Avatars in Space

http://www.astrobio.net/exclusive/3433/avatars-in-space

this is another of my predictions which looks like it’s coming true. I’ve been arguing for years that we will NOT send “manned” missions to Mars because protecting organic humans is far too expensive. We will either send intelligent robots or digital humans in robot bodies (avatars). Watch this space!

First quantum effects seen in visible object – physics-math – 17 March 2010 – New Scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18669-first-quantum-effects-seen-in-visible-object.html

a somewhat misleading headline given “Alas, you couldn’t actually see the effect happening, because that very act of observation would take it out of superposition.

but apparently they didn’t mean the effect was visible, just the object being affected. Right. I’m obviously missing something because it seems to me that that’s about as useful as a chocolate teapot…

American Friends of Tel Aviv University: Seeing a Bionic Eye on Medicines Horizon

http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=11915

never mind bionic eye, this is a significant step towards a bionic brain. And, just as important, a true brain interface capable of capturing the myriad of detail which constitutes your mind. Capture that and we will, eventually, be able to backup our minds; the first major ingredient of Omortality…

Traces of the past: Computer algorithm able to read memories | Wellcome Trust

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2010/WTX058860.htm

getting closer

News | KurzweilAI

http://www.kurzweilai.net/news/frame.html?main=/news/news_single.html?id%3D11928

sounds brilliant (apparently)

One teensy snag does occur to me. They talk of creating invisible speakers and the acoustic bits themselves might well be invisible (or at least very easy to camouflage) but what about the bleedin’ laser that’s got to power the damn things? Don’t see that being invisible – or “wireless” any time soon…

Most Dangerous Object in the Office: Pure Cap Hot Sauce | Magazine

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/03/st_dangerous_hotsauce

I’ll settle for Tabasco Habanero… that ignites at about the maximum heat I can take…

http://womensrights.change.org/blog/view/childrens_books_fcking_with_gender_roles_since_1970

had they said this was from the 50s or early 60s I wouldn’t have been surprised, but 1970 is a surprise…

Microsoft teams with Google in name of privacy • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/30/microsoft_google_us_privacy_law/

good news that they’re trying. Even better news if they succeed…

Google frets over Vietnam hacktivist botnet • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/vietnam_botnet/

the reassuring lesson from this story is how ‘king unintelligent the authoritarians are. By only attacking their political enemies, they expose themselves as being the attackers. But although our greater intelligence should give us an advantage, we need to harness it better than we obviously are to date…

MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/windows_7_xp_forrester_report/

dunno ’bout the rest of you, but I’m using half a dozen systems on Win7 and a few dozen more still on XP. My personal experience isn’t horrendous (apart from the initial headache of learning how to get control of my own ‘king systems again) but I can’t say I’ve found any major benefit from the upgrade. I still have the same number of BSODs, shutdown failures and random system file corruptions that I got used to on XP…

Security researchers scrutinise search engine poisonings • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/search_poisoning_dissected/

unless they mean ISP’s when they use the phrase “network managers” I don’t see much joy in here for the ordinary home grown surfer who is a) most likely to be looking for current news items and b) most likely to be the intended target for the malware.

Hyperbole and a Half: How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-fish-almost-destroyed-my-childhood.html

posterity will be forever grateful that she had the presence of mind to sketch a description of the events as they happened…

Orca the dolphin killer: Families see astonishing attack as they enjoy nature trip | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1261276/Orca-dolphin-killer-Families-astonishing-attack-enjoy-nature-trip.html

raw in tooth and claw. And nose apparently…

Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1262074/Scientists-discover-moral-compass-brain-controlled-magnets.html

can of worms. I anticipate a rash of defence pleas from those living or working within a couple of hundred feet of major power lines…

US boy Jordan Brown to be tried as adult for killing fathers pregnant fiance | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1262271/US-boy-Jordan-Brown-tried-adult-killing-fathers-pregnant-fiance.html

one of those ethical issues to which there is no easy answer. Can we really consider an 11 year old as moraly responsible for his actions? Can we treat such vicious crime as anything less than capital?