Notes from the Library

Dec 2012

Sun, 30 Dec 2012

Startpage Web Search

I realised that I was ignoring the DuckDuckGo box in Firefox because the results just aren't good enough, and was instead banging in www.google.com into the address bar every time I wanted to search. Pleased to have discovered this, though frustrated that once again it's non-Free Software so it could very easily go the way of Scroogle.

Wed, 26 Dec 2012

If you had been praised for being motivated, early 20s (most of reddit) is when you become the most powerful. You're a young adult, and you can finally get things done, and have an influence on the world. Moreover, early 20s is all about taking your life under your control. Those who were praised for being go-getters now shine bright.

But what if you were praised for being smart? When you're in your early 20s, you've lost the amazing superlearning child brain that you used to have. You introspect on your mind, and feel dull. You begin to worry that your time is over, that you can no longer match the learning ability of your younger days, and that your worth has gone down. Now, more than ever, you shy away from trying very hard, to deny this reality and maintain the label.

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Tue, 25 Dec 2012

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… including a handy USB access extension cable behind the desk. While it has better performance than the NSLU2 it is less reliable when torrenting, often locking up for a minute or so. If my SSH session survives this lock up then I can see the upload and download rates drop to zero when it comes back and then slowly creep back up. The moral is that it can only handle so many active torrents. Apparently to do with the USB and ethernet being on the same bus.

Fri, 21 Dec 2012

Nobel laureate challenges psychologists to clean up their act: Social-priming research needs “daisy chain” of replication. | Nature

Minds on Monday: Are Philosophers Qualified to Diagnose Causes? | New APPS

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