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Darkflame 2009-06-04 16:53

Google doesit again!

information; ... oogle.html

Seems pretty good to me.
Gets a lot wrong, especialy pictures...and the edit tools need to be better.
But it seems geniunely quite usefull.

Looking up stuff like "Adventure Games" actualy produces a list of adventure games, with release dates and publisher.

Jasiek 2009-06-10 04:41

Asimo just gets freakier.

Darkflame 2009-06-10 13:31

Very impressive.
When are they going to put Asimo into batch production? Theres probably a market for 10,000 or so worldwide even with just the current abilitys. (if they can get the reproduction cost down to, say, $100,000 or so. Should be possible, as its mostly research costs. The componants themselfs shouldnt cost millions)

ChaosFish 2009-06-10 14:59

Been just wondering that too. Why does everytime something cool gets made they have to wait 10-some years until it gets released to the public?

Darkflame 2009-06-10 19:34

Well, general-public being a bit of a stretch here, given the costs.
But certainly they could be a lot more common, rented out for shows and such.

Medur 2009-06-11 17:45

I wonder how power consumption works out for that thing. Handling heavy material with human precision must use a lot of power. Does it use li-ion?

Jasiek 2009-06-11 23:13

This one playing the violin gets better and better too...
There's a whole fricken band now...

ChaosFish 2009-06-12 00:11

Nice, except the musicbox was invented even before the discovery of electricity :p

Jasiek 2009-06-12 01:40

Yeah, the difference is in the detail though. This robot can do a lot more, and lot more fluently then a scribing automaton, or a chess playing automaton. Besides, they're not just playing stuff out of speakers, the ones playing brass instruments have artificial lips and lungs... and they're really playing the real instrument they're holding.

Darkflame 2009-06-12 11:11

I cant help thinking we could be so easily fooled and they turn out to be guys in suits :P

Darkflame 2009-06-17 12:44

Opera Unite;
Obvious comparisons to GoogleWave, allthough this is here right now, and actualy is pretty different.
Basicaly its like a p2p websever right into the browser, letting you share files or even set up a webpage with pretty much zero effort. Dont even need a static IP, what you want and go...your sites online.

Its very impressive that all this, and the whole existing feature set of Opera, still fits in 9MB.

Heres a quick test I made, sharing some backdrops;

The password is the name of the hero of LBA's girlfriend followed by 1.
(set purely to stop random googlers getting to the stuff easily).

If the sites offline, its because I'm restarting my pc :P
I'll be interested to hear what speeds are like.

ChaosFish 2009-06-17 15:46

Pretty cool! I always found manually setting an FTP server to be a pain in the ass.

Edit: P.S. The speed is excellent. What connection do you have (in upload speed)?

Darkflame 2009-06-23 23:51

1MB/s upload ver ASDL (XS4ALL)

And yes, its -much- easier to set up. I'll be using this a lot.
I did notice it drop down a few times though.

Sarychev volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) as seen from ISS:

Darkflame 2009-06-24 13:07

Higher res;

Darkflame 2009-06-24 15:20

Pretty neat;

(Automated pool playing robot + visual projected guide for human players)

Jasiek 2009-06-30 18:33

A docu with Brian Cox about fusion. Ilovedocumentary2 and 3 has a lot of great stuff. Youtube shut down his frst account :(

Darkflame 2009-07-18 12:07

A "cure" for radiation poisoning;,7...748014,00.html

Not nice to think about the animal testing there, but those are very impressive results.

ChaosFish 2009-07-18 19:33

First Stimpack (tissue regrowth), now Radaway :D We're getting there.

Jasiek 2009-07-19 15:52

What astounds me the most is that you're not hearing about it in any news, and it should be front page. Seriously scientific discovery should always be front page!

Also, seeing they use stem cells it should be "stempacks" :P.

Jasiek 2009-07-21 04:11

Restored moon footage from Apollo11:
An article on NASA loosing the film reels with the original transmission (apparently the tv one was a downgraded horrible version of the OT):

Some stills from the original not downgraded transmission:

Hi res Apollo11 photos:

Jasiek 2009-07-26 15:24

LRO made photos of all of the APOLLO landing sites! :)

Jareth 2009-07-26 15:39


Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 384906)

LRO made photos of all of the APOLLO landing sites! :)

The 12th picture looks like a massive LAN party :D

Now seriously, those pics look really awesome :)

Darkflame 2009-07-26 21:46

Great stuff.

Rather amusingly, they also released the original software used for the moon landing :P

Jasiek 2009-07-27 16:07

Darkflame, here's the schematics for the Landing computer and the software that runs it:
New "planet" found, dubbed Xena, slightly larger then Pluto.

Darkflame 2009-07-28 19:19

yeah, I know :D
Lots of cool stuff.
I do wonder though, how the "moon landings are fake" crowd are responding to all this :p
I guess they can denigh and overhead photos going ver nasa as also being fake...but wasnt there a Japanese probe going around the moon soon?

We interupt this moon-party to bring you a AR announcement;


Robert Rice (who founded the AR Consortium with Ori) is a key innovator in the field who is tackling some of the really hard problems of AR development. While we will have to wait until ISMAR in October to see demos of Robert’s AR platform, Robert explained in my interview with him (to be posted soon):
“I guess you could say that we are trying to build a platform for platforms, or more accurately the infrastructure for the global augmented reality network. If Neogence does its job right, anything you create using ARtoolkit, Unifeye, or Imagination would be applications you could link to, integrate with, or deploy on what we are building, and not be tied to a specific set of hardware, browser, or walled garden.”
While not that exciting as such, I'm flaging this as an important step.
I -really- want the future I see depicted in Denno Coil, Halting State, and a few other things.
I think its humanitys next step, and could happen within 5 years.

