Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

NASA Memory Lane (4)


                                                                                                                                        
On Feb. 23, 1962.

An Historic Meeting
NASAJohn Glenn, standing next to his Friendship 7 capsule in which he made his historic orbital flight, meets with President John F. Kennedy. Mrs. Glenn stands next to her husband. Earlier that day, President Kennedy presented the NASA Distinguished Service Award to Glenn.

How I’ll Respond to China’s Rising Power


Mitt Romney at one of his presidential campaig...

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By Mitt Romney – The dawn of a Chinese century—and the end of an American one—is not inevitable. America possesses inherent strengths that grant us a competitive advantage over China and the rest of the world. We must, however, restore those strengths.

A nation that represses its own people cannot ultimately be a trusted partner in an international system based on economic and political freedom. While it is obvious that any lasting democratic reform in China cannot be imposed from the outside, it is equally obvious that the Chinese people currently do not yet enjoy the requisite civil and political rights to turn internal dissent into effective reform. more> http://is.gd/YO2iA9

EU court rules against social networks policing the internet


EurActiv.com/Reuters – The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in a case involving two Belgian companies, music royalty collecting society SABAM and online social network Netlog.

“The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work,” the ECJ said in a statement.

“Such an injunction would result in a serious infringement of Netlog’s freedom to conduct its business since it would require Netlog to install a complicated, costly, permanent computer system at its own expense,” it said. more> http://is.gd/6GMA4S

Why Cognitive Enhancement Is in Your Future (and Your Past)


BOOK REVIEW

Better Than Human, Author: Allen Buchanan.

By Ross Andersen – The list of design flaws in human beings is pretty long, as it is in other organisms, and so to think that somehow we’re at the summit of perfection and that we’re stable is to have the wrong idea of human nature. The misleading assumption is that if we don’t interfere, we’re going to continue the way we are, and of course that goes completely contrary to everything we know about evolution. In fact it might turn out that the only way to prevent us from going extinct, or to prevent some great worsening of our condition, is to enhance some of our capacities.

Cognitive enhancements like TDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) and cognition-enhancing drugs may become inexpensive fairly quickly, and in turn might diffuse much more rapidly than literacy did. This is especially clear in the context of prescription drugs. Right now if you go to Wal-Mart there are over one hundred and thirty drugs that used to be on patent and have now gone off patent and gone generic, and a month supply of each of these drugs is only four dollars. Now that’s a lot cheaper than the cognitive enhancement drug that you get at Starbucks. more> http://is.gd/TMfnMG

ENIAC, world’s first digital computer, turns 66


SLIDE SHOW (14)

English: ENIAC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania G...

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By Michael Cooney – Introduced to the world on Feb. 14, 1946, the ENIAC — Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer — was developed by the University of Pennsylvania’s John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert under a 1943 contract with the U.S. Army. It was the world’s first large-scale electronic general-purpose digital computer, and its development was the birth of large computing systems that dominated the industry for years to come. Here we take a quick look at its development and history. more> http://is.gd/obAJol