And, judging by some of the things Zach Holman has dug out, you'll probably cringe as you'll fondly recall the many Geocities pages one encountered back in the day.
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If I had a nickel for how many times I wrote in the 90s, I'd have enough money to cover the monthly overage bills from AOL.
Josh Worth, an expert in art and design with a remarkable portfolio, shows a "tediously accurate scale model of the solar system" where 1 pixels equals to 3474.8 km. Happy scrolling...
This quick shot by Skyboxs SkySat-1 shows multiple planes landing at Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) airport in Beijing on December 30, 2013. You can easily see a large plane landing on the runway at right. Using the videos timestamp and public flight logs, Bruno identified this plane as Air China Limited flight 1310, a wide-body Airbus 330 flying from Guangzhou to Beijing. Operating as a codeshare, that flight was also listed as Shenzhen Airlines 1310, United Airlines 7564, SAS 9510, Austrian 8010 and Lufthansa 7283.
Much like AirBNB, which lets people rent rooms over the Internet, AirPNP allows businesses and individuals to rent out their bathroom in much the same way. Native apps are in the works, but you can use the mobile optimized web app in the meanwhile. From the article in The Register:
The concept behind the service is simple: at big events like New Orleans' Mardi Gras, chances are you'll find yourself on the street with a full bladder an nowhere to legally relieve it. Enter Airpnp, which gives residences and businesses the opportunity to rent out their bathrooms to people in their immediate location who need to use it.
The service lets users find the nearest convenience using a web app, with native apps promised real soon now.
All will offer users the chance to ... rate their pee experience afterwards to others can see how each restroom stacks up.
Anita Chadburi of The Guardian has this fascinating article for the series How to be extremely calmwhich asks an "A&E consultant, football manager, headteacher and more" how they manage to keep cool with their very stressful jobs.
There are 1,100 people in the building and I need to make sure that every single one of them is doing what they need to be doing. Our cleaners are as valuable as our teaching staff; so are our caretakers and our ICT staff. When I took over, Ofsted ranked us as "requiring improvement"; last year we were awarded "good" and now I'm aiming for "outstanding".
Nothing can prepare you for being responsible for it all, no matter how long you work as a deputy. However, most stressful situations that arise, be it with antisocial behaviour or angry parents turning up, we have systems to deal with them. When I arrived in 2012, I introduced a policy for both adults and children of always remaining calm and non-confrontational. The minute you shout, people don't
According to CBC News, scientists discovered "a new type of virus in 30,000-year-old permafrost and managed to revive it." The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was immediately able to infect an amoeba. While this virus is not harmful to humans, "its ability to become infectious again after so many millenniums is a warning, writes Jean-Michel Claverie at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at Aix-Marseille University and his colleagues in a new study published Monday."
"The revival of such an ancestral amoeba infecting virus ... suggests that the thawing of permafrost either from global warming or industrial exploitation of circumpolar regions might not be exempt from future threats to human or animal health," they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Giant DNA viruses, first discovered just 10 years ago, are so big compared with most other viruses that they are visible under a visible light microscope. Before the new virus was discovered, just
Using an old sneaker and a remote controlled car, HouseholdHacker shows you how you can build yourself a remote controlled shoe. Hilarity ensues.
Let's take that busted old shoe and turn it into something fantastic, a remote controlled SHOE! The process is pretty straight forward and simple and the results are absolutely hilarious.
The Atlantic has this short video starring Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for Time Services at the United States Naval Observatory, giving a tour of the facilities that help all of the Internet keep the correct time.
The time that ends up on your smartphoneand that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communicationsoriginates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory.
"Combining a phishing scam with a fake tech support call center is something that I'd never seen before," the Malwarebytes senior security researcher told Wired.co.uk. A video of the find shows Segura trying to enter a fake Netflix login on the streaming service's homepage, only to be presented with a notice telling him the account has been suspended, and telling him to call a fake tech support number.
He dutifully called up and was asked to download "Netflix Support Software"really the remote control software TeamViewer, which allowed the scammer access to his system. Once he had hopped on, the hacker told Segura he'd been hacked. In fact, the scammer said he'd been hacked nine times, with one coming from Serbia, four from Russia, three from China, and one from Italy. It's all part of a tactic to instill fear and get
On The Next Web, Paul Sawers looks at OpenStreetMap's quest to "conquer Google's mapping empire".
