Web siteGeeks are awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxjVlaLBmk
      – Melchior, 2009-09-27 at 21:28:04   (45 comments)

On 2009-09-28 at 20:10:47, BorgClown wrote...
I've seen the robot in question before, but this video makes it even more amazing. For it, the world is in perpetual bullet time. Now that's intelligent design!
On 2009-09-28 at 20:27:36, Baslisks wrote...
Think about getting a processor upgrade.... the world would change.
On 2009-09-28 at 21:35:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
4K demo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YWMGuh15nE
On 2009-09-29 at 02:17:04, BorgClown wrote...
OK, had to add this one too. An awesome FPS in just 96KB. That's only about 6 pages of DNr. http://www.theprodukkt.com/kkrieger Don't be fooled by it's size, this game is a resource hog.
On 2009-09-29 at 23:01:15, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This heavily optimised source code is amusing, but the actual game is amazing once it's compiled. http://www0.us.ioccc.org/2001/williams.c cc -lX11 williams.c -o WILLIAMS && ./WILLIAMS http://www0.us.ioccc.org/2001/williams.hint http://www0.us.ioccc.org/2001/Makefile
On 2009-09-30 at 02:58:55, BorgClown wrote...
OK, the source code is less than 4Kb, and the Linux binary is about 14Kb. The game is very simple by itself, but the concept is awesome. And the radiation symbol doesn't hurt either =)
On 2009-09-30 at 11:58:19, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: <tt>strip</tt> it ‒ then it's only 9.5 K.
On 2009-10-01 at 03:19:29, BorgClown wrote...
I like my binaries dressed, thank you.
On 2009-10-01 at 03:21:15, BorgClown wrote...
I just can't stand watching them wandering cold and naked in those dark, godforsaken disk sectors.
On 2009-10-04 at 12:22:37, Thelevellers wrote...
My understanding of this topic went 100% to about 5%... Oh dear, typoe for my geekness to be updated I think... :S If I had more free time I'd return to Fedora for a start... Hey ho... :S
On 2009-10-04 at 17:09:24, BorgClown wrote...
Man, geeks have other areas of interest beside IT. When my sister jokes with their medical friends, I'm frequently in the dark too. And asking for someone to explain the jokes would kill the mood.
On 2009-10-04 at 17:11:49, BorgClown wrote...
Chemistry jokes also leave in the dark. Geek jokes should be considerate for the non-initiated and always be explained, like these ones: http://www.jupiterscientific.org/sciinfo/jokes/chemistryjokes.html
On 2009-10-04 at 17:13:18, BorgClown wrote...
Ah, messed the link: http://www.jupiterscientific.org/sciinfo/sciencejokes.html
On 2009-10-09 at 04:03:42, Bensci wrote...
This....is....EPIC!!!!!
On 2009-11-04 at 12:20:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://grathio.com/2009/11/secret-knock-detecting-door-lock.html
On 2009-11-16 at 18:17:50, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWVLzVhnYE0
On 2009-11-16 at 23:04:00, Melchior wrote...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hil1F2T19GY Not sure if it's awesome, or a bit sad.
On 2009-11-17 at 04:21:03, BorgClown wrote...
@Melchior: It's geeky enough to work for me
On 2009-11-28 at 20:31:46, BorgClown wrote...
A common webcam infers the 3D structure of an object. Just watch the video for instant awesomeness. http://scitedaily.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/building-3d-models-on-the-fly-using-a-webcam/
On 2009-11-29 at 10:08:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I've seen something similar perhaps a year ago but cannot find the video for it. There are 2 other videos in my bookmarks of almost equal interest though. http://www.vimeo.com/1513129?pg=embed&sec=1513129 http://www.istartedsomething.com/20080814/uni-washington-microsoft-research-yet-another-mindblowing-3d-photo-viewer/
On 2009-11-29 at 13:16:08, BorgClown wrote...
Damn, I went to school when video processing was an area considered as hard as AI, things have changed a lot.
On 2009-12-01 at 11:40:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://phoneboxexperiment.com/ This guy speaks English, Spanish and German - and he's from Monterrey, Mexico. http://phoneboxexperiment.com/hello
On 2009-12-01 at 22:06:26, BorgClown wrote...
Somehow it lacks awesomeness. Where's the tech?
On 2009-12-01 at 23:53:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: It's what you make of it. I actually spoke with the guy for 10 minutes (for 20p) and recorded a video of it. I chatted with him about the set-up a little, but the technology is getting a web cam broadcasting to the Internet from the middle of nowhere. I plan to call him again with a new set of questions. I think his 'phone will get a lot busier as he's spreading via StumbleUpon, Digg, etc. The technology is also on your end - you kinda need an Internet 'phone to afford to talk to him, but then he's talked to 30 countries in one day which is cool. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/nov/30/digital-media-skype-viral-streaming-campaign
On 2009-12-02 at 01:46:36, BorgClown wrote...
Oh geez, I didn't even think about how I was seeing the video, for me it was just a guy on the phone. It's funny that streaming video can be taken for granted these days.
On 2009-12-02 at 01:53:19, BorgClown wrote...
