Tuesday, July 31, 2012

i'm not sure, but..

http://howardlindzon.com/the-twitter-hijacking-of-stocktwits-the-cashtag/
did venture capitalists invest money into something that essentially some twitter intern can code in what, 10min?

Monday, July 30, 2012

maybe tesco wanna pay this kind soul for explaining?

http://www.troyhunt.com/2012/07/lessons-in-website-security-anti.html
its been at least a day. and they haven't retracted their comments or anything. its..interesting...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Michelle Jenneke Dancing Sexy as Hell at Junior World Championships in Barcelona 2012 by Pr0nfessor







Ahhhhhhh! So fun!!!!!!!!!!!

http://bugasalt.com/


HP has an interesting interpretation of Free.

http://go.hpcloud.com/20promo2012

at the very bottom of the page, in the tiny fine print, it says

** Reflects current promotional pricing. Pricing and availability of discounts subject to change.
$20/mo credit applies for three billing months of July, August, September.

i mean..
this is...
not a free low specced tier of services, like OpenShift, AppEngine or Appfog.
nor is it sign up and get 30000 units of processing free..
nor is it sign up and get 3 mths free usage, like some trial services.
it is
sign up and get to use it free til September.
why would anyone waste time to try hpcloud?
wouldn't people rather learn grails/spring/ruby/node.js ,just to see if they can take advantage of the free appfog tier, than try to figure out what is it that hpcloud is peddling?
i so slow by the time i figure out how to deploy something on hpcloud maybe october already..hur hur...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Free Cheeseburgers!

https://openshift.redhat.com/community/developers/pricing
if i run anything on it..i'm gonna be very very far away from needing a MegaShift!

http://mandrill.com/pricing/
12k mails/mth free is...like maybe u could...for a hobby project...use email as some sort of transport...

and http://www.humblebundle.com/?music-bundle
first time they selling music!

Mai Tu Liao!

https://console.appfog.com/pricing
the internet is like Mac giving away free Hamburgers. maybe its trying to sell upsized drinks and fries. maybe it'll charge for wifi. maybe sauce. maybe napkins.
but hey.
Free Hamburgers. All day. Everyday.
WTF?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

free for 1 user...

http://www.docverify.com/Support/HowItWorks.aspx
hmm... i wondering about the "legally binding" bit.. if it works ok then this is quite cool... all sorts of tiny businesses that mainly communicate over email can use this i suppose..

and yeah, the pain about whatsapp is that it doesn't connect to anything else and can't be used from anywhere else. all when i figured for the longest time its really just a stupid xmpp phone client.
https://github.com/venomous0x/WhatsAPI/ 
http://forums.hak5.org/index.php?/topic/25590-help-with-whatsapp-hack/
but like got hope..who knows?

and er, ya, who else thinks git and github(i mean, where's gitorious in all this?) are rapidly taking over the world ?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

blogs these days...

https://svbtle.com/
apparently that became quite hot..so...
https://github.com/natew/obtvse
inspired by svbtle..so that you can self host..
but still got..
https://github.com/bitrot/simple-multiblog
which is the multi version of https://github.com/orf/simple
and then still got
https://github.com/fyhuang/makeblog
and
https://github.com/rigoneri/syte
and totally separately, not involved with git..there's
http://scriptogr.am/

and not even about blogs..
https://my.infocaptor.com/#more
is a free dashboard..

woo! free!

http://blog.datomic.com/2012/07/datomic-free-edition.html
i suppose the idea is to bill those people that can afford to pay..

https://github.com/scosman/betakit
its rather cool..maybe as an excuse to try some other free service...
and amusingly, its powering..http://shoeboxapp.com/
which totally defeats me...

so i'm not the only one more than a little curious about Gartner

http://www.zdnet.com/why-does-the-it-industry-continue-to-listen-to-gartner-7000001394/

i.t. people i think, generally ignore all the gartner stuff. its all the other people who are i.t. illiterate that like Gartner for their cute cartoons and catchy declarations..

