Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fwd: Edge 350 - Jaron Lanier: The Local-Global Flip, or, "The Lanier Effect"; The "Best of Edge" book series

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Subject: Fwd: Edge 350 - Jaron Lanier: The Local-Global Flips, or, "The Lanier Effect"; The "Best of Edge" book series
"What you have now is a system in which the Internet user becomes the product that is being sold to others, and what the product is, is the ability to be manipulated. "
Google has done something that might even be more destructive of the middle class, which is they've said, "Well, since Moore's law makes computation really cheap, let's just give away the computation, but keep the data." And that's a disaster.
... "If we enter into the kind of world that Google likes, the world that Google wants, it's a world where information is copied so much on the Internet that nobody knows where it came from anymore, so there can't be any rights of authorship. However, you need a big search engine to even figure out what it is or find it.

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Date: Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Subject: Edge 350 - Jaron Lanier: The Local-Global Flip, or, "The Lanier Effect"; The "Best of Edge" book series
To: AV

EDGE.ORG - August 30, 2011
"If you aspire to use computer network power to become a global force through shaping the world instead of acting as a local player in an unfathomably large environment, when you make that global flip, you can no longer play the game of advantaging the design of the world to yourself and expect it to be sustainable. The great difficulty of becoming powerful and getting close to a computer network is: Can people learn to forego the temptations, the heroin-like rewards of being able to reform the world to your own advantage in order to instead make something sustainable?"
A Conversations with Jaron Lanier
Introduction by John Brockman
[John Brockman:] We used to think that information is power and that the personal computer enabled lives. But, according to Jaron Lanier, things changed about ten years ago. He cites Apple, Google, and Walmart as some of the reasons. ... In a freewheeling hour-long conversation, Lanier touches on, and goes beyond the themes he launched in his influential 2006 Edge essay "Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism." What he terms "The Local-Global Flip" might be better expressed as "The Lanier Effect". Here's a sampling:
... "The Apple idea is that instead of the personal computer model where people own their own information, and everybody can be a creator as well as a consumer, we're moving towards this iPad, iPhone model where it's not as adequate for media creation as the real media creation tools, and even though you can become a seller over the network, you have to pass through Apple's gate to accept what you do, and your chances of doing well are very small, and it's not a person to person thing, it's a business through a hub, through Apple to others, and it doesn't create a middle class, it creates a new kind of upper class. ... Google has done something that might even be more destructive of the middle class, which is they've said, "Well, since Moore's law makes computation really cheap, let's just give away the computation, but keep the data." And that's a disaster.
... "If we enter into the kind of world that Google likes, the world that Google wants, it's a world where information is copied so much on the Internet that nobody knows where it came from anymore, so there can't be any rights of authorship. However, you need a big search engine to even figure out what it is or find it. They want a lot of chaos that they can have an ability to undo. ... when you have copying on a network, you throw out information because you lose the provenance, and then you need a search engine to figure it out again. That's part of why Google can exist. Ah, the perversity of it all just gets to me.
... "What Wal-Mart recognized is that information is power, and by using network information, you could consolidate extraordinary power, and so have information about what could be made where, when, what could be moved where, when, who would buy what, when for how much? By coalescing all of that, and reducing the unknowns, they were able to globalize their point of view so they were no longer a local player, but they essentially became their own market, and that's what information can do. The use of networks can turn you from a local player in a larger system into your own global system.
... "The reason this breaks is that there's a local-global flip that happens. When you start to use an information network to concentrate information and therefore power, you benefit from a first arrival effect, and from some other common network effects that make it very hard for other people to come and grab your position. And this gets a little detailed, but it was very hard for somebody else to copy Wal-Mart once Wal-Mart had gathered all the information, because once they have the whole world aligned by the information in their server, they created essentially an expense or a risk for anybody to jump out of that system. That was very hard. ... In a similar way, once you are a customer of Google's ad network, the moment that you stop bidding for your keyword, you're guaranteeing that your closest competitor will get it. It's no longer just, "Well, I don't know if I want this slot in the abstract, and who knows if a competitor or some entirely unrelated party will get it." Instead, you have to hold on to your ground because suddenly every decision becomes strategic for you, and immediately. It creates a new kind of glue, or a new kind of stickiness.
... "It can become such a bizarre system. What you have now is a system in which the Internet user becomes the product that is being sold to others, and what the product is, is the ability to be manipulated. It's an anti-liberty system, and I know that the rhetoric around it is very contrary to that. ... What we have to do to create liberty in the future is to monetize more and more instead of monetize less and less, and in particular we have to monetize more and more of what ordinary people do, unless we want to make them into wards of the state. That's the stark choice we have in the long-term." ... MORE

