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Principia Discordia => Techmology and Scientism => Topic started by: Jasper on February 07, 2008, 11:25:19 pm

Title: The Tech Forum
Post by: Jasper on February 07, 2008, 11:25:19 pm
So here it all is.  It doesn't seem like a lot of people want to post here yet, so tell me what you think and suggest to make it interesting.  I don't want this forum if nobody's interested, so air your opinions

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Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Richter on February 07, 2008, 11:45:51 pm
Being a lover of shiny gadgetry, useful tools, and developing technologies, I like the idea of this.

I'm seeing so far its about hashing over of the ramifications of new developments. 
I'll also use it to fill the space between asking tech experts and asking anonymous given half a chance.  (No pulled punches here, but higher incidence of serious advice, and no one trying to sell anything.)

Your creation, so feel free to drop a mission statement of what you think fits / doesn't fit.




Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Jasper on February 07, 2008, 11:49:17 pm
Anything you think uses engineering or science to impact society is to be posted here and compared to relevant phenomena/events.  This is for the purpose of better understanding where technology will lead our BIPs, BE's, and other perceptual grid metaphors.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Faust on February 09, 2008, 12:46:24 am
things that currently interest me.

Haarp.

the lightweight plastic zepplin france are making as an 80 passenger hotel.

the solar furnace you posted.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on February 09, 2008, 04:41:23 am
I like the air car.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Idem on April 05, 2008, 02:40:48 am
oh, hi

i wasnt aware of this forum until just now
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on April 05, 2008, 05:14:50 am
What, whoa, really?
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Jasper on April 05, 2008, 08:22:26 am
I haven't really advertised it much.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Faust on April 05, 2008, 07:18:11 pm
Tech forum crew are the best crew.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Jasper on April 07, 2008, 02:01:44 am
We have the most gadgets, at any rate.  Same diff.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Hangshai on February 09, 2010, 08:03:46 pm
Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry from M.I.T. bring you 'Sixth Sense' technology.  Pretty damn cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blBohrmyo-I
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: nuclearcabbage on February 14, 2010, 07:12:29 am
Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry from M.I.T. bring you 'Sixth Sense' technology.  Pretty damn cool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blBohrmyo-I

thats pretty badass..

the part where he drew a watch on his wrist was neat.

and the book thing would be SO handy!
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Da6s on February 18, 2010, 08:20:25 pm
We need some random place to discuss nerd woes and triumphs.

Example: I just somehow managed to piss my virtual machine off like whoa, to the point where all of my vmtools/drivers were broken. And then i fixed it, and im still not entirely sure how i accomplished either one.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Telarus on April 13, 2010, 05:36:32 am
Dunno where else to throw this:

http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Jasper on February 24, 2011, 08:46:12 pm
Just watched that.  :)  Nice.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Triple Zero on July 01, 2011, 02:43:06 pm
Ali G - Techmology (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB5VXJXxnNU)
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Triple Zero on January 26, 2012, 09:27:23 pm
Oh how I wish these were real:

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/flashkus/

(not worth starting a new topic over, wanted to post anyway)
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 26, 2012, 11:00:52 pm
Oh how I wish these were real:

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/flashkus/

(not worth starting a new topic over, wanted to post anyway)

I bet they will be real soon.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on March 17, 2014, 09:58:32 pm
Oh how I wish these were real:

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/flashkus/

(not worth starting a new topic over, wanted to post anyway)

I bet they will be real soon.

In the space of two years and a bit, these just went from coming soon to virtually obsolete. Where would you plug them? (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/do-it-yourself/edison.html) :eek:
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on April 20, 2014, 06:13:00 pm
Robot Kangaroo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWiNlWk1Muw)  :eek: :fap:
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Telarus on April 20, 2014, 08:08:29 pm
Robot Kangaroo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWiNlWk1Muw)  :eek: :fap:

BAD ASS
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on July 16, 2014, 09:00:01 pm
They should rename kickstarter and indiegogo to "Shut up and take my money!" (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jibo-the-world-s-first-family-robot)

I'm almost tempted to shell out for a devkit just to frontend an eyeball on there. Pretty sure it'll happen without my help, tho.

(http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/P3nT4gR4m/avis/smalleye.gif~original)
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Faust on July 16, 2014, 09:42:18 pm
They should rename kickstarter and indiegogo to "Shut up and take my money!" (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jibo-the-world-s-first-family-robot)

I'm almost tempted to shell out for a devkit just to frontend an eyeball on there. Pretty sure it'll happen without my help, tho.

