According to privacyinternational Dutch society is still getting less careless and more obsessive controlish about its citizens. Some key findings tell good and bad, but looking just at the Netherlands, its not a good trend. More ‘highlights’ of dutch privacy at the Big Brother Awards.
The Flash Crash of 2010 shows that automated trading developments, with AI logorithmic trade systems aren’t safe trading anymore. Like the housing bubble, the owners have build such a financial complex system for themselves, that they don’t know what’s going on anymore. They consciously are walking a thin line with huge risks.
Tegenlicht tries to point out that here it not just the choice of the traders which causes this, but that it is also part of the nature of the digital economy. Chips are just stopped because we give them a clock…the rest is unknown.
That should make us think again about where we go with our wealth.
The whole documentary is here.
Violent clashes between police and demonstrators as over ten thousand gather on the streets of Cairo. The Egyptian population has endured a tyrants rule for far too long, millions struggle each day to find where their next meal is coming from. January 25th, 2011 marks the day when the people rise and take back what’s rightfully there’s. Song: “Into the Fire” – Thirteen Senses
So Hosni Mubarak is out. Vice President Omar Suleiman says that Mubarak has stepped down and handed over power to the military. This is a huge triumph for people power, and it will resonate across the Middle East and far beyond (you have to wonder what President Hu Jintao of China is thinking right now). The narrative about how Arab countries are inhospitable for democracy, how the Arab world is incompatible with modernity — that has been shattered by the courage and vision of so many Tunisians and Egyptians.
This is a video of Snake Eyes practicing his ninja-ing in G.I. Joe’s highly sophisticated training arena his backyard while being critiqued by a sun sculpture, a buddha statue, a skull coffee mug, some free weights, and two sets of horseshoes. One thing’s for certain: if you’re a gallon of milk, 2-liter soda bottle or jug of kitty litter, this is NOT the ninja to f*** with.
Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers 2011 Grammy Awards Performance
Bob Dylan performed “Maggie’s Farm” with Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. Mumford & Sons also performed “The Cave” and The Avett Brothers performed “Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promises”. [via]
The world’s shortest escalator in the Kawasaki More’s department store in Japan. It has even been certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989 as having the shortest vertical height of 834mm. The best part is, there are normal stairs after you get off the escalator… [via]
Four Re-Haired Mice Injection of a stress hormone blocker into bald mice induces new hair growth and pigmentation. See how they grow hair from row A to row C! UCLA/VA
Some of the greatest discoveries in science have been total accidents — Alexander Fleming’s use of penicillin, Wilson and Penzias’ discovery of the cosmic microwave background, etc. Today, scientists announced they’ve once again unintentionally made a monumental discovery: A cure for baldness. OK, only in mice.
Researchers at the Salk Institute developed a peptide called “astressin-B”, which blocks the action of CRF, and the teams injected the peptide into the bald mice. They weren’t thinking about baldness at all — they wanted to test whether the astressin had any impact on the mice’s gastrointestinal tracts. The first injection did nothing, so the team gave the mice additional injections over five days, and then measured the effects on the newly de-stressed mice’s colons.
About three months later, the researchers came back to do some follow-up GI tests, but they couldn’t find their test mice. They had to check the creatures’ ID numbers to make sure the hairy results were real. Follow-up studies proved it without a doubt, according to a UCLA news release.