Linux, politics, and other interesting things
Washington’s Blog has an informative summary of recent articles about corporate psychopaths . Including the fact that some banks deliberately hire psychopaths.
Anu Partanen wrote an insightful article for The Atlantic about the difference between Finnish and American education systems . It seems that Finland has achieved great educational success by aiming for equality with no private schools and giving the teachers and principals enough responsibility to do the job properly.
Quyen Nguyen gave a very interesting TED talk about the use of fluorescent dyes in cancer surgery . They can make cancer glow one color and nerves glow with a different color which makes it a much easier task to remove ALL the cancer without cutting the smaller nerves.
James Fallows wrote an interesting article for The Atlantic about the experience of having his wife’s Gmail account cracked . She stored EVERYTHING in her Gmail account so this was a lot worse for her than for the typical Geek who doesn’t use such accounts for storing much. James describes what the attacker did, how they did it, and what needed to be done to recover. When running a mail server it’s worth considering what you would do to help a user who was attacked in that way.
Mikko Hypponen gave an interesting TED talk about different types of online attack and how they can affect us . Among other things he describes how online attacks can result in people dying.
Scott Rickard gave an interesting TED talk about using maths to create SONAR pings without repitition and also the worst music ever created . I found it entertaining to watch Michael Lindel (the director of chamber music for the New York Symphony) play the music, he obviously didn’t enjoy that performance.
Sheena Iyengar gave an interesting TED talk about the way people make choices . It’s useful for anyone who is going to prepare a set of options for someone else to choose from.
ASD Aid is a project that uses Lego to encourage kids on the Autism Spectrum to socialise . They have training manuals for using Lego in therapy. Unfortunately they have not been supported by the Lego corporation.
Bilal Bomani gave an interesting and informative TED talk about NASA research into renewable aviation fuel . The most interesting thing to me was the way that they were aiming for a sustainable lifecycle that didn’t use resources that coule be used for food and which required minimal input once it was started.
Alain de Botton gave an interesting TED talk about Atheism 2.0 . He suggests that we adopt some ideas from religious organisations including lectures (sermons), celebrations, and rituals. It’s interesting to think of a technology conference as a pilgrimage.
Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche from Moto restaurant in Chicago gave an interesting talk about some of the unusual foods that they have produced . If I visit the US again I will try and go to Chicago to eat there!