Article Summary 2015-06-10

“Chess piece moving patterns”

I think it would be really cools to mount all of these pictures in some sort of a display.

“Million Base is a database of 2.2 million chess games. Steve Tung (@_tungs_) visualized chess piece journeys based on this data, for each piece on the board. Above is the footprint for the white knight. Each thin line represents 500 moves, and from what looks like a little bit of random noise to offset each line, you see a more prominent path for more frequent hops.”

“Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass ’60s programmer who saved the moon landing”

I am really happy that more and more good information about women software developers is coming out. This is about Margaret Hamilton who led the MIT Instrumentation Lab that developed the software for the Apollo Guidance Computer. If you’re interested, the source code is also available.

“Why Firewalls Won’t Matter In A Few Years” (NSFW)

When I was leading engineering at nCircle (now a part of Tripwire), we developed a saying that firewalls are like that Farside cartoon with the polar bear taking a bite out of an igloo–crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. Well, this article too finds little value in firewalls over time and makes a great case for why. A good read and watch but the video is not safe for some work environments.

“Geeks, MOPs, and sociopaths in subculture evolution”

An interesting analysis of what happens to subcultures. I find it pretty accurate from my own experiences.

“DARPA commissions killer robots to kill targets without human help”

This is a pretty interesting little glimpse into what will ultimately be upon us. I have not bought into all the artificial intelligence fear mongering going on now; however, I have thought ever since reading Manuel de Landa’s ‘War in an Age of Intelligent Machines’ that we are headed for a day of autonomous warfare. And, here it comes . . .

“Vim speed is not really the point”

Ah, good old vi. It lives forever. Who needs fancy and complex Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) when one has vi.

“Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System

Your brain and your immune system really are linked.

“Sony Finds ‘Dark Tower’ Movie Director In ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Writer”

I am so excited! My favorite Stephen King series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a movie; however, I have no idea how they could squeeze so much into one movie.

Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms”

Scientists have physically fulfilled a famous thought experiment (“gedankenexperiment” or, simply, “gedanken”) confirming quantum physics predications that it is only through observation that reality as we know it comes into existence. Now there are debates about what constitutes an “observer,” but it does seem from a quantum perspective that we really do create our reality.

An Interactive “Powers of Ten”

Back around 1990, Philip Morrison published a wonderful book called, Powers of Ten. Powers of Ten explored numeric order of magnitude changes in size and scale of real world objects. It served to illustrate society’s general state of numeracy (or lack thereof). Today Liza Krug passed to me a web site created by NASA that boils down to an interactive “Powers of Ten” book where one can move a slider to see order of magnitude changes. Check it out:

Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2014-01-12
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140112.html