November 2012 Archives

The researchers found that more time spent on Facebook means higher credit card debt. Just five minutes of Facebook usage a day was proven to lower a user's self-control

Facebook Users Spend More Money And Have Lower Credit Scores

Apple iPhone turns into invisible keyboard

A student at Goldsmiths, University of London has been able to create an invisible, virtual keyboard for iPhones by using the device's built-in accelerometer to pick up vibrations caused by tapping or typing on a surrounding surface area. As you can see from the video demonstration above, the "Virbrative" software developed by Florian Kraeutli (on a jailbroken iPhone 4) allows him to measure the strength and frequency of vibrations and then map them to iOS' onscreen keyboard.

In the Dutch electoral system, this can't happen. Two months before the elections, every political party is expected to submit a detailed budget plan to a non-partisan agency called the Central Plan Bureau (CPB), which plays a role similar to the Congressional Budget Office in America. The CPB produces an analysis of the economic consequences of those budget plans. The effects are assessed in detail for 2013-2017, and there's also a prognosis for 2040 to discourage parties from larding up their budgets with short-term candy that leads to negative long-term consequences.

What the comparison with the American example points out, though, is that, for all the current media scepticism, the mechanism of the CPB evaluation dramatically raises the caliber of the electoral debate in the Netherlands.

The point is, it is simply impossible, in the Netherlands, for a political party to end up systematically ignoring math and accounting the way the Republicans have at least since George Bush's campaign in 2000.

Don't expect to ever see anything like this in the US but we should have official independent analysis of what candidates claim. 

Talking crap in Holland v America

Election Day

Election day in the US. If you are registered go out and vote. Not sure where Where's My Fucking Polling Place. If you are not registered then go out and register for the next one.

The scenario is part of a counterterrorism summit held this week. A zombie invasion would have characteristics similar to other catastrophic events and would be 'a federal incident,' a summit organizer says.

via Yahoo News

LEGO Milling Machines

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