Sep
10th

Krispy Kreme Celebrates “Talk Like a Pirate Day!”

Captain JackMark your calendars!

Krispy Kreme is getting in on Talk Like a Pirate Day again this year with a tasty grub giveaway. On September 19, any buccaneer who dares to enter a participating Krispy Kreme location talking like a pirate gets one free Original Glazed doughnut.

To the lad or lass wearing full pirate attire goes a bounty of one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts.

To claim their loot on September 19, guests must:

· Talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch to a participating Krispy Kreme shop for one free Original Glazed doughnut.

· Come to a participating Krispy Kreme location in full pirate costume for one free dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. No weapons allowed!

Arrrr!

Aug
30th

Our Universe is a Simulation?

SpaceSo, because we may one day simulate a universe in a computer that PROVES we are a computer simulation? Ah, no. Logic says, no. And, wait… philosophers have a journal? Is that allowed?

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

BGR – By: Tero Kuittinen – “What could be the most important scientific experiment of our lifetime is about to begin. The so-called Holometer Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory aims to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion. Do we actually live on a 2D plane, as a holographic projection? There is a well-established theory that states we are indeed living in a hologram, with a pixel size of about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom. This has certain implications, some of which are quite sinister, even unspeakably horrific.

The argument about the nature of the universe hinges on something that 99.99% of people are not able to comprehend even on the most superficial level — namely, a comparison between the energy contained in a theoretical flat universe with no gravity and the internal energy of a black hole, and whether these two energy levels match or not.

Or whatever.

The point of the Holometer experiment is that it will be able to reveal via the pixelation effect if our universe is, indeed, a hologram. It will achieve this by putting two interferometers really close to each other, creating laser beams and observing possible jitters when they interact. If there are certain kinds of wobbles in the laser beams’ interaction, that means we actually live on a surface of a flat plain and only perceive our universe to be three-dimensional.

And this is where the cosmic horror seeps in. There was an influential piece published in Philosophical Quarterly in 2003, arguing that we probably are living in a computer simulation and this argument has nothing to do with the physical experiments now being carried out. The philosophical argument pivots on the point that if humanity continues surviving and computer technology continues advancing, we will inevitably reach a stage where it will be possible to simulate the entire planet and all of its living beings.

At some later stage, creating these simulacra of Earth will become cheap and common — just like building mobile apps. This means that ultimately there will be billions or trillions of simulations of the universe that offer nearly perfect fidelity. Nearly, but not quite, because at the heart of these fake universes there will be some pixelation if you burrow deep enough.

And those Fermi geeks are about to burrow deep. After we find out about whether we live in a hologram, we can all go back to focusing on Twitch’s valuation and whether the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire screen. But deep inside, we will be shriveling in horror about the possibility that we live in a simulation, not knowing whether it’s some distant sequel to Sim City.

Or Gears of War with a really long epilogue…”

Aug
16th

“War-Driving” and “War-Kittehs”

As you know, on the Internet cats are lauded and there are tons of videos, photos, etc. of cats. In Internet lingo “kittehs” (sic). By the way, for those of you from Rio Linda, “sic” means I MEANT to type it that way! Anyway, then there is also the ancient computer hacker pastime of “War Driving,” that is, driving through a community with equipment to find open WiFi signals, and soundly mocking the idiots that have open WiFi (or, other more nefarious pastimes, once they are found… but I digress!

Anyway, combine the two, and you have a “War-Kitteh!” this was one of the many reports on the “War-Kitteh” this week:

Coco the cat can hack your WiFi network with his WarKitteh collar

Geek – By: Lee Matthews “Your cat probably does some pretty awesome, YouTube-worthy tricks. Chances are, however, that your cat isn’t quite the geeky little feline that Coco is. Coco, you see, can hack WiFi networks.

Not on his own, mind you. Coco’s got a special collar that was whipped up by security researcher Gene Bransfield. Now, most professionals who want to “research” the security of the WiFi connections in their neighborhoods will do a bit of wardriving or rig up a drone to do a little sniffing around. Bransfield thought that enlisting the aid of a cat would be both hilarious and fun.

Coco the War-KittehHe spent hours upon hours creating WarKitteh, a fur-wrapped collar that’s wired for WiFi reconnaissance. It’s not a clunky, cat-strangling hack either. Bransfield’s contraption is a little thick due to the electronics and battery, but only about as wide and long as an ordinary cat collar. It’s built around a GPS-enabled pet collar like the GeoDog and equipped with the Arduino-firendly Spark WiFi module.
While Bransfield has all the electronic and coding skills required to whip up WarKitteh himself, he needed a bit of help from a kindly neighbor lady to finish the collar off. Once the leopard print sleeve was sewn, he was ready to slip it on to a cat and see just how secure his neighbor’s WiFi networks really were.

