At LEGO World 2014 in Copenhagen, the third edition of the CubeStormer robot was unveiled, solving the Rubik’s Cube at a lightning pace.
The LEGO Mindstormes kit bricks are intelligent and programmable, powered by AA batteries. It runs a Linux operating system on an ARM-centered processor. The screen on the blocks is a monochrome LCD. There is an added SD card slot on all Mindstormes to expand the memory capacity and a USB port to add Wi-Fi connectivity.
Editor’s Note: What is basically a child’s toy manipulating a another child’s toy and solving a puzzle that most humans (adults) can’t solve at all. I had a really tough time deciding which category describes this story, Robotics, Distractions, or Sorry to Hear that, the latter category usually being reserved for stories of situations detrimental to society or the loss of a notable person. In this case, all apply, the notable person being the American worker.
As things tend to happen around here, my other half was editing pictures of a grandchild’s birthday party earlier today to post to Facebook. One of the children at the party, a particularly photogenic girl of almost 3, happens to have her own Facebook account and Brenda “tagged her” for the photos of her. Well, in the same photo album on Facebook is another photo that was taken in the early twenties and showing a women and three girls aged about 2, 4, and 6. It was posted by Brenda (my other half) to try to identify some of people in it, possibly relatives since the print was in her mothers photos. Facebook picked up on the youngest child in this nearly century old photo and wanted to tag the account of the current almost 3 year old. And, by golly, there is a bit of a resemblance, at least enough to make the Facebot image system notice it. Then, we realized there is at least an even chance the birthday party girl is related the “old” girl. All of which adds both a haunting feeling for how strong genetics can be and a haunted feeling that Facebook can make that kind of a connection. They aren’t perfect at recognizing faces, though, it also wanted to tag one of the teenagers as the fuel oil tank. So another category is being added, Serendipistickity, where somebody drew a good conclusion based on really bad science..
At the same time, a PBS documentary was running in the background about the The New York shirtwaist strike of 1909 also known as “The Uprising of the 20,000”. Workers, mostly Jewish women, led by Clara Lemlich and supported by the National Women’s Trade Union League of America (NWTUL), the strike began in November 1909. In February 1910, the NWTUL settled with the factory owners, gaining improved wages, working conditions, and hours. The end of the strike was followed only a year later by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which exposed the plight of immigrant women working in dangerous and difficult conditions. Hence, now that ecen toy robots can solve complex movement tasks at lightning speed, garment workers can begin their traing as robot maintenance personnel, and a few will even still work. Watch the video and tell me this thing can’t be taught to make shirts 24/7.
Featured Image: Photograph of an alleged Skunk Ape. Taken by David Shealy in Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp. SOURCE: The Shadowlands
From News 9 ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma Posted: Nov 03, 2013 11:10 AM ESTUpdated: Nov 03, 2013 10:58 PM EST
Rogers County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people in what appears to be an accidental shooting. One of the men told deputies he’d shot his friend while the two were on a Sasquatch hunting expedition. . . . Read Complete Report
BACKYARD MARIJUANA GROWER KILLED IN NEAR DECAPITATION — HE CRASHED ATV INTO WIRE HE INSTALLED TO PROTECT CROP FROM INTRUDERS
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbansk
BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A backyard marijuana grower is dead after being nearly decapitated by wire he’d strung on his property to protect his crop from intruders.
The 50-year-old man was driving an all-terrain vehicle in his backyard Saturday afternoon when he ran into the heavy-gauge but nearly invisible wire, said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. . . Read Complete Report/w Video.
From CNN News By Emily Smith, CNN updated 7:18 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
(CNN) — Casey James Fury simply didn’t want to be at work, and in the process cost the Navy nearly a half-billion dollars and one attack submarine.
Fury admitted to setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear sub, in May 2012 while it was in dry dock. He was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison in March and ordered to pay $400 million in restitution — roughly the cost of the damage.. . . Read Complete Report
Featured Image:Obama Hawaii. LOL. SOURCE: knowyourmeme.com
LOL. This reminds me of when I was 17. A friend had lent me his ID (No pictures in those days) so I could go out drinking with my buds. I spent a whole day learning my new “birth date”, then when I was carded at the door and the bouncer asked me the date of my birth I gave him my real birthday and changed only the year. Needless to say I didn’t do any partying at that bar that night. My point? Nobody forgets their real birth date. But then again, maybe Obama just didn’t have his current birth date at that time on his teleprompter. Or maybe it was just short turm memory loss due to all the weed he smoked. . . EDITOR
A hermit who lived in the woods of Maine for 27 years was arrested breaking into a camp and admitted to more than 1,000 burglaries, police said Wednesday.
Christopher Knight left home when he was 19 and his family never reported him missing. He’s been holed up ever since at a makeshift camp near Rome — stealing essentials from nearby camps. . . . Read Complete Report
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