Category: technology

Questions people should ask about the Model S, but don’t

Everyone asks questions about the Model S. No one asks these. They should. How much does it cost to wire a high power wall charger? Depends on how far your car is from the main electrical feed. If both are near each other, a few hundred dollars. If your car is >200ft from the electrical …

Continue reading

Just the FAQs

Tesla Motors has a FAQ page. It’s for potential buyers. Real people on the street have their own FAQs. Here are some of them. How much gas does it use? Uh, zippo. How far can you go? EPA claimed maximum is 268m. At 80% “standard” charge, 240m. You use about 20m for air conditioning and driving faster …

Continue reading

Rollin’ with the Model S

A little more than 2 months with the Tesla Model S, and I am loving this car more and more every day. It’s not as plush as a Mercedes. Hasn’t got quite the raw sex appeal of a 911 or the stunning looks of an Aston Martin. Not as, well, garish as the Fisker Karma. …

Continue reading

Tesla and the long-distance drive

I have just completed a 400m round trip from Palm Beach to Orlando and back in my two-month-old Tesla Model S sedan. Let me say right off that, with each passing day of driving, I enjoy this car more and more. It is a balanced, smooth, powerful joy to drive, and the new software update …

Continue reading

The ultimate digital camera. Buy more disks.

    The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will survey the entire visible sky every week, creating an unprecedented public archive of data – about 6 million gigabytes per year, the equivalent of shooting roughly 800,000 images with a regular eight-megapixel digital camera every night, but of much higher quality and scientific value.     …

Continue reading

Fun with webfonts.

At last, real typography for the web… kern.js | fun with webfonts

When you can’t find your way home…

Try a pair of GPS shoes. Dominic Wilcox GPS Shoes

The patent mess: why and how

Everyone who even occasionally reads about the endless rounds of high-dollar patent litigation (think Apple vs. Samsung) or the abuse of purchased patents by shell companies with no business other than to carpet-bomb an industry with patent claims (“trolling”) knows that the patent system has seriously broken over the last 30 years. Processes and methods …

Continue reading

The farthest ever view of the universe

Just in case you still have it in your head that we are alone in the universe… Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest Ever View of the Universe

The tipping point for orbital debris

One question this poses: are future launches of manned and unmanned missions at greater risk just because they must transit through the accumulating debris field? Could we be trapping ourselves on the planet by surrounding ourselves with broken glass? We’ve Already Passed the Tipping Point for Orbital Debris

IFTTT

Do you need to get a call when someone tweets? Or have your house email you when it detects someone inside? Then you need duct tape for the Internet: About IFTTT.

Curiousity leaves Morse code in its tracks

Curiosity talks to itself as it drives around the surface of Mars by leaving Morse code for “JPL” imprinted in its tracks to help refine its navigation.  NASA – Rover Leaves Tracks in Morse Code

Strong passwords that aren’t passwords

Creating usable passwords that resist cracking and yet are memorable is becoming an increasing burden, given how many sites, devices, and messaging systems we all now use. The trick is not to use a password, but a passphrase, and to encode it with symbols, not merely numbers and letters. It’s longer to type but by …

Continue reading

Arduino: control your world

I’ve been waiting for device control as the next big wave of home computing: tie the brains of the ubiquitous computer to the electrical and electronic tools that surround us, such as HVAC systems, telephone systems, lighting, etc. But to my surprise there’s been little of this to emerge, other than limited systems like X10. …

Continue reading

Kitchen tricks

Love it. Squeeze pancake batter from a ketchup bottle, decant wine in a blender, and peel garlic by just smashing it. Elegant? No. Right to the point? You bet. via Top 10 Crazy Kitchen Tricks That Speed Up Your Cooking

Scientists create quantum computer in a diamond

“The team at USC was able to prove that they had indeed built a solid-state quantum computer by supplying it with a simple data set, and applying Grover’s algorithm, which is a mathematical proof demonstrating the potential power of quantum computers…. …This diamond-encrusted computer was able to find the correct choice on the first try …

Continue reading

The $30 billion Social Security hack

I, Cringely

SScardSometime last year computers at the U.S. Social Security Administration were hacked and the identities of millions of Americans were compromised. What, you didn’t hear about that?  Nobody did. The extent of damage is only just now coming to light in the form of millions of false 2011 income tax returns filed in the names […]

27 of history’s strangest inventions

…here come some of history’s most weird and wonderful inventions, from wooden swimwear to spectacles for reading in bed… via 27 of History’s Strangest Inventions | Brain Pickings

The Titanic in high def

Great article from the Mail on new high definition photos of the Titanic wreckage taken by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The Stuxnet worm: beginnings of the new warfare

Stuxnet is almost certainly part of a new generation of state-created cyber-weapons. It is too sophisticated to be the work of hackers, too specific to a one type of industrial equipment to have been crafted by profit-seeking criminals. And it updates itself periodically. Wired has a great article about how it was discovered and tracked …

Continue reading