(http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i312/P3nT4gR4m/avis/smalleye.gif~original)

The casual cynic would say that the AI in that demonstration is far too advanced and is staged.

The more enlightened individual realises the war has begun and this must be stopped whatever the cost.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on July 17, 2014, 08:55:42 am
Having used a Nexus 5 with Google Now voice command for the last couple of weeks, I'd say the AI in the video is pretty much what I'm using right now, plus some scripted personality traits. No way I'm shelling out half a grand for a less-mobile mobile device. I'll wait til the end of next year, start of 2017 and pick one up for a hundred or so.

The tracking cam alone would be worth more than that to me if I don't get a quad drone in the meantime. That reminds me - I'm supposed to be building one of those...

Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Junkenstein on July 17, 2014, 10:55:25 am
I'll probably grab one of those when the tech is a bit more affordable. It's actually impressed me quite a bit and it'll be good to see some of the apps that get developed for it.

I assume everyone's already realised how it can be turned to sexual purposes/services. I'd guess security it's high on the list of development concerns and even if it is, it's probably already compromised. So if you get one it may be advisable to throw a towel or something over it when not in use. Even still, it's probably a godsend to those in long distance relationships.

Thinking further for a moment, given the access the NSA/GCHQ etc has to any device currently, this is essentially sticking a government monitored CCTV camera into your home/bedroom. It's less appealing to me now.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Junkenstein on July 17, 2014, 11:08:31 am
Thinking again, would it not be possible to create some kind of Ipad docking station that does most of this? I'd assume the apps to be relatively compatible and it would probably drop the unit cost substantially.

Apple is probably a bad example due to their approach but I'd guess any other tablet manufacturer would be either keen or working on something similar. I don't actually have or use a tablet so if the above is idiocy, feel free to correct me.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on July 17, 2014, 11:29:00 am
The thought had crossed my mind. Along the same lines as the cardboard VR goggles Google was handing out at IO last month. All you need is something articulated you can stick an android device in and an app to drive it via bluetooth.

The hardware would take 5 minutes to source for anyone with basic electronics skills and knowledge of arduino or raspberry pi platforms and the housing could be knocked up in max and printed at shapeways.

The real kicker is the software platform. Best bet is leverage Watson or Google Voice API and have a look of open source methods of motion tracking, face recognition and the like but, even then, there's a lot of specific shit that's going to have to be hand coded. Nothing massive, tho.

Main problem for me would be the animation. They got an ex Disney guy working on that IIRC
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: P3nT4gR4m on July 30, 2014, 10:55:22 pm
Craig Venter brute forcing biology (http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529601/three-questions-for-j-craig-venter/) about fucking time. Google are moonshotting it too. Time consuming bit is sequencing and profiling. That might take a couple of years. After that 10 or 15 mins crunching ought to give us most of the syntax. Expect a massive ITYS around 2017 :evil:
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: PoFP on January 29, 2015, 06:41:27 am
Fellow geeks,

I was going to make a thread elsewhere, but I figured this would be the best way to inform the techmologists, specifically, and possibly bring some traffic to this section of the forum at the same time.

Anyways, I was wanting to create either a Facebook group (Less-likely, unless favored by you all), a forum, or just a thread (Maybe here, if you guys would like) that would be used to discuss all matters on security. Everything from architectural design flaws, to viruses, to cryptology, to cyber-security, to social engineering. I want people to read and contribute if they are interested and willing to do a lot of research. I know I'm currently interested in physical security (The general security of a building or facility, dealing with architecture and social engineering vulnerabilities.) and will be reading for countless hours on the subject. I'll be looking into getting access to public, and possibly confidential, records on government jobs/private jobs - break-ins and invasions of systems by private organizations and government agencies. This would be very informative, depending on how they will limit the information I will request for, and it will probably put me, and anyone else looking at it, on a watch-list of sorts. But, keep in mind, I will be requesting this information officially, and would be informing them of its use. If I have to limit what I can write about, I will. If they won't let me have anything I ask for, so be it. I'll find another way to connect the concepts to application, in that case.

This would be a great help in my research and study of the vast field of security. I want people to write anything from small articles, to extensive essays (This will probably be me). So, if you're more of a light-reader, it could be useful for you. And, at someone's request, anything anyone writes may be able to be summarized by me, or whoever else is a part of the group.

