Archive for April, 2012

Outer Space

The seemingly simple old NASA photo sequences set to music just amazes me. [Hat Tip: Chris Cooper]

Pioneer Anomaly Solved?

According to The Planetary Society the Pioneer Anomaly has been solved: First of all, because the Pioneer spacecraft were spin-stabilized and almost always pointed their big dishes towards Earth. Second of all, because two sources of thermal radiation (heat) were then on the leading side of the spacecraft. The nuclear power sources, more formally Radioisotope […]

Homemade 737 Simulator

So here’s a guy who built his own amazingly accurate 737. Made with a real 737 cockpit. I suspect it’s running X-Plane (likely v9) as it sounds like it shares software called Sim Control with this guy. I’m always amazed when I see someone take their hobby overboard like this. Click through for some video […]

Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Twitter today announced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, their attempt to help defuse the patent chaos currently going on in the tech world. The real meat of the post is this: It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from […]

Was Instagram Worth $1 Billion Dollars?

I think the question “was Instagram worth $1 billion Dollars?” is incorrect. Any form of that question is. The value of any singular thing is in the eye of the buyer, not the market as a whole. The correct question is “was Instagram worth $1 billion Dollars to Facebook?” To that, I think the answer […]

Chad Vader Parodies “Friday”

Nobody told me there’s a Chad Vader parody.

Layne Staley – Man In The Box

Apparently it’s 10 years and a week since Layne Staley died (I meant to post this last week). Here’s an eerie video (well audio) of just Layne Staley’s vocals for “Man in the Box”. It’s pretty haunting to say the least. Jerry Cantrell is nowhere near as eerie. Something about Layne Staley’s voice. I can’t […]

Capuchin Monkey Plays With iPad

Because it’s Friday and I like Monkeys.

US Wireless Carriers To Start Blacklist

Wireless companies are going to start a blacklist for stolen phones. This is a long overdue move. It should have happened years ago. The downside to smart phones like the iPhone having a high resale value is that they have a high resale value. By that I mean they are targets for thieves. Some, notably […]

What Can You Get For $1 Billion Dollars?

A billion dollars is a lot of money for most people, even most companies. But what does it buy? In Microsoft’s case it buys patents and in Facebook’s case it buys a mobile startup. AOL (Netscape) Patents Microsoft spent $1 billion dollars on what seems like mostly Netscape patents. Presumably this is to declare war […]