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Links from Rune Madsen’s article: ON META-DESIGN AND ALGORITHMIC DESIGN SYSTEMS

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February 25, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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WD-40 Should Read Its Own Label Before Suggesting Bartenders Use A Toxic Substance On Beer Tap Handles

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I dare say there is a large quantity of lubricants on the market. Including “food safe” lubricants made out of mineral oil (which is safe) or silicone (which is also safe). But always, always go by the label. If it says it can be used in food handling equipment you’re good to go. If it doesn’t say explicitly that it’s safe for food handling equipment, DO NOT use it.

Originally posted on Consumerist:

(@OriginalWD40) (@OriginalWD40) We’ve got to imagine whoever handles the social media at WD-40 hasn’t read the product’s own label recently, because if so, that person would know that WD-40 is toxic and harmful to humans when ingested, making it a bad idea to use the stuff on anything that dispenses food or beverages. But heck, it’s World Bartender Day and no one wants squeaky tap handles, right?

The Twitter page for WD-40 Tweeted a recommendation suggesting that loyal customers might want to give the gift of the multi-purpose lubricant at their favorite watering hole:

The thing is, according to WD-40’s own site, the product is “harmful or fatal if swallowed” [PDF]. And on the can’s label? A giant skull and…

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February 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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MIT researchers claim they have a way to make faster chips

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Oddly this reminds me of another MIT technology incubator spin-off called Tilera. I wonder if some off the principals involved overlap with Tilera and Co?

Originally posted on Gigaom:

A team of MIT researchers have discovered a possible way to make multicore chips a whole lot faster than they currently are, according to a recently published research paper.

The researchers’ work involves the creation of a scheduling technique called CDCS, which refers to computation and data co-scheduling. This technique can distribute both data and computations throughout a chip in such a way that the researchers claim that in a 64-core chip, computational speeds saw a 46 percent increase while power consumption decreased by 36 percent. This boost in speed is important because multicore chips are becoming more prevalent in data centers and supercomputers as a way to increase performance.

The basic premise behind the new scheduling technique is that data has to be near the computation that uses it, and the best way to do so is with a combination of hardware and software that distributes both the…

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February 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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You had one job!

Originally posted on Matt on Not-WordPress:

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February 20, 2015 at 10:27 am

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Parents, get ready! Yo-kai Watch to ship worldwide in 2016

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

On 13 February, American toymaker Hasbro announced they will begin shipping merchandise based on the anime/manga/game/toy phenomenon Yo-kai Watchall over the world next year.

This is fantastic news here at RocketNews24 because now we know how to spell the damn thing in English, but for many parents around the world it’s something to be concerned about.

Soon, you might wonder why your little one suddenly needs $300 to buy a plastic watch that holds pogs while also having a keen understanding of Japanese folklore. So, why not get ahead of the game and study up a little before it comes to your country and possesses your children. As a father who has lived through this I’ll try to share some tips in a brief parent’s guide to Yo-Kai Watch.

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February 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

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How-To: Now’s the right time to swap your old iMac’s hard drive for a fast new SSD

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Prices are coming down on SSD’s and even on the name brand ones. I noticed just today Samsung drives are getting cheaper. A 512GB EVO is ~$200 now with the 1TB EVO for just over $414. Not bad at all. But not all Macs are as friendly and upgradeable the old G4 and G5 Mac towers from years ago. Now instead you’ve got to use suction cups and gingerly pull out a bare 27″ LCD screen on the iMac. But thanks to the DIY spirit 9to5Mac has shared the steps to do a hard drive swap. Power to the people, we can do this!

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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If you bought your iMac 3-5 years ago, there’s probably nothing so seriously wrong with the hardware that you need to consider replacing the machine. Sure, the new iMac with 5K Retina Display looks a little nicer, but at a steep $2,499 starting point, it’s still a luxury, not a necessity.

Yet there’s something you can do for $200 to $500 that will radically change your iMac’s performance: install a solid state drive (SSD) in addition to or instead of its original hard drive. SSDs use high-speed memory chips rather than the spinning platter mechanisms in traditional hard drives, achieving up to 5X benefits in speed while requiring no moving parts. Five years ago, SSDs were both expensive and limited in capacity, making them unlikely components for most Macs. Today, high-quality, capacious SSDs can be had for reasonable prices, and they’re surprisingly easy to install in iMacs. With limited expertise and only three tools, I…

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February 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos — Campus Technology

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are using crowd-sourced conceptual outlines to help learners get more out of educational videos.

via MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos — Campus Technology.

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February 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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