LiveScience.com - Men Act Like Dogs to Determine Dominance
LiveScience.com - Men Act Like Dogs to Determine Dominance
He will inform Congress "in a manner consistent with the president's constitutional authority to withhold information that could impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative processes of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties.''Right. That's probably how the government was sposed to work; congress would pass laws no one would enforce and the courts are preempted altogether.
Northwest Florida Daily News: Want to get good at videogames? Hire a kid
Techdirt: House Rushes Through Bill To Make The Web More Dangerous For Kids
YouTube - Man destroys town with armored bulldozer
Also its funny to read the comments on Digg, its pretty obvious who's seen the show, who's really into it, and who's completely oblivious:
- Thank you Microsoft! I vaaaalue your tiiiime!
- What? This is a fantastic BUSINESS MODEL.
- I guess you could say I'm buy curious.
- Oh, Bob Loblaw, you are a mouthful!
Microsoft to show 'Arrested Development'
Looking away from syndication, will they go the route of Firefly and make a Feature Film from the concept? I don't really think so, but it would be funny if only be cause Maeby sold the rights to the Bluth story in the last episode.
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Hello, Don’t forget — this weekend, call any phone in Japan for free. It couldn’t be simpler. When we’re not giving away calls for free, Skype is still one of the cheapest ways to call international phones. Take a look at our rates to all countries. Happy calling, The people at SkypeReally? You're advertising that you can call any phone in a remote land from an untraceable number at no cost? I've never really enjoyed making prank calls, but isn't this just asking for it?
Facebook giving away 10 million iTunes music samplers
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Engadget-VeriChip's human-implatable RFID chips clonable
Monopoly ditches cash, goes plastic - Engadget
globeandmail.com : Victoria told to quit dumping sewage in ocean
This RC jet hits about 200 mph and has a sweet engine roar. Wow, that's cool and everything, but how much did it cost? Cause I have no doubt that I would crash it the very first time I flew it. And if I fixed it up good enough for a second flight, I'd crash it then too. Someone should put some self piloting UAV gear in a squadron of those. Sending our enemies scurrying from model planes, how great would that be?
Techdirt: It's Amazing What Happens When A Government's Not In Hollywood's Pocket
KIM JONG-IL OFFERS TO ABANDON NUKES IN EXCHANGE FOR ROLE AS VILLAIN IN NEW BOND FILM - Yahoo! News
My news sources:
JERRY: When do you intend to do this?
KRAMER: Ohh.. should be done by the end of the month.
JERRY: You're doing this yourself?
KRAMER: It's a simple job. Why, you don't think I can?
JERRY: Oh, no. It's not that I don't think you can. I know that you can't, and I'm positive that you won't.
KRAMER: Well, I got the tools. I got the pillows. All I need is the lumber.
JERRY: I don't see it happening.
KRAMER: Well, this time, this time you're wrong. C'mon. I'll even bet you.
KRAMER: A big dinner with dessert. But I've got till the end of the month.
JERRY: I'll give you a year.
KRAMER: No, no, no. End of the month.
JERRY: It's a bet. (They both "pinkie swear" to lock the deal)
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How many movies do we need to make about how effed up the world is an how the US government is responsible? I spose at least three.
- An Inconvenient Truth - Google Video
- Who Killed the Electric Car? trailer - Google Video
- The Road to Guantanamo Film Trailer - Google Video
*21 if you count 'Never Say Never Again'
Check out these ads creating anti-meth awareness. Some of them are pretty startling and effective. Like that burnt spoon left on the street.
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Aliens - $59.95
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain - $39.95
Goldeneye - $44.95
Les Miserables - $39.95
Nell - $39.95
Toy Story - $29.95
12 Monkeys - $39.95
Twister - $34.95
While Digital Video Dithers, Laser Disk Just Gets Better - New York Times
I just saw a new one for Target last night and it was long, at least it seemed longer than the car ads I'd seen before. I wouldn't go as far as to say its 3d, but there's an odd quality about it. Maybe its the flickering between frames that held my attention and left me a little confused after it was over. (but that's true of Target ads on TV too) I have to say I'm a little worried about when the novelty of these things wears off. If every inch of tunnel wall is covered that constant stream would give me such a headache. Not to mention the poor epileptic commuters...
In case you're not up for looking through the Sub-Media Site:
The Submedia audience isn't just captured. It's locked in place. Voluntarily. And as anyone who's ever been on a subway car will testify, one of the greatest challenges is knowing what to do with your eyes. Most people look out the window. At nothing.Damn. I wish I thought of this.
That's where we do our stuff. Suddenly the blackness is broken by an illuminated, animated 20-second show. Your show. Your message. Alone in the space. It catches the eye. Then takes it for a ride.
Our reach is superb. A single Submedia installation in a major metropolitan area can yield two to three million cumulative first-hand impressions per month. (And millions more in second-hand publicity value.)
The audience is definitely downtown. Urban. Youthful. Professional. Trend setters. Commuters. Working people in major markets. And it's refreshed every few minutes during rush hour.
The frequency: daily. On the way to work or the way home. A Submedia show becomes part of the day. And if the entertainment value of your message is high, it becomes an anticipated event. People look for it. What other medium can make such a claim?
New Scientist SPACE - Breaking News - Model of inflatable space hotel set to launch
Bigelow Aerospace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The storm was nothing special. Its waves rocked the Norwegian Dawn just enough so that bartenders on the cruise ship turned to the usual palliative — free drinks. Then, off the coast of Georgia, early on Saturday, April 16, 2005, a giant, seven-story wave appeared out of nowhere. It crashed into the bow, sent deck chairs flying, smashed windows, raced as high as the 10th deck, flooded 62 cabins, injured 4 passengers and sowed widespread fear and panic."Whew that's enough to sour a good cruise. The terms "monster" "rogue" and "titans" are easily applied to waves that have been observed as tall as 80 feet, and are theoretically as high as 198 feet. Its kind of odd how they talk about waves as living entities, and even odder how reasonable that seems. Somehow I find it very easy to imagine a few of these giants prowling the oceans looking for something to crash into. I'm no ocean sailor but a wave even half the height of the statue of liberty would leave me with no faculties at all. And probably a mess in my pants. I hate to think what would happen to a Volvo 70 if it ever met an 80 ft wave at 30 knots. So rogue waves are real, more common than they thought, and generated in several "hot spots"... I can't wait to get back on a cruise ship. All you need to know: if your cruise hits a storm, drinks are free.
Rogue Giants at Sea - New York Times
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Bartending, RFID Style
Alright, fine, this won't catch on. Its more of a party trick than a trend anyway. As is not the case with bottled water, the extra cost actually gets you something extra. These ice cubes sink. They're made from heavy water that contains a rare hydrogen atom with a neutron. Get a whole glass of the stuff and its about 10% heavier than normal water, but it ain't cheap. Heavy water is technically safe (for mice) to drink, but its not recommended in any large quantities. I'd say cool to read about, but