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chihiro Onitsuka Back Door by SALVATORE092







if u give it away free, then how are other people supposed to make an honest living out of it?!?

ahahaha! yet another amazing free service!
https://floify.com/
This one is scripted automated file transfers!

there's a group of people who may be familiar with the idea of free. from vim to eclipse, from pine to firefox, from sendmail to hadoop, from linux to the entire i.p. stack.. almost anything is free. even if its not free like speech, its free like beer. we're getting amazing Google search free , and this blog is hosted by blogger free.

wonder what they feed on?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

minecraft on copyrights and patents

http://notch.tumblr.com/post/27751395263/on-patents

On Patents

Let’s say you’re Neo, and you were the first person ever to come up with the idea of a novel. It’s like a short story, but longer, and you’re really proud of it.
Trinity then runs up to you and takes one of the few printed copies of your novel. You don’t want her to do that, as you paid good money to have it printed, and was hoping to get that money back, so you taze her. Trinity tried to commit theft.
She sulks for a bit, then asks if she can borrow one copy to read it. You say “sure”, but she sneaks off to the copy machine and starts printing her own copies of the book. You don’t want her to do that, as you want to be the only one who can make new copies of your novel, as you want to make a profit of it, so you taze her. Trinity tried to commit copyright infringement.
She sobs for a bit more, then starts writing her own novel. You don’t want her to do that, because you came up with the idea of writing a longer short story first, and you want to profit from all novels that are ever written, by anyone, so you taze her. Trinity tried to commit patent infringement.
I am fine with the concept of “owning stuff”, so I’m against theft. Society breaks down if people can’t “own stuff”.
I am mostly fine with the concept of “selling stuff you made”, so I’m also against copyright infringement. I don’t think it’s quite as bad as theft, and I’m not sure it’s good for society that some professions can get paid over and over long after they did the work (say, in the case of a game developer), whereas others need to perform the job over and over to get paid (say, in the case of a hairdresser or a lawyer). But yeah, “selling stuff you made” is good.
But there is no way in hell you can convince me that it’s beneficial for society to not share ideas. Ideas are free. They improve on old things, make them better, and this results in all of society being better. Sharing ideas is how we improve.
A common argument for patents is that inventors won’t invent unless they can protect their ideas. The problem with this argument is that patents apply even if the infringer came up with the idea independently. If the idea is that easy to think of, why do we need to reward the person who happened to be first?
I will say that there are areas which are very costly to research, but where the benefits for mankind long term are very positive. I would personally prefer it to have those be government funded (like with CERN or NASA) and patent free as opposed to what’s happening with medicine, but I do understand why some people thing patents are good in these areas.
Trivial patents, such as for software, are counterproductive (they slown down technical advancement), evil (they sacrifice baby goats to baal), and costly (companies get tied up in pointless lawsuits).
If you own a software patent, you should feel bad.

In other news, i was reminded of a heinlein quote..
https://torrentfreak.com/young-pirates-evicted-from-festival-for-giving-out-free-waffles-120722/

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

[ Magic ] Little Viking / Jun Elding by junelding







Sakamichi no Apollon OST - My Favorite Things by Soponon







Sakamichi no Apollon - Medley by forte0323







Ore Ska Band - Tsumasaki by ShadowTFK







Lock and Roll Forever ORESKABAND - Soundtrack 5.flv by 777evans







God Knows - Aya Hirano by ForeverYuria







ピストルバルブの代表曲:The Best House by ririko808







Pistol Valve LIVE 2007 -SHOOT DOWN- by makizou







Byakura - Yume, Hakanaki by siuwind







NUMBER GIRL - 透明少女 - Toumei Shojo (live) by hrk32







toddle【wind chimes】 2009/12/26 渋谷O-nest by zemsekai







noodles / "BOND" and "ELECTRIC THE SUN" live by RanmaruMori







ZONE 証 by HDnakkyun83







FLiP ライラ by vf703







My Favorite Things - John Coltrane by DrThiMarques







Thursday, July 19, 2012

if u need a vps for a day..

https://trystack.org/
there's an arm flavor as well

http://fullsync.sourceforge.net/features.php
fairly nice, as some sort of automated file transfer tool..

