- QotD: "If I had this [voice-controlled TV], I'd read a lot more books". http://t.co/j2WsxkHz /via @emilychangtv ->
- Oye. RT @Esquiremag: So this happened on Jeopardy just now: http://t.co/vrXosIOi ->
- .@boblesko No, it's for a presentation I'm working on. Don't ask. in reply to boblesko ->
- Reading that Klingons supplanted Romulans as foes in original Star Trek because of less expensive make-up requirements. Whoa. ->
Good reading from New Scientist on Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.
Why was this massive ship so close to shallow rock outcrops?
Mark Staunton-Lambert, technical director of the London-based Royal Institution of Naval Architects, says this is the main question investigators will want answering. GPS and sonar instruments should have warned of the danger, he says.
Why might the Costa Concordias depth-sounding sonar have been ignored?
Like aviation, seafaring is in the midst of major computerisation, with bridges in modern ships like Costa Concordia becoming “glass cockpits”. The transnational maritime trade union Nautilus International says that the technology at the heart of this – the Electronic Charts Display and Information System ECDIS, which marries GPS and seabed sonar data in one screen – can be a problem. First, it says that the data on seabed obstacles can be out of date; second, the system generates too many alarms that can lead mariners to ignore them. “The ECDIS screens are only as good as the data that goes into them,” says Nautilus spokesman Andrew Limington. “And there are major problems with their user interfaces and ergonomics.”
- Where do I sign up for Googflix, as per @rupertmurdoch here http://t.co/hncTB1gJ ? Wait, he made that up. Darn. ->
- RT @timbray: This CNN image feels iconic: http://t.co/BMooXsX1 ->
- Super graph. RT @asymco: A brief history of personal computing platforms. http://t.co/K9J5kg1I ->
- At a birthday party of biking six year old girls. Surprised Russ Meyer never filmed this rather than Faster Pussycat. ->
Unsettling new paper:
Stochastic modeling of a serial killer
We analyze the time pattern of the activity of a serial killer, who during twelve years had murdered 53 people. The plot of the cumulative number of murders as a function of time is of “Devils staircase” type. The distribution of the intervals between murders step length follows a power law with the exponent of 1.4. We propose a model according to which the serial killer commits murders when neuronal excitation in his brain exceeds certain threshold. We model this neural activity as a branching process, which in turn is approximated by a random walk. As the distribution of the random walk return times is a power law with the exponent 1.5, the distribution of the inter-murder intervals is thus explained. We confirm analytical results by numerical simulation.
Good graphic from JP Morgan’s Cembalest’s latest report, showing the tenuous relationship between consensus S&P 500 forecasts ex ante, and subsequent ex post S&P results. Huge prize to anyone who can come up with one. A relationship, that is. [-]
- Serious private jet fest here at private jet parking end of Las Vegas's McCarron airport. Conspicuous CES consumption. ->
- Photo set: America at work, from dot-coms to day labor – http://t.co/igssrtgL ->
- Bryan Burrough in Vanity Fair on "Jon Corzine's Reckless Gamble" http://t.co/Hsr77CWR ->
- New @wnycradiolab! Cruelty, violence, badness…our new episode "The Bad Show" is here! http://t.co/XGKl9o03 ->
- TAL: Mr Daisey and the Apple factory http://t.co/4OsfJyDT ->
- Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz: If I had a nickel for every time I've been doomed by a puppet, I would have two nickels. ->
- Identifying the greatest ever team and captain – A complex network approach to cricket matches http://t.co/PdgiuNoV ->
- "It's very likely that this has been the driest first week of January in U.S. recorded history" http://t.co/uutXgS6v ->
- Eye opening RT @nelderini: December 2011 jet stream pattern the most extreme on record http://t.co/GxAwywMP h/t @ibc_fn ->
From a Citi report today, the top five apps on Android vs IOS. Some similarities, but striking differences. [-]
- Whoa, The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. Surprised Rough Guide never did one. http://t.co/RWHQTkaN ->
- I'd only play drunk, but I'm reasonably sure I could clean house at Business Insider Headline? Can spot 'em in three words every time. ->
- Damnable 1%-ers: Top 1% of Mobile Users Use Half of World’s Wireless Bandwidth http://t.co/rxgUT9sL ->
- Records shattered across Dakotas, some 100+ years old http://t.co/EkGswEKV & http://t.co/UAOcOi46 /via @nelderini ->
According to new data, 2011 was the safest year in global commercial aviation history. Granted this had more to do with emerging markets than with the largest and oldest ones, but still noteworthy.