Recently doctors in New York used waldos to do gall bladder surgery in France. Now they are thinking of building something like the autodocs that Larry Niven wrote about. In vaguely related news, research has found a gene that appears to promote the growth of new tissue in mice.
The content here is free. However I get some of this content from other sources which have to pay for it somehow. Advertising, despite becoming more and more obnoxious in its presence, doesn’t seem to be able to cut it. Is this the end of free content on the Internet?
A few years ago, a friend and I were talking about using the redundant bits in web images to store text messages. You could drop the image into binary/hex editor and see the message or something like that. We discussed it as a means to increase the accessibility of web images. Screen readers could see [...]
I don’t know–in between work assignments and thinking about recent events for some odd reason Laurie Anderson appeared in my brain. I, being the pretentious geek that I was, listened to a lot of her stuff back in the early Eighties. I don’t know how that association works.
Sandia National Labs have recently built a micromechanical device that can grip individual blood cells.
Actually Macromedia did contribute to the SVG standard so I am hoping that it might be more accessible than the current generations of Flash, Shockwave, etc.
Researchers at British Telecom are studying how bacterial colonies organize themselves in hopes of learning new ways to make computer networks self-organizing. This is all part of a larger trend in the computer industry and AI in particular to begin to model things after biological processes.
During this time of crisis, some have cited Pearl Harbor. That citation does have validity but, I’d like to remind people of another event in World War II that we should remember. I remember as a kid being taught about the US internment camps. Citizens of Japanese descent were forcibly rounded up and imprisoned during [...]
For much of yesterday I watched the poorman’s broadband, television. Today I have it turned off. It’s just getting repetitive now. Yesterday and today I was able to send e-mail, chat with friends and make changes to the sites I administer. The Net did not fail. It’s true that some major news sites crashed under [...]
I realize that hardly anyone reads my site and, that I am preaching to the converted but, I figured I’d point to an editorial that more or less encapsulates my views on yesterdays events. In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania, some officials and media pundits have advocated [...]