Archive for the “Tech” Category

With scientists now saying there's a 99 percent chance "the big one" will finally hit California sometime during the next 30 years, seismologists are scrambling to come up with new ways to detect and analyze quakes as soon as they happen.

One team of researchers is now hoping to employ the distributed computing approach to detection and create a giant, low-cost tremor-sensing network that takes advantage of the motion sensors that may already be in your laptop.

See: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/04/your-laptop-may.html  

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What could be better?! This little lego robot is pretty cool. I'm sure the algorithim used is actually fairly simple but it's still fun to watch!

Lego Solver

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I was going to just post the video, but this blog points out some of the great tidbits.

http://gizmodo.com/368651/new-video-of-bigdog-quadruped-robot-is-so-stunning-its-spooky

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Check out the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology located in the Ray and Maria Stata Center, designed by Pritzker-winning architect Frank Gehry. As well as the robots….

http://www.news.com/2300-11394_3-6183172-1.html

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ComputerWorld comes up with an analysis.

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Thought some of the people on this page would appreciate this. Pretty amazing technology…made me say "Wow!" out loud.

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http://hubpages.com/hub/_86_Mac_Plus_Vs_07_AMD_DualCore_You_Wont_Believe_Who_Wins

So, at the bottom, they conclude that the Mac Plus beats the AMD in 8 out of 9 tests.  I think thats great, and completely true for an author, but what about other software?  Will it run any video app?  What if you had to have a different computer on your desk for each application, or if no piece of hardware could be generalized, and everything had its own embeded system? A seperate device for Word, another for Excel, a third for Warcraft, not to mention one for Interwebs?  That would be a great way to make money as a hardware manufacturer…… If only I had been born a couple of decades earlier.  

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Joost Is getting alot of press these days. Im giving it a test run(while its still beta). Its invite only right now, so if anyone wants in let me know, and I will send you an invite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joost
Joost beta reviewed – TV just got a little smarter
Joost Raises $45 Million in Funding

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Ever Wonder how your computer manages to move the pointer around when you use your mouse or trackpad? This explanation , don't worry if you can't read Japanese, will make it perfectly clear!

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10 Reasons Why “Tech Speak” Is The Best Language To Learn. – Tilted Forum Project

To all my techy brethren.

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More evidence, on the molecular level, that dinosaurs are not extinct but live among us brightening our day with song.

Dinosaur research backs link to birds

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This is a pretty cool video of a test drive in the Bugatti Veyron…

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This is pretty cool and quite logical from a scientific point of view. Those Benzene rings store a whole lot of energy!

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/12886

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I think all of us in the IT world have seen at least minor headaches with the DST change this year. This article looks at whether or not it was worth it and what is most disturbing to me is this line toward the end, "the bill has a provision for the country to return to the old daylight savings calendar". Ummm…I don't know about anyone else out there but I certainly don't want to go through all of this again in a couple of years.

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Apple Computer's popular iPod music player could become a flight data recorder (FDR) following an announcement by US light aircraft manufacturer LoPresti SpeedMerchants to introduce the device in the cockpit of its Fury piston aircraft.

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