Who would win if Starcraft were real? (and other stuff you missed)
Congratulations, you made it to Wednesday afternoon. Perhaps you need a drink? In today's edition of GeekBytes, we look at a giant light show, some new Google+ goodness, and some serious research into gaming.
San Francisco's most famous bridge is of course the Golden Gate, a world renowned structure. What’s a lesser bridge to do to steal the limelight in this day and age? Get the Bay Lights Project to help, of course! Artist Leo Villareal's light show strings 25,000 LEDs across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge's 1.8-mile-long western span. With some programming, the lights can flicker in all sorts unique sequences. The display switched on Tuesday night, and it'll run every night until 2015.
If you use Google+, you may have noticed the change today that allows forcover photos that measure 2120 by 1192 pixels at a 16:9 ratio. That’s huge, you know? Be aware that this tweak changes the spacing of everything on the profile, so if you decide to wow your Circles with an obnoxious image, don’t be surprised if things looks weird as well as giant. Google said this change will let you have more freedom with what images you use, and give you more room to show them.
The Royal Observatory of Edinburgh is taking the tough questions to heart: Which race would finally win out in the end if the interstellar conflict in Starcraft were real? In order to get the numbers to crunch, researchers studied and carefully notated 500 professional Starcraft matches (scientific method, indeed) to formulate which race had the advantage in a real-time conflict. In case you’re wondering, it’s the Terran. Heck, I could have told you that.