Friday, April 29, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
"NASA will pay Rice University $11 million over the next four years to develop an experimental power cable made from carbon nanotubes."
Al Qaeda uses Windows: During a recent raid, the laptop computer of top-ranking Iraqi Al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was seized. The computer is expected to yield a "treasure trove" of information. According to the article,
On the hard drive was everything from information about Zarqawi's medical condition to pictures of himself, kept in a file labeled "My Pictures."(Via GMSV.)
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will establish an online auction for people to buy and sell virtual-world goods with real-world money. As the article notes:
The move is surprising because SOE has been one of the fiercest and most vocal opponents of MMO [massive multiplayer online game] players who spend real money on virtual assets.
Like SOE, most MMO publishers ban the practice, making the traffic of virtual goods almost entirely illicit. Players are often cheated by shady traders who don't deliver as promised or who rescind payment after getting an item. As a result, SOE claims its customer service staff is constantly bogged down with angry players who have been defrauded.
But virtual goods may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and there's a lot of money to be made brokering the deals.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Friday, April 15, 2005
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Personal Luxury Submarine for sale.
The Phoenix 1000 is a 65-meter (213') personal luxury submarine. The initial design was originally executed for a client and now awaits a buyer. As proposed, the submarine would constitute the single largest private undersea vehicle ever built, and arguably, one of the most significant personal transportation devices of the century.Only $78 million. (Via Linkfilter.)
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
"Some spouses are paying real money to in-game detectives, to snoop on the character or avatar used by their real world partner."
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Invention of the day: Fully automated robotic parking garage.
The way it works is, a driver pulls in and drives onto a parking tray. The machinery does the rest.(Via Linkfilter.)
"You get out of your car," said [developer Danny] Bivens. "It'll scan your car to make sure there's no dog in there or baby or husband."
The tray rises into the structure like an elevator and shifts the tray into an empty spot, returning with another tray.
"It slides them like an electronic Rubik's cube," said Bivens.
When the resident is ready for the car, a handheld device can be scanned in the elevator on the way down. The car will be waiting.