Nov 19 2015 Interesting article and a short documentary from Glenn Greenwald about a homeless man and his dogs living on the streets of Rio de Janerio. Article: The Intercept - Dogs forge a bond with Rio's homeless that is life saving URL: https://theintercept.com/2015/10/13/dogs-forge-a-bond-with-rios-homeless-that-is-life-saving/ Video: The Intercept- Field of Vision: Birdie URL: https://theintercept.com/fieldofvision/birdie
Nov 18 2015 So there's really no way to monitor progress of an upload in older browsers without using some type of plug in. Best I could come up with was to upload the file in a iframe and use a setTimeout loop to check for a page load. If the page is still loading, then animate a loading dial, if the page is loaded, then remove the loading dial.
Nov 1 2015 WhyArs Technica is a great site. Aside from the many well-written articles covering a range of different scientific and technological subjects, there is another reason why Ars Technica is so great. The article below highlights a cancer-attacking-virus therapy that the FDA approved for use on Tuesday. While the article itself is a great example of the topics covered by Ars, it is the promoted comments that make the site so much better. Below the article, one of the researchers working on the therapy described in the article replied with a comment. I haven't verified this person's claims. But, for the sake of argument, let's assume they are being honest. For me, this highlights an important fact: Ars Technica is read by experts in the industry. The comment itself enhances the value of the article. And, while it cannot be verified without further research, it helps promote fruitful discussion on the topic. Rather that forcing readers to dig through the "pile" of comments to find this expert's reply, the comment is promoted so it is easily visible to the reader. The promoted-comment mechanic is another reason why Ars Technica is a great site. I recommend adding it to your daily browsing habits. ArsTechnica: Cancer-killing viruses have finally arrived URL: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/10/cancer-killing-viruses-have-finally-arrived/
Oct 22 2015 Great presentation by Douglas Crockford on managing programmers. This one deserves your full attention. Lot's of funny stuff (Dilbert and XKCD). I especially like his distinction between engineers and "software" engineers. Engineers have gravity to keep them honest, programmers don't have that. If you manage programmers, this is a must watch. Managing Programmers by Douglas Crockford at Silicon Valley Code Camp URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPlMcUxFOlY
Oct 13 2015 Crazy story about Soviet key-logging tech from the 1970s. "All of the implants were quite sophisticated. Each implant had a magnetometer that converted the mechanical energy of key strokes into local magnetic disturbances. The electronics package in the implant responded to these disturbances, categorized the underlying data, and transmitted the results to a nearby listening post. Data were transmitted via radio frequency. The implant was enabled by remote control. Another advantage of these bugs was easy installation. Engineers estimated that a skilled technician could install an implant in a typewriter in a half hour. The integrated circuits were very sophisticated for that time period. The circuits contained one bit core memory, an advancement that NSA engineers had never seen." Ars Technica : How Soviets used IBM Selectric keyloggers to spy on US diplomats URL: http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/10/how-soviets-used-ibm-selectric-keyloggers-to-spy-on-us-diplomats/
Oct 8 2015 Watched an interesting video on programming language design. See link below for details. YouTube: "Eve" by Chris Granger (Strange Loop Sept 24, 2015) URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V1ynVyud4M
Oct 6, 2015 Finally saw The Martian. It was a fun movie. Maybe if the Romans didn't kill Archimedes, we'd be there by now... Thanks Romans.
Oct 6, 2015 Crazy story about Archimedes' lost journal. Turns out he invented Calculus about 1800 years before Newton. YouTube: The Lost Book of Archimedes URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6LtbV2nLLc
Oct 6, 2015 Well it's been a while since this thing was updated. It's got a new look and feel that is much cleaner. It's late, so its time for bed. I am going to try and keep this thing more up-to-date.