Trent Reznor Unleashes Free Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Tracks
10:49 am EST, Dec 5, 2011
Wonderful, sneaky devil Trent Reznor has never been one to release just a single version of an album, and his “beautiful and disturbing” score for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake is no different
GEORGIA TECH HELPS TO DEVELOP SYSTEM THAT WILL DETECT INSIDER THREATS FROM MASSIVE DATA SETS
Topic: Tech Industry
4:53 pm EST, Dec 3, 2011
With support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Army Research Office, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with scientists from four other organizations to develop new approaches for identifying these "insider threats" before an incident occurs. The two-year, $9 million project will create a suite of algorithms that can detect multiple types of insider threats by analyzing massive amounts of data -- including email, text messages and file transfers -- for unusual activity
Debate continues on recusals of Justices Thomas, Scalia, and Kagan (and no knock-out blows have yet been thrown)
Topic: Politics and Law
9:19 pm EST, Nov 27, 2011
Dahlia Lithwick opines that, "calls for Elena Kagan to recuse herself from the Obamacare case are ridiculous." As I had noted in the previous post by Monroe Freedman, I don't believe that Justice Kagan's email provided grounds for recusal. But there is a second asserted ground, namely, that Justice Kagan allegedly participated on the matter while she was Solicitor General. The debate on that issue (which, in my view, Lithwick mostly sidesteps with strawman arguments) asks whether Kagan "served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as counsel, adviser or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy." (28 U.S.C. §455(b)(3))
Palantir - A Silicon Valley startup that collates threats has quietly become indispensable to the U.S. intelligence community
12:04 am EST, Nov 24, 2011
We currently offer two products: Palantir Government and Palantir Finance. Both are platforms for integrating, visualizing, and analyzing the world’s information. We support many kinds of data including structured, unstructured, relational, temporal, and geospatial. Our products are built for real analysis with a focus on security, scalability, ease of use, and collaboration.
Palantir Government is broadly deployed in the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement communities, and is spreading rapidly by word-of-mouth. Most of Palantir’s government work remains classified . Palantir Finance is in use at some of the world’s leading hedge funds and financial institutions.
Take a look at the article it is an interesting read.
How Beer Saved The World -/ Discovery Channel (Part 1 of 3)
10:48 pm EST, Nov 22, 2011
Did you know that beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That’s right – beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story of how beer helped create math, poetry, pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws, and America.
Nine senators introduced a resolution early this month that would amend the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) and Buckley v. Valeo (1976). These two cases had restricted Congress’s power to limit contributions to political campaigns and independent political expenditures, by both individuals and corporations. Under the amendment, Congress and the states would have the power to limit both contributions and independent expenditures.
Lawrence Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, is the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It.”
Steve Jobs book in 3,000 words and the odd topics vexed on. --
It was the choice of a washing machine, however, that proved most vexing. European washing machines, Jobs discovered, used less detergent and less water than their American counterparts, and were easier on the clothes. But they took twice as long to complete a washing cycle. What should the family do? As Jobs explained, “We spent some time in our family talking about what’s the trade-off we want to make. We ended up talking a lot about design, but also about the values of our family. Did we care most about getting our wash done in an hour versus an hour and a half? Or did we care most about our clothes feeling really soft and lasting longer? Did we care about using a quarter of the water? We spent about two weeks talking about this every night at the dinner table.”
What We've Been Waiting For: Zero-Calorie, 'Inhalable' Caffeine
11:18 pm EST, Nov 6, 2011
Ever wish you could mainline your coffee? Well, here's the next best thing: AeroShot, a new product that delivers "inhalable" caffeinated puffs, and has got productivity-obsessed technophiles buzzing.
AeroShot's delivery system is a light, plastic inhaler that shoots lime-flavored puffs of powdered caffeine to the tongue, where they are instantly absorbed. Each inhaler contains three puffs, providing a total of 100 mg of caffeine — about as much as in a large cup of coffee.
The product also contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance of niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. It's sweetened with stevia, an herbal sweetener that is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar and has no calories.