As someone commented upon hearing this news, "Cal-Berkeley is damage. The Internet is routing around it."
A new material can absorb up to 90 times its own weight in spilled oil and then be squeezed out like a sponge and reused, raising hopes for easier clean-up of oil spill sites.
At Quora, some interesting answers.
"More than half of web traffic comes from automated programs—many of them malicious."
Technology just keeps changing. I was going to write "advancing" but changed my mind.
"It would never happen a few years ago, but lately I've been noticing a trend of computer illiterate undergrads in my computing class. Guess a highschool kid these days doesn't have need for a computer at all?"
And see "Smartphones Have an Unexpected New Rival".
Call me crazy, but in most businesses, if you sold 400 million units, you'd be doing pretty well.
"Meet the bloggers making thousands of pounds a month by just agreeing to post pictures of products on their Instagram"
I wonder how these people are counted in measures of economic growth and inequality. And is this an equilibrium? How long can it last?
First World problem: it's tough to keep up.
The web’s impossibly fast lingual churn has driven institutions like the Oxford Dictionaries mad, pushing it to select illustrated symbols and dystopian concepts as its words of the year. And as the world’s social networks grow more vast, our lingual graveyard gets a little more cramped with antiquities like n00b, YOLO, on fleek.
Unless you live in a family of Duke fans like I do, you might not care about the Grayson Allen contretemps or even know about it. But here's a CBS report on the most recent event. The reporter writes:
I'll be honest: I had Duke-Boston College on television Saturday when the incident occurred, and I didn't even blink. Perhaps that's because I was also on social media and not totally focused. Maybe it's because my eyes are bad. Either way, the point's the same. I didn't notice it in real time. And neither did any of the three officials.
So why did it become a huuuge deal? Because somebody put the video on Twitter.
I'm not anti-technology. I'm not even opposed to Twitter. (For somebody who is, see "It's Time to Kill Twitter, Before It Kills Us".) I just think that journalists and writers of all kinds should devote less time and attention to a tiny, tiny number of folks who sound off on Twitter. Why does our national conversation have to be driven by them?
Quora folks have some fun. Sample:
This question shows a complete misunderstanding of what really happened.
WWII was just a decoy.
A cover-up while preparations for SAP were underway.
How do we know?
German inventor Konrad Zuse developed the first programmable computer “Z1” in 1936–1938. See Wikipedia:.
Only one year later, WWII started in 1939. Wikipedia:
Could that exact timing be just a coincidence?
Final proof: SAP was founded in 1972. Source: SAP ()
1938 to 1972 gives 34 years, just about the time needed to roll out an SAP system.