Archive for October, 2010

Xindi Premonition

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 in Life & Lessons.
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I sense the appeal of creating the National Ignition Facility, seen here in a Big Picture series on construction of NIF. I really do. The more we learn (even if fewer and fewer of us understand it) the better our chances of solving really big problems.

And, I appreciate that technology evolves along its own paths, and according to (relatively) universal laws that (apparently) persist over time. I really do. The more we experiment (even if fewer and fewer of us are involved) the better we become at designing and implementing the solutions.


Defaulted Collateral

Written by Nexcerpt on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 in Patterns & News.
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Who said this? Is it anonymous? When did it first appear?

From Mark Gibbs, to The Irregulars, at 04:55 on Tue 19 Oct 2010:

   "... the world will soon wake up to the reality that
   everyone is broke and can collect nothing from the bankrupt,
   who are owed unlimited amounts by the insolvent,
   who are attempting to make late payment on a bank holiday in the wrong country,
   with an unacceptable currency, against defaulted collateral,
   of which nobody is sure who holds title." --- Anonymous.


Worldpress Oddity

Written by Nexcerpt on Friday, October 15th, 2010 in Patterns & News.
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Since 2002, when began to use its current URL configuration, the site has displayed one of the most excellently strange (and simultaneously consistent) habits we’ve observed on any publishing platform. As journalism, Worldpress is both respected and influential, making such technical strangeness all the more peculiar.


CBS Erases History

Written by Nexcerpt on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 in Patterns & News.
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Rapid, repeated changes to a website typically reveal that the business behind the site is in flux, or being poorly managed. Ongoing disruptions to CBS Local’s public face suggest that the online news business at CBS is — to be optimistic — in the worst sort of flux.


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