Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tech Links: May 15, 2012


Cube: navigate a rolling ball down streets towards a goal by tilting the entire world, like a cross between a balance-ball game and Katamari Damacy. Part of the new Start Here guide to Google Maps.

How To Survive A Robot Uprising (aka Robopocalypse)

Minecraft. In Minecraft: Mineception

Warzone Robot Makes Wedding Super Cute


Bonkers man puts magnets under his skin to hold iPod Nano


The Google Guy Who Snooped for Wireless Data Was a 'God' Among Engineers

Is liking a post on Facebook protected by the First Amendment? A US District Court says no.

Viewing Child Pornography Ruled Not a Crime in New York

Reading & Discussion

Fungible: A treatise on fungibility, or, a framework for understanding the mess the news industry is in and the opportunities that lie ahead. "The younger the person you ask, the less likely it is you’ll find that link between wanting to know what’s going on and grabbing a paper or opening up a news website."

Intel futurist discusses data's secret life, 'ghost of computing'

The Problem with 'Quitting' the Internet

Machine Politics: George Hotz, Sony, and the Anonymous hacker wars.

Stefan Krappitz recently published the book Troll Culture: A Comprehensive Guide. The work positions internet provocateurs as contemporary satirists who may have sophisticated political and social critique informing their pranks. Discussion is centered on the lulz culture of 4chan but includes ill-mannered charmers like Ralph Pootawn (Second Life), bloodninja (AIM / IRC), Diogenes and Tracky Birthday.

Resources & Software

musicForProgramming(); a series of mixes intended for listening to while programming to aid concentration and increase productivity (also compatible with other activities).


Biocaster is an ontology-based global health monitoring system that monitors and maps disease outbreaks through internet-based news aggregation and social media.

NASA once issued a memo warning of the dangers of low-gravity hair


On a desktop computer, which is faster: sending an IP packet 3,000 miles across the Atlantic ocean, or sending a pixel a couple of feet to your monitor? According to Johh Carmack, the IP packet arrives firstCarmack is the well know and highly respected programmer of classic PC games such as Doom and Quake, and the co-founder of id Software, one of the first PC Game companies. The surprising result comes from significant delays in processing the user's input, and the time it takes for a monitor to actually draw a pixel.

Sci-Fi Google Glasses Will Let You Take Pics Like This One


8-Bit Spaghetti is a blog devoted to building 8-bit Computers by hand

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