Thursday, May 30, 2013

MC2 Post 1605 Symbol Sense -- Making Sense of Symbols in Mathematics



Some math puzzles are easy, and some Not so muchWhy?








PDF page regarding Clausius-Clapeyron relation



I came across this pdf on my Nexus 7 tablet last night and asked:  "Why are mathematic equations so "hard" to decipher?

If I only knew what those symbols meant, I could get a better understanding of this equation, and hopefully, other equations like it.
 

That's me, always look First for an easy answer. 

Well, that didn't work.

I put that aside and picked up my copy of  H. G. Wells: 
"The Outline of History" volume one.

 



I've been reading (listening audible book) Snow Crash by  Neal Stephenson, where he dips into (among a lot of other things) into 
Sumerian myth and the Tower of Babel story 
in the bible.  So I went looking to see 
what Wells had to say about Sumerians.

Instead, I landed on Well's chapter XII: The Languages of Mankind, and especially the part about why the Chinese Language is so basically different. 



So symbolic-like.  My reading.

 
Maybe I needed a better understanding of Symbols, beyond mathematics.

Well let me see what I can find out about mathematical symbols.



Like the saying goes:  Seek and you shall find.




I came across this great PDF file explanation on:  

The Importance of Symbol Sense in mathematical problem solving.







This will tell you Pretty Quick, whether you have symbol sense or not,

and how to fix it by looking at symbols differently.


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Broadcom introduces low-power WiFi  

and Bluetooth chips 

for the  "Internet of  Things"



From:  http://www.engadget.com








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Goodreads Live with Neal Stephenson




From:  http://www.goodreads.com








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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MC2 Post 1604 It May Sound Yucky But Give BLEKKO a Shot







From:  http://techcrunch.com










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Sony’s Bread and Butter? It’s Not Electronics




From:  http://www.nytimes.com








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Use Opera OFF-Road Mode  (used to be called: Turbo)


Opera Beta for Android Debuts Webkit Engine and Off-Road Mode



From:  http://www.geek.com



Opera Beta is the company’s third browser to arrive in the Google Play app store, but it’s the first one to make the switch to the Webkit rendering engine. Opera’s other browsers will all eventually join Chrome and Safari in running Webkit, a move that’s drawn praise from some and jeers from others.








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3 Ways Feedly Outdoes the Vanishing 

Google Reader
 
 NY Times.com


State of the Art 
Google’s Aggregator Gives Way to an Heir







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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MC2 Post 1603 Google Encourages Developers to Hack Glass





Breaking its Own Restrictions, Google will 
Show Developers How to Build Any Kind of App 
for Google Glass.



From:  http://www.technologyreview.com







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Google Glass HACKED to transmit everything you see and hear

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Google Glass Flaw Lets Hackers 'Watch Your Every Move,' Researcher Says
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5 Alternative Heads-Up Displays That Aren't Google Glass

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Wearable Tech: More Than Just Google Glass [Infographic]




Last week, the market research firm MarketsandMarkets released a report that projected global shipments of wearable electronic devices -- otherwise known simply 

as "wearables" -- will grow at a compounded annual rate of 30.4% 

between 2012 and 2017. 

By 2018, 134.3 million units will ship worldwide, 
with expected revenues of $8.36 billion.

This changing tide in how we consume technology has not gone unnoticed. Already, wearables are being regarded as the future of how we’ll engage with the digital other-world created over the past 30-plus years.


From:  http://www.minyanville.com






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Formula for Turning Cement Into 'Metal'




From:  http://www.sciencedaily.com



Scientists have unraveled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal.
This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the profitable consumer electronics marketplace for thin films, protective coatings, and computer chips.




175 Characters....HumBug!!!  Wingman.





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New Raspberry Pi Accessories Link

Added to MC2 Favorite Links on 

The Right-Hand Panel

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Monday, May 27, 2013

MC2 Post 1602 A No-Go on XBMC's Frodo but Still OK with EDEN








About a month and a half after the release of XBMC 12.1, we are happy to announce XBMC 12.2 with substantial fixes  for 12.1 and 12.0 across all platforms.



From:  http://xbmc.org






Fixes include:

    Fixed infinite loop on addon dependencies, resolves crashing problem that arrose immediately post 12.1 launch
    Numerous UPnP fixes
    Memory leak fixed when XBMC is minimized
    Various Raspberry Pi playback fixes and software codec support
    Fixed OSX audio mixing
    Fixed some audio-related crashes in Linux builds
    AirPlay fixes
    Bluray folder resume-bookmarks now work
    Ability to scan for new content on file folders has been reimplemented
    Language updates from Transifex



While a Nice Tidy List of Fixes, the Problem I was having on my Window's 7 Desktop  (HP Compaq) machine was No-Sound-Output whatever.


What to Do?

 

An Easy Fix for this Open Source styled Software was to Fall-Back to a Previous VERSION.  

In this Case, it was Eden.   I installed the previous release Over the newly installed Latest release,  hit the start program button and Bam, my older version XBMC had beautiful sound once again.



Link to Older XBMC 11.0 Eden: RC 2.




If you noticed the fixes list of  Frodo, you'll see that XBMC has a special compressed version of XBMC just for the Do-it-Yourself computer know as the Raspberry PI.


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The incredible performance of that XBMC version is a good reason why the PI has become a Must Have and Easy to Build Media Center.