OTOH, reading the link you just posted, it's a viral campaign from Skype, Rob had to be selected for being a fluent polyglot and a good converser, not for geekiness. Man, as he's getting popular, I'm sure him being a sportsman will help him endure the full 10 days. Even if he doesn't answer, it would be hard to sleep knowing he promised to answer most calls.
On 2009-12-02 at 09:05:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, I've been trying to figure out how much of it is fake. The geeks are behind the technology of course, not the guy on the 'phone, along with the viral concept. But maybe that booth is actually planted there and not really a landline at all. Maybe there's a base camp just out of site that he goes to to sleep at (the camera goes dark at night). It's not as fake as lonelygirl15, but at least he's not as bad as the end-of-the-world Mojave guy on the link I posted... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_YouTube_celebrities @BorgClown: Are you able to speak to Rob?
On 2009-12-02 at 21:16:36, BorgClown wrote...
I watched the phone ringing in the darkness, and that was enough. I don't feel like ringing him, what would I say? I'm not talkative, specially on the phone.
On 2009-12-02 at 23:52:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: Oh, I made a list of questions/topics first and then started picking them at random - it's much easier that way, and he's talkative enough for both of you. He was actually complaining that 32 countries had called him in one day but no-one from Mexico - you're so far behind that he goes to bed before you're looking - but did eventually get a few calls from friends in Mexico before going to bed today. Try listening when he's visible.
On 2009-12-03 at 00:58:48, Melchior wrote...
I'm really behind... Is it just me, or is that automatic video tracking/editing thing a bit creepy? Soon possibly any guy with half a brain could make a video of anyone doing anything. Potential for abuse?
On 2009-12-03 at 17:40:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Melchior: Which video are you referring to, and what's the potential for abuse?
On 2009-12-03 at 21:35:06, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I'm really not talkative. there have been days when I'm afraid that I talked more on DNr than on meatspace (besides my wife, we usually talk much more). I'm the kind of guy who talks little, specially if I find the people or subject uninteresting. I find boring the empty/redundant chitchat of casual conversation, including phone calls. Curious fact: My cell phone plan has 100 voice minutes per month, and I usually consume less than 25. I email a, lot though.
On 2009-12-03 at 22:25:22, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: I pretty much never use my telephone for talking - I really don't like it at all. It's not too bad with a close friend, but I don't get to do that. I've just been chatting with my mother via IM but mostly stick to text messages on my mobile. I've actually become reasonably good at small talk over the last year, since joining a social group. It's constant practice, although talking to Rob in Spain was still a little challenging because I didn't want to waste his time too much. Luckily he's cool to talk to no matter who you are, and you have nothing to lose by trying with him.
On 2009-12-05 at 11:02:47, Melchior wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: http://www.vimeo.com/1513129?pg=embed&sec=1513129 No huge abuse potential yet, other than possible minor stuff. But like Borg said, what used to be impossible/extremely tedious and requiring skill has become trivial. Maybe its just me, but when messing around with video like that becomes so easy, I can't help but imagine someone framing or blackmailing someone else - it's your word against theirs, and they have video "evidence." /paranoia
On 2009-12-05 at 16:35:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@Melchior: Ah, right - I see what you mean. There's already a precedent where only photographs in RAW format are accepted as evidence in a court, but perhaps with video the issue is that a higher quality image is actually easier to fake. Editing a noisy video is harder, but then you could start with high quality, fake it and artificially add noise?
On 2010-02-08 at 23:42:41, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.nubrella.com/
On 2010-02-13 at 15:31:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This one starts slow but gets more awesome as it goes along. http://vimeo.com/6194911
On 2010-02-13 at 18:36:28, Thelevellers wrote...
That microcopter is AWESOME! The speed it climbs is insane... And then with the height control and GPS stuff... Love it :)
On 2010-02-14 at 00:07:22, Thelevellers wrote...
Melchior just linked me to this show of awesome: http://www.johnnolanfilms.com/animatronics/showreel-flash.php
On 2010-02-14 at 18:50:14, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The stability is key - it'd be like the toy helicopter I have otherwise. I've heard that the next generation of indoor toy helicopters will have proper stabilisation built into them, which will make a huge difference - freeing up the operator to actually fly rather than just not crash.
On 2010-02-20 at 08:15:56, BorgClown wrote...
The hexacopter and animatronics videos are really awesome. I'm particularly impressed by the hexacopter, neat feat of engineering there. I too have a gyroscope-less toy helicopter, and they're really hard to control, the smallest deviation sends it hurling towards the walls. The hexacopter clearly has automatic stabilization, as seen when the coke bottle swivels it and the helices rotate at different speeds to compensate.
On 2010-02-20 at 08:16:42, BorgClown wrote...
The animatronic claws picking a small object from the ground are awesome too.
On 2010-03-15 at 21:29:32, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://technology.todaysbigthing.com/2010/03/15
On 2010-04-02 at 11:30:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jar+pulse+jet
On 2010-04-02 at 23:54:59, BorgClown wrote...
Why am I so surprised that they sound like your typical combustion engine?