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  • daviding 2:35 pm on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: visa   

    Embarassed that friends flying to Canada on passports from Finland and Australia would require eTA electronic Travel Authorization after leniency period ends November 9, 2016 .

    This bureaucracy is the result of the “Perimeter security and economic competitiveness – action plan” signed by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in 2011. Agreement between U.S. Homeland Security and Canada Border Services Agency shares biographic entry data, but not biometric information (i.e. fingerprints). .

    Tried out the “Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)” at , and got October 2016 response:

    No eTA required


    Based on your answers, for the purpose of your current travel, you do not need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to visit Canada.

    However, make sure to carry proper travel documents and identification for yourself and any children travelling with you.
    Application for an eTA

  • daviding 3:50 am on October 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    A core curriculum provides an understanding of the building blocks of cognitive systems, and how each block functions algorithmically.

    • Science: What can be learned by studying the evolution and development of intelligence?
    • Design: Why is it so hard to build cognitive systems to augment the intelligence of people?
    • Business: What should executives and managers know about this rapidly advancing technology?
    • Societal Implications: What should everyone (citizens of the 21st century) know about the practical, political, and philosophical implications?

    “Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Intelligence Augmentation, or Studying the Evolution of Cognitive Systems for Service Systems” | Jim Spohrer | Oct. 9, 2016 | Service Science at

  • daviding 11:25 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: corsair, macbook pro, mid-2009, ram, sodimm, upgrade   

    Installed replacement @corsair 8GB RAM into 2009 Apple MacBookPro5,5 mid-2009 A1278 MB990LL/A.  Bought CMSA8GX3M2A1066C7 8GB SODIMM  in Toronto in July, installed to upgrade from 2GB RAM but didn’t test fully until trying MacOS upgrade in September.  Had crashes in OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, original OS X 10.5.7 Leopard DVD, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, yet MemTest86 said RAM was fine.

    Corsair guarantees SODIMM to work with Mac, so requested RMA online on Sept. 21, got immediate authorization.  Mailed RAM to California next day,  got notification on Sept. 30 that memory had shipped.  Hadn’t anticipated global supply chain, as package tracked on UPS from Taiwan to Anchorage to Louisville KY to Toronto.

    Installed replacement SODIMM in MacBook Pro, system now seems stable.  Activity Monitor shows MacOS Sierra with Chrome running in 2.6 of 8.0 GB of RAM, so performance of the computer should be better with the upgrade.

  • daviding 9:20 am on October 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: entailment   

    Some clarity on entailment in Robert Rosen’s thinking, from Judith Rosen in a quick chat:
    > “Entails” can be a synonym for “could lead to”. Entailment and causality are linked concepts, the difference being that causality is “what does happen” and entailment refers to “what COULD happen”. Nothing can happen that isn’t entailed. That’s the bottom line. That’s the stuff of “miracle” and paradox and supernatural magic… If something is deemed to be impossible and it happens then the model that predicted it was impossible is at fault. Cuz obviously if it happens in the universe, it’s entailed by the universe and is not supernatural at all; it’s “natural”.

  • daviding 1:25 pm on October 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Frame-breaking realization that there’s no download folder on an iPad, and all data is managed under software control. Tried a variety of FTP servers and wifi transfer apps on iOS from Apple App Store, discovered that files transferred by one app won’t be accessible by another. This isn’t the way my Google Nexus tablet and smartphone work under Android (or any other Linux-based computing device)! I hadn’t originally intended to jailbreak this inherited iPad, but now appreciate why so many people do it. See “Where is the iPhone downloads folder?” at

  • daviding 7:35 am on September 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Upgraded from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04.1 on Thinkpad X230T in about 2 hours. Using automated Software Updater, could see transformation process of thousands of programs moving up to new level. This has been the easiest upgrade ever, of any experience on Linux, Windows or Mac.

  • daviding 10:13 am on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Installed Cyanogenmod 13 on Nexus 10, since Google ceased support with Android Lollipop 5.1, and tablet was running slower and slower. Unlocked device with no issue. Couldn’t get TWRP environment to install via adb, even after manually upgrading Android Platform Tools on Ubuntu to current version. Success came through installing Kingo Root from Google Play Store, and then TWRP Manager, which eased Cyanogenmod 13 for Manta and Gapps Pico installs after wiping memory. First try with Gapps Nano failed, so system partition is a constraint on the Nexus 10. Still preferring F-Droid installations over Google Play Store, for apps that don’t include commercials.

  • daviding 10:00 am on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Upgraded Asus 1001P to Xubuntu 16.04.1 from 14.04, automated path left errors, so reinstalled on top from USB key. Also upgraded Lenovo 8258-HBU to Ubuntu 16.04.1 with XFCE4 desktop, so spouse’s interface is more similar across multiple computers. Older computers with 2GB of RAM are still going strong with Linux, dual boot shows that Windows upgrades would be hopeless.

  • daviding 9:55 am on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Upgraded Asus 1025C to Xubuntu 16.04.1 from 14.04 easily with automated installation. Discovered Ubuntu After Install by thefanclub, that simplifies adding a lot of packages that I previously had to customize in addition. Netbook upgraded to 2GB RAM is proving to be convenient, not that I don’t already have a lot of other computers already.

  • daviding 1:12 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    2016/07/26-29 Live Sketches of Plenaries, ISSS 2016 Boulder 

    Plenary @ISSSMeeting Live Sketches of Plenaries by @playthink Patricia Kambitsch, #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

    Full size images are in the 20160726 ISSS Boulder Sketching album, with a lightbox show.

    Plenary 03 Connecting Human And Natural Systems Research

    Plenary 03 ConnectingHumanAndNaturalSystemsResearch

    Plenary 04 Crisis Science Anticipatory Real Time And Preventive

    Plenary 04 CrisisScienceAnticipatoryRealTimeAndPreventive

    Plenary 05 Making Sense In Economics Ethics And Policy

    Plenary 05 MakingSenseInEconomicsEthicsAndPolicy

    Plenary 06 Multi Cultural Worldviews On Sustainability

    Plenary 06 MultiCulturalWorldviewsOnSustainability

    Plenary 07 Engineering Sustainable Systems And Technology

    Plenary 07 EngineeringSustainableSystemsAndTechnology

    Plenary 08 Prospects For Scientific Systemic Synthesis

    Plenary 08 ProspectsForScientificSystemicSynthesis

    Plenary 09 Human Capacity Communication And Student Research

    Plenary 09 HumanCapacityCommunicationAndStudentResearch

    Plenary 10 Ranulph Glanville Memorial Talk: Systems Literacy And Outreach

    Plenary 10 RanulphGlanvilleMemorialTalk SystemsLiteracyAndOutreach



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