JARON LANIER is a computer scientist, composer, and visual artist. He is the author of YOU ARE NOT A GADGET: A MANIFESTO.
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"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic -

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Yahoo has the coolest graffiti mural in their cafeteria.

Yahoo Cafeteria Building C.

Click to get larger version.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tweet Waves vs. Seismic Waves

I published in  June 03, 2011
Product ideas - EarthQuake early warning system. 

Basically taking advantage that the internet is faster then earthquake waves.
Or to put it another way light is faster then sound. 

It's nice to see the idea is finally catching on.  The graphic below basically explain the idea, but still has humans in the loop.

8/22/2011   Early Earthquake Warning System In iOS 5
"A very important and functional feature has been added to Apple's iOS 5 for Japanese users: an earthquake warning system. This new feature may allow the people of Japan to be warned early enough to get out of harm's way and ultimately save lives. Most phones sold in Japan have some way to warn the user of Earthquakes."

On read : Tweet Waves vs. Seismic Waves

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Techdirt: Debate On Software Patents Fails To Convince Silicon Valley That Patents Increase Innovation

What Einstein, Twain, and Forty Eight Other Creative People Had to Say About Schooling | Psychology Today

Gravity waves.

What if radioactive decay is effected not by gravity but by a change in gravity?

Just like an electric current get's generated in a wire by change in magnetic field and a static magnetic field has no effect at all.

Maybe radioactive decay is driven by change in gravity and not gravity itself.

So the the Sun would literally be modulated by gravity waves, as it's nuclear reactions increased and decreased a small amount.

Something like this might actually explain the variations we have been measuring in the speed of light. Where the light is constant but the rate at which matter interacts changes with gravity waves, So our time measurement devices are actually changing.

Or maybe I have this wrong, it could be from a change in direction?

I would think even atoms must have gyroscopic precession.  Wouldn't changing the direction of an electronic want to gyroscopic-ally twist them?

Just some total far off thoughts here, maybe it's nonsense. I don't pretend to know anything, but if you agree or disagree please comment, I'd live to know your thoughts if you know science. 

Please don't beat me over the head with what the texts books say though, please.

John L. Sokol

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another Milestone for Arthur C. Clarke. he invented the table computer.

Sir. Arthur C. Clarke
It's amazing how close Arthur C. Clarke called it.

If you notice in the image, he's having a video conference on an table computing device, so Clarke also predicted  iPad and FaceTime. 

The HAL the Computer AI is a cloud made from blade servers, too.
It dynamically shift load as it looses processors but starts to run slower and slower.


In the ongoing silly patent battle between Apple and Samsung over the design of competing tablet computers, Samsung is pointing to some interesting prior art. It's claiming that the form factor was recognized well before Apple came up with the iPad design, by pointing to a clip from Stanley Kubrik's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers... As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.
Yeah, but without those "rounded corners..."

"Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software."- Arthur C. Clarke

Top 3 Common Myths of Capitalism

Is being pro-business and pro-capitalism the same? Does capitalism generate an unfair distribution of income? Was capitalism responsible for the most recent financial crisis? Dr. Jeffrey Miron at Harvard answers these questions by exposing three common myths of capitalism.

I think capitalism is about optimizing evolution.

