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Current Topic: Technology

Race Against The Machine
Topic: Technology 12:12 am EST, Dec 16, 2012

"Are the droids taking our jobs?"

Race Against The Machine


RE: DARPA Network Challenge
Topic: Technology 9:47 am EDT, Oct 30, 2009

noteworthy wrote:
DARPA:

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has announced the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition that will explore the role the Internet and social networking plays in the timely communication, wide area team-building and urgent mobilization required to solve broad scope, time-critical problems.

The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of ten moored, 8 foot, red weather balloons located at ten fixed locations in the continental United States. Balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roadways.

Hope they use something more verifiable than just red balloons. Seems pretty easy to spoof.

RE: DARPA Network Challenge


RE: Google parsing document.write()'s?
Topic: Technology 11:27 am EDT, Jun 24, 2009

Acidus wrote:
This could be interesting...

Looks like putting munging logic in a separate .js is a workaround... for now.

RE: Google parsing document.write()'s?


RE: OTOY Demo - Remoting Console Gaming
Topic: Technology 5:10 pm EDT, Jun 17, 2009

Acidus wrote:
Like VNC but for gaming. The game is rendered by a cloud of machines/GPUs and send to your browser.

What's your take on this?

http://www.onlive.com/

RE: OTOY Demo - Remoting Console Gaming


Processing 1.0 released
Topic: Technology 10:22 am EST, Nov 25, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and LOS ANGELES, Calif. - November 24, 2008 - The Processing project today announced the immediate availability of the Processing 1.0 product family, the highly anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time-saving features - the new Processing 1.0 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.

Whups! That's not the right one. Here we go:

Today, on November 24, 2008, we launch the 1.0 version of the Processing software. Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that since 2001 has promoted software literacy within the visual arts. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing quickly developed into a tool for creating finished professional work as well.

Processing is a free, open source alternative to proprietary software tools with expensive licenses, making it accessible to schools and individual students. Its open source status encourages the community participation and collaboration that is vital to Processing's growth. Contributors share programs, contribute code, answer questions in the discussion forum, and build libraries to extend the possibilities of the software. The Processing community has written over seventy libraries to facilitate computer vision, data visualization, music, networking, and electronics.

Students at hundreds of schools around the world use Processing for classes ranging from middle school math education to undergraduate programming courses to graduate fine arts studios.

+ At New York University's graduate ITP program, Processing is taught alongside its sister project Arduino and PHP as part of the foundation course for 100 incoming students each year.

+ At UCLA, undergraduates in the Design | Media Arts program use Processing to learn the concepts and skills needed to imagine the next generation of web sites and video games.

+ At Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska and the Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona, middle school teachers are experimenting with Processing to supplement traditional algebra and geometry classes.

Tens of thousands of companies, artists, designers, architects, and researchers use Processing to create an incredibly diverse range of projects.

+ Design firms such as Motion Theory provide motion graphics created with Processing for the TV commercials of companies like Nike, Budweiser, and Hewlett-Packard.

+ Bands such as R.E.M., Radiohead, and Modest Mouse have featured animation created with Processing in their music videos.

+ Publications such as the journal Nature, the New York Times, Seed, and Communications of the ACM have commissioned information graphics crea... [ Read More (0.3k in body) ]

Processing 1.0 released


RE: Wikipedia Sleuths Win Journalism Award for Wired.com | Threat Level from Wired.com
Topic: Technology 8:16 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2008

Decius wrote:

Threat Level accepted the $10,000 award for editor Kevin Poulsen's post that combined a voting widget and internet superstar Virgil Griffith's WikiScanner application that let  readers find and highlight the worst self-interested anonymous edits to Wikipedia entries. The judges found that the tool "finally inserts an air of accountability to those who edit the site to fit their own agendas."

Congrats on the one hand, but something seems wrong about Wired getting $10,000 for this blog post and Virgil getting nothing for writing the actual tool.

Who/where do we write letters to? It's all nice and well to call him an "Internet Superstar" but money talks.

RE: Wikipedia Sleuths Win Journalism Award for Wired.com | Threat Level from Wired.com


Google's New Browser: Chrome
Topic: Technology 9:23 pm EDT, Sep  1, 2008

Google's new web browser. Doesn't look bad. It will be nice to have a "task manager" in browser.

Google's New Browser: Chrome


New pro-sumer Casio camera does 60fps burst, HD video, 300 to 1200fps high speed video
Topic: Technology 2:06 pm EDT, Apr  3, 2008

A typical shirt-pocket camera, if you’re lucky, can snap one photo a second in “burst mode.” A $1,000 semipro model will get you 3 shots a second. But this Casio can snap — are you ready for this? — 60 photos a second. These are not movies; these are full six-megapixel photographs, each with enough resolution for a poster-size print.

...

The F1’s second trick is that business about photographing a moment after the fact. In pre-record mode, you half-press the shutter button when you’re awaiting an event that’s unpredictable: a breaching whale, a geyser’s eruption or a 5-year-old batter connecting with the ball. The camera silently, repeatedly records 60 shots a second, immediately discarding the old to make room for the new.

When you finally press the shutter button fully, the camera simply preserves the most recent shots, thus effectively photographing an event that, technically speaking, you missed.

...

Most stunning of all, this camera can film at outrageously high frame rates: 300, 600, or even 1,200 frames a second. The result is incredibly smooth, extremely slow motion, like something in an Imax nature movie. No still camera has ever offered anything like this feature.

* * *

I've been lusting after this thing ever since I saw the news from CES. Looks like it has a US release date now, according to this article, in two weeks.

Think I'll wait until the second generation tech. but this is a pretty exciting development in the consumer space.

New pro-sumer Casio camera does 60fps burst, HD video, 300 to 1200fps high speed video


RE: w00t!
Topic: Technology 4:32 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2007

Decius wrote:
Words like pwn and w00t are so obviously hacking related that its hard to understand why gamers would rationalize that they have something to do with quake. However, it is really interesting that these words have been appropriated by that scene and become extremely mainstream. When I saw Cartman say pwn on national television a few months ago I almost jumped out of my seat. I don't really know who invented the term, but that person is likely only one degree of separation from the folks who hang out at summercon.

I love that South Park episode. Best one ever.

What does pwn anyway? I've never understood that one. I had to have someone explain FTW recently. It still didn't make any sense to me.

Disclaimer: I have been "on-line" since 1983, so go easy on me hahaha... I just really don't get a lot of the lingo sometimes.

RE: w00t!


RE: YouTube - Singing Tesla Coil at Duckon 2007
Topic: Technology 5:46 pm EDT, Aug  2, 2007

Catonic wrote:
WOAH! BADFUCKING ASS!!!!!

Very cool.

Anyone know the first tune that's played?

RE: YouTube - Singing Tesla Coil at Duckon 2007


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