Sunday, 23 August 2015

sequestering carbon, several books at a time XLX

The latest batch:


Hmm.  Six out of seven of the SF/F are sequels or parts of series.  The seventh (Lock In) has a sequel scheduled, so it will be the first in its series.

There are three books on HCI/Interaction Design, as I need to find out about it for something coming up next year.  Three books staring at me from a shelf should provide sufficient osmotic pressure, surely?

Thursday, 20 August 2015

view from a hotel window

Swindon, 8:51pm : such a restless hive of activity!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

testing, testing, 1, 2, -59.3i

Bill Sempf on testing:
QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljknesv.



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Monday, 17 August 2015

never email a password

I’ve just registered with a new grant management system.  They wanted a password, obviously, and clearly wanted a strong one, because they required a minimum length, and a mix of characters from different classes.  They went one further, and also wanted an answer to a memorable questions.  So far, so good.  (Well, apart from one of the options being mother’s maiden name.  Not exactly secret in this day and age.  But I use a password manager, so I can easily provide a random answer without worrying about losing it.)

They emailed me confirmation of my registration.

The email contained my login id.  And my password, in the clear.

screenshot of email, modified
Sigh.

[while looking for an interesting and relevant link to add in here, I found this beautiful page.]

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

wheels within wheels

Biology is just insanely complicated.
a virus inside a parasite inside a fly
Red blood cell with Leishmania parasite; virus image not included



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Saturday, 15 August 2015

swirl, pop, cut

Complex and complicated
an experimental dreamlike video rocking us smoothly through circular moves



I don’t find it particularly dreamlike or smooth: the cuts are way too frequent.  Just as I’m falling into the swirls … bam! another cut.

But fascinating and beautiful, nonetheless

[via BoingBoing]



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Monday, 10 August 2015

we now know more


Here’s an interesting argument about why we shouldn’t worry about the planetary status of Pluto.
Is Pluto a planet or a dwarf? Such labels matter less and less 
Seeing Pluto up close reminds us that the universe, like life on Earth, is a continuum. It was easy to draw dividing lines when we didn’t know much.


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