A Los Angeles TV station bootlegs coverage of an A-bomb test from the roof of a Las Vegas hotel.
Mobile phones are powerful enough to do just about anything, including conquering alien worlds. Here’s how to find the best games, play against friends and optimize your handset for maximum fragging.
Take a look at seven amazing videos of nuclear (and thermonuclear) bomb tests and their aftermath, plus a sobering look at Hiroshima one year after.
Today’s football players have an edge: Videogames, especially the ubiquitous Madden NFL, affect real players’ moves in real games. Football is rife with something you might call Maddenball, a sophisticated, high-scoring, pass-happy, youth-driven phenomenon.
angry tapir writes “About 15 Indian authors and publishers, and two Indian organizations, have submitted their objections to Google’s plan to scan and sell books online. Google’s proposed settlement of a US lawsuit turns copyright law on its head, according to Siddharth Arya, legal counsel for the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation, which licenses reproduction rights to books and other publications.”
Ninjakicks writes “IM Flash Technologies is a joint venture between Intel and Micron that is targeted for producing NAND flash memory. With a focus on R&D, IMFT has doubled NAND density approximately every 18 months. Tomorrow IMFT will announce the launch of their 25 nanometer NAND technology — a major advancement in the semiconductor industry. Intel and Micron can now lay claim to the smallest production ready-semiconductor process technology in the world. IMFT took members of the press on a tour of the new 25nm fab and it’s an interesting view into this bleeding-edge manufacturing process.”
Paul server guy writes “I work at a privately funded, open source, manned, return to the moon mission — Yes really, and Yes, we really are going to put man (and woman) back on the moon. Since we are open source, we want all of our tools to be, too. What we are looking for is CAD software that we can feed into Blender (or the like) to do 3D modeling with. Many of the engineers have tried working with Blender and Art of Illusion, but have not been pleased. They want to just draw the parts, then feed them to the art people who will run them through the 3D modelers for videos, illustrations and such. What is your preference?”
theodp writes “BusinessWeek reports that the cyber attack on Google was the elephant-in-the-room at the annual meeting of world leaders in Davos. ‘China didn’t want to discuss Google,’ Josef Ackermann, CEO of Deutsche Bank AG and a co-chair of this year’s World Economic Forum, said in an interview. China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang made that clear, he added. Even Google CEO Eric Schmidt didn’t bring up China, and Bill Gates was mum on the topic in an interview. The reluctance of companies to talk about China illustrates the pressure on them to protect their business in the country, while the U.S. government doesn’t want to upset Chinese investors, said Andy Mok of Red Pagoda Concepts LLC. ‘People have their commercial interests,’ explained Deutsche Bank’s Ackermann.”
Gulthek writes “Sixteen-year-old Alexander Kendrick has created a device that allows texting and other data transfer from almost 1000 feet underground. The tech could allow rapid emergency communication with the surface and opens the potential for scientific measurements without the need to continually visit (and disturb) the cave environment.” There’s some kvetching in the NPR story’s comments that it’s not the first use of cave radios, but that seems to miss the point.
cyclocommuter writes with an excerpt from a brief WSJ story on increasing electronic control of car components: “The gas pedal system used Toyota Motor Co.’s recall crisis was born from a movement in the auto industry to rely more on electronics to carry out a vehicle’s most critical functions. The intricacy of such systems, which replace hoses and hydraulic fluid with computer chips and electrical sensors, has been a focus as Toyota struggled to find the cause for sudden acceleration of vehicles that led the company to halt sales of eight models this week.”