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Philip Guo - Silent Technical Privilege

When I first read On Technical Entitlement by Tess Rinearson in mid-2012, it resonated with me so much that I emailed her. I've been meaning to expand that original email into an article for a while now, so here goes ...

Click to view the original at pgbovine.net

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"Chinese Women, Please Don't Sleep With Foreigners"

The following is actually pretty old but like the "China Does Not Have Any Men Suitable For Me" post, it occasionally is becomes hot again and is reposted across the Chinese internet. -- Fauna On T...

Click to view the original at chinasmack.com

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Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source code

So, now that it's 2014, it's time for a code question involving the number 2014. Your task is to make a program that prints the number 2014 without using any of the characters 0123456789 in your c...

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Largest small system emulator

This entry weighs in at a magical 4043 bytes (8086 nibbles, 28,301 bits). It manages to implement most of the hardware in a 1980’s era IBM-PC using a few hundred fewer bits than the total number of transistors used to implement the original 8086 CPU.

Click to view the original at ioccc.org

Hasnain says:

"The author hereby presents, for the delectation (?) of the judges, a portable PC emulator/VM written specifically for the IOCCC which runs DOS, Windows 3.0, Excel, MS Flight Simulator, AutoCAD, Lotus 1-2-3 …

In just 4043 bytes of C source, you get a complete mid-late 1980s-era IBM-compatible PC"

Posted on 2014-01-04T21:28:28+0000

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The Builder’s High – Rands in Repose

The Builders High What?s the last thing you built when you got that high? This is followed by another hour of editing and tweaking before I?ll publish the piece, and the high is always the same.

Click to view the original at randsinrepose.com

Hasnain says:

This is brilliant.

"This is not a reminder to over-analyze each moment and make them count. This is a reminder not to let a digital world full of others’ moments deceive you into devaluing your own. Their moments are infinite – yours are finite and precious – and this New Year I’m wondering how much we want to create versus consume."

Posted on 2014-01-04T05:49:03+0000

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Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture | Re/code

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

Click to view the original at recode.net

Hasnain says:

"What mistake did all these very smart men make in common? They focused on what the technology could not do at the time rather than what it could do and might be able to do in the future. This is the most common mistake that naysayers make."

Posted on 2014-01-02T17:38:18+0000

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Hasnain says:

"WiTrack is a device that tracks the 3D motion of a user from the radio signals reflected off her body. It works even if the person is occluded from the WiTrack device or in a different room. WiTrack does not require the user to carry any wireless device, yet its accuracy exceeds current RF localization systems, which require the user to hold a transceiver. It transmits wireless signals whose power is 100 times smaller than Wi-Fi and 1000 times smaller than cellphone transmissions."

Holy ...

Posted on 2013-12-31T08:36:41+0000

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Zoom, enhance. Corneal reflections can reveal bystanders (Wired UK)

Researchers at the Universities of York and Glasgow have managed to successfully extract identifiable images of bystanders from reflections in people's eyes

Click to view the original at wired.co.uk