Archive for September 21st, 2011
Japanese mobile carrier Willcom has announced [JP] the WX03A today, the world’s smallest ten-key cell phone complying with the PHS standard (Willcom is Japan’s only telco left supporting that network system). The company markets the device as a “Frisk case”-sized handset, and in fact, it’s really tiny
Sized at W32×H70×D10.5mm, it’s smaller than the already tiny Palm Pixi (55x111x10.85mm), and at 40g, it’s substantially lighter, too (the Pixi weighs 100g).
A decision by a single character, often a very small change, would have completely altered the Star Wars trilogy. Brian Murphy of Dorkly offers eight examples. Sadly, no change to the original trilogy could have prevented the prequels from taking place.
The most annoying new feature in the Facebook redesign has to be the news ticker (although you can make an argument for some of the other additions as well). Tech blog SumTips came up with three ways to kill this feed.
The easiest way (which is also the way that worked the best for me) involves using AdBlock Plus on Firefox or Chrome, and adding the following custom filters in the extension’s preferences.
Hello, I am Origo. I am a 3D printer for ten year olds.
You can draw your very own things in 3Dtin and I’ll build them for you in plastic.
Right now, I am just an idea. I will be as easy to use as an Xbox or Wii. I’ll be as big as three Xbox 360s and as expensive as three Xbox 360s. I will sit on your desk and quietly build your ideas, drawings and dreams.
There are other 3D printers. But none will be as easy to use as I will. None will be as reliable or work as hard for you. I’m not a kit or an industrial machine. I’m not complicated. I’m an appliance, like a toaster or a microwave. Only I’m purple and make your stuff.
Work has gotten underway on Plan 28, a project to create Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, the never-built successor to the Difference Engine. The Analytical Engine was to have been a general purpose computer, and Ada Lovelace designed the first-ever programming language to run on it. Many factors led to its never being completed — the state of the art in precision engineering in Babbage’s day, finance woes, and so forth. John Graham-Cumming, who founded the project, is also the author of The Geek Atlas, a fantastic book.
An amateur astronomer has recorded images of the out-of-control US satellite as it tumbles back to Earth.
Theirry Legault, from Paris, captured the video as the satellite passed over northern France on 15 September.
The six-tonne, 20-year-old spacecraft has fallen out of orbit and is expected to crash somewhere on Earth on or around 24 September.
The US space agency says the risk to life from the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is 1 in 3,200.
Mr Legault, an engineer, used a specially designed camera to record the tumbling satellite through his 14-inch telescope, posting the footage on his Astrophotography website.
UARS could land anywhere between 57 degrees north and 57 degrees south of the equator – most of the populated world.
Nasa says that most of the satellite will break or burn up before reaching Earth.
But scientists have identified 26 separate pieces that could survive the fall through the atmosphere. This debris could rain across an area 400-500km (250-310 miles) wide.