miércoles, 17 de noviembre de 2010

Holograma Japonés 3D… En concierto!

Gracias Diego García por acercarme la información! Realmente curiosa, teniendo en cuenta que su voz, incluso, es sintetizada por Vocaloid!

En el pié de la nota, un video, pero accediendo a YouTube por medio de éste, hay decenas! Increible!

3D Holographic Avatar Holds Live Concert

It starts off like a regular concert, with the lights dimmed and the band slowly taking their place in the background. Then the lead vocalist gets the crowd going with some cheery J-Pop. Except the lead vocalist isn't really human. She's a CGI character, and she's projected live on the stage in 3-D.

The first thing going through your mind must be, "what gives, Japan?! We're still at theexperimental stages of making crappy green holograms that move at one frame every two seconds!" You'd think that the CGI is all done post-production, except for the fact that there's avideo of the rehearsals. You can clearly see our cyber-anime lass strutting her stuff as she's projected live onto a glass screen.

True, it's not the full parallax holography that our own researchers are working on. That doesn't change the fact that the 3D effect still looks far more advanced than anything we've come up with so far.

That's not the only thing astounding about this concert. See, that little CGI girl? Her name isHatsune Miku. "She" is actually a vocaloid, a program that synthesizes human speech to the point that it can sing.

Fuente: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/hatsune-miku-hologram-concert,news-8769.html

Gizmodo Shooting Challenge: Fotos robadas sin vergüenza

Excelente propuesta, como siempre. En este caso, se trató de tomar prestadas ideas de fotos conocidas y recrearlas de forma personal por los lectores y participantes. Con ustedes, los resultados más audaces, junto a los originales:

(La galería completa, en flickr.)

30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs

Some might call it plagiarism, but the knock-off is an art form all its own. For this week'sShooting Challenge, Gizmodo's readers assembled to duplicate or parody some of the most iconic photographs in history. (Light NSFW content follows.)

Lead Shot - Pink Floyd - Back Catalogue

30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
I'm honestly not even a Pink Floyd fan, but for some reason this is the first picture that came to mind for this challenge. It became a weekend family project as well. The two kids brushed the Barbies' hair and helped style them. They also helped paint the ceiling and spray paint the back wall (we used a spray paint with some texture so it wasn't just a white wall) and the pillars (which are two wooden rods). My boyfriend constructed all of the "building" and assisted the girls with their tasks. The pool is a plastic tub and the walls, ceiling and beams are all foam-core. The window glass is vellum painted orange/yellow and then we got a sheet of tiles at Home Depot and the girls grouted it with sand from their sandbox (BF's idea). I hand painted two of the bodies fully (I think you can tell which, haha) and the others I painted the base coat color, then sized and edited the other album cover pictures in photoshop then printed them off and glued them to the backs. We had to add two Barbies to the collection since we didn't have a red head or another brunette and we happened to find TWO perfect ones at the store. All the Barbie's got their haircut as well due to the fact their hair is too darn poofy for the spacing needed in the shot. Some of the lighting was a little harder then I thought it was going to be so if I had about 5 more hours in the day I would have loved to perfect that. Canon 7D, ISO 100,0"3, 28-135mm, f/4.5.
-Gretchen Pitluk

The Surgeon's Photograph

30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
Long time viewer, first time shooter. I've always enjoyed and been impressed with the entries and thought I'd throw my ring in the hat for this challenge. My wife and I have a small koi pond in our back yard. A little cardboard, scissors, a sharpie and some tin foil allowed us to attach our little Nessie to our leaf net. Cranking the ISO for max noise and B&W was our best attempt to replicate that iconic photo (hoax) known as "The Surgeon's Photograph" (C) 1934. Nikon D90, Manual Mode, Nikkor 50mm 1.8D @F22, 1/200, ISO: HI 1.0 (6400? Lots 'o noise!), Monochrome setting (B&W), PS CS4 to increase contrast, straighten and crop
-Kyle Mehling

Born In the USA

30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
The original composition I stole from was the "Born in the U.S.A." album cover (photographed by Annie Leibovitz). The American flag was clamped to a fence. Since my remote for the camera was dead, I had to get creative with focusing the lens. The trash can in the backyard was placed approximately 2 feet in front of the fence. Then I focused on the trash can. Then I removed the trash can from the scene and replaced it with Ralph's chew toy. A little rubber doughnut to be specific. The doughnut was my standing marker. After pressing the shutter, a 10 second timer would give me just enough time to get into position. Canon EOS 7D, 1/250 @ f5.0, 50mm, ISO 200, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, onboard flash, Speedlite 580EX II, Speedlite 430EX
-Christopher Sztybel

V-J Day

30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
Originally VJ Day, this was taken after the robots had conquered the humans, hence VH Day. They robots were frenzied with excitement and flooded the former human streets, where a surface warfare solder unit grabbed a medical repair droid and performed a brief bios upgrade. The serial numbers of the robots remained unknown for many years. Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24 @24mm, f/8, ISO 200
-Steve Strawn


