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Lettuce See the Future: Japanese Farmer Builds High-Tech Indoor Veggie Factory

whatdowedo-weswim:

gereports:

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Humans have spent the last 10,000 years mastering agriculture. But a freak summer storm or bad drought can still mar many a well-planted harvest. Not anymore, says Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, who has moved industrial-scale farming under the roof.

Let’s take this to spaaaaaaace. But first, automate this entire farm and build fully automated factories that build these farms and take them by driverless truck to pilotless planes that fly anywhere on the planet they’re needed and install them robotically, all of this being powered renewably by majority solar. Techno-optimism is easy when people build stuff like this. 

Ahhh, you’re making me want to build, create, disrupt. Lettuce knock heads again sometime, see if there’s anything we can do to help society approach the future at a faster gait.

Really basic project, but I’ve written a Node.js script that creates a virtual maze and an “AI” player that traverses it. The maze and player are then output to a Holiday by Moore’s Cloud set of lights for one to watch.

The system now uses the right-hand maze traversal rule, as opposed to the random movement used by the AI as shown in the video.

Code is available on my GitHub: https://github.com/judges119/holiday-auto-game.

I’m tempted to run this script permanently on my RPi and hang the lights on the wall.

turkey-imported-from-maine:

firelorcl:

meladoodle:

i wanna be a reverse tooth fairy where i rob people and then scatter human teeth on their bed

a dentist

i dont know what your dentist is doing to you but i think you need to go to the police

hallowshorror:

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kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial
'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation. Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

hallowshorror:

anotherlgbttumblr:

kp-ks:

Book Burning Memorial

'In the center of Bebelplatz, a glass window showing rows and rows of empty bookshelves. The memorial commemorates the night in 1933 when 20,000 “anti-German” books were burned here under the instigation of Goebbels. There's a plaque nearby that says something like “Where they burn books, they will also burn humans in the end.” '

Interesting but rarely mentioned: most of the content burned that night came from the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (institute for the science of sex) headed by Magnus Hirschfeld. The institute and Hirshfeld himself were some of the first to openly campaign for the right to have sex with someone of the same gender, the right to transition if you did not identify with your birth sex and for the general acceptance of queer people. The team had already performed the first SRS operations in Germany and in addition, the institute advocated sex education, contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s emancipation.
Photographs of the night of the book burning are plastered across history books world wide, but the queer movement that was destroyed that night often goes unmentioned.

reblogging again for that^

Basics of the Binary Number System pt. 1

the-wammy-house:

To understand binary numbers, begin by recalling elementary school math. When we first learned about numbers, we were taught that, in the decimal system, things are organized into columns:

    H | T | O
    1 | 9 | 3

such that “H” is the hundreds column, “T” is the tens column, and “O” is the ones column. So the number “193” is 1-hundreds plus 9-tens plus 3-ones.

Years later, we learned that the ones column meant 10^0, the tens column meant 10^1, the hundreds column 10^2 and so on, such that

      10^2|10^1|10^0
        1 |  9 |  3 

the number 193 is really {(1*10^2)+(9*10^1)+(3*10^0)}.

As you know, the decimal system uses the digits 0-9 to represent numbers. If we wanted to put a larger number in column 10^n (e.g., 10), we would have to multiply 10*10^n, which would give 10^(n+1), and be carried a column to the left. For example, putting ten in the 10^0 column is impossible, so we put a 1 in the 10^1 column, and a 0 in the 10^0 column, thus using two columns. Twelve would be 12*10^0, or 10^0(10+2), or 10^1+2*10^0, which also uses an additional column to the left (12).

The binary system works under the exact same principles as the decimal system, only it operates in base 2 rather than base 10. In other words, instead of columns being

 
       10^2|10^1|10^0

they are

        2^2|2^1|2^0

Instead of using the digits 0-9, we only use 0-1 (again, if we used anything larger it would be like multiplying 2*2^n and getting 2^n+1, which would not fit in the 2^n column. Therefore, it would shift you one column to the left. For example, “3” in binary cannot be put into one column. The first column we fill is the right-most column, which is 2^0, or 1. Since 3>1, we need to use an extra column to the left, and indicate it as “11” in binary (1*2^1) + (1*2^0).