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze 1969 by Xxkaleu







Yngwie Malmsteen Acoustic Guitar Solo by Eebocaster







HIZAKI -Race wish- (solo guitar) HD by darkfreak00







Versailles - SILENT KNIGHT (Live) by Natas999







GALNERYUS - DESTINY [Live] by YukyShikyDJ







GALNERYUS - The Time Has Come [Live] by YukyShikyDJ







【れきおん!】さわちゃんがイケメンヴォイスで熱唱!【けいおん!!】 by kkkkkddd







HTT - Fuwa Fuwa Time (Very Fuwa Fuwa Live Mix) by MrMerushi







CANDYGIRL 鬼束ちひろ by azusa0206rei







鬼束ちひろ / STEAL THIS HEART by universalmusicjapan







育つ雑草  鬼束ちひろ 【高音質】 by azusa0206rei







A Horse and A Queen - 鬼束ちひろ by qfg12







VENUS 鬼束ちひろ by eria618







suna no tate by onitsuka chihiro by tzukful







and then there's also these things..

stuff goes in, but can it come out again?
https://www.vizify.com/about
http://www.rebelmouse.com/rebelmouse/
http://www.glos.si/

actually i'd notice a trend recently..

increasingly projects are asking u to clone their git repo instead of 101 other ways(make,cpan, rpm, yum, sh, install.php...) of setting the thing up..

FTP is so 90's. Let's deploy via Git instead!


the other trend would be puppet scripts n chef recipes la..

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

candidates must have 10+ years experience in Visual Studio 2010 and MS-SQL Server 2008

http://www.economicpopulist.org/content/automated-job-rejection
HR has no incentive to produce a great outcome, but they probably have every incentive to prevent a terrible outcome. Matching all the requirements is probably how they can document why its not their fault the bugger they hired was horrible.


https://developers.google.com/apps-script/case-studies
moar autobots!

http://graphmuse.com/
may be useful to somebody building a some app, dunno..

the solution to cabs

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/05/why-you-can-8217-t-get-a-taxi/8942/


http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/07/uber-vs-washington-dc-this-is-insane/259614/

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. -

Robert A. Heinlein

too big to ____?

what the bailouts have essentially achieved is to transfer money from everyone to a few bankers in a few big banks. the other banks have not benefitted, industry is still dying, unemployment is still sky high, and the governments are by now broke.

something like 30 bank failures thus far this year in the USA:
http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/press/2012/index.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=az3eSerjPuDA&refer=worldwide
`The Libor numbers that banks reported to the BBA were a lie,'' said Tim Bond, head of global asset allocation at Barclays Capital in London. ``They had been all along. The BBA has been trying to investigate them and that's why banks have started to report the right numbers.'' 

that's 2008.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

gives a point to codeacademy

https://www.onx.ms/#apiPage/gettingstarted
learn js and automate your life away...

actually, if one could do js, one could also use sl4a with taskbomb or tasker. that way, one's actually not tied to the default on{x} rss providers.

not so bright

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/business/goldman-sachs-and-a-sale-gone-horribly-awry.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hpw
i dunno, after rbs/natwest/ulster and barclays/libor and this, i kinda associate banking more with cheating and incompetence than with "best and brightest".

in other news..

http://andrewducker.livejournal.com/2749982.html
why people should learn to read and not trust stupid cartoons so much..do bankers look at these cartoons much?


http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/07/13/156737801/the-cost-of-free-doughnuts-70-years-of-regret
why its not a good idea to start charging for freebies..

