Alan #Turing Monopoly set

My Alan Turing Special Edition Monopoly set has arrived (finally) from the UK. It features a replica of the game that Turing and his colleagues made and played at Bletchley Park during WWII. One of the “Chance” cards reads, “Your paper on computable numbers is published, collect $150” – one “Community Chest” card reads “You are asked to inspect a tortoise at Ferranti, receive $100.”

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/alan-turing-monopoly-set.html

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Tim Berners-Lee speaking in Wellington NZ

Tim Berners-Lee is making a presentation in Wellington on Wednesday 30th Jan from 5:00pm-6:30pm entitled The open Internet and the World Wide Web. If you can’t attend the Wellington event it is being streamed live to OGGB3/260-092 & OGGB4/260-073 lecture theatres at the University of  Auckland. Those interested in attending the live stream gatherings are encouraged to sign up here.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/tim-berners-lee-speaking-in-wellington.html

Is technology a problem in schools?

The Washington Post reports that a new survey by the  Pew Research Center has found that “nearly 90 percent of teachers believe that digital technologies were creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans. About 60 percent said it hindered students’ ability to write and communicate face to face, and almost half said it hurt critical thinking and their ability to do homework. Also, 76 percent of teachers believed students are being conditioned by the internet to find quick answers, leading to a loss of concentration.”

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/is-technology-problem-in-schools.html

Is technology a problem in schools?

The Washington Post reports that a new survey by the  Pew Research Center has found that “nearly 90 percent of teachers believe that digital technologies were creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans. About 60 percent said it hindered students’ ability to write and communicate face to face, and almost half said it hurt critical thinking and their ability to do homework. Also, 76 percent of teachers believed students are being conditioned by the internet to find quick answers, leading to a loss of concentration.”

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/is-technology-problem-in-schools.html

How was the Enigma machine cracked?

Here is a video that explains how Alan Turing and the code breakers at Bletchley Park cracked the German Enigma machine during WWII.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-was-enigma-machine-cracked.html

How secure is Java?

Well, according to The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, really not very secure at all! Reuters has reported that Homeland Security is advising “Unless it is absolutely necessary to run Java in web browsers, disable it.”  This may come as a surprise to you if like most of us Java is routinely enabled in your browser. Moreover, it seems that this isn’t a new problem caused by a new version of Java – Reuters quotes Charlie Miller, a computer engineer with Twitter who has previously worked as a security consultant to Fortune 500 firms and as an analyst with the National Security Agency.  It’s not like Java got insecure all of a sudden. It’s been insecure for years.” 
    If you want to disable Java in your browser consult your browser’s help information.
[Thanks to my colleague Clarke Thomborson for pointing this story out to me.]

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-secure-is-java.html

Google Cloud Print – useful

I’m not sure how this one slipped by me but I stumbled across it yesterday by accident whilst looking at an email attachment on my iPad using the Gmail app. – Google Cloud Print. This lets you print from any device to any printer you’ve shared via the cloud. You can print from you iPad or Android phone to your printer at home or the office printer. Moreover, you can share a printer with family or friends; a friend could for example print a photo on your printer from anywhere in the world. Some new printers are “cloud ready” but you can also configure old school printers using Google Chrome. This is Cloud Print’s big advantage over Apple’s AirPrint in that you don’t need a new printer to use it. I have to say I’m impressed. Setting up my printers following Google’s instructions was easy and I can now print documents from Gmail or Google Docs on my iPad – very useful.
[Note: if you have a Mac installing the free handyPrint program on your Mac let’s you share any printer to any iOS device across your network.]

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2013/01/google-cloud-print-useful.html