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February 7, 2019

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: not one of Jupiter's moons.

February 7, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Computer power sufficient to take Apollo 11 to the moon: "A digital watch"


I recall watching the Discovery Science Channel's 2006 documentary about Apollo 11, "First on the Moon: The Untold Story." 

It was riveting — especially the first public revelation that Neil Armstrong came within a fraction of a second of dying in a fiery explosion while test-flying a lunar landing module simulator.

There is spectacular footage of him ejecting from the vehicle and parachuting to the ground while the lander simulator crashes and burns.

One of the grand panjandrums of Mission Control was talking about the computers used to make the mission happen.

He said the entire floor of computers at Mission Control wasn't as powerful as one of today's laptop computers, and that the computers inside the Apollo 11 lander cumulatively had "about the processing power of a digital watch."

So here's my question: how come when I go out running wearing my Casio F-91W digital watch (top) I don't go into orbit?

February 7, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Why people install software updates



[via Reality Carnival]

February 7, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Which American accent do you have? Another whack at the piñata


Last month I posted a quiz that identified which American accent you have.

Wrote tfmatt on Hacker News, where I also posted the quiz, "I didn't find this test to be particularly accurate. This one, on the other hand, blew me away."

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What say you, peeps? And how do you say it?

February 7, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Levitating Clock

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The Story Clock is the first levitating timepiece, featuring a chrome-finished magnetic sphere that orbits around a wooden base.

Keep time based on your preferences via a mobile app.

Select your orbit for minutes, hours, or even years.

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Features and Details:

• LED matrix display shows numerical time and illuminates through wood surface

• Wall-mount or use included stand

• Display can be turned on or off

• 2017 design by Simon Morris

• Oak or Walnut

• 10.5"Ø


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February 7, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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