A pair of talking robots, initially did not know any language to communicate with each other, droids have developed it during the interaction. They have gradually agreed and determined that, for example, the word «jaya» means “in the center of the room”.

Amusing experiment was conducted by Ruth Schulz and her colleagues from the University of Queensland. They researched the formation of a language from scratch in the case of two robots. The project was named as “ Lingodroids”.
Pirat 1 september 2011, 15:40

imageI had a dream to write the maps a long time ago. Convenient maps that do not require an access to the Internet with the actual data, fast and work on any device. After I worked as an engineer in Google Maps that dream only became stronger, and at some point it turned into the particular actions.
If it's interesting, I'll write something as I was leaving Google Zurich, and at the same time all around did the square eyes:) and then I with me friends were writing a project for almost a year.

The result of all this was the off-line maps for the iPhone and iPad released on April 12, soon there will be ready versions for the android, Mac and Windows.
The idea is as follows. You are going to go to another country with some purpose, for example to relax, and take along your trusty android or iPhone / iPad, MacBook or laptop with Windows, or all together.
Before you travel, you install the application and quickly download the desired map of the country.
United States and Russia, of course, will be slower, but, for example, a map of Belarus is 45 MB, Switzerland is 58 MB (soon the next version will be released, there will be all the countries compressed for a quarter).
Yes, the program is free.
Tags: iOS, iPad, Maps
Pirat 30 august 2011, 13:03

imageDo you read business blogs in which the author repeatedly describes his failures?
No, because you want to adopt the successful experience, and not to learn about experience from a guy who is not successful.

However, the fact that you have been studying only the experience of successful people could present a big problem than it seems.

Here are some stories that will help you understand the seriousness of this problem.

Marks from the bullets

During the Second World War the British bombers were sent daily to bomb the Germans. Most of the planes did not return home, and those that came back were covered with marks from the bullets of German anti-aircraft guns and the fighter planes.
Tags: advice, Bias
Pirat 30 august 2011, 12:41

Tags: iPlunger, iPod
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:59

If we reboot 15 times a year, then every “tuning” of the download process takes longer than will win at reboots for the lifetime of the system. However, sporting interest rises, moreover, that people are interested in the process of optimizing performance. A boot was the most obvious candidate as an example of how the process should look like itself. We will boot at the speed 5400 of hard drive in the “working” system: in addition to a vendor crapware, there is still a lot of every types of visual studio, antivirus, skype ...
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:57

imageThere are interesting facts about the life cycle of periodical cicadas. Usually, we do not see around a lot of these insects, because most part of their life they spend under the ground and gently suck the plant roots.

However, depending on the type every 7, 11, 13 or 17 years, periodical cicadas simultaneously crawl out together to the light and they turn into the noisy flying creatures, mate and die soon.
Although our strange cicadas cheerfully go into another world, here arises the obvious question: is it just coincidence or the numbers 7, 11, 13 and 17 some special?

It turns out that these numbers have something in common. They are all prime numbers that are divisible only by themselves and by one (it's 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23 and so on).
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:38