But it needs to be open platforms and not closed-solutions run by a handfull of companys.
The idea of a platform for a Augmented Reality well as the founding of the AR consortium, hopefully points to a development akin to the start of the World Wide Web.
I only hope we dont get another browser war this time.

Jasiek 2009-07-28 20:51

Well if the Japanese make photos of it they'll just say they're US allies, and that the conspiracy is even bigger then they initially thought...

Jasiek 2009-07-31 02:21

This is a great vid made to Carl Sagan.
And the photo, you can see the earth in it. I'm not sure it's the original taken by voyager 1 though, this is most likely a cassini photo.

Btw. we should rename this thread to Science and Hi-technology,

Yeah, that one's a cassini photo, a shame there's no higher res of this one made almost outside the solar system:

ChaosFish 2009-07-31 08:18


Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 385092)

I like the movie.

Jasiek 2009-08-01 03:15

Me too, I liked it so much, I translated it into polish!

ChaosFish 2009-08-01 11:09

That's nice! But I think Youtube's annotations feature could allow you to do that more smoothly.

Jasiek 2009-08-01 12:43

I wanted to send it to another site, and don't think those work that well with embedded vids.

Anyway, I want to work at festo!!!

Darkflame 2009-08-04 15:14

Not high tech, but Vortex cannons are cool;

And, not to be outdone, the Japanease;

Jasiek 2009-08-05 04:31

100 olden things your kids will never know.

Darkflame 2009-08-05 11:37

Yeah, I read that.
I suspect however, slide-rules will be known, as its a very generic example thats always brought up....knowledge of it will survive for that reason alone :P

I also dont buy that wires are going away. Reduced hugely, but power-over-air has a lot to prove in an era when we are trying to be efficient with energy.

Still good list.

Jasiek 2009-08-12 01:27

ESA goodness!

A crew space vehicle:
New lightweight rocket:
(I really like the way they "weave" the hull)

Now the fact they're working on re-entry, and are making a crew vehicle, plus this: suggests that ESA might be planning a shuttle like vehicle in the next few years and is working out all the quirks. And as much as I'm excited about the privately founded companies, seeing a all european organization becoming a major player really makes my day.

Darkflame 2009-08-15 13:36

Coooool :)

I like this image;

Jasiek 2009-08-15 21:30

Another Esa thing, about a moon and mars mission.

Darkflame 2009-08-19 01:43

And now for something completely different;

Not much to look at, but thats 360 cores at 700 MIPS each.

This is, apart from being an insane amount of computing power in a very small space, is quite a many times more powerfull then is necessary for software radios.

Jasiek 2009-08-21 17:21

This is really disturbing...

Odysseus 2009-08-21 23:49


Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 385956)

Why? Is it doing anything it didn't do before? I tried to read it but somehow could not make out what you pointed at.

Darkflame 2009-08-22 00:12

Well, it makes perminate or semi-perminate residence in near-earth orbit harder.
If we could get mass into space easier it wouldnt be such a problem.

As my understanding goes, however, depending on the "route" you take into space, if your not stopping in earth orbit, this radiation isnt actualy much of a factor.

Jasiek 2009-08-22 00:50

Actually, what I meant is that it's a hole in the magnetosphere, and we know for a fact that the earths magnetic "shield" is getting increasingly weaker, and the magnetic pole reversal is way overdue. it means that at one point this "hole" could make a touchdown. It also makes flying in airliners damn dangerous in that region.

Odysseus 2009-08-22 02:00


Originally Posted by Jasiek (Post 385998)
Actually, what I meant is that it's a hole in the magnetosphere, and we know for a fact that the earths magnetic "shield" is getting increasingly weaker, and the magnetic pole reversal is way overdue. it means that at one point this "hole" could make a touchdown. It also makes flying in airliners damn dangerous in that region.

Ah okay, so the field is getting weaker but no signs it will be getting stronger again? One way street? That would be kinda scary depending on the time scale.
Wasn't it mars that lost most of its magnetic crap a long time ago? Maybe Earth is getting rusty too. :eek:

Jasiek 2009-08-22 03:08

I think the story says the field gets weaker and weaker nearing the pole reversal. Then at some point we'll have multiple poles springing up at different points of the planet and at one point they'll stabilize at opposite geographical poles.

I might've gotten that part wrong. It is getting weaker though.

Jareth 2009-08-22 12:28

Yeah, I heard that too. The field will get weaker and weaker, then it'll vanish. After some time it will start getting stronger but with switched poles. Yup. That would be totally fucked up... :?

Darkflame 2009-08-22 13:11

Fucked up, but it isnt that bad, our species survived it before.
We just gota stop using compass's for critical stuff in our tech.

I dont actually think gps broadcasts (ie, timed radio) will be effected. Although, that dosnt give you direction.

Jareth 2009-08-22 13:20

Probably won't be affected, but while there will be no magnetic field, anything can just hit our planet. Also, we'll probably die because of the radiation from the sun. The magnetic shield protects us from it. No more sunbathing.

Darkflame 2009-08-22 14:14

As I said, we survived before.
Radiation wont kill us, and the magnetic shield only protected us from that solar never helped with physical stuff smashing us, thats only the atmosphere helping there.

Of course, it might not be wise to sunbath so much indeed.

Jareth 2009-08-22 14:20

No sunbathing = we're screwd.

ChaosFish 2009-08-22 18:03

I have no clue what you all are talking about :?

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