“The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times’ Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.” www.npr.org.
It’s an interesting interview. Even better than reading the transcript is listening to the interview (35 minutes).
How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing
You shouldn’t have to do this. You shouldn’t have to wade through complicated privacy settings in order to ensure that the companies with which you’ve entrusted your personal information are making reasonable, legal efforts to protect it. But Facebook has allowed third parties to violate user privacy on an unprecedented scale, and, while legislators and regulators scramble to understand the implications and put limits in place, users are left with the responsibility to make sure their profiles are properly configured.
“Synchronous electric clocks count the oscillations of the mains current to keep time: After 50 or 60 cycles (depending on where you are in the world), one second has elapsed. This works wonderfully as long as the average mains frequency is constant, or—in practice—adjusted to compensate for errors. Things get a little tricky when 113 GWh of energy somehow go missing and all microwave clocks on an entire continent go slow…” — www.metafilter.com.
It’s an interesting article, IMO. Be sure to read the comments and to check out this Wiki item: wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_clock#Accuracy.
Preserving Old Pictures, Slides and Movies
Matt will present the current options for archiving all of your old pictures, negatives, slides and movies. From doing it yourself to using Mikes Camera’s professional imaging services. We will go over cost and time line as well as quality and format making sure to keep in mind the benefits and disadvantages to each process.
UPDATE: For services at Mike’s Camera, here is their pricelist
Matt has been taking pictures since he was 8 years old. Every summer he would come out to Colorado and take pictures – it was a post card perfect shot from the top of Mount Elbert that hooked him to stay in the photo world. He’s currently the manager of Mike’s Camera in Menlo Park. He spends his free time shooting pictures of wildlife and nature
The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room.
For those who enjoy the schmooze, we will have our regular meeting, including coffee and cookies.. And, of course, we will still have the no-host pre-meeting dinner st 5:30PM in the Bistro café on the first floor.
For those of you who have difficulties traveling or for whatever reason can’t join us at the Elks Lodge, the meeting will be broadcast as a live video conference using ZOOM software starting at 7:15 PST.
To join the SPAUG meeting online, use the following link:
Or by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 446 757 944
Does a USB drive get heavier as you store more files on it?
Believe it or not, they get lighter. USB drives use Flash memory, which means the the ones and zeros of your data are stored on transistors. When you save data, a binary zero is set by charging the float gate of the transistor, and a binary one is set by removing the charge. To charge it, we add electrons, and the mass of each electron is 0.00000000000000000000000000091 grams. This means that an empty USB drive (which mostly holds zeros) weighs more than a full USB drive (which has ones and zeros). Add data, reduce the weight.
However, you would need to weigh more USB drives than exist on the planet together at once before the difference in weight became easily measurable.
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