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In Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist and musician who became the face of virtual reality in the 1990s, pins the devolution and ultimate destruction of the Western middle class on accelerating technological change, and on the internet in particular. He then suggests a way to re-engineer our networked world to recreate a middle class. His critique of the conditions that led to America’s economic crisis, while flawed, is mostly a sharp and enjoyable read. The last 150 pages (nearly half of the book) dedicated to the solution, however, get bogged down in the contingencies of something that will never occur.
Lanier would have done better with a blast of pure pessimism or by embracing far simpler and more probable…
Who Thinks Of This Stuff?: ‘Evil Dead’ Cabin Diorama Hat (Now With More BONUS Book Of The Dead Costume)
This is a little diorama of the cabin from ‘The Evil Dead’ constructed ON A HAT by Kiersten Essenpreis for her Halloween costume. You could see her pal Marc’s Publication of the Dead clothing (with opening cover) after the jump. Undoubtedly, she did an excellent task, it’s just not a really FUNCTIONAL hat. You know just what are though? Jimmy hats. Wrap those wieners up, children. “However–” Yes, also for in the butt.
Hit the jump for Ash and the beneficial Publication of the Dead clothing.
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Simply when you think that the period of good smartphone video cameras has actually eradicated the Blurrycam, you get a charm like this. Right here’s an image purporting to be of a new Nokia Windows Phone 8 mobile that, if real, we’ll see on September 5th. Of course, it could simply as easily be a block of golden marzipan with some detailing, however a minimum of it gives us wish that the company’s sticking with its trademark polycarbonate in different shades of major colors.
Few business in history have ever been as effective and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Net and come to be a needed part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was given unmatched access to the business, and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside Google headquarters– the Googleplex– to demonstrate how Google works.
While they were still students at Stanford, Google cofounders Larry Web page and Sergey Brin transformed Internet search. They followed this dazzling advancement with an additional, as two of Google’s earliest workers found a way to do exactly what no one else had: make billions of bucks from Internet marketing. With this money cow (till Google’s IPO no one additional than Google management had any type of concept just how profitable the business’s advertisement business was), Google was able to expand dramatically and take on other transformative projects: more reliable information centers, open-source mobile phone, free Web video recording (YouTube), cloud computing, digitizing books, and much more.
The key to Google’s success in all these businesses, Levy discloses, is its engineering mind-set and adoption of such Net values as speed, openness, experimentation, and risk taking. After its unapologetically elitist technique to choosing, Google indulges its engineers– free of cost meals and dry cleaning, on-site doctors and masseuses– and offers them all the resources they have to prosper. Even today, with a labor force of even more than 23,000, Larry Web page indications off on every hire.
However has Google lost its impressive edge? It stumbled badly in China– Levy reveals exactly what went wrong and how Brin disagreed with his peers on the China technique– and now with its most up-to-date initiative, social networking, Google is chasing after a successful competitor for the first time. Some employees are leaving the business for smaller, nimbler start-ups. Can the business that famously decided not to be evil still contend?
No other book has ever before turned Google inside out as Levy does with In the Plex.
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Since 1999, the BBC’s Red Button feature has delivered alternative camera angles, sports scores and the like over broadcast spectrum, but it’s now set to become internet enabled. Channel surfers shouldn’t expect a full-blown web experience, however, as the Beebs stresses it’s not about to include everything and the kitchen sink in terms of functionality. Rather, their Connected Red Button aims for simplicity. Punching the clicker could bring up the iPlayer to catch previous episodes of shows or save recipes from a cooking program for later viewing on a computer or smartphone. Companion screen experiences such as the Antiques Roadshow app, which is slated for a September release, are also part of their web-connected roadmap. Mum’s the word on when these new features might roll out, but we’re promised the BBC’s Olympics coverage will give us a taste of what’s to come.
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Google recently added piracy “Removal Requests” to its Transparency Report, and in doing so it has provoked a rather fiery response from the RIAA. On its blog, the RIAA complains about how Google’s takedown limitations — 1,000 links per request and a limited number of requests per day — fails to address the scope of music piracy on the search engine.
