- Re-discovering women who contributed to WWII efforts by programming computers, running calculations
This story on Slashdot sounds rather familiar. Maybe I previously saw the release of the documentary that the post mentioned when it come out last last year. Regardless of the gender angle, referring to the female computers (was a job title back then) as “Rosies”, this is a fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of modern computing.
- Modern phone hacking
I am unconvinced these practices are as new as this BBC piece makes out. I am pretty sure that the pre-cursors to today’s computer hackers, phone phreakers, were pulling off similar tricks, both innocently and criminally, back in the day. The truly funny thing is the reporter here actually mentions the term phreaking. Had they bothered to do a quick search on Wikipedia would have realized what they describe here really isn’t anything new.
- Researchers work on dedicated network, wiki-like space for robots to share learned skills, knowledge
What this BBC article describes sounds like a modern re-invention of past attempts at knowledge management and storage systems for generalized AI. The focus is more modest and as a consequence much more practical. I infer that the robots in question are more in the vein of industrial automation not necessarily the sort of experimental rigs to be found as the focus of ongoing explorations in machine intelligence. If that is the case, then standardization is also much more likely to be received well as the emphasis is on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of robots working out in the world.
- 4G broadband may jam GPS, Slashdot
- Sony marketing man tricked into re-tweeting PS3 master key, Slashdot
- Charity raising funds to buy satellites for net access in developing nations, Slashdot