Saturday, July 26, 2014

What I am reading 7/26/2014

Ars Technica - The beauty of zipper merging, or why you should drive ruder -

It works as follows: in the event of an impending lane closure, drivers should fill in both lanes in equal measure. Within a few car lengths of a lane ending, both lanes' cars should take turns filling in the open lane and resuming full speed.
If roads are clear enough that everyone is already driving close to the speed limit, zipper merging isn't as effective, but in the case of congestion, Johnson said that this method reduces backups by a whopping 40 percent on average, since both lanes approach the merge with equal stake in maintaining speed. "When the queue backup is reduced, the access points behind a work zone, like signals or ways to get on and off the freeway, those aren’t blocked," Johnson pointed out. "People have a better opportunity to get off or on the system at that point.
So all my years of being a rude ass actually had a point - Woo Hoo!!!

Boing Boing - Summer Reading List: NonFiction -

Of Course it contains "Capital in the 21st Century" which is rapidly attaining the same status as Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" or "Constitution of Liberty";  A book that a lot of people espouse as reflecting their ideas, but they haven't actually read.  (Full Disclosure - I haven't read Capitalism yet and am debating whether I will.  I am tempted to just so I can call bullshit on all the people who try and quote it but other than that it just doesn't seem that interesting).  Other books include:

No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald - Already made my thoughts clear on this one.

How to Cheat at Everything: A Con Man Reveals the Secrets of the Esoteric Trade of Cheating, Scams, and Hustles by Simon Lovell - could be a fun read.

Another little note on this selection of books - Given that it was compiled by Cory Doctrow I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised to see that he didn't try and squeeze his novels "Little Brother" and "Homeland" into the non-fiction category.

Endgadget - Ulysses is coming to life thanks to virtual reality -
It's such a challenging read, that a developer thought it best to create some sort of a virtual reality world based on the piece that can be accessed through an Oculus Rift headset. Irish filmmaker Eoghan Kidney has launched a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising €4,000 ($5,400) for the project.
 Yeah, first it's Ulysses and then it's teaching young women to lead a "mouse" army and disrupt the status quo.  

Gizmodo - World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970 -

Hacker News - Malcolm X on Learning to Read -

Ideas have power and if you can't convey or understand them, you cut yourself of from that power.

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