The Thomas Beale Cipher…

Based on a true legend of the famous unsolved code. The film contains 16 hidden messages that hold clues to the characters’ secrets. Eight are fairly easy requiring only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult requiring a genius mind to decrypt. via The Thomas Beale Cipher […]

Skynet meets the Swarm

This is quite an interesting article about Artificial Intelligence researchers creating an AI (the Overmind) to play a realtime strategy game, StarCraft. They go into a fair bit of detail about some of the challenges they faced and some strategies that they were able to use as an AI that wouldn’t be practical for a human […]

Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine

Can’t find that awesome comic strip you remember from Calvin and Hobbes? It’s now just a search away. Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine. It seems to index the individual comic strips pretty well, however some of the best images either had no dialogue or were not actually comic strips, like the back cover image of […]

This is absolutely incredible. Check out this JavaScript simulation of an old-school MOS 6502 processor – the heart of the Commodore 64, among other computers. These guys got a 6502 chip, decapped it with acid and took high resolution pictures of the actual chip substrate. They then ran some image processing tasks over this captured image […]

iTunes Store Terms and Conditions

An interesting point to note with the recent opening of the Mac App Store is the terms and conditions for the iTunes Store (which powers the Mac App Store). To note (emphasis mine) USAGE RULES (i) You shall be authorized to use Products only for personal, noncommercial use. For details of your rights and restrictions […]

The Mac App Store is live

If you’re running Snow Leopard and check your Software Update, you’ll notice an update for Mac OS X 10.6.6 Among other things, this update brings the Mac App Store to your desktop. At launch there are already over 1,000 apps on the store with a streamlined way to browse, download and install apps, just like […]