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/q-why-do-we-wear-pants-a-horses/259696/
why we wear pants.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

moar autobots!

http://www.snaplogic.com/what-we-do/integration-platform/server.php
not exactly clear, but it seems that its a server u run yourself..

http://www.wewiredweb.com/faq.htm
api-to-api ,its like a web service run for free to demo the server, which they sell

http://tarpipe.com/about/
another service

https://zapier.com/app/signup
ifttt for business?

http://www.sortmybox.com/faq
all it does is sort within dropbox...but could be used with something else, i suppose..

http://elastic.io/dropbox_integration.html
looks like it does sync only..

http://www.taskforceapp.com/guide/converting_emails
slightly different, this can parse emails..wonder what can it be used to do..

and...hey! BB is not totally lost!
http://gist.com/corp/plug-ins/with-android
-actually i just tried it out..and uninstalled it after discovering the app won't work without wifi.

interesting paper..
http://mobisocial.stanford.edu/papers/hotpets11.pdf
building a social network on top of email

Friday, July 13, 2012

sameday delivery of nice red tomatoes?

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/small_business/2012/07/amazon_same_day_delivery_how_the_e_commerce_giant_will_destroy_local_retail_.html
um, actually to be pedantic, didn't the entire thing start precisely because amazon is now local(in that context)?

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/06/28/why-supermarket-tomatoes-look-great-but-taste-bland/
how about apples?

John Cleese Despises Christianity.- Antitheist atheist by lowcoststart







so its a cartoon to help explain stuff to people who cannot read

https://www.cio.com.au/article/429893/three_things_need_know_about_gartner_magic_quadrants/
Gideon was a proponent of "Stalking Horses" thought experiments that would spark innovative thinking. During one meeting an analyst was presenting on a new technology sector. Gideon stepped to the easel and drew a quadrant with two axis bisecting it. He never meant Quadrants to be published and they never were on his watch.
Sometime in the 90s the Quadrant evolved into an official Research Note and today there are hundreds of Magic Quadrants for sectors as defined as Firewalls and as obscure as Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Web Hosting.

 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/31/myth_gartner_magic_quadrant/
 So, Gartner collects a huge amount of valuable information; in analytical terms, it collects data over 15 different dimensions. But to produce the MQ it then proceeds to amalgamate seven of the evaluation criteria into one dimension (ability to execute) and the remaining eight into another (completeness of vision). fifteen dimensions of data are collapsed into two.
This is where the problem lies and is best illustrated by an example. Two of the initial criteria Gartner uses are Sales Strategy and Business Model. Suppose that a company develops a world class sales strategy. As it turns out, by error, this strategy fatally compromises its business model. This was clearly a poor choice (but let's face it, one that has been made by several computer companies) and you would probably wish to avoid investing in the company's products.
Let's imagine that Gartner spots the flaw and scores the business model appropriately, but also scores the sales strategy highly, since it is world class. The problem is that when these scores are aggregated with six others into completeness of vision the detail can easily be lost.

 http://blogs.enterprisemanagement.com/dantwing/2011/02/28/gideon-gartner-says-use-a-spider-instead-of-a-magic-quadrant/
Gideon is asked what he would do different if doing the Magic Quadrant today. His answer…he would use spider diagrams. 

somewhere i else, i came across this amusing story..
http://www.rudism.com/s/vimcreep

so many cool connectors to explore

http://smestorage.com/?p=static&page=clients_and_tools

https://company.podio.com/product

http://www.socialcast.com/social-network-integration

http://teambox.com/pricing/

http://otixo.com/product

http://www.itduzzit.com/home/tour/duzzit-library/

http://wappwolf.com/dropboxautomator/

the last 2 are more automators/schedulers than messengers..


but its a crowded space, apparently..
http://www.crunchdot.com/500-startups-backed-cloud-productivity-tool-300-mg-to-close-its-doors-next-week/

and in other news, i know there's a few of them already..but stuff like http://www.elasticbox.com/about is so hi tech!

and and and..this https://simperium.com/ looks damn powerful too!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

i think this is quite awesome.

http://wekeroad.com/2012/07/04/try-it-quiet

in other news,
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justink/commandoio-a-web-based-ssh-interface-for-dev-op-ta
i think this is one of the coolest things to happen to ssh. which is normally not so exciting one. ppl doing puppet scripts and chef routines like so hi tech. now ssh got chance to catch up n be equally cool. i imagine...wonder if they have scheduler function???and monitoring triggers and such???

https://gridspot.com/compute/at 0.3cents per hour, 31 days will cost 224 cents!
but ubuntu only. but this can be how to run all the demo/beta/trial stuff. they should collaborate with the bitcoin people..

http://www.spacemonkey.com/
cleversafe recently say they gonna integrate with hadoop. like so big. this is the opposite. the everybody version!!!note lacie already stopped the peer-to-peer functionality of wuala

and er, nowadays schedulers all look like this eh? pretty cool!
http://www.iron.io/products/worker

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

another solution to the universal message stream problem

together with ifttt, this could be DAMN AMUSING!!!

http://www.omarshammas.com/post/26787467037/mailcules-empowering-email

Did a tree really fall down?

View from clementi road just past sunset way heading towards bukit timah.. actually,why the other other direction also like that leh? No link,no?

Monday, July 9, 2012

not important one, having a mobile version of your website. really.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers#Summary_table

mobiles are at around 10% of total web usage. and chrome is the undisputed most popular browser now. and bear in mind i.e. users are probably the least likely to run stuff like noscript.

in other news, something big happened. this is applicable to the entire EU:
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/07/05/usedsoft_vs_oracle_ruling_analysis/

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

i dun believe we so slow. really. aaaaaahhhhhrrrrrggghhh.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1212011/1/.html
yes, if copyright is to exist at all, that is how the system should work. i think. the only point of contention is the "investigation fee", i believe. if they promised him a letter to explain how it works and they didn't send it, then they really should not bill him for that...it'd be...unethical?

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1212238/1/.html
this is like a footballer who don't know the offside rule. i don't quite believe it - he'd even worked in media! its not a 50 yr old shop run by some uncles who recently discovered the internet.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ph--yahoo--has-been--free-riding--on-the-efforts-of-its-editorial-staff.html
this is only "landmark" because its singapore? can u copyright news? can facts be copyrighted? how about maps?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_News_Service_v._Associated_Press
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trap_street

This thing, intellectual property..its quite interesting. I believe we must not confuse it with real physical property - its like the jesus bread thingy - u can keep on sharing and it never ends so it definitely does not behave like real bread.
I imagine the idea of intellectual property was created at some point in time to solve certain problems, and they still are valid solutions to those problems, especially if the problems have been largely unchanged.
As far as i can tell, the idea of intellectual property protections is that society chose to give temporary distribution monopolies to creators of said intellectual property, so as to enable them to earn supernormal profits during that period, as encouragement for more such creation, and the end game is to return that intellectual property to the public domain, so that society at large can enjoy them.
i also think there are probably 3 kinds..trademarks, patents and copyrights.
i believe trademarks have largely served their purpose well, with only the encroaching regulatory capture a worrying trend - things like Facebook trying to own the words "face" or "book" or Apple trying to own all references to its namesake fruit..
as for patents..i'm a fan of this guy, especially in relation to the current debate about software patents:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us-apple-google-judge-idUSBRE8640IQ20120705
and then there's copyrights...which are now life+how many years long now?
i have no idea how the length of copyrights are being decided. i do believe one of the measures should be how long it takes to disseminate/distribute the stuff and sell everyone a copy. once upon a time it probably took years to get a book published and physically sold all over the country. but thats not the case now - it should be a lot faster to get this done..possibly instantly(i'm thinking of mp3s and ebooks). in any case, i believe copyrights should have become a lot shorter, instead of becoming a lot longer, than what they started out with..

in response to women can't have it all, or something like that.

i think this is a relevant and interesting...
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/06/the-having-it-all-crisis-isnt-about-women-its-about-the-1/258894/

then everything degenerated a bit...
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/a-very-hostile-response-to-anne-marie-slaughter/259425/

the hoi polloi's responses...
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/anne-marie-slaughter-answers-her-critics/259274/

somewhere else someone points out something salient..
http://www.salon.com/2012/06/21/can_modern_women_have_it_all/

If it is open, count on me to buy a device. Even if the only things running on this device are a text editor and a mail client. Hell, even if I need to write the mail client myself.

was a reaction to http://linux.slashdot.org/story/12/07/07/2036239/ex-nokia-staff-to-build-meego-based-smartphones


reliability?

i wonder about "big systems"...

um..this is somewhat difficult...
how does that work..my initial thoughts go along these lines...although i agree some of it is a bit rude* there are important issues not addressed by the article..

the first is the poking your nose into where you're not invited issue...
video games, the more traditional kind like quake or oblivion not angry birds, are mostly, made by men, for men. its like how i.t. is mostly men and nursery school teachers are mostly women, i think. that problem, is its a problem at all, is deep and complicated and deep seated. 
its almost like..a girl going to the guy soccer team's dressing room after a match and then writing an article in the school magazine saying they're smelly and unkempt and complaining about the foul language. 
i'd expect some very foul language from the soccer team in response to the article. 

the second is its difficult to ascertain if the reactions are a generic reaction to something disagreeable, or a sexist reaction. why is this a sexist problem? is all criticism of women by men sexist?
why not compare and contrast this with the funnyjunk/oatmeal situation? or compare this with the time george bush was google bombed with "abject failure"? 

and also, given that the project actually has seen donations, it seems to me that the entire episode just shows that there's an entire spectrum of people that use the internet. some people support what you do. others disagree what you do very much. and like in real life, some may disagree violently. some of the people online may be stupid, or rude, just like in real life.. the difference could be that you meet only 1 or 2 rude people every now and then, the internet just makes interaction much faster. is that harassment?

finally, i think of all the actions described in the article, only the DOS seems to me to be actually relevant to freedom of speech. what actually happened was that everyone got themselves heard.

*note rudeness is just that. people being rude to each other is a fairly common thing. nothing to get excited about. and there's also the issue of "when in Rome do as the Romans" - http://rulesoftheinternet.com may be a guide to what to do on the internet..and perhaps some reading up on comment moderation systems may be helpful..trolls, flamers and suchlike are par of course on the internet, and forums and bulletin boards are probably the most knowledgeable about combating them.

in other news..what were they smoking when they dreamed this up???
http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2012/07/06/aol-micro-data-centers/

Thursday, July 5, 2012

feature vs bug

short version:
http://www.theagitator.com/2012/07/05/the-way-its-supposed-to-work/

long version:
https://www.ajc.com/news/innocent-woman-spends-53-1471121.html

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i'm glad there's ppl who remember algernon

http://www.gwern.net/Drug%20heuristics
and that he's supposed to be "famous"...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

bb and nokia, so curious. among other things.

BB has qnx. one of the bestest RTOS out there. Your car probably running it. They're trying to adapt it to become the next BB phone os. meanwhile, i see them continueing to improve their offering in their primary market - people who use BES.
http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/blackberry-mobile-fusion/overview.html
http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/blackberry-balance.html
i mean, yes they're totally not competing against the iPhone and Android devices in the mobile market, but hey, BB was about the BES and the BES is still the best, no? why is that a problem?

which is slightly different from Nokia's problem. Nokia is dealing mostly with the consumer market..and they're indeed doomed if they're going to compete with Android devices and the iPhone. what i don't get is why they're switching to windows when they have such excellent stuff in-house?
http://mynokiablog.com/2012/07/03/firmware-update-for-nokia-n9-to-pr1-3-available-1000-improvements-confirmed-at-nokia-v40-2012-21-3/

still on mobiles..
http://en.nq.com/blog/?p=1205
i'd like to see someone explain the difference between this and lookout.

