Nerd News Roundup

Pacific Rim 2?

Guillermo del Toro has this to say about a sequel to his monsters vs. giant robots movie.

“Legendary gave me the absolute go-ahead with writing the screenplay, so Travis Beacham and I are working on it. As far as giving it a green light, that’s the big step of the process. We need to put together a budget and then they’ll make that decision, but everybody is unwavering in their love for the movie.”

If I had to guess, I’d say they’re probably going to wait and see what the Blu-ray sales are like before they decide on how much money they want to give the director.


Underwater internet…

Wi-Fi can now be found in Africa’s grasslands, around the glaciers of the North Pole, and in airplanes flying high above the Earth’s surface, but underwater is one place the Internet still can’t go… until now.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York are developing a “deep-sea computing network” that can beam data from submerged sensors in oceans, seas, and lakes to users’ wireless devices in real time.

The goal of creating underwater Internet is to help people get a better gauge of what’s going on in the oceans’ depths. For example, underwater Wi-Fi could help scientists detect tsunamis and send warnings to coastal residents, collect data on water pollution, and monitor offshore oil and natural gas rigs.

Finally… now, when my wife and I take that dream vacation in the future and go diving, I’ll be able to continue posting updates on my Twitter feed.

“OMG! Saw a fish.”

“More fish”

“Can’t believe there are so many fish!”

“A shark! That’s a type of fish.”

“Okay, shark bit off my arm. Still good. I wasn’t holding the phone with that hand.”

On the plus side, it should make detecting the next kaiju attack that much easier.

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