Posts filed under "Geek"

A Nuclear Explosion (-1 Millisecond After Detonation)

From the site: This might look like some kind of microscopic organism, but it’s actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). The photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and three times hotter than the surface of the sun.

Posted 2145 days ago in Geek

A New IDE Concept – Light Table

This is very smart – check it out.

Light table is based on a few guiding principles:
- You should never have to look for documentation
- Files are not the best representation of code, just a convenient serialization.
- Editors can be anywhere and show you anything – not just text.
- Trying is encouraged – changes produce instaneous results
- We can shine some light on related bits of code

Posted 2350 days ago in Geek

Great video > Paul Graham on Co-founders

Posted 2352 days ago in Geek

Understanding TPP (ACTA’s Nastier, Secret Little Brother)

TPP effectively tidies up all the lose ends that ACTA left dangling — generally imposing far harsher penalties, adding back patents, and making everything compulsory rather than optional. It also provides us with a clear sense of what ACTA 2.0 will be like unless it is negotiated with real transparency that allows all parties, including civil groups and the general public, to have their voices heard…

Posted 2356 days ago in Geek

Royal Canadian Mint Announces Alternative to BitCoin

From the site: The Royal Canadian MintChip Challenge invites software developers to create innovative digital payment applications using MintChip, a development phase technology available only to challenge participants. Developers and the public are also encouraged to share ideas for how a digital currency can be used. Winners will receive approximately $50,000 in gold bullion from the Mint as well as promotional exposure. Prizes will be awarded for the apps that best demonstrate the potential value of the MintChip technology and have the greatest potential impact on digital payment technology. Submitted apps can run on Windows, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or desktop and mobile browsers.

The Mint will provide participating developers with a software developement kit (SDK), two microSD MintChips, and two remote MintChip accounts they can use to integrate the Mint’s technology with their digital payment applications.

The public and developers have approximately four months to share ideas and build their submissions. A panel of distinguished judges from the tech industry, venture capital, media, and retailers will select winners, and the general public will vote to identify a “Popular Choice” winner.

Posted 2359 days ago in Geek

A Teacher’s Open Letter, ‘A Test You Need to Fail’

Dear 8th Graders,

I’m sorry. I didn’t know.

I spent last night perusing the 150-plus pages of grading materials provided by the state in anticipation of reading and evaluating your English Language Arts Exams this morning. I knew the test was pointless—that it has never fulfilled its stated purpose as a predictor of who would succeed and who would fail the English Regents in 11th grade. Any thinking person would’ve ditched it years ago. Instead, rather than simply give a test in 8th grade that doesn’t get kids ready for the test in 11th grade, the state opted to also give a test in 7th grade to get you ready for your 8th-grade test.

But we already knew all of that. What I learned is that the test is also criminal…

Posted 2371 days ago in Geek

Prometheus – Official Full HD Trailer

The newly released full HD trailer for Ridley Scott’s much anticipated sci-fi film “Prometheus” is AMAZING in HD + surround sound..

Posted 2378 days ago in Geek, Visual

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

Paul Graham covers some startup ideas that are so ambitious (and smart) that they’re scary to most of us – But any one of them would absolutley make you rich, should you pull it off…

Posted 2384 days ago in Geek

Duqu Trojan Uses an Unknown Programming Language

Kaspersky: After having performed countless hours of analysis, we are 100% confident that the Duqu Framework was not programmed with Visual C++,” writes Kaspersky Lab Expert Igor Soumenkov. “It is possible that its authors used an in-house framework to generate intermediary C code, or they used another completely different programming language. We would like to make an appeal to the programming community and ask anyone who recognizes the framework, toolkit or the programming language that can generate similar code constructions, to contact us or drop us a comment in this blogpost

Posted 2385 days ago in Geek

Cached Version of the Anonymous Panda Hack Video

Anonymous hacked the website of the Spanish antivirus firm Panda. The group defaced the site’s blog page by leaving behind a video detailing its exploits and a simple message scrawled in all caps in red letters over black text. (statement source = NPR). Here you can view the cached version of the video…

Posted 2387 days ago in Geek

We Need to Talk About Android

Frasier Speirs details several issues with Android, including: fragmentation of the basic operating system, (lack of) backup and restore, (lack of) lifecycle support, (lack of) security, (lack of) competitive apps and VAR interference…

Posted 2388 days ago in Geek

EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database

Software engineers around the world depend on the time zone database to make sure that time-stamps for email and other files work correctly no matter where you are. However, last September, Astrolabe filed a lawsuit against Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert – the researchers who coordinated the database’s development for decades – because the database includes information from an atlas in which Astrolabe claimed to own copyright. But facts – like what time the sun rises – are not copyrightable…

Posted 2400 days ago in Geek

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

A top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlay is antithetical to the architecture of the Net, which is a global network of networks without borders. No government, let alone an intergovernmental body, can make engineering and economic decisions in lightning-fast Internet time. Productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would grind to a halt as engineering and business decisions become politically paralyzed within a global regulatory body…

Posted 2402 days ago in Geek

Meetings: Where Work Goes to Die

Excellent points here. I once saw Jason Fried (37 signals) speak at a conference, and he said much the same thing…

Posted 2409 days ago in Geek

Joel Spolsky on the Reverse Management Pyramid

In tech startup land, we all understand instinctively that we have to hire super smart people, but we forget that we then have to organize the workforce so that those people can use their brains 24/7. Thus, the upside-down pyramid. Stop thinking of the management team at the top of the organization. Start thinking of the software developers, the designers, the product managers, and the front line sales people as the top of the organization…

Posted 2410 days ago in Geek

If You Want to Stay Safe on Facebook, Don’t Use It

I was once at Facebook headquarters at Palo Alto, and I saw on one of the network engineer’s tables a Narus pamphlet. Narus is the company that did interception with the NSA and AT&T in the US. Those two companies and Narus did the analysis of the illegal wiretapping of the entire American population’s phone calls and data travelling through AT&T data centres. Facebook’s looking at the same solution. It should give you some idea about what Facebook is…

Posted 2411 days ago in Geek

Path Uploads Your Entire Address Book to it’s Servers

I’m curious as to how this slipped past Apple’s app approval process, as it directly violates the stated privacy rules.. “Upon inspecting closer, I noticed that my entire address book (including full names, emails and phone numbers) was being sent as a plist to Path. Now I don’t remember having given permission to Path to access my address book and send its contents to its servers…”

//EDIT// Apparently Hipster does this as well, in the form of “an email param that includes a comma-separated list of email addresses”…

Posted 2416 days ago in Geek

Indian Court Forces Facebook + Google to Censor Content

This is quite a reversal for the two Internet giants; both Facebook and Google have previously said they can’t and won’t censor content in the country. Before today, the companies have always argued they can’t be held legally responsible under the law for content posted by third parties, regardless of how offensive someone may find it. India is Facebook’s third-fastest growing market, after the U.S. and Indonesia…

Posted 2417 days ago in Geek


Nice (anonymous) way to put out feelers for that new employment opportunity..

Posted 2418 days ago in Geek

Silicon Valley’s Productivity Secret

Snippets is a management process that scales because transparency means that individual engineers can manage themselves and individual engineers can manage each other without having to go through a middleman. It’s the disruptive power of peer-to-peer for management centered around atomic units of work…

Posted 2424 days ago in Geek

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