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  1.  (10678.1)
    One of my greatest aims is to make Whitechapel a nexus for Desirable Information.

    Memes, virals, that which makes you laugh, that which makes your bowels weep; anything found or scavenged online which has no informative value: that stuff will continue to go in “Around The Net.” I’ll be updating that once every four weeks too.

    This…? This is for everything else.

    News Stories. Mad Science. Horrific Nature. Metaphysical madness.

    Here is where we gorge ourselves on the creamy clostrum of Information. Here is where we nuzzle at the red-raw teat of the Up-To-Date Dataweb. Bring me the light of your Weird Wisdom and your New News.

    (Anything of particular interest, go ahead and create new threads in this category to delve deeper.)
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2012 edited
    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is experimenting with "information avatars".

    This is cool and all, but did they really have to

    sex it up?

    I mean, I almost feel bad for the woman who did the recording for that demo.

    ...that was a recording, right?
  2.  (10678.3)
    Jesus that's creepy.

    Nice one America - you took a simple thing that we're already using to communicate without complicated language concerns and you made it dystopian.

    [At Luton airport, for anyone interested, these mime what you've got to do with your on-board toothpaste, etc.]
  3.  (10678.4)
    They have the same TerrorCutouts at Stansted. I felt for one moment like I was looking at a tear in the fabric of reality - some ghastly superimposition of one dimension over another - then the prattling bint switched off between loops and left only her host-substrate blackly standing.

    That was a tough flight, as I recall.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2012
    Yeah, because what everyone needs before their big transatlantic flight is a healthy spoonful of Uncanny Valley.
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2012
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2012
    Not meaning to plug my own site, but thought you'd find an article on aging beer interesting/useful.

    Lock it in the Basement: Aging Beers
  4.  (10678.8)
    No doubt that stuntman's giant balls cushioned his fall.
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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012 edited
    So, yeah, keyboards and computer mice are going away.

    20 years from now they'll be in the same category as carbon paper and cutting your own pens from goose quils.

    Microsoft is pushing a technology called Soundwave that's basicly a form of sonar: a computer's existing speakers and microphones are used to generate and pick up an infrasound signal and learns how your hand motions modify that sound.

    But they may have been beaten to market by Leap systems with their Leap Motion USB doodad which is apparently already on the market for US$70.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012

    I don't think Leap motion is yet in actual production; you can pre-order for when their doodad is released next year.

    I can see how it would get rid of mice but I'm not certain how it would handle keyboards. I know that Thinkgeek had a "laser" keyboard that projected the image of a standard keyboard on a flat surface and the gadget would read where your fingers typed but that still gives you the visual interface of what a keyboard looks like to provide reference for typing; not sure how Leap would do that.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012 edited
    All the world is staged

    An in depth report on football results fixing involving Triads, corruption, fake National football teams and even match reports filed for Games which Never took Place:

    Largely unpoliced, the Singapore syndicate became increasingly brazen, never more so than in the staging of ghost matches like the suspected one between the U21 teams from Turkmenistan and Maldives. Since federations, and not FIFA, announce friendlies, bookies employ local "spotters" to troll for information about upcoming matches. These spotters are corrupted by the syndicate to con bookies into listing fabricated matches. The spotters then supply the bookies with in-game dispatches -- on matches that aren't actually happening.

    Reality is stranger than fiction some times..
  6.  (10678.14)
    "The estimated wealth of the entire world is about $60 trillion, meaning that the RIAA should have known how outlandish its claims were to begin with. Still, with statuatory fines still coming of about $150,000 per infraction, of which there were 11,000, LimeWire could still end up owing about $1 billion."

    RIAA claims Limewire owes it $72 trillion—that's "trillion" with a "T
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
    Ren Thing: if the device can accurately map the position of your hands it should be ble to create a virtul keyboard on screen along with a virtual representation of your hands.

    Or just treat the screen as if it were a touchscreen and note the points where you touch it.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
    @Kosmopolit - True, but if you have a keyboard on screen then that just seems like additional screen clutter to me.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
    The laser keyboards were complete shit. I was the unlucky guy who has to do some marketing for them a few years back, knowing this.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012

    They always struck me as better in concept than in reality.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012
  7.  (10678.20)
    Okay, this is pretty awesome.

    Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL

    For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.