How communist Bulgaria became a leader in tech and sci-fi
- The new order was not just one that would change the economies of the advanced countries, but the very core of what it was to be a worker within it – and thus more broadly, a human within a world of thinking machines.
- Back in 1944, as the Red Army rolled over the Danube, and the Bulgarian communists took power in Sofia, the country was mainly an agricultural producer, its tobacco calming German troops throughout occupied Europe.
- But the Industrial Revolution had started a change of Man’s own nature, which was culminating with the Information Revolution – humanity now was becoming not a worker but a ‘governor’, a master of nature, and the means of production were not machines or muscles, but the human brain.
One Dead Media (2008)
- These are index cards with holes on their edges, which can be selectively slotted to indicate traits or categories, or in our language today, to act as a field.
- There is a field of holes reserved for notch coding the serial number of a reference from which the note on a card may have been taken, or the serial number corresponding to an individual from whom the information came directly (including a code for myself, for self-generated thoughts).
- It’s funky and functional: cards with a lot of holes in the edges, a long blunt needle, and a notcher.
- The edge-notched McBee and InDeck cards and Colon Classification contained the seeds of this matrix/faceted navigation.
- Keysort cards were a clear way to describe digital sorting techniques to brutal people who went on to use IBM machines then.
Twitter says it patched a bug that could have shared users' private messages with developers
- Twitter said Friday it has patched a bug that could have shared users' private messages with software developers outside of the company.
- The issue is estimated to have impacted less than 1 percent of Twitter's total user base, which includes 335 million monthly active users as of July.
- We recently discovered a bug in our Account Activity API (AAAPI).
- This API allows registered developers to build tools to better support businesses and their communications with customers on Twitter.
- If you interacted with an account or business on Twitter that relied on a developer using the AAAPI to provide their services, the bug may have caused some of these interactions to be unintentionally sent to another registered developer.
- Similarly, if your business authorized a developer using the AAAPI to access your account, the bug may have impacted your activity data in error.
US Navy Explores Blockchain to Enhance Tracking of Aviation Parts
- The U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is currently exploring the blockchain technology for tracking aviation parts throughout its lifecycle, according to its press release.
- The Navy has partnered with Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, NAVAIR hopes to get “access to cutting-edge chain code” as well as innovative protocols that can “recall large data sets” swiftly and securely.
- ITAMCO developed SIMBA Chain, a blockchain as a service platform which allows for tracking secure messages using blockchain for the United States military.
- According to the press release, ITAMCO will help the Navy understand how to leverage the distributed ledger for its operations and in return, the startup will get to understand how the Navy operates so it can create a “conceptual architecture” for what a “connected and visible supply chain” could look like when fully developed.
You should definitely see 'Assassination Nation,' which is a wild ride best described as 'The Purge' meets 'Spring Breakers'
- I don't know if I ever want to see "Assassination Nation" ever again, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it to you.
- Set in the sleepy town of Salem, high school senior Lily (Odessa Young) and her friends pass the time before the school year ends by being on their phones and partying hard.
- But when people in the town are suddenly hit with a data hack of all their personal information, suddenly all human decency is gone and Salem becomes hate-filled.
- Filled with lots of guns, lots of blood, and lots of texting, this is a movie that examines America's vices on an ultra-violent level and at numerous moments while watching this you'll question if Levinson is trying to warn us if a Salem could happen or if he's showing us that it's already happening.
- See where "Assassination Nation" is playing near you.
Getting started with Docker
- You can download Docker for Mac and Docker for Windows here (you don’t need any other tools like VirtualBox to run Docker).
- There are already many ready-to-use containers available at the Docker Hub. You can download these images by using the docker pull command (for example docker pull nginx).
- To start containers, you need to use the docker run command.
- As we want to access the webserver, we need to specify a port mapping by using -p $HOSTPORT:$CONTAINERPORT.
- Docker also needs to know the name of the image we want to run, in our case we use nginx which we have downloaded earlier.
- It's such a simple yet powerful concept, especially when combined with Docker Compose for production-like local development — I'd love to hear about a "Getting Started with Docker Compose" tutorial!
Porsche and Hyundai want to put holographic, augmented-reality tech in their cars by 2020
- Porsche led a round of Series C investments into WayRay, a Swiss company working toward bringing holographic augmented reality (AR) displays to production, WayRay announced on Tuesday.
- WayRay's AR technology works much like a head-up display system, but its system is smaller, works in any car, and can project virtual objects onto the full width of the windshield.
- Drivers and passengers could one day customize their own parts of a windshield to display the information he or she believes is most relevant.
- In the future, the technology could work in concert with self-driving car systems to display information about the car's surroundings for passengers and pedestrians.
- The Swiss company currently operates in multiple countries around the world, but the new funds will help establish its first factory in Germany with a goal to bring AR to more cars next decade.
Facebook Launches Dating App to Test Market—No Swiping Necessary
- Facebook launched its new dating app, called Dating, on Thursday for a country-wide test in Colombia.
- The app uses algorithms and data it collects about users—information that other dating apps don’t have the same access to—to match them with potential romantic partners, according to TechCrunch.
- Facebook’s Dating will only be available via the Facebook mobile app, for now, and is available to users who are 18 and older.
- Users will have to opt in to the service and create a dating profile, but it won’t use all the personal information from a person’s private Facebook profile, The Verge reported.
- Facebook is launching its Dating app for the first time Thursday in Colombia, where users can start creating a profile, but Facebook won’t start matching people until there are enough signups, according to TechCrunch.
How to Tell Us a Secret
- A Times project that offers readers simple, confidential ways to securely submit tips via their phone or email has paid dividends in news gathering since Day 1.
- But the cellphone Mr. Dance keeps eying tells the story of an innovative Times initiative: a set of digital channels intended to receive confidential news tips.
- As a matter of practice, journalists at The Times have long used digital security measures — encrypted communications and storage — when handling sensitive information.
- But in December 2016, Mr. Dance, the deputy investigations editor, teamed up with Runa Sandvik, the senior director of information security, to gather a set of tools for readers to anonymously submit information that might be of journalistic interest to The Times.
- The journalists who make up The Times’s tips team expect that the project, when fully realized, will fundamentally change the newsroom by opening up valuable and searchable information to reporters and editors.
Meet The New Social Media Platform Taking On Facebook
- Here’s how it works: On HelloFriend, users will connect with friends and acquaintances old and new, build networks, and communicate with each other—just like on any social site.
- But the real engine of the HelloFriend lies in the way that users will then be able to use their networks to find, organize, and monetize real-life events and activities – shifting back and forth seamlessly between host and guest, and then heading out into the world and making them happen.
- From the beginning, the Habibs have made an active commitment not to collect or share users’ data, and instead plan on monetizing the site by taking a small cut of the funds that a host earns for an event.