GeekSpeak for 2012-03-03

Warped: Drives, Speech, and Space Cups

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Bought Star Chamber Virtual Goods will Disappear

Virtual goods, in this case cards, bought with real money will suddenly disappear.

Drinking Coffee in Space

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit does physics demos that are out of this world. Currently on board the International Space Station, Dr. Pettit presents fantastic physics that can only be demonstrated in micro-gravity.

Warp Drive Problems

New research has shown that as [Alcubierre] warp-drives zip through the universe, they gather up particles and radiation, releasing them in a burst as the warp-drive slows down. This is bad news for family and friends waiting for the ship to arrive, as this intense burst will fry them.

New Speech-Jamming Gun

“Japanese researchers have created a hand-held gun (pictured above) that can jam the words of speakers who are more than 30 meters (100ft) away. The gun has two purposes, according to the researchers: At its most basic, this gun could be used in libraries and other quiet spaces to stop people from speaking — but its second application is a lot more chilling.”

Judge Awards iPhone User $850 in Throttling Case

“When AT&T started slowing down the data service for his iPhone, Matt Spaccarelli, an unemployed truck driver and student, took the country’s largest telecommunications company to small claims court. And won.”

AT&T Raises Throttling Threshold to 3GB on "Unlimited" Data plan

“AT&T announced a policy change on throttling data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans Thursday. 3G/HSPA+ customers will now be throttled once they reach 3GB of data usage and 4G LTE customers will be throttled when they hit 5GB of data.”

James Cromwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an American film and television actor. Some of his more notable roles are in Babe (1995), for which he earned Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Star Trek: First Contact (1996), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Green Mile (1999), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Artist (2011) and in the television series Six Feet Under (2003–2005). He has been nominated for an Oscar, three Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career.


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Robert from Aromas, California suggest we take a look at a recent [TED Talk on arial robots|http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/03/robots-swarm-the-stage-at-ted.ars], esp about 12 minutes in.