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Studies and learning about people and how they function in a social environment.

SWL in the modern era

Back in the day, a short wave radio with a decent antenna was needed if you wanted to listen to foreign broadcast stations. Now all you need is a computer connected to the I’net. Radio Garden provides a globe you can scroll with green dots for radio stations. Click on a green dot or scroll […]

Cultures for idea development

Ever wonder why English has such a rich written tradition? Why Tolstoy was Russian? The expression of ideas depends upon culture and software is no different. This is what Adam Michael Wood is arguing in choosing between Python and Django vs. Ruby and Rails. tl;dr – Python … I have a particular app I’m trying […]

The very ontology of song

Decomposing music separates it into three basic components: rhythm, harmony and melody. Rhythm can live by itself. It inhabits the time domain. Harmony can also live by itself. It inhabits the frequency domain. Melody is a glue that holds harmony and rhythm together. Ed Driscoll at Insta-Pundit cited David Solway’s The Mystery of Melody to bring […]

Telephony meets I’net: Google, XMPP, FOSS, anonymity, spam, security, and more

Google has been a telephony solution for the last few years with leverage from 3rd party support such as from Obihai. A change from Google has this service in turmoil. On the surface, it seems simple but the river is deep and turbulent. Google says it doesn’t want to be a telephone company. It isn’t […]

The techno-gullible

Luboš Motl takes off on one of the computer scares: BadBIOS v2.0: contracting HIV from your digital camera “The people’s large holes in the knowledge and their gullibility is a much greater threat for the health of the mankind and the civilization than over 99% of the “declared threats” we are hearing about these days. […]

What makes physiscists wierd?

Besides spherical cows (I prefer the spherical chicken), physicists tend to stand out as wierd in how they approach problems. Chad Orzel has a post on Think like a physicist that delves into the matter. ” the various scientific fields have a lot in common, and a generally reductive approach is one of those things. […]

Canonical, Ubuntu, Innovation, and the Establishment

Mark Shuttleworth has made waves in the Linux community. Ubuntu is not just another Debian knock-off which may be why many in the Debian community got miffed. They didn’t like being upstaged or something. Others expressed outrage because they didn’t feel that Canonical, Shuttleworth’s company supporting Ubuntu, didn’t give to balance what it took. Then, […]

Choice: ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ or ‘Hello Kitty’ as your AR-15 theme?

He says that the AR-15 is more than a gun, it’s a gadget — and that is why it is so popular. “fringe groups don’t adequately explain the roughly 5 million “black rifles” (as fans of the gun tend to call it) that are now in the hands of the public. No, the real secret […]

History lesson from the Roman Army

“Hans Delbruck said of the eventual Roman triumph over the Greeks, “All the differences between the Greek and Roman military systems can be traced back to the difference in discipline.”[16] It was this discipline that allowed the Romans with first a citizen army, and then a professional army, to secure the borders of a new […]

Stallman jumping sharks: his anti-Ubuntu rant gets a proper response.

“But unfortunately, as far as Richard is concerned, if Ubuntu doesn’t meet his specific requirements around privacy or Free Software, irrespective that it has brought Free Software to millions of users and thousands of organizations, and despite the fact that you might not share his viewpoint, you should shun it.” On Richard Stallman and Ubuntu […]