote of my thoughts and frustrations on the dying 7-inch tablet market. With the numbers above providing context to what we … Continue reading

Snake Swallows Tail: Amazon Opens Brick and Mortar Bookstore?
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Amazon opens its first real-world bookshop in Seattle | Ars Technica Literary fans in Seattle will no longer need their MacBooks to procure the latest bestselling book: they just need to stroll down to the local Amazon Books store. Today, the … Continue reading

Techology Report
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My sole major tech purchase this year is a new Microsoft Type 4 Surface Keyboard.  It is a much better keyboard than the one it replaces, which will go into the box as a backup. The keys are wider, with … Continue reading

Of Course Your Apple iPhone OS Isn’t Your Property – It’s Apple’s!
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DOJ: Apple owns your iPhone’s software, so it should have a backdoor The Department of Justice is trying to get Apple to unlock a defendant’s iPhone. While Apple has stated that it can technically bypass the phone’s passcode security, it … Continue reading

Sorry. Not Interested.
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Amazon’s grocery service now requires a $299 yearly membership Amazon is apparently content to be a niche player in this market, then. … Continue reading

Here a GB, There a GB….
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Tennessee’s 10Gbps broadband is $299 a month There’ll apparently be 5Gbps and 10Gbps options for small businesses and 3Gbps, 5Gbps and 10Gbps pro-level packages for enterprise. Those prices will vary, but almost positively won’t be “cheap” for folks like you … Continue reading

Bookworms: Now Page and Brin Know Everything
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Appeals court rules that Google’s book-scanning project is fair use | Computerworld Google’s book scanning project constitutes fair use under U.S. copyright law, an appeals court confirmed Friday, ending a ten-year legal fight by the Authors Guild and other writers’ … Continue reading

New Bug Killers Needed
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Doctors call on hospital cafeterias to be more like Chipotle | Ars Technica With the risk of those potentially deadly microbes spreading to humans, the practice is far too costly. Drug resistant infections sicken at least two million people each … Continue reading

Well, As Long As You Don’t Try to Beat Bears to Death With It, What’s the Problem?
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LG’s Gram laptop is unbearably light | The Verge I hate to say it, but the Gram feels flimsy. It creaked as I was extracting it from the box and continues to do so on a regular basis. There’s a … Continue reading

Windows: Surface Book Sells Out
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Surface Book pre-orders sell out on Microsoft’s site | Computerworld People who want to buy Microsoft’s new Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid will have to look somewhere other than the company’s online retail store, for the moment. It’s a pretty good … Continue reading

Shocker. Your Gadgets Are Insecure.
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University of Cambridge study finds 87% of Android devices are insecure | Ars Technica It’s easy to see that the Android ecosystem currently has a rather lax policy toward security, but a recent study from the University of Cambridge put … Continue reading

Don’t Buy Your New Windows 10 Phone From AT&T
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Microsoft Will Not Bypass Carriers for Windows 10 Mobile Updates – Thurrott.com Second, assuming unlocked phones are treated as they were with Windows Phone OS—and there is no reason to think otherwise—then any unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones will get … Continue reading

The Next Big Thing?
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Man Robs Store, Uses Uber for Getaway Car A 23-year-old man in Parkville, Maryland recently robbed a store at gunpoint. But police quickly tracked him down and arrested him along with his getaway driver. But they let his driver go. … Continue reading

Zap!
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Why the American military is so hot on laser weapons Because they’re cool? That would be good enough for me. … Continue reading

Apple In The Crosshairs
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Microsoft’s Surface chief wants a consistent design across devices | The Verge While many wanted a Surface laptop, myself included, Microsoft didn’t want to make a regular one. It started with the primary goal of making the best laptop possible, … Continue reading

So, Here’s My Reax To The Big Microsoft Reveal
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I’ve got no interest in the Band, or in the Surface Book, which doesn’t fit well with my use case.  Nor do I have any desire for an X-Box, or for a HoloLens in its current iteration.  (Although if you … Continue reading

Windows OEMs Dragged Kicking and Screaming Into the Future
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Microsoft’s Surface Book to reignite OEM hostility | Computerworld Ultimately, however, the OEMs will have to accept Microsoft’s newest encroachment. Several of the analysts pointed out that for OEMs, there is no alternative because there’s no viable surrogate for Windows. … Continue reading