• Neonicotinoid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Posted in Everything on May 07, 2014

    Mode of action: Neonicotinoids, like nicotine, bind to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors of a cell and triggers a response by that cell. In mammals, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are located in cells of both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In insects these receptors are limited to cells of the CNS. While low to moderate activation of these receptors causes nervous stimulation, high levels overstimulate and block the receptors. This receptor blockage causes paralysis and death. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors are normally activated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Normal...

  • Hands on with the OnePlus One Cyanogenmod phone | Ars Technica

    Posted in Everything on May 01, 2014

    Finally. Here's the first phone I've ever wanted to buy. A nice review of it by Ars Technica:


    Stereo recording and tri-microphone noise cancelling technology are incorporated directly into the OnePlus One. Three microphones work together to identify, isolate and enhance your voice, while simultaneously filtering background noise. Use of the third microphone increases voice clarity by up to 80%.

  • You can't parse HTML with regex (funny)

    Posted in Developing Software on Apr 27, 2014

    Developer humor here:

    You can't parse [X]HTML with regex. Because HTML can't be parsed by regex. Regex is not a tool that can be used to correctly parse HTML. As I have answered in HTML-and-regex questions here so many times before, the use of regex will not allow you to consume HTML...

    via html - RegEx match open tags except XHTML self-contained tags - Stack Overflow.

  • What Happens to Your Brain on Sugar, Explained by Science - PolicyMic

    Posted in Everything on Apr 24, 2014

    Notice that the normal brain has a lot more red stuff highlighted in it — called Dopamine. This chemical is produced in the part of the brain that is associated with reward. When someone experiences a reward — say while eating a really good meal — their Dopamine (red stuff) level spikes. For addicts, the opposite is true: That spike in Dopamine only comes in anticipation of the reward, as opposed to the actual reward itself. Later, once the reward is gotten, the effects are blunted because the brain has been flooded with dopamine as it thought about eating.


  • Researchers discover a new layer of happiness

    Posted in Everything on Apr 19, 2014

    Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new avenue to mimic and promote natural resilience. The findings were so surprising that the research team thinks it may lead to novel targets for naturally acting antidepressants.

    via Boosting depression-causing mechanisms in brain increases resilience, surprisingly -- ScienceDaily.

  • Yes, Net Neutrality Is A Solution To An Existing Problem | Techdirt

    Posted in Everything on Apr 15, 2014

    There are many concrete examples of network neutrality violations around the world. These network neutrality violations include ISPs blocking websites and applications, ISPs discriminating in favor of some applications and against others, and ISPs charging arbitrary tolls on technology companies. We have seen network neutrality violations all over the world.


  • Goldman Sachs Steals Open Source, Jails Coder

    Posted in Everything on Apr 13, 2014

    The whole article is fascinating for any software engineer to read, as it is obvious to any developer familiar with how open source software operates that this man was entirely innocent. And yet...

    the only Goldman Sachs employee arrested by the FBI in the aftermath of a financial crisis Goldman had done so much to fuel was the employee Goldman asked the FBI to arrest.

    Sad ending to the story:

    In the court of U.S. public opinion, he wasn’t well suited to defend himself, and so, on the advice of his attorney, he didn’t. He kept his long silence even after he was sentenced, without the possibili...

  • ThinVNC - HTML5 Remote Desktop

    Posted in Developing Software on Apr 11, 2014

    This is one of the coolest applications I've met in a long time. It's a single executable. Download it, double-click it, assign yourself a username/password, click 'start server.' Then from any modern browser in the world, you can go to the correct IP address and view the desktop, mouse control included. Add a phone call and this is the easiest way to do remote tech support. This kind of software has been around for years, but now it RUNS IN YOUR BROWSER as easy as pi.

    ThinVNC is a pure HTML5 & AJAX Remote Desktop implementation. ThinVNC works on any HTML5-compliant web browser. Users can acce...

  • Bogon Routes Report - bgp.he.net

    Posted in Developing Software on Feb 10, 2014

    Apparently there is such a thing as a bogon and it is regularly reported upon.


  • Genave - DTMF Explained

    Posted in Developing Software on Jan 15, 2014

    While the engineers were designing this protocol, they decided to throw in a few more “special purpose” tone groups. You don’t normally see these extra four buttons on telephones, but they are alive and being employed for communications signaling. For lack of imagination, the engineers called the four extra digits “A B C D”. These all use the same row frequencies as a standard keypad, but they have an additional column tone.

    via Genave - DTMF Explained.