You are your tools
22 November 2017 | 6:42 pm

I believe that there are no miracle people. When others get the same work done as you do, only much faster, they are almost surely using better tools. Tools are not always physical objects. In fact, most tools are not physical per se. For example, mathematics is a great tool. Word processors are another tool. … Continue reading You are your tools

Do relational databases evolve toward rigidity?
21 November 2017 | 8:49 pm

The Hanson law of computing states that: Any software system, including advanced intelligence, is bound to decline over time. It becomes less flexible and more fragile. I have argued at length that Hanson is wrong. My main argument is empirical: we build much of our civilization on old software, including a lot of open-source software. … Continue reading Do relational databases evolve toward rigidity?

Science and Technology links (November 17th, 2017)
17 November 2017 | 7:06 pm

Josiah Zayner, a biochemist who once worked for NASA, became the first person known to have edited his own genes (…) During a lecture about human genetic engineering that was streamed live on Facebook, Zayner whipped out a vial and a syringe, then injected himself. Now, following in his footsteps, other biohackers are getting ready … Continue reading Science and Technology links (November 17th, 2017)

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