A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)
As a fan of lights myself, that's pretty darn awesome - great job David.
Bummer the video didn't have any product demonstrations in low light while on a bike ...
Alek Komarnitsky's Huge Christmas Light Display Still Going Strong (Video)
Since it is not in the summary, here's a direct link to the Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease.
And here's an overly long, but complete history of 'em: part1 and part2.
Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network
Here's the 3 page article on one ad-free page.
They are claiming it will handle 54 Tbps of network traffic ... up from the Vancouver games four years ago that was only 4 Tbps. One interesting tidbit is the ratio of wired to wireless traffic was 4-to-1 back then ... they expect that ratio to be reversed this time ... with 2,000 802.11n access points!
That a bit more bandwidth than this Christmas website has ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
Largest and Most Intense Tropical Cyclone On Record Hits the Philippines
From the article:
It's estimated central pressure is 899 mb but it could be lower. The lower the pressure the stronger the storm. Since 1987, there have been only four storms in the western Pacific with a central pressure below 899 mb (Megi in 2010, 885 mb; Flo in 1990 890 mb; Ruth in 1991 895 mb; and Yuri in 1991 895 mb)
Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps
Doesn't say anything about things being different for uploading, but if you are running an Internet facing video camera (or three as seen here) you will easily blow through that 5GByte/month bandwidth cap.
NCTA calls is "Fair Broadband Pricing" ... for the industry perhaps?!? ;-)
Cisco To Acquire Sourcefire For $2.7 Billion
I used Snort quite a few years ago when Marty was just starting to commercialize it. Great product back then (I'm sure now) and Marty put a TON of time into it ... so I say he deserves every penny for all the hard work that he has done.
Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One
Related/recent /. article
Patching Software on Another Planet
From TFA: "Engineers later confessed that system resets had occurred during pre-flight tests. They put these down to a hardware glitch and returned to focusing on the mission-critical landing software"
Very surprised by this ... even if a hardware glitch, wouldn't you want to track that down before launch? Especially since in the harsh space environment (bit flops even with hardened RAM/CPU), you want your hardware to be as reliable as possible.
How the Internet Became a Closed Shop
The Sydney Morning Herald article may have been sparked by Anil Dash's recent Blog Post - The Web We Lost ... which was discussed on /. last week.
Anil also wrote a followup titled "Rebuilding the Web We Lost" that may be worth reading.
Speaking of the "lost web", we no longer see as many offbeat websites like this one ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
Lone Packet Crashes Telco Networks
Us old farts will remember something similar called the Ping-O-Death! ;-)
Mark Cuban Blames Himself For Losing Money On Facebook IPO
Contrast Mark Cuban's "personal responsibility" position with that of the New York Times which "blamed" the Facebook CFO.
Let me guess which one is a Republican and which one is a Democrat?!? ;-)
Grilling For Geeks
Here's a pretty Heavy BBQ for 'ya - size matters when it comes to grilling! ;-)
Rare 'Annular Solar Eclipse' Tonight
Tough viewing conditions in the Republic of Boulder, Colorado as lots of clouds - check out this image showing a lotta crud between me and the sun.
I was hoping to catch a time-lapse of the partially eclipsed sun setting over Longs Peak and it re-appeared literally at the last minute ... if I had been just a little bit farther South, I probably would have been totally skunked. Plus we weren't in totality, so never got the ring-o-fire. But still very cool to watch and here's my time-lapse video.
BTW, since I didn't have an ND filter, mine was total makeshift ... cut out one of the "eyepieces" from my Son's Eclipse Glasses and wedged that into the 2xTC teleconvertor! ;-)
Automated Dorm Room Causes a School Inquiry
Yea, but X10 is cheap & simple plus works "most" of the time ... which presumably is adequate for this application. The bigger issue Derek will have is other people deciding to take control of his room since there aren't that many house/unit codes.
But hats off to him for a most excellent job!
Apple Unveils New iPad
Glad to see this finally announced/released and while I'd love to exchange for my iPad2, I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade.
Without Steve Jobs doing the dramatics,
watching the Live Blog was almost as exciting as
Watching Grass Grow.
Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)
Nifty pinball place in Lyons Colorado - some pictures from a recent visit.
Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone
Ditto that - salient point here is a much larger sensor which has a big effect on reducing noise. It's still not anywhere near the size of a DSLR, and at least in the pics I saw (all taken in daylight), there was a lot of "smearing" at 100% ... so diffraction is coming into play here.
Note also that the samples were all "wide-angle" - the "telephoto" is not optical - basically just using a subset of the sensor to do it electronically. So makes the device much simpler (no moving parts), but in essence is digital zoom, so image quality is going to suffer as you zoom in.
Nifty idea though.
Aging Eyes Blamed For Seniors' Health Woes
As the person who has Ultraviolet vision after Cataract Surgery, a reminder that many IOL's (Intra-Ocular-Lens) actually do filter UV light - this is also mentioned in TFA. I've read quite a bit of Mainster & Turner's work and while I'm a wanna-be-eye-doctor at best, believe they are "right" in that you should not filter UV with an IOL.
Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery
LOL on the "engineering masterpiece and marketing nightmare" - shame this type of stuff happens. I actually spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find flashlights that don't bleed into the visible spectrum - it's really hard to find spectral power distribution ... plus if you have flaws in the glass/plastic covering (or "wrong" material), it will fluoresce into the visible.
So give me a holler if you have an extra one of those lights around - "Captain UV" would love to take it for a spin! ;-)
P.S. Your description of how other people would see it as black and I see it as violet is exactly correct - I tried to show that on the first picture of my webpage - note the poly carbonate glasses and UV filter, both of which dramatically change the look for me ... but not for others.
Kodak Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Sad to see ... but they've been living off patents and selling assets the last couple of years ... so not surprising they ran outa $$$
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