Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.

-Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law

The Canada Foundation for Innovation created this infographic that touches on the powerful future applications of quantum mechanics. Click here to see it in full size at Visual.ly.

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Smart-dust: Hitachi Develops World’s Smallest RFID Chip

"Nicknamed "Powder" or "Dust", the surface area of the new chips is a quarter of the original 0.3 x 0.3 mm, 60µm-thick chip developed by Hitachi in 2003. This RFID chip is only one-eighth the width of the previous model. Hitachi expects this tiny size will open the way to new applications for wireless RFID chips. The RFID "powder" can be incorporated into thin paper, such as currency, creating so-called "bugged" money. The RFID Locator can identify special RFID tags from a distance of up to 183 meters (600 feet), and the RFID chips have GPS capabilities. "By taking advantage of the merits of compactness, high authenticity and wireless communication, and combining it with Internet technology, the µ-Chip may be utilized in a broad range of applications such as security, transportation, amusement, traceability and logistics."

When will this corrupt government start requiring every person to have one of these implanted?

Has the gov already been spraying these on us…?

They are always at least thirty years ahead of what they will admit.


Smartphones vs DSLRs vs film | DP Review Connect

Just how far have we come since film? Where would a modern smartphone camera fit into the evolution of digital SLRs? Would it be like DSLRs of five years ago? Ten? Or not on the same page at all?

Speaking of connected cameras — DP Review pits the iPhone 5s and the Nokia Lumia 1020 against an old film camera, various older DSLRs and a current top of the line full frame digital DSLR. Very interesting. The quality and handling of your gear definitely set some boundaries on what you can accomplish, but more often it’s about the photographer, not the camera.

Nikon FM2 photo: flickr user Chandler Chou 






The NSA Has Access To Your iPhone (Including Cam & Mic)

As with most good stories, revelations of the NSA spy program will almost certainly keep getting worse before anything gets better.

Yesterday we reported on claims—based on leaked NSA documents—that the spy agency was rerouting laptops ordered online to install spyware and malicious hardware on the machines.

Laptops are just one device the agency is targeting, however.

The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel. 

An NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera.

From the NSA document in question:

DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.

According to leaked documents, the NSA claims a 100 percent success rate when it comes to implanting iOS devices with spyware. The documents suggest that the NSA needs physical access to a device to install the spyware—something the agency has achieved by rerouting shipments of devices purchased online—but a remote version of the exploit is also in the works.

Of course, Apple is hardly the only smartphone maker targeted by the NSA. According to Der Spiegel, Android and even Blackberry have been cracked by the agency, though perhaps not so thoroughly.

Taken as a whole, each of these revelations and reports paint a grim portrait of government overreach.

Here’s a video of Applebaum’s speech.

Check out my NSA tag for the latest updates on the Mass Surveillance Revelations.

This is really starting to scare me and piss me off…


"In coming years, the approach will make possible a new generation of artificial intelligence systems that will perform some functions that humans do with ease: see, speak, listen, navigate, manipulate and control. That can hold enormous consequences for tasks like facial and speech recognition, navigation and planning, which are still in elementary stages and rely heavily on human programming. Designers say the computing style can clear the way for robots that can safely walk and drive in the physical world, though a thinking or conscious computer, a staple of science fiction, is still far off on the digital horizon. “We’re moving from engineering computing systems to something that has many of the characteristics of biological computing,” said Larry Smarr, an astrophysicist who directs the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, one of many research centers devoted to developing these new kinds of computer circuits."


Most of us think we can easily tell the difference between a photo taken with a digital camera and one with film, right?

Joey Shanks created a series of stop frame animations for PBS Studios that show the difference is more subtle than you think.

Film vs Digital - Can You Tell the Difference?

via Laughing Squid 


Making the Brit MakeShop: 3D printing, laser cutting, and more. 


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Character is something that obama knows nothing about, except EVIL character.


Character is something that obama knows nothing about, except EVIL character.

(Source: nerdlikejazzy)


Option 2: How to right click to copy/get a Permalink

  1. In your Dashboard, click on the Posts option in the menu on the upper right.
  2. For the post you want, click on “the box w/ the arrow pointing out” icon In the lower right hand corner of your post. It should be the one in the middle.
  3. On the drop down menu, right click on Permalink.
  4. In the menu that pops up, click on the Copy link address or toher similar option. (Note: This is the option in Chrome. Other browsers call it something a little different.) 


This was one of our Top 5 charts of 2013. See the others here!


Google’s SCHAFT Takes Home Gold in DARPA Robot Olympics

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013 completed this weekend in Florida with 16 teams all vying for the top prize of $2 million dollars. 

According to DARPA, “The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones”.

All 16 robots were required to complete eight tasks as part of the challenge:

  • Task 1: Drive a Vehicle
  • Task 2: Walk on a mixed Terrain
  • Task 3: Climb a ladder
  • Task 4: Remove Debris
  • Task 5: Open and walk through doors
  • Task 6: Cut through a Wall
  • Task 7: Open a series of Valves
  • Task 8: Connect a Hose

Gizmodo reports that “with 27 out of a possible 32 points in eight challenges, SCHAFT pulled out a decisive victory”. 

SCHAFT is a 4ft 11 two-legged robot that was developed by a spin-off from the University of Tokyo’s Jouhou System Kougaku lab, which Google recently revealed it had acquired.