Were already seeing how Google+ is being used as its cross-product glue, providing a unified experience. Want to post a comment on YouTube or write a review on Google Play? You gotta use Google+. Google Maps is one obvious omission here you can use it on the Web without having to surrender any account details. Could that change in the future? Who knows. But anythings possible.
Of course, youre not physically tethered to Google Maps you use it because its genuinely a great service. Decent alternatives include Microsofts Bing Maps and Nokias HERE mapping services, but Google Maps is Google Maps, right?
Then theres OpenStreetMap, which you may have encountered before without really knowing it. For the unitiated, OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the world created by the online
On this opinion piece, Rick Noack, a 20-year old German journalist living in France, explains what's going on in Crimea. The issues have less at to do with a re-emergence of a Cold War between Russia and the United States and more about military and economic power.
The Cold War was about the rivalry of two ideologies trying to conquer one another. John Mueller, a professor of political science, famously argued that the Cold War ended as soon as the Soviet Union acknowledged the end of its efforts to spread its ideology. The current conflict, however, is about military and economic power. One of Russias most important military bases is located on the Crimean peninsula and the new government in Kiev is likely to annul an existing agreement allowing Russia to base part of its Fleet there. Moscow does not have a real alternative to which it could relocate the affected part of its Black Sea Fleet. None of these considerations point at an ideological conflict that will extend
With printers, the money isn't made with the device itself, but on the ink refills. To avoid people using third-party supplies which are significantly cheaper, digital rights management (DRM) only allows official refills to work. According to Canadian Business, the same approach is now being used by Keurig coffee makers, which will now only function when a licensed coffee pod is inserted, preventing generic ones from being brewed.
In its fourth-quarter earnings call last November, Green Mountain CEO Brian Kelley said this, of the forthcoming Keurig 2.0 system:
We will be transitioning our lineup of Keurig brewers over fiscal 2014 and early 2015. While were still not willing to discuss specifics about the platform for competitive reasons, we are confident it delivers game-changing performance. To ensure the system delivers on the promise of excellent quality beverages produced simply and consistently every brew every time, we use interactive technology
On The Wall Street's Saturday Essay, Yukari Iwatani Kane -- author of Haunted Empire, Apple After Steve Jobs -- takes a fascinating look into a post-Steve-Jobs Apple. Of interest, it explains the struggles that its current CEO, Tim Cook, is going through: overshadowed by a dead man's lingering presence.
Tim Cook, whom Jobs had personally picked as Apple's new CEO, was at the service, but attendees gave the former chief operating officer little thought. Even as he took control of Apple's empire, Cook couldn't escape his boss's shadow. How could anyone compete with a visionary so brilliant that not even death could make him go away?
The genius trap had long been set for Jobs's successor. Apple had been defined by him for more than a decade. Design, product development, marketing strategies and executive appointmentsall hinged on his tastes. Apple's accomplishments weren't Jobs's alone, but he had taken credit for most of them, which further fed his legend. One employee
On ignore the code, Lukas Mathis explains why he likes Windows 8. Or, as he puts it so humbly, why it works for him. Before you sneer, both Lukas' education and workplace experience show he knows what he's talking about, plus the article is a pleasure to read.
To be sure, its absolutely possible to use iPads productively. In fact, Apple blogs love to point to examples of people who do use iPads to produce things. And yes, these people exist. There are artists who draw on iPads, and musicians who make music on iPads, and writers who write novels on iPads, and movie makers who cut their movies on iPads. But the fact that you have to point to these people, the fact that there are articles about these people, shows that theyre unusual. An artist drawing a painting on an iPad is a novelty.
If it was normal for people to use their iPads for creative tasks, there would not be newspaper articles about people using their iPads for creative tasks. The iPad will have
It has happened: straight from Apple's website, an announcement for CarPlay, a version of iOS designed strictly for vehicles. It looks like you will still need an iPhone to make things work, though. Reportedly Google Maps will not work on this set up.
CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your cars controls knobs, buttons, or touchscreen. And the apps you want to use in the car have been reimagined, so you can use them while your eyes and hands stay where they belong.
NCPPR put forward a shareholder's proposal asking Apple to disclose how much it spends on sustainability programs. If those costs detracted from Apple's bottom line, the NCPPR demanded that Apple discontinue the programs and commit only to projects that are explicitly profitable. Cook apparently became angry at the group's request.