30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
Stolen from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho The shot was taken in our tiny bathroom using a ikea lamp whilst trying not electrocute myself (water and electricity do not mix!) My lens was a nightmare steaming up due to my girlfriend refusing to shoot this in a cold shower so more than a few shots were taken before this final one , I had to keep reminding her not to look so happy about been attacked, strange girl! Nikon D3100, Nikon Lens 35mm f/1.8 (with a steamed up uv filter), ISO 400, 1/60s, f/2.2.
-Tarquin Clark

WINNER - Alfred Hitchblock

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mixed with:
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
30 Shamelessly Stolen Photographs
I tried to steal Alfred Hitchcock profile picture and at the same time the technique from Kumi Yamashita, Building Blocks using birds to fit with Hitchcock theme. I started by doing some basic origami birds (I stopped at forty). Then, I installed my headlamp on the table as a light source and placed bird until it looks somewhat like I wanted. I thought it would be simple but each bird I placed moved the others, so I decided to fix some with gum and do adjustments to others with a toothpick.The shot was made with a Canon EOS 5D, handheld at f/2.5, 1/100, ISO1250. The only post processing done was cropping plus conversion to B&W.
-Alexandre Dion

This was my new personal favorite challenge to date, not just because of the creativity and technique, but because participants really put themselves out there in an artistically vulnerable way. Thanks everyone. Be sure to check out the gallery—many excellent entries await you there. And full size shots are always on flickr.

Fuente: http://gizmodo.com/5691380/30-shamelessly-stolen-photographs

Análisis de performance de Call Of Duty Black Ops

En TechSpot, esta excelente revisión no del juego en sí, sino, de lo que más me interesa particularmente, que es con cuánta potencia de cálculo se tiene que contar para ejecutarlo correctamente, lo que indica a grandes razgos y de forma bastante acertada, que tan bien desarrollado está, y que tanto aprovecha las tecnologías reinantes hoy en día, en los escritorios de los gamers sobre PC.

Call of Duty: Black Ops GPU & CPU Performance In-depth

Two years ago we published an in-depth performance review of the fifth major installment in the Call of Duty series, World at War. Since then Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released almost exactly a year ago. Now on to a successive andvery successful yearly release, Call of Duty: Black Ops arrives, paving the way for even more games in the series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops debuts a new theme around the Cold War conflict whereas previous titles related to either World War II or modern age warfare. Developed by Treyarch, Black Ops seems to have a lot more in common with the older World at War than Modern Warfare 2 though.

Besides the fact that it's coming from the same development team, Black Ops essentially uses the older Call of Duty 4 game engine. To be precise the game runs on an enhanced World at War engine, which is in itself an improved version of what Call of Duty 4 used back in 2008. This new revision of the engine features a streaming texture technology also supported in Modern Warfare 2 that allows for larger levels, for example the "Payback" level where the player controls a helicopter. Additionally, lighting effects have been improved and the game supports 3D imaging rendered when using the correct hardware.

Before we get busy with the benchmarking to see how various hardware configurations handle this game, here is a quick summary of what's going on (courtesy of Wikipedia). As pointed out before, Black Ops takes place during the Cold War. The player mainly controls two characters: special forces operative Alex Mason and CIA agent Jason Hudson. The single-player campaign revolves around an experimental Soviet chemical weapon codenamed "Nova-6". The game includes locations such as the Ural Mountains in central Russia, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. Viktor Reznov, a key character from the Soviet campaign in World at War has been confirmed to return for Black Ops, joining Mason and the SOG in Vietnam. Dimitri Petrenko, the Russian protagonist from World at War also makes an appearance.

The online multiplayer mode of Black Ops retains the experience points and unlockable reward system that has been kept since Call of Duty 4. "Create-a-Class 2.0" allows enhanced personalization with appearance items as well as upgradable perks: weapons are extensively customizable with clan tag writing, emblems, attachments and camouflage painting.

For the first time in the series, clips from online gameplay can be recorded. Some PC specific features that were taken away from Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 return, such as lean, mod tools, the developer console and dedicated servers. Dedicated servers are exclusively provided by Game Servers. Steam is the exclusive platform for Black Ops on the PC, so the game is protected by Valve Anti-Cheat.

Fuente: http://www.techspot.com/review/336-cod-black-ops-performance/

Algunos videos de gameplay y el trailer del lanzamiento:

Hitachi da a conocer sus discos rígidos de 3TB

Como anunciaba hace unas semanas, los desarrollos de Hitachi en el campo almacenamiento vienen dando que hablar. Hoy, y siguiendo las huellas de Western Digital, los productos de Hitachi ya son una pronta realidad en el portfolio de la empresa.

