GeekSpeak for 2011-01-01

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Happy New Year from the geeks including the unoriginally ambitious Ben.

Man playing real-life 'Frogger' hit by SUV

A man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game “Frogger.”

The Technological History Behind The NYE Ball

Ever since 1907, New York City has dropped a version of of the New Year’s Ball on One Time Square. Originally, the ball tied the maritime tradition of lighthouses with the new invention of electricity to show the latest technology to the world. One hundred 25-watt bulbs descended down on the area, and the crowd marveled at the bright beacon that welcomed the new year.

Fast forward to December 31, 2010…

Geek Bit: Top Shelf, The iPhone Cocktail Reference

If you like to mix cocktails (or you want to order something more interesting than a gin and tonic), you just found yourself one fine reference tool. Top Shelf features thousands of amazingly high quality drink recipes. Whether you’re a professional bartender or amateur mixologist, you’ll find everything you need in one lightning-fast, super-polished app.

A Saturnian Storm Larger Than Worlds

A couple of weeks ago, amateur astronomers discovered a new storm erupting on Saturn. The accomplished astrophotographer Anthony Wesley got pictures of it, and I wondered to myself when Cassini would snap some shots. Turns out, I didn’t have to wait long! The spacecraft took images of the planet on December 24th, returning — as usual — jaw-dropping pictures of Saturn showing the storm.

Coders, Come to the Aid of Your Country

“A new nonprofit, Code for America, marshals volunteer developers to build apps for city governments.”

Paris To Test Banning Gas-Guzzlers

“Next year, it will begin to test restrictions on vehicles that emit more than a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometer—the measure of a car’s contribution to greenhouse gases.”

The Tau Manifesto

“For millennia, the circle has been considered the most perfect of shapes, and the circle constant captures the geometry of the circle in a single number. Of course, the traditional choice of circle constant is π—but, as mathematician Bob Palais notes in his delightful article “π Is Wrong!”, π is wrong. It’s time to set things right.”

FTW! 6.283185307179586…

Cell Phone Conversations Not Private

“Mobile calls and texts made on any GSM network can be eavesdropped upon using four cheap phones and open source software, say security researchers.”


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