Universal Geek: The Coulton Corallary

Jeff, Bleu, and Sean realize their fate is sealed and if there ever was a Rapture, but the good news is there will always be another episode of Universal-Geek, at least for the five months fire and brimstone rained down upon those of us Left Behind.  Including those poor indigenous tribes of South America who never even got a chance to find out some guy in Africa 2,000 years ago died for their sins.

For once we weren’t all doom and gloom and had a wide ranging discussion from Playboy to robots, but not robots in Playboy.  Yet.  We are saving the roboporn episode for later in the future.

57 Years of Playboy on the Web(Sean)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/playboy-launches-online-subscription-service-featuring-every-page-from-57-years-of-magazines/2011/05/19/AFtmA66G_story.html
* Isn’t this the future we expected? Shouldn’t all magazines have this?

Amazon.com Now Selling More Kindle Books Than Print Books (Bleu)
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1565581&highlight&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • “Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly – we’ve been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com

Guy asks for a crack/serial for an app, the developer gives it to him for free instead (Jeff)
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2011/05/19/guy-asks-for-an-app-crack-developer-gives-him-free-copy-instead/

Researchers create two 100 terabit per second optical connections, dare us to torrent something (Bleu)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/01/researchers-create-two-100-terabit-per-second-optical-connection/
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/google-bestows-1gbps-fiber-network-on-kansas-city-kansas.ars

  • Japan has successfully tested two separate 100 terabit per second data links that use a single optical fiber to carry their loads. New Scientist reports that NEC scholars stuffed the light from 370 lasers into 165 kilometers of fiber to achieve a speed of 101.7 Tbps, while NICT researchers set a new record of 109 Tbps using a special fiber with seven cores to manage the trick.

Planet Money Equates Hard Work and Talent with Winning the Lottery
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/05/20/136496085/the-friday-podcast-is-this-man-a-snuggie

And Jonathan Coulton Responds to the Planet Money Podcast
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2011/05/23/on-snuggies-and-business-models/

And Planet Money Responds to the Response from Jonathan Coulton
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/05/23/136581218/jonathan-coulton-madonnas-a-snuggie-too

The Rise Of The Robo-Waiter (Bleu)
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/13/136282554/the-rise-of-the-robo-waiter

  • The trend is official. In the past three years alone, robot food servers have appeared in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and mainland China. The latest restaurant to employ robo-waiters, a Japanese-themed sushi-and-barbecue eatery in Bangkok, has even fitted its bots with samurai plating and prop swords
  • Because robo-waiters aren’t yet conversational, diners at robot restaurants tap out their food orders on a table-mounted touch screen or a unit fixed to the robot’s belly… This may ingratiate more people to human-free food ordering, just as humans were trained to bank via machine and scan Froot Loops at the supermarket.

Lingodroid robots develop their own language, quietly begin plotting against mankind (Bleu)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/18/lingodroid-robots-develop-their-own-language-quietly-begin-plot/

  • Created by Ruth Schulz and her team of researchers at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, each of these so-called Lingodroids constructed their special language after navigating their way through a labyrinthine space.
  • One bot, for example, would spit out a word it had created for the center of the maze (“jaya”), sending both of them off on a “race” to find that spot. If they ended up meeting at the center of the room, they would agree to call it “jaya.” From there, they could tell each other about the area they’d just come from, thereby spawning new words for direction and distance, as well.