Turing’s Death Not a Suicide?

Professor Jack Copeland, an expert on the life of Alan Turing, believes there’s no evidence that Turing committed suicide. Turing was found dead in his bed from cyanide poisoning on June 7th, 1954. He was 41 years old. Two years earlier he had been prosecuted for gross indecency after his homosexuality came to light during a [Read More...]

Mac Users Paying More at Orbitz?

Macs are more expensive than PCs and tend to be used by a more rarefied and appealing demographics (better educated, more disposable income), so it’s inevitable that online shopping by Mac users is different than online shopping by PC users. Orbitz noticed that the people accessing their site from Macs pay, on average, 30% more [Read More...]

Turing at 100

Tomorrow is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, whose work made computers possible. I’m already seeing the trend in these memorials, and it is so very tedious. Turing is briefly acknowledged for his pioneering work, and then is immediately transformed into a martyr for gay rights. Like Oscar Wilde, his genius becomes secondary to his [Read More...]

Facebook Status: Married, Single, or Pervert

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Beginning on August 1st (unless it’s challenged by the ACLU) (and it will be challenged by the ACLU), registered sex offenders in Louisiana will have to declare their criminal status on Facebook or any other social networking sites. The law essentially expands existing registration and notification requirements to social networks, except … Facebook already bars registered sex offenders. So [Read More...]

The Cyber War: Dispatches from the Battlefield

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In “The Coming Global Cyber War,” I wrote about some of the more frightening developments we can expect as computer/viral warfare evolves. Recent viruses such as Stuxnet, Duqu, and Flame are showing the path towards a dangerous future in which terrorists and foreign governments can damage our industry, power, and transportation with viral attacks. This is [Read More...]

[Sticky] WIN a Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library Worth $790

Logos Bible Software has graciously offered to provide a Complete Logos Catholic Scholar’s Library to one lucky reader of God and the Machine. The package is worth $790, and you can read more about it here. I’ve written an overview of the software, and an update on some recent additions. Click on this link to enter the contest via the [Read More...]

The Coming Global Cyber War

Stuxnet was the Manhattan Project of the 21st century. This complex, subtle computer worm–detected in 2010–was designed to make the Iranian nuclear centrifuges malfunction ever so slightly, delaying Iran’s march towards a nuclear bomb without the Iranians even knowing why. It revealed the serious vulnerability of every automated industrial control system, and they’re almost all automated to [Read More...]

The End of Moore’s Law, and Beyond

Moore’s Law–which states that the number of transistors that can be placed in a circuit doubles every 18-24 months–is already coming to an end. The exponential growth in the the way silicon circuits are designed and manufactured has driven much of the technological progress of the last 40 years or so, but it can’t continue forever. This is why the techno-Utopians who [Read More...]


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