GeekSpeak for 2011-02-05

Black holes and Babies on Robots in Stitches

Death by Death Ray and GPS. AL and Ben talk about their own Facebook foibles, and Miles alerts us that the The Bombay High Court has Ruled Astrology to be a Science (simply because its so old).

How can I unlock my iPod, iPod nano, or iPod touch

How can I unlock my iPod, iPod nano, or iPod touch if I forgot the “Screen Lock” code?

“Screen Lock” is provided by the iPod nano, iPod (5th Gen), and subsequently released full-size iPod, iPod nano, and iPod touch models. Earlier iPods, and iPod shuffle models, do not offer this feature.

In the Apple Support Site, Apple notes that the “Screen Lock” function:

Allows you to set a 4-digit combination to prevent someone else from using your iPod while it is not attached to a computer. When an iPod is locked, you must enter the combination to unlock the screen. This feature is different from the Hold switch in that the Hold switch only prevents iPod from turning on accidentally — not keeping snoops out. Screen Lock only locks users out of the user interface. It does not encrypt data on your iPod. For example, if you use Screen Lock and then connect your iPod to a computer, you’ll be able to manage music on your iPod with iTunes and access all data on it in disk mode (contacts, notes, and any other files you have stored on the iPod).

Beware of Stalker Check Facebook Application :: HKACTIVITY.COM

Beware of Stalker Check Facebook Application Misconception

Recently, I have noticed that many of my friends had a Stalker Check Facebook Application appearing on their Facebook Home Feed. Stalker Check is a new Facebook application that lets you see who has been interacting with your Facebook Profile. If you fear that your friend has detected you as a regular stalker on their Facebook page then you do not have to worry. First off, it is against Facebook Policy for any Facebook application to help you detect who has been visiting your Facebook page. If they removed this policy then I am sure the popularity of Facebook would be in decline right now, just like Xanga a few years ago.

Black Hole Images

Computer-generated image of a black-hole as seen from a great distance (r=1000M, or 500 times the radius of the event horizon).  From this distance, the hole itself is not very conspicuous. But check out what happens when we get closer!

USB Typewriter

The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.   

Babies Take the Wheel of Driving Robots - Technology Review

Babies with physical disabilities don’t have the same opportunities to explore their environment as their peers, which is why giving them the infant equivalent of powered exoskeletons is a splendid idea.

Chair + Wii Fit Balance Board + Wheeled Robot = One Happy Baby

Some children suffer from disabilities which prevent them from crawling around and exploring the world, but thanks to projects like this one they might have an alternative way to move around: Baby-sized motorized chairs.

(Submitted by Georges Lefevre)

"What’s the Internet?" in 1994

Let me take you back seventeen years – Ace of Base was on the radio, Mrs. Doubtfire was dominating the box office, and The Today Show’s Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel had no freakin’ clue what the internet was. In the following video segment from January 24th 1994, the morning anchors stumble over the identity and jargon of the technology that has come to define the past decade. Gumbel is unclear how you pronounce “@”, Katie Couric suggests “about”, and no one wants to say “dot” when they read “.com”.

19 Year Old Teenager Makes Homemade Solar Death Ray

Concentrated solar power has the potential to generate immense amounts of energy — but it can also be amazingly destructive. American student Eric Jacqmain has assembled over 5,800 mirrors into his own parabolic ‘solar Death Ray’, which can reportedly melt through metal and concrete

Apophis Passes Close to Earth in 2029... But Doesn't Hit

An asteroid that once was seen as a danger to the Earth may soon be a once-in-a-century opportunity to get a close look at one – and learn more about the ones that really are a hazard.

The asteroid is called Apophis. It’s a near-Earth asteroid that is a type called a chondrite, essentially a stony body that has a high silicate content and few metals. It is about 330 meters across, and it’s due to pass the Earth in 2029.

Astrology is a Science in India

“Astrology has been debunked by most world scientists including India’s renowned physicist Prof. Yash Pal. However, it is ‘science’ in India.”

Death by GPS

“Five harrowing days after becoming stuck on a remote backcountry road in Death Valley National Park in August 2009, Alicia Sanchez lay down next to her Jeep Cherokee and prepared to die.”