and http://www.triposo.com/ looks like excellent thing to have when travelling!

and meanwhile , back to the war on copyright...
http://googlepolicyeurope.blogspot.de/2012/07/follow-money-to-fight-online-piracy.html
i agree if ppl are profiting from copyright infringement at the expense of the rights holders then the solution is to stop the profiting -> target the ad networks.
but perhaps we , human society, should really be moving on to new ways of doing things with regards to money and renumeration..
https://www.lynx2games.com/ is fairly interesting compared to how the bigger game publishers essentially want to make us all play subscription games..
http://www.bitmit.net/en/recent is a bitcoin denominated auction site...

and finally. the problem is probably human behaviour. i dunno. 2 examples. of the same thing.
https://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2009/01/20/9341164.aspx?Redirected=true
https://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2012/07/03/10326309.aspx?Redirected=true

keep kiddy porn off the internet!

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-waterford-priest-arrested-0704-20120703,0,642563.story

will they stop using computers or the internet to see/keep their kiddy porn? they're giving the internet/computers a bad name!

btw:
it just occurred to me. if its about compensating the author, then renumeration appropriate for the amount of effort it took the author to write the work is what we're looking for : i.e. if it took 2 years to write it, then perhaps 2 yrs * median income is the sum we're looking for. copyright is another creature altogether - the actual societal goal is to encourage more creative work, not to compensate the author.

Monday, July 2, 2012

so that the nurse doesn't need to stab u again n again..

http://o2amp.com/

meanwhile in other news blizzard seems to be getting from bad to worse.
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5978861022
of course, they have no obligation to support either linux or wine. but they just suck for not doing so. thats all.

and er, these are also really quite cool..
https://mixpanel.com/pricing/ and https://secure.blitz.io/pricing

win win win win win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.ziibra.com/learnmore?im-a-fan


ZIIBRA's pricing works so the cost of an album drops incrementally as the number of people who buy it grows. So once you pledge and download an album, you're encouraged to share the love and let others in on the deal.
Think of it this way. The more people who pledge to buy the album, the lower the cost is for everyone. If you like an up-and-coming artist and enjoy their music, why not share your discovery with your friends (and, in turn, push down the price for everyone)?
It's a win-win.

* Pledging: Once you pledge to purchase an album, you're agreeing to buy an artist's new release at the price currently featured on the album page. Again, this is the most you'd ever have to pay. And you'll pay even less when others pledge, too!

a couple of points..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayes%27_theorem#Drug_testing
99% accurate drug test? what does it mean?

http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/
lots more to think about..

Sunday, July 1, 2012

insight into public transport, as gleaned from /.

 http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/07/01/214212/boston-using-ibm-engineers-to-solve-traffic-problems

The problem with public transportation, is that the rich folks think that's how the poor folks ride to work. Rich folks ride to work in a big 'ole SUV, because if they use public transportation, they won't feel rich anymore.
So all you need to do, is to introduce 1st and 2nd class compartments in public transportation. That way, rich folks can still feel rich by traveling 1st class, and the poor folks can feel better about themselves, because they ride in the same transportation as the rich folks.
Obviously, a win-win.
Oh, and maybe free in-transit lap dances in the 1st class would make it even more attractive.
somewhat interesting, in other news, details of Google Compute Engine. AppEngine has a free tier, btw.
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0Fyk4S31Mlzb2NXNnVKQnRoZ2s/edit?pli=1

the dream is over...

https://www.getbridge.com/start
interesting tool..

http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/30/a-framework-for-the-10b-native-advertising-market/
interesting observation...

http://www.weusecoins.com/mining-guide.php
interesting solution..

http://espnfc.com/en/news/1121177/prandellispain-were-fresher-italy.html
the dream is over..