BBC aired a report last week, in reference to the UN's Security Council, and the screens behind presenter Sophie Raworth showed a large graphic. This graphic was the UNSC icon, but had nothing to do with the Security Council, because it was the badge of the United Nations Space Command, the military agency featured in Halo.
You can see, a quick Google image search would be mistaken for Halo's UNSC. UNSC can mean United Nations Security Council, or alternatively in the Halo world, the United Nations Space Command. Viewers spotted the error quickly, and the icon was replaced in later editions of the bulletin.
A spokesperson said:
BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast. However, very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week's News at Once bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake.
Master Chief would be proud.
Bit of a random post this morning, with rumors of Facebook entering China finally, and in the spirit of China, Mark Zuckerberg with wife in tow, have made a surprise appearance in a documentary about China's Police force, which aired on broadcast channel CCTV.
The video shows Zuckerberg and his wife as bystanders for just a second (at 0:29) and is ironic considering Facebook is blocked in China. The couple visited the country in March, which is probably when this clip was filmed.
Personally, I don't think it's an 'appearance', or 'features' Zuckerberg, but it almost looks like they accidentally caught him on camera. He seems like he's in mid-power walk mode, or he just has a very energetic walk. It doesn't seem pre-scripted, or as though he's on a set, or aware he's being recorded.
President Obama has used technology to his advantage. Technology most likely won him the election in 2008 as he was able to reach out to the young, hip crowd through this new medium. His opponents, apparently, aren't as far behind as everyone thought as Romney's campaign has bought targeted ads to counter Obama's Barnard Collage commencement address.
People who search Google for "barnard commencement" will end up seeing an ad like above if they live in the New York City. The ad links to Romney's website and is entitled "Obama's Wasteful Spending." The ads are targeted to the zip code where the college is located. This zip code happens to be 10027.
The 2012 presidential campaign has seen targeted advertising before, so this is just another example. Previous advertisements have been as narrowly focused as this in that they focused on a single zip code. While I'm not sure just how many people are going to see it, it seems like it could be a good way to take a bit of press away from Obama and the event.
In a move quite contrary to current trends, Counting Crows has released an album using the BitTorrent protocol to spread the music for free. Both the band and label have approved this new move, which comes in advance of a new concert tour the band is about to embark on. "I don't know why everybody's not doing it," said Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz.
Torrents allow musicians to get more exposure. Sure they don't sell as many albums, at least not right away, but they get more exposure and people talking about them. This conversation, in turn, yields higher ticket sales to concerts and events. Once a band starts selling out where they are playing, they often get to move to a bigger arena or charge more for tickets. Either way, they make more money.
Of course, it is important to note that P2P BitTorrent traffic is usually illegal as it consists of copyrighted files. As such TweakTown does not condone or encourage this. However, in this instance, it is legal to download Counting Crows' release as they have released it to be free to share. Duritz said: "We're trying to create a business model for a business that hasn't existed yet: Independent bands doing well. For a new band, I highly recommend giving away the whole record."
While this isn't the best-flavored news, it's something worth covering. Have you ever asked yourself, if you were to pee all over your MacBook, would Apple's AppleCare warranty cover it? Could one even pay Apple to service the machines once they had been marked as your territory?
No. Definitely not. Apple sees peed-on MacBooks as a biohazard. Well, it has happened. An 11-year-old has unleashed the power of his bladder upon a Pennsylvanian school's cart full of MacBooks worth over $36,000. PennLive reports:
An 11-year-old boy urinated on several MacBook computers on a cart in the Upper Allen Elementary School Wednesday, damaging them beyond repair, according to Upper Allen Twp. police.
The loss came to more than $36,000, police said.
Police charged the boy with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief and are turning him over to the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Department.
The reason it's considered a full loss, is because they can't just be wiped down and turned on. AppleCare won't touch them because they deem them a biohazard. Animal or human, the pee is considered pee and pee is considered a biohazard.
This has got to be the coolest clock that has ever been designed. I've seen pictures of this clock floating around the internet for a while now, but was always unable to figure out the name of it or who makes it. I have finally completed this quest, and now present to you the Qlocktwo. This is handmade by Biegert & Funk in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.
