Broadband internet on Mars

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So, when we ever get to Mars, there comes a big question, how will be be able to track the latest sports scores, or track our portfolio? Current data transfer rates are extremely slow compared to the connections most people have in their homes.

Researchers at MIT have made the possibility of high-speed optical communications in space a more realistic one by near-trebling the efficiency of a nanotech-based photon detector, New Scientist reports.

Interesting, hopefully they will get it working better by the time we make it to Mars, in i say 15 years tops.

Super strong robots of the future?

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Ok, if you combine the news reported in this post, about artifical muscles, and this post about robots guiding museum visitors, you get something that’s absolutely scary!

other robots will be programmed to guard archeological sites from grave robbers and guys like Indy and his nemesis, Beloq.

Thats taken from the last line of the museum post.  Combine those artifical muscles, and you got one scary killer robot.  Is anyone besides me thinking The Matrix and/or Terminator?

Personally, i’d like Terminator, because, then there’s a 50/50 chance of the robots being good, or evil.

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Google Finance

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Google launched Google Finance yesterday. Nice service allows you to search the stock market. However, this was possible on normal google, by just searching a ticker, now, that is no longer necessary. Searching disney on http://finance.google.com brings you up a page with a chart showing the progress of The Walt Disney Company, the current price, the highs of the day, year, and more.

Google also offers you an online portfolio, where you can enter the stocks you’ve bought, how much you paid for them how many shares you bought, and what they’re worth at the current prices.

I love that feature most, cause now it means i dont have to log into ameritrade to track my stocks every day, just when i want to buy/sell.

Google Blog

Try it

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High-res Album Art

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What’s the point in having a huge selection of mp3s to choose from, but not having any of the album covers for them?

This little script from UNEASYsilence gives you that option

step by step instructions

the script itself

I’ve been using it to update all my album art since they first had it up, it works.

Top 10 sci-fi movies….almost

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Doom, Star Wars, The Martix, Aliens, all those movies that sucked, well, here’s what could/should have happened.

This is a very good list, i agree with most of the ones on here too.

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Projector pt. II

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So today we made huge progress on the projector.

We stripped the LCD, we made a frame for the box, and ultimately decided to build the box too.

stripping the lcd base with the light and bars

base with no light full enclosure
more photos here

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so disappointing…

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Kensington has introduced a new flash drive…hardly news, although the 4 GB size is nice….

The 4GB flash drive encrypts all data with 128-bit AES, and then adds an extra layer of security: a self destruct feature. If anyone tries to use a brute-force attack to guess your password, the drive will automatically erase itself after 25 wrong guesses.

It’s too bad really. Let somebody like me near that. At the very least half of it would break off and then crumble into a teeny tiny little powder before bursting into flames just so it could singe the eyebrows of the would be hacker. Or spray indelible ink everywhere…I mean come on! Use your imagination!

ohhhhh if I could only work for a place like that….

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Projector: pt. I

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Here is the first part of the projector project:

The Fans….

those are some massive fans, they take 24 volts though, we can figure out how to come up with that anyway.

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UPDATE: The Buzz! We won!

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So, remember the contest for The Buzz from that wounderful site UNEASYsilence
Out entry

Well, we won. It was offical two weeks ago, but, i felt it was unnecessary to post until we got some pictures of the prize.

Our prize, a nice shiny new 5g 30 gb Black iPod Video!

It’s pretty sweet, i havent loaded it up with music yet, (i’m incredibly lazy right now) But, i really want to see it play some video. Any one got any easy ways to get Die Hard onto it?