Guy Makes Device Which Can Open Combination Locks in a Matter of Seconds

Not really what you were looking to hear if you have a locker at work or school that relies on combination locks to keep people from snooping through your personal belongings, huh? Well, someone was bound to do something like this sooner or later and it’s not like combination locks were the best security option on the planet anyway.

This new high-tech process looks to follow the manual process used by experienced crackers, but drastically reducing the process with the help of computerized algorithms. The device is made out of a stepper motor, a servo motor, a 3D printed harness and an Adruino to help with the AI/computerized side of things.

But now to the real question… how useful is the process? Well, not that useful. Experienced crackers can open these type of locks in a matter of seconds too (not as fast as a robot, but pretty fast nonetheless). So that’s why combination locks are made to keep out nosy people from snooping through your personal stuff and not keep your family values safe.

Still, this can be useful when you really have no experience and desire to learn how to crack these things and want to prank your friends. You can watch the video below to see how it is made and tested.

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How Much Did Barney Stinson Make a Year? A Redditor Did the Math

We are getting some of the funniest and most interesting Reddit threads when nerds and geeks are bored. It wasn’t that long ago that someone did the math on how much Friend’s Joey owed Chandler based on numbers and events from the show; now someone has done the same for How I met your Mother’s Barney Stinson.

The show was very cryptic about both Barney’s job and his income, except that it was a lot judging by his awesome full-wall TV, full-sized Storm Trooper or Skymall orders. But there were hints and the Redditor Sir-Zeph did the math based on suits – what could be more fitting for Barney, the man who would give his life for one.

In Unpause (S09E15), it is revealed that Barney spends 1 Crapload on suits a year and he makes 16 Craploads a year. Barney also says that Robin’s family’s wealth amounts to 6000 Canadian Craploads.

In Vesuvirus (S09E19), Barney shows Ted two rooms full of suits. From what is shown, there are 7 racks of 15 suits in one room. Assuming the second room also has 7 racks of 15 suits, Barney owns 210 (2(7*15)) suits.

In Game Night (S01E15), it was stated that Barney has been wearing suits since 1998, which translates to a period of 15 years up to the point of his wedding. Hence it can be concluded that Barney purchases 14 suits a year on average.

In Cupcake (S01E16), Barney takes Marshall to his tailor to get him a suit which was $4000 (which Marshall finds out later on). From this we can calculate that Barney spends $56,000 (14*4000) on suits a year approximately.

In False Positive (S06E12), Barney donates 4 racks of suits, which is a loss of 60 (4*15) suits from the overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.

In Girls Vs Suits (S05E12), Barney accidentally rips a suit which is a loss of 1 suit from his overall collection of suits owned in the span of 15 years.

In No Tomorrow (S03E12), Barney spots a fancy green suit on St. Patty’s day.

In The Front Porch (S04E17), it was revealed that Barney sleeps in his specially tailored Suitjamas. Now assuming that he wouldn’t bring a flashy green suit and his suitjamas to wear at the wedding, it is safe to assume that these 2 suits weren’t in the adjoining room. This adds two more to the overall count.

In Miracles (S03E20), Barney is hit by the bus and later in the hospital reveals to the gang that they had to cut his suit.

In The Naked Man (S04E09), Barney attempts to score with a blonde, who rejects him and kicks him out on the street without his clothes and his phone. Now that adds 2 more suits to the count.

Taking all that information and creating math out of it and Barney’s yearly income it looks something like this:

  • 210 + 60 + 1 + 2 + 2= 275 Suits
  • 275 / 15 = 18.333 Suits/year
  • $4000 * 18.333 = $73,332/year
  • $73,332 * 16 = $1,173,312

That means that Barney makes $1,173,312 a year in his unknown job position, not bad.

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App Utilizes Camera to Solve Math Problems Instantly

Stuck on that last piece of calculus homework? A new app has hit the scene, the PhotoMath App allows you to solve your tricky math equations instantly just by pointing your Smart Phone camera at your paper.

Back when I was in school, my teachers always told me I needed to learn basic calculations in my head  to make adult life much easier, but little did they know, phones were going to become pretty popular and mine has a nifty calculator app pre-installed. PhotoMath takes this one step further, allowing you to solve tricky algebra equations in an instant simply by pointing your phone at the equation.

Unfortuatnely, for Android users it’s apparently not going to be available until 2015 so for the mean time you’re going to have to use the old-fashioned method. If you’re an Apple user, you can start reaping the benefits right now. However, this isn’t being marketed as the be-all and end-all of math equations as we know it, PhotoMath’s statement reads:

“PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real-time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems.”

Other than simply solving the problem for you, the app also spits out an explanation as to how this answer was reached in a further effort to educate the user on its processes.

There are some mixed user reviews on the iTunes page with some users complaining that the app doesn’t always pick up the whole sum, the general feeling is mediocre at best with a 3 star current rating. To give it credit, the rating sample is quite small sitting at 10 reviews, so we’re hoping that this app isn’t a ‘pie in the sky’ ideology and actually works flawlessly in application.

If you’re looking for more of an explanation into how it functions, check out their promotion video.

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Secret Artificial Intelligence Project has been In The Works for 30 Years

Cycorp look like any other research company, striving to create newer technologies in order to sell them to other companies and make life easier for people. However, the company has revealed that they were working on a piece of advanced artificial intelligence for 30 years, keeping it a secret up until now.

They have stated that the secrecy was kept by working on their own. This means no outside investments, no debts and no news about the project of course. The information which revealed the project in question has apparently been released by Cycorp, having the project near the stage where it could be ‘applicable enough’.

People’s desire for a Star Trek-like computer, namely an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, without the need of millions and millions of hard-coded instructions, has been on the list of ‘to-do’ things for many companies.

However, the method of user interface in question has been stated countless times to be extremely hard to achieve. Despite the latter, Cycorp aims to do this by ‘codify general human knowledge and common sense’, having computers then make use of it. They apparently have been attempting to figure out the pieces of data humans rely on daily, the knowledge required to understand the world, and represent that in a formal manner so that machines can use to reason.

Cycorp has apparently been building this ‘brain out of software’ from scratch since 1984. The product’s name is called Cyc and it is allegedly not ‘programmed’ in the conventional sense, but more like ‘taught’. Building a computer software is more of a procedure-like approach, using flowcharts for example as guidelines and specifications on what the actual piece of software is to perform. Cycorp describes Cyc to be built more like educating a child, having to teach it things.

For example, Cyc is able to see “the white space rather than the black space in what everyone reads and writes to each other.” This gives Cyc the ability to comprehend and reason with things deemed achievable only by humans. Also, given that Cyc has a vast knowledge of everything, it could soon be installed as a normal operating system on almost everything, including robots.

The company has stated that Cyc is currently being used to teach math for sixth graders. While the program understands the math, it listens to what students have to say and performs diagnostics on their confusion. With this, it is then able to figure out what behaviour it can carry out that would be most useful in aiding them understand things.

Though teaching math is nothing special, it is just an example of what Cyc is able to do, having to emphasise its radical technique in approaching a problem and solving it based on individual and unique analytical resolutions.

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