Sunday, May 25, 2014

What I am reading 5/25/2014 - 7 reasons you will never do anything amazing with your life

Medium - 7 reasons you will never do anything amazing with your life -

Basically, what I am trying to tell you is that, in this game called life, you don't stand a chance...
1.  Because you have not failed enough
2.  Because you care what others think about you
3.  Because you think you are smarter than you are
4.  Because you don't read
5.  Because you lack curiousity
6.  Because you don't ask enough questions
7.  Because you can't handle the truth

I'll leave it to you to judge the veracity of the authors claims.  For myself, although the author sounds like a jerk, and we may have different opinions about what amazing is,  I think there is a core of truth to what he is saying.  Life isn't just going to hand most of us anything.  You have to work to achieve it and that means trying and failing a number of times.

Wired - B-52 Bomber Gets Its First New Communication System Since the 1960s -

 In April, the Air Force began the four-year process of fitting its fleet of 76 B-52s with Boeing’s new Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) system. For the first time, B-52 crews can easily retarget weapons and change mission parameters while airborne. They can see intelligence data overlaid on maps shown on high-def LCD screens. And the plane’s myriad communications, targeting and navigation systems can receive data electronically, rather than having it relayed by radio and entered by hand.

First off - Lies!  I read Flight of the Old Dog back in the late 80s and I was assured that the B-52 fleet was getting awesome new electronic stuff. Second - Mark my words, this is not going to end well.  USB sticks are evil incarnate sent by the debbil to destroy us all.

Recode - YouTube Removes Video Connected to UCSB Shooting -

The video, titled “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” depicts the 22-year-old Rodger sitting in a car, facing the camera, and declaring, with a heavy sigh, “this is my last video.” He said he suffered a life of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires,” and talked about his plans to exact revenge on the girls who showed no interest in him, and the men who received their affections.
“I don’t know why you aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it.  It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me,” Rodger said in the nearly 7-minute long video. “I’m the perfect guy.”

I saw this video and it was quite frankly a little creepy, and that was before I realized who this kid was; I was watching music videos on YouTube and this video came up in the recommended play list after watching "Remember Everything" by 5 Finger Death Punch.  As soon as I started watching it I was like whoa something is wrong with this guy.  Then I googled his name.  Yeah, something was wrong with him.

Sploid - Why the moon landings could have never ever been faked -

It's a very simple argument. It's not about showing how ignorant the hoaxers demonstrate to be with their idiotic "proofs", which actually show they don't know anything about physics, photography or even perspective. Or the fact that simple there's tons of physical proof that we were there. Or the fact that the Soviet Union was monitoring it too and accepted the American victory in the Space Race.
No, it's something even more obvious. This video explains why there was absolutely no way to fake it at the time. Even the cameras needed to fake it didn't exist back then.

Old but good.


A multiplayer game environment is a dream come true for an economist. Because here you have an economy where you don't need statistics. And elaborate statistics is what you use when you don't know everything, you're not omniscient, and you need to use something in order to gain feeling as to what is happening to prices, what is happening to quantities, what's happening to investments, and so on and so forth. But in a video game world, all the data are there. It's like being God, who has access to everything and to what every member of the social economy is doing.


Books 

Rogue Code by Mark Russinovich -  The third book in the Jeff Aiken series.  Written by the author of the Windows Sysinternals suite of tools the book follows a computer forensics expert as he attempts to escape a frame-up that centers around the effort to hack a social media company's IPO.  An effort which could potentially crash the global economy.  The author does a good job of walking the tightrope between overly didactic techno-speak and telling the story.  I will say it's obvious that Russinovich read Flash Boys and he is no fan of high frequency traders.  

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software - I started this one befored but misplaced the book.  Found it last night so I am starting it again.  I don't really have a feel for it yet but here is the Amazon description:

 What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries.
Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. 
It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.

Ordered - This Doesn't Happen in the Movies - Based on the recommendation in the AoS book thread


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