From the video I just watched, there's some kind of lens in front of the laser beam that disperses it into a wider light beam. The laser should only be thought of as a bulb, then.
If only all of congress was leaving at the end of their term. Something other than naming buildings might actually get done.
Assateague. No seriously, that's the name of it. It's a public beach directly east of Wallops. Probably costs a few dollars to get in. Or you can go to the Wallops Visitors Center. It's across the road from the facility and has a viewing area on the roof. It's free.
My vision will be augmented.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."
This reminds me of one program I was using that abused mouse hooks to see if the user was idle. It would cause certain programs to spike when moving the mouse (probably processes with a lot of handles receiving mouse messages). Wasn't all that noticeable until the framerate dropped substantially in games, where one uses the mouse a lot. Once I figured it out, I stopped using that program needless to say.