Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Captain Kirk OS updates, game delays, prog rock - Let's Talk Geek episode 141

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In Episode 141

People



Random

K-141 Kursk was an Oscar-II class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine of the Russian Navy, lost with all hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on 12 August 2000.

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  • Thor: The Dark World opens on Friday, 8 November 2013

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    William Shatner makes "prog rock" debut with "Ponder the Mystery"


    Wednesday, 2 October 2013

    Samsung Steams up Livingroom browser plugins – Let's Talk Geek 140

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    In Episode 140

    People

    The Mixer

    Random

    The bit-width of the SMS channel is 1,120 bits, allowing for 160 characters when using 7-bit encoding.

    Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published on this day in 1950

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      Lego calendar automatically syncs with your smartphone.

      Wednesday, 25 September 2013

      Ig Nobel browser emulated digital lasers – Let's Talk Geek 139

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      In Episode 139

      People

      Random

      Courtesy of the IRC:
      • The TV series CHiPs ran on NBC from 1977 to 1983 with 139 episodes
      • The TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun ran on NBC from 1996 to 2001 with 139 episodes
      • The TV series MacGyver ran on ABC from 1985 to 1992 with 139 episodes

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      This is... Japan World Cup 3


      How Americans Ski Jump according to the Japanese

       

      Wednesday, 11 September 2013

      "Raaargh!" says ANN7 and CoJ – Let's Talk Geek 138

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      In Episode 138

      People

      Johan Els

      Random

      138 is a sphenic number, the sum of four consecutive primes (29 + 31 + 37 + 41), and the smallest product of 3 primes, such that in base 10, the third prime is a concatenation of the other two: .

      In number theory, a sphenic number (from Ancient Greek: σφήνα, 'wedge') is a positive integer that is the product of three distinct prime numbers.

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      • Dark Carnival Geek Fest! Sat 31st August. Tickets available through Webtickets - price range R20 - R100.
      • Geekfest (31 August): Goldfields Kennel Club, Boeing Street, Bedfordview
      • SFDZA 2013: Saturday Aug31st at Wits University! Keynote address is by Richard Stallman! Free to attend, please register at http://sfd-jhb-2013-es2.eventbrite.com/
        • RMS other talks: 29 August in Bloemfontein at UFS, 3 September at SITA in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, 5 September in Cape Town at UCT and 6 September in Durban at UKZN.
      • National Wills Week (7-11 October 2013) : Get a will drafted for free by a lawyer - http://www.lssa.org.za/?q=con,228,National%20Wills%20Week
      • iWeek - 9 to 12 September, Jhb South, CORY DOCTOROW SPEAKING on 12 Sep! (also RPM)
      • MyBroadband Conference: 9 October 2013
      • rAge: 4-6 October 2013 (31 August, tickets for NAG LAN @ rAge will go on sale at 09:00 on 31 August 2013. A NAG LAN ticket will set you back R400.

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        Nuke map goes uncapped on D-Link router security – Let's Talk Geek 137

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        In Episode 137

        People


        Jan Vermeulen
        Ani Vermeulen
        Luke Potgieter

        Random

        A strictly non-palindromic number is an integer n that is not palindromic in any numeral system with a base b in the range 2 ≤ b ≤ n − 2. For example, the number six is written as 110 in base 2, 20 in base 3 and 12 in base 4, none of which is a palindrome—so 6 is strictly non-palindromic.

        Jan is 30! Coincidentally, EA launched the NES 30 years ago too with games such as Donkey Kong. Conclusion: Jan is old.

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        • Dark Carnival Geek Fest! Sat 31st August. Tickets available through Webtickets - price range R20 - R100.
        • Geekfest (31 August): Goldfields Kennel Club, Boeing Street, Bedfordview
        • SFDZA 2013: Saturday Aug31st at Wits University! Keynote address is by Richard Stallman! Free to attend, please register at http://sfd-jhb-2013-es2.eventbrite.com/
          • RMS other talks: 29 August in Bloemfontein at UFS, 3 September at SITA in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, 5 September in Cape Town at UCT and 6 September in Durban at UKZN.
        • National Wills Week (7-11 October 2013) : Get a will drafted for free by a lawyer - http://www.lssa.org.za/?q=con,228,National%20Wills%20Week
        • iWeek - 9 to 12 September, Jhb South, CORY DOCTOROW SPEAKING on 12 Sep! (also RPM)
        • MyBroadband Conference: 9 October 2013

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          Thursday, 15 August 2013

          Exclusive piracy on game pre-orders sparks Curiosity – Let's Talk Geek 136

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          In Episode 136

          Summary

          (AKA the timecode reference chart that gets bombed into the YouTube description. Included here just in case you, dear viewer, might find it useful.)
          • 00:41 – Random
          • 01:25 – Quick Geek
          • 12:15 – Games pricing in South Africa
          • 24:10 – Free, unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots: has anything changed?
          • 31:25 – Events
          • 29:05 – Kicker: 3,099 panel XKCD comic

          People


          Jan Vermeulen
          Johan Els
          Ani Vermeulen
          Luke Potgieter
          James Etherington-Smith

          Random

          136 is a triangular number (the length of one side would be 16)

          Events

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          • Dark Carnival Geek Fest! Sat 31st August. Tickets available through Webtickets - price range R20 - R100.
          • Geekfest (31 August): Goldfields Kennel Club, Boeing Street, Bedfordview
          • Left handers day: 13 August

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            XKCD Epic ‘Time’ is complete after 3099 panels.

            Friday, 2 August 2013

            Ubuntu Edge asks Axe Cop for OpenView HD – Let's Talk Geek 135

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            In Episode 135

            We filled up the Let's Talk Network studio this week with both Tim and Johan joining Jan and series regular Luke. We wonder if Canonical is risking anything at all on the Ubuntu Edge, whether free-to-play games are free at all, and what we'll see from OpenView HD.

            Summary

            (AKA the timecode reference chart that gets bombed into the YouTube description. Included here just in case you, dear viewer, might find it useful.)
            • 02:00 – Random
            • 05:30 – Quick Geek
            • 35:35 – What Geekery is This‽
            • 35:43 – OpenView HD
            • 44:15 – Ubuntu Edge
            • 56:25 – Gamesave Manager
            • 58:00 – Free 2 Play online gaming?
            • 1:00:50 – Kicker: here come the cats

            People

            Ani Vermeulen

            Random

            ISO1007, better known as the casette 35mm film comes in, was termed “135” by Kodak in 1934. 135 camera film always comes perforated with Kodak Standard perforations.

            Kodak announced that it plans to sell its digital imaging patents for about $525 million to some of the world’s biggest technology companies, thus making a step to end bankruptcy.

            From the 23 July 2013 Daily Maverick:

            Fact of the day: It’s been just over 40 years since the death of Bruce Lee, martial arts master and the man who did more than any other to introduce Kung Fu to the western world. This was not his only achievement, however. Although it might seem at odds with his tough guy image, Lee was also an accomplished competitive dancer, and winner of the 1958 Hong Kong cha-cha championship.

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            Here come the cats: http://guremike.jp/index_6.html