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I Mean Like Adrienne Barbeau

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Birth, Life, And Windows

I’ll start by drawing the reader’s attention to figure 1. This is the Windows 7 file properties report for the most fundamental of files stored on my HP mega-laptop, the 20″ HDX 9000 Dragon that was popular late in the previous decade.

 

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Figure 1

As we can see from the image, the boot shell command file is the very spark and quintessence of this machine – this is the last saved “image” of the freshly manufactured machine’s on state – a recording of the device’s “soul”, if you will. And you will, won’t you, because people love to anthropomorphize everything around them, so why should a pile of various materials arranged in a particular, repeatable pattern like a major appliance be immune? But this is the digital version of the Fountain of Youth: this is a copy of the current OS-install start-‘er-up data that will, once done doing what it does, return my Dragon Lady to her original factory splendour, young and vibrant and showing-off her sexy Windows Vista operating system.

At least I think so – who really knows? (Seriously does anyone know what this file does? I’m considering upgrading the old girl to larger-yet-faster SSD drives and doing a bottom-up Windows 7 Pro installation.)

I believe that system life begins at birth, not at inception. Inception is a remote and often rather random process of collating and storing a clean-burned system image for production in a massive factory in China, when billions of renminbi are on the line and orders are pouring-in from America, Europe, Asia, India, Canada, the former Soviet Union, and Mexico but not the rest of Latin America because they’re too poor, being underpaid to produce whatever’s left-over that isn’t made in China now.

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There’s An App For That

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These Things Must Be Tested-Out Sometime

(Click the image to read the full story at ArsTechnica.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at ArsTechnica.com)

I like to think these people, primitive as they were, took some pride in the craftsmanship shown by their weapons and tools.

I choose to believe that Og who was good at making points but not at making shafts traded with Grf who made great shafts but lousy points: for a certain amount of the passage of the Bright Thing from when it returns Og will sharpen Grf’s points, while in turn Grf will straighten Og’s shafts.

Then they contract with some distributor tribe to offer their sharpened sticks to outliers in return for colorful, glowy seashells they say they get from giants like anyone would buy that.

The Outliers are obviously in league with the bad spirits who cause babies to die and take life from the Old Ones. Some day Og and Grf will stop selling them spears and they’ll invade their land with new, improved spears tipped with sharpened bits of the seashells they get from them. Then they’ll control the seashell supply and no one else will get any weaponized seashell products.

These people weren’t just savages in competition for the meager resources they could find lying about – these people were entrepreneurs, dammit!

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Maybe The Secret Sauce?

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What Kind Of Monsters Have We Become?

I’ve often wondered what will we kill on Mars? Can a planet be inhabitable with nothing to kill? Will it be boring because there is no killing going on? Humanity has never actually experienced no killing – is it in our DNA?

Do we need killing to feel life has meaning. Perhaps human-killing-human will become the only instinctually satisfying form of killing – so we can at least watch that on the news on Mars. I take it for granted that no matter where humanity goes, the media goes with it.

Will we take animals to Mars to breed and kill them? Actually shipping cows and sheep would be too expensive, so it would have to be some kind of frozen-fetus deal. Can you grow a cow outside the womb? Will female humans be required to act as surrogates for (small) sheep or pigs or rabbits and whatnot to get the thing going?

Are we going to transplant fertilized sheep fetuses into women who colonize Mars?

Fighting Fires With Sound

 

(Click the image to read the full story at FoxNews.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at FoxNews.com)

This fire-fighting sound system has various modes of operation. Above we see it being used against a particularly bad fried kale fire, utilizing it’s “Sarah Palin” mode. For larger fires there is a Dick Cheney mode, and a selection of Nickelback songs.
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Hopefully The Restrooms Are Clean

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Rings 200-Times Bigger Than Saturn’s Discovered

Saturn says it’s not the size of your rings, but how you use them that counts.

He’s Been Making It Into Software For Years

(Click the image to read the full story at Money.CNN.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at Money.CNN.com)

A Rose By Any Other Name

This is a quote from the Wikipedia entry on guitar pickups:

….the humbucking pickup was invented by Joseph Raymond “Ray” Butts, but Seth Lover of Gibson was also working on one himself. Ray Butts initially developed one on his own and later worked withGretsch.[1] Who developed it first is a matter of some debate, but Ray Butts was awarded the first patent (U.S. Patent 2,892,371) and Seth Lover came next (U.S. Patent 2,896,491). Ultimately, both men developed essentially the same concept, but Ray Butts was never recognized as the one who produced it first.

I wonder why? Say you’re developing an ad campaign in 1955 for cool new noiseless guitar pickups. Here on the one hand you have an inventor named “Lover” working at Gibson, and on the other you have a guy named “Butts” working for Gretsch….

Are We Past The Point Of No Return?

(Click the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

Facebook To Buy Oculus For $2 Billion

(Click the image to read the full story at LATimes.com)

(Click the image to read the full story at LATimes.com)

Google Buys Military Robot Maker

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(Click the image to read the full story at FoxNews.com)

Is Comet ISON Coming Apart?

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(Click the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

Google Throat Tattoo Can Make Calls, Tell If You Lie

(Click on the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

(Click on the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

Gates Blames IBM Designer For CTL+ALT+DEL

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(Click the image to read the full story at FoxNews.com)

Siri Gets An Update

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(Click the image to read the full story at CNN.com)

Image From Latest Alien Autopsy Video

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Even though it doesn’t look human, you’d swear this thing had once been alive!

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Maybe The New Version Of Windows 8 Will Fix This

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14-Year-Old’s Study Shows iPad 2 Can Interfere With Pacemakers

(Click the image for the full story at FoxNews.com)

(Click the image for the full story at FoxNews.com)

U.N. Just Says No To Killer Robots

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(Click the image for the full story at FoxNews.com)

Study: Women Prefer A Large Penis

(Click the image to read the full story at ScienceMag.org)

(Click the image to read the full story at ScienceMag.org)

In other Big Science News: the Earth goes around the Sun, when water gets really cold it becomes ice, and there’s gravity.

CERN Scientists Announce They Have Found The “God Particle”

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Click the image to read the full story at Fox News

Two Chances To See A Comet In 2013

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Click the image to read the full story at CNN.com

Doctor’s Save Woman’s Life With Fecal Transplant

 

Kaitlin Hunter had a severe bacterial infection that threatened her life, treatment with antibiotics killed the beneficial bacteria in her colon. Doctors transplanted feces from her mother’s colon into Kaitlin’s, giving her a new source of healthy bacteria.

California Okays Google Driverless Car Tests

New Species Of Monkey Discovered

Bill Nye Calls Creationism Inappropriate

The world’s most respected scientist, Bill Nye The Science Guy, appears in a video called “Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children“. In the video Nye says “Your world just becomes fantastically complicated if you don’t believe in evolution”, and claims the United States is the main country where people deny the fact of evolution.

Curiosity Rover Lands Safely On Mars!

In a break with established tradition NASA didn’t screw up Sunday night and safely landed the new $2.5 billion Curiosity rover on Mars. In a picture-perfect operation the complex landing procedure that everyone said was sure to fail didn’t, and didn’t fail spectacularly. The rover sent its first images back Earth within minutes of touching down.