Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier
Many people have petitioned to have the "ring all speakers" re-implemented.
There is a feature in some versions of MacOS X that allow you to create a logical Multi-Output Device for audio playback. The documentation says: "If you have several stereo output devices, you can have audio play through all of them by creating a multi-output device..." You can create a Multi-Output Device in Audio MIDI Setup.app if the feature exists in your OS. Then you could try setting the new device as the sound effects output in: System Preferences:Sound:Sound Effects:Play sound effects through:. This all presupposes that the Skype app uses the sound effects device for it's alerts and not the regular System Preferences:Sound:Output device. If skype alerts used the regular output and you have regular output set to a Multi-Output, it might be annoying if every speaker and line out is blaring your voice chats in surround sound.
Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill
Wow! Macaulay's Castle was a favorite picture book growing up. But I don't think I ever read Underground :(
Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill
Whether or not Mitsubishi fucked up their cutter head bearing design, or Seattle Tunnel Partners forgot to read the documents that described the exact location of the previous exploratory bore pipe, regardless of if it's even possible to sucessfully extract the cutter head without sinking the current viaduct with all the additional excavation and ground water pumping, this virtual video flythrough from four years ago is my favorite thing to come out of the project.
And if you enjoy crappy flash web cam software, you can watch the current progress on the cutter head replacement shaft here.
Reverse-Engineered Irises Fool Eye-Scanners
Ok, so current systems can be tricked with photographs, and that seem pretty silly. But future versions could record stereo images while altering the illumination of the subject's eye. Properly functioning (attached) human eyes should have irises that dilate with extreme changes to illumination. By masking the subjects eye or eyes from the surrounding environment and changing the illumination levels over time, a complex system could measure pupil dilation characteristics to evaluate if the eye before it is valid and alive. Randomly timed flashes would be hard to predict and might cause predictable blinking in most humans in addition to dilation changes. By using stereo images, the system could also verify the 3 dimensional shape of the changing iris, which would be much harder to fake with pictures.
Add an infrared camera to mesure eye temperature and faking iris with a screen gets even harder.
The Link Between Genius and Insanity
"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Google Wave Preview Opens Up On Sept 30th
Wave is the future, but does anybody know the transition plan to move the entire planet from email/IM to wave? Whats the migration path? Is wave backward compatible with email or IM?
Can you afford to cut up your credit cards?
Why the heck would you want to report them? It's Visa's policy, fine, but I don't want to be some snitch going around busting someone because they are doing a "good thing". Thats just silly. Hopefully your intention was just to point out that Visa has this policy and not because you are an impatient jerk who cares more about following some corporation's rules and ratting people out because you had to spend 2 whole seconds digging thru your duct tape wallet.