These amazing bridges in northeast India are actually made of living roots. Found in Cherrapunji, one of the wettest areas on Earth, these bridges are grown over several years, only getting stronger as time goes on.
As the roots of the Ficus elastica tree grow they are pulled across a ravine, river, or whatever other span the people wish to cross. Betel nut trunks are then cut down the middle, hollowed out, and used to create root guidance systems.
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This seems to be big news lately but it doesn’t surprise me much. Someone that I follow on Twitter actually commented in February that they were seeing patterns like this. See http://twitter.com/ron_mills/status/1189418872
Unfortunately ron_mills didn’t reference what patterns he was seeing but he called it.
Basically the botnet controller that was recently unveiled works by having infected computers monitor Twitter feeds to take specific actions based on the tweet. In the past instructions were generally sent through IRC, and a whole bunch of other methods. Lets just add Twitter to the list:
Obviously there are more but just think about it this way, any way you can communicate with a system can be used to issue commands remotely if the system is vulnerable.
Wireless charging is finally on the way!
This is supposedly the new iPod Touch with the built in camera. Personally I think it looks like a fake.
It would be really easy to drill a small hole into a case, or better yet use a piece of shiny metal that looks similar to the iPod, and drop a little camera lens into it. Notice that there is no logo on the case, no face, and it is never turned on to show the user interface.
I call FAKE but we will see.
SiRF Technology has just announced a breakthrough in GPS chip technology. They are boasting the obvious small physical size of the chip but also the fact that it only consumer 1% of the power the chips use today. They add that the chip is more reliable and allows for always-on GPS devices to last significantly longer between charges.
Toshiba has announced their next line of huge SD cards coming in the Spring of 2010.
The 64GB card uses the new SDXC memory standard while the 32GB and 16GB use the older SDHC. There is a catch though, existing camera’s are not likely to be able to read the format without some modification. For example a flash of the firmware to update the features. But then again some of those hacks require that you have the hacked firmware on the card to load once the camera is started up. No worries though, I am sure some enterprising hacker will come up with something.
Here is the actual listing
First a little explanation of the image below.
This image is a graphical representation of the population of Manhattan during the day on the left and in the evening on the right. Notice the dramatic shifts indicating people work there but not many remain in the area after working hours. Further down are some stats from Frumination. Very interesting numbers done to research what it would take to replace the NYC Subway with vehicles.
The report also goes into how the NYC Subway is transporting 1,050 people into the CBD every 6 seconds!
The actual write up can be found here: http://frumin.net/ation/2009/08/whats_capacity_go_to_do_with_m.html
Here are the Frumination numbers: