Scientists Ask Congress To Fund $50 Billion Science Thing

September 28, 2007


The highlight of the scientists’ testimony was a series of several colorful diagrams of how the big machine would work. One consisted of colored dots resembling Skittles banging into one another. Noting the motion lines behind the circle-ball things, committee members surmised that they were slamming together in a “fast, forceful manner.” Yet some expressed doubts as to whether they justified the $50 billion price tag. “These scientists could trim $10 million if they would just cut out some of the purple and blue spheres,” said Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), explaining that he understood the need for an abundance of reds and greens. “With all of those molecules and atoms going in every direction, the whole thing looks a bit unorganized, especially for science.”

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Geostationary Banana Over Texas

September 12, 2007

banana in space

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a giant banana that a Canadian artist’s building to blast into space. Cesar Saez is planning to launch the 300m-long inflatable banana into orbit from Mexico next summer to see how people react to his crazy flying fruit. The finished banana will certainly be hard to miss – it’s going to be longer than three football pitches and as high as a 20-storey building in the middle. That means it will be between 15-20% of the size of the full moon!

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How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot in Any Programming Language

October 5, 2006

The proliferation of modern programming languages (all of which seem to have stolen countless features from one another) sometimes makes it difficult to remember what language you’re currently using. This guide is offered as a public service to help programmers who find themselves in such dilemmas.

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Found: Artifacts from the future

May 26, 2006

Wired News’ books of the future include “Coping with Post-Singularity Depression” by Ray Kurzweil, “Talking to Your Kids About Mitochondrial De-Aging” by John Sperling, and “The End of History: This Time For Sure” by Francis Fukuyama.

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The Five Most Common Lies in Business

May 4, 2006

Lie: “People are our most important asset.”

Lie: “This was a rational decision.”

Lie: “We judge people by their performance.”

Lie: “This is business, it isn’t personal.”

Lie: “The customer comes first.”

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Google in 20 years

March 26, 2006

Today Google show us new services almost every day.Google is all over the internet, in one word Google tend to be the internet.But let’s image how Google will look in 20 years …

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Nine years to the Singularity (humor)

March 21, 2006

Someone at The Economist with a bit of extra time on his hands was looking at the recent proliferation of many-bladed razors, and noticed that the time gap between blade increments seems to be shrinking: 70 years before someone added the second blade, a couple of decades to the third, only two or three years between the four-bladed Schick Quattro and the five-bladed Gillette Fusion. Might there be a Moore’s Law for razors blades?  A hyperbolic curves matches the real-world data goes to infinity in 2015. And how are you going to get an asymptotically-accelerating number of blades onto a razor? Why, you’d need godlike super-technology to do that.

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