Today is Thursday, October 21, 2010. Not a particularly eventful day by most standards, until you ponder this little tidbit: In exactly five years, on October 21, 2015, Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and a strangely unfamiliarRead More
Google Scribe Predicts Words As You Type In The Chars And/Or Their Respective Owners Instruction Manual PDF […]
Last month, Google Labs released an interesting new tool called Scribe, which promises to autocomplete text while you're typing it. And boy oh boy, does it ever deliver on that promise. Given a few words, Scribe uses Google's immense database of collected human writing to "guess" the next word you intended to type. Assuming you were typing something that somebody else on the Internet had typed before, chances are good that Scribe would be able to properly complete words without you explicitly typing them. But things really start to get fun when you stop guiding its decisions. By just pressing Enter to accept the first suggestion in the list, Scribe essentially becomes a Markov Chain text generator, which can create sentences where small groups of words seem to make logical sense, but the text as a whole is one long, incoherent run-on sentence.Read More
THINQ.co.uk is reporting that Apple has pushed out a significant OS X software update, designed to improve performance and visual quality in the Mac version of Valve's Steam client. Since Steam was released for the platform three months ago, many sources have lamented the performance of the games compared to their Windows counterparts. Some have even gone as far as to set up Windows partitions using Boot Camp to avoid the reduced frame rates in the Mac client.
That's all changed now, thanks to the Apple's graphics update and some Steam optimizations added by Valve. By tightening up some software inefficiencies pertaining to how the OS drives the graphics hardware, the games no longer have such a pronounced reduction in frame rate when running at higher resolutions or with cranked-up visual settings. One of the most hyped of these visual improvement is known as an "occlusion query," or as the guys at Valve put it:Read More
Warner Brothers, the media behemoth that owns the rights to the Harry Potter movie franchise, is reportedly in the midst of fighting a legal battle against a Swiss company for copyright infringement. What did these neutral, chocolate-loving, particle-accelerating people do to earn their ire? Why, they simply created a line of condoms which prominently feature a cartoon likeness of Harry Potter.Read More
A vuvuzela is a long, plastic horn that soccer fans blow into to produce a loud, irritating buzzing noise; they have inexplicably become the Internet's central obsession in the opening week of the 2010 World Cup. Auto-Tune is a pioneering pitch correction program by Antares Audio Technology, which you most likely associate with the robotic vocal stylings of T-Pain and other pop music icons. But you knew all that. What happens when you Auto-Tune a vuvuzela? And while we're at it, what happens when you coordinate several Auto-Tuned vuvuzela samples to play a few measures from Europe's anthemic 1986 hit, "The Final Countdown"? In the name of science, Geekosystem investigates:Read More
Hot on the heels of Facebook's announcement that they were blessing the Internet with global "Like" buttons, a request came down from The Powers That Be to add the feature to posts here on Geekosystem. And with all due respect to Facebook, their documentation was terribly unhelpful. Here's how we did it, and it should work on any halfway-customizable blog:Read More
My name is Scott, and last night I ate a KFC Double Down sandwich.
The Double Down, for those of you fortunate enough to be unaware, is a "sandwich" consisting of bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, pepper jack cheese, and the Colonel's Double Secret Probation Sauce. However, instead of using bread, they pack all that between two boneless chicken strips. All our favorite barnyard byproducts -- chicken, pig, and cow -- together at long last in beautiful, artery-clogging harmony.
They call it a sandwich, but that is a misnomer. Sandwiches use bread as a substrate. In fact, the first sentence of Wikipedia's Sandwich states, "A sandwich is a food item consisting of two or more slices of bread with one or more fillings between them." But the Double Down, my friends, is not a sandwich. It's something entirely different, requiring a name that truly expresses the contrivance. I choose to call it a "meatheap."
The very first time I heard about this meatheap, I honestly thought it was a joke. Some half-cocked viral marketing scheme cooked up by hip young ad agencies trying to make waves on the interblogoTwitFace. But then I heard about the test markets in Nebraska and Rhode Island, where people were actually buying and consuming these things. I knew at that moment -- somehow, someday -- I would consume a Double Down Sandwich Meatheap.
I've always had something of a penchant for test-driving awful fast food products. I generally find they manifest themselves as burgers with a few extra iterations of the meat-cheese-bacon loop (see the Burger King Quad Stacker and the Wendy's Triple Baconator for examples of what I've shoveled into my gullet over the years.) But the Double Down struck me as something more... exotic. It was fresh and new and exciting and something I MUST HAVE RIGHT NOW.Read More