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  • Scientists add Letters to DNA’s Alphabet by The Koyal Group InfoMag News

    , ScanIAm wrote

    *snip*

    It always cracks me up when this is used to justify genetic tinkering.  I'm completely pro-tinkering, but this is obviously a case of picking a good possibility from a myriad of both good and bad.

    They could easily have said "The accomplishment might eventually lead to organisms that reduce our bones to jelly and result in the ruination of all that we hold dear."

    I mean, it's possible, right?

     

    Yes, but it already happens, naturally.  Some viruses and bacteria cause illness and reduce bones to jelly and we need to a) find out how that happens and b) stop it.  Knowing how they work may increase the number of custom, dangerous viruses possible, but it's not the only way to increase the danger.  We could do nothing and some militant group with some reason to hate some people can harvest a dangerous virus without any knowledge of biology at all, and still infect people.  And again, it could just happen naturally.  Viruses cause many health problems and disease, and we're just beginning to understand how many problems, from cancer to birth defects, are caused by viruses.

  • Erik Meijer and MONADS on infoq.com

    @Charles:  Looking forward to that.  :)

  • Erik Meijer and MONADS on infoq.com

    , fanbaby wrote

    http://www.infoq.com/presentations/covariance-contravariance-joy-of-coding-2014

    I've watched 12:55 of this video and it's funny, but I still don't get category theory (in math or programming) ;)

    This was an excellent - the Lift operator is worth the price of admission.  I'm still trying to figure out how it works, though, because even though Erik says map and flatMap and lift in RxJava are implemented exactly like he demonstrates, the actual RxJava code is much different with helper interfaces, let alone Scala vs. Java differences.

  • Governor General Binary Code

    I didn't have a chance to watch the whole thing but I find it interesting.   There is no way that the digits are purely random.  Why would someone bother putting it in if it doesn't have meaning?  Heraldry is full of meaning from the colours used to the animals and the objects ... all symbolic, so there's no way I'd believe for a second that it doesn't say something.

  • Bill Gates sure that Google Glass will be successful

    I had an idea for something very similar about 2 weekends ago.  I dubbed it the "Watcher Watcher".  It would be software which uses facial recognition to automatically inform/send copies/or block photography.  The idea went from thinking about a demo of facial recognition that can scan an audience and then automatically send them any photos by looking up their info in an attendees list and using email, social network info, etc..., to having legally enforced requirements for any camera to have such software so that if you are being monitored publically, everyone is at least aware of all the photos and videos that are being taken of them at any time.  Hence, "Watcher Watcher".  I figure it would be very difficult legally, but it was just a "what if" kind of thought.  To be able to go to some web site where you can view every picture or video taken of you - ever - would be a bit disconcerting, don't you think?  It could even have a real time stream on your home page.

  • Vortex based mathematics.

    @magicalclick: From what I've seen so far it seems like a combination of magical thinking and nonsense. I'll couldn't even stand to watch a few minutes. To be fair, I'll try to watch one all the way through, but mathematicians love new theorems even if they have zero practical applications, so I think the response from serious mathematicians is telling - there is nothing here but nonsense.

  • Microsoft open sources Roslyn compiler suite

    , Bass wrote

    From what I can see from the code, it seems to be a full C# and Visual Basic compiler from what I can tell - with an API.

    Here is another pretty big thing they open sourced, WinJS.

    This might be the best thing MS has ever done for developers.  I want a vacation to play with this.

  • ... And now the build stream stopped working during Anders session

    @androidi:  They just fixed it.  Really annoying.

  • BUILD 2014 sessions

    WTF, there is some audio bleeding into the stream ... some bloody parenting show or something.  How annoying! 

  • ScottGu promoted to EVP

    Hey, I just read that Scott Guthrie is taking over as EVP of Cloud and Enterprise (essentially all of DevDiv, I guess?).  This was Satya's old role, more or less.  Although he was acting chief, he now has more power to do what he thinks he should do and obviously some big support inside MS.  Let's hope Scott is still able to stay engaged with the community despite his growing responsibilities.  Congrats Scott. :)

    EDIT:  Source - http://recode.net/2014/03/31/microsoft-names-scott-guthrie-as-permanent-enterprise-chief-spencer-to-head-xbox/