Posts Tagged "technology"

Zoom In… Enhance…

This project references the trope in a lot of crime/tech TV shows, where someone is able to use a computer to “zoom in and enhance” an image. It’s an old gimmick, and laughed at a lot because… well, you can’t just zoom in on a fuzzy image and have it magically get clearer.

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Recursive Tech Support

Remember that this was a test, so the goal was to put something in the scanner… then scan it, with the result being a new JPG/image on Julie’s laptop.

It was successful, and the resulting recursive affair tickled me a great deal. Let’s recap:

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Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make

The assembly instructions look very straightforward, and the kit allows you to experiment with creating your own games, and playing around with audio/video. While it would be fun to mess with something like this, my first inclination was: Wow, this would be great for my nieces and nephews!

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Politics and the Stuxnet Worm: A Declaration of Cyber-War

Just read over a pretty eyebrow-raising article about the Stuxnet worm. Entitled A Declaration of Cyber-War, Michael Joseph Gross lays out what researchers have found about this virus in the past year… and speculates on the hand(s) that may have coded it. In computer security parlance, a vulnerability in a computer application that has not been detected before is considered…

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The Banana Jr. 6000 Lives!

I’m not usually one to share computer mods, but this one was too good to pass up. I was a big, big fan of Bloom County, and have fond memories of the Banana Junior 6000 (a parody of the Mac that came out in 1984). Turns out, some crazy awesome nerd built a working version of the machine, complete with…

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Lagoa Multiphysics Trailer

This teaser, showcasing a variety of physics simulations, is jaw-droppingly amazing. And as cool as the beginning of the video is, the behind-the-scenes views (starting at 1:49) are even more amazing. [via MetaFilter] Related:Ronald Mallett – Physics Professor, Son and Secretive Time Traveller

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Can IBM’s Watson Beat Humans in a Game of Jeopardy?

In 1997, IBM created a computer named Deep Blue, and set up a chess match with the then world champion Garry Kasparov. After a mistake by Kasparov in the opening of the sixth game, Deep Blue became the first computer to ever beat a chess grand master. The latest computer to emerge from IBM is nicknamed Watson, and boasts the…

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The Enemy Within: Fascinating Article About the Conficker Computer Worm

We’re dealing with one of two things: either we’re dealing with incredibly sophisticated cyber criminals, or we’re dealing with a group that was funded by a nation-state. Because this wasn’t the kind of team that you could just assemble by getting your five buddies who play Xbox 360 and saying, ‘Let’s all work together and see what we can do.’…

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Think Big with a Gig: Google’s Experimental, High Speed Fiber Network

We’re announcing our plans to build and test ultra high speed broadband networks in the United States. We plan to provide fiber-to-the-home service with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, for at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. In the selected locations, we’ll offer Internet up to 100 times faster than what many Americans have access to…

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Clay Shirky Video: How Technology is Shaping Groups and Conversations

I’ve just spent the past 20 minutes totally sucked in to this video of Clay Shirky, talking about the ways technology and the Internet are changing the way we communicate. Here’s a taste: “What matters here isn’t technical capital, it’s social capital. These tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring. I tisn’t when the shiny new tools…

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