17 February 2009

College Kids and Monkeys About Equal on Math - "Elizabeth Brannon, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke, studies how human adults and infants, lemurs and monkeys think about numbers without using language. Her goal is to identify brain systems that support number sense and determine how this cognitive skill develops.

"Number [sense] is one of the more abstract domains of cognition: Three coins and three loaves of bread are very different concepts," Brannon said in a Duke news release. "Yet, many studies show that babies, even in the first year of life, can tell the difference between quantities."

She's found that both human infants and macaque monkeys who've seen the same number of objects repeated in different-looking sets recognize when there's a new number of objects. She also found that college students and macaque have similar speed and accuracy when doing a rough sort of math by summing sets of objects without actually counting them." [link]

11 February 2009

US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package - "US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management." ... "This is the most backdoor of all the backdoor ways of doing things," Public Knowledge's Art Brodsky told The Reg. "Conference committees are notorious for being the most opaque of all legislative processes."" [link]

10 February 2009

Intel's New Netbook Chips Promise Faster HD Video - "Cheap, tiny netbooks are about to get a little more powerful.

Intel this week confirmed it's shipping a new version of its low-powered Atom processor designed for netbooks.

Dubbed the Atom N280, the processor's most notable improvement will be seen in high-definition video playback. The N280 is paired with a GN40 chipset, which includes a hardware-based HD video decoder for viewing 720P HD video." [link]

09 February 2009

Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson tests out the 550 BHP Ford GT and the 700 BHP Ford GTX1


52 ways to make extra money - "I've written a lot lately about getting rid of debts and reducing expenses. I thought it was time I address the flip side of your finances: making more money. Thanks to suggestions by my Twitter followers, readers and other bloggers, I've been able to put together a solid list of 52 ways to make extra money. Most, if not all, can be done even with a full-time job.

I obviously haven't tried all of these methods, but when possible I've tried to link to an example of the opportunity actually making money. You should be able to find something here that fits you and your skills." [link]

06 January 2009

Truphone adds Skype, Twitter to iPhone client - "Truphone announced the new functionality on Tuesday at the Macworld 2009 expo in San Francisco. Starting next Monday, all Truphone subscribers using one of Apple's handhelds will be able to use the free client for Skype, Twitter, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger two-way communications." [link]

Human Task Switches Considered Harmful - "When you're managing a team of programmers, one of the first things you have to learn to get right is task allocation. That's just a five-dollar word for giving people things to do. It's known colloquially as "file dumping" in Hebrew (because you dump files in peoples' laps). And how you decide which files to dump in which laps is one of the areas where you can get incredible productivity benefits if you do it right. Do it wrong, and you can create one of those gnarly situations where nobody gets anything accomplished and everybody complains that "nothing ever gets done around here."" [link]

31 December 2008

How we paid off $30,000 of debt - "After five and a half years of marriage -- plus a child, a relocation, the purchase of a new home and a career change -- we finally had paid off nearly $30,000 worth of debt." [link]

30 December 2008

MusicBox: music collection visualization - "For her Masters thesis at the MIT Media Lab, Anita Lillie created a music library visualization tool called MusicBox. The project will analyze the songs in a music library and group them based on a number of different dimensions - stuff like song length, tempo, ID3 genre information, and more advanced spectral properties of the audio.

This project is killer in so many ways, but my favorite feature is that you can use your mouse to draw a path through the song graph and and the tool will create a playlist that smoothly transitions between the different genres along that path. If this ever gets released, human DJs are going to have to step up their game." [link]

29 December 2008

It May Be Time to Think About Buying a House - "Five or 10 years from now, when the financial crisis has ended and housing prices are up smartly once more, we will look in the rearview mirror and realize that we missed a golden age for first-time home buyers.

Then, everyone who sat on their down payment savings accounts for a few years too long will kick themselves for not taking advantage of what may turn out to be the buying opportunity of a lifetime for those who can qualify for a mortgage.

Unfortunately, we do not know when this golden age will begin, because we will be able to identify a bottom to the housing market only with the benefit of hindsight. But as it does with the stock market, the moment will probably arrive when everyone is feeling the most pessimistic." [link]

The Best Worst Videogame Ads Part 4 - "More of videogame marketing at its most awesomely awful." [link]

The Bestest Worser Ads - [link]
The Best Worst Ads 3 - [link]
Hey Covers, You Suck - [link]

26 December 2008

Redesigning the Stop sign - "Excellent parody about the client/designer relationship." [link]

15 December 2008

10 Things Not to Say When Buying a Car - "So you’ve decided to buy a new or pre-owned car. You know the make, model and year of the chariot. You even know what features you want. Now it’s time to head to your local dealer and sign on the bottom line, right? Not by a long shot. It’s now time to negotiate price. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, here are 10 phrases you should never utter in earshot of a car dealer — and why." [link]

09 December 2008

Whose recession is this, anyway? - "For some people, bargain prices and new workplace advantages make the economic downturn a time to profit." [link]