[...] For the better part of the last decade, Apple has taken on a number of sustainability projects and adopted practices to reduce waste and carbon emissions. In 2012, it broke ground on a data center in Oregon in order to take advantage of low-cost renewable energy and has plans to make all of its facilities reliant on green energy. It generally scores highly with EPEAT, a federal environmental group that keeps a registry of green digital devices. And in
Spritz is a very interesting offer: rather than scroll the words in front of you, it places the words in a specific place right in front of your eye. You don't have to move your eye at all, so suddenly you can read 500wpm, understand and remember all you've read, with surprisingly no difficulty at all. They claim you could read a 1,000 page novel in 10 hours and the demo proves it.
The time consuming part of reading lies mainly in the actual eye movements from word to word and sentence to sentence. In addition, traditional reading simply takes up a lot of physical space. Spritz solves both of these problems. First, your eyes do not have to move from word to word or around the page that youre reading. In fact, theres no longer a page with Spritz you only need 13 total characters to show all of your content. Fast streaming of text is easier and more comfortable for the reader, especially when reading areas become smaller. Spritzs patent-pending
Boeing, the same people that make airplanes, have announced the release of the Boeing Black, an Android-powered smartphone that "appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie."
In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable.
The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.
Such a phone might have prevented damage to Washington's diplomacy in Ukraine from a leaked telephone call. A senior U.S. State Department officer and the ambassador to Ukraine apparently used unencrypted cellphones for a call about political developments in Ukraine that became public.
TechCrunch reports on Opternative, a website that lets you do an eye exam and get a prescription entirely online and costing "75 percent less" than a traditional visit. Already with $1 million in funding, the service "plans to launch this summer."
Along with providing the test directly to consumers for around $35, Opternative is exploring the potential to embed its test on partner sites of eye-care professionals, and some large online eyewear retailers (think LensCrafters) have expressed interest. For a licensing fee, e-commerce sites like Warby Parker might eventually be able to give you the test and immediately send you the right prescription glasses.
While traditional in-person eye exam places might see Opternative as a dangerous competitor right now, the startup hopes to partner with them down the line. Dallek explains he wants Opternative to be "not just an online eye exam but the gold standard digital eye exam" that doctors could administer in their offices.
I don't want to ruin the surprise of this video, so if you haven't watched it yet, watch it. Done? Okay, these sets of classical-looking sculptures were created by Li Hongbo very much in the traditional sense, except that when the head is pulled, an astonishing and disturbing effect is achieved. The following from Phil Plait from Slate:
I suspect this is so engaging because of the uncanny valley effect, where artwork depicting faces looks almost--but not quite--real. It disturbs us. Thats why simple cartoons like Homer Simpson look just fine when we watch the show (the drawings are flat and not at all realistic), but when its turned into a 3-D photorealistic picture, it will haunt your nightmares for all eternity (seriously, you may not wish to click that link unless being drastically and soul-clenchingly disturbed for the rest of your life is something you truly desire).
In this case, the heads look like classic Greek sculptures, which are
After making their Little Printer, Berg showcases its prototype washing machine, Cloudwash, in order to "explore how connectivity will change the appliances in our homes... and to figure out what new features will be possible." While I generally groan when I hear of appliances with an Internet access they don't need, this system is actually really well thought out.
Connected appliances have the potential to be better designed, with new features, new services, and even new business models.
We know that the best way to figure out the new features is to interact with working prototypes, seeing what works and what doesn't. And by making working prototypes, we have washing machines that can be used in live customer trials. The problem is that it's usually hard to bring existing, complex consumer appliances to the connected world of the Internet of Things.
We wanted to demonstrate that by using our platform to give web APIs to a regular appliance, it's possible to experiment
On Motherboard, Meghan Neal reports on the efforts by a "diverse group of experts" into changing the image of space elevators from "something that's just ridiculous, laughed off as the stuff of sci-fi novels" into "totally feasible and a really smart idea."
Naturally, how to build a space elevator is more difficult to answer. The gist of the idea is this: A long, strong tether is anchored at the equator and extends into geosynchronous orbit some 62,000 miles above the Earth. At the other end is a counterweight far enough away to keep the center of mass in orbit with the Earth so the cable stays over the same point above the equator as the planet rotates. The rotation keeps the cable taut, to counter the gravitational pull as robotic, electric "climbers" ride the line up into space carrying the payload. Boom.
