It's official--technology's taking our efforts at being lazy as possible to the next level.
And of course the epic exit shot:
Rumors are flying around that it's still backing up to this day.
When Gene Roddenberry's computer died—RIP—it took the method of accessing the 200 or so floppy disks of unpublished work with it. Moves were made, possible miracles occurred, and we're here to reveal how this grand mystery was solved.
Roddenberry previously had a reputation for performing much of his work on his Macintosh, but it turns out he put in a notable amount of time on his personal brand computer. Now that was a sign of good, no great, things to come.
The crux of the problem here: Roddenberry who passed away in 1991, left a couple containers of big 'ol floppy disks. Unfortunately, floppy disks went out of use at the turn of the 21st century.
Roddenberry's estate refused to admit defeat. They sought help from DriveSavers Data Recovery. As relayed by the company's director of engineering, Mike Cobb, most of the disks were 1980s-era 5.25-inch double-density disks with the capacity to pack an impressive 160KB in storage. Cobb went on to disclose most the discs were from an older operating system called CP/M.
CP/M was a widely employed operating system in the 1970s and 1980s, but ultimately was bested by Microsoft's DOS. The DOS from Microsoft won out with its ease of use. Yeah, nice work Bill.
"The older disks, we had to actually figure out how to physically read them," Cobb told PCWorld. "The difficult part was CP/M and the file system itself and how it was written."
Things took a turn for the worst from there, when they couldn't get Roddenberry's computer to turn on. They were forced to sleuth the layout of the tracks on the disc—a process that drew out for near three months. Fast forward and 30 of the discs ended up being damaged. Fortunately, as luck would have it, most the damages covered what Cobb's determined as blank space.
Was it really that big and unsolvable a mystery though?
Yes, from the other end of the spectrum here, we have a fleet of Scotty engine room minions with claims that components from that era are still available, and that all you'd need to know is what word processing program he used. Next hypothetical step, from Windows or Apple OS, you'd convert the txt files to a familiar format.
At this time we don't know what kinds of treasures, hidden episodes, were recovered on those discs.
Was this case and its complexity overstated for the sake of justifying a handsome invoice?
Ever wake with a roaring hunger to explore? Well, your childhood dreams are about to come true. The team of big brains over at Niantic Labs released details regarding what will be a real life rendition on the typical Pokemon RPG game. With a smartphone and the game's wearable accessory you'll be able to hit the ground running to challenge gym leaders, friends, take on Team Rocket, and hopefully catch 'em all!
Looking to shave a few seconds off your pizza order? Well, you're in luck.
Domino's is testing out a new "Easy Order" button in the UK. And if you're really, really into pizza—this might do the trick for you.
The Easy Order actually comes in two forms: a physical and a virtual button. The physical option is provided by Flic and is a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to do a number of different things. We've seen it used to control various phone functions, like snoozing an alarm or taking a photo, in the past, but Domino's will pair it with an app over Bluetooth in order for it to become your pizza delivery companion. Simply save your address and payment details on the Domino's website or app and select your favourite order -- the rest takes care of itself.
We're one useless invention away from Smart House.
Finally—a dedicated poop key!
Because the workforce is now mostly made of Millennials and our language has devolved into tiny cartoon symbols, Austin-based company EmojiWorks has created an emoji keyboard.
That's right. We've come to this, Internet.
There are three versions of the keyboard, which connects through Bluetooth making it compatible with Mac, iOS and Windows. Here are the specs:
The Emoji Keyboard contains 47 emoji right at your fingertips, including the most common emoji, plus the thinker, taco, unicorn and robot from the recently released iOS 9.1 update. The Emoji Keyboard Plus has double the emoji plus more from iOS 9.1, including the middle finger and hot dog. The Plus also has skin tone modifier keys. The Pro model has everything the Plus has, but with more than 120 emoji.
The keyboard works just like a traditional caps locks key would. You just push the "emoji" button and choose the character for your situation.
Emoji keyboard starts at $89.95 and will start shipping in December.
Now you can have your emoji and YouTube it, too!
Researchers at University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm Research have created an emoji search engine that lets you use the tiny pictures to search through thousands of YouTube videos.
The prototype, called Emoji2Video, has a a curated list of 385 emoji users can select to search through a database of 45,000 YouTube videos
MIT Technology Review explains how the technology works:
The researchers used deep-learning techniques to produce emoji labels for videos that seem to appropriately represent what's in them (a baseball or a dog, for instance) and to determine how likely it is that those things are in a given frame. About one out of every 50 frames was analyzed, Cappallo says, and the emojis chosen to represent those are averaged to get one short emoji list, ordered in decreasing confidence, for that particular video.
Researchers hope this technology could be used for bridging language gaps.
It still obviously needs some work. A quick search using the eggplant emoji gives you this video on how to make an eggplant sandwich.
Because we all know what the eggplant really means.