GeekSpeak for 2012-03-10

Reliability Testing Art Teaching

Systems Reliability Geek, Steve Brenner, and Geeky Artists, Nick Lally join Lyle to chat about some week-in-geek news and their professions. We even took a couple calls!

Ultra-efficient LED Creates Light

However, while MIT’s diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it’s fed in electrons, it doesn’t violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons.

Stacey, The Lightweight Content Management System

Stacey is a lightweight content management system.
No database setup or installation files, simply drop the application on a server and it runs. Your content is managed by creating folders and editing text files. No login screens, no admin interface.

Chinese Internet Users Flood Obama's Google Plus

Chinese language comments have flooded President Barack Obama’s webpage on Google Plus, a social networking site that is usually inaccessible in China because of government blocks. 

In recent days, some Chinese Internet users found they could unexpectedly freely access Mr. Obama’s Google Plus website, mostly on their mobile devices.

Oldest animal with skeleton found (Science Alert)

A team of palaeontologists has discovered the oldest animal with a skeleton. Called Coronacollina acula, the organism is between 560 million and 550 million years old, which places it in the Ediacaran period, before the explosion of life and diversification of organisms took place on Earth in the Cambrian period.

Error Undoes Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results - ScienceInsider

According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos’ flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber, researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed. Since this time is subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos. New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.

Large solar flares generate geomagnetic storm

A pair of unusually large solar flares early yesterday (March 7, 2012) generated a Coronal Mass Ejection that will reach Earth around mid-day today. It will likely cause at least a strong geomagnetic storm that could affect satellites in space and trigger auroral displays.


! Geeks

[Steve Brenner|http://steve.brenner.com/] is a Reliability Consultant – and we cover what that means on this show. Steve holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and is a theatrical director. Go and see his show at [Mountain Community Theater|http://www.mctshows.org], Crimes of the Heart, which opens March 16th in Ben Lomond at [Park Hall|http://ParkHall.BenLomond.org] .

[Nick Lally|http://www.nicklally.com/] – Digital Artists – is an adjunct professor at California Collage for the Arts and San Fransisco Art Institute. Nick Holds an MFA from the [Digital Arts and New Media Program|http://danm.ucsc.edu] at UCSC.