More Links, some of them worth further comment

Cool Tool: Cintiq:

Digital Paper

Steampunk Keyboard Mod:

Steampunk Keyboard Mod

InfoWorld Tech Watch | InfoWorld | Check out Woz’s New Toy | February 12, 2007 01:08 PM | By Paul Roberts:

prototype RFID spoofer

Digital FAIR USE bill introduced to amend DMCA – Engadget:

Digital FAIR USE bill introduced to amend DMCA

I should take a look and see just what it does — if it only modifies a bit of the DMCA’s overarching evil, it might be worse than nothing.

Diebold considering dumping e-voting unit; Engadget says PLEASE DO IT – Engadget:

Diebold considering dumping e-voting unit

BBC NEWS | Technology | World’s tiniest RFID tag unveiled:

World’s tiniest RFID tag unveiled

Dark Reading – Desktop Security – How to Cheat Hardware Memory Access – Security News Analysis:

Rutkowksa will show how an attacker could prevent forensics investigators from getting a real image of the memory where the malware resides. “Even if they somehow find out that the system is compromised, they will be unable to get the real image of memory containing the malware, and consequently, they will be unable to analyze it,” says Rutkowska, senior security researcher for COSEINC.

Using the Web to Get the Boss to Pay More – New York Times:

A few Web sites try to level the playing field by providing more detailed information about salaries.


Image Denoising

The following examples illustrate how the algorithm can be used for image filtering, in order to denoise, simplify or create painting styles from color images.

The Loom : Evolving Robotspeak:

Laurent Keller, an expert on social evolution at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, chose the latter. Working with robotics experts at Lausanne, he constructed simple robots like the ones shown above. Each robot had a pair of wheeled tracks, a 360-degree light-sensing camera, and an infrared sensor underneath. The robots were controlled by a program with a neural network architecture.

This is pretty darn cool. But then I’m a sucker for simple social robotics.

“Chemical origami” shrinks 2D discs into 3D objects (February 2007) – News – PhysicsWeb:

Physicists in Israel have invented a neat method of making elaborate 3D structures from flat 2D discs. The trick is to pre-treat a gel disc half the size of a beer coaster with a monomer solution “blueprint” that selectively shrinks when heated.

Wired News: New Sub Dives Crushing Depths:

The battery-powered device’s hydraulic pumps generate minute changes in volume that cause the vessel to rise toward the surface or plunge further into the ocean.

That’s a lot of erosion from a sewage pipe

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – A 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed at least two teenagers as it swallowed about a dozen homes early Friday and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood. Officials blamed the sinkhole on recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main.


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