Canuck, an Infamous Crow (2016)

Canuck, an Infamous Crow (2016)

You may have heard of the exploits of Canuck, a hand-raised crow from Vancouver, Canada, that was caught making off with a knife from a crime scene in a McDonalds parking lot earlier this year. He’s simply attracted to people and their objects, says Bergman, whose close relationship with Canuck began after the bird’s release. As Jennifer Campbell-Smith, a behavioral ecologist from ‎Binghamton University in New York, writes, the idea of wild crows preferring shiny objects over others is actually a myth:

“The thing is, stories about crows collecting shiny things are anecdotal, and not observed by people who watch crows constantly and study them . . . Are they particularly attracted to shiny objects, or obsessed with them?

Source: www.audubon.org

Stanislaw Lem’s Futurism (2014)

Stanislaw Lem’s Futurism (2014)

Where Aquinas argued for the certainty of a Creator, an immortal soul, and eternal salvation as based on scripture, Lem concerned himself with the uncertain future of intelligence and technology throughout the universe, guided by the tenets of modern science. Most surprising of all, in subsequent conversations I confirmed my suspicions that among the masters of our technological universe gathered there in San Francisco to forge a transhuman future, very few were familiar with the book or, for that matter, with Lem. Considering a planetary civilization this way, Lem posits a set of feedbacks between the stability of a society and its degree of technological development.

Source: nautil.us

Zero Rupee Note

Zero Rupee Note

Zero rupee notes, which are made to resemble the regular 50 rupee banknote of India, are the creation of a non-governmental organization known as 5th Pillar which has, since their inception in 2007, distributed over 2.5 million notes as of August 2014. [5]

These zero rupee notes were designed for use by Indian citizens who have been requested to pay bribes in order to obtain services that are legally free or who are hit with illicit surcharges on such routine government transactions as obtaining a driver’s license. [8] Upon returning to India for a visit, Bhagat was frustrated by the petty extortion demands of government officials that were part of daily life and conceived of the idea of a zero rupee note as a polite way of declining participation.

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In

Antitrust Troubles Snowball for Tech Giants as Lawmakers Join In

WASHINGTON — The federal government is stepping up its scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies, as regulators divvy up oversight of the Silicon Valley giants and lawmakers move to investigate whether they have stifled competition. Lawmakers in the House said on Monday that they were looking into concerns that could lead to the first overhaul of antitrust rules in decades, in a push to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry. The focus on antitrust, long relegated to academic debates and industry griping, has now entered the political world, leaving the tech giants potentially vulnerable to new regulations and federal lawsuits.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Trained dogs help conservationists find rare Iowa turtles

Trained dogs help conservationists find rare Iowa turtles

When he’s not living off the grid in rural Montana, Rucker travels the country with his specially-trained hunting dogs, helping scientists and conservationists find turtles. “We try to manage our properties with the most vulnerable species in mind, and these turtles are the most vulnerable species,” says Jason Taylor, a property stewardship specialist with the Bur Oak Land Trust. With the help of Rucker and his turtle dogs, Bur Oak Land Trust is trying to bring back some of what we’ve lost.

Source: www.iowapublicradio.org

Canuck, the World’s Most Infamous Crow

Canuck, the World’s Most Infamous Crow

You may have heard of the exploits of Canuck, a hand-raised crow from Vancouver, Canada, that was caught making off with a knife from a crime scene in a McDonalds parking lot earlier this year. He’s simply attracted to people and their objects, says Bergman, whose close relationship with Canuck began after the bird’s release. As Jennifer Campbell-Smith, a behavioral ecologist from ‎Binghamton University in New York, writes, the idea of wild crows preferring shiny objects over others is actually a myth:

“The thing is, stories about crows collecting shiny things are anecdotal, and not observed by people who watch crows constantly and study them . . . Are they particularly attracted to shiny objects, or obsessed with them?

Source: www.audubon.org

The Monkey Programming Language

The Monkey Programming Language

The first book in the Monkey Canon defines the syntax of Monkey and describes its implementation as a tree-walking interpreter with the following features:

The Lost Chapter: A Macro System For Monkey was published in 2017 as a free (to read online or download) addition to Writing An Interpreter In Go. This book is the sequel to Writing An Interpreter In Go and while it does not change its syntax and does not add any features, it changes the implementation of Monkey from a tree-walking interpreter into a bytecode compiler and virtual machine. A full Monkey implementation of the bytecode compiler and VM from Writing A Compiler In Go in C# A fully working interpreter for the Monkey programming language as known from the book Writing an Interpreter in Go, written in Dart.

Source: monkeylang.org

Hopefully the Last Update to the Drupal Fiasco

Hopefully the Last Update to the Drupal Fiasco

Garfield brought Ayelet to a Drupal event, and people were confused and concerned by how they related to each other. As you may have gathered from the preceding paragraphs, I’ve spoken to Ayelet, as well as her current partner, and the therapist she worked with while she was living with Garfield. My own interpretation is that Garfield acted as caretaker as much as romantic counterpart (as does Ayelet’s current partner).

Source: www.sonyaellenmann.com

Chrome, the perfect antitrust villain?

Chrome, the perfect antitrust villain?

2) Chrome is built on open source software, and anyone (including Google’s competitors) can build their own browser on top of the Chromium open source engine. “Nice software you’ve got there, shame if it didn’t work”

Chrome’s market dominance in recent years is a great example of how Google has used its scale and influence to draw the back-end plumbing of the internet more tightly under its control, all under the banner of “it’s all open source; how could we be bad guys?” How DRM has permitted Google to have an “open source” browser that is still under its exclusive control | Cory Doctorow

Unsurprisingly, web developers and other internet-builders are rebelling against this.

Source: alexdanco.com

Quest Diagnostics says nearly 12M patients may have had data breached

Quest Diagnostics says nearly 12M patients may have had data breached

About 11.9 million Quest Diagnostics patients may have had their financial, medical and other personal information exposed in a data breach, the company said Monday. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Quest said a billing collections vendor, American Medical Collection Agency, notified it last month of potential unauthorized activity on AMCA’s web payment page. The system contained sensitive data, including credit card numbers, bank account information, medical information and Social Security numbers, Quest said.

Source: www.cnbc.com