Links for 21st January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Researchers Try to Cure Racism

    "Underpinning this research is the Implicit Association Test, used by psychologists to measure deep-rooted, often unconscious biases. During the test, subjects are measured on the time it takes to associate faces with positive or negative words. If, for example, someone more quickly associates negative words with minority rather than white faces, they're likely to have a bias — a bias that translates into a tendency to hire same-race workers, choose same-race partners, and find minority defendants guilty."

    Tagged with: sciencepsychologyracismperceptionraceneuroscienceplasticity

  2. The Yale Law Journal – Virtual World Feudalism

    "Every element of this system maps cleanly onto Second Life. A user swears homage by clicking “I agree” to Linden’s terms and conditions; Linden delivers her into possession by changing an appropriate database entry. She owes tier fees in place of feudal incidents; Linden defends her possession via software-based access controls."

    Tagged with: second-lifepropertyfeudalismanalysispoliticscommunity

  3. Why we procrastinate and how to stop

    "The authors note that "merely thinking about the task in more concrete, specific terms makes it feel like it should be completed sooner and thus reducing procrastination." They conclude that these results have important implications for teachers and managers who may want their students and employees starting on projects sooner." Wishful thinking about wishful thinking, maybe?

    Tagged with: psychologyprocrastinationresearch

  4. 50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools

    I may end up needing these sooner rather than later.

    Tagged with: webdevtutorialresourcelistcodingphputilities

  5. About DBAN | Darik’s Boot And Nuke

    "… a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis."

    Tagged with: computersecurityprivacyfreewareforensicsdiskeraseutility

  6. Writing Exercise for a Wednesday: Mimicry and Gap Analysis

    Interesting; not a variation I've heard before. May have to try it out.

    Tagged with: writingfictionmimcryexercisememoryvision

  7. SSHerminator – Nice split screen terminal emulator and SSH client

    "Fast search-based interface for new connections Also display and search of local (Avahi) SSH servers Tabbed display with automatic session saving (Firefox style) Status bar with information like latency to server and output of remote uptime Close integration with OpenSSH features like connection sharing (near-instant new tabs)". Noice.

    Tagged with: linuxfreewaresshterminalubuntu

  8. s3fs – FUSE file system for Amazon S3

    "As the title suggests, s3fs is a FUSE-based file system for Amazon S3. What this means is that you can mount an S3 bucket and use it just like a standard disk—a crazy-huge distributed disk that you can mount from any machine." Like JungleDisk, but open-source? Hmmm.

    Tagged with: linuxAmazons3storagebackupfilesystem

  9. WordPress Shortcode: easily display the last image attached to post

    "… a very helpful shortcode to easily display the last image attached to post."

    Tagged with: wordpressphphacksshortcodeimageattachmentdisplay

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