Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pulling Power

Talk about some serious pulling power on the Subaru Impreza WRX STIs. This clip is showing that for even a 220 kW, 390 N·m, four wheel drive 4-door car, it can still pull some serious load. Check out the clip below.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hewlett Packard develops Racist softwares

Hewlett Packard have developed a new MediaSmart computer with a built-in face tracking device as part of its camera. With the face tracking software it allows the camera to follow you around the room whenever you're making a video call.

There is a slight problem though with it though and that is it doesn't seem to work if you're black. That's the conclusion that Desi, the star of this YouTube video has reached. Here we see as he tests out the face-tracking device with the help of his co-worker Wanda.

The camera follows Wanda around like it's a bee and she's the nectar, but for poor Desi (who has actually bought the damned thing) there's nothing. The MediaSmart isn't interested. It's like he and his people don't even exist.

HP posted a response on its Voodoo Blog and asserted that poor lighting or possibly faulty algorithms are to blame. An admin nicknamed Frosty wrote:

"We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty “seeing” contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting."

HP also advised users to see its webcam help page for assistance in adjusting the brightness and contrast settings. Erm right... Check out the video below.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Another set of beautiful Lego Star Wars pics

This time these Lego Star Wars pics were taken by a Finnish photographer Avanaut. You can check out the rest of his Flickr photostream here.

New Stem Cell Glue

New Stem Cell Glue Saves Climber's Leg! That's the headline over at News. Andrew Kent broke his leg so badly (his tibia - the shinbone - had broken through the skin just above his ankle) while rock climbing in the Lake District that traditional surgery failed. Surgeons warned that he was likely to lose his leg unless they tried the new stem cell technique.

The new stem cell technique involves the removal of stem cells from the bone marrow in his patients hip. These were then mixed with a new collagen gel called Cartifill to make a paste, which was smeared into the fractures. They finally fixed his leg in a metal cage to gently squeeze the bones together.

Check out the presentation below...

The gel holds the stem cells against the bone, where they form a new layer of cartilage. Ten patients have been treated so far in Britain with an 80% success rate. The technique only costs a few hundred pounds - far less than alternative techniques.

With this stem cell glue Mr. Kent won't be able to run for about a year, but after 18 months his bones will have healed completely.

That is awesome how medical marvels like this are being made available to commoners like us. :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Leaked Transformers 3 movie script

If you haven't heard of this, you will now. In the past few days the script to the next Transformers film was leaked. There have reports of it being fake and what not but after spending a few moments reading it, I'd wish it was the real thing. Not only it covers "Generation 1" that the fans desire but it also brings back a warm fuzziness inside of you while you're getting into the script.

Alas it is upto Michael Bay and his team to whether to use this script (if infact it was the real deal) or something entirely different. If this is the real script I would definately watch this at the movies more than several times. And probably invest in the G1'esq themed toys. Sigh...

Anyway if you want to read the leaked script you can get the PDF here.

Note: Original article by TFormers.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Transformers: War for Cybertron Game Trailer!

From the trailer it looks pretty good! But sure hope that it doesn't turn out like the last few Transformers games.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Back to normal

Well looks like the site's activity is back to normal usage now with the Twilight competition over. LOL...

Anyway came across a website called Luggage Limits today and basically what it is is an information hub for (if not) all airlines possible on how much luggage you can carry/check-in at the airport. This is pretty good considering everyone always like to punt how much their check-in luggage can go over their carry limit.

Another one that caught my attention is What they offer is this... "Myp2p is a site specialized in schedules for all kind of Sports. You can watch Live Sports by using our schedules. On top, browse to Live Sports. The information we give is fully free. You only need some clients to download and then you're ready to go. Prepare to watch alot of Football, MLB, NHL, NBA, Cricket, Tennis and many more."

Now here is the disclaimer. Some say that this is an illegal website because they stream pay-per-view shows/sports. Well here is what they have to say... "Myp2p is an Internet Service Provider offering a platform which merely displays links to audiovisual content located on servers of third parties and provided and/or transmitted by third parties. Myp2p does not host nor transmit any audiovisual content itself and does not control nor influence such content. Myp2p cannot accept any liability for the content transmitted by others. Any responsibility for this content lies with those who host or transmit it."

Any way you take it, the website is there and thus saved me going out to a pub on a very wet and cold Saturday to watch the rugby game.