IBM to give away 500 patents.
Curiouser and curiouser. Why now? And, what patents? IBM makes a great deal of money licensing their patent portfolio - is this meant to stimulate additional licensing? How does this fit in with the open source movement?
In other news, IBM just received the go-ahead to sell off their PC unit
to a firm that just won a rather large contract to provide PCs in China.
--really interesting group project in and around Delhi, bringing young people together via "Compughars" (fully-equipped media centers in their neighborhoods). Located in LNJP Basti (an illegal neighborhood) in Delhi, and Ambedkar Nagar (a resettlement colony) at Dakshinpuri in south Delhi, and cyberspace, and created by ANKUR - Society for Alternatives in Education (an NGO) with Sarai,
the New Media & Urban Culture Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, they've created everything from texts, collages, posters, animations, and publications, to videos, and large-scale installations. Don't miss by lanes
--collected excerpts of some of the kids' personal and public diaries (pdfs), and
(55-page pdf) and the animated gifs.
Ain't this grand?
Pop Goes the Gmail is a program that sits between the http://gmail.com web server and your email client, converting messages from web format into POP3 format that a program such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird can understand.
Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows
[...]The significance of the development is that Linux and Windows are able to work in parallel on the same computer or server. To[sic] now, the computer world is divided into systems that operate either with Windows or with Linux. [...]
(no relation to the old Mac adventure game toolkit
) is an excellent way to start off the week by completely crippling productivity. I've played many games from these guys
before, and they're always great. I envy the independent game designer that gets to work with Lego
so often. Via GTA.
A thirteen year-old kid gets suspended for three days for using a DOS command to send a one-word message to all 80 computers on his school's network. Even more charming is that the computer teacher of his school apparently doesn't know much about the computicatin' machines.
Lick Me, I'm A Mackintosh.
One columnist's ode/rant re: Apple's design ethos.
Child Pornographers Using Small Storage Drives.
Small drives like this
are giving the police quite a bit of trouble. One of the more interesting quotes from the story, "Even if the photos are encrypted, computer forensics specialists can break through most encryption schemes these days anyway."
How clean is your
Applied Materials to Slash 14% of Its Work Force
How many of you work in the Silicon Valley semiconductor business? How do you feel about an industry giant like AMAT having yet another layoff? Or, if you work for one of AMAT's competitors, what does this do to your own sense of job security?
"PowerBook G4 cooked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. The machine still booted, video and all..." [details at MacFixIt; no permalink]
Do you have problems finding the cheapest flight? Well so do computers.
Carl de Marcken
, the man who created the engine behind Orbitz
and other travel search engines posits
that finding the cheapest fare from one point to another is a NP-Hard
problem. Even if you fix the specific route between destinations there can be as many as 1036
The Self-Healing Minefield
From the current Village Voice: "Utilizing commercial off-the-shelf computer chips and 'healing' software, the networked minefield detects rude attempts to clear it, deduces which parts of itself have been removed, and signals its remaining munitions to close the hole using best-fit mathematics."
Bonus ubertasteless Flash animation courtesy of DARPA here
. Color me fascinated and repulsed in equal measure.
Who Counts your Votes? This book published back in 1992
is a good launching pad to begin the quest regarding elections and election fraud in America. Joseph Stalin had a saying: ``Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.'' When I voted on November 5, I was handed a little card stuck it in to a Diebold voting machine and presto all the votes I submitted were counted correctly right? Well I'm not sure after I read the article Diebold: The face of modern balloting at http://www.bartcop.com/110702otter.htm
and some of the articles at
Perhaps we Americans have handed a bit to much over to computers and the people who own the companies that make the computers and that write the code. Perhaps to restore faith in our Democracy its time to to go back a simple hand counted system, with observers from multiple parties stationed in the local precincts counting the paper ballots.
Tired of your office mate's irritatingly cute Hello Kitty USB hub
? Balance the forces of cuteness with Hubzilla
. (Via Macintouch)
Nüp2 Incorporated will revolutionize the electronic memory business. Using our patented memory technology and our patent-pending "Topolithographic" manufacturing process, we will develop and produce solid-state electronic memory having gigabytes of storage in a tiny package for just a few dollars per Gigabyte.
Hoax? Vaporware? Revolution in data storage? You decide.
Tired of your black Dell prefab? Enter the world of extreme computing
. Mod your CD drives
, find amazing custom cases
, and add a window
. Timid about hacking up your box? Get inspired by browsing a gallery of "pimp rigs"
A computer aided simulation builds a spiral galaxy from its beginning
. In all, 390,000 particles were placed in an arrangement similar to a newborn galaxy. The end result after three months is an event that is believed to take billions of years to occur. (animation)
Using Internet Explorer, Outlook, or Outlook Express on a PC? There's a new hack in town
, ready to exploit cross site scripts like nobody's business. Do yourself a favor and disarm ActiveX on your settings.
This endeavor to produce AI has been going on since 1984
. In ’86 it asked if it were human; it later asked “if any other computers were engaged in such a project”. It’s strength lies in a database of assumptions and generalities, in the hopes that it will eventually “generalize as much as possible until further generalization would be false”. Is this going to be the breakthrough, or does it just seem really cool? (yes, via Slashdot
Overcome Depression: The New Computer -Cognitive Treatment
Overcoming Depression is the world's first self-educative computer program for understanding, dealing with, and preventing depression using a unique dialogue mode that allows you to express yourself freely in your own words and that responds in meaningful every language characteristic of a therapeutic context.
