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On SquawkBox, the air traffic sim MMO

Penny Arcade! - Misinformation

SquawkBox is a free plug-in for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It lets virtual pilots connect to a network where they can communicate with real people performing virtual air traffic control. I first came across it in 2001 while searching for add-ons to the latest version of Flight Simulator. The description I read online made it sound like a big MMO for pilots and air traffic controllers, a concept I could scarcely believe until I logged on and tried it for myself. My inexperience meant that on my first try I flew my small Cessna right into the approach path of a major international airport. The controller who called on the radio and suggested I do a quick 180 before I get smashed by an incoming 747 was ever so nice.

Some of you are probably scratching your head at this description, so let me be explicit. There are a bunch of people in their basements playing Flight Simulator, and a bunch of people in their basements pretending to be air traffic controllers, running an application that simulates a radarscope. All wearing USB headsets, they are connected to a big network called VATSIM where they talk to each other and simulate realistic air traffic procedures as accurately as possible. And some of them are drinking.

October 05, 2007

Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop Battery

via POE | Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop...

Washington IT folks turn off all ca.gov domains, then go home for dinner

Techdirt.com | Feds Accidentally Turn Off California Gov't WebsitesEvery once...

October 02, 2007

The Atari 2600 turns 30

Wikipedia | Atari 2600The Atari 2600, released in October...

October 01, 2007

Bricked iPhone owners to sue

I thought Apple was the computing company not run by...

September 30, 2007

These are not animated .gif files

September 29, 2007

Unca Warren finds that Second Life is old enough to have a Route 66

I hadn't realized that Second Life had been around long...

September 26, 2007

Hackers unlock VOIP for iPhone

Truphone demos VoIP for iPhone - Engadget

Are you ready to have your brain go flying out of the back of your skull? If you said yes, be prepared to lose your mind... repeatedly. One of the Holy Grails / Seven Wonders of the iPhone World has been loosed upon the Earth today, namely: VoIP. According to a company called Truphone, they have unlocked the secret of IP telephony on the iPhone, and demonstrated said ability today at DEMOfall 07 in San Diego. Executing commands via the Terminal (i.e., on a phone which had been Jailbreak-ed), Truphone CEO James Tagg was able to call another mobile phone using only an IP connection -- all without breaking the SIM lock. According to the company, the software is still in beta, but they soon plan to have a version which will simplify activation, and allow seamless switching between WiFi and SIM use. Clearly, an exciting development for iPhone users, but a cringe-inducing situation for AT&T.

The 19 Fuck Yeah! moments of Bioshock

BioShock for Xbox 360 on Gamerhelp.com

I'll refrain from posting them here, as ever single one is of course a spoiler.

Warcraft's Armory Sig Generator

Sig Generator

This is the easiest sig generator yet, for World of Warcraft.

Spanish scientists create lab scanner from CD drive

DIY lab scanner made from standard CD drive - tech - 25 September 2007 - New Scientist Tech

Fixing two additional light sensors to a normal CD or DVD drive can transform it into a highly accurate scanner for chemical or medical tests, Spanish researchers have shown. The team has developed a modified CD drive that detected tiny quantities of pesticide in samples placed on top of an ordinary compact disk.

Biologists and chemists often detect and measure compounds of interest, such as disease pathogens in blood or pollutants in water, by triggering interactions between these compounds and known proteins and antibodies. These immunoassay tests produce further compounds that can then be measured accurately, typically using light.

However, the machines used for light detection are expensive, normally costing between 30,000 and 60,000 euros, says Angel Maquieira, of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.

Maquieira and colleagues found that an off-the-shelf CD drive can be modified to do the same job. While a laboratory machine has to precisely scan samples with light and record the results, a CD player uses similar precision to read the tiny pits that encode music or data on a disk.

Patriotic Nigras Propaganda

Doin' it for the lulz... The Patriotic Nigras are Griefing...

September 25, 2007

Gizmodo: Lego iPhone

Gizmodo | LEGO iPhone Already Pre-Bricked Out of the Box...