A description of the clock by the manufacturer:
QLOCKTWO® makes you stop and look at time in a different way. The typographical display combines the moment with the written word and turns it into a statement. "It is half past nine."
The reduced square shape is restricted to the essentials and time is displayed by means of a square grid of letters. These characters light up in pure white to form words which describe the time. The 45 x 45 cm clock, made of wood with multiple coats of paint, can be used as a wall clock or as a free-standing object.
The front panel of the QLOCKTWO® is fixed by magnets. In this way it can be changed without visible means of attachment. Brushed stainless steel or polished synthetic glass in seven colours are available.
It's slightly more money that I would like to spend. The original Qlocktwo costs $1,100 and is 17"x17". The Qlocktwo Touch costs only $599 and is 13"x13". I imagine that one of these could be made at home using an Arduino and it is a project that I am tempted to uptake. If you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, this is it.
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist has posted a video discussing the collapse of Moore's Law in around 10 or so years. It has been predicted before, with physicists predicting the end of Moore's Law for quite a while now, but Kaku's reasoning and the slowing down of processing power that we are seeing today definitely lends credibility to his claims.
If you're unaware of Moore's Law, it pertains to computer hardware, stating that the number of transistors that can be placed onto a integrated circuit board can be doubled roughly every two years. There's always been an 18-month time frame for this, where we see a leap of the previous-generation of technology. This modified cycle can be credited to Intel executive, David House, not Moore.
Kaku has predicted that in around 10 years, silicon power will be exhausted. Intel has already admitted Moore's Law is slowing down using silicon, one of the reasons behind us seeing Tri-Gate transistors used in Ivy Bridge CPUs, an effort to try and extend the effective life of silicon. Kaku attributes the problem as two-fold: heat and leakage. Intel processors of today have a layer that is almost down to 20 atoms across. Quite small.
Today has been a 'Friday Feel Good Day.' As reported earlier, TigerDirect teamed up with a Corsair and EVGA to make that computer that is being auctioned off on eBay. It's not the only charity build that's currently going on. Custom Case Modder Will Lyon has built a cool "Arctic Cat" themed case that he is now selling raffle tickets for. The proceeds from the raffle ticket sales go to support Huntington's Disease.
As originally posted by Will Lyon:
Help support a great cause and get a chance to win this custom rig built buy me. This rig includes lots of time and parts graciously donated by many great people and great companies! Huntington's Disease is a (currently) incurable and debilitating genetic disorder. You can help the HDSA to further their research and try to find a treatment or cure for this horrible disease. I personally am also giving away myr Arctic Cat computer to one lucky person who donates! All donations received will go go to the Huntington's Disease Society of America. The funds will enable the HDSA to continue their ongoing efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for Huntington's Disease. Just like with any other disease-related research they need all the help they can get! Me wife's best friend's mother died from Huntington's....[/quote]
It's nice when companies do things that benefit the community at large. This time it is TigerDirect's turn to do something for the greater good. They have partnered with Corsair Memory and EVGA to build a killer gaming PC which is currently being auctioned off at eBay. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the MS Society to continue driving the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.
It's for a good cause, and it's a pretty amazing computer. I highly encourage you to take a look at it and throw in a bid. The auction is available here.
Those damn college kids are always doing some prank or another, and this time they have done something really cool that isn't destructive! The kids over at MIT, one of the leading technology colleges in the United States, have turned an entire building's windows into a playable Tetris game with different colors and difficulty levels!
Was this some mischievousness plan to take over the college or just some work of public art? The building in question is the Earth and Planetary Science departments' building. It has long been the target of many of MIT students' pranks. The grid layout of the windows made this building the best choice for this particular prank.
The video is pretty awesome. As a fan of Tetris, I'm tempted to see about doing this at my house. Better yet, if I ever get a big corporation in NY, I'm going to specifically design the side of the building as a giant Tetris game. Then everyone will want to come work for me! What are your thoughts? Good prank or no?
Yet another assault on users' privacy has occurred today. Navizon I.T.S. (Indoor Triangulation System) is a system similar to what Google is using for indoor navigation at large venues. It, however, locates you for the owners of the establishment, rather than you locating yourself for directions.
