Last week, the internet cyber security bill known as CISPA was passed by the house. A handful of web sites went black earlier this week in protest. Today, the Senate (under threat of a veto from president Obama) killed the measure in committee. The bill was opposed by good-guys like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU. EFF lawyer Kurt Opsahl said, “This bill sacrifices online privacy while failing to take common-sense steps to improve security.” The measure
Geek.com has the story of a clever Swedish research team lead by Aman Russom that is hacking inexpensive DVD players and turning them into a “Lab-on-DVD.” According to the story, “Flow cytometry, a standard practice in HIV testing, involves the counting and organization of cells. Though standard practice, a flow cytometry machine is still quite expensive — sometimes reaching $30,000. This means that developing countries or underfunded practices may not be able to
Mashable has a quick story about William Gibson, the father of the cyberpunk movement, trying out Google Glass. William Gibson is a well known science fiction author and futurist. Apparently, Gibson was speaking at an event at the New York Public Library and was offered the opportunity to try out Glass. Google Glass is precisely the kind of tech that would have been right at home in author’s 1984 Neuromancer. Later he tweeted, “I also got to try Google Glass, if
Oh well, it couldn’t go on forever. Comedy Central has cancelled the latest incarnation of Futurama. If you’re not too familiar with the show, Wikipedia writes: “The series follows the adventures of a late-20th-century New York City pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, who, after being unwittingly cryogenically frozen for one thousand years, finds employment at Planet Express, an interplanetary delivery company in the retro-futuristic 31st century. The series was e
The Twitter #music service launched yesterday. You can reach it at: http://music.twitter.com Twitter #music is a music discovery service that lets you listen to short snippets (about 30 sec.) of music from various artists. Twitter ranks the music in several categories like, most popular, emerging, now playing (which lets you see what your friends are listening to), and suggested music for you – which is based on music that you’ve tweeted about. Music for the service co
In 2007, Viacom sued Youtube for copyright infringement. Viacom claimed that YouTube knowingly allowed infringing material to be uploaded to its site. In 2010, the courts ruled that YouTube was protected by what’s called the, “Safe Harbor” clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Basically, this clause stipulates that web sites can’t be held responsible for what their users do. Naturally, Viacom appealed. Last year, the Second Circuit partially overt
Comedian Patton Oswalt recently guest-starred on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In this scene, he plays a resident who is invoking his right to filibuster a city council meeting. The show’s producers gave Oswalt full creative power for the scene, asking him to simply “ramble a bit about whatever subject he wanted.” I really did LOL. Mr. Patton Oswalt, you are a HUGE Nerd. I salute you.
Google Glasses are gradually finding their way out of the lab and into the hands of actual users, albeit in this case a Google employee. Here’s a beautiful video of Alexander Chen playing the Viola while wearing his Google Glass. I’m looking forward to more Glass videos, the image and sound quality is very good. Below is a video made by Matt Abdou using his Google Glass while at a Go Kart track.
The Verge is reporting that an update to Windows, namely Windows 8.1, will include an option that will allow users to bypass the Metro start screen and go directly to the desktop. Furthermore, in spite of the popularity of Start Button replacements, Microsoft will not offering a return to the traditional Start Menu/Start Button. If you watched the very first episode of WeTalkNerdy, you already know that you can bypass the Metro Start Screen with software from WinAero using
Why would you drop a Red Hot Nickel Ball on a block of Styrofoam? I’m not sure either, but it sure looks amazing! Apparently, this guy is very popular on YouTube. He’s dropping his Red Hot Nickel Balls on all sorts of things! Visit his YouTube channel.