If anyone has any ideas about how this little discussion-group should be done, or if someone would be interested in joining such a group, please let me know here, make this a new thread, or message me.

Thanks   :fnord:

P.S I want to avoid bringing in people from other security forums like HackForums and such because those people tend to be outrageously stupid and/or incredibly bigoted Nazis, etc.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Pæs on January 29, 2015, 08:12:50 am
I would start a thread and see if it has legs, unless you mean to bring in an audience from places that aren't here, in which case a small board might be suitable.

Segregating Facebook profiles for security discussions are a bother.

Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: PoFP on January 29, 2015, 09:22:08 am
I would start a thread and see if it has legs, unless you mean to bring in an audience from places that aren't here, in which case a small board might be suitable.

Segregating Facebook profiles for security discussions are a bother.

I know of people who aren't from this forum that would love to join and contribute, but I figured I would let my favorite forum get first dibs on membership and format ideas. So, it looks like a board may be the best option.

I wanted this group to be very inclusive, and readily available to anyone who wanted to read on the subject of security. So, if I did use Facebook, I would make it a public group. Facebook, and most of its user-base, don't seem to be accustomed to verbose discussions like this. I feel like most of the people who would join would be turned off by the gross amount of content, and leave the occasional "TL;DR FAGGOT." ~ Not the kind of feedback I want.

I understand that being very inclusive means having to deal with a user-base that is diverse in knowledge, curiosity, drive to learn, and manners. But I would like the board to maintain a certain level of professionalism. This can usually be balanced with methods like moderation of threads and sections of the boards, or thorough and strict board rules. But I also don't want the board to be this strict, production-only machine, that stomps out creativity. Basically, I want to find a balance between professionalism and creativity. But I don't know how to achieve that without a pre-installed user-base that "trolls the trolls into submission" or "pokes at you with sticks until you ooze creativity (or hogwash, depending on whether or not you're a schmuck, through and through)." You know, like this one!  :p

So, I guess I can start it out as a thread on here, and bring my friends here (Hey, more traffic here will benefit all of us... Right?). The problem is, they don't know shit about Eris or apples. And I'm worried that some of you might scare them away with your "ooby dooby magic talk" and poetry potion nonsense. Should I just show them the metaphorical and horror-ridden gates of Discordintismasticism, or whatever, and let them fight their instincts to hurl on their own? I mean, who knows? One of them may come out spewing that "Thick sweet juice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjtkMCLRf-M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjtkMCLRf-M))" known as enlightenment.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on January 29, 2015, 04:47:04 pm
It would b nice to see if starting such a thread here might have legs.

It would also be nice if it generated an influx of new users.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Pæs on February 26, 2015, 07:00:53 pm
WHERE IS THE SECURITY THREAD?
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Junkenstein on February 27, 2015, 06:11:36 pm
http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?board=25.0

There was a good chunk in there, kinda by default. AE has quite a bit kicking around, may be better shoving it in there?
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Cain on March 01, 2015, 04:29:34 pm
WHERE IS THE SECURITY THREAD?

Um, here http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=21723.0
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Pæs on March 01, 2015, 04:42:27 pm
WHERE IS THE SECURITY THREAD?

Um, here http://www.principiadiscordia.com/forum/index.php?topic=21723.0
OH, OKAY.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: LMNO on March 09, 2015, 01:40:34 pm
Man builds AI to win Nintendo games, AI decides when playing Tetris to permanently pause the game rather than lose points. (http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/14/nes-robot/)
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Mesozoic Mister Nigel on March 09, 2015, 02:03:20 pm
Man builds AI to win Nintendo games, AI decides when playing Tetris to permanently pause the game rather than lose points. (http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/14/nes-robot/)

 :lulz:
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: PoFP on May 13, 2015, 10:49:17 pm
WHERE IS THE SECURITY THREAD?

If you were referring to the one I was planning on making, I am sorry to say it may be awhile before I get that all up and running. I still have some things to do before I will have enough time.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Brother Mythos on November 22, 2018, 06:27:31 pm
Engineers fly first-ever plane with no moving parts

As per the article:

“Now MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an "ionic wind"—a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

Unlike turbine-powered planes, the aircraft does not depend on fossil fuels to fly. And unlike propeller-driven drones, the new design is completely silent.

"This is the first-ever sustained flight of a plane with no moving parts in the propulsion system," says Steven Barrett, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "This has potentially opened new and unexplored possibilities for aircraft which are quieter, mechanically simpler, and do not emit combustion emissions."

