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November 16, 2008

On the Pentagon's new secret rocket balls

Secret Rocket Balls Target WMD Bunkers | Danger Room from Wired.com

The Pentagon has a new secret weapon to neutralize sites containing chemical or biological weapons: rocket balls. These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno. The makers call them "kinetic fireball incendiaries." The Pentagon doesn't want to talk about them, but published documents show that the fireballs have undergone tests on underground bunkers.

There are plenty of bombs which could destroy a lab, and bunker-busting weapons can tackle hardened underground facilities. But blowing up weapons of mass destruction is not a good idea. Using high explosives is likely to scatter them over a wide area, which is exactly what you want to avoid.

How To: Create custom iPhone ringtones with Garageband

Create Custom iPhone Ringtones | Mac|Life

Posting for later reference.

November 13, 2008

How to: Hack YouTube URLs for high quality output

High quality YouTube video hack

Noting this here for later use.

November 12, 2008

Google now tracking flu outvreaks across the country

Google Flu Trends

Interesting. Current outbreaks are confined to Maine and the south.

November 06, 2008

Department of Defense developing pack-hunting killbots

Robots That Hunt in Packs | Popular Science

October 31, 2008

The man who made Spore suck

The Escapist : News : The Man Who Made Spore Suckier

Nutshell version: "Spore" was originally a true evolution simulator, where decisions made early on in the unicellular stage had dramatic effects downstream when you walked on land for the first time or formed a culture. One douchebag at EA thought that was "too science-y" and turned it instead into a dull intelligent design game with no real choices or consequences involved.

An article from scientific magazine Seed dissecting the intelligent-design aspects of Spore highlighted Hecker's early concerns in development over the realism of Wright's vision.

"Chris Hecker was having strong misgivings about how appealing all this hard science would be to the wider world," states Seed. "'I was the founding member of the 'cute' team," he says with pride. 'Ocean [Quigley, Spore's art director] and Will were really the founding members of the 'science' team. Ocean would make the cell game look exactly like a petri dish with all these to-scale animals and Will would say, 'That's the greatest thing I've ever seen!' and some of us were thinking, 'I'm not sure about that.'"

Hecker's camp began messing with the science team's concepts. "Quigley's microscopically accurate concept drawings were vandalized with stuck-on googly eyes; there were suggestions that it might be cool if the creatures wore sneakers," revealed Seed.

Quigley understood both sides, explaining that a true evolutionary project "is so absurdly vast, so radically outside of any scale that people can really empathize with, we knew we had to turn it into a toy."

Obama, Palin as playable characters in Mercenaries 2

Obama, Palin coming to Mercenaries 2 DLC - Joystiq

October 29, 2008

Streaming Netflix in HD coming to Xbox Live

New Xbox Experience brings HD Netflix streaming - Joystiq

Awesome.

Although Microsoft dodged this exact question every single time we asked it (and oh, we asked multiple times) – and temporarily dropped other, already confirmed features like movie sharing – the New Xbox Experience's Netflix app will indeed stream HD content, if your connection can handle it. Interesting thing is, this is exclusive to the Xbox 360 for now: the various Netflix-enabled devices don't; Netflix's own "Watch Instantly" portal doesn't!

Engadget took an episode of Heroes in HD for a spin and reported that "the quality was stunning." There's only about 300 titles (and some of those are Heroes episodes, so you'll probably want to subtract those) but make no mistake: HD streaming is one of the strongest reasons yet to become a Netflix subscriber if you aren't already.

October 28, 2008

Be your own Jackson Pollack

Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen, press any key to s

Fun little device. Click the mouse to change colors.