What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry – Boing Boing

David Cameron says there should be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” — and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots…

Article by Cory Doctorow

 

What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry – Boing Boing.

2 Futures Can Explain Time’s Mysterious Past – Scientific American

Thousands of galaxies fill an image from the Hubble Space Telescope

In the evolution of cosmic structure, is entropy or gravity the more dominant force? The answer to this question has deep implications for the universe’s future, as well as its past.
Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team

 

Physicists have a problem with time.

Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.

Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe is expanding, not contracting. Stars emit light rather than absorb it, and radioactive atoms decay rather than reassemble. Omelets don’t transform back to unbroken eggs and cigarettes never coalesce from smoke and ashes. We remember the past, not the future, and we grow old and decrepit, not young and rejuvenated. For us, time has a clear and irreversible direction. It flies forward like a missile, equations be damned.

 

2 Futures Can Explain Time’s Mysterious Past – Scientific American.

Skinny Puppy invoices US military for using its music for torture – Boing Boing

Industrial band Skinny Puppy sent a $666,000 invoice to US Department of Defense for allegedly using its music to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

“We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody,” Skinny Puppy’s Cevin Key told CTV News.“I wouldn’t want to be subjected to any overly loud music for six to 12 hours at a time without a break.”

Above, Skinny Puppy’s “Dig It” from their 1986 album, Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse.

 

 

Skinny Puppy invoices US military for using its music for torture – Boing Boing.