He expects that in the near-term, such ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones. Further out, he envisions ion propulsion paired with more conventional combustion systems to create more fuel-efficient, hybrid passenger planes and other large aircraft.”

Here's a link: https://techxplore.com/news/2018-11-first-ever-plane.html

This is definitely “thinking outside the box.”
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: nullified on November 22, 2018, 06:39:13 pm
Engineers fly first-ever plane with no moving parts

As per the article:

“Now MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an "ionic wind"—a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

Unlike turbine-powered planes, the aircraft does not depend on fossil fuels to fly. And unlike propeller-driven drones, the new design is completely silent.

"This is the first-ever sustained flight of a plane with no moving parts in the propulsion system," says Steven Barrett, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "This has potentially opened new and unexplored possibilities for aircraft which are quieter, mechanically simpler, and do not emit combustion emissions."

He expects that in the near-term, such ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones. Further out, he envisions ion propulsion paired with more conventional combustion systems to create more fuel-efficient, hybrid passenger planes and other large aircraft.”

Here's a link: https://techxplore.com/news/2018-11-first-ever-plane.html

This is definitely “thinking outside the box.”

I’ve been following this since before it became a DARPA thing back in 06. There’s been four or five people working on it since the mid 90s, they got DARPA backing after they showed a tethered flight prototype (about a foot long wingspan and literally just electric cables wrapped around a shaped piece of plywood) but that went nowhere and got canned around 2010 ish iirc.

Good to see they kept going and got something more useful. Also super interesting that they have reason to think the efficiency scales well now, that was a huge deal with the DARPA project, they couldn’t make it scale up at all.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Brother Mythos on November 23, 2018, 04:23:24 am
Engineers fly first-ever plane with no moving parts

As per the article:

“Now MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an "ionic wind"—a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, and that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

Unlike turbine-powered planes, the aircraft does not depend on fossil fuels to fly. And unlike propeller-driven drones, the new design is completely silent.

"This is the first-ever sustained flight of a plane with no moving parts in the propulsion system," says Steven Barrett, associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. "This has potentially opened new and unexplored possibilities for aircraft which are quieter, mechanically simpler, and do not emit combustion emissions."

He expects that in the near-term, such ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones. Further out, he envisions ion propulsion paired with more conventional combustion systems to create more fuel-efficient, hybrid passenger planes and other large aircraft.”

Here's a link: https://techxplore.com/news/2018-11-first-ever-plane.html

This is definitely “thinking outside the box.”

I’ve been following this since before it became a DARPA thing back in 06. There’s been four or five people working on it since the mid 90s, they got DARPA backing after they showed a tethered flight prototype (about a foot long wingspan and literally just electric cables wrapped around a shaped piece of plywood) but that went nowhere and got canned around 2010 ish iirc.

Good to see they kept going and got something more useful. Also super interesting that they have reason to think the efficiency scales well now, that was a huge deal with the DARPA project, they couldn’t make it scale up at all.

That's interesting. How, or where, did you first learn about this R&D project?
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: nullified on November 23, 2018, 04:52:10 am
It was brought up in some UFO discussion somewhere, a suggestion for the propulsion of saucer-type UFOs. (They do actually seem like they’re possible if done properly with this tech.)

I was curious, googled it, and they had a really crappy website on an .edu domain showing how they got regular extension cables to produce enough ionic wind to visibly glow. It was crazy, but just incomplete enough to annoy me, so I kept googling it every few months to check the progress out.

Around the time they got the DARPA contract, they showed a working tethered prototype and a concept image of a scifi looking stealth bomber using the old, “giant blue glowing coil of doom” method they were working on at the time, but otherwise kinda like the Nighthawk.

I’m not one hundred percent sure if they are the same people as this group, but the main guy on that project was the leader of the field (because no one else was in it, mind) so I’m inclined to assume it’s connected.
Title: Re: The Tech Forum
Post by: Brother Mythos on July 05, 2019, 05:47:35 am
Unraveling The Nazi Origins Of The American Space Program

I'll post this here, as it is part of the history of Space Techmology.

This article contains an excerpt from the book MOONBOUND: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight, by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. The article is difficult to quote, as it is done in graphic novel format. And, as I'm certain the graphic panels are copyright protected, I'm not going to copy and paste any of them here. Still, the article really is of historical interest.

Here's the link: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/nazi-origins-us-space-program-moonbound