Monday, August 18, 2014

INNOVATION: Moving over from Silicon

Meanwhile, from the University of Southern California:
When it comes to electronics, silicon will now have to share the spotlight. In a paper recently published in Nature Communications, researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering describe how they have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors with other thin film transistors. This hybrid could take the place of silicon as the traditional transistor material used in electronic chips, since carbon nanotubes are more transparent, flexible, and can be processed at a lower cost. 
Electrical engineering professor Dr. Chongwu Zhou and USC Viterbi graduate students Haitian Chen, Yu Cao, and Jialu Zhang developed this energy-efficient circuit by integrating carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film transistors (TFT) with thin film transistors comprised of indium, gallium and zinc oxide (IGZO).

Time to move on

A look at the Facebook group indicates that people have simply moved on. It is best for me to move on too. A simple solution to what might have been a complex problem.

This does not mean that I am going to necessarily not contact Gordon-Finalyson' department. This is a decision that I will take in consultation with my co-bloggers, who are unfortunately too busy right now to spend too much time on this.

Any how, there is a certain Zen in simplicity.

Peace out

In the interest of greater dialogue between science and faith/greater dialogue between  Dharmic traditions (or universal religions, if you will) and science/greater dialogue between X and Y (fill in your favorite values for X and Y), I will propose on this here blog that we simply move on. I really do think that the best thing to do from here on is to simply move on from here.

This is in the context of the bit of a kerfuffle that transpired on the Soto Zen Buddhism Facebook group.

I -have- made two posts on this matter which I shall not publish - as for now. I have left it as "Draft"s.  I will appeal to the better part of Gordon-Finlayson's nature to simply move on. I have generally found that appealing to the better part of people's nature generally works out well. Rather than get into a "blame game" which the administrators have indicated in the past (in the context of a different discussion - that with the person with the name Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho, which ended with Tutte being banned, quite differently as compared to how it ended with me) is something that they don't want to get into, it would be better if we simply moved on. Why play a "zero sum" game when you can get into a "win win" situation? I told them that I was going to leave the group. Now, I have left the group. That's the end of that. You guys research Soto Zen Buddhism. I will pursue research following my own interests - Hinduism, Buddhism, et cetera.

As for my schedule, I have been really extremely busy for the past several weeks and I will continue to be very busy for the next two to three months, at the least. I don't want to spend any more time on this than is absolutely necessary. I don't think spending even one additional hour on this is warranted from here on.

I have simply unilaterally decide to lay this matter at rest and move on. I had emailed Gordon-Finlayson (email sent to his university email address) that, given the nature of his comments, I am going to report him to his university department. I now have decided that I may not actually do so. I am not saying that I won't actually email Gordon-Finlayson's department. I have every right to do so and it would show him in a very poor light. All the same, I may simply forgive and move on. Forgiveness is better than holding on. This is in the interest of preserving the peace.

Let us all be better off (in a "win win" sense of the term) for having had this discussion.

Peace out,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Moving old posts over

I have moved all the posts on Buddhism on the Internet over to "Buddhism and the Social Sciences" blog. It is at:

Better yet, just go to I would recommend simply reading that blog instead of mine, which is not really fully baked. It will give you a much better perspective on Buddhism on the Internet.

Friday, August 15, 2014

TECHNOLOGY: Campaigns emerge to attract more women to careers in IT

The gender divide within the technology industry has been obvious for years, but new programs and campaigns have emerged to encourage young girls and women to consider careers in IT.

While 95% of young girls say they like -- or even love -- technology, only 9% say they're definitely interested in pursuing an IT career.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Engineering Team Finds Thousands of Secret Keys in Android Apps

In a paper presented—and awarded the prestigious Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award—at the ACM SIGMETRICS conference on June 18, Jason Nieh, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, and PhD candidate Nicolas Viennot reported that they have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store where millions of users of Android, the most popular mobile platform, get their apps. 
“Google Play has more than one million apps and over 50 billion app downloads, but no one reviews what gets put into Google Play—anyone can get a $25 account and upload whatever they want. Very little is known about what’s there at an aggregate level,” says Nieh, who is also a member of the University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering’s Cybersecurity Center. “Given the huge popularity of Google Play and the potential risks to millions of users, we thought it was important to take a close look at Google Play content.” 
Nieh and Viennot’s paper is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge Google Play marketplace. To do this, they developed PlayDrone, a tool that uses various hacking techniques to circumvent Google security to successfully download Google Play apps and recover their sources. PlayDrone scales by simply adding more servers and is fast enough to crawl Google Play on a daily basis, downloading more than 1.1 million Android apps and decompiling over 880,000 free applications.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TECHNOLOGY: Hackers reverse-engineer NASA's leaked bugging device

From the New Scientist:
RADIO hackers have reverse-engineered some of the wireless spying gadgets used by the US National Security Agency. Using documents leaked by Edward Snowden, researchers have built simple but effective tools that can be attached to parts of a computer to gather private information in a host of intrusive ways.

The NSA's Advanced Network Technology catalogue was part of the avalanche of classified documents leaked by Snowden, a former agency contractor. The catalogue lists and pictures devices that agents can use to spy on a target's computer or phone. The technologies include fake base stations for hijacking and monitoring cellphone calls and radio-equipped USB sticks that transmit a computer's contents.