Twitter cuts (#36)

Andreessen tweet-storming on prices and information:


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Quotable (#60)

Looking back on the most accurate prediction in history:

… those who truly understand Moore’s Law know its corollary: the impossible is the inevitable. Right after Moore’s prescient prognostication, anyone with a slide rule — or a Texas Instruments calculator — could have easily run some numbers and determined that within a generation there would be computational gains a billionfold or more. The much more difficult task would be to believe this, let alone figuring out what it meant for rates of innovation, for businesses, and even for the human race.

Quotable (#59)

Digital storage for periods exceeding a million years using silica encapsulated DNA:

In recent years, there have been several approaches using DNA as a coding language to encode digital information. “However, those approaches are not reliable as they cannot handle errors efficiently and do not suggest how to (physically) store the DNA to maintain its stability over time”, [Robert N.] Grass and his colleagues explain. Therefore, they combined an error-correcting coding scheme with chemically embedding the synthesized DNA strands in capsules of silica. Releasing the DNA was performed by simple fluoride chemistry, after which it was sequenced and decoded. “The corresponding experiments show that only by the combination of the two concepts could digital information be recovered from DNA stored at the Global Seed Vault (at -18 °C) after over 1 million years”, the researchers explain.

(Journal reference.)

Quotable (#34)

Kunstler:

Anyone remember that Malaysian airlines plane that went down in July in Ukraine killing 283 persons? […] … Anyone remember the outbreak of World War Three in Ukraine two weeks ago? […] … Recall the action in Ferguson, Missouri, last month. […] … Something happened in the Gaza recently, didn’t it. […] … Remember the Argentine bond default? […] … All of these stories have something in common: tons of unanswered questions, which the news media shows no interest whatsoever in following up on. And no consequences. People die, nations rise and fall, money disappears, and everybody forgets. This can’t just be about the diminishing returns of the grotesquely over-hyped “information age” — though the blowback from computers and all they have wrought may be tremendous. No, the memory hole is the truest signifier of the times we live in: the Age of Anything Goes and Nothing Matters.

That may be changing, even as I write. The Age of Consequence comes in on little cat’s feet. (See Steve Ludlum at Economic-Undertow.com for an excellent disquisition on that.)