2021-07-23 Nerd Roundup

What more could one ask from a Nerd Roundup? New footage from the moon, optical recalibration, spintronicvs, protein folding advancements, Star Trek, and Pegasus.

2021-07-23 Nerd Roundup

Star Trek and God. The Metrons are a funny people. Also new footage from Apollo 11.

It's the roundup! The roundup!
Bezos becomes first billionaire launched into space We have to admit this because it's not going to go away: the rocket looks like a giant penis. Congratulations to Blue Origin for the launch. I wonder just how far behind Musk are those guys?
Opening the gates to the next generation of information processing Major advancement in protein structure prediction. Good example of Press Releases outpacing the audience's ability to consume. Best I can tell, this is part 1 of 2-4 parts necessary to take optical-quantum computing to the next level of scale. Might be wrong, though
Balloon-borne telescope to rival Hubble Seems lately like everybody's got something that'll beat Hubble. OBT = overtaken by technology
Despite the hype, iPhone security no match for NSO spyware From a text with no alert. Whoa. Nobody is really safe. We live in a completely open system where our best defense is being too small fry for anybody to notice or waste a possible disclosure on
Police Destroy 1,069 Bitcoin Miners With Big Ass Steamroller In Malaysia Holy cow! Cops with bulldozers! Coming after my graphics cards!
Jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle which can travel 300 mph and has a price tag of $380,000 completes first flight testing I would ride this. It's not too late to be thinking of Christmas gifts.
Our universe might be a giant three-dimensional donut, really. Donut. Perhaps we live in a sprinkle.
No, the universe is probably not shaped like a donut don't let them take our donut universe away from us!
Megaverse: Simulating Embodied Agents at One Million Experiences per Second Interesting discussion here about the embodiment theory of AI
HN Discussion: No, we don't use kubernetes Step 1: make something super complex. Step 2: wheenver anybody does anything close to that, claim that they're reinventing the wheel. Step 3: sell consulting and certifications. Step 4: Profit!!
No we don't use kubernetes Related: the article that kicked off the dicsussion
Alpha Fold 2 paper is out Has Google cracked protein folding in the general case using AI? Huh?
Gene Roddenberry wrote a script where Captain Kirk fights Jesus Captain Kirk versus Jesus! Woot! I like Kirk, but I'm going with Jesus on this one.
What Buzz Alrdin saw just after he stepped on the moon. Reconstructed by reversing out the reflections in his visor from a movie taking by Neil Armstrong This is the most freaking cool thing I've seen in a month or two. New footage from Apollo 11 moon landing.


more information on the importance of alpha fold 2 here: https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2021/07/23/more-protein-folding-progress-whats-it-mean