The Seven

March 14, 2007

The first seven books I would buy if my shelves were bare

4. On Intelligence A book that shook my views about how my brain works. To pick one nugget out of many, neurons are so slow that in the time it takes for us to react suddenly—say to duck a flying object—there is only time for a chain of at most 100 steps to complete. 100 steps do not permit us to perform any complex reasoning or look-up. Jeff explains how the neocortex can accomplish complex tasks using layers of parallel switches.

Jeff Hawkins gets some vindication from someone else who understood his book. Numenta is gonna rock the world.

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Number Luv: Pi Again

March 14, 2007

PiDay.org: The Official Website for March 14th

Pi, Greek letter (pi), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is approximately 22/7 and is usually calculated to 3 digits, 3.14. With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi, pi, was first used in 1737 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

Give It To Me, Pi! Yes, Yes! Right There!


This Way To The Egress!

March 14, 2007

Even the best thinkers can’t solve question on premium-rate TV quiz

The on-screen question, headed Add the pence, listed: Two pounds, 25p, £1.47, 16p, Fifty pence. A prize of £30,000 was offered. The phone tariff to enter was 75p. The presenter told viewers: “Takes a bit of working out, I know, but it’s worth it: Thirty grand!”

Three and a half hours into the programme, the host simply announced that the answer was 506 — and that no one had won.

A reader of The Times said: “I was prepared to be shown how it was done. Then, to my complete disbelief, he moved straight to another game without explaining how you actually got 506.”

My 9, a local TV station here in NYC, airs a similar three-hour block of a live game show with the audience SMSing in to get a chance to be called to give an answer to the puzzles. The puzzles really are so damned simple. It costs $1 per SMS entry.

Who’s really doing the playing, suckah?


We Know What We’re Doing. We Wear Suits.

March 14, 2007

How ‘the suits’ destroyed a billion-dollar company

In the early 1990s I landed a job with “Strat-a-Gee,” a hugely successful VAR (value-added reseller) on the East Coast. Our growth was enormous. By Y2K we had gone from 100 employees to more than 1,600 — and nearly a billion dollars in sales. We carried tens of thousands of SKUs, and employed 1000+ sales professionals in my office alone. Along the way, we became experts in the service arena too, which gave us an edge on the competition.

Just then, the owners handed Strat-a-Gee over to “Sam,” a new Chief Operating Officer. Without any attempt to communicate his vision for the company (whatever it might have been) to the rest of us, Sam brought in a group of five executives we immediately dubbed “the suits.”

When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, he also wore a suit. This one.

There is a special place in Hell for you Suits.


OQO Model 02: Someone Else’s Fondle Report

March 14, 2007

Over at Handtops site.

He picks up on some points that I missed.

I also agree with him that the Model 01 looked classier.

Prior coverage in this blog:
OQO Model 02 Fondle


WordPress Woes Yet Again

March 14, 2007

That first post of the day about the Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra MPC took ten minutes to show up on the blog! During that time, I thought it had gone to Electron Hell.

It’s going to be one of Those Bad Days…


Number Luv: Pi

March 14, 2007

Pi fans to meet March 14 (3.14, get it?)

This is a story about love. About inscrutable complexity and remarkable simplicity, about the promise of forever. It is about obsession and devotion, and grand gestures and 4,000-word love letters.

It is about a curious group of people with an almost religious zeal for a mind-numbing string of numbers. Actually one number, made up of a chain that is known — so far — to be more than one trillion digits long. They are the acolytes of the church of pi.

Go on, baby. Recite Pi to me. Breathe it into my ear. Make me all hot.


Tech prOn: Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC

March 14, 2007

Yeah, Samsung assigned the naming of their spectacular follow-up to the Q1 UMPC to someone with either dyslexia, a stutter, or a mean streak worse than mine! I mean, how the fuck can we really Google that name? I tried it the other day. You wind up with the original Q1 in the search results!

Anyway, Steve aka Chippy came through and snagged the first pictures in the wilds of CeBIT!

Let me go plug an IV into my arm now so I don’t dehydrate from all my drooling…