Brett's list of bits - stuff and things as well as things and stuff...
Very cool stuff from Microsoft research - how to make time lapse videos of long (potentially boring) things more interesting without the jerkiness and generally crap footage found in normal time lapse videos.
Posted: August 11, 2014 @ 13:38
I can't believe that anyone would build embedded systems that are this insecure - particularly when they are being placed in public places. Just silly.
Posted: August 11, 2014 @ 08:39
Crypto currencies are very interesting - they decrease the friction with which money can be shifted around - good for consumers as you don't have to worry about banks clipping the ticket along the way - but there are also significant legal hurdles. And there are volatility issues - no-one wants their money to devalue overnight.

Having a government come forward and back a currency gives it legitimacy and an actual real value. Very interesting times.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 10:23
A video on how sound can be recovered from inanimate objects in a room. Very cool but with some significant privacy and surveillance implications.
Posted: August 5, 2014 @ 13:20
I've believed this for a long time - privacy is dead. That's not a good thing but it is inevitable given our reliance on electronic communications to drive our lives and our governmental needs to control information.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 14:18
There are some really good points here - including how IT recruitment is totally unlike how a sports team is created. Long but worth a read.
Posted: August 1, 2014 @ 10:38
Actually, it probably isn't just tech but this is the world I live in. I don't understand why people (for the most part, men) care about gender (for the most part, female). I work with so many smart and business-savvy women - and on the other hand I've worked with many not-so-business-aware men that I really can't believe in the 21st century that this type of stuff still exists. But it does. Scary.
Posted: July 29, 2014 @ 13:36
This is pretty cool. I wonder if a male contraceptive is coming down the track somewhere.
Posted: July 29, 2014 @ 13:28
I'm guessing that lawmakers in every country of the world really don't understand technology that much. Taken literally, this would pretty much stop the Russian people accessing the Internet.
Posted: July 5, 2014 @ 13:03
This is a huge shame for reporting in the technology space but a great opportunity for Renai to help shape ICT in Australia at a political level so good luck to him.
Posted: June 18, 2014 @ 14:11
This is very cool and has been used in a lot of sports - basically how computers can draw lines on the grass for TV viewers but make it appear behind/underneath the players.
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 10:48
Looks cool. I'd buy one. ;-)
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 10:35
Posted: June 13, 2014 @ 09:50
This is actually a serious topic but done very well by John Oliver. My favourite line: "The Internet - aka the electronic cat database".
Posted: June 4, 2014 @ 17:54
I won't rehash the article - but the important point here is that our government is building a framework for access to media that is built around what the industry wants - and is excluding what consumers want. In short, propping up the incumbents in a technologically changing environment can't last long - the industry needs to change its business model pronto.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 12:03
This is very interesting - it would be good to see politicians in general get to the level of knowledge that Scot Ludlam does. So kudos to Labor for going down this path - it would be amazing to see the Liberal party to do the same but I'm not holding my breath.
Posted: June 3, 2014 @ 09:10
If someone ever says "we're only collecting the metadata - it doesn't mean much" they are lying. Completely. This article is title "We Kill People Based on Metadata".
Posted: May 21, 2014 @ 18:08
While not conclusive the evidence is starting to point that way. Regardless, we need to take better care of our environment.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 13:53
The cars only drive within a certain radius of the Google headquarters - and those roads have been meticulously mapped in incredible detail including things like curb position and height. In short, the people have done a bunch of work to make it easier for the computers in the car to do the driving. So not necessary applicable to the rest of the roads.
Posted: May 16, 2014 @ 09:03
If a crash is inevitable, should a robot-driven car crash into a smaller or larger car? If it always chooses (say) the larger car does that mean larger car owners have a legal right to sue the makers of the robot car?
Posted: May 14, 2014 @ 10:06
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