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

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 […]

Know a geek?

xkcd has a bunch of posters and T’s at the xkcdstore. Some of the posters have very educational charts taking a look at party representation in Congress over time, launch vehicles, online communities, lakes and oceans, and other stuff. T’s allow you to wear your Linux cheat sheet or make the threat that you know […]

Boomers grip on tech

Brian Proffitt has an interesting take on the meme that you need to find a teenager to fix your computer. He explains his conclusion about Why Boomers Won’t Release Their Grip On Technology. “Due to its size and timing as the dominant generation during the spectacular rise of information technology, Baby Boomers will continue to […]

Large population communications lab: Burning Man

“There is literally nowhere else on earth where you can run an experimental mobile phone network with a potential 30,000 users and get away with it. Nowhere else can you learn so much in as short a timeframe about people’s relationship with their mobile phones or what makes a mobile network tick. “ Tim Panton […]

Technical problem: spam

Fifty Billion is quite a mark and Askimet has just hit that number for spam comments blocked on blogs. TechCrunch has the story. “In April, Akismet blocked 1.8 billion spam messages, or 60 million pieces of spam per day, 2.5 million per hour, or 700 per second.” … “According to stats from the company, 92% […]

3 Books, History of E&M and making sense of QM

Three books recently borrowed all turned out to be history of science with a focus on the end of electricity and magnetism and the beginning of quantum mechanics. The first was The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution by Henry Schlesinger. That turned out not to be very much about batteries but rather […]

It’s frightening – I’net apps as targets

Kelly7552 has some advice to word press dreamhosters at the Dreamhost customer discussion forum that is well worth perusing, I think. He got into analyzing the error and access logs to his 6 wordpress installs and what he reports is frightening. many of the trolls are not specific to wordpress ,like trolls trying to access […]