When every you bias the natural system (such as providing an unfair advantage to one species over another) you create problems.

For example, say you feed fish in a pond. You can increase the number of fish well beyond what the natural food sources in the pond would be. If you where to suddenly stop feeding then, many would starve to death. It would be a horrible tragedy to those fish. Rather then the natural culling and selection you'd allow all to survive then cause a massive die off that wouldn't be very selective. In addition you'd also destroy the food sources they also live in and could completely wipe out the ecosystem completely but adding and then removing the source of artificial food.

Same with Economics and businesses. With large corporations getting unnatural advantages over small businesses because they can lobby and pass laws favorable to them, this destroys small businesses that employed most of the people here. In turn they have less customers to earn money from and so they turn towards the government to get more advantages creating a vicious cycle that's decimated our economy.

Large corporations don't innovate, they operate on scales of efficiently and can't take risks like a small entrepreneur.

By giving Mc Donald's a waver from the state mandated Obama care, it destroys the little mom and pop restaurants that can't compete. This in turn turns out city's and towns in to nothing but large chain restaurants and eliminates local culture.

The same in true in many industries.

We need to restore small businesses and make a more favorable climate for them if we are to turn around the economy, and allow evolution to take it's natural course.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Marijuana DNA Sequenced by Startup in Search for Medical Uses- Bloomberg

This could really turn out badly.

Every time some new addictive substances come out it takes time for society to build up a resistance or at least equilibrium. From  opium to heroin and morphine.  Coca to cocaine to crack.

Many pure refined substances,  even sugar,  tend to be unhealthy and cause problems. There are many examples.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FireFox Keyboard shortcuts



Command________________ Shortcut____________
Back Alt +
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Forward Alt +
Shift + Backspace
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Home Alt + Home
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Open File Ctrl + O
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Reload F5
Ctrl + R
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Reload (override cache) Ctrl + F5
Ctrl + Shift + R
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Stop Esc

Current Page

Command________________ Shortcut____________
Go to Bottom of Page End
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Go to Top of Page Home
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Move to Next Frame F6
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Move to Previous Frame Shift + F6
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Print Ctrl + P
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Save Page As Ctrl + S
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Zoom In Ctrl + +
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Zoom Out Ctrl + -
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Zoom Reset Ctrl + 0


Command________________ Shortcut____________
Copy Ctrl + C
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Cut Ctrl + X
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Delete Delete
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Paste Ctrl + V
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Redo Ctrl + Y
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Select All Ctrl + A
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Undo Ctrl + Z


Command________________ Shortcut____________
Find Ctrl + F
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Find Again F3
Ctrl + G
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Find Previous Shift + F3
Ctrl + Shift + G
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Find As You Type Link '
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Find As You Type Text /
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Search bar Ctrl + K

Windows & Tabs

Command________________ Shortcut____________
Close Tab Ctrl + W
Ctrl + F4
- except for App Tabs
__________________________ ____________________
Close Window Ctrl + Shift + W
Alt + F4
__________________________ ____________________
Move Tab in focus Left Ctrl +
Ctrl +
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Move Tab in focus Right Ctrl +
Ctrl +
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Move Tab in focus to start Ctrl + Home
__________________________ ____________________
Move Tab in focus to end Ctrl + End
__________________________ ____________________
New Tab Ctrl + T
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New Window Ctrl + N
__________________________ ____________________
Next Tab Ctrl + Tab
Ctrl + Page Down
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Open Address in New Tab Alt + Enter - from Location Bar or Search Bar
__________________________ ____________________
Previous Tab Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Ctrl + Page Up
__________________________ ____________________
Undo Close Tab Ctrl + Shift + T
__________________________ ____________________
Undo Close Window Ctrl + Shift + N
__________________________ ____________________
Select Tab 1 to 8 Ctrl + 1to8
__________________________ ____________________
Select Last Tab Ctrl + 9
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Tab Groups View Ctrl + Shift + E
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Next Tab Group Ctrl + ` - only for some keyboard layouts
__________________________ ____________________
Previous Tab Group Ctrl + Shift + ` - only for some keyboard layouts


