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25 Feb 15:29

Bathroom Poets (photo via reddit)



Bathroom Poets (photo via reddit)

25 Feb 18:00

Google now lets you upload 50,000 songs to the cloud for free

by Chris Welch

Google's taking a big step out in front of its music streaming competitors today. The company has just announced that effective immediately, you'll be able to upload up to 50,000 songs from your personal music collection and store them in the cloud through Google Play Music — all for free. The previous limit was 20,000.

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25 Feb 20:00

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25 Feb 20:36

Philip K. Dick On Fine-Tuning Your B.S.-Meter To Spot "Pseudo-Realities"

by Charlie Jane Anders

How can you tell what's real, in a world where huge industries, governments and religions are all trying to force-feed you manufactured realities? Philip K. Dick sums up the challenges of detecting reality in a world that resembles Disneyland, in this great 1978 quote.

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25 Feb 22:45

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25 Feb 23:50

An Ancient Babylonian Customer Service Complaint Inscribed on a Clay Tablet Around 1750 BC

by E.D.W. Lynch

Ancient Babylonian Customer Service Complaint From 1750 BC
photo via tbc34

Among the artifacts at the British Museum in London is this ancient Babylonian customer service complaint that was inscribed on a clay tablet sometime around 1750 B.C. The complaint is regarding problems with two shipments of copper ore, as the museum notes in their description:

Clay tablet; letter from Nanni to Ea-nasir complaining that the wrong grade of copper ore has been delivered after a gulf voyage and about misdirection and delay of a further delivery; slightly damaged.

The artifact was brought to light earlier today by redditor tbc34. Commenter labarna has helpfully provided a full translation reportedly from the book Letters from Mesopotamia by Assyriologist A. Leo Oppenheim. Turns out Nanni was pretty angry:

Tell Ea-nasir: Nanni sends the following message:

When you came, you said to me as follows : “I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots.” You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Sit-Sin) and said: “If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!”

What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt? I have sent as messengers gentlemen like ourselves to collect the bag with my money (deposited with you) but you have treated me with contempt by sending them back to me empty-handed several times, and that through enemy territory. Is there anyone among the merchants who trade with Telmun who has treated me in this way? You alone treat my messenger with contempt! On account of that one (trifling) mina of silver which I owe(?) you, you feel free to speak in such a way, while I have given to the palace on your behalf 1,080 pounds of copper, and umi-abum has likewise given 1,080 pounds of copper, apart from what we both have had written on a sealed tablet to be kept in the temple of Samas.

How have you treated me for that copper? You have withheld my money bag from me in enemy territory; it is now up to you to restore (my money) to me in full.

Take cognizance that (from now on) I will not accept here any copper from you that is not of fine quality. I shall (from now on) select and take the ingots individually in my own yard, and I shall exercise against you my right of rejection because you have treated me with contempt.

Ancient Babylonian Customer Service Complaint From 1750 BC

photo via the British Museum

via reddit

26 Feb 00:09

Mars has gray roots under the redhead.From yesterday’s Curiosity...



Mars has gray roots under the redhead.

From yesterday’s Curiosity Rover mini-drill.

26 Feb 05:26

5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

by samzenpus
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So... that is the problem. Now what?

bizwriter writes University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne estimated in 2013 that 47 percent of total U.S. jobs could be automated and taken over by computers by 2033. That now includes occupations once thought safe from automation, AI, and robotics. Such positions as journalists, lawyers, doctors, marketers, and financial analysts are already being invaded by our robot overlords. From the article: "Some experts say not to worry because technology has always created new jobs while eliminating old ones ones, displacing but not replacing workers. But lately, as technology has become more sophisticated, the drumbeat of worry has intensified. 'What’s different now?' asked Leigh Watson Healy, chief analyst at market research firm Outsell. 'The pace of technology advancements plus the big data phenomenon lead to a whole new level of machines to perform higher level cognitive tasks.' Translated: the old formula of creating more demanding jobs that need advanced training may no longer hold true. The number of people needed to oversee the machines, and to create them, is limited. Where do the many whose occupations have become obsolete go?"

