1. Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C
Two nice links from Slashdot . One to compile a hello world without libc – Hello from a libc-free world! and the other post is a old one – A Whirlwind Tutorial on Creating Really Teensy ELF Executables for Linux . I hope to try out all the commands in these posts soon.
2. Fun Stuff
Time Machine by Tom Toles and Memorizing Pi in Spiked Math. The Tom Toles one was really good , even by Toles’ standard. As usual, the punch line was at the bottom of the cartoon in tiny print🙂
3. Fingertip Bacteria: A Promising Forensic Tool
A pretty exciting post where they use genomic profile of bacteria in our hand (fingertips, actually) to uniquely identify us. A microbial signature, if you will ! Looks cool to me. It is interesting for lot of reasons which are mentioned in the article – You can scrub off your fingerprints in a crime scene but not your "microbial" fingerprint. Also, using this microdata, the researchers can figure out what they eat , where they live and work ! Real , real cool stuff if it comes fruition. (Privacy is definitely dead😉 )
4. Software: Running Commentary for Smarter Surveillance?
Personally, I am not a big fan of Computer Vision. But this project looks promising. They try to convert surveillance data into a running commentary. And they use this text to analyze unusual stuff. I am not sure how good this system will ever be , but I really like the approach of focusing on the higher level stuff instead of getting lost in minutiae of tracking, segmentation etc.
5. How Privacy Vanishes Online
One more scary article on Privacy. But the only new news is the involvement of FTC in Netflix 2 and Google Buzz.
6. G.M. Tinkers With Augmented Reality System for Cars
Nice article on the futuristic augmented reality system for GM cars. Augmented reality is a big area now a days with Bing using it in Bing Maps. Using it in cars is even more cool. I checked youtube for other demos but was not able to find any. Share if you find one !
7. IE Test Drive
The last big news was platform preview of IE 9. If you are interested check the link.