Command________________ Shortcut____________
History sidebar Ctrl + H
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Library window (History) Ctrl + Shift + H


Command________________ Shortcut____________
Bookmark All Tabs Ctrl + Shift + D
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Bookmark This Page Ctrl + D
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Bookmarks sidebar Ctrl + B
Ctrl + I
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Library window (Bookmarks) Ctrl + Shift + B


Command________________ Shortcut____________
Downloads Ctrl + J
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Add-ons Ctrl + Shift + A
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Web Console Ctrl + Shift + K
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Page Source Ctrl + U
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Error Console Ctrl + Shift + J
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Toggle Private Browsing Ctrl + Shift + P
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Clear Recent History Ctrl + Shift + Del


Command________________ Shortcut____________
Complete .com Address Ctrl + Enter
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Complete .net Address Shift + Enter
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Complete .org Address Ctrl + Shift + Enter
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Delete Selected Autocomplete Entry Del
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Toggle Full Screen F11
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Toggle Menu Bar (when hidden) Alt
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Show/Hide Add-on Bar Ctrl + /
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Caret Browsing F7
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Select Location Bar Alt + D
Ctrl + L
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Select or Manage Search Engines Alt +
Alt +
- when Search Bar is focused

Media shortcuts (Ogg and WebM Videos Only)

Command________________ Shortcut____________
Toggle Play / Pause Space bar
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Decrease volume
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Increase volume
Mute audio Ctrl +
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Unmute audio Ctrl +
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Seek back 15 seconds
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Seek back 10 % Ctrl +
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Seek forward 15 seconds
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Seek forward 10 % Ctrl +
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Seek to the beginning Home
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Seek to the end End

Fwd: Register Now: Software Patent Debate, 8/24

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Motion: Software Patents Encourage Innovation

Proponents of software patents argue that software deserves the protection of patents just as any other invention does. Software is simply a description of computer instructions that allow a processor to perform complex tasks. Particularly in today's knowledge economy, the value of software is growing and patents protect the investment of time, effort, and money made by companies and individual programmers.

Critics of software patents argue that they stifle innovation rather than promote it by cutting off the free flow of ideas needed to advance technology. Software consists of mathematical equations, which cannot and should not be patentable. Most software patents describe algorithms that are simple or obvious to a programmer of ordinary skill and thus do not deserve patent protection.....Read More

Bob Zeidman will be signing copies of his most recent book, The Software IP Detective Handbook, after today's debate. The book will be made available for purchase in the Museum store.

Bring your lunch and enjoy a lecture with CHM friends and family.
Lunch will be available for purchase in the Museum Cafe prior to the lecture.
The Museum will provide beverages and chips.

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Wed. August 24, 2011
Noon: Program
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Largest Mass of Water Discovered, Think about the potential for life evolving.

From: Largest Mass of Water Discovered
The water, enough to fill earth's oceans "more than 100 trillion times," has been detected in a quasar 12 billion light years (72 billion trillion miles) from here. The signals detected from the quasar, which is a black hole sucking matter into it at a high rate, represents activity that occurred early in the formation of the universe, when it was a mere toddler of 1.6 billion years (scientists believe the universe now to be 13.6 billion years old).

I am a believer in Panspermia, the theory that microbes transmit life to habitable bodies in space; or the process of such transmission.

So I started thinking in terms of (volume * time) for evolution to take place, with a number of assumptions. Such as the right temperatures and pressure for liquid water. The right mix of ingredient, and source of energy. Occasional disruptions and a variety of habitats.

Now with such a larger volume and possible time dilation. That water may have had multiples of the life time of the universe to evolve life.

If there were to be an ideal incubator for evolution this would have to be it.


