1. John Carmack joins the Oculus team to work on the software for The Rift
John Carmack is a co-founder to the id software, and is most known for his programming work in the quake series. He has recently joined Oculus as Chief Tech Officer, where they have been focused on virtual reality technology. The goal for Oculus over the past year has been to develop a new type of hardware, where the user would be engulfed in a virtual reality while playing their game.
According to Carmack in an interview at QuakeCon in 2012 the prototype they are selling at the moment, is not meant for consumers. The project is still very much in the developmental stage and those at Oculus are hoping to get developers to look at their work and give feedback. In time after they work out all of the kinks, such as developing better software to support it and having more than one game to play on it, then it will be consumer ready. However, they recommend to those who want to support their project, wait until it would be worth the cost when it is software supported.
2. LiveScript, Julia and Elixir: Three Languages To Watch
Julia is another language, more specifically meant for science, since it is more expressive with a larger library than most other languages that focuses on scientific computing tasks. Julia is not only a higher performance language, but is also faster than other languages.
Elixir is a modern version of Erlang VM, taking out what did not work in Erlang and keeping what did is a step forward to say the least. Some of Elixirs features are: list comprehensions, Metaprogramming via macros, and Protocol-based inheritance.
3. A New Form of Terrorism: Hacker Terrorists
With the increasing dependency on the internet, a new form of terrorism is being achieved through hacking.
Michael Hayden, former NSA chief, calls these transparency groups “terrorists.”
But there are two sides to the story. Some see releasing sensitive information, as Edward Snowden did, as dangerous to the US government. Others see the transparency groups as “hacktivists” trying to bring light to unknown government activity.
Hayden jumps to the conclusion that hackers will target The World Trade Centers. “So if they can’t create great harm to dot-mil, who are they going after? Who for them are the World Trade Centers? The World Trade Centers, as they were for al-Qaida.” Said Michael Hayden during his Washington speech given on Tuesday, assuming that hackers want to target the US government for malicious reasons.
Although the conclusion given is from assumption, there is real fear with the dependency on technology today. When it comes to banking and personal information being out there, it is a real threat that personal and government information could be used for harm. Real terrorists, not just transparency groups, could use hacking to access private information from the government and use it to cause harm.
4. Google glasses are potentially disruptive and could violate privacy, but do the risks out way the potential benefits?
Some of the many points brought up against Google glasses, are the safety concerns when driving. It was said by “Henry Jasny, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s general counsel. ‘It will be just like cellphones, which became too ubiquitous and popular while driving.”’ (Jessica Meyers) Also thought to be a privacy issue when it comes to doctor patient confidentiality, yet it is also believed google glasses could help determine a diagnosis.
Another point brought up by police, is that although it could help with evidence, the video could be turned off and on leaving out context, leading to more troublesome than beneficial proof. There is also potential use for piracy when it comes to movies in the theaters. Many places are already beginning to ban Google glass from being used, even though there is not even a release date for the product.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller believes that no matter what is thought of now, it will take time before any policy can be made. This is probably for the best, since the only way to know the full scale of issues and benefits brought by Google glass will be known once the product is out and used by large number of the populace and not just the few who got a hold of the prototypes from Google.
5. Starting-Up your own business? Here are some tips
Good management is not the most important thing, companies who are just starting out often do not have the resources for it, and many big companies today started out very small with none at all. Although recently The Wall Street journal reported that cyber security was not going to be very big, Defense.net reported 9.5 million in funding. One thing to keep in mind is that most entrepreneurs often did not get in much legal trouble as teens, according to Arizona State University study.
However, if you are not looking to start a business, but instead invest in one, looking at the JOBS act and becoming an angel investor might just be the route for you. It is an easier way to get involved with much less risk than starting a business of your own.
6. New OS based on Bluetooth could revolutionize the way we live
Estimote is a company looking to promote their new product that brings the physical world reality into smart phones. If you were to walk around a museum, all you would have to do is look at your phone and the nearest art to you would be instantly described. If inside a store all that you were looking at would be in your phone, no need to keep track of what you want to get in the future, because your phone would do it for you.
Right now the technology is going to work using “motes” simple waterproof Bluetooth devices that would connect to smartphones, not just to track where you are, but with enough motes around the world or in a shop. A smartphone could map out the store that customer is in, also keeping track of products looked at and what part of the store the person is in.
With this technology, there is some privacy issues, since the ability to keep track of where a person is at all times is a little scary. Who exactly would be able to get a hold of this information would be important. However, it could revolutionize the way people shop, by eliminating buying at a store, it could just be a floor room and order over the phone while letting someone else handle the delivery, such as amazon. Possibly finding cheaper companies with the exact same product that is in front of you. Right now a package of 3 “motes” is available to developers for $99.