GeekSpeak for 2012-11-03

Humans Programing and Awesome Humans Vote

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Are you an american? Vote on Nov 6th or before! One Laptop Per Child – > Humans are awesome! A debate about weather programing should be taught to everyone like mathematics and literacy. IBM’s Watson goes to med-school. A WWII carrier pigeon is found.

Lyle’s big question: “How do you teach programing”?

OLPC showing human exploration

“We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android.”

Cook and Charge Your Cell Phone

Got no power? No problem! Just grab something combustible! (Just don’t burn your cell phone.)

WWII carrier pigeon message discovered in Surrey chimney

“Government code-breakers are working on deciphering a message that has remained a secret for 70 years.

“It was found on the remains of a carrier pigeon that was discovered in a chimney, in Surrey, having been there for decades.”

I.B.M.’s Watson Goes to Medical School

“Next up for Watson, I.B.M.’s clever question-answering computer? A stint as a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.”

The Elegant Email

Say something of substance with your subject. (Perhaps with poetry.) The first line of defense against the absurd number of unread messages is the subject line. For a new topic, my expectation is that the subject line gives me an inkling of what I’m about to read. “Question” is not a subject. “Question regarding the impending disaster in engineering” is a better subject. The best, “Calamity is a man’s true touchstone.”

Yahoo will ignore "Do Not Track" for IE 10

In the beginning of this episode Miles and I spoke a bit about the good and bad and the meaning of “do not track.”