Meet Rob Flickenger. Amongst other things, he calls himself a “mad scientist,” and if his latest creation is anything to go by, it’s an accurate description, as he has built a Tesla Gun.You may already be familiar with Nikola Tesla, the man who developed the modern AC electrical current system, and the creator of the Tesla Coil; however you may not have heard … [Read more...] about Incredible real-life Tesla Gun is more a piece of art than a weapon of war
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War for the Planet of the Apes has a lot to live up to in terms of visual effects, but it doesn’t look like fans will be disappointed. Following in the acclaimed footsteps of 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the series is pushing the envelope further. A new featurette, released Wednesday by 20th Century Fox, highlights the upcoming … [Read more...] about ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ looks ‘insanely realistic,’ Andy Serkis says
Crime has patterns just like everything else humans do when we're viewed as a large enough group. Thus, while individual behavior can be hard to predict, determining the average behavior of a population and then matching individuals to that template to determine “fit” can be surprisingly accurate.This is the world of predictive analytics; the scientific version of a … [Read more...] about Predicting crime with Big Data … welcome to “Minority Report” for real
Seventeen million programmers are churning out an estimated 102 billion new lines of code per year. Add 162 million websites online, with 809,000 using SSL (an indication of valuable data) and the problem becomes apparent. Researchers estimate that roughly one security defect exists per 10,000 lines of code and nine out of 10 websites contain one or more serious … [Read more...] about Industry View: Web Application Security Today – Are We All Insane?
Gadget patents can change the world, as everyone from Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Jobs has proved. Some of our favorite gadget-related patents, however, are for technologies and products that haven't changed much of anything--at least not yet.Here are ten intriguing examples, including ones from both famously inventive companies and lone geniuses. We're not saying that any … [Read more...] about Gadget Patents That We Hope Will Turn Into Real Products
A Gartner study indicates that 75% of security breaches are due to flaws in software. Primarily because those applications have been put together as quickly as possible in order to get a working system out there, without due regard being given to the security implications. We all see this on a daily basis. The arbitrary dates are set for a new system / application … [Read more...] about Insanity – Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again Expecting a Different Result
In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a gauntlet thrown down. #4chan group "Anonymous" has published a definitive attack on what is known as the Church of Scientology.I'll start here- What Scientology is or isn't is not the point of this. A new way of bringing dissension to the table, is.This may be one of the few stories on the IT News blog that is simply a condensation … [Read more...] about The Internet and IRL (In Real Life) — have the lines blurred?
I make no bones about saying that I'm a big fan of System76. How could I not be? They're one of the most successful companies to have ever produced desktop hardware pre-installed with Linux (they also build servers). My primary production machine (that which I do all of my audio recording, editing, etc. on) is a Leopard Extreme (one of the finest desktop machines I have ever … [Read more...] about The System76 Lemur: Mid-range specs with high-end results
There are three things you should immediately know about Acer's Predator 21 X laptop. First, it's hands-down the fastest laptop we've ever seen. Period.Second, it's the widest laptop we've ever seen: 22.4 inches wide, 12.4 inches deep, and 2.71 inches to 3.28 inches high, front to back.And third: It's the most expensive laptop we've seen in a long time. Sure, at $9,000, … [Read more...] about Acer Predator 21 X Review: The most insane laptop ever built
The World Cup 2014 is starting in two days and the sponsors are throwing out their hottest marketing stuff. Nike released a 5 minute animated movie titled "The Last Game" that tells the story about risky football versus safe football. A mad scientist and his clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch … [Read more...] about Nike’s The Last Game Animated Video Is Insane