Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lost Planet

More like lost life since I got it. I can't even think about going back to Call of Duty, and I am a WWII strategy game addict, but this thing is just, well 10 years ago it would have blown your mind as a movie, it looks, feels and sounds way better than say T2 of Jerkassic Park, but your fucking playing it, and you have a great degree of movement, its not a narrow path though it keeps you going by constraining you with objectives and dangers. But you don't feel like it Call of Duty where your like "why can't I go over there."

The entire thing jus kicks ass, and that my opinion. Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

What Technology has Done to Mankind




This is the truth, in the end this is technology and man. Better make robot bodies quick. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 19, 2007

We Love Gail Orenstein

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view profile Unbowed says:
"This is the first testimonial I have written of any kind. I don't normally go in for that kind of thing.

Gail's images combine two very powerful means of truthtelling. And depending upon how you think of most modern day journalists, and sex workers, are based on two of the most potentially truth bearing professions. I would never have come up with the combination she has here, and don't get me to lying but i believe this represents a telltale sign of genius."
view profile d70dug says:
"OK what can I add ?

Love your work Gail.

No one does news and boobs like you do."
view profile pantagrapher says:
"Her juxtapositions of image & verbiage are always provocative and, at times, utterly brilliant."
view profile crjr2757 says:
"This is the best way to get the news! I truly enjoy the headlines along with the pics. Maybe some will say my mind is in a crazy crazy place but if more people saw the news the way it's presented here maybe something would be done about some of the issues facing the world."
view profile corydalus says:
"Lovely pictures coupled with titles and commentary that at first seem completely unrelated to the photos. But keep reading....

Gail's art is not just pleasing to the eye; it also encourages the audience to think, question and participate. And it does both sooooo well."
view profile funkyj says:
"Gail is da bomb! While I have never actually seen Gail or even pictures of Gail, she is WAY SEXIER than the gorgeous women she posts photographs of. How do I know this? Because I am a person of strong faith! As soon as the grant money I've requested for my faith based initiative comes through I'm going to whisk Gail off her feet, fly her to an undisclosed location and make her forget (for the next 48 hours) that the rest of the world exists. xoxox"
view profile Waken The Dead says:
"Gail is a national institution - her work is captivating in a way that urges you to not only consider the world around you and open your eyes to the truth - but is done in such a way that it's an artform. Her rare talent can't be learned but is instinctual and I consider myself lucky to have stumbled across her work, and am enthralled and addicted on daily basis. Keep pushing the boundaries Gail - I won't be happy until you have your own TV show! :)

Lisa
x"
view profile c monster says:
"Gail..........
you put the "awe" in "awesome"..........Holy Crap........... the fotos of those gorgeous babes.........the strong and tight commentaries about things going on.......... what can I say????????????? you totally are in control............. you are awesome and you rock it Babe...............

love your "stuff" Honey.............

Your friend in So. Cal.................

~kisses~

edward"
view profile CharlieBrown8989 says:
"Gail

I don't know her @ all. But I do know that she is a very popular pro member on www.flickr.com

That is because she have utilized the web space to advocate the awareness of Breast Implant & its implication on Breast Cancer.

Billy Warhol my adopted brother is one that introduce me to Gail site.

She is very well into photo journalism & each master piece speak & show the urgencies of both the prevention & cure of one breast. Her contributions in her own ways by exposing the beauties & dark side of this Sexies divided world is very rare personality on the net.

I salute her commitment & at the sametime appreciate her contributions in the Breast Cancer prevention & actions.

Gail you are great........."
view profile Davichi says:
"The work of Gail is sensational, exciting and mainly beautiful. It has excellent photographies... and of course... it has much luck. Please it continues delighting to us with your great work."

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Blogging from Somolia

BBC has an intresting article summing up the negative ground level assessment of the Ethiopian US backed invasion of Somalia.


Bloggers in Somolia


And here is a Google mashup for freedom  blogger Sami Ben Gharbia has created a map of prisions in tunisia


Tunisia is a very western friendly nation with lots of Europeans working and living there, but it is also a vicious dictatorship that blogging is opening up.

Tunisia's treatment of the blogosphere is on the level of China.

