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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Ghosts In The Reels

quote [ The problem with 30 to 50 years is that any tape drive that wrote that data probably no longer can read and write data just because it has exceeded its expected lifetime. ]

Just read that digital film archives also rely on magnetic tapes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Informative]
[by Paracetamol@8:05pmGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made

quote [ It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as ?the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,? the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.

The Christmas Bullet is a product of a bygone age when a lone madman could get rich convincing a New York senator, an established aerospace firm, and the U.S. military all at once that he could develop the greatest aircraft the world had ever seen. ]

Fascinating to see just how far back the military-industrial complex goes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 WTF]
[by Space_1889@9:41pmGMT] [0 comments]

Scientists Accidentally Develop 'Mutant' Enzyme That Eats Plastic

quote [ The enzyme can digest PET?the same material used in plastic bottles clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world.

Amazingly, this discovery only happened by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis, found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling center. ]

History is filled with enormous scientific discoveries that were found with no practical purpose in mind.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by knumbknutz@9:06pmGMT] [8 comments]

Monday, 16 April 2018

OLPC?s $100 laptop was going to change the world ? then it all went wrong

quote [ If you remember the OLPC at all, you probably remember the hand crank. It was OLPC?s most striking technological innovation ? and it was pure vaporware. ]

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@6:07pmGMT] [9 comments]

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

There's a Lot of Sperm on the International Space Station Right Now

quote [ The Micro-11 mission, which made its way aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, amounts to a bunch of containers of frozen human and bull sperm. Aboard the ISS, scientists will thaw the sperm, according to a NASA statement, and then study it to see how weightlessness affects its ability to move and prepare to fuse with an egg. It's perhaps worth noting that the current ISS crew of six men may have had alternative methods for acquiring a whole bunch of human sperm that would have been cheaper than hitching a ride on a multimillion-dollar space launch, but it's understandable why the space agency didn't go that route. ]

Good ol' Musky shooting for the stars!
[NSFW] [science & technology] [+6 Classy Pr0n]
[by Ankylosaur@6:28amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Streaming Live: MarI/O - AI playing Super Mario Bros

quote [ (From the MarI/O FAQ)
Q: What is this? / What's the point of this?
A: It's a self-learning AI (Artificial Intelligence) made by SethBling that is emulating evolution to get through the game "super mario bros" one level at a time. The point is to see just how far this AI can make it in the game. ]

Been watching this the last half hour or so. Slow but fascinating to observe the machine learning.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+5]
[by JWWargo@10:52pmGMT] [15 comments]

Saturday, 7 April 2018

First in-flight firing of Virgin Galactic spaceplane engine

quote [ Virgin Galactic's tourist-carrying spaceplane has taken a step closer to entering service after its chemical rocket engine was fired for the first time in the skies over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. With test pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Dave Mackay at the controls, the 60-ft-long (18 m) SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity pegged the speedometer at Mach 1.87 (1,424 mph, 2,290 km/h) within 30 seconds of igniting its engine. ]

These pilots train on a flight sim, but man, that rush when you light it up.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by HoZay@6:43amGMT] [14 comments]

Friday, 6 April 2018

Researchers develop device that can 'hear' your internal voice

quote [ Researchers have created a wearable device that can read people?s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking.

The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers verbalise internally but do not say out loud, using electrodes attached to the skin. ]

What I'm wondering is does this allow for the hearing of voices that schizophrenics hear?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Interesting]
[by steele@11:28pmGMT] [15 comments]

?The Clock Is Ticking?: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

quote [ A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed ?El Faro,? a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane. ]

Long but interesting read
[SFW] [science & technology] [+7 Interesting]
[by snagUber@8:03amGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Mannabase: Universal Basic Income + Blockchain

quote [ Manna is distributed by the People?s Currency Foundation as a basic human right that every person in the world is eligible to receive, for free. Founded in 2015, Manna has achieved milestones in the cryptocurrency movement, as the first blockchain-based currency to be created and distributed by a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, and the first digital currency to implement a Universal Basic Income as its primary method of distribution. ]

Interesting use of the blockchain. Reddit post from a month ago said weekly payment was worth about 50 cents USD. Not a basic income for the developed world, but $24 a year could make a difference for people in, for example, Uganda, where the average hourly rate is only about 30 cents USD.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by JWWargo@10:51pmGMT] [9 comments]

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