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If I ever become a vegetable, hook me up to a computer!

If I ever become a vegetable, hook me up to a computer!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

The BBC reports that new research, carried out in the UK and Belgium, involved using an fMRI brain scan to assess whether vegetative patients could answer yes or no questions. Astoundingly, awareness was detected in three patients previously diagnosed as being in a vegetative state. What’s interesting to me is, I thought we’d come a […]

Human cloning couldn't get easier than this

Human cloning couldn’t get easier than this

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Apparently, some dudes were able to directly reprogram skin cells to become neurons. No stem cells required. The results are still waiting to be validated and confirmed, but if this really is possible then it shouldn’t be that difficult to take a skin cell and reprogram it to be a single embryonic cell similar to […]

I just lost The Game

I just lost The Game

Monday, January 25th, 2010

It’s easy to lose The Game. In fact, you can lose The Game the very same second you understand exactly how to play it. I did. The Game is everywhere, and some people are so upset by constantly losing, they write angry emails to bloggers detailing how hurt they are over people even posting anything […]

Two pages out of H+ magazine have me contemplating...

Two pages out of H+ magazine have me contemplating…

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

A friend of mine sent me a link to a couple pages (PDF) in H+ Magazine… a transhumanist publication. The first page covers the phenomenon of “self-tracking” and CureTogether, an open source health research platform where people collaboratively posit hypotheses and track anecdotal results. The “power of many” in this forum far outweigh the relative […]

Simple home made herbicide

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

So I’ve got a lot of plants/weeds around my place, and I want to kill most of them… but herbicides are expensive when you start looking at buying gallons of it, and I don’t want my house sitting in the middle of a chemical soup bath either. Fortunately, the answer is simple; 1 cup vinegar […]

How to run multiple, separate instances of Outlook!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Ok, ever since Outlook 2000 I’ve been looking for a way to access more than one Exchange server account using Outlook. I recently started using Outlook 2007 and I finally got fed up with not being able to access both my personal Exchange account and my work Exchange account on my home machine. I started […]

Medical implant hacking... reminds me of X-Files

Medical implant hacking… reminds me of X-Files

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Manufacturers have started adding wireless capabilities to many implantable medical devices, including pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. This allows doctors to access vital information and send commands to these devices quickly, but security researchers have raised concerns that it could also make them vulnerable to attack. A couple guys from the local University of Washington… …showed […]

Passive cooling server project is a success

Passive cooling server project is a success

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Last summer I posted about the possibility of using outside air to cool a datacenter. Soon after posting I set about building a proof of concept. I also started noticing a trend leaning toward things like increasing the baseline temp target in datacenters: Cloudrack turns up the heat Raise the temperature, fight the fans I […]

It's getting crazy at Mind Camp v6.0

It’s getting crazy at Mind Camp v6.0

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

This year’s Mind Camp is being held at Synapse… the place seems like a really cool place to work. There was a bunch of junk sitting in a corner, which everyone saw when they came in. During introductions, it was stated that all that junk was “free for the taking”. I was immediately intrigued by […]

Stoked to be going to Seattle Mind Camp v6.0!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

A few years ago I attended the second ever Seattle Mind Camp v2.0, and I have to say I was pretty happy to be in the presence of a lot of interesting, intelligent, local people. There was a lot going on; I gave an impromptu talk on RFID implants, attended several unconference meetings, and even […]

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