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Living through a revolution

Markos Moulitsas is the founder and publisher of DailyKos, the world’s largest political blog. He travels quite a bit and is dependent on his laptop and the internet. So I read his first experience with the iPad with a great deal of interest. Go read it (like they need the traffic; on a quiet Sunday…

How to make an iPad float

Add milk and ice cream:

The iPad and the more things change

I haven’t bought myself an iPad yet, but I’ll probably do it before heading off on vacation in August. By that time it will have passed its shakedown phase and we’ll know the best and worst. But from what I see and hear it looks pretty good, especially if you travel a lot. My trusty…

Fifteen years isn’t a long time. Most of us can remember what we were doing 15 years ago. Often it’s the same thing we are doing now, job-wise. Sure our kids were just kids, not adults. But 15 years isn’t a historical epoch. At least not when you are living through it. But the fact…

A scientific ethics of code

I’m a scientist and my research is supported by NIH, i.e., by American taxpayers. More importantly, the science I do is for anyone to use. I claim no proprietary rights. That’s what science is all about. We make our computer code publicly available, not just by request, but posted on the internet, and it is…

Frequent readers here know we are fascinated with the similarities between computer viruses and real viruses. Both use their unwittingly infected hosts (computers or host cells) to make copies of themselves and in the process can cause varying degrees of sickness. It’s hard to give any solid criteria which will differentiate one as qualitatively different…

When your computer crashes you

No swine flu again today. At least no swine flu on this blog. There’s a shit house full of swine flu in the world. But we are otherwise occupied and there is a bevy of terrific flu bloggers out there. And I was away from the keyboard all day yesterday, which causes serious withdrawal symptoms:…

Trying to figure out where the incipient swine flu pandemic is heading and how fast it is heading there is shooting at a moving target, and this one is moving pretty fast. The best we can do at this point is use whatever information we have to make some educated guesses about different scenarios along…

Swine flu contaminated with spam

If you’ve ever wondered how spammers got your email address, the answer might be that you gave it to them by following a link you thought had important or interesting information. We all know the kind of “interesting” information people will follow. Sex is the biggest business on the internet. But spammers have also learned…

Disinfecting keyboards

Fomites are inanimate objects that act as modes of transmission for infectious agents. You know. The doorknob or airplane armrest handled by someone who coughs on his hand or blows her nose. We know that some agents, like influenza viral particles, can remain viable (i.e., retain their ability to replicate in a host cell) for…