My Hair is Itchy, or the 29 Stages of a Twitterstorm

January 19, 2018

It’s long, but you have to read it all. It’s hilarious down to the tiniest details. From BuzzFeed, The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm in 2018.

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Falcon Heavy – January 2018

December 29, 2017

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is basically three times more powerful than anything they’ve launched before and is the most powerful rocket today. It was raised vertical for tests at Kennedy Space Center:

When it launches, the two outer boosters will detach and land almost simultaneously at Cape Canaveral, while the center core will attempt to land on the floating barge in the Atlantic. Almost like this:

Because  Elon Musk has a sense of humor, he will be sending his very own original Tesla Roadster into space:

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And Elon thinks there’s a fairly real chance the first Falcon Heavy launch will explode:

“I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage. I would consider even that a win, to be honest,”

This is crazy cool stuff, whether it succeeds the first time or not.


Real Phone Security

December 27, 2017

Via xkcd, of course…

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Google Year in Search

December 21, 2017

It’s funny how a company like Google can be tone deaf in many areas, but every year they nail the year in search video…

 


Google Map’s Moat

December 21, 2017

This is a brilliantly detailed comparison of Google Maps and Apple Maps. The conclusion is that Google has possibly a 6 year head start on everyone else. The detail in some of Google’s maps is amazing…

 

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Insurance and Self Driving Cars

December 12, 2017

This will be the thing that eventually puts self-driving cars over the top. Britain’s largest auto insurance company is offering a 5% discount for driving a Tesla with auto-pilot turned on.

The NHTSA found that the crash rate of Tesla vehicles dropped by nearly 40 percent when Autosteer was activated.

There will be a point where people look at getting in a car with a human driver like driving without a seat belt. You can do it, but why? But once insurance companies start making human drivers much more expensive to insure, the tide will turn quickly.


Learn Chess in Four Hours

December 6, 2017

Google’s Chess AI program, AlphaZero, just demolished the previously top ranked program. that’s not the impressive part

Oh, and it took AlphaZero only four hours to “learn” chess. Sorry humans, you had a good run.

Read the whole thing. The program was given the rules and “taught” itself. It’s a whole new world…