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Saturday, May 25, 2013

MC2 Post 1601 Spy on the World's Web Searches with a Google Trends Screensaver






Just like the POI machine...Wingman


From:  http://betanews.com



Google is all about searching. Well… not "all" about, but it's what the company is known for.

Any firm that logs information about how customers are using its services are usually berated, but Google Trends can provide a fascinating insight into how the rest of the world is using the internet.



This tool has been available for a while but there's now a sexy new full screen mode available -- and you can turn it into a screensaver.

If you've ever been curious about what people in other parts of the world are searching for, head over to the full screen visualization tool and you can find out.

At the bottom of the screen you can choose from one of several countries, or opt to see an overview of global searches.




Going Back to Cave Man OLD School with   190 Characters






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A Very Good Reason to have "Multiple Browsers"  
on Mobile Devices.


Firefox Beta on Android Tablets and Google+ on Android,

Let's Search default to Full-Screen Mode with no easy way to access the

browser overlayed by this Window's 8 Styled "Thoughtlessness".

I Will limit Both Firefox and Google+ on my mobile device until this is Fixed. 




 

I will use Dolphin or  Opera browser  Instead. 
Wingman.



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The H Roundup - Linux Mint 15 RC, WebM patents, Google drops XMPP



From:   http://www.h-online.com
 








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The new login screen for Linux Mint 15 is themeable with HTML5
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Hello Olivia !


Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" gets release candidate.







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Friday, May 24, 2013

MC2 Post 1600 $99 Linux Stick turns any HDMI Display into a Virtual Desktop







From:  http://www.pcworld.com



Hard on the heels of the news that Dell's “Project Ophelia” thumb PC is expected to ship this summer, thin client vendor Devon IT on Tuesday rolled out a similar contender of its own called the Ceptor.Devon IT


 





Like Dell's device, the $99 Ceptor is designed to plug into any HDMI-compatible display or monitor. Slightly larger than a USB memory stick, the multimedia-capable unit can then transform such a device into a “zero client” virtual desktop.

Whereas Dell's device uses Linux-based Android, however, the Ceptor uses Devon IT’s own Linux-based zero-client operating system, known as ZeTOS, to let users access their virtual desktops.







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Samsung Galaxy S4 Already Hacked



From:   http://www.h-online.com









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And This is a Bott Talking...


Sorry, but bringing back the Start menu 

won't help Windows 8



From:   http://www.zdnet.com

 







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Thursday, May 23, 2013

MC2 Post 1599 Wi-Fi chip Pushes 1.7Gbps over Four Streams using 802.11ac Standard


Hello 4K ???


Quantenna new 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset



From:  http://arstechnica.com


Quantenna today announced an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chipset 
that pushes  1.7Gbps of data over four 
wireless streams.


The first chips based on the 802.11ac standard hit 1.3Gbps last year by creating three streams of 433Mbps each. (With the older 802.11n standard, the maximum throughput for a single stream is 150Mbps.)

Quantenna's QSR1000 chips based on 802.11ac are thus a minor evolution over what was already available, using Multi-user MIMO technology with four spatial streams to hit 1.7Gbps





The Latest in Tech NEWS, the Oldest School in Web Page Linking...  

Wingman.


234 Freaking Characters....Jeeezzzz.



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As it turns 15, the ESO's Very Large Telescope 

captures another

Interstellar Stunner


Photo from NewsBorg.com



From:   http://www.theverge.com







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Here is What Forza Will Look Like on Xbox One


 
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Review: 
The Titan Descendant




From:  http://kotaku.com


The GeForce GTX 680 was Nvidia’s first 28nm part featuring 1536 CUDA
cores, 128 texture units and 32 ROP units. It's remained since release
Nvidia's fastest single GPU graphics card of the series, second only to the
dual-GPU GTX 690 which features a pair of GK104 GPUs.

And so for the last 12+ months the GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970
have been battling over the performance crown, forcing numerous price
cuts and even a little overclocking from AMD to produce the 7970 GHz
Edition. In the end AMD was able to undercut Nvidia on price, producing
what we believe to be the better solution.






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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MC2 Post 1598 Mapping The Oklahoma Tornado's Damage And Relief Sites




From:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com







 
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The Path of Tornado Alley is Getting Bigger 
and Moving East







From:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com            from link on Google+



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(INTERACTIVE MAP is Linked Below.)

 


From:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com


 
Take a look at how Moore's center is faring below. Click on the green items to learn about safe zones and relief centers, while red indicates what was destroyed. The path of the tornado, in yellow, was drawn from National Weather Service data.



 
Map created by Anna Almendrala and Chris Keller.




 



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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

MC2 Post 1597 Teen's Invention could Charge your Phone in 20 seconds





From:  http://www.nbcnews.com






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Building Xbox One: An Inside Look at 

Microsoft's Play for the
Next Generation of Gaming



The engineers in Microsoft's windowless next-gen Xbox silicon lab are rattled. And understandably so. We're in their office, after all, and we have a mess of cameras in the one place you're not allowed to have cameras (or even cellphones). We're obviously outsiders on Microsoft's multi-building, security-heavy Mountain View campus, especially given our quartet of esteemed escorts: Todd Holmdahl, Ilan Spillinger, Nick Baker and Greg Williams. These four gentlemen are leading the charge on both Microsoft's next big thing and, perhaps more importantly, a major effort to internalize silicon architecture at the traditionally software-focused megacorp.



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