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The final nail in coffin for Net neutrality - Nov. 3, 2010
Topic: Computers 4:58 pm EDT, Nov  4, 2010

NEW YORK ( -- Before Tuesday's midterm elections, there were 95 House and Senate candidates who pledged support for Net neutrality, a bill that would force Internet providers to not charge users more for certain kinds of Web content. nullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnullnull

The final nail in coffin for Net neutrality - Nov. 3, 2010

John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript | Cult of Mac
Topic: Computers 1:38 am EDT, Oct 16, 2010

Here’s a full transcript of the interview with John Sculley on the subject of Steve Jobs.

It’s long but worth reading because there are some awesome insights into how Jobs does things.

It’s also one of the frankest CEO interviews you’ll ever read. Sculley talks openly about Jobs and Apple, admits it was a mistake to hire him to run the company and that he knows little about computers. It’s rare for anyone, never mind a big-time CEO, to make such frank assessment of their career in public.

UPDATE: Here’s an audio version of the entire interview made by reader Rick Mansfield using OS X’s text-to-speech system. It’s a bit robotic (Rick used the “Alex” voice, which he says is “more than tolerable to listen to”) but you might enjoy it while commuting or at the gym. The audio is 52 minutes long and it’s a 45MB download. It’s in .m4a format, which will play on any iPod/iPhone, etc. Download it here (Option-Click the link; or right-click and choose “Save Linked File…”).

John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript | Cult of Mac

YouTube - HackaDay thermite-based Hard drive destruction
Topic: Computers 7:07 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2010

How to dispose of hard drives.

YouTube - HackaDay thermite-based Hard drive destruction

The Next Generation Of Brainwave-Control Helmets Looks Much Cooler - Brains - io9
Topic: Computers 12:32 pm EST, Mar  7, 2010

Researcher Matthias L. Jugel with Thinkberg sent us these pictures of the "next gen" helmet, which he says was sitting right next to the pinball machine we featured yesterday. It doesn't need electrodes going to the brain, because it uses "capacitative measuring" instead. Researchers at the the University of Braunschweig are working on the project along with the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface research consortium.nullnull

The Next Generation Of Brainwave-Control Helmets Looks Much Cooler - Brains - io9

Beet.TV: YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality.....and it Works
Topic: Computers 9:42 pm EDT, Aug  3, 2008

YouTube has introduced rich metadata into select videos, which will significantly impact how online video is discovered and consumed.

Announced in June, we have found the technology is very useful. Last week, we got an update on this from Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube.

YouTube applies a technology in which automated spiders "listen" and transcribe the words in the audio track of a video. This transcription, in the form of metadata, is embedded into the video.

This new speech-to-text technology has been applied to campaign videos from John McCain and Barack Obama as well as non-campaign produced clips. The search box is found on YouTube You Choose page. (It's on the lower left area of the page.) Visitors can enter words such as "Iraq, "Global Warming," and "Free Trade." Also, putting your cursor over the timeline, you can see the transcription.

Beet.TV: YouTube Has Speech-to-Text Functionality.....and it Works
Topic: Computers 7:55 am EDT, Jun  6, 2008

Paranoid Linux is an operating system that assumes that its operator is under assault from the government (it was intended for use by Chinese and Syrian dissidents), and it does everything it can to keep your communications and documents a secret. It even throws up a bunch of "chaff" communications that are supposed to disguise the fact that you're doing anything covert. So while you're receiving a political message one character at a time, ParanoidLinux is pretending to surf the Web and fill in questionnaires and flirt in chat-rooms. Meanwhile, one in every five hundred characters you receive is your real message, a needle buried in a huge haystack.
~Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, 2008)

When those words were written, ParanoidLinux was just a fiction. It is our goal to make this a reality. The project officially started on May 14th, and has been growing ever since. We welcome your ideas, contributions, designs, or code. You can find us on freenode's irc server in the #paranoidlinux channel. Hope to see you there!

ParanoidLinux Team

How the team at 'CSI: Denmark' stole my computer - Vox
Topic: Computers 10:42 am EST, Feb  7, 2008

Thinking it was about my stolen wallet, I let the mid-40s, ripe-bellied officers into my apartment, the whole time thinking, 'Wow, your wallet gets stolen in Denmark and the cops visit to make sure you're OK. The service.' After they sat down in the kitchen, I asked what was up, and was told, 'Well, you stole a credit card and ordered a bunch of shit online. And we know about it.'

Coppa what?

'What? Wait. Wait. What. What?!' I said. 'Can we do this in English? I thought you just said I stole a credit card.'
'Your Danish is fine,' the dough-faced one said in Danish. 'We know you stole it, we know what you did. We're here to take your computer.'
'My computer, why?'
'We traced the transaction back to the wireless network in this apartment.'
'But we have an open wireless connection. It's unsecured.'
'The internet doesn't work that way.'

'What? Wait. What?'

This conversation repeated itself three or four times, and somehow moved into the bedroom, in front of my laptop.

How the team at 'CSI: Denmark' stole my computer - Vox

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Software Incompatibilities
Topic: Computers 10:42 am EST, Nov 23, 2007

The programs listed below have compatibility problems with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, ranging from minor incompatibilities that do not affect core functions to major problems that prevent use. This list is compiled from developer statements, and where possible, we've included links to the official statements, information on expected updates, and other notes. (Some developers appear to have been caught by late Leopard changes made between the last seed release developers received and the official release available now. Developers did not have access to the official release version until October 26, the day that it became available to consumers, which delayed compatibility testing.)

For notes from MacInTouch readers on their experiences with various programs running on Leopard, including problems and possible workarounds, see our Leopard Reader Reports.

Yikes. Maybe I'll wait till after new years.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: Software Incompatibilities

YouTube - Don't Copy That Floppy (HIGH QUALITY version!)
Topic: Computers 3:07 pm EDT, Apr  3, 2007

Its ashame piracy ended the Gaming Industry in the 80's. It makes me wonder what could have been.
PS. I think public service style rap might be the worst music ever made.

YouTube - Don't Copy That Floppy (HIGH QUALITY version!)

Bits of News - First Hardware to go through Evolution Developed
Topic: Computers 10:44 am EDT, Mar 28, 2007

For decades people have tried to replicate the human mind, using more and more sophisticated software make better A.I’s, but still the best A.I’s are not much smarter than your average cockroach.

Maybe that’s the problem? Everything that we’ve done so far is software based, the hardware to drive the A.I has been much unchanged. But a Norwegian team at the University of Oslo has made what will possibly be the next generation of hardware.

Every creature in nature is a product of evolution, and did I mention that creationism is just bull?

What the team has done is add evolution to hardware (Norwegian), all hardware that you and I have used so far is made the creationism way, it’s made and can not be changed at runtime through evolution. All changes to existing hardware have to be made through software.

Bits of News - First Hardware to go through Evolution Developed

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