Daily Archives: April 25, 2017

What Is Digital Humanism?

In this century, most people use “humanist” to mean something like “atheist, but nice about it.” That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m thinking about Renaissance Humanism, but applied, updated, or translated to digital technology in the 21st century.In the Renaissance, Humanism is a complicated umbrella term for different, sometimes contradictory intellectual movements. The most consistent attributes in these humanists are these three things:they were really into old books and manuscripts, the weirder the better;they tried hard to save and preserve these texts;they worked hard to disperse these texts and the ideas inside them to as many people as possible.And once the printing press came along, they were off to the races.Aldus Manutius might be my favorite humanist who didn’t write very much. He edited and published classical texts in slim, portable, affordable printed volumes, and invented or popularized a bunch of typographical conventions, like italics, commas, and semicolons.

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Panasonic can read your heart rate by looking at your face

Being a sports professional means keeping calm in high-pressure situations, or at least pretending you are when actually freaking out. Spectators are typically none the wiser, but Panasonic will be giving viewers some additional insight into the mind of golfers competing at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship 2017, which tees off in Japan later this month. Coverage of the tournament, which is being broadcast on Japanese TV and online, will show the heart rate of golfers on-screen, so you can watch the nerves kick in as someone steps up to attempt a clutch, chip-in birdie. It’s intended to add a bit more drama to the otherwise slow proceedings, but just as interesting is how Panasonic plans on making this happen, using what the company calls “contactless vital sensing” by way of a special camera.

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Linux PC builder System76 plans to design, manufacture its own hardware 

System76 is one of only a handful of PC vendors that exclusively sells computers with Linux-based software. Up until now, that’s meant the company has chosen hardware that it could guarantee would work well with custom firmware and the Ubuntu Linux operating system.But unlike larger PC companies (think Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and HP), System76 hasn’t designed or manufactured its own hardware. Instead it used OEM/ODM companies to do those things, instead focusing on the software.Starting in 2018 though, you may be able to buy a System76 computer that was designed and built in-house.

Source: Linux PC builder System76 plans to design, manufacture its own hardware – Liliputing

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Listen: Gorillaz – The Apprentice ft. Rag’n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray Blk http://www.huhmagazine.co.uk/13215/gorillaz-the-apprentice-ragnbone-man-zebra-katz-ray-blk

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Radioactive material stolen in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Reuters) – An unknown amount of stolen radioactive material has prompted an alert in nine Mexican states, the head of national emergency services said on Monday.The alert and search for the stolen material covers the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Michoacan San Luis Potosi, Durango and Zacatecas, according to a post on Luis Felipe Puente’s Twitter account.Puente encouraged people with information about the stolen material to report it but added: “don’t open it.”Stolen or lost radioactive material has on several occasions been reported in Mexico, most recently early last year when a container of radioactive substance used for industrial X-rays, a method of non-destructive testing, was taken along with a car. (Reporting by David Alire Garcia; editing by Grant McCool)

Source: Radioactive material stolen in Mexico, search on -officials

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Washington D.C. To Hold Massive “Coordinated Terror Attack” Drill This Wednesday 

April 26th is shaping up to be a busy day.As we reported on Friday, that’s when Operation Gotham Shield, an exercise involving FEMA, Homeland Security and a myriad of law enforcement and military agencies and which simulates a nuclear bomb blast over Manhattan, is set to conclude.Then, as we learned earlier, April 26 is also when the entire Senate will be briefed by Donald Trump and his four top defense and military officials on the situation in North Korea at the White House, an event which Reuters dubbed as “unusual.”April 26 is also when the USS Carl Vinson is expected to finally arrive off the coast of the Korean Penninsula.Now, in a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional association reports that “law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.”The statement adds that emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators.

Source: Washington D.C. To Hold Massive “Coordinated Terror Attack” Drill This Wednesday | Zero Hedge

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Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site 

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.Wikitribune plans to pay for the reporters by raising money from a crowdfunding campaign.Wales intends to cover general issues, such as US and UK politics, through to specialist science and technology.Those who donate will become supporters, who in turn will have a say in which subjects and story threads the site focuses on. And Wales intends that the community of readers will fact-check and subedit published articles.Describing Wikitribune as “news by the people and for the people,” Wales said: “This will be the first time that professional journalists and citizen journalists will work side-by-side as equals writing stories as they happen, editing them live as they develop, and at all times backed by a community checking and rechecking all facts.”

Source: Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site | Technology | The Guardian

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Roku Hires DC Lobbyists For First Time To Fight For Net Neutrality

With broadband privacy rules dead, ISP lobbyists and their loyal lawmakers have begun quickly shifting their attention to killing FCC oversight of broadband providers and net neutrality. We’ve pointed out how folks concerned about this shouldn’t expect a lot of help from the likes of Facebook, Netflix and Google this go round. We’ve also noted how folks need to begin waking up to the false arguments being used to sell the pitch (namely that gutting net neutrality and FCC authority over ISPs will be fine because existing FTC rules will protect users, which simply isn’t true).Roku certainly appears to have gotten the message, with reports suggesting the company has hired DC lobbyists for the first time ahead of what’s expected to be a May or June attack on net neutrality (either at the FCC, in Congress, or a combination of both):”For Roku and others in the business, an end to the Obama-era protections could make it harder — or, in some cases, more expensive — to offer content or services to customers at top download speeds. That’s why Roku has hired a pair of Republican lobbyists through an outside government-affairs firm, according to a federal ethics reports filed this week, specifically to focus on net neutrality. It’s the first time the company has ever retained lobbyists in Washington, D.C.”

Source: Roku Hires DC Lobbyists For First Time To Fight For Net Neutrality | Techdirt

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3 Hidden Switches That Clear the Chrome Cache Instantly

As far as clearing the cache, you can use the Ctrl + F5 keyboard shortcut. Or open the three-dot menu and select More tools > Clear browsing data. But did you know that there are three “hidden” switches that give you more options for cleaning without interrupting your work?The 3 “Hidden” SwitchesOpen the Chrome Dev Tools by pressing F12. On the Dev Tools screen, just right-click on the Refresh button (upper right-hand corner) and a menu will drop down. Now you have three ways of cleaning the browser cache with a press of a button.

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