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Decimal 1 is binary 0001
Decimal 3 is binary 0011
Decimal 6 is binary 0110
Decimal 9 is binary 1001

Each digit “1” in a binary number represents a power of two, and each “0” represents zero:

0001 is 2 to the zero power, or 1
0010 is 2 to the 1st power, or 2
0100 is 2 to the 2nd power, or 4
1000 is 2 to the 3rd power, or 8.

When you see a number like “0101” you can figure out what it means by adding the powers of 2:

0101 = 0 + 4 + 0 + 1 = 5
1010 = 8 + 0 + 2 + 0 = 10
0111 = 0 + 4 + 2 + 1 = 7

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Good primer on binary counting, used by computers. As an addition, text on computers is the letters and symbols “encoded” as certain numbers. For example, a capital ‘A’ may be 65 in decimal or 01000001 in binary, a capital ‘B’ may be 66 in decimal or 01000010 in binary and so on. Popular encodings include ASCII and Unicode which use different amounts of binary 1/0 bits to make up a character (7 for ascii, I believe up to 32 bits - 10^32 for some variations of Unicode).

d0nn0:

Me: omg babe keep it down you’re gonna wake my parents!

Computer: *huummmmmmmmmmmmmm*

mehgehd:

Militech by D4N13l3

wired:

When 17-year-old George Hotz became the world’s first hacker to crack AT&T’s lock on the iPhone in 2007, the companies officially ignored him while scrambling to fix the bugs his work exposed. When he later reverse engineered the Playstation 3, Sony sued him and settled only after he agreed to never hack another Sony product.

When Hotz dismantled the defenses of Google’s Chrome operating system earlier this year, by contrast, the company paid him a $150,000 reward for helping fix the flaws he’d uncovered. Two months later Chris Evans, a Google security engineer, followed up by email with an offer: How would Hotz like to join an elite team of full-time hackers paid to hunt security vulnerabilities in every popular piece of software that touches the internet?

Today Google plans to publicly reveal that team, known as Project Zero, a group of top Google security researchers with the sole mission of tracking down and neutering the most insidious security flaws in the world’s software. Those secret hackable bugs, known in the security industry as “zero-day” vulnerabilities, are exploited by criminals, state-sponsored hackers and intelligence agencies in their spying operations. By tasking its researchers to drag them into the light, Google hopes to get those spy-friendly flaws fixed. And Project Zero’s hackers won’t be exposing bugs only in Google’s products. They’ll be given free rein to attack any software whose zero-days can be dug up and demonstrated with the aim of pressuring other companies to better protect Google’s users.

MORE: Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google’s Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers

Parallella-16 Desktop Computer

This thing is a badass, it has your dual core ARM9 processor and a 16 core FPGA processor, turning it into one of the most efficient, powerful devices in the power/wattage ranks. It’s mostly a development board for now as people continue to explore the capabilities of it.

I may be contemplating selling my soul to get the Desktop version once they start shipping internationally.

mechbay:

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/191/5/8/anthology_5_cover_anthony_scroggins_by_shimmering_sword-d7q48ac.jpgThis guy^ does the best battletech art. So cool

dat-soldier:

officialunitedstates:

I want to be the first person on the moon to shoot a sniper rifle at earth and hit a wasp nest.  my whole life so far is leading up to that moment

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kidmograph:

H_GHW_Y

kidmograph:

H_GHW_Y

"I care not for whoever lives or dies, Commissar. I only care for whoever kills. I offer no regard for gallantry, a heroic heart or any other such drivel - we leave such things to the space marines - No, you see my good man this is the Astra Militarum; this is where the Imperium’s lowest, weakest and most unfavourable are destined to end up. We shall not make heroes of these runts, naysayers and criminals, we shall make them into killers. The Emperor himself cares not for any abstract qualities that makes a man fire his weapon to kill. His only concern, and by inevitable extension our concern is that this man will do has he is ordered and kill on command. It does not matter who falls in battle insofar as to make sure that the fallen have first taken their enemy with them to death.

This is the Astra militarum, Commissar. A thousand deaths today equals naught for tomorrow and the final matter is that we train our men to kill - not to live, or die. But to kill.”

Froggy! Hitched a ride in Jaynnie’s parent’s car.

Froggy! Hitched a ride in Jaynnie’s parent’s car.