His first feline operative, Skitzy, turned out to be a little too laid back to be of much use. Bransfield called for back-up, and Coco answered. On his first tour of the area, Coco and WarKitteh sniffed out 23 WiFi networks. Amazingly, a third of them were using horribly outdated, insecure WEP encryption.War-Kitteh protects your data!

Bransfield is hopeful that his project will increase awareness and convince people that it’s time to pay more attention to the security of their home networks. Sadly, I’m inclined to think that the vast majority of Internet users would be far more interested in the bouncing cat icon on his WarKitteh map than the fact that someone figured out how to turn a cat with a collar into a network hacker’s tool.”

Tiger, the

Aug
16th

Bill Gates Gets Iced (In the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!)


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Bill Gates and I are almost exactly the same age, well, within a month. He was born on October 28, 1955, I was born November 30, 1955. And yes, he is richer than me. [by a lot!] But, it was really nice to see him get “iced” for charity! Hee-hee!

According to the ALS Association, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $9.5 million dollars for ALS research.

Aug
16th

Harvard’s 1,024 Robot Swarm!

Imagine 1,024 tiny robots moving on their own accord, working together to build pre-programmed shapes. Very cool!


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Aug
9th

Babylon 5 Movie? YES!

Babylon 5Well, big news for all you science fiction fans out there! Rumor has it that Babylon 5 will become a major motion picture. J. Michael Straczynski (JMS himself!) made the announcement at San Diego’s comic con last week. The Babylon 5 pilot episode aired in 1993, and now it may be coming out as a motion picture!

This will probably be a reboot of the franchise since most of its starring cast have aged out of the roles that they played. Also several of the foundational cast members: Michael O’Hare, Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, and Jeff Conaway, have passed away.

It was noted that series star Bruce Boxleitner may play the President of the Earth Alliance on this reboot, however which President of the Alliance he plays is still up in the air.

DEWD! I can hardly wait, I am a big Babylon 5 fan!

Jul
12th

CW Leaks Flash TV Pilot?

The FlashWell, it hit the InterWebs anyway. We do not condone pirating here at Dr. Bill.TV, but it MAY be that the CW intentionally leaked the pilot of their new Flash TV show just to create a “buzz” in the Geek Community! So, torrent at your own risk… but it DOES seem to be out there. Hummmmm… best publicity stunt ever, or just somebody nicked it? Who knows!?!?

One things for sure, as big of a Flash fan as I have always been, I will DEFINITELY be watching the CW this Fall! Dewd! Please, please, please let them do a really good job with it! also, I love the cross-over value with “Arrow,” which I also never miss! Just sayin’!

Jul
5th

Geek Culture: Steampunk Cat!

Steampunk Cat!Because… why not!? You can’t get any more Geek Culture than a Steampunk Cat! Dewd!

It looks a bit like my cat, Tiger, but she’s really NOT into steampunk. Just sayin’!

Jul
5th

An Apparel Company Has an Advertising Fail Moment!

The Challenger ExplosionWhoa! This was so embarrassing! A big time fail! A company posted an image of the Challenger Shuttle explosion as a fireworks display!

American Apparel sorry for using Challenger disaster photo

“American Apparel issued a public apology Thursday after the company posted a stylized picture to its Tumblr page of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

It is unclear if the image was mistaken for fireworks or clouds.

The company was immediately hammered with negative feedback.

In its apology, the company said it was an honest mistake by the social media manager, who was born after the 1986 explosion that killed all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

‘We sincerely regret the insensitivity of that selection and the post has been deleted,’ the company said.

American Apparel has been the focus of media attention in recent weeks after the board voted to replace Dov Charney as chairman and announced its intention to remove him as president and chief executive ‘for cause,’ according to the company. Charney has been dogged by lawsuits and allegations of misconduct for years.”

Jun
21st

NASA’s “Real Life” Warp Drive Ship Design

NASA FTL ShipSo, NASA showed us, this week, what a REAL Warp Drive FTL ship might look like, if they ever make one. The result, Geek Culture coolness!

NASA’S Latest Warp Drive Design Looks Very Familiar

From Star Trek – “Have you ever wondered what a real-life ship designed for faster-than-light travel might look like? Matthew Jefferies, legendary designer of Star Trek’s Enterprise, took a pre-Enterprise stab at it in 1965, but NASA engineer/physicist Dr. Harold ‘Sonny’ White recently joined forces with artist Mark Rademaker and longtime Star Trek graphic designer Michael Okuda to create a model — using genuine mathematics — of an updated version of such a ship. Oh, and guess what they called it?”

Yep… the Enterprise!


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