This basic concept hasn't changed much since Arthur C. Clark's 1979 novel The Fountains of Paradise first popularized the idea of an elevator to space--though no one
On Market Watch, Brett Arends reports on research by Peter Lindert, economics professor at the University of California in Davis, who notes that 'Britains Downton Abbey economy of the 1920s,' [...] was slightly 'less unequal than… the U.S. today' (emphasis added).
U.S. fans of the hit British TV series, whose latest season ended last night, may think they are looking through a window at a lost world of privilege and poverty, aristocrats and servants, upstairs and down.
But they should think again. A research paper to be presented this week at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a leading think tank, will confirm that the U.S. today has become as unequal as the England of the Earl of Grantham, Lady Mary, Daisy the kitchen maid and Carson the butler a hundred years ago.
The richest take home a higher share of national income in America today than did the aristocrats and superrich of 1920s England. The poor today
On Everything², Amoeba Protozoa has a post on the Kit Kat Konspiracy, or, how Kit Kat bars sold outside of the United States and manufactured by Nestle taste amazing. It sounds silly, but makes for an amusing read.
I had known for awhile that foods which I am accustom to in the United States taste slightly different elsewhere in the world. Truely the meatless Big Macs you can find in India are a testament to this. However, nothing was to prepare me for the shock I received in Japan, when I found amongst the wasabi flavored potato chips and daifuku a simple Kit Kat; ah, but this was no ordinary Kit Kat: this was chocolate heaven!
Listed upon the high quality red wrapper of the Japanese Kit Kat was the address of the Nestle website. Upon arriving with Mozilla, I promptly found the consumer inquiries area and wrote them an e-mail inquiring about the taste difference in Internationally born vs. domestic Kit Kats. Here was their reply:
Thank you for contacting us.
According to The Guardian, secrets documents have revealed that "Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, "intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing." Amusingly, "between 3% and 11% of the Yahoo webcam imagery harvested by GCHQ contains 'undesirable nudity,'" leaving the intelligence agencies to note that "a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person." In other words, if you were naked in front of your Yahoo webcam, an intelligence analyst has probably seen your naughty bits.
GCHQ did not make any specific attempts to prevent the collection or storage of explicit images, the documents suggest, but did eventually compromise by excluding images in which software had not detected any faces from search results -- a bid to prevent many of the lewd shots being seen by analysts.
The system was not perfect at stopping
On Wired, Evan Selinger argues that "today's apps are turning us into sociopaths," thanks in part to the advent of such software that will "remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil."
First, some quick background on how BroApp works: It not only sends scheduled texts, but comes preloaded with 12 messages to help users get started. The developers also took steps to conceal the automation going on behind the scenes; in places designated no bro zones, the app is automatically disabled. (After all, the jig is up if your girlfriend received an automatic text from you while youre at her place.) The app even has a rating system that lowers the risk of the same message being sent too frequently.
Despite the fact that the app currently advertises the core benefit of spending more time with the bros, it included other scenarios in the initially testing according to the
On The New York Times' Sunday Review, Thomas L. Friedman explains that to get a job at Google, while "good grades certainly don't hurt," a vast "proportion of people without any college education at Google has increased over time."
Google attracts so much talent it can afford to look beyond traditional metrics, like G.P.A. For most young people, though, going to college and doing well is still the best way to master the tools needed for many careers. But Bock is saying something important to them, too: Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. The world only cares about and pays off on what you can do with what you know (and it doesn't care how you learned it). And in an age when innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, it also cares about a lot of soft skills leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn. This will be true no matter where you go to work.
According to Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept, the NSA and GCHQ "are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself." Also, U.S. now spying on German ministers since Merkel is off-limits. And Europe and Brazil are planning an undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying.
Critically, the targets for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of traditional law enforcement against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, hacktivism, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.
The title page of one of these documents reflects the agencys own
Sharif Sakr shows off "leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone," which, among its many new features, will sport two lenses "with two different focal lengths. One lens is wide-angle, while the other is at 3x zoom."
This means you can switch lenses to magnify more distant subjects without resorting to digital zoom. In the test set-up shown in the video above, which compared the dual-lens system side-by-side with a traditional smartphone camera (with both modules pointed at a test card around a foot away), the Corephotonics system outputted a clear 13-megapixel image regardless of whether it was at 1x or 3x zoom.
