Friday, April 29, 2005

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Ars Technica: John Siracusa writes 21 pages about Tiger, its one of those reviews which is more like a manual than a review. However, it would be much easier just to pick up the box at your local retailer and figure out the features for yourself.

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:46 PM / Comments (0)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

World's largest passenger aircraft takes off

Justin Mullins reports for NewScientist: “The plane, which has taken 10 years and $13 billion to develop, flew from its production site in Toulouse, France, with a crew of 6. It also carried 20 tonnes of test equipment to monitor the performance of the autopilot and other aircraft systems. Airbus intends to build four prototypes and to carry out 2200 hours of testing before the aircraft enters service in 2006.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 07:21 AM / Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Mind-reading machine knows what you see

NewScientist: “It is possible to read someone’s mind by remotely measuring their brain activity, researchers have shown. The technique can even extract information from subjects that they are not aware of themselves.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:25 PM / Comments (0)

Google tests out blog ad service

C|net: “This week, Google spawned a version of AdSense that allows publishers to send a text or banner advertisement alongside syndicated content using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) or Atom, Google’s adopted format.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:17 PM / Comments (0)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Alien asteroid belt detected around Sun-like star

NewScientist: “An alien asteroid belt may have been spotted circling a mature star nearby. The observations, made by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, reveal a dense ring of dust around the star that might arise from rocks colliding and smashing each other apart.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 07:17 PM / Comments (0)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Apple Debuts Latest Video, Film Editing Software

Reuters: “Apple Computer on Sunday rolled out Final Cut Studio, a suite of video production software for professionals that includes a new program called Soundtrack Pro, aimed at making video and film projects sounds as good as they look in high-definition formats.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:37 PM / Comments (0)

Risk-taking boys do not get the girls

NewScientist: “Whether it’s driving too fast, bungee-jumping or reckless skateboarding, young men will try almost anything to be noticed by the opposite sex. But a study of attitudes to risk suggests that the only people impressed by their stunts are other men.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:35 PM / Comments (0)

Friday, April 15, 2005

Hoax paper fools cybernetic boffins

The Register: “An MIT student has had a paper consisting of computer-generated gibberish accepted by technology conference WMSCI. The pretentious gathering bills itself as an international forum where researchers and practitioners examine Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics key issues.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 08:17 PM / Comments (0)

A Dinosaur Theory for the Birds

Wired News: “The rare discovery of eggs inside a dinosaur has given scientists new clues about the reproductive biology of the creatures and more support for the theory that birds came from dinosaurs.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 08:11 PM / Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps

Wired News: “Although satellite imagery has been generally available in one form or another for years, Google’s launch of the image database it got when it purchased Keyhole last fall is likely to dramatically increase public interest in the technology…”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 07:02 PM / Comments (0)

Super-sensitive explosive detector developed

Will Knight reports for NewScientist: “A device capable of detecting concealed explosives and landmines with more sensitivity than a trained dog has been developed.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 06:11 PM / Comments (0)

Look out for giant triangles in space

New Scientist: “The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) could be taking the wrong approach. Instead of listening for alien radio broadcasts, a better strategy may be to look for giant structures placed in orbit around nearby stars by alien civilisations.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 07:42 AM / Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Mac OS X Tiger to ship April 29

Jim Dalrymple reports for Mac Central: “Apple on Tuesday announced the ship date for its next generation operating system, Mac OS X Tiger. The operating system, which the company says includes hundreds of enhancements, will be available to customers beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 29, 2005.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:56 PM / Comments (0)

Monday, April 11, 2005

Clouds May Harbor Nanobacteria

Wired News: “Tiny particles linked to a number of painful and sometimes deadly diseases may spread across the globe by hitching a ride in clouds, claim researchers in a recent issue of the Journal of Proteome Research. The particles, known as nanobacteria, are 100 times smaller than typical bacteria and have been found in kidney stones, arterial plaques and ovarian cancers.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:50 PM / Comments (0)

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Non-acoustic sensors detect speech without sound

NewScientist: “DARPA, the US Department of Defense’s research agency, is working on a project known as Advanced Speech Encoding, aimed at replacing microphones with non-acoustic sensors that detect speech via the speaker’s nerve and muscle activity, rather than sound itself.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 01:38 PM / Comments (0)

Windmills in the Sky

Wired News: “Australian engineer Bryan Roberts wants to build a power station in the sky — a cluster of flying windmills soaring 15,000 feet in the air — but is having trouble raising enough money to get the project off the ground.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:44 PM / Comments (0)

