The protocol for The Internet
The protocol for The Internet is currently HTTP, or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. It is just shy of 20 years old. Its age has lent it to be modified and layered over with capabilities, as per the Internet changed, that make it very difficult to implement. This is a problem. The fact that it is human readable is also a problem. Though it helps in debugging, it wastes bandwidth.
This protocol, as the acronym states, transfers a language called HTML. By definition, it is meant to be a loosely interpreted language, meaning it is not an exact language. I think this is a problem.
Is a redesign of both the HTTP protocol and the HTML language in store? Or is this a case of 'don't fix what isn't broken'? Does the fact that it is working well outweigh the possibility of it working better?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Is the appendix a useless organ, an immune system benefactor, a Parkinson's disease instigator, or all of the above?
- As far back as Darwin, scientists have thought the appendix was a vestigial organ, but opinions have changed in recent years.
- A new study found that the appendix houses Lewy bodies, abnormal protein deposits that contribute to Parkinson's disease.
- Researchers suggest an appendectomy may lower one's risk of Parkinson's, while other research suggests the appendix has important roles to play in our immune system.
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