Weekend Links is a collection of links that I found over the course of the week. They make for great weekend reading, and come out every Friday, just in time for you to peruse them as you’re trying to find anything else other than work to do.
Here’s more data on (and some solutions for) the high cost of bandwidth in the US — Tech News and Analysis: Yesterday Mathew Prince, the CEO of Cloudflare posted some awesome data on his company’s blog showing that the U.S. has a higher cost for bandwidth than Europe. – by Stacey Higginbotham – Tags: at&t, bandwidth, broadband, comcast, equinix’s, fcc, internet, level 3, netflix, network neutrality, peering, tech, telegeography, time warner cable, transit, verizon – http://gigaom.com/2014/08/27/heres-more-data-on-and-some-solutions-for-the-high-cost-of-bandwidth-in-the-u-s/
NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket is slated for a 2018 launch: Upstarts like SpaceX might get most of the attention, but let’s not forget that NASA — you know, the folks who actually put 12 guys on the moon — isn’t done pushing to explore the heavens just yet. – by Chris Velazco – http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/27/nasa-space-launch-system-2018/
Leap Motion wants to be a window to the real world for VR headsets: One of the best features of VR headsets also happens to be one of its greatest shortcomings. Headsets are designed so that you can’t see anything else, making games incredibly immersive. Yet it also means that interacting with the real world requires removing it from your head. – by Josh Lowensohn – http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/28/6076235/leap-motion-wants-to-be-a-window-to-the-real-world-for-vr-headsets
The mystery of Death Valley’s sailing stones has been solved: On a cracked lakebed in Death Valley called Racetrack Playa, there are a collection of stones, some weighing several hundred pounds, that clearly, mysteriously, move. – by Josh Dzieza – http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/28/6079445/the-mystery-of-death-valleys-sailing-stones-has-been-solved
Project Wing is Google X’s attempt at a drone-based delivery program: Earlier this year, Amazon unveiled its plans for using drones to deliver products to customers, and now Google has revealed that it is working on something similar. – by Chance Miller – http://9to5google.com/2014/08/28/project-wing-is-google-xs-attempt-at-a-drone-based-delivery-program