UPDATE:  8/22/2011

Earth Ejecta Could Seed Life On Europa

"Various astronomers have studied how far rocks can travel through space after being ejected from Earth. Their conclusion is that it's relatively easy for bits of Earth to end up on the Moon or Venus, but very little would get to Mars because it would have to overcome gravity from both the Sun and the Earth. Now, the biggest ever simulation of Earth ejecta confirms this result — with a twist. The simulation shows that Jupiter is a much more likely destination than Mars. So bits of Earth could have ended up on Jovian satellites such as Europa. Astrobiologists estimate that Earth's hardiest organisms can survive up to 30,000 years in space, which means that if conditions are just right, Earth ejecta could seed life there."

Supercomputers: The New Face of Wall Street (For Better or Worse)

Wow, this is amazing.  Anyone who's studied control theory would recognize oscillations from having the gain too high.

if you think about it, if could could deliberately cause oscillations you could make a fortune by triggering high frequency oscillations on the other control system. Stealing money from them over and over with each swing. If you could find the resonance for any given trading system you could problem it's behavior and attack any specific trading system.

If they are low frequency trades again tossing people (Human) from up and down in panic and euphoria would allow them the keep winning over and over.

I remember Jimmy the Greek once said it was about taking advantage of emotional betters. Finding people who would be odds worse then the generally accepted standard. He could then hedge and would win which ever team won.

Imagine the a Big Rich corporate media exec wanting to manipulate the market. Just how many ways would they be able to find away to get away with it. Imagine them with a teams hacking voice mail systems for example.

Did Mark Cuban Predict The Market Crash?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

As browsers evolve into platforms.

With the new capabilities of  HTML5 a number of companies are trying to make a DeskTop OS based entirely within the browser.  Called Cloud OS's.

This is a Kludge, and a hack! It's patching over deficiencies is current OS designs that are trapped in a 40 year Unix old paradigm.

The connected OS or Cloud OS have a number of major short comings. 
They can't run disconnected.  True wireless Internet is becoming almost ubiquitous  via wifi and cell carriers, but there are dead spots, and when traveling overseas on on a plane or ship. 
Also in the event of some crisis that causes an outage or a provide going out of business your left with a brick. 

In addition you have to program with new logic and languages, to try to support a connectionless interface, so you move from C/C++ to Java/Javascript and json/ajax.  

Also this new Paradigm just locks developer in to new assumptions and once again they will be broadsided and have to rewrite completely again once the next crop of new interfaces come out. 

There are more new interface technology on the horizon way beyond multitouch, such as gesture sensing, spatial awareness.  AR. 

There is a better way to structure this and I am working on it now. The important part is a radical break from the old way of thinking about code. 

Mozilla's Nightingale: Why Firefox Still Matters
"Mozilla could be heading into an open confrontation with its rivals Google, Apple and Microsoft as browsers evolve into platforms. Mozilla's director of Firefox engineering John Nightingale gave some insight on the past, present, and future of Mozilla and outlined why Firefox still matters. While Mozilla is accused of copying features from other browsers, the company says the opposite is the case. Nightingale says that a future Firefox will give a user much more control over what he does on the Internet and that Mozilla plans on competing with the ideal of an open web against siloed environments." Chrome may have a nice interface and be a bit faster than Firefox's rendering engine, but if Firefox failed as a project I'd miss its Emacs-like extensibility (something all other browsers lack).

Mozilla's Vision of an 'Internet Life' Platform
"Mozilla chairperson Mitchell Baker has been saying the company may be changing and thinking beyond Firefox in the future. Her ideas have become clearer: she is formulating an 'Internet Life' platform (not based on Gecko) that would enable users to manage their identity on web. Mozilla believes this could be a way for the company reach new users. She wrote, 'Windows is a locked down operating system compared to Linux. One is proprietary, one is free software. In the early days some Mozilla contributors urged that we should care only about Linux. They felt our mission would be better served by limiting our offering to platforms that align well with the Mozilla mission. We choose a different path. We chose to take our values to where people live. People were living on Windows, so we went there. We made it easy for people to switch from Windows to Linux by providing key functionality across platforms. If we hadn’t, the web would be a very sorry place today. We should bring Mozilla values to where people are living today. We should do so at multiple layers of Internet life.'"

