GeekSpeak for 2011-04-16

NASA Shuttles Retire and Robots Regret XXX AT-AT

Miles and Lindsey cover the imminent AT-AT assault, robotic regrets, and more while discussing your calls and comments.

Comcast Offers Screaming 105MBit Service"

“It put a data cap on the service of 250 Gbit per month — about five hours worth of full-bandwidth use.”

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

“Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating.”

Automaton, Know Thyself: Robots Become Self-Aware

Droids met the challenge of perceiving their self-image and reflecting on their own thoughts as part an effort to develop robots that are more adaptable in unpredictable situations.

Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan

The Obama administration said today that it’s moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

One geek's dream: An AT-AT for America

It’s been years since the United States had a massive monument that all of its people could rally around, regardless of their political, ideological, religious, or personal beliefs. Sure we have the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, but those are all old and historic. What about something new, like a fully-functional, full-scale AT-AT Imperial Walker from Star Wars?

NASA chooses retirement homes for space shuttles

If you live in Florida, California, Virginia, or New York, congratulations, you just got yourself an retired space shuttle. As promised, NASA announced its plans yesterday to give its three retiring (plus one already-retired) shuttles to new homes. Not only was yesterday the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, but it was also the 30th anniversary of NASA’s space shuttle program.

Google-backed project aims to teach computers regret

Google has been known to pump money into all kinds of high-tech research projects at computer science departments all over the world. In this case, a group of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel are working on technology that will teach computers to feel “regret” for their decisions. The goal is to allow computers to learn from their mistakes when they’re presented with the same or similar decisions in the future.

Sharp launches world's largest LED TV

HDTVs just got bigger thanks to Sharp’s announcement today of its new 70-inch LED LCD TV. Topping the previous max of 65 inches, the LC-70LE732U now takes the role of world’s largest LED-based TV.

Obama moves forward with Internet ID plan

The Obama administration said today that it’s moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.

More Energy to Build Than to Run

“The main idea behind saving energy in the high-tech world has been to buy newer, more energy efficient devices, but researchers say maybe that’s the wrong way to look at the issue, since as much as 70% of the energy a typical laptop will consume during its life span is used in manufacturing the computer.”

Pictures From Space for $60

“High School students at Explore Knowledge Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada have launched a near space photography balloon which took over 2000 pictures of Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and much more! The ‘space craft’ was built from used and recycled components for under 60 dollars and was inspired by MIT students Project Icarus in 2009.”

Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support

“This week at Microsoft’s MIX11 Web developer conference, the company surprised many by making a pre-release version of Internet Explorer 10 available—less than a month after IE9 came out in its final form. But another surprise was uncovered by Computerworld’s Gregg Keizer: the next IE won’t run on any OS before Windows 7, including Vista.”


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