Aimed at retail stores, shopping malls, museums, office buildings, and similar spots, the technology can be used for a couple of different purposes. One way is to use it as a security and surveillance system, as it could track approved Wi-Fi devices in a secure area or locate wireless devices on a campus.
Another way that it can be used is to study traffic patterns in certain areas or just generally see how many smartphone users there are at a given trade show. These ways are a bit less intrusive than using it for security, but it still raises concerns. Think about all of the pressure Apple and Google have gotten over WiFi geolocation.
Luckily, the system can't identify who you are. Rather, it can only get the signature of your device. It could, however, keep track of that signature and use it to track you every time you come back and then start to look for patterns. This is just one more way that smartphone users can be tracked, and many of these ways are without our knowledge.
NBC has announced that all sports in the London 2012 Summer Olympics will be streamed live on the Internet, to go alongside the prime-time broadcast. NBC has laid down plans to stream all 32 sports live on nbcolympics.com when the London 2012 Summer Olympics start this July.
Vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media, Rick Cordella, has said that the idea to stream on the Internet came from popular demand. Strange that in these Internet-connected days, and a multi-billion company that streams other shows on the Internet, that they had to wait for "popular demand" and it wasn't part of their normal scheduling. Just goes to show how far behind these companies are. Cordella says:
The hot topic is always, 'Why don't you show all your sports live?' We wanted to take care of that.
While all 32 sports will stream live on nbcolympics.com, the major events will not be archived until after the prime-time television broadcast. Major events like swimming, diving, track and field, beach volleyball and gymnastics are important to NBC's prime-time coverage, so the live streaming versions of these big events won't be archived until after the TV broadcast. All other events will be archived immediately.
Whatever is on schedule that day, if cameras are on it, we'll stream it.
The state of internet piracy, I'm sure, is at unprecedented levels. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a single household in the United States that hasn't done some sort of copyright infringement or straight illegal music downloading. Nicki Minaj has had enough after tracks from her upcoming, unreleased album ended up online.
So she took the protest to her fans via Twitter, or rather, the lack of her having a Twitter anymore. In silent protest, she closed her Twitter account on Sunday. "Like seriously, it's but so much a person can take," Minaj wrote Sunday on Twitter just prior to closing down her account. She told fans, "Good f---ing bye," according to multiple reports.
This whole tirade came after Minaj accused the fan site NickiDaily.com of posting some of the tracks from her upcoming album online. More and more artists are speaking out against web piracy. In her defense, studies have shown that rap music is among the most pirated genres. However, it could just be a marketing ploy since leaking copyrighted material before it reaches market is a criminal offense.
Announced today, Amazon is now accepting used audio CDs through its trade-in program. In exchange for your used and unwanted CDs you will receive Amazon Gift Cards. Amazon's current program allows old electronic gadgets, textbooks, DVDs, and games to be turned in for gift cards. The program covers shipping costs.
The CDs are expected to be added to the program today, but it's not yet available on the Amazon website. Because of this, I am unable to say just how much money you will get for your CDs, but I can't expect it will be much. I would hope it's at least enough to get digital copies of half the tracks from the CD you sent in. More as it becomes available.
The Saturn V rocket is, in my opinion, the most beautiful space craft ever built. Oh, it's also the most powerful man-made vehicle ever built. On it's launch for the Apollo 11 mission, several of the engines fell into the Atlantic ocean and now the CEO of Amazon wants to recover them.
It's not clear how Mr. Bezos knows that these are indeed the engines from the Apollo 11 space mission, but any sort of artifact recovery is certainly very cool. "We don't know yet what condition these engines might be in," he wrote. "They hit the ocean at high velocity and have been in salt water for more than 40 years. On the other hand, they're made of tough stuff, so we'll see."
The objects are property of NASA, and NASA has not yet been contacted regarding this. "There has always been great interest in artifacts from the early days of space exploration and his announcement only adds to the enthusiasm of those interested in NASA's history," NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said in a statement.
The bottom of the ocean is littered with engines and other parts of space craft that fall off after lift off. So, while they may not be from the Saturn V Apollo 11 mission, they most likely are from space mission.
Tourism from the seat of your own home seems to be the way of the future. From Pinterest posters posting beautiful pictures of places they would like to travel, to Google taking Street View to the Amazon rain forest. Well now, you can use Google Street View to take a ride on the famous UNESCO World Heritage Albula/Bernina railway line.