Hitachi Intros Deskstar 7K and 5K Hard Drives with 3 TB Capacities

Hitachi listed two of its new mammoth-capacity hard drives on its website, the Deskstar 7K3000 and Deskstar 5K3000. These drives are available in capacities of up to 3 TB; 2 TB and 1 TB variants are also available. The drives have spindle speeds of 7200 rpm (for the 7K3000) and 5400 rpm (for the 5K3000). Available in the 3.5-inch form factor, these drives use the SATA 6 Gb/s interface, but are backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s and 1.5 Gb/s. The 7K3000 uses a 64 MB cache, while the 5K3000 makes do with 32 MB. Both drives have default sector sizes of 512 bytes. The company is yet to reveal pricing.

Fuente: http://www.techpowerup.com/134557/Hitachi-Intros-Deskstar-7K-and-5K-Hard-Drives-with-3-TB-Capacities.html

Análisis: Phenom X6 con DDR3-2000

Excelente desarrollo testeando intensivamente, la performance de los AMD Phenom X6, con memorias 2000MHz. La escalabilidad en DDR3 se está empezando a hacer ver de forma estable sobre las plataformas más altas! Ideal para entusiastas.

El desarrollo, en X-Bit Labs:

Phenom II X6 and DDR3-2000: It’s Working!

G.Skill Company offered us their DDR3-2000 memory kit specially optimized for systems with AMD CPUs. Our today’s article is devoted to this G.Skill product and its performance.

by Ilya Gavrichenkov

Table of Contents

Fuente: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/memory/display/phenom-ii-x6-ddr3-2000.html

Un experto en seguridad lanza un código que ataca a dispositivos Android

Un investigador de seguridad ha lanzado un código que podría ser utilizado para atacar alguns versiones de Android a través de Internet.

El ataque se centra en los navegadores de Android 2.1 y anteriores, y se ha sabido de su existencia la pasada semana, cuando M.J. Keith, investigador de seguridad de Alert Logic, lo anunció durante la conferencia HouSecCon celebrada en Houston. Keith asegura que ha escrito un código que le permite ejecutar una simple línea de comando en Android cuando la víctima visita una página web que contiene su código de ataque.

El error utilizado en el ataque de Keith se encuentra en el motor del navegador WebKit utilizado en Android. Google ha dicho que conoce la vulnerabilidad y que esta no afecta a Android 2.2 y versiones anteriores. Google Android 2.2 funciona en el 36,2% de terminales Android, el resto, muchos de los cuales no se pueden actualizar, corren el riesgo de ataque.

El hecho de que Android separe los diferentes componentes del sistema operativo hace que el exploit de Keith no le permita acceder al teléfono afectado, aunque sí podrá acceder a todo lo que el navegador pueda leer. Esto significa, según los expertos, que no podrá utilizar un terminal para leer o enviar mensajes SMS o hacer llamadas, pero sí robar fotografías almacenadas o echar un vistazo al historial del navegador.

WebKit es un software de código abierto que se utiliza en los navegadores Safary y Chrome y otros productos. El fallo en WebKit que Keith está explotando ya se ha hecho público, pero el investigador de seguridad lo está aplicando para atacar Android.

Fuente: http://www.itespresso.es/lanzan-un-codigo-que-permite-atacar-dispositivos-android-47990.html

Harán un megarecital para ayudar al baterista Luis Dorieux a viajar a Las Vegas

Un gran ejemplo que demuestra que aún en las situaciones más adversas, con ingenio y garra, se puede salir adelante.

Seis bandas tocarán el jueves en Robert Nesta. El baterista representará a Tucumán en el Drum Camp 2010.

"Todos por el Gordo". Así se llama el recital que el próximo jueves, desde las 21.30, se realizará en Robert Nesta (San Martín 1129) en beneficio del baterista tucumano Luis Dorieux. Participarán Los Peces Gordos, Karma Sudaca, La Banda de tu Hermana, Yesterday, Rock n’ Lobos y Mr. Magic. 

Marlen Dorieux, organizadora del recital, contó que el objetivo es colaborar con su padre, quien a fin de mes representará a Tucumán en el Drum Camp 2010, en Las Vegas. "El martes 23 viaja a Buenos Aires, donde lo recibirán con un evento. Allí estará unos días, hasta finalmente partir hacia Estados Unidos", indicó.

En Las Vegas, Dorieux brindará clínicas y charlas, y contará su experiencia como músico luego de haber sufrido la amputación de sus piernas. Además, el tucumano tendrá la posibilidad de estar junto con famosos bateristas internacionales que participarán del acontecimiento.


EL BATERISTA Y SU FAN N° 1. Marlen es la organizadora del recital que juntará fondos para su padre. LA GACETA

Fuente: http://www.lagaceta.com.ar/nota/408499/Espectaculos/megarecital-para-ayudar-Luis-Dorieux-viajar-Vegas.html

Algunos videos de Luis: