Friday, March 30, 2012
If you use Firefox and Gmail, you can make the latter run much faster, using a new protocol aptly-named SPDY. What to do:
- Update Firefox to the latest version: 11
- To enable SPDY in Firefox, type
about:configin your location bar and press enter.
- Now enter
network.http.spdy.enabledin the search box.
- Double click the entry corresponding to
network.http.spdy.enabledto enable it.
(if you use Chrome, SPDY is enabled by default)
To see which websites use SPDY (other than Google ones), installed the FF add-on called SPDY Indicator.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The end of the article gets into an interesting discussion of the implications of governing when one party sees science as “liberal culture” rather than fact-based. Disturbing.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sad to say that the skepticism that comes with satire should be more prevalent in actual reporters.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Should Science Pull the Trigger on Antiviral Drugs—That Can Blast the Common Cold? | Wired Science | Wired.com
A really excellent story on three potential paths to broad-spectrum anti-viral drugs and the potential drawbacks of having that kind of curative power at our disposal.
The Europeans are better predictors of our weather.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
A two thousand dollar laptop computer today is vastly more powerful than the most expensive supercomputer was in 1975. Great advances have been made in the field of automation, and in many other technical fields. Applied to manufacturing and the supply of various services,
the amount of labor needed to perform many tasks has been greatly reduced.
This explains why working people today, despite shorter work days and more vacation time, are earning much more in real dollars than they were 35 years ago.
Wouldn’t it be great if the previous sentence were true? Why isn’t it true?