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April 25, 2010
  • <blockquote>
    Dr. Moira Gunn chats w/ … science journalist, Shankar Vedantam about his new book, The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, …
    Comment from a reader:
    I thought this book was brilliant. Every chapter tackles different subjects and studies that try to explain how the subconscious works. I was very happy with the amount of research, especially scientific studies, that were detailed in the book. There are a lot of anecdotal stories as well, which are also necessary to illustrate the points.
    I found the book persuasive and interesting. How does our group affect our thinking? How does race come into politics through our subconscious? What motivates terrorists? There are many great questions that the author raises and his research into the subconscious helps answer many of the questions. I highly recommend this book to all readers interested in psychology.

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April 24, 2010

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April 22, 2010
  • How do you decide which Windows XP updates to install and which *not*
    to install.
    The error was missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe.
    I tried a repair reinstall of Windows. That didn't work.
    Then I did a complete reinstall. That worked, but of course I lost all
    my installed applications.
    (Before I did any of the installs I used my Wubi Ubuntu install to
    copy the complete disk contents to an external disk)
    I installed Chrome and Firefox and a few other things and then shut
    the machine down for the night. It had 70 or so updates to install and
    I went ahead and let them install.
    The next morning I got exactly the same missing or corrupt ntoskrnl.exe error.
    I used Linux for about a week.
    Tonight I finally decided to look into it again. I found a Youtube
    video describing how to replace ntoskrnl.exe from the XP CD ( )
    cd windowssystem32
    expand e:i386ntoskrnl.ex_
    And here I am.

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April 20, 2010

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April 18, 2010
  • <pre>
    1. # of registered users: 105,779,710 (1,500% growth over the last three years.)
    2. # of new sign-ups per day: ~ 300,000 (More recently,
    60% of new accounts were from outside the U.S.)
    3. # of new tweets per day: 55 million
    4. # of unique daily visitors to the site ~ 180 million.
    (That's actually dwarfed by the traffic that flows through twitter's API
    — 75% of traffic is through the API.)
    5. # of API requests per day: 3 billion
    6. # of registered apps: 100,000 (from 50,000 in Dec/2009)
    7. # of search queries per day: 600 milion
    8. Twitter's instance, of their recently open-sourced graph database
    (FlockDB), has 300 13 billion edges and handles 100,000 reads per second.
    9. # of servers: "… in the hundreds"
    10. Blackberry's just released twitter app accounted for
    7% of new sign-ups over the last few days
    11. A NY Times story gets tweeted every 4 seconds.

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April 16, 2010

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April 2, 2010