AR/VR/Holodeck?

What a magical time we’re living in.  With Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and now castAR, it really seems like in not too long of a time we’ll have something like the Holodeck from Star Trek.

While it’s true that just yesterday I was preaching for scientists to stop their research, and leave things alone.  That was geared towards artificial intelligence.  Because, let’s be honest here, if we manage to make a good representation of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality, or even a Holodeck, imagine what it would be like if artifical intelligence was included in the mix?  The Matrix looks more and more likely.  That’s something that we don’t want, trust me.

{MAKE}

The Singularity

Well, not really, but a pretty good story nonetheless.

365 Tomorrow’s Mind Over Matter is worth the read.  There’s alot of morality in it, but I for one know where I would stand.  If you need any help guessing, just read the byline of this blog – “the robots are coming” That should be more then enough to tell you how I would handle this reality, should it ever exist in my lifetime.

Granted, I don’t know the likely hood of ever seeing the real life themes shown in this short story, but I still am uneasy about it.  Robots are bad, period.  I will be one of those suborn people until the day I die, and luckily, living in America, I’m free to have that opinion.

Anyway, I know this isn’t much of a post, but I didn’t want to get too much into the story without you reading it.  Eh, what the hell, this is the internet, and after all, I don’t care.  I’ll do you the curtsy of having to click after the jump to read what I think anyway.

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Life3

life magnified

It’s Life Jim, but not as we know it.  Now I hope you have this song stuck in your head.  Anyway, James Tyrwhitt-Drake, who runs this pretty neat tumblr, Infinity Imagined, has put together a gif of an electron microscope as it zooms in on some bacteria on some algae on a super tiny crustacean (smaller then an ant).  At first glance it looks like the circle thing is the eye, but no, it’s just algae.

It’s not like the microscope takes video like that, each frame was cropped, and centered and aligned correctly.  Still, that’s life, pretty darn small life too.

{Peta Pixel|Beautiful Decay|Smithsonian}

The Internet


Click the image to open the interactive version (via PennyStocks.la).

I’m not entirely sure how accurate this is, but it’s still pretty neat.  It does raise some questions though.  Like where does all this data go?  Who consumes it?  Would someone miss it if it even 0.0001% of it got deleted?

All of this needs to be saved somewhere, it’s all data.  So let’s just assume that every one of those is now replicated 5x (at least).  That’s a heck of a lot of hard disk space.  It reminds me of a 365 Tomorrows story that unfortunately, I can’t remember.  I probably starred it in Google Reader, but that’s gone. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, please let me know!  The gist of the story was that in the future, there’s not enough space left to save digital files.  So everyone is allotted a life quota of GB (or TB, or some other set ammount), and when they run out they can’t do anything anymore.  Well one old woman was reaching her limit, and her family was trying to get her to delete stuff, and she said she would, but she just couldn’t.  I can’t remember what she wouldn’t delete, but it was still an interesting story.

{reddit}

eBay Passwords

Last week eBay detected an attack on their databases and issued an email to all users to reset their account passwords.  That’s fine and excellent customer service.  One thing that is a clear leftover from when eBay was founded (19 years ago) is the password requirements:

  • 6 – 20 Characters
  • at least 2 numbers, letters or select special characters

It’s significantly out of date.

I know I will probably start a polarizing discussion on this (if anyone even reads it that is), but these are my thoughts on passwords:

I like the 2nd requirement, it’s the first one that bothers me the most.

A strong 20 character password is very hard to make and remember.  Almost all of my passwords are sentences of various length and characters, but almost all of them are over 20 characters.  I take xkcd’s way to make a memorable password:

xkcd strong password

I know I’m grossly over simplifying the whole password cracking part, but generally, longer is better.  Every extra character helps.  So naturally a random sentence is easier to remember, and harder to crack then something forced to be 20 characters with a number and special character thrown in because of your arbitrary constraints.  It took me more time then I care to admit trying to reset my password because of those settings, (made even harder by the fact that their reset password field doesn’t tell you things are the same).

Granted, all of this is moot if the passwords are stored poorly, but I’ll give eBay the benefit of the doubt and assume that their passwords are properly hashed and salted, (hopefully with some Sea Salt at the very least).

 

Mechanical Clock

There’s something to be said about the beauty of a purely mechanical piece of equipment.  Something that has moving parts, but has no electricity running through it at all.  Something that would work 1,000 years ago, 1,000 years into the future, and anywhere (that gravity is of earth’s constant of 9.8 m/s2).  I’d love to make something similar to this one day, but it would go on my long list of other things that I need to build, chief which of those would be a house.

{Hacked Gadgets|Laughing Squid}

Star Wars Music

After a full fledged orchestra, this is how the Star Wars theme should be played, on an old school Church Organ.  On this day in 1977 the first Star Wars film was released to audiences, and it’s safe to say that history was made.

Also, I have way more respect for organists now, there’s way too much going on there for the average person to figure out.

{96.1 WODZ}

Rubber Sculptures

tire 2

I can only imagine how this art exhibit smells. It doesn’t matter if he used new tires, or old tires, it wills till smell of rubber.  Going by some of the thread depth I’d say he used new tires, or at the very least newer tires that perhaps got ripped up in an accident or something similar.

tire art 1

tire animal

You can view his work, Yong Ho Ji, on his website which is horribly hard to figure out.

{Novomade}

Tile Inception

rep-tile

Or, more correctly called, Rep-tiles, not to be confused with the dinosaurs of the same name, are a quark of geometry.  Each individual tile can be combined to make the themselves.  It goes on forever.  The above set is not the only type either.  There’s many other patterns.  It’s pretty cool, not really sure what purpose they serve, but cool nonetheless.  If you get into symmetry, you can get fractals out of it.

{Futility Closet}

N64 Coffee Table

Ah Nintendo 64, a great system, I wouldn’t call it “the greatest”, I don’t know what system, if any should get that honor.  I do know that the N64 will be remembered as the breaker of friends.  Be it Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros. or Goldeneye 007, friendships where put to the test.  Three games that revolutionized their respective generas.

The logo itself was awesome, a three dimensional letter “N”, it just looked good, and classic, and will for a long time I would think too.

N64

Reddit user Iam007sobeatthat is making an N64 logo coffee table.  It’s not unique, or even special, but it is cool.  The inside shading of the N is bothering me though, I hope it’s just this side of the N that’s messing me up, and if it were rotated 180°, we’d see some of the red on the side of the N.

Take a look at his Imgur album, where he has some more indepth photos of the process.