The new open source project tomviz is helping the 3D visualization of nanotechnology.

Modern computers are built with nanotechnology. A processor contains billions of transistors, each around 14 nanometers. A single bit of information on a hard disc drive is confined to a 10 nanometer domain spinning on a disc 75 miles per hour. The accelerometers in our smartphones contain nano-springs that measure gravitational forces to determine orientation.

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#science #openprojects
Mark Strauss

To put salt over injury, in Puerto Rico most of the cases are in rural areas than in urban ones. This is unique compared to the 50 states.

The HIV infection rate among African American and Latina women in Southern states now rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa. Although most of those patients rely on Medicaid, the nine Deep South states with the highest infection and fatality rates have not opted to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act.

Read more at io9


#science #health
Pete Rizzo

Wow, this is interesting.

PayPal has announced partnerships with the three largest payment processors in the bitcoin space – BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin.

In a blog post penned by senior director of corporate strategy Scott Ellison, PayPal revealed that online merchants in North America will now be able to accept bitcoin via all three companies through its PayPal Payments Hub – its product that enables its customers to accept credit card, mobile carrier payments and other payment methods through a single integration.

Continue reading at CoinDesk

Geeks are Sexy

Maybe shurikens is to hard to pronounce for the average UK resident.

TSA Agent: Sir you can’t bring this deathstar into the country.

Darth Vader: But that’s just a moon!

TSA Agent: That’s no moon sir.

[Source: Reddit | Via]


#starwars #scifiction #shurikens #sithsarenotninjas
First TCL, then C++ and now Java. I feel like I am running a triathlon.
Would you like to play a game of chess?

A British games developer was reported to police after a visitor to his home saw plans for a game titled “Global Thermonuclear War.”

The Guardian reports that Henry Smith had used whiteboards to make crude diagrams of the game, which will be an online multiplayer experience based around Google Maps.

Following a visit by a letting agent (who deals with tenants on behalf of a landlord), Smith was called by the agency and asked about the whiteboards, which showed a missile launched from Russia to land on the East Coast of the US.

Although Smith explained the game to the agency, he received an e-mail the following week saying the matter had been referred to the police. Smith told The Guardian that “Knowing how the police here deal with suspected terrorists, I was worried they’d do a dawn raid or worse.”

Thankfully for Smith, there’s no sign yet of the police following up the report. He notes that “Nobody is planning an intercontinental ballistic missile attack by Russia on Washington from a rented house in a Bristol suburb. And definitely not by drawing their missile trajectory freehand on a whiteboard.”

Some more cynical online commenters have already questioned whether Smith is pulling out a publicity stunt, though it’s also been noted that if that was the case, he’d have been better off waiting until the game was further into development. At the moment the online version barely qualifies as a demonstration of concept.

There’s no word yet on whether Smith will also be developing a Tic Tac Toe game, which would be equally curious in that the only way to win is not to play.

[Image credit: Henry Smith via The Guardian.]

Link to article at Geeks are Sexy
This is not exactly new and many experts have advised the government on what they need to to which has fallen into deaf ears. Now that the island is on the brink of insolvency and collapse, the "leadership" is wondering what they can do now.

Well, at least it is a start, but I bet that it will take for them to go through economic hell before they realize that something must be done.

Caribbeanbusinesspr: Tourism in Puerto Rico is stagnant

what are the problems?


I like Quicken, a lot, I have been using it since the 1990's. It is a solid piece of software. But their business practices is what is driving me up to the wall. Last week I tried to download an OFX file from the bank to upload it into Quicken. All of the sudden, Quicken complained that it could not verify my institution.


Ok, fine, I did a sync in which the program reminded me… Well, I would you that synchronization was going to be removed and you have to upgrade now

Ok, fine, so I cannot upload OFX files and I cannot synchronize. I can understand the synchronization piece because it uses their servers, but the inability to load OFX files is inexcusable. In Quicken 2011, checking accounts lost their ability to load transactions via QIF, although I think OFX is a lot nicer than QIF, the program now cannot load transactions through batch files.

This was the last drop…

I am not going to upgrade Quicken, I'm moving to GnuCash.

I am very familiar with GnuCash, so it is not that I need to learn a new program. I have been dabbling with it for a long time, probably since the earlier versions in Gnome 1.X. Getting it up and running on my PC was not hard, but importing files took some doing. I'm now at the point that all accounts are loaded. I just need to start doing automatic synchronization to the ones that I can.

I will keep Quicken running on a parallel run, but I expect to move out very shortly.

It was a nice run.

