- The historic jazz collection you’ll never hear thanks to copyright law
Mark at BoingBoing points to a truly lamentable story, of what sound like staggeringly profound early jazz records, both historically and technically, made by an audio engineer, William Savory, in the 1930s. If the museum curators currently in possession of the recordings wish to make them available again, they face two equally unpalatable choices: expend who knows how many hours and how much money tracking down anyone who still has an interest in the rights to the works or distribute them without clearance at the risk of potentially immense statutory damages.
- Share the story of why and how you learned to program
Klint Finley at ReadWriteWeb was one of a couple of people to link to this charming site where contributors tell the story, in a single sentence, of why and how they learned how to program. The goal appears to be enticing other folks to learn themselves. To that end, there are several, subtle links to tools and environments aimed specifically at the utter novice, many of which I’ve discussed before like Scratch and App Inventor.
- Artificial synapse created from carbon nanotubes
Slashdot links to a Gizmag article with details of new research out of USC demonstrating a field effect transistor based synapse circuit built from carbon nanotubes. Artificial neurons, in both hardware and software, are far from new. What is novel here is how the circuit so precisely mimics its biological inspiration and the incredibly small scale of the circuit versus its predecessors.
- Over a century old earliest progenitor of tablet computers, Slashdot
- Build node.js apps for the desktop with WebApp, ReadWriteWeb
- Mediacom using DPI to hijack searches, 404 errors, Slashdot
- Noise may aid the performance of memristance based memory, Technology Review