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Wolfram Alpha dot com, hoi yoi!

I won’t lie, it’s somewhat disappointing due to the slowness on getting some answers…but for being the launch weekend, I don’t even want to think about how bad the hosted environment for Alpha is getting hammered with queries.

I was pretty happy to see that the one question I was really hoping would be answered correctly somewhat was:

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Pardon the cusses, but I believe they’re warranted.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html

Link brings you to a screencast displaying some sample queries that Alpha can handle.

Apologies for not expanding more on this, but trust me, this is seriously awesome.

Update: Obviously Google wouldn’t want to take this kind of innovation from another company lying down, hence: Google Squared:

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Man this so uses that idea I had when I was twelve that I called the “Theory of Infinite Possibilities”. I really need to write a full post on that someday…but I’m sure it’s already been a fully developed theory by some other mad scientist genius at this point.

Update: Go here if you feel like trying this out (Java required)

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From Kurzweil’s Age of the Spiritual Machines from 1999:

Regarding Computers:

It is now 2009. Individuals primarily use portable computers, which have become dramatically lighter and thinner than the notebook computers of ten years earlier. Personal computers are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, and are commonly embedded in clothing and jewelry such as wristwatches, rings, earrings, and other body ornaments. Computers with a high-resolution visual interface range from rings and pins and credit cards up to the size of a thin book.

Computers have been embedded in clothing and jewelry for a couple of years now…more so on the DIY scene than in mass production.  The laptop/portable computer prediction might have been more of a common sense prediction, but none-the-less still holds true.

Regarding Computer Memory and Digital Objects:

Rotating memories (that is, computer memories that use a rotating platten, such as hard drives, CD-ROMs, and DVDs) are on their way out, although rotating magnetic memories are still used in “server” computers where large amounts of information are stored. Most users have servers in their homes and offices where they keep large stores of digital “objects,” including their software, databases, documents, music, movies, and virtual-reality environments (although these are still at an early stage). There are services to keep one’s digital objects in central repositories, but most people prefer to keep their private information under their own physical control.

Uh, hello SSD drives (which see the tipping point for a higher usage of them with prices falling).  Central repositories for digital objects?  How about iTunes, XBMC, or any other media-center type software/hardware solution?  Services to keep one’s digital objects in central repositories?  One need look no further than Flickr, delicious, or even more broad services such as Amazon’s S3 service.

Regarding Networking:

Cables are disappearing.  Communication between components, such as pointing devices, microphones, displays, printers, and the occasional keyboard, uses short-distance wireless technology.

Computers routinely include wireless technology to plug into the ever-present worldwide network, providing reliable, instantly available, very-high-bandwidth communication. Digital objects such as books, music albums, movies, and software are rapidly distributed as data files through the wireless network, and typically do not have a physical object associated with them.

I’m not even going to go into detail here.  Look at technologies that have become widely used in the last ten years such as  WiFi, Bluetooth, and more recently with the advent of high-speed cellular networks.

I dunno, maybe I’m just rambling, but I think Kurzweil is the bees-knees.

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Aren’t actually holograms at all.

The CNN anchors were not really speaking to three-dimensional projected images, but rather empty space, Kreuzer said. The images were simply added to what viewers saw on their screens at home, in much the same way computer-generated special effects are added to movies.

Kreuzer said the images were tomograms, which are images that are captured from all sides, reconstructed by computers, then displayed on screen.

Holograms, on the other hand, are projected into space.

CNN officials could not be reached for comment.

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Windows Vista Fixed Edition Windows 7 was revealed today by Microsoft at the Professional Developers (Developers Developers!) Conference in LA.  

Best feature that I’ve NEVER (</sarcasm>) seen before in any OS: Being able to choose what wireless network you want from the Taskbar!

If Only Macs had the same feature…*snicker*

All joking aside, it actually does look like a legitamite update to Vista.  Major UI and usability improvements, and I dig the idea of allocating zero video memory to non-focused windows (which should improve snappiness of the OS UI).

 

More info @ Gizmodo

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The hilarious rascals at Penny Arcade illustrate what we were all thinking with regards to the new Microsoft commercials starring former M$ Patriarch Bill Gates and funny man Jerry Seinfeld discussing such important technological matters such as shoes and “the common people.” (Apologies for no direct links to videos, as YouTube is blocked @ work).

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