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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Here's how Microsoft hopes to get Android and iOS phone apps into its Windows 10 Store | ZDNet

Here's how Microsoft hopes to get Android and iOS phone apps into its Windows 10 Store | ZDNet

destroy every word on Twitter: "destroy facebook"

destroy every word on Twitter: "destroy facebook"

Beware the Too Compelling Narrative | The Art of Manliness

Beware the Too Compelling Narrative | The Art of Manliness



The Narrative Fallacy

Psychologists have found that the human brain is primed for narrative. We find messages that are framed as stories more memorable, easy to understand, and convincing. And we all fit our own memories and identity into a neat storyline as well — we tell ourselves that thisled to this; this was a big turning point; this had to happen so this other thing could happen.
As we’ve discussed several times on the site, our penchant for narrative can be a positive thing when we apply it to framing our own lives. While it’s possible to fall into the trap of arranging one’s memories of an event in order to shirk responsibility for the parts where we messed up, overall it’s psychologically healthy and beneficial to imagine yourself as the author of your life story — as a hero on a journey.
But when it comes to the messages we receive from others, our brain’s inclination to fit things into a neat storyline can lead us astray and into drawing conclusions unsupported by facts, following unscrupulous leaders, and opening our wallets to those selling a bill of goods.
In The Black Swan, philosopher Nassim Taleb calls this the narrative fallacy — a “vulnerability to overinterpretation and our predilection for compact stories over raw truths.” This cognitive blind spot, he argues, “severely distorts our mental representation of the world.”
The narrative fallacy leads us to draw overly simple conclusions, see patterns where none exist, and organize disparate facts into an all-uniting explanation when the real causes are actually more complex and random. This skews our view of information, which can diminish our ability to think critically and make good decisions.

Friday, May 1, 2015

VICE on Twitter: "My Immigrant Dad Is Voting UKIP, the Political Party That Rejects Immigrants http://t.co/xpQx8lVmKx http://t.co/Pw3vmi1xjX"

VICE on Twitter: "My Immigrant Dad Is Voting UKIP, the Political Party That Rejects Immigrants http://t.co/xpQx8lVmKx http://t.co/Pw3vmi1xjX"

Amazon.com: The Northern Wind: Forced Journey to North Korea (9781469769080): Therese Park: Amazon Warehouse Deals

Amazon.com: The Northern Wind: Forced Journey to North Korea (9781469769080): Therese Park: Amazon Warehouse Deals



The Northern Wind depicts turbulent South Korea in the mid-1960’s, a time when her troops were fighting in Vietnam and North Korean infiltrators were terrorizing their southern neighbors with killing and kidnapping. While doing her laundry at a remote creek on Kanghwa Island on a Saturday morning, eighteen-year-old Miyong, a member of women’s group involved in urban development, notices a unit of armed South Koreans passing her. As the men gather on a dry creek bed some yards away, she discovers their use of certain words and their accent are not typically South Korean. She waits until they leave and hurries back to the community and reports them to the director, an army reserve officer working for the Central Intelligence Corp (CIC).

Researchers Create The Ultimate Smartphone Ultra Zoom To See And Measure Strands Of DNA | TechCrunch

Researchers Create The Ultimate Smartphone Ultra Zoom To See And Measure Strands Of DNA | TechCrunch



Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have created a smartphone ultra zoom solution that allows scientists in the field to image and size DNA. The tool, which uses a little 3D-printed box that acts as a high-resolution microscope, can be used to see objects as small as two nanometers in width.
“For perspective, that makes DNA about 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Currently, imaging single DNA molecules requires bulky, expensive optical microscopy tools, which are mostly confined to advanced laboratory settings. In comparison, the components for my device are significantly less expensive,” said Aydogan Ozcan, the UCLA professor involved in the project.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops | TechCrunch

Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops | TechCrunch



In an on-stage demo, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore connected a phone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and instantly the UI he was using adapted to the new inputs and outputs. While the operating system interface we saw on screen didn’t look exactly like Windows 10 on a laptop or desktop computer, the applications shown (especially PowerPoint) did. Instead of making minor adjustments to a presentation using a 5-inch screen, you can simply connect to an HDMI-compatible monitor and have all the space and tools you would on a full PC.

Opinion: Empty-Stadium Orioles Game An Embarrassment Of Historic Proportions « CBS DC

Opinion: Empty-Stadium Orioles Game An Embarrassment Of Historic Proportions « CBS DC



So, with police officers forced to be utilized throughout the city and out of an incredible abundance of caution, they decided to do something unprecedented: move Wednesday night’s scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox to the afternoon — and ban fans from attending. An MLB first.
They will play Wednesday’s game in front of an empty stadium. No doubt it will be interesting to watch and especially to hear.




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