Monday, 15 July 2013

The business of failed technology... and games – Let's Talk Geek 132

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In Episode 132

James for MyGaming and Quinton from BusinessTech join us in studio to catch us up on everything we missed in the last 6 weeks. We may have left out one or two things because, you know, time. 

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.)
  • 01:25 – Random
  • 02:35 – Quick Geek
  • 29:25 – Events
  • 32:00 – What Geekery is This‽
  • 32:10 – Xbox180
  • 41:22 – Top 5 Tech Flops
  • 50:35 – What's happening with broadband in SA?
  • 56:05 – BOARDGAMES!
  • 1:00:00 – Kicker

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Random

In combinatorial mathematics, the Catalan numbers form a sequence of natural numbers that occur in various counting problems, often involving recursively defined objects. They are named after the Belgian mathematician Eugène Charles Catalan (1814–1894).

Events

If you have a geeky event or are looking for geeky events to attend, check out stardates.co.za and add your event if it isn't already there.
  • MyGaming DOTA2 tournaments – every Sunday until 21 July. Haven’t planned the next season yet, but there will be a next season.
  • MyBroadband Conference 2013 - http://mybb2013.co.za - 9 October 2013, Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng - Registration is free.

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    Quick Geek

    • 18-year-old Eesha Khare invents supercapacitor technology which can recharge devices in mere seconds. Placed second in the Intel International Science Fair to  winner 19-year-old Romanian student Gorden E. Moore, who created a low-cost artificial intelligence that can drive vehicles. She tied with Louisiana 17-year-old Henry Wanjune, who figured out new ways to measure dark matter and energy in space.
    • Also on the recharging & battery technology front, Tesla have improved their Supercharger technology to be able to recharge a Tesla vehicle completely in 22 minutes... for free. That’s right - you pull into a Tesla Supercharger station and recharge your vehicle for FREE. That’s like buying a car from BP and being able to fill up your tank for free at any of their stations. Within 2 years they plan to have supercharger stations in 98% of the US metropolitan areas.

    What geekery is this‽

    Kicker


    Our kicker tonight: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve watched or heard Chris Hadfield’s Space Oddity Music Video! The first music video recorded in Space aboard the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield does poignant justice to a classic song with his Cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” which earned the stamp of approval from the original artist himself.. Canadian Astronaut Hadfield returned to earth on May 13th after a 5-month stint aboard the ISS during which he became the first Canadian commander of the station, and his tweets, photos, videos and live webcasts caused a spike in global interest in space science and the ISS. Hadfield did AMA’s on Reddit, co-designed the new robot&space-themed Canadian $5 bill, performed experiments to answer questions from school kids that covered awesome topics like “What happens if you wring out a wet washcloth in space” and regularly tweeted some of the most incredible images of earth from space. Hadfield recently announced his retirement from the Astronaut corps.

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