3% of Twitter’s Servers Dedicated to Justin Bieber
10:15 pm EDT, Sep 7, 2010
Would you believe that Justin Bieber and his legion of fans use up 3% of Twitter’s server at any given time — such a large amount of activity that “racks of servers” are dedicated to Bieber mania?
I'd ridicule this, but only if I knew what percentage of Twitter's infrastructure was utilized by spam activity. I'm positive that no measurable percentage of MemeStreams infrastructure is dedicated to Justin Bieber, but I'm not so sure about the spam metrics...
15 Watt Solar Panel generates power in sunlight. It is waterproof, lightweight and built to withstand abuse.
Power: 15 Watts total peak output at 20 Volts
Charge times: 1 hour in the sun will provide between 12 and 45 minutes of runtime, depending on your laptop. 1 hour in the sun is typically sufficient to charge most cell phones and other handheld electronics.
BarCamp DC is an ad-hoc unconference and is part of the larger BarCamp movement. While there are topics suggested for discussion, there is no set agenda until everyone gathers. Attendees are required to participate to some degree: either by leading a discussion, showing a demo, or by creating another type of collaborative session.
November 14th, 2009 Registration: 9:30 AM Agenda Creation: 10:00 AM Sessions: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bar hopping afterwards
Martin Luther King Library in Chinatown (MAP) 901 G St NW Washington, DC 2000
Last year, I made a hire due to BarCampDC. It's a good event. I'm looking forward to it again this year.
Company Denies its Robots Feed on the Dead | Danger Room | Wired.com
1:09 pm EDT, Jul 20, 2009
Robots that kill people and generate power from eating their flesh are still a threat...
POMPANO BEACH, Fla.– In response to rumors circulating the internet on sites such as FoxNews.com, FastCompany.com and CNET News about a “flesh eating” robot project, Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets:CYPW) and Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) would like to set the record straight: This robot is strictly vegetarian.
On July 7, Cyclone announced that it had completed the first stage of development for a beta biomass engine system used to power RTI’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™), a Phase II SBIR project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences Office. RTI’s EATR is an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling.
RTI’s patent pending robotic system will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment. Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes “human bodies,” the public can be assured that the engine Cyclone has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips – small, plant-based items for which RTI’s robotic technology is designed to forage. Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone or RTI.
“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO. “We are focused on demonstrating that our engines can create usable, green power from plentiful, renewable plant matter. The commercial applications alone for this earth-friendly energy solution are enormous.” (emphasis in the original)
I'm sure WolframAlpha will save my ass when I'm desperately searching for an obscure formula, but for everything else it appears to be mostly useless.
All the results are images. When you find some bit of information you are looking for, you have to manually copy it, thwarting one of the main reasons we've been working so hard to get reference materials out of books and onto the net.
It doesn't provide information about the authoritative source for any of the information it provides in results. That means that if you are going to use any of the information, you must cite WolframAlpha as the authoritative source. That doesn't fly when there are regularly errors in the results. I wasn't there in 1961, but I'm pretty sure there was porn, and people called it porn..
This is half baked. It could wind up being really helpful if they would at least attribute sources for the information.
This is truly amazing. Timball showed this to me last night... All I could think of were our future robot masters, who will force us to worship the machine gods, or devour us and turn our flesh into electrical energy. I can make out this fuzzy future with shocking clarity while watching this video.
After you watch this, be sure to watch the spoof. All class-a stuff...
Hackers Publish German Minister's Fingerprint | Threat Level from Wired.com
2:36 pm EDT, Apr 1, 2008
To demonstrate why using fingerprints to secure passports is a bad idea, the German hacker group Chaos Computer Club has published what it says is the fingerprint of Wolfgang Schauble, Germany's interior minister.
According to CCC, the print of Schauble's index finger was lifted from a water glass that he used during a panel discussion that he participated in last year at a German university. CCC published the print on a piece of plastic inside 4,000 copies of its magazine Die Datenschleuder that readers can use to impersonate the minister to biometric readers.
Cuba lifts ban on computer and DVD sales | Reuters
1:59 pm EDT, Mar 13, 2008
Communist Cuba has authorized the unrestricted sale of computers and DVD and video players in the first sign that President Raul Castro is moving to improve Cubans' access to consumer goods.
An internal government memo seen by Reuters on Thursday said the appliances long desired by Cubans can go on sale immediately, although air conditioners will not be available until next year and toasters until 2010 due to limited power supplies.
It listed 19-inch (48-cm) and 24-inch (61-cm) television sets, electric pressure cookers and rice cookers, electric bicycles, car alarms and microwaves.
Many Cubans expect the state to soon allow them to buy cellular telephones. While they will now be able to buy computers, access to the Internet remains controlled by the government.