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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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