So much for the personal therapeutic process. My question is - can this program prescribe meds??!??
The Read_Me Festival 1.2
shortlist has been posted, and includes such projects as Carnivore
(not the government one, though that was part of the concept), and the DeskSwap
screensaver. While this is a "software art" exhibition, it's of particular note that patches or even just instructions
for making existing software do things not originally intended are allowable entries. I haven't been through all of them to see if any patches were entered, but it'd be interesting what the publishers might think of these, since it would basically constitute hacking and/or reverse engineering.
Hi-tech webserver platfrom unveiled!
Seriously though, a webserver running on a Commodore 64... what will people think of next?
Go for the gold!
Concord 2002: Site of the upcoming Loebner Prize
. Can reigning champion A.L.I.C.E.
repeat her triumph? Chat bots from around the globe are scouting out their rivals
on the AI competitive circuit
and studying their crib notes
Free Radio Linux
is about to go online, reading the entire Linux kernel over the internet using the Ogg Vorbis
codec. Free as in beer.
Don't let the URL fool you,
it's completely work safe, and yet oh so naughty
. I wish more sites would do this. It would lead to mass confusion, and last I heard, that's the next big monkey-making trend.
Convert your pictures to HTML.
So cool I nearly wet myself.
Hackers: Computer Outlaws
A TLC show(that I'm 3/4 through) that seems to actually use reliable sources
to discuss not just cracker behavior, but also the creative side of hackers, pointing out the developments attributed to some hackers
Now Markoff and Mitnick. Not a bad little show....
Sign of the Apocalypse: MTV Announces Line of PCs "Equipped With All the College Props"
Uh, ...a beer funnel and a Dave Matthews cd? What else can we add to it? Is VH-1 going to do this?
Detailed 'How-To' on increasing your computers power...
I'm working on mine now but just ran out of some supplies amd HAVE TO run to the store... my ol computer is gonna be awesome!!!
Antivirus Firms Say They Won't Create FBI Loophole.
A free knuckle sandwich to the first person to say, "looks like magic lantern has been extinguised!"
The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.
MIT's Erotic Computation Group.
"By developing advanced sexual appliances and techniques, we seek to broaden the range of human amative expression and heighten our potential for sexual gratification." Good to see that at least some people are doing research that will benefit all mankind.
Java is alive and kicking,
and this guy
knows what to do with it. Check out his sexy alife experiments
) and this goofy game
. (Warning: his stuff crashed my browser a couple of times, but was worth it. Most applets are available for download.)
Is it sloppy programming, or do full computer security vulnerability disclosure make it too easy for hackers?
Microsoft has a personal interest
in minimizing the exploit of their code, but the evil you know
is better than the evil you don't. Others have weighed in
on this debate in the past, or provided a fair but vague blueprint
for the computer security community. Do you think that a middle ground exists?
is a great, free alternative to microsoft office for people who can't afford the suite or for those that would rather not use microsoft products. Staroffice has completely integrated XML support and full featured word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing applications.
Remember the scary-sounding Hailstorm
that was set to prove how evil
Microsoft's system is? Well worry no longer, because it's now called .NET My Services
. How could something with such a cute, gentle name like that be bad for users?
Fight back against sneaky scumware
Brain Cells Used To Make Working Semiconductor
"This is the first direct functional interfacing of a living neuronal network with an electronic semiconductor chip," said co-author Dr. Peter Fromherz of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, in an interview with Reuters Health. "It is a further step on our road to combine the elements of brains and computers," he added.
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
Yet Another Artist Link
, this time i'm showcasing an artist/skinner who not only does great work, but believes in usability (for all those 'hey i've been using winamp for 6 months now, and i still need the buttons plainly labeled' whiners). just kidding folks. check out the wallpapers too while you're there.
Slate's Mickey Kaus
and the Washington Post
ask the question: For all the claims of illegal monopolies and unfair advantage, is the tech industry counting on Microsoft and Windows XP's Oct. 25 release to save its bacon?
There's cars, and then there's Ferrari
. There's wine, and then there's Château Margaux
. There's home computers, and then there's the Athlon Deathstar
). It's the computer for the best of us.
Features your computer ought to have...
probably most of us have seen at least one of these before, but here is a damned funny collection of non-existent computer features that should exist. I especially like the "Fuck It" button :)
have had problems with their Apple
Airport wireless base stations
failing shortly after the one year warranty
ran out. Adventurous
figured out that there was a faulty capacitor in the power
supply, got out their soldering irons, and drilled some ventilation
holes. Apple is aware
of the issue
, and is quietly replacing ABSs that fall within a
specific serial number range, but only if they have failed. So other folks have to wait until the damn thing dies before it can be
replaced. This corporate behavior isn't just limited to Apple. What
other vendors are guilty of lack of disclosure for faulty products,
and only change their tune after public outcry?
Dell takes a survey out on AMD processors.
Finally, the only thing that keeps me from buying a Dell is their lack of Athlon and Duron machines. Sounds like the negative reviews of the P4 has Dell running towards the competition.
The real HAL?
The Project already has consumed an estimated 500 person years and $50 million in investments.
Every OS sucks...
A nice little ditty (requires either windows media player or flash player).