Would Lincoln Have Survived If He Was Shot Today? -
Why Lincoln died is no mystery. His wound, as Dr. Leale predicted, was mortal, because in 1865 little could be done for patients with such wounds. Today modern advances in trauma care have greatly expanded our capacity to manage traumatic brain injuries and have radically altered the prognosis of patients with injuries like Lincoln’s. Could these techniques have saved Lincoln if they had been available in 1865, and if so, what would he have been capable of in the aftermath of such care?
Besides the history, I found this piece fascinating because of its details into what procedures are carried out in modern medicine today to help against an injury similar to Lincoln’s.
Apple iPad mini with Retina Display: Reviewed -
If you’re wondering why Apple has been so focused on building its own SoCs and CPU architectures, this is the reason why. There’s a fixed amount of power you can dissipate in the form of heat in these mobile devices while still maintaining a good user experience. Performance per watt is the gating metric for success in mobile, and shipping high IPC/low frequency dual-core SoCs at 32/28nm is the best optimization available to a company like Apple today.
Exploring the details of the A7 just shows how powerful it is, and reveals some of the clever tradeoffs made in order to achieve that power.
2001: The aliens that almost were -
From the very outset of work on the film we all discussed means of photographically depicting extraterrestrial creatures in a manner that would be as mind-boggling as the being itself. And it soon became apparent that you can not imagine the unimaginable. All you can do is try to represent it in an artistic manner that will convey something of its quality. That’s why we settled on the black monolith - which is, of course, in itself something of a Jungian archetype, and also a pretty fair example of “minimal art.”
Fascinating to learn about the considerations of depicting the alien life in 2001, especially seeing that Kubrick had been initially a proponent for it. I think 2001 is such a great film because it chooses not to directly depict the advanced extraterrestrial beings and merely hints towards what it would feel to meet them through sound and imagery.
When people are very quotable, it can make it harder to listen to what they actually have to say. — Maciej Cegłowski speaking about Henry David Thoreau.
How Texas Lost the World's Largest Super Collider -
Large in size and scope, the project dissolved with surprising quickness. By the summer of 1993, after seventeen shafts had been sunk and fourteen miles of the tunnel bore out of the pliable Austin Chalk, Congress decided to stop funding the project, whose projected cost now exceeded $10 billion.
A Technological Optimist, but Just -
Apple, unlike Google, or Facebook, or even Microsoft, is not a services company (as long-suffering iCloud/MobileMe/.Mac/iTools customs can attest), and so, to prescribe any sort of goodness to their decision to not retain user data is much less useful than an examination of what actually matters to their bottom line. And, as a hardware company, that means the supply chain. And that means people like Bibek Dhong.
Ben Thompson makes a very good point that it is not enough to judge the morality of a company like Apple just based on its privacy practice, which is primarily a byproduct of its business model and not a moral choice. It is much more appropriate to use metrics that are instead a reflection of its actual business, such as evaluating the supply chain.
Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won -
That means that Google has gone from having at least 31m users on the iPhone in April 2012 - and perhaps as many as 35m in September 2012, based on a model using a sliding scale of maps ownership - to around 6.3m who are using it monthly on iOS 6 and above.
Wow, hadn’t realized how big an impact Apple Maps has had on Google Maps’ usage. Not the impression received from just reading most tech news, surprise surprise.
Lucida Grande “Retina-optimized” in OS X Mavericks -
Some highlights from the updated Lucida Grande for retina displays included with Mavericks.
Attention to detail.
The Decline of Wikipedia -
Wikipedia is a fantastic resource, but some of the ways that it is implemented leaves a lot to be desired.
The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.