ALMA

Located on the Chajnantor plateau, ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is a radio telescope made up of 66 interconnected white dishes spread across the desert floor. An expensive and truly international project, it was built by science agencies from the US, Europe, East Asia and Chile to study the ‘cold universe’ – gas, dust, early stars and the remnants of the Big Bang.

A Path to the Milky Way [AnOther]
Atacama Large Millimeter Array [Wikipedia]

April 23, 2015  |  

Scientists Find Reliable Way to Teleport Data

Scientists Report Finding Reliable Way to Teleport Data [NYT]

In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.

[…]

They report that they have achieved perfectly accurate teleportation of quantum information over short distances. They are now seeking to repeat their experiment over the distance of more than a kilometer. If they are able to repeatedly show that entanglement works at this distance, it will be a definitive demonstration of the entanglement phenomenon and quantum mechanical theory.

However:

Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things…

The future will be awesome.

March 28, 2015  |  

How Motion Picture Film Is Made

Film Is Not Dead [GearPatrol]

Rochester, NY based Kodak is the only company producing physical motion picture film today:

For example, Kodak manufactured 11.4 billion linear feet of print film for movies in 2007, compared to about 417 million linear feet in 2014. Although their demand will never again reach those 11-digit numbers, Kodak will continue to produce motion picture film, unlike Fujifilm, which bowed out last year. Last month, Andrew Evenski, President of Motion Picture and Commercial Films at Kodak, helped finalize new film supply agreements with all six major Hollywood studios. When asked about the length of the deals, Evenski couldn’t specify, but pointed out Kodak will make film for the artists who want it for many years to come.

Here goes the analog vs. digital argument:

For some filmmakers, the “look” is still something worth shooting for even though digital cameras is close in quality. […] While digital cameras and their pixels render a scene sharp and realistic, film and its random dye clouds smooth out lines and colors. The experts used words like “tactile” and “organic” to describe what stands out to them in film. Those qualities could result from grain, different layers of the film stock, or just the knowledge that this was a physical object.

March 21, 2015  |  

Email Is Here To Stay

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet [Atlantic]

Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices.

Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled “web we lost.” It’s an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.

Email: still the best thing on the internet, indeed.

August 16, 2014  |  



Kill The Password

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore [Wired]

The age of the password has come to an end; we just haven’t realized it yet. And no one has figured out what will take its place. What we can say for sure is this: Access to our data can no longer hinge on secrets—a string of characters, 10 strings of characters, the answers to 50 questions—that only we’re supposed to know. The Internet doesn’t do secrets. Everyone is a few clicks away from knowing everything.

I couldn’t agree more. I hate passwords. Die, die already.

November 17, 2012  |  

“Having a large number of users and the inability to monetize them is a non-existent problem.”

What consumer Internet companies had a large number of users but failed to monetize? [Quora]

Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, Blogger, etc.:

Having a large number of users and the inability to monetize them is a non-existent problem. People talk about it all the time, but it doesn’t really happen—at least it doesn’t happen in today’s world. I’m not even sure it ever did. Sure, there were Internet companies that went out of business because they were losing too much money, but I think usually they didn’t *really* have a lot of users (just a lot of hype) or they had out of control costs.

That’s a rather bold and quite surprising statement coming out from Evan. Hopefully he gave it proper thought.

[h/t @daveg]

May 31, 2012  |  

Facebook: The Most Cynical Tech Giant Ever?

Facebook, the most cynical tech giant ever [Reuters]

Kevin Kelleher on Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the company’s disastrous IPO:

There has never been a tech company that built so much fortune from the exploitation of ordinary people while giving so little in return.

Yes, Microsoft was vilified – and rightly so – for crushing competitors and forcing customers into an inferior operating-system software, but its iron-fisted dominance helped shape an immature and inchoate computer-software industry into a single standard that made PCs everyday devices in offices and homes. Microsoft’s brutal strong-arm tactics were directed at rivals. Its sin against its customers was that its software, for decades, just wasn’t that good.

Facebook, by contrast, built the best social network of its time, so good it left rivals like MySpace in the dust. And that should have been enough to make Facebook a Silicon Valley success story. Once it came time to make money, Facebook exploited its users’ personal data to a degree that no company had ever achieved before.

Ouch.

May 29, 2012  |