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All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?

We’re all familiar with the 3 basic categories of authentication.

  1. Knowledge factors (passwords, PINs)

  2. Possession factors (a software/hardware token - Yubikey/Google Authenticator/SecureID)

  3. Inherence factors (fingerprint, heartbeat, iris/retina scanning)

While the vast majority of sites use knowledge factors, a growing number are turning to multi-factor solutions in an effort to bolster security; to the detriment of the user experience.

Cue continuous authentication / behavioral biometrics… the process of identifying a user based on the subtle nuances in their voice, typing patterns, facial features and location.

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I just finished Oliver Sacks’ excellent Everything in Its Place. In it, he mentioned as an aside that the Ginkgo biloba tree is hundreds of millions of years old, and its phenotype has been practically frozen since then – a living fossil.

Of course, this is the same tree that grows ぎんなん (Ginkgo nuts), an East Asian delicacy found in many dishes, 茶碗蒸し (Chawanmushi) for example.

Ginkgo has been around so long, it predates the dinosaurs! And we still eat it! How cool is that. This got me thinking – what are the oldest food we consume today?

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The Amiga platform was and is simply outstanding. Even if only an acquisition of Commodore, the Amiga has massively influenced homecomputing in the 90s, and the large, as active community shows a lot of love for this platform up until today.

But why is that? What made the Amiga so special in its time? These questions can’t be answered in 2 sentences, and that’s why Dave Poo took the time to collect all the facts.

Follow the Daoist way – reclaim your life and happiness by letting go of the need to produce, strive or serve a purpose…

In the pre-Columbian Andes, the use of hallucinogens during the Formative period (900–300 BC) often supported exclusionary political strategies, whereas, during the Late Horizon (AD 1450–1532), Inca leaders emphasised corporate strategies via the mass consumption of alcohol. Using data from Quilcapampa, the authors argue that a shift occurred during the Middle Horizon (AD 600–1000), when beer made from Schinus molle was combined with the hallucinogen Anadenanthera colubrina. The resulting psychotropic experience reinforced the power of the Wari state, and represents an intermediate step between exclusionary and corporate political strategies. This Andean example adds to the global catalogue documenting the close relationship between hallucinogens and social power.

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Efforts to date the oldest modern human fossils in eastern Africa, from Omo-Kibish1,2,3 and Herto4,5 in Ethiopia, have drawn on a variety of chronometric evidence, including 40Ar/39Ar ages of stratigraphically associated tuffs. The ages that are generally reported for these fossils are around 197 thousand years (kyr) for the Kibish Omo I3,6,7, and around 160–155 kyr for the Herto hominins5,8. However, the stratigraphic relationships and tephra correlations that underpin these estimates have been challenged6,8. Here we report geochemical analyses that link the Kamoya’s Hominid Site (KHS) Tuff9, which conclusively overlies the member of the Omo-Kibish Formation that contains Omo I, with a major explosive eruption of Shala volcano in the Main Ethiopian Rift. By dating the proximal deposits of this eruption, we obtain a new minimum age for the Omo fossils of 233 ± 22 kyr. Contrary to previous arguments6,8, we also show that the KHS Tuff does not correlate with another widespread tephra layer, the Waidedo Vitric Tuff, and therefore cannot anchor a minimum age for the Herto fossils. Shifting the age of the oldest known Homo sapiens fossils in eastern Africa to before around 200 thousand years ago is consistent with independent evidence for greater antiquity of the modern human lineage10.

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Every day is different when you work on a nature reserve, but nothing could have prepared our reserves team at Rutland Water Nature Reserve for the day when they made the palaeontological discovery of a lifetime.

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened. When we imagine that the U.S. military only occasionally and slightly influences U.S. movies, we are extremely badly deceived. The actual impact is on thousands of movies made, and thousands of others never made. And television shows of every variety. The military guests and celebrations of the U.S. military on game shows and cooking shows are no more spontaneous or civilian in origin than the ceremonies glorifying members of the U.S. military at professional sports games — ceremonies that have been paid for and choreographed by U.S. tax dollars and the U.S. military. The “entertainment” content carefully shaped by the “entertainment” offices of the Pentagon and the CIA doesn’t just insidiously prepare people to react differently to news about war and peace in the world. To a huge extent it substitutes a different reality for people who learn very little actual news about the world at all.

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It seems as though an irrational fear of the mouse dominates amongst Un*x dogmatists. Be it because their tools don’t integrate, or because it is a symbol or rebellion, a means to differentiate their prior ignorance from the enlightenment they have attained between the standard input and the standard output stream, the self-emancipation from the mouse is a rite of passage or a shameful burden on those who fail1 2.

As might be clear by my tone, I have little regard for this position. It certainly is worthwhile knowing that and how it is possible to avoid using the mouse, when keyboard shortcuts more convenient3, but there is no need for the artificial asceticism of ready-to-use technology, for the sake of purity and dogma.

The denunciation of the mouse usually involves invoking concepts such as the “home row”, or the cumbersome migration of the hand between keyboard and mouse. These might all be well and good, if I were a typist and as such all I did was to type. But this isn’t the case, I ponder and perceive, more than I write.

When debugging code or studying a program, it is quite comfortable to depend on only one hand, and have the other free to scribble or relax. The issue isn’t using a mouse or only using a keyboard, it is context switching.

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This book makes JavaScript less challenging to learn for newcomers by offering a modern view that is as consistent as possible.


  • Get started quickly by initially focusing on modern features.

  • Test-driven exercises and quizzes available for most chapters.

  • Covers all essential features of JavaScript, up to and including ES2021.

  • Optional advanced sections let you dig deeper.

No prior knowledge of JavaScript is required, but you should know how to program.

A photo album sitting on the shelves of Ukraine’s KGB archives reveals how an amateur U.S. spy was captured, then imprisoned, 60 years ago.

In the summer of 1961, a quiet, serious American student named Marvin Makinen pulled up to the Soviet border in a Volkswagen car. The chemistry student told border guards he was about to begin a weeks-long road trip through the U.S.S.R.

The Soviet border guards made note of Makinen, then waved him through into Socialist Ukraine.

Some time earlier, the 21-year-old had been approached by American intelligence operatives in West Berlin, who asked Makinen to embark on the journey to gather information on Soviet military and civilian infrastructure.

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In terms of speed, BESM-6 was no longer a fountain in those years either, since 1960 computers have gone far ahead, we had to look for a solution to this problem as well. The USSR swallowed its pride for the second time and went to ask to sell him CDC 6600 as well. Here CoCom has already rested its horns, and they offended not only the Union, not a single CDC 6600 was delivered to anyone outside the United States, even France refused. Only in 1972, CoCom allowed (and then under its strict supervision) to install in Dubna a junior version of CDC 6200, which in 1975 (already obsolete after the release of Cray-1) was upgraded to a multiprocessor 6500, and the flagship - 6600, remained purely American monster.

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