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Bureaucratizing Knowledge – Failure of Wikipedia

It is safe to say that the current Wikipedia is slowly dying a death by atrophy. Due to Google algorithms, the death is slow. Nevertheless it currently has a lot of information that is interesting and important (and of course a lot that is trivial and wrong). So, what better system might there be to salvage the good and prevent its destruction? This is a question for the ages, though we don’t have ages to deal with it. I have experienced two frustrating interactions with Wikipedia within a single month. Since I am only an infrequent contributor, usually only when
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Simple Video Editing on OSX

I wanted to add an audio track to a video using the YouTube Video Editor. Apparently that is no longer a feature, or perhaps never was. (I seem to remember doing this in the past, but maybe not.) In any case, on OSX it is ridiculously annoying to do this simple task (merge an audio file with a video file). I either have to pay $14.99 for iMovie for Mac OSX in the App Store. An additional (or stand-alone) version of iMovie on iOS is $4.99. QuickTime Pro is $29.99, though it is possibly the easiest to use to perform
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Web 2015 – What Not To Do

Dear Interwebs, We have a problem. It’s not me, it’s you. Here is my list: No Flash No Popups (in-page or new window) Cookie and Privacy Policies Mobile Friendly No Flash Flash is insecure and slow, and there is no good reason for it, except for very limited cases, and usually then it is more of an excuse than a reason. Just stop. I’ve seen a lot of sites who have a majority of visitors (over 50%) who do not support Flash. And you still want to use it? There are multiple Flash exploits used by hackers, and the most
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The Problem with Robots

I’ve been watching Real Humans and Humans, along with other robot movies. I’m a fan of these and other science fiction TV series and movies. My first science fiction novel was The Tar-Aiym Krang by Allen Dean Foster, who went on to write Alien, Outland, and a host of other fantastic books. So, back to the topic. The big problem with these portrayals is that robots are just humans. That is, they have the same motivations, and the same ethical standards. This is not quite realistic, though humans may indeed create robots in their own image. It may please the
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Life Coaching = Astrology + Spam

What is great about Life Coaching is that life is a generalized concept. Just as it appears sometimes that an astrologer or fortune teller can have insight, it is the generalized nature of that insight, combined with pattern recognition, that makes life coaching not only possible, but lucrative on a level completely divorced from the actual nature of insights, or the utility thereof. Combined with the activity of spamming ones contact list, or the Internet in general, life coaching can take on a lucrative dimension where the gullible and vulnerable pony up their cash (hard earned or otherwise) and the
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Chromebooks in Thailand

I’ve had a Chromebook for nearly 2.5 years (mine arrived in Feburary, 2013). It is one of the standard Samsung 11.6″ 2gb models (there were only 2 or 3 choices back then). It really has done quite well, and the stability of the operating system is fairly good. For the last 9 months it has been being used by a family that has very limited technical ability, but they get good use out of it (mainly playing YouTube music videos). I imported this myself, and then glued on Thai characters on the keyboard and shellacked with several layers of clear
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Firefox Browser

Firefox is one of my favorite browsers, but there are some tweaks (and of course add-ins/extensions) to configure: about:config network.protocol-handler.expose.magnet = boolean = false permissions.default.image = integer = 1 Configuration about:preferences#applications = magnet = set application (drop-down menu) Add-ons Adblock Plus Always Right ColorZilla Firebug Flagfox Font Information goo.gl lite HTTPS-Everywhere LastPass MeasureIT Reddit Enhancement Suite Xmarks InoReader YouTube Video and Audio Downloader Media Converter and Muxer (this interacts with the add-in above)
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NAS – TimeMachine – AlmondPlus

I was a Kickstarter backer of a great project called Almond Plus. The great thing about it was basically, it is a great piece of technology, rather than a piece of crap that a lot of Kickstarter projects become. Even though the project was a few months late, I basically got a $250 USD piece of hardware for $99. Since the hardware doesn’t change much, certainly for my needs, the great thing is that the software becomes better and therefore the product is better over time. I swapped out my 2tb Apple Time Machine and got a much faster and
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What’s Wrong With Twitter

We can now contemplate the departure of the CEO, whom frankly I always thought was supposed to sell it to Google, as he did Feedburner. Not meeting expectations, what can we see as obvious failures? More Jackass Attitudes A prime example of the ongoing jackass behavior is how Twitter deals with third-party apps. How does it? By terminating access and not answering emails. Yes this is still ongoing, after years of so-called new Twitter. You got to clean out these executives who set this tone, as well as the underlings who enforce it. Ad Platform that Sucks The Ad Platform
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Atmospheric Water Generation

It appears that for a good part of the world (the hot and humid part), the water problem will largely be solved. Combined with renewable energy resources (solar, wind, hydro, geo, tidal) this becomes a compound solution, both decreasing relative humidity and temperature, as well as generating clean water. Think of it as air conditioning plus. There are already products on the market which provide a decent amount of water production even at household scale. For about 1,000 USD one can generate about 20 liters per day (given a certain temperature and humidity range). Some technology may be able to
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