Spyder Bites (July 17, 2015)

Spyder Bites logo (Credit: Mindy Weaver, IconBug, CC BY 3.0)
Spyder Bites is a carefully curated chaotic mishmash of generally nerdy stuff that I come across in a given week.

Tech that thrills, terrifies and amazes... it's time for another look at what happened recently in tech and geek culture.
  • They warned us for years and we finally did it.
    We ran out of IPv4 addresses in North America. We should be ok with the IPv6 addresses though since there are 340 trillion trillion trillion posibilities. So even if everything in the world becomes internet enabled, we should be good to go for a while. (Source: Slashdot)  
  • Need to get your Star Trek on?
    Then put on your red shirt and head to the Aviation and Space Museum! Wait, what? Turns out that our local plane museum is hosting the worldwide premiere of Star Fleet Academy Tour. Looks like a great rainy day activity for the whole fam.
  • Can Lego go green? 
    Guess we'll find out by 2030 as Lego looks for alternative materials to make their addictively interlocking blocks. They want to stop using oil-based plastic to find something more eco-friendly. In the meantime, check out these great proposed Lego Spaceballs sets.
  • Not lucky enough to be at the SDCC Star Wars panel when they took everyone to a secret party?
    Then relive SDCC by watching all the SCDD panel videos. Handy for those of us who aren't into cosplay or paying to stand in line and shop at ComicCons. (*gasp* Did I just lose my geek badge?)  
  • Have to give another boring presentation?
    Distract everyone by using The Force. Swoosh allows you to use the camera on your phone to control your slides with waves and other hand gestures. Available on Android for $2. Powerpoint Jedi, you are.
  • Need better sleep or better audio?
    Same solution: Apparently ear buds are the thing. Whether it's these noise cancelling ones for sleeping or these incredible audio boosting ones for everyday use (which just raised $17M), small in-ear devices are the new high-tech black.
  • Too many devices, not enough USB outlets?
    There's a really quick fix: SnapPower makes outlet covers that integrate a USB outlet to your existing electrical outlets, and use power drawn from the screws in the wall. They also make covers that incorporate night lights. Ingenious. (Source: Yanko Design)
    SnapPower USB outlet
  • AI is so incredible that it might be our downfall.
    So, it turns out that algorithms are capable of colluding. Which could mean that they could act in not-so-nice ways together when managing financial markets or, say, weapons. Like people, only more scary. I, for one, am suddenly terrified by SkyNet.
  • Speaking of terrifying, this art installation...
    Might keep you up at night. Artist Jonathan Fletcher Moore created an art installation of toy cap guns which fire every time people are killed in a drone strike. It's meant to humanize drone strikes since it's easy to lose sight of the human impact when they are controlled from hundreds or even thousands of miles away, via computer. It's effective, to say the least.
That's it for another... month? Yes, these are intermittent over the summer thanks to holidays, other commitments and, well, it's nice out. Hope you're enjoying your summer. See you... on a rainy day perhaps :)

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