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26 Feb 08:01

Anti-Theft

by Doug

Anti-Theft

I love car alarms.

23 Feb 17:27

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24 Feb 02:54

parenyzia:mistress-negs:seinfeld2:ravenxarisa: tramampoline: callurn: thestarkwhoskateboards: call...

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Kill Bill technically takes place in the same universe as Spy Kids just so you all know

how do you figure that

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uncle machete from spy kids is the same machete from machete and machete kills, if that wasn’t clear

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This is the best thing I have read all day.

Are you fucking kidding me

24 Feb 05:00

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24 Feb 05:30

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24 Feb 07:53

Yahoo's security boss faces down NSA director over crypto ban

by Cory Doctorow


During Monday's Cybersecurity for a New America conference in DC, Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos stood up and had an intense verbal showdown with NSA director Mike Rogers about the NSA's plan to ban working crypto, in which the nation's top spook fumfuhed and fumbled to explain how this idea isn't totally insane.

Alex Stamos (AS): “Thank you, Admiral. My name is Alex Stamos, I’m the CISO for Yahoo!. … So it sounds like you agree with Director Comey that we should be building defects into the encryption in our products so that the US government can decrypt…

Mike Rogers (MR): That would be your characterization. [laughing]

AS: No, I think Bruce Schneier and Ed Felton and all of the best public cryptographers in the world would agree that you can’t really build backdoors in crypto. That it’s like drilling a hole in the windshield.

MR: I’ve got a lot of world-class cryptographers at the National Security Agency.

AS: I’ve talked to some of those folks and some of them agree too, but…

MR: Oh, we agree that we don’t accept each other's premise. [laughing]

AS: We’ll agree to disagree on that. So, if we’re going to build defects/backdoors or golden master keys for the US government, do you believe we should do so — we have about 1.3 billion users around the world — should we do for the Chinese government, the Russian government, the Saudi Arabian government, the Israeli government, the French government? Which of those countries should we give backdoors to?

MR: So, I’m not gonna… I mean, the way you framed the question isn’t designed to elicit a response.

AS: Well, do you believe we should build backdoors for other countries?

MR: My position is — hey look, I think that we’re lying that this isn’t technically feasible. Now, it needs to be done within a framework. I’m the first to acknowledge that. You don’t want the FBI and you don’t want the NSA unilaterally deciding, so, what are we going to access and what are we not going to access? That shouldn’t be for us. I just believe that this is achievable. We’ll have to work our way through it. And I’m the first to acknowledge there are international implications. I think we can work our way through this.

AS: So you do believe then, that we should build those for other countries if they pass laws?

MR: I think we can work our way through this.

AS: I’m sure the Chinese and Russians are going to have the same opinion.

MR: I said I think we can work through this.

AS: Okay, nice to meet you. Thanks.

Yahoo exec goes mano a mano with NSA director over crypto backdoors [Dan Goodin/Ars Technica]

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24 Feb 18:12

Extreme architecture.

24 Feb 21:30

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24 Feb 23:01

Beautiful Weeds: Preserve a Dandelion in Resin

by agnesniewiadomski
1_1024x1024After a successful Kickstarter Campaign, the Dandelion Collective has been producing these gorgeous paper weights made from dried out dandelions and clear resin. Each weed is carefully hand selected, dried, and preserved into a perfectly polished sphere of cast polyester resin, with a small flat base so it doesn’t roll […]

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24 Feb 23:36

...sou medroso(a) demais.

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25 Feb 00:30

Mary Poppins Sings a Death Metal Version of ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’

by Lori Dorn

Andy Rehfeldt (previously) created a fantastic mashup featuring English super nanny Mary Poppins singing a death metal version of the her trademark song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“. Singers Sera Hatchett of Mercy Brown and Thomas Hinds performed the vocals, Andy Rehfeldt played all the instruments, and music producer Grant Cornish did all the arrangements.

Here’s the original version of the song.

25 Feb 05:11

juturnaway: strigays: muscleluvr2: this is a 2000 dollar...



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this is a 2000 dollar fursuit

honey your teacher is a furry

lab instructor by day, lab instructor by night

25 Feb 09:33

Billboards tell the stories of professionals who can't afford London anymore

by Cory Doctorow


The London is Changing project collects the personal stories of professional people who are leaving the city because it has been remade as a playground for the global rich. Read the rest

25 Feb 17:14

adamcadwell:To bid farewell to one of the best sitcoms of all...

by villeashell














adamcadwell:

To bid farewell to one of the best sitcoms of all time, I made the cast of Parks and Recreation out of LEGO.

See the full set of photos at adamcadwell.com.

24 Feb 06:54

supercargautier: fucked up that photoshopping curly hair onto...



supercargautier:

fucked up that photoshopping curly hair onto bob odenkirk transforms him into adam sandler

24 Feb 18:00

Who Says Coding Isn't Fun?

25 Feb 16:20

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23 Feb 18:46

About code purpose

by CommitStrip

25 Feb 05:00

February 25, 2015


In case you missed it, thanks to our patreon subscribers, old comics are now getting voteys! If we raise a bit more, I'll increase the rate to 2 a day!
22 Feb 23:34

Women Are Leaving The Tech Industry In Droves

According to the industry group Code.org, computing jobs will more than double by 2020, to 1.4 million. If women continue to leave the field, an already dire shortage of qualified tech workers will grow worse.
24 Feb 10:00

Project handover

by sharhalakis
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by uaiHebert

24 Feb 18:00

172. ISAAC ASIMOV: A lifetime of learning

by Gav

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Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was a writer, known for his contribution to science fiction (including The Three Laws of Robotics, I, Robot and the Foundation series) and his staggering work in other genres and non-fiction.

Asimov had a formal education in chemistry, earning his PhD and working as a chemist for the Navy during WWII. He taught biochemistry and later became a professor at the Boston Univeristy of Medicine, all while writing stories for fantasy magazines in his spare time. He finally left the University in 1958 to focus on writing. Asimov’s output was truly mind-blowing, writing over 500 (!!!) books and 90,000 letters. He said: “Writing is my only interest. Even speaking is an interruption.”

Asimov’s non-fiction books were mostly on astronomy, but his other titles covered general science, history, mathematics, physics, Shakespeare, the Bible and mythology. He was completely self-taught in these areas and was successful for being able to take difficult scientific concepts and make them entertaining for the general public. He said he could “read a dozen dull books and make one interesting book out of them.” To get some idea of how vast Asimov’s knowledge was, his books appear in nine of the ten Dewey Decimal Classes.

The quotes used in this comic are taken from a fantastic interview Asimov did in 1988 (which you can watch on YouTube). In it, Asimov predicts how in the near-future, personal computers will help anyone learn anything ‘that strikes their fancy’ in the privacy of their own home and at their own leisure. Of course, that prediction came true with the internet, and even though the technology from The Matrix isn’t available yet, where we could upload information directly into our brain and shout “I know kung-fu!”, it has never been easier to learn whatever you want, no matter how niche. Thanks to reader Jenny for sending me the quote and the Brain Pickings article that featured the interview.

RELATED COMICS: Carl Sagan Pale Blue Dot. Richard Dawkins The Lucky Ones. Albert Einstein A Human Being is Part of the Whole. Jack London I Would Rather be Ashes Than Dust.

- I admit not having read any of Asimov’s books. Where should I start? The Foundation series? His story Nightfall was voted the best short science fiction story of all-time, so maybe that?
– Asimov said that one of only two men he knew who was smarter than himself was his good friend Carl Sagan.