Friday Links

Good night, HAL

This was big news, but in case you missed it: Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped from 24 miles above Earth and broke the sound barrier on his way down. He also broke all sorts of records in the process. To reiterate: he went higher than four Everests stacked on top of each other, then moved faster than the noise from his own fall on the way down. Dayum.

I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you do that.

How does Google index every website in the world and still give you 10 gigabytes of e-mail storage – for free? Magic, right? Well, magic, and over a million servers. Recently Google released some rare photos of their sprawling data centers – check out the voodoo.

Whatchoo talkin' bout fool?!

The Onion live-blogged the second debate, and it’s just as good as you’d imagine. “Seems neither candidate is tall enough to have his feet hit the ground when sitting on those stools. Pathetic. America deserves better.”

And, boom goes the dynamite.

What would happen if you set off history’s biggest nuclear bomb at the deepest point in the ocean? xkcd’s Randall Munroe has the answer. I’m liking these weekly “What if?” segments more and more.


And finally: this guy saved the world in 1983, and you’ve probably never heard of him. Why not make his acquaintance?

That’s all she wrote. See you next week, and have a great weekend!

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