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Sony RSS TV

David Winer over at Scripting News, longest running blog on the internet, has a blurb on Sony Bravia which will aggregate RSS, paving the way for RSS TV.

I got a bunch of email after a Sony announcement yesterday that they were making a box for their Bravia TV that connects it to the Internet, and includes a RSS aggregator that gets podcasts to play on the TV. Niall Kennedy writes: "Your TV now subscribes to RSS. Crazy!" It's worth mentioning that my TV, a 46" Sony Bravia, already has this capability. I did it with a $500 add-on called a Mac Mini, and some RSS software I wrote myself. It's connected to the Internet, of course, and also includes a blog editor, and an outliner. No reason to think of your TV set as anything other than a PC.


http://www.scripting.com/2007/01/08.html

Certainy David, but a built in RSS agregator for TV will enable on demand distribution of video and music and anything in an open source fashion.  Soon your TV will only need a connection to the Interent.  No longer a cable provider, just a jack to the WWW.



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Sunday, January 07, 2007

InfoWar in Iraq

Sunni insurgents in particular have become expert at using technology to underscore—some would say exaggerate—their effectiveness. "The sophistication of the way the enemy is using the news media is huge," Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, told NEWSWEEK just before he returned to the United States. Most large-scale attacks on U.S. forces are now filmed, often from multiple camera angles, and with high-resolution cameras. The footage is slickly edited into dramatic narratives: quick-cut images of Humvees exploding or U.S. soldiers being felled by snipers are set to inspiring religious soundtracks or chanting, which lends them a triumphal feel. In some cases, U.S. officials believe, insurgents attack American forces primarily to generate fresh footage.


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In the new information age a cellphone can defeat a trillion dollar military.

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InfoWar in Iraq

Sunni insurgents in particular have become expert at using technology to underscore—some would say exaggerate—their effectiveness. "The sophistication of the way the enemy is using the news media is huge," Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, told NEWSWEEK just before he returned to the United States. Most large-scale attacks on U.S. forces are now filmed, often from multiple camera angles, and with high-resolution cameras. The footage is slickly edited into dramatic narratives: quick-cut images of Humvees exploding or U.S. soldiers being felled by snipers are set to inspiring religious soundtracks or chanting, which lends them a triumphal feel. In some cases, U.S. officials believe, insurgents attack American forces primarily to generate fresh footage.


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In the new information age a cellphone can defeat a trillion dollar military.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

$100 laptop project eyes launch

BBC News


James Gettys, vice president of software engineering for One Laptop per Child

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Well it was a signle net address

Wikipedia Qatar ban 'temporary'
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Wikipedia is one of the internet community's big successes
Web encyclopaedia Wikipedia temporarily banned anonymous posts to its site from people in Qatar after repeated reports of net vandalism.

The 12-hour ban hit arge numbers of people in the country because all web traffic in Qatar is routed through a single net address.

Wikipedia says pages about the US, sex and the birthday of the prophet Muhammad were vandalised.

The site is run by its users and anyone is free to alter posts in good faith.

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, wrote: "This IP number was temporarily blocked for less than 12 hours, and a block of an entire nation would go absolutely against Wikipedia policy."

In an earlier post on the Wikipedia site, it said: "Anonymous editing from this internet address is currently disabled due to a large volume of spam and vandalism that we have received from this address."

Specific users

In other cases Wikipedia bans specific users who vandalise entries to the encyclopaedia. But it was not able to do that for users in Qatar because of the way the net is configured in the country.

There is only one high speed internet service provider in the country which acts as a gateway for all users.

It was thought the ban was permanent but Mr Wales made clear the ban was temporary.

"In the English Wikipedia, such an action [a permanent ban] would require approval of at a minimum the English Arbitration Committee and/or me personally, and would never ever be undertaken lightly, nor without extensive attempts at direct negotiation with the ISP and/or nation in question," he wrote.

Qatar is one of the wealthiest middle eastern countries, with a population of about 630,000. It is also the home of Al-Jazeera TV, one of the most well-known Arabic TV networks.

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Web users driving change in 2007

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By Mark Ward
Technology Correspondent, BBC News website

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Video site YouTube blazed a trail in 2006
It is often said the only constant in the world of hi-tech is change - a fact that makes prediction notoriously difficult. But here three tech veterans give their view about what will drive change over the next 12 months and beyond.