By contrast, Nokia's PureView cameras rely solely on digital zoom such that outputting a 3x magnified image entails a drop in resolution down to five megapixels. Corephotonics' system can also deliver smooth zooms, for example during video recording, by employing a mix of digital zoom and lens-switching.
According to Larry O'Hanlon, on the Discovery website, researchers determined that playing Tetris can help people deal with cravings.
The computer game can lessen the urge for a doughnut, chocolate, a cigarette or maybe even sex, finds a new study published in the journal Appetite.
We know that cravings are associated with drug use, and early dropout of weight-loss programs, said Jackie Andrade, a psychology professor at Plymouth University's Cognition Institute in the U.K. They make life difficult.
On The New York Times, Nathaniel Rich explains that "bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening," although the process "is even more complicated than it sounds."
Several months later, the National Geographic Society hosted a larger conference to debate the scientific and ethical questions raised by the prospect of de-extinction. Brand and Phelan invited 36 of the worlds leading genetic engineers and biologists, among them Stanley Temple, a founder of conservation biology; Oliver Ryder, director of the San Diego Zoos Frozen Zoo, which stockpiles frozen cells of endangered species; and Sergey Zimov, who has created an experimental preserve in Siberia called Pleistocene Park, which he hopes to populate with woolly mammoths.
To Brands idea that the pigeon project would provide beacon of hope for conservation, conference attendees added a number of ecological arguments in support of de-extinction. Just as the loss of a
Created at the University of Toronto's Mobile Applications Lab, Xtouch allows any mobile device to extend their interaction on any surface.
According to Richard Byrne Reilly of Venture Beat, it is entirely possible "for children, felons, and people without IDs," to purchase illegal weapons on Facebook, all in just 15 minutes.
A VentureBeat investigation has uncovered dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale, including semi-automatic weapons, handguns, and silencers. While the transactions dont actually happen on Facebook, the social network is a remarkably easy way to find shady people willing to sell you a weapon no questions asked. The illegal transactions then take place in diners, dark parking lots, and isolated country roads away from the prying eyes of the feds and local police.
In Kentucky, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper remembers when a call came into dispatch last October saying a 15-year-old student had been arrested on the Greenup County High School campus for carrying an unlicensed and loaded 9mm handgun to school. The boy was arrested and brought to Coopers
As you may have heard, the world's biggest Bitcoin trader, Mt.Gox, went offline late Monday, leaving "investors who gambled on the digital currency" at risk of losing "millions of dollars." John Cassidy, of The New Yorker explains how it happened.
In case you are a bit confusedI know I amlets just go over that again. Bitcoin is based on cryptography. And yet, as far back as 2011, when it was largely the preserve of drug dealers and software geeks, some developers and entrepreneurs associated with it were already aware of a potentially serious vulnerability at the heart of the electronic-accounting system that constitutes its essence. But they didnt do anything about it, and some of them, including, todays events suggest, Karpeles and perhaps some of his colleagues at Mt. Gox, took steps that exacerbated the problem. Meanwhile, they promoted Bitcoin as a safe and secure medium of exchange that would eventually allow people all over the world to
Nautilus has this fascinating piece on the most massive object in the universe, a black hole in the heart of the M87 galaxy that is 6.6 billion times the mass of the sun.
But how did these black holes grow so massive? The simple answer: Just as big galaxies grew by colliding and merging (as described in Steve Nadis’ recent Nautilus piece, The Stories That Galaxies Tell), the largest black holes form when pairs of smaller black holes merge. Trying to grasp the story in greater detail pushes both our theoretical and observational limits: Colliding black holes demand complex computer simulations to understand and sophisticated machines to detect. Studying black hole coalescence may be the best way to understand the effects of absurdly strong gravity, potentially revealing entirely new phenomena.
Black holes seem to have a close connection with their host galaxies, hinting at their shared evolutionary history. The size of a black hole, for example, seems to mirror the
By the way, mama ji means uncle, where the ji is a sign of respect you say to people who are older than you. But mama ji is also what I called the woman I assumed would eventually become my mother-in-law. If you find this confusing, you may find comfort in knowing that it is a heck of a lot more complicated than it sounds here.