“If he were chasing money, he would have been living on the East or West Coast by now and doing something for some company that we’d all heard of instead of a little service provider in the Midwest. But he’s one of those guys, he operates very heavily on principle.”
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.
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:
Spotted this on Saturday night, while Liz and I were out getting food. We were paused long enough for me to snap this photo.
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!
Part of me is in awe at what we can achieve, through math and technology. Another part of me is just waiting for the day when an evil scientist puts some time towards these guys, and pulls off the first robotic bank heist or robotic assassination. And there’s yet another part of me that thinks all of this is fun and games, until the Singularity arrives.
Last night, when I arrived at my front door, I spotted a large pile of telephone directories – stacked into two thick columns and bound together in plastic wrap. On seeing these my first thought was: they still make these things?
A recent post on Techchrunch asks this rather intriguing question: Is Printing A Gun The Same As Buying A Gun?
The answer to their question (and to my blog post) is a little weird: Sorta.
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…
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…
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
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…
ALT/1977 is a beautiful collection of re-imagined products, based in the 70’s. The graphics are incredibly well done, and the copy is spot-on with its tone. Very retro, and the feel is captured perfectly. [via MetaFilter]
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.’…
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…