GeekSpeak for 2010-09-18

Diamonds, Pi, and Legos

LEGO! We chat about Google being sued for monopolistic practices with the Android OS, HUGE stellar diamonds, and how to calculate quadrillions of digits of pi. We also take a call and discuss other tech news of the week

Fashism iPhone app provides help with sartorial selections

Fans of fashion website Fashism.com, will be delighted to know that the service has gone mobile with its new free app for iPhone and iPod Touch. For those unfamiliar with the site, Fashism users upload photos of clothing, makeup or hairstyles for the judgment of others—think “Hot or Not” for blazers and blouses. Although some commentators can be catty, the purpose of Fashism isn’t to create a haven for mean girls; it’s to give users a second set of opining eyes when it comes to sartorial selections.

Using Fashism Mobile requires an account, but this can be created quickly in-app. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a list of the most recently submitted queries. Tap each image to see a larger version, as well as any comments other users have left. You’ll also then be able to vote if you like it or hate it, rotate the image or leave a comment of your own.

LEGO.com DesignByMe : Home

THe Free Lego Digital Design Software

Lego Animation

1500 hours over eight months…

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Rediscover Legos. AN amazing tool.

Lego Sushi Sculptures

Lego sushi set that looks almost like the real thing, except for the inedible part. Taken from Big Daddy Nelson Flickr page, these has got to be the most intricate lego sculptures of sushi ever made. Every detail is made to look like its real life counterpart, the ikura sushi (fish eggs seaweed roll) shows its brimming fish eggs, wasabi with uncanny matching color and the ebi sushi (shrimp sushi) that looks ready to be eaten.

HDCP 'master key' supposedly released

“Just as the MPAA is preparing to offer movies to customers at home while they’re still in theaters by limiting playback to DRM-protected digital outputs only, the HDCP protocol they rely on may have been cracked wide open.”

Micromat - TechTool Pro 4

Diagnose, Fix and Prevent Problems
TechTool Pro 4 is a complete Macintosh repair shop in a box. In fact, it’s so good that Apple includes a copy of its sibling, TechTool Deluxe, in its AppleCare Protection Plan. If you have ever experienced a system bomb, freeze, crash, or indecipherable error code, TechTool Pro 4 can help you get your computer running smoothly again.

Pi record smashed: two-quadrillionth digit

A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of the mathematical constant pi – and a few digits either side of it.

Nicholas Sze, of tech firm Yahoo, said that when pi is expressed in binary, the two quadrillionth digit is 0.

Mr Sze used Yahoo’s Hadoop cloud computing technology to more than double the previous record.

It took 23 days on 1,000 of Yahoo’s computers – on a standard PC, the calculation would have taken 500 years.

The Apple Hardware Test

The Apple® Hardware Test is an important troubleshooting utility that began shipping with new Macintosh® computers sometime in the year 2000. If your Mac predates the inclusion of the Apple Hardware Test, see the section “My Mac predates the Apple Hardware Test” below.

Guess What, You Don’t Own That Software You Bought

“A federal appeals court said Friday that software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares, an apparent gutting of the so-called first-sale doctrine.”

Skyhook: Google

Skyhook’s complaint includes: “Google publicly represents Android as open source and pro-innovation, then unfairly uses its exclusive oversight of the platform to force OEMs to use Google Location Service”.

USB itching removal device

USB Itching Removal Instrument is a new generation of high-tech product. It is integrated with electronic and optical spectrum technology. It doesn’t have any chemicals to restrain or kill bacteria and viruses rapidly. Moreover, it doesn’t have any toxic reaction or adverse effect to the human body. If you use this product after bite by insects such as mosquito, bee, flea, louse etc., the tumescence will be eliminated in a short time so as to avoid chafing. Suitable for home, travel and field work etc. all kinds of people use.

Geocentrists Convene In Conference

“‘Galileo Was Wrong’ is an inaugural conference to discuss the ‘detailed and comprehensive treatment of the scientific evidence supporting Geocentrism, the academic belief that the Earth is immobile in the center of the universe.’ The geocentrists argue that ‘Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo’s confrontation shows that the [Catholic] Church’s position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos.’ I, like many of you, am scratching my head wondering how people still think this way. Unfortunately, there is still a significant minority of Western people who believe that the Earth is the center of the universe: 18% of Americans, 16% of Germans, and 19% of Britons.”

Guess What, You Don’t Own That Software You Bought

“A federal appeals court said Friday that software makers can use shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses to forbid the transfer or resale of their wares, an apparent gutting of the so-called first-sale doctrine.”

Google uses monopoly power disquesed as Open source

We figured Skyhook’s business interference and patent infringement lawsuits against Google would turn up some dirt, and we didn’t have long to wait: the location-services company’s complaint flatly alleges that Google’s Andy Rubin ordered Motorola’s Sanjay Jha to “stop ship” on the Droid X because it used Skyhook’s XPS positioning system instead of Google Location Services, a tiff that ultimately delayed the phone’s release while Moto reworked the software and dropped Skyhook entirely. Following that, Skyhook claims that Google then went after an unidentified “Company X” (likely Samsung) and forced it to drop XPS as well — which would certainly explain why Samsung’s Galaxy S phones have WiFi positioning turned off by default, unlike every other Android phone. Ouch.