Daily Archives: Monday, 29-Oct-2012

Musings on Social Networks

The thing I really like about Facebook is that I have all these friends and family members who do not mess with computers and computer networks any other way all in one spot. It’s great for keeping up with people that you know in real life and those you only know online all in one place. And there is at least a nominal amount of separation there to provide some privacy but also allow for some leakage between my various groups of friends to allow for getting to know new people.

The thing I really don’t like about Facebook is the lack of control I have over my writing and any photographs I share. That’s a big part of the reason I’ve gone back to writing here on my weblog and then using scripting to share the content on Facebook and Twitter; I want a copy in my full control before I share it where I don’t have full control.

This got me thinking about other way’s a Facebook like community could take off. There are dozen of free blogging sites available now that will throw off RSS for syndication and there is FOAF that can define relationships just like various friends lists. There should be an RSS reader that could take advantage of that to create communities just like Facebook but everyone’s content would remain in their own full control.

I think that’s something I need to work on.

Something to remember when I transfer large files; it doesn’t matter how fast my speed is when the other side of the transfer is slower.

Let Me Make a Few Predictions…..

If Mitt Romney becomes president:

  1. The Affordable Care Act will not be repealed. Some very minor changes may be made to it but it will not be repealed.
  2. Deficit spending will continue throughout his term in office.
  3. Our civil liberties will continue to erode.

If Barack Obama is re-elected:

  1. There will be no significant gun control legislation passed by congress.
  2. Deficit spending will continue throughout his term in office.
  3. Our civil liberties will continue to erode.

If Gary Johnson becomes president we will be in for some very interesting times.

Crows don’t plan intelligence

I actually had never thought of the difference but part of problem solving is planning how to attack the problem and understanding what will be faced at each step. It takes another type of problem solving ability to be able to adapt to unexpected reactions to our actions. It’s called improvisation. I think most of human problem solving is improvisation.

“Crows and parrots have long been known to solve the string pulling problem immediately. What our new research shows is that these performances are due to the birds being able to react in the moment to the effects of their actions, rather than being able to mentally plan out their actions,” says Dr Alex Taylor, lead author on the study.

via Crows don’t plan intelligence (Science Alert).

So at this point I’ve got to wonder, “Are these birds capable of mixing planning and improvisation?” I certainly don’t doubt it but I don’t want to assume anything.

URL: http://sciencealert.com.au/news-nz/20122810-23822-2.html