GeekSpeak for 2008-10-25

Steel Paper and Sticky X-Rays

John Tracy, Miles Elam and Sean Cleveland join host Lyle Troxell for a discussion of technology in the news.

Mars craters, scars from fallen moon

“An unusual pair of craters on Mars formed when a moon broke apart before crashing into the planet’s surface about a billion years ago, a new study suggests.” – New Scientist

X-Rays from Sticky-Tape

Pulling sticky-tape at a specific speed releases x-rays powerful enough to image bones through flesh! Really! “It’s x-ray’s for everyone!”

Chandrayaan-1

Chandrayaan 1, India’s first moon probe, successfully launched on the 22nd, and a significantly lower cost than China, Russia, or the US has been able to so far.

New Wikipedia for Schools launched

A version Wikipedia is available now on DVD, fact checked, and with adult material removed. It’s like a free 20-volume encyclopedia.

New Flying Lens Could Save Optical Lithography

A new lensing technology could improve lithography to the point of competing with Blueray.

iPhone Web Apps running at full screen

First promised during the SDK beta period, Apple has finally delivered on full screen web apps without browser decorations.

Pvote

Open voting software, finally!

Good Old Games Provides Old PC Games - DRM Free

Good Old Games is a new site that sells classic PC games that are DRM-free, which means you can do what you want with your game once you purchase it. “You won’t find any intrusive copy protection in our games; we hate draconian DRM schemes just as much as you do,” says the site. “Once you download a game, you can install it on any PC and re-download it whenever you want, as many times as you need, and you can play it without an internet connection.”

The Gamer's Bill of Rights

Stardock and Gas Powered Games decided to put together the Gamer’s Bill of Rights that includes key elements that publishers need to adhere to in their games: “We the Gamers of the world, in order to ensure a more enjoyable experience, establish equality between players and publishers, and promote the general welfare of our industry hereby call for the following…”