Dong Ngo | May 20, 2009
Duality indeed exists in me. Just the other day I complained about membership cards and the hassle of having to carry them. Now I am about to rave about something that takes the shape of a card just so that you can carry it around easily.
(Credit: TopTech Products)
It is a USB thumb (or I should say “card”) drive from TopTech Products called a Slim Data USB Card. This is a really slim USB drive housed in a case that has the same physical shape as a regular credit card, but is just a tad thicker. When you want to use the drive, you just fold the card in half to reveal the USB connector.
Michael Anderson, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is quoted at the end of this article.
Robot warriors will get a guide to ethics
When and what to fire will be part of hardware and software ‘package’
By Eric Bland
updated 2:06 p.m. ET, Mon., May 18, 2009
Smart missiles, rolling robots, and flying drones currently controlled by humans, are being used on the battlefield more every day. But what happens when humans are taken out of the loop, and robots are left to make decisions, like who to kill or what to bomb, on their own?
Whenever autonomous robots are deployed, humans will still be in the loop, at least legally. If a robot does do something ethically wrong, despite its programming, the software engineer or the builder of the robot will likely be held accountable, says Michael Anderson at Franklin and Marshall University.
by Adam Marks on May 27, 2009
From downloading videos and high-resolution photos, to online gaming and chatting with friends over instant-messengers, the mobile broadband networks of today are strong – but they’re starting to feel ancient. Today, AT&T clarified their plans to upgrade their network to deliver considerably faster mobile broadband speeds by way of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). HSPA roll outs will begin later this year, firing up in full sometime in 2011.
Theoretically, AT&Ts HSPA upgrades will bring you speeds up to 7.2 megabits per second. The actual speeds will be quite a bit slower, however, varying on a number of things: solar flares, traffic, daily peak times, and acts of god, to name a few.
Evocative images, cool idea … photographic arts by Chris Jordan
Here’s a tip from Macworld that will create the effect of a video wall on one monitor … this might be cool to use on the plasmas in the IZ!
Compile the Applescript provided, and then pick a bunch of QT movies. The clips will be sized and arranged to take best advantage of your screen space, and all the clips will play at the same time (in loop mode, so they’ll repeat).
NOTE: the more clips you drop, the longer it will take to open and arrange them.
The Andrew File System (AFS) is a distributed networked file system which uses a set of trusted servers to present a homogeneous, location-transparent file name space to all the client workstations. It was developed by Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Andrew Project. It is named after Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon.
Based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing, Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer.
Very cool … check it out: http://www.wolframalpha.com/
Have you ever wanted to fire off a post from your phone, Blackberry, Outlook at work…? Now you can with this new WordPress feature: Post by Email.
Anticipated for a couple of years and announced several months ago, Sling Media’s SlingPlayer for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available. The app, which allows iPhone users to view live TV streamed from the Slingbox family of place-shifting video hardware, will cost $30.