0.38 Seconds

May 16, 2019

New Rubik’s Cube record courtesy of an MIT robot:

I like the, “oooh, yeahhhh” right after. And how they show it in slow motion so we can actually see it being done.


Some = 600 Million

April 1, 2019

Well, in fairness 200-600 million. Not like it’s a lot or anything. Read this Facebook blog:

As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems.

Sounds kind of harmless, right?

Or maybe not.

The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees. The source said Facebook is still trying to determine how many passwords were exposed and for how long, but so far the inquiry has uncovered archives with plain text user passwords dating back to 2012.

I think you should assume that your Facebook password is public knowledge at this point. And that their public statements are basically a lie.


Opportunity Rover RIP

February 14, 2019

The NASA Mars rover Opportunity was finally declared dead after an amazing 14+ year run on Mars. The NY Times has a nice interactive visual:


Made on Earth by Humans

February 6, 2019

One year ago today. This is a nice video by SpaceX. The double landing still gives me goosebumps…


Oversharing

February 1, 2019

… is the default. Via xkcd.

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So Cold

January 31, 2019

I was in Atlanta Tuesday for their horrible storm that they closed schools and government offices for. Horrible, it rained for about an hour. Bonus was that traffic was super light since everyone stayed home.

But the last two days in the Midwest and Northeast were seriously cold. Reminding multiple people of this:

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I grew up in Wisconsin and it was way colder. And get off my lawn…


Mars Sunset

November 28, 2018