Where Is Firefox OS?

"Microsoft's very simple yet graceful concept raises a very big question. The way Microsoft is planning out Windows 8, developers will be able to write one HTML 5 app which will run across every Windows 8 form factor, from desktops to laptops, to ARM netbooks and tablets. Given the concept, if you remove the operating system — or at least make it transparent enough that the browser becomes the platform — then suddenly every piece of software works across every piece of hardware which raises the question that why Mozilla hasn't considered a Firefox OS?"



How “connectedness” changes the car? A conversation with Ford CTO [Video]

From Gigaom:

Ford Motor Company’s chief technology officer Paul Mascarenas has been working with the Dearborn, Michigan-based car company for nearly 30 years. In three decades he has seen the car become an electronics powerhouse, packed with chips that control everything from fuel injection to the chassis alignment. And that is the start. From Pandora to Facebook to smart sensors, Mascarenas, who sat down with me last week, shares his roadmap for the future of cars in the era of connectedness.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Cyber War News

News of hacking, Anonymous, China hacking. LulzSec and more.

Start Up Claims Immortality For Data With Stone Like Disc

This is something long overdue.  We don't have any recording media with a life span more then a few decades at best.

The horror stories of old films and magnetic tape recordings has been told over and over.

I personally experienced trying to recover data off 9 track tape and having the glue get gummy and the take stick to the recording head.

Even CD's and blue ray don't have much of a life span.

Any long term medium should be non-conductive, to protect against EMP.
UV resistant so not degrade in sun light,
Survive temperature extremes.
Be mechanically sturdy so it doesn't break
Resistant to long term water / moisture and microbial growth.
Resistant to long term exposure to low intensity radiation.  (natural background, and radon and other sources)

Plastics and other hydrocarbons like epoxy absorb moisture and break down with UV and microbial action.

Even Glass may possibly deform over 100's of years as it's a semi-liquid.

This leaves only a few things that could work.

Silicon Carbide, Diamond and other hard crystals are probably the best bet.
Maybe graphene, nanotubes or other carbon forms.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Fwd: Inventors Eye, Patent office news letter

Here is the latest copy.

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Subject: Pasedena Conf., Pro Bono Asst., Patent Reform and more at the USPTO

Inventors Eye


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 The United States Patent and Trademark Office and Invent Now® will
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August 12-13. Senior USPTO officials, successful inventors, including
National Inventor Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Gary Michelson, and
intellectual property experts will be on hand to provide practical
advice and information for novice and seasoned inventors.

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 A Message from the Associate Commissioner
 If consideration of patent reform legislation were a football game,
it would now be first and goal on the one-yard line. In June, the
House joined the Senate in passing a patent reform bill by a wide
margin. These bills would bring the greatest changes to this
nation's patent system since 1835.

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 Pro Bono Pilot Program in Minn. Helps Independent Inventors Gain
Patent Counsel

 One comment most often heard from independent inventors is that it
costs too much to get a patent and that they can't afford the cost
of getting competent legal service to assist them in the preparation
and prosecution of their patent application.

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 Spark of Genius: Giving through a Trademark

It is commonly believed that necessity is the mother of invention,
and yet to the owners of the trademarks on Toms® and Nokero®,
necessity means the responsibility to transform a trademark into a
vehicle of humanitarian deeds.

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Google's blogger search is just BROKEN.

Google's blogger search is just BROKEN.

I have a post I did,

The title is "HDMI video capture" it has the labels "HDMI", "Video Capture"

If you  go to the search box on the blog

Search for "HDMI video capture" it finds nothing!
Now search for "HDMI capture" and again it's finds nothing!
Now search for "video capture" and that post is not listed.

Come on Google, either this is deliberately filtering out this post, or the search algorithm is seriously broken.