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Archive for June, 2005

Google Earth

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

From the site: “Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in — Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.”

* Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in.
* Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
* Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
* Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

Google Earth puts a planet’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

Note: There are currently no plans of non-US content on Google Earth, what a pitty…

* Google Earth

The iGun

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Wulffmorgenthaler presents:

The iGun!!

Soon you will wish to be shot with this handy gadget ;)

* Wulffmorgenthaler – The daily comic strip. Great cartoon and comic books.

Space Ring Could Combat Global Warming

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

/. telstar writes “Though the debate continues around global warming, a new proposal suggests building an artificial space ring around the Earth to block the light of the sun and bring a balance to solar radiation, cloud cover, and heat-trapping greenhouse gases. The ring could be comprised of particles which would scatter the sunlight, or be built by an interconnected ring of spaceships aligned to block the light. The former proposal is estimated to cost anywhere from $6 trillion to $200 trillion dollars, while the spaceship solution would run approximately $500 billion. Halo fans rejoice.”

* Slashdot | Space Ring Could Combat Global Warming

Carter Copter Breaks Mu-1 Barrier

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

tyler_larson writes “Just over a week ago, Jay Carter’s CarterCopter
managed to break a significant rotorcraft barrier, traveling at a mu ratio of 1. This 1-to-1 ratio (sometimes called the mu-1 barrier) represents a condition where the forward speed of the craft is the same as the speed of the tip of the rotor. This means that at a certain point, the tip of the retreating blade is “standing still” relative to the wind and producing no lift, while the rest of the blade is actually moving backwards through the air. Such a condition is normally impossible for a rotorcraft, and so the forward speed of a helicopter is limited by the the speed of the rotors. This accomplishment by the CarterCopter, which some insisted couldn’t be done, proves that this new craft is not subject to that limitation.”

* Slashdot | Carter Copter Breaks Mu-1 Barrier

The Ham and Spam of Weblogs

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

An anonymous Slashdot reader submits “Will the blogosphere become just as spammy as Usenet? There may be over 10M weblogs out there, most of them seem to be fake spam blogs created to manipulate the search engines. Scott Johnson, CTO at Feedster, complained that “at times we see upwards of 90% of the traffic from Blogspot being spam,” and the problem is likely to only get worse. Can blog search engines like Technorati, Feedster, and PubSub filter the signal from the torrent of noise? Or will we have to seek new approaches such as the social filtering used by Del.icio.us or collaborative filtering used by Findory to separate the ham from the spam?”

Slashdot | The Ham and Spam of Weblogs