Thursday, June 29, 2006

Anna is a bot

Here's video from someone named Basshunter about an IRC bot named Anna.  I have a friend that gets mistaken for a bot all the time.

New Canadian tool can re-grow teeth

With all the time I've spent in the dentist chair, I've
often wished I could get a new tooth rather than a crown (and the accompanying
root canal).  Now that
may happen
in a few years.  I'll be a bit skeptical for now; a lot of
times these headlines of an amazing scientific advance are just hype or the commercial
product is much farther away than they think.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Shortsighted marketing?

I don't think it takes a particularly dirty mind to  think there's something a little wrong with this kids camera as my friend ChrisD pointed out.



In case you lack imagination JJ spells it out.



I guess Mr. Mouse thought his proctologist was up to something and he wanted proof.

USB Teddy Bear stores files and releases frustration

Engadget had this article about a teddy bear with a USB drive stuck in it.  Now when you're pissed off at someone you can pretend to rip their head off by uncapping this USB drive.  Makes more sense than USB sushi.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Record labels are more more evil than I thought.

So apparently a fan asked Weird Al Yankovic if ha made more money from selling an album or a download.  And this guy did some research into it.  Turns out that some artists can make significatly less money for digital music as compared to the real album.  I've never liked the idea of music I paid for being tied to a device or PC, so this is even more reason for me to keep buying my music on CD.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Converting Windows apps to Mac OS X or Linux binaries

Cody Brocious (PyMusique) is working on a new project to convert Windows executables to native Mac OS X or Linux binaries. He is focusing on high-end gaming at the moment, though he plans to support other apps in the future. On his blog, he said: "My goal for the next 5 years is simple: Any piece of software, any platform you choose."

This is all well and good, but this is a HUGE undertaking. And although it's LGPL licensed, I'm sure they'll end up stepping on a ton of patents in the code translation arena. Transmeta has built their whole business on machine code translation, so you know they've got patents coming out of every orifice.

With the ever increasing processing power, I think interpreted languages and efficient coding will accomplish 90% of what a project like this will accomplish. Yea, yea, I know interpreted languages aren't applicable to everything... I don't want to use Photoshop written in Python...


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