In today's Remainders: HP and Microsoft have their heads in the clouds; XBox 360 gets pedal power; Clear gives you new ways to enjoy WiMax; and Drake's Equation explains why you're alone in the Universe.
Hewlett Packard and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, pledging to spend $US250 million over the next three years on cloud-based initiatives. That's a tidy sum, but there's not much information about where all that money's going, except that Microsoft hopes to compete with Oracle-Sun, IBM and Cisco by getting its software into the machines that deliver cloud-based services. HP CEO Mark Hurd says, "These are two great companies that are lined up to make great things happen." We'll have to see if his forecast is right or if he's just blowing hot air. [Business Week]
Pedal Power Presumably, to reconcile his love of XBox 360 with the weight gain it caused, this gamer rigged an exercise bike to control his console. The project, dubbed "Excite Bike", uses a sensor to meter how rapidly the rider is pedalling and maps that speed to the XBox controller's right trigger. Thus, the faster you pedal in real life, the faster you move in the game. Click through to see some videos of rig in action. Excite Bike controlling Forza 3: makes perfect sense. Excite Bike controlling Halo: not so much. [Geeky Gadgets]
WiMax Family Grows The boy geniuses at Boy Genius Reports are reporting that Clear is offering two new WiMax modems. The Gemtek Series G Home Modem will be making its debut in Las Vegas while the Motorola CPEi 725 will pop up first in Portland, both available to new customers for $US69.99 outright or $US4.99 with monthly rental. Best of all, both modems have integrated ATA for VoIP support right out of the box. Though these modems aren't as useful to us as some of the WiMax hotspots we've had the chance to check out, whenever WiMax works, it's a beautiful thing. [Boy Genius Reports]
Lonely Planet Peter Backus, a student at Warwick University, has completed a paper entitled, "Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK." His conclusion: he's only about 100 times more likely to find a suitable girlfriend in the UK than mankind is to finding intelligent life in the Universe. Like Drake's equation, there is definitely some guesswork involved in coming up with the likelihood of variables - "On a given night in London, there is greater than a 1 in 1000 chance that I will meet an attractive woman between the ages of 24 and 34 with a university degree" - but judging simply by the fact that he conceived of and completed this paper, I'd say Peter's depressing findings are probably pretty accurate. [Boing Boing]