Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)
Researchers Easily Slipped Weapons Past TSA’s X-Ray Body Scanners | Threat Level | WIRED “In their malware demonstration, the researchers used a distinctive image to signal to their software that the scanner should replace a certain person’s image with an innocuous one. “ tags: tsa scanners weekly technology future The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections) | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian “Those looking for a challenge might try their hand at transcribing the English-Alabama and Alabama-English dictionary. Compiled from 1906 to 1913, the massive work includes thousands of vocabulary terms. Volumes three and four still need some work. “ tags: transcription smithsonian crowdsourcing weekly Cybersecurity czar is proud of his technical illiteracy – Boing Boing “Michael Daniel thinks “being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction”; Ed Felten counters, “Imagine reaction if White House economic advisor bragged about lack of economics knowledge, or Attorney General bragged about lack of legal expertise.”” tags: weekly technology government Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
The Unbearable Horror of Corporate Instagram Hashtags — Matter — Medium tags: hashtag socialmedia media ads marketing weekly instagram Alcor: FAQ – Basic “Q: If cryonics works for me, won’t all my friends and relatives be dead? A: This depends on many factors, including when you are cryopreserved, how long you spend in cryopreservation, how long it takes to develop life-extending technologies, and whether your friends or family are themselves interested in being cryopreserved. It cannot be reliably predicted how many decades (or generations) it might take to develop the technologies needed to substantially lengthen lifespans or to revive patients from cryopreservation. You can increase your chances of seeing your current friends and family in the future by interesting them in cryonics or by making friends within the cryonics community. At any rate, if cryonics works it will give you the greatest opportunity of all — the ability to make new friends (including, perhaps, with your own descendants). ” h/t McSweeny’s tags: weekly faq death cryogenics tweet Stories for machines, data for humans “Big data is made up of many small acts of living. So today I want to talk about small-scale, free-range, artisnal data. I want to talk about data, alongside storytelling, as the product of creativity, imagination, frustration and fury.” h/t Alan Levine tags: data stories weekly A […]
I got these photos from Abe Barker. I met him and his copilot (?) at the Congress St. Bridge in Austin TX. They’d flown some people in and were checking out the bats. We got to talking and they mentioned having some crazy shots of the shuttle from 20,000 feet and a really odd white cloud that formed shortly thereafter. It was odd enough that two professional pilots not only remarked on it but took pictures and brought it up in a conversation with a very strange guy taking 100 pictures of bats. Abe was kind enough to email me the photos so I’m putting them up in case they interest anyone else. I found this to be interesting not just because of the unique natures of the pictures but because of the way this whole thing happened. Just about everyone has a camera these days so all sorts of odd things are going to be captured that would have been missed before. These photos are now digital so it’s insanely easy for me to pass them along, put them on the web and let anyone in the world take a look at them. Imagine JFK’s assassination today. Instead of one film, you’d have HD footage from a hundred angles and innumerable high quality still images. That’s not counting all […]