Europe will land on Mars in 2013

Lucy Sherriff reports for The Register: “The main objectives of the € 500m mission will be to search for past or present Martian life; to learn more about the source of the atmospheric methane, and find out whether Mars is still seismically active.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:32 PM / Comments (0)

Russian hackers 'the best in the world'

Dan Ilett reports for ZDnet UK: “Everyone knows that Russians are good at maths,” said lieutenant general Boris Miroshnikov of Department K. “Our software writers are the best in the world, that’s why our hackers are the best in the world.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:27 PM / Comments (0)

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Big changes ahead for Flash

C|net: “Macromedia took center stage at the Flashforward2005 conference Thursday morning to promise significant changes in its Flash animation software. According to Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch, [it is going to] be the biggest Flash update ever.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 05:10 PM / Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Google updates mapping service

Ars Technica: “Google already had the coolest map service out there, and now they’ve upgraded it with satellite imagery. When you map a location, you can now switch to a satellite view that shows you an actual photo. The satellite view can be dragged and zoomed, just like the regular map.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:24 PM / Comments (0)

Monday, April 4, 2005

'Perpendicular recording' to boost hard drive capacity

Will Knight reports for NewScientist: “The next generation of personal computers and portable music players could hold 10 times more information than current models, thanks to a different way of writing magnetic data to a hard disc.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 10:20 PM / Comments (0)

Do black holes really exist?

Ars Technica: “Black holes. Superdense collapsed stars that helped make Steven Hawking famous, and introduced a legion of little kids to Maximillian Schell… Now, scientists at Lawrence Livermore are challenging accepted beliefs, claiming that there’s no such thing as a black hole. According to [them], black holes are actually stars made out of dark energy formed by the collapse of massive stars.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:33 PM / Comments (0)

Join Microsoft. Save the world.

The Register: “A team of three from Microsoft attending the world’s premier hacker get-together hoping to bring the sort of people Steve Ballmer’s mum probably warned him about (some even had piercings and tattoos!) into the fold. Some might consider this as cruising for “rough trade” but perhaps it makes sense for Redmond to get these guys on the inside pissing out rather than the other way around…”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 04:30 PM / Comments (0)

What a Little Moon Dust Can Do

Wired News: “If the Bush administration’s plan to set up a base on the moon is to become a reality, scientists will first have to devise a way to deal with a tiny but ubiquitous enemy: lunar dust.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 07:47 AM / Comments (0)

Saturday, April 2, 2005

'Bionic eye' may help reverse blindness

NewScientist: “A bionic eye may one day help blind people see again, according to US researchers who have successfully tested the system in rats. The eye implant - a 3-millimetre-wide chip that would fit behind the retina - could be a dramatic step above currently available technology, says the team at Stanford University, California, US.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 09:53 PM / Comments (0)

Google going all-you-can-eat with Gmail storage

Ars Technica: “Gmail users rejoice, for Google will soon doubled your quota… When you combine that guesstimate with the extraordinarily low cost of hard disk storage and the ease of adding capacity to Google’s sophisticated distributed file system, then it becomes obvious that a 1GB email storage quota—and certainly a 2GB quota—is really just a marketing gimmick.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 02:57 PM / Comments (0)

PearPC coders near end of tether over Cherry's pickings

Paul Hales reports for The Inquirer: “Users and developers of PearPC, a little PowerPC platform emulator, are up in arms, claiming a similar emulator, CherryOS produced by a company Maui-X Stream, is a rip-off of their PearPC code.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 01:20 PM / Comments (0)

World's most sensitive scales weigh a zeptogram

NewScientist: “The world’s most sensitive scales can now detect a cluster of xenon atoms a billion, trillion times lighter than a gram. A zeptogram 10^(-21) g is roughly the mass of a single protein molecule and its detection has set a new record.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:53 PM / Comments (0)

Intel releases 64-bit quad Xeons

Ars Technica: “On Tuesday, Intel unveiled its high-end “Truland” platform, which consists of the first 64-bit Xeon MPs and the new E8500 chipset. Previous 64-bit Xeons supported only dual-processor configurations, so the release of the 64-bit Xeon MP marks the migration of 64-bit support into Intel’s quad-processor Xeon MP line.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 12:49 PM / Comments (0)

Friday, April 1, 2005

Google Gulp

Google: “Think a DNA scanner embedded in the lip of your bottle reading all 3 gigabytes of your base pair genetic data in a fraction of a second, fine-tuning your individual hormonal cocktail in real time using our patented Auto-Drink™ technology, and slamming a truckload of electrolytic neurotransmitter smart-drug stimulants past the blood-brain barrier to achieve maximum optimization of your soon-to-be-grateful cerebral cortex.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii, 08:42 PM / Comments (0)

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