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Edison’s Predictions for the Year 2011 (1911)

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What will the world be a hundred years hence?

None but a wizard dare raise the curtain and disclose the secrets of the future; and what wizard can do it with so sure a hand as Mr. Thomas Alva Edison, who has wrested so many secrets from jealous Nature? He alone of all men who live has the necessary courage and gift of foresight, and he has not shrunk from the venture.

Already, Mr. Edison tells us, the steam engine is emitting its last gasps. A century hence it will be as remote as antiquity as the lumbering coach of Tudor days, which took a week to travel from Yorkshire to London. In the year 2011 such railway trains as survive will be driven at incredible speed by electricity (which will also be the motive force of all the world’s machinery), generated by "hydraulic" wheels.

But the traveler of the future, says a writer in Answers, will largely scorn such earth crawling. He will fly through the air, swifter than any swallow, at a speed of two hundred miles an hour, in colossal machines, which will enable him to breakfast in London, transact business in Paris and eat his luncheon in Cheapside.

The house of the next century will be furnished from basement to attic with steel, at a sixth of the present cost — of steel so light that it will be as easy to move a sideboard as it is today to lift a drawing room chair. The baby of the twenty-first century will be rocked in a steel cradle; his father will sit in a steel chair at a steel dining table, and his mother’s boudoir will be sumptuously equipped with steel furnishings, converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood, or mahogany, or any other wood her ladyship fancies.

Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound.

Already Mr. Edison can produce a pound weight of these nickel leaves, more flexible than paper and ten times as durable, at a cost of five shillings. In a hundred years’ time the cost will probably be reduced to a tenth.

More amazing still, this American wizard sounds the death knell of gold as a precious metal. "Gold," he says, "has even now but a few years to live. The day is near when bars of it will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel.

"We are already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, though combined in different proportions."

Before long it will be an easy matter to convert a truck load of iron bars into as many bars of virgin gold.

In the magical days to come there is no reason why our great liners should not be of solid gold from stem to stern; why we should not ride in golden taxicabs, or substituted gold for steel in our drawing room suites. Only steel will be the more durable, and thus the cheaper in the long run.>


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Posted: January 24th, 2011
at 1:25pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Software Developer’s Obsession with Ninjas and Rockstars

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We software developers are so obsessed with trying to be cool that we forget who we are. I am sure many of you have seen phrases likeAjavascript ninja/C# ninja/ php rockstar developer (with a silhouette of a rockstar) on various websites.

Think about what these phrases mean for a second.

Why the hell would I call myself a javascript ninja, instead of a javascript developer?

Is it because javascriptAninja sounds cooler?>

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Posted: January 20th, 2011
at 7:02pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,computers,mnp is for the children,"ninja",development

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Jamaican ‘Ninja Bird’ Used Wings as Nunchucks

The wings of flightless birds usually shrink after they abandon flight. But a flightless ibis that lived on Jamaica until about 10,000 years ago turned its hand bones into miniature baseball bats to defend its territory and probably its young.

By avian standards, that is seriously weird. "No animal has ever evolved anything quite like this," says Nick Longrich, a Yale University researcher who describes it in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

"We don’t know of any other species that uses its body like a flail. It’s the most specialised weaponry of any bird I’ve ever seen."

The species, Xenicibis xympithecus, was described and named more than 30 years ago by Storrs Olson of the Smithsonian Institution, who recognised it was flightless, but lacked complete specimens. Working with Olson, Longrich went to Jamaica and found more fossils - including curved hefty handbones.

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Posted: January 5th, 2011
at 1:36pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Quantum Computer Breakthrough

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Quantum computers rocketed to public attentionaor at least to the attention of a specific part of the public sectorain the mid-1990s with the discovery that a computer operating on quantum principles could solve certain problems exponentially faster than we know how to solve them with computers today. The most famous of these problems is factoring large numbers, a feat that would enable one to break most of the cryptography currently used on the Internet. While quantum computers large enough to do anything useful haven’t been built yet, the theory of quantum computing has developed rapidly.

Researchers have discovered quantum algorithms for a variety of problems, such as searching databases and playing games. However, it is now clear that for a wide range of problems, quantum computers offer little or no advantage over their classical counterparts.

The following paper describes a breakthrough result that ives a very general situation in which quantum computers are no more useful than classical ones. The result settles a longstanding problem aboutAquantum interactive proof systems showing they are no more (or less) powerful than classical interactive proof systems.

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Posted: January 3rd, 2011
at 12:45am by Koookiecrumbles

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Enter the winner of the 2010 dance your Ph.D!

Selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX from Maureen McKeague on Vimeo.

The lab is exploring a chemical technique called SELEX-systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment-which generates short segments of DNA and RNA called aptamers. These nucleic acids can be designed to stick to almost any target molecule. For McKeague’s Ph.D. research, the target molecule-played by undergraduate student and Scottish folk dancer Charlotte Bradley-is the amino acid homocysteine. High levels of this amino acid are an indicator of cardiovascular disease. McKeague’s aim is to use SELEX to create aptamers to cheaply and accurately measure homocysteine in blood samples. [SOURCE]

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Posted: December 28th, 2010
at 2:41pm by Black Ock

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Ninja Moped - Insert Coin

Coin stop motion animation.. my ninja please.

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Posted: December 24th, 2010
at 12:02am by Koookiecrumbles

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The Long Term Consequences of Your Short Term Actions

A few nights ago I was having dinner with a few friends and we go into a discussion about unconventional living. One of my friends said something to me that really stuck in my mind. He said "why not wait 5-7 years, establish yourself, and then do your own thing?" My reply was that you could do it along side your corporate job.

What resulted was an interesting discussion about time. Both of my friends said that by the time they got from home work, they just didn't have the energy to put in one hour a day into a passion project. I'm sure my friends work longer hours than I do so I can't blame them for feeling the way they do.A But I also think that what they might be overlooking is the fact that our short term actions have long term consequences. In fact I think the long term consequence for not taking control of your life now is giving control of your financial future to your employer. If you ask me that's a damn steep price to pay when you compare it to one hour a day.

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Posted: December 23rd, 2010
at 1:24pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Early Boxing Day Fever

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Posted: December 16th, 2010
at 11:46am by Koookiecrumbles

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Posted: December 14th, 2010
at 10:24pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: film,"ninja"

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