all this time I could have been using milking gear?
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Wiby - The Search Engine for Classic Websites

quote [ The Wiby search engine is building a web of pages as it was in the earlier days of the internet. In addition, Wiby helps vintage computers to continue browsing the web, as page results are more suitable for their performance. ]

Surprise me!
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:53amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

The Story of the PS2?s Backwards Compatibility From the Engineer Who Built It

quote [ For that reason, it was chosen as the game to show off the PS2?s backwards compatibility. There was only one problem: sometimes it froze in emulation.

It goes without saying that there?d be big trouble if the game locked in the middle of the demo in front of such a large audience. Unfortunately, I hadn?t nailed down what was causing these freezes to happen. ]

Oh that poor person! Nice insights on how jobs get appointed at Sony though: seemingly a mixture of faith and pressure. And a nice job of the translator.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Original]
[by Paracetamol@10:05amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Oregon Engineer Makes History With New Traffic Light Timing Formula

quote [ Mats Järlström was fined $500 for criticizing the timing of traffic lights.He sued ,won and now his formula will help traffic engineers around the world ]

I Like traffic lights
[SFW] [science & technology] [+10 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:18amGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain

quote [ "Under copyright law, numbers are facts, and under copyright law, facts either have thin copyright, almost no copyright, or no copyright at all," Riehl explained in the talk. "So maybe if these numbers have existed since the beginning of time and we're just plucking them out, maybe melodies are just math, which is just facts, which is not copyrightable." ]

I was just talking about the possibility of something like this 5 days ago. The fun thing is I was talking about trying to implement something like this on old SE more than 15 years ago but storage capabilities were far out of reach. Technological advancements makes scarcity of IP obsolete. This is what post scarcity looks like. This same brute force concept can be applied to images, movies, books code, etc. AI will simply streamline the process more efficiently.

TLDR; IP is now officially theft of The Commons. Though I'm sure a court case will tell us that actually math is illegal or something. Again.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by steele@5:56pmGMT] [4 comments]

The Internet Of Trash

quote [ We may have made a horrible mistake by unnecessarily making our consumer electronics devices smart?and removing generations of future use in the process. ]

high speed electronic digital device, wait till you see one
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:04amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Fax on the beach: The story of the audacious, totally calamitous iPad of the '90s

quote [ AT&T's EO Personal Communicator was going to change everything. Too bad nobody cared. ]

Fax on the beach and sticky rubber casings. Also, a lot of 90s tech biz talk.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@6:54amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Naming the Universe

quote [ How the quick thinking of internationally minded astronomers avoided stamping the solar system with petty European rivalries ]

The power of the universe knows my name
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:03amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 14 February 2020

Scientists discover how to use time crystals to power superconductors

quote [ Physicists propose using time crystals to bring about a quantum computing revolution. ]

I first read about time crystals through SE, I think. To discover that they've been created and are possibly useful...mind. blown.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by Bob Denver@2:35amGMT] [5 comments]

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

'Reaper of death': scientists discover new dinosaur species related to T rex

quote [ Species is thought to be the oldest member of the T rex family yet discovered in northern North America ]

I am the reaper of death
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Teens have figured out how to mess with Instagram's tracking algorithm

quote [ As an experiment, Mosley shared the account with her cousin, who lived out of state.

That's when she and her friends realized the shared account could be used to obscure their data from Instagram's tracking. ]

This is a cool story. Aren't Uber divers turning off their phones collectively to rise the fee, too?
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by Paracetamol@5:02amGMT] [0 comments]

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