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Aneristic Illusions / TSA bodyscan fuckery
« on: November 01, 2011, 10:52:27 pm »
I thought we had a thread about this, but I can't find it, and anyway it's really old. Here's some new info, apparently the cancer risk is not quite negligible:

U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

Very interesting read.

One tidbit that caught my attention:

In Rapiscanís Secure 1000 scanner, which uses ionizing radiation, a passenger stands between two large blue boxes and is scanned with a pencil X-ray beam that rapidly moves left to right and up and down the body. In the other machine, ProVision, made by defense contractor L-3 Communications, a passenger enters a chamber that looks like a round phone booth and is scanned with millimeter waves, a form of low-energy radio waves, which have not been shown to strip electrons from atoms or cause cancer.

I've only been in a body scanner once, at Schiphol (Amsterdam) Airport, and it was definitely a type of round phone booth installation (the scanner actually sort of revolves around you, IIRC), so I'm comforted that at least I got the not-shown-to-cause-cancer type.

« on: October 25, 2011, 08:40:33 pm »
This is soooo cute:

Unfortunately they don't accept any more orders until January, so it's not much help for Christmas gifts.

Apple Talk / THE PEANUT
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:15:29 pm »
=== THE PEANUT ===

The boy found the peanut. He looked up. A dozen purplish-grey gorillas descended through the cylindrical tower.

KGGGGGGTSK. "The target is in sight", said a gorilla in a growling alien voice. KGGGGGTSK.

KGGGGGGTSK. "Charge your XSTR17 Mega Assault Missile Railguns and take him out". KGGGGGTSK.

For a few moments, everything was white noise. Blasts of white noise. Flashes of white noise. Clouds of white noise, and then smoke. Gears, bolts and burnt wires were scattered across the floor sitting in small puddles of blood, mucus and oil. The boy had been a cyborg.

The gorilla deathsquad circled in on the peanut.

KGGGGGGTSK. "General. Do you want us to take out the peanut as well?". KGGGGGTSK.

KGGGGGGTSK. "No leave it. It's already assaulted". KGGGGGTSK.

The room once again filled with noise, but this time howls and groans. Seven light-years further away, three elephants fell down a rocky shore cliff. The first two hit rock, the third the sea.


Facebook: Are You Interfacing with the Russian Mafia & KGB?

Andrey Ternovskiy, one of Russia's wunderkind Internet entrepreneurs, is being courted by venture capitalists the world over. To get access to cash he needn't leave Moscow, but he doesn't want to do business with the billionaire oligarchs tied to the Russian Mafia and Putin's KGB-FSB machine in the Kremlin.

So, earlier this year the 18-year-old founder of Chatroullet, a webcam-based conversation website, came to the United States to meet with investors. Ternovskiy didn't tell anyone his itinerary. Nevertheless, when he arrived in New York, there was a chauffer-driven limo waiting for him, courtesy of Yuri Milner and Digital Sky Technologies (DST), Russia's hottest investment company.

 Ternovskiy reportedly has rebuffed DST's efforts, describing them as "harrassing and hounding."

 Ryan Tate at appropriately describes the DST limo episode as "creepy." However, the experience goes beyond "creepy," illustrating the nexus between Russia's "business" community and it's intelligence structures. How did DST know Ternovskiy's flight schedule? There are a number of ways that DST could have gotten that information, nearly all of which would be illegal in any country where the "rule of law" is more than merely an empty slogan. But considering DST's high-level ties to Vladimir Putin's KGB-FSB police-state apparatus, obtaining Ternovskiy's airline itinerary must have been child's play.

 The Russian teenager is demonstrating better business sense and greater ethical judgment than American corporations, such as social network behemoth Facebook and Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs. Over the past year, DST has made several large investments in Facebook, and now holds a ten percent share in the company, which boasts more than 500 million users worldwide ó and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.

 DST, which has also invested heavily in Zynga, the online social network game developer (FarmVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars [above], etc.), and Groupon, a deal-of-the-day website, has a billion dollars to invest in Internet companies and, reportedly, is also looking at buying into Twitter.

 DST has chosen Goldman Sachs for its initial public offering next year. The choice of Goldman Sachs (GS) is not surprising, as GS already owns an undisclosed stake in DST and, aside from the company's Russian co-founders, Yuri Milner and Gregory Finger,  all three of DST's partners (Alexander Tamas, Verdi Israelian, and John Lindfors) are former GS executives.

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Apple Talk / Desktop Background!
« on: October 22, 2011, 06:47:27 pm »
So I got a reeeeeeeeeeally big monitor. 24 inches and 1920x1080 pixels.

All of my old desktop wallpapers are 1024x600, my netbook's resolution.

Anyone got some cool high res thingy?

Techmology and Scientism / DEATH MAGNET
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:50:28 pm »

Techmology and Scientism / I will never trust a photograph again.
« on: October 17, 2011, 08:55:04 pm »
Check the video and be blown away:

I have to say, I can hardly believe this is possible. Going to have to read the paper.

Techmology and Scientism / Dizzying but invisible depth
« on: October 16, 2011, 02:39:06 pm »

This kind of puts a new spin on the saying "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

RPG Ghetto / who killed videogames? (a ghost story)
« on: October 15, 2011, 12:16:51 pm »

About the psychology and mathematics of hooking people on FarmVille.

Apple Talk / The tribesman who friended me on Facebook
« on: October 15, 2011, 10:39:34 am »
A delightful story:

Yes it's a littlebit heavy on the "noble savage" meme, but that doesn't necessarily need to ruin an otherwise awesome thing.


Be sure to watch the video.

It's kinda cute and kinda terrifying.

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