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  • Truly Exceptionally Unacceptable

    When numbers and words don't add up:

    Ok, this should be easy. "Ease of looking at dealer's inventory"  -  great, no problems there. A 10, right? Well… was it OUTSTANDING? How about TRULY EXCEPTIONAL? No, it wasn't those… I can't say someone's inventory was truly exceptional. I can't put my name on that sort of endorsement. So…? Comfort in the office where we cut the deal? It was fine  -  I couldn't imagine it to be better, but was it TRULY EXCEPTIONAL? No. That doesn't fit. So does that make it a 6 or 7? No, it was better than that… But… So…?

  • Untangling Ada

    Stephen Wolfram on Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace:

    Ada Lovelace was born 200 years ago today. To some she is a great hero in the history of computing; to others an overestimated minor figure. I've been curious for a long time what the real story is. And in preparation for her bicentennial, I decided to try to solve what for me has always been the "mystery of Ada". It was much harder than I expected. Historians disagree. The personalities in the story are hard to read. The technology is difficult to understand. The whole story is entwined with the customs of 19th-century British high society. And there's a surprising amount of misinformation and misinterpretation out there. But after quite a bit of research - including going to see many original documents - I feel like I've finally gotten to know Ada Lovelace, and gotten a grasp on her story. In some ways it's an ennobling and inspiring story; in some ways it's frustrating and tragic.

    Absolutely fascinating. (Obligatory link to Sydney Padua's wonderful The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.)

    [Via jwz]

  • 15 things

    15 things Thomas Mauchline learnt about Islam and British values being a gay boy living opposite a mosque:

    1. When finding out you have been dating your boyfriend for 5 years your muslim neighbours will be disgusted that you haven’t proposed. You hear "get a civil partnership - for your mother's sake" a lot.

    [Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

  • Sitting in the Glass House

    Who is sitting in the Glass House?:

    Online privacy is not an easy concept to explain to the majority of Internet users due to its abstract often near-invisible nature.

    […]

    Mozilla's Glass House experiment in Hamburg, Germany was an attempt to link privacy online with those at home.

    The organization invited unsuspecting travelers from around the world to spend a night in a specially prepared apartment. Once the couples settled in and used the publicly displayed WiFi password to  connect their devices to the Internet, all walls of the apartment were removed.


    [Via MetaFilter]

  • I think I just drove into a Philip K Dick story

    "I think i just drove into a Philip K Dick story:

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