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Sean Gallagher writes that the government built facilities for the Minuteman missiles in the 1960s and 1970s and although the missiles have been upgraded numerous times to make them safer and more reliable, the bases themselves haven't changed much and there isn't a lot of incentive to upgrade them. ICBM forces commander Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein told Leslie Stahl from "60 Minutes" that the bases have extremely tight IT and cyber security, because they're not Internet-connected and they use such old hardware and software. "A few years ago we did a complete analysis of our entire network," says Weinstein. "Cyber engineers found out that the system is extremely safe and extremely secure in the way it's developed." While on the base, missileers showed Stahl the 8-inch floppy disks, marked "Top Secret," which is used with the computer that handles what was once called the Strategic Air Command Digital Network (SACDIN), a communication system that delivers launch commands to US missile forces. Later, in an interview with Weinstein, Stahl described the disk she was shown as "gigantic," and said she had never seen one that big. Weinstein explained, "Those older systems provide us some, I will say, huge safety, when it comes to some cyber issues that we currently have in the world.""

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Kevin Lim
Saturday's Fatbike ride with Andy Dinesh to Wheeler's Yard, TR Bikes, Hup Leong. We rode through two rounds of... Image/photo

MORE: An AP report did not include the cause of death -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Rt: Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning author, journalist, and screenwriter, died Thursday at age 87, according to a report citing a source close to Marquez's family.

Hodiaŭ en la frumateno mi aŭdis pri la forpaso de la porto rikana kantisto "Cheo Feliciano" (Ĉeo Feliciano). Ĉeo havis aŭtomobila akcidenton ĉe 4:30 atm kiam li venis al lia domo el kazino en San Juan. Ĉeo havis longan muzikan karieron. Lia kariero komencis 1950-a jardeko kiam lia familio loĝis en la hispana kvartalo en Nov Ĵorko. Li daŭras kantanta aktive ĝis lia forpaso. (Li faris video registrado ĵus du tago antaŭ )

La insulestro de Porto Riko donis tri funebran tagon pro lia forpaso.

#esperanto #puertorico
My wife and I took the Red Cross pets first aid class. In the class we went over the emergencies that may occur. If you have a pet, I would highly recommend it for you to take it. Probably the only thing that I was not too thrilled was to perform CPR to the training doll Yes, there are training dolls for dogs and cats on the same venue as those used for human CPR classes. I might have to go over the course one more time to make sure that I got the hang of it.

I am not sure if any of the cats would volunteer as our practice mate. They would be probably ok for the pulse... not so sure for practicing taking the rectal temperature



Apr. 13th, 2014 02:53 pm
Lee Vickers LWi
5 Meditation Apps for Channeling Your Inner Peace

Mashable: 5 Meditation Apps for Channeling Your Inner Peace

Meditation and, more broadly, mindfulness have of late been linked to everything from increased creativity to stress reduction. But who has time to pause and assume lotus positi...

I guess that it was an emergency for him.

#news #jersyana

Meghan Shapiro Hodgin/
Police: Man kept calling 911 over being booted from Morristown bar
Ellis was arrested, transported to police headquarters and charged with calling 9-1-1 without the need for emergency services. He was released with a pending court date, LaBarre wrote.
... or my job will be outsourced to Elbonia...

#software #news

Harry Styles
Short girls look perfect doing this job 😍😍

Somindblasting: 2014′s highest paying jobs list

1- Software Developers In 2013 there has been over 1.4 million jobs available and another 104k jobs has been added in 2014. This is a very high demand job and the medium hourly wage is $45 an hour. Thats very good anywhere in the world, so it's worth the 4 years diploma.
This looks like something out of the Jetsons! :)

Inhabitat: Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

What the Lazy-Susan has done for efficient dining, the Hanse Rotor House has done for compact living. This spatially smart dwelling is made up of a large open living room surrounding a central core rotating room containing tiny efficient versions of a home's essential rooms: bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

#fun #news
I truly wish that high tech ventures take foot in Puerto Rico on decades to come. We'll have to wait and see.

Newsismybusiness: Study: Puerto Rico is ideal site for high-tech ventures (Michelle Kantrow)

Puerto Rico is a hospitable place when it comes to protecting intellectual property (IP) rights, which coupled with incentives and favorable business conditions, make the island an attractive place...

Florida becomes the first state to file charges of money laundering involving bitcoin could be the digital currency's

Dailymail: Florida first state to file money laundering charges involving bitcoin

Two police officers burst through a hotel room door with guns drawn, yelling

#news #software


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