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If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered “the middle of nowhere”, guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to give the world Wi-Fi. Whoa.
You know a meme when you see one. Silly image. Impact font. Chortling punchline. You know when something goes viral on the internet too. It’s all over Facebook. Every site you go to has a post about it. You keep seeing it for three weeks. But you’ve never seen memes and Internet viral hits like this. This is art.
The Olympics are known for introducing new and experimental events that reflect the region where they’re being held. So if it ever finds itself in and around Silicon Valley, perhaps this surprisingly fun 100m scrolling game — which has you literally scrolling down for some 100m while you race the clock — could become an official Olympic event. If there was ever a way to quantify how awesome you were at the internet, an Olympic gold medal would certainly be it.
A team of researchers has developed a technique that uses mirror images signals to dramatically increase the accuracy — and speed — of data transmission across the internet. The team explains in Nature Photonics how it’s possible to send not one but two beams of light down a fibre cable: one the normal data signal, the other its mirror image — or, more accurately, its phase conjugate.
There’s no denying the global connectivity literally changed the world, and most of are lucky enough to have been alive and conscious when that paradigm shift was rolling out. You might not remember your first real interaction with the digital behemoth, but you have to have a first recollection. What is it?
Along with whether or not Al Gore invented the internet, figuring out the correct pronunciation of GIF is one of the earliest questions of the internet. I grew up believing it was hard-G GIF. Most people I know pronounce it like that too. Even the White House agreed on pronouncing GIF like ‘gift’. But we have to re-evaluate the whole argument again because the inventor of GIF — PAPA GIF Steve Wilhite — says its pronounced JIF. What. The. Hell.