At face value, the RIAA’s complaints seem in line with the company’s motivations, but as Nate Anderson of Ars Technica points out, there are several companies that request far more takedowns than the RIAA. This disparity indicates that there’s not so much a problem with Google’s system as there is a desire within the RIAA to be given the ability to pull infringing sites at its sole…
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MakiBox is a riff on the open source RepRap 3D printer that fits a print head and motor inside a box about the length and width (but not the thickness, silly) of a sheet of paper. The MakiBox kit will start at $ 350 while an assembled kit will cost $ 550.
The project is being built by Jon Buford, a well known hardware guy in Hong Kong whose last claim to fame was this teeny tiny Android headphone extender. He runs a hacker space in China and works closely with prototyping houses on the mainland.
He also runs, Makible.com, a hardware project funding site akin to Kickstarter. The project is fully funded so you’ll be supporting a sure thing and considering this is based on the RepRap you’ll be working with known hardware and software. The question remains, however: do we need 3D printers on our desks? If not now, when?
Using a tracking cookie, Google stores info based on your searches to better target ads at your ass. Aaaaaand now you can see what demographic (I’m a cat!) Google thinks you belong to by visiting their ads preferences site HERE. You can also opt out of the tracking cookie’s use on the same page. Me? I ate mine. This is a screenshot of my actual info though, so as you can see Google thinks I’m an ageless, sexless (admittedly true *sad face*) fan of coloring games. “And not a deviant porn freak?” Hey, I’m as shocked as you are.
Thanks to Bradley and Kid Gorgeous, who Google thought were two handsome spies because they are. Hide quick, your cover’s been compromised!
I’m sure many of our readers have come across a situation where they’d have liked USB to carry a bit more power to their devices. Your phone or iPod, charging ever-so-slowly, or perhaps an external drive that only works on “powered” USB ports — or must be plugged into a wall socket. A wall socket, in this day and age! I ask you!
Fortunately, the SuperSpeed USB group (or whatever shadowy illuminatus it is that truly controls USB) has decreed that the next generation of the USB 3.0 standard (PDF) will include support for a shocking 100 watts of power. That’s enough to keep ten drives running, or an LCD, or even an entire laptop. And believe it or not, it uses the same cables and ports we’ve already got.
This really is rather a large jump from the 5 standard watts or 10 extended watts found in normal USB ports. Even the vaunted (and electrical-sounding) Thunderbolt only delivers 10W. With 5Gb/s and 100W of power, the USB spec could be entering a second spring here. The ability to power larger and more sophisticated devices, like printers, monitors, and speakers, could make it even more universal than it already is. It’s a real leg up on the Thunderbolt/Light Peak designs, which, while they can handle the data from ten external drives, likely couldn’t power more than two of them. The cables should be able to handle about 1.5 amps of current. It’s not clear how the power load division will be altered, but it seems reasonable to suppose they’ll be increasing the number of concurrent loads.
Now, despite the fact that this new spec would use existing cables, there are potential problems. Not all motherboards and power supplies are prepared for this kind of power transfer, and improperly managed, these high wattages could burn out components, tax the PSU, and cause overheating. Charge-carrying USB cables of poor quality already melt and catch fire. But it’s disingenuous of me to suggest this as a drawback when the power is carefully monitored by the USB controller and it should only use wattages and currents tested and known to be safe with given classes of USB devices. I’m more worried that few devices and computers will have the power overhead to support this, since they likely pick PSUs carefully tailored to the power draw requirements of the system.
Fears of outdated hardware bursting into flame aside, I think this is quite exciting. It’s a serious increase and could enable a completely different accessory ecosystem. Don’t expect to charge your devices ten times faster just yet, but after the design is finalized in early 2012 (it’ll be previewed at the Intel Developer Forum in September as well), you could reasonably expect some very interesting USB-powered devices.
[via Tech Report]
HP’s expectations for its new TouchPad tablet are running pretty high — so high, in fact, that they can only be expressed with a make-believe number. During a recent press conference in Cannes, HP’s Eric Cador boldly declared that his company’s new slate won’t just be the best on the market, it’ll be the bestest. Cador explained:
“In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”
A spokesman later confirmed that the device will launch in the UK with apps from the Guardian, Sky and Last.fm, but promised that “thousands” of other apps are on the way. The metrics might sound a bit optimistic, but the message is clear: HP thinks the TouchPad will annihilate the iPad and blow our minds to smithereens. We’ll just have to wait and see whether it’s as explosive as advertised.
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