GeekSpeak for 2018-02-09

Japanese Teapot Maps Super Mario

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Days after the launch of the world’s smallest orbital rocket SpaceX is set to launch a Tesla Roadster into space. Meanwhile, Strava has accidentally mapped out secret bases around the world, and the Slomo Guys demonstrated the differences in TV technology at 380,000 frames per second.

Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good - The Verge

At its core, Vaunt is simply a system for displaying a small heads-up style display in your peripheral vision. It can show you simple messages like directions or notifications. It works over Bluetooth with either an Android phone or an iPhone much in the same way your smartwatch does, taking commands from an app that runs in the background to control it.

Japan successfully launches world's smallest satellite-carrying rocket

The rocket about the size of a utility pole, measuring 10 meters in length and 50 centimeters in diameter, lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture and delivered its payload to its intended orbit, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Elon Musk says the Falcon Heavy has a 50-50 chance of success

Despite the mixed potential for success, this won’t just be a test flight with a splashy payload. Musk said Monday he hopes to demonstrate the capability to send payloads directly to geostationary orbit. This is one of the primary requests of the US Air Force, which sets requirements for national security launches. So with this mission, the upper stage will coast for six hours before relighting a final time to send the Tesla Roadster into deep space.

RFC 2324 - Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0)

Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error
code “418 I’m a teapot”. The resulting entity body MAY be short and
stout

Process 100, 102-199 status codes according to specs. by miles-po · Pull Request #18033 · nodejs/node

Miles’ nodejs pull request…

This affects several modules downstream that use the http
module, e.g., node-fetch, all of whom violate HTTP RFCs
due to this module. As such, this could introduce a
breaking change for downstream if HTTP standards were
ignored in an ad-hoc fashion.

Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Heatmap” for social athlete’s app reveals secret bases, secret places

Data map inadvertently reveals movements of people in dangerous and sensitive places.

'Terrifying': How a single line of computer code put thousands of innocent Turks in jail

An estimated 30,000 are believed to be among the innocent swept up in this particular campaign, victims of the chaos, confusion and fear in Turkey.

This Is What 'Super Mario' Looks Like at 380,000 Frames Per Second

The technology that makes televisions possible is a miracle. Lights of varying types blast through pixels constructed of green, red, and blue colored lenses to create incredible moving images.

The source Video from the Slow Mo Guys

Tesla To Construct Virtual Solar Power Plant Using 50,000 Homes In South Australia

And here’s the kicker: The rooftop solar systems will be free.

JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America bar bitcoin buys with a credit card

“At this time, we are not processing cryptocurrency purchases using credit cards, due to the volatility and risk involved,” a J.P. Morgan Chase spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. “We will review the issue as the market evolves.”

Asking the Right Questions About AI

AI models hold a mirror up to us; they don’t understand when we really don’t want honesty. They will only tell us polite fictions if we tell them how to lie to us ahead of time.