There is little doubt that 2006 was the year that web users started to flex their muscle.

Although everyone is familiar with web giants such as Google, Yahoo and Amazon, the last 12 months have shown that their reign at the top is perhaps not going to last forever.

In 2006 it was YouTube, MySpace, Bebo, Facebook and many other social sites that grabbed the headlines.

The focus on users and online communities will continue in 2007 said Kathy Johnson from Consort Partners - a Silicon Valley-based firm that advises start-ups targeting the so-called Web 2.0 space.

The big trend among hot web companies will be the "actualisation of personalisation" she says. By that mouthful she means web firms will find a way to mine the information generated when net communities spring up.

Kathy Johnson, KJohnson
Johnson: Personalisation will be big in 2007
For instance, she says, although web shops such as Amazon make recommendations about new books, CDs, DVDs or gadgets you might like based on what you have bought, few people trust these as they are not entirely sure how they are generated.

And, she said, the recommendations made by net retailers were often not very accurate.

People were much more likely to trust recommendations that come from an online interest group they had joined, she said.

"That's why all the companies are talking reputation management and melding it with personalisation so when you get recommendations you can trust them," she said.

Ms Johnson said start-ups such as music community sites Last.fm and Mog were leading the way but she had seen many more being founded along similar lines.

Mix and match

For serial entrepreneur Philippe Courtot, 2007 promises to be a year of big changes for the broader technology industry which will also be set in motion by greater use of web technology.

Mobile camera screen, BBC
Mobiles will make possible all kinds of social changes
The ease and speed with which web programs can be put together is driving more and more businesses to question how they create the software they use to keep their organisations running.

"You cannot keep on developing software the old ways," said Mr Courtot who is founder and chairman of online security firm Qualys. "The costs of distribution and support are higher and higher and the customers are less and less satisfied."

Instead of buying a licence for a program and developing applications themselves, companies will move in great numbers towards firms offering software as a service via the web browser. "It's going to be much more visible than it has at any other time," he said.

As customers start to dry up he predicted a wave of mergers and acquisitions as old-fashioned software firms consume each other to stay in business.

"There's going to be huge consolidation," he said.

Phone home

For Dr Martin Illsley, director of the European research labs for tech consultancy Accenture, 2007 will also be a big year for personal technology - in particular the mobile phone.

As the numbers of handsets bearing cameras reaches a crucial point they will start to make possible all kinds of unforeseen changes - ones that businesses may struggle to cope with.

Toyota partner robot, AP
Robots will start to pop in more places in 2007
"Camera phones will allow customers to communicate with businesses via pictures in addition to phone and e-mail," he said.

"Consumers will be able to complain more easily by snapping the offending incident or object," he said.

For businesses the downside is the weight of evidence that customers can amass about faulty goods or shoddy service. However, he said, smart firms will find a way to use the information being generated and which may be impossible to capture any other way.

Also in 2007 he expects other technologies, in particular robots and wireless sensor nets, to start to weave themselves into everyday life.

As the component costs of these devices fall they are much more likely to be used everyday, he said.

"New generations of service robots will not be very intelligent but will provide cheap help for a range of tasks such as packing, cleaning, checking and basic assistance," he said.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

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BBC News

French marchers say 'non' to 2007
Demonstration against 2007 in Nantes
The demonstrators took French restiveness to extremes
Hundreds of protesters in France have rung in the New Year by holding a light-hearted march against it.

Parodying the French readiness to say "non", thedemonstrators in the western city of Nantes waved banners reading: "Noto 2007" and "Now is better!"

The marchers called on governments and the UN to stop time's "mad race" and declare a moratorium on the future.

The protest was held in the rain and organisers joked that even the weather was against the New Year.

The tension mounted as the minutes ticked away towardsmidnight - but the arrival of 2007 did nothing to dampen theirenthusiasm.

The protesters began to chant: "No to 2008!"

They vowed to stage a similar protest on 31 December 2007 on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris.

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I love France and have done some interesting high tech work there, and they were right about Iraq where as the US and UK were wrong, but sometimes some of their ludditism is commical.

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