The imagery is available directly in Google Maps like all Street View data is, but it is also available in its only gallery located here. The image collection process for this latest edition started last year just like the Amazon project. You can see a video about how they did it below. You can also visit the newly updated Street View Gallery.
Lenny B. Robinson, or, Batman, was pulled over by police just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, because his Batmobile did not have any proper license plate. The Batmobile in question is a sexy looking black Lamborghini.
Robinson, or Batman, was on his way to a children's hospital to bring some happiness, before the police pulled him over. Robinson had nothing but a tag with the Batman logo on it, and of course, is not legal enough to ensure police don't notice it and pull you over. Batman had the real plates in his car, which ensured he escaped the ticket. One of the officers on the scene said:
The car was registered, and the man explained that he goes to hospitals and does work with kids (while in costume).
WHY SO SERIOUS, police officers?
A very lucky Chinese woman has just won Apple's contest to be the downloader of the 25th billionth (!!!) app from the App Store. The lucky woman, Fu Chunli from Qingdao won the contest by downloading the free version of Disney's 'Where's My Water?'. In return, Apple rewarded her with an iTunes gift card worth $10,000 USD.
Apple also invited Fu to the Beijing store to collect her prize. Once she arrived, she was met by journalists and photographers, and was given a tour of the store as well as a demonstration of Apple products by the staff. Fu wasn't very familiar with most Apple products, as she only purchased herself an iPhone just a month before winning the $10k prize.
Fu was still learning the basics of the App Store, and was completely unaware of the competition until she was contacted by Apple, at first, she thought it was a hoax, until it began to sink in. The Chinese media have dubbed Fu the "Apple Girl" from China, as she is the first Chinese resident to have won an Apple contest.
It was only a few days ago now that I posted that I expected a sizeable earthquake to happen on March 22, and within 48 hours of this date, a 7.9-magnitude (downgraded to 7.4) an earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico. Right now you're thinking, well, that's weird... but that's not even the interesting part.
The interesting part is that the government of the state of Chiapas, had actually prepared for a massive drill of a 7.9-magnitude earthquake, for 12:00 of that day. Just 180 seconds later, an actual, real, 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit. Luckily, as far as reports go now, there have been no casualties, but what is that for a coincidence? Could we even call it a coincidence? The government of the state of Chiapas, had massively prepared for this drill, which was reportedly a reason to test the response capability of the State System of Civil Protection and General Population in the even of a large-scale disturbing phenomenon.
Then we have the El Heraldo, which reported the following on March 2nd, 2012:
As part of preparations for the next megasimulacro March 20, state authorities of Civil Protection (CP) performed exercise tests before a cabinet to simulate the response to a contingency situation, an earthquake measuring 7.9 degrees on the scale Richter.
WikiLeaks have just announced that its founder, and leader, Julian Assange, will be running for a seat in the Australian Senate, reports the ABC. At the moment, Assange is in England head of a possible extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.
Assange is currently on bail waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition. Although Assange is going through all of this legal drama, WikiLeaks has announced that Assange is eligible to run for the Upper House. WikiLeaks said on Twitter:
We have discovered that it is possible for Julian Assange to run for the Australian Senate while detained.
Julian has decided to run.
The name of the Lalor candidate and the state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time.
I'll vote for you, Julian.
Einstein, one of the foremost thinkers of his time, is having his birthday celebrated in a unique, and almost ironic way. Similar to how most people these days have a FaceBook, Einstein is having in excess of 80,000 of his documents posted online. These documents range from his public life, to his personal life, to his school life, and detail a very curious man who was concerned with the human condition.
The newly updated and expanded site contains more than 80,000 documents. This includes more than 40,000 documents contained in Albert Einstein's personal papers and over 30,000 additional Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered since the 1980s. As a person who idolizes the late, great physicist, I know for a fact that I will be perusing the online collection. The collection now includes manuscripts with the one of the most famous and iconic equations ever written: e=mc^2
If you would like to take a look at the documents, you can find them online here. Images of documents in the archive and related notes can be obtained by contacting the Hebrew University's Media Relations Department at email@example.com. Photos must be credited to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.