Fractals of Change: July 2008

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16 posts from July 2008

July 31, 2008

Save Titan!

From a NASA press release:

NASA Confirms Liquid Lake on Saturn Moon

"PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA scientists have concluded that at least one of the large lakes observ More...

July 30, 2008

Safety in the Slow Lane

Many people are driving slower to save gas, no doubt about it. I now drive the speed limit and I'm not alone in the slow lane. An optometrist Mary saw said he has gone from tailgater to tailgatee. Some people still speed; some semis are still barreling along at 80 whenever they're reasonably sure More...

July 28, 2008

End the War (on Drugs)

America's war on drugs is much older than either the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan; it long predates the war on terror. We have spent a fortune on it; obviously in money; not so obviously in lives. We are losing this war. Worse, the war on drugs is a substantial obstacle to victory in Afghanistan a More...

July 24, 2008

Blogging 101 – The Importance of Links

An old friend recently started blogging and was kind enough to ask my advice.

Bonus hint #1: whenever you are about to write something that isn't a secret and isn't boring, turn it into a post on your blog. I'm taking my own advice.

The world wide web is all about l More...

July 23, 2008

Shape of the Future?


This is good news, right? This convention center in Boston is NOT charging an arm and a leg for temporary roaming Internet access. BTW, it worked pretty well at a little less than one meg in the downward More...

July 21, 2008

How To Lose Your Company

From an article on "net-top" computers in today's New York Times:

"'We're sitting on the sid More...

July 17, 2008

Programmers Helping Programmers

One of the nicest changes to have happened since I was last an active programmer almost twenty years ago is the help programmers give each other. Programming used to be pretty lonely; it still requires unsocial concentration and lack of distraction; but we programmers aren't alone with our bugs a More...

July 16, 2008

Answer To “Not Metcalfe’s Paradox” Puzzle

As usual, the puzzle's been answered well by commenters. Jason p More...

July 14, 2008

The Smart Grid Should Be Stupid

It is becoming conventional wisdom (uh-oh) that a large part of the strategy for reducing dependence on imported oil is to use electricity from sources like wind turbines, solar arrays and concentrators, and nuclear plants as a substitute for that oil. There is general recognition (uh-oh again) t More...

July 13, 2008

NOT Metcalfe’s Paradox – A Puzzle

Bob Metcalfe posed this puzzle at an unconference we were recently at. He says, however, he didn't invent it. Most people, including me, get the answer wrong; in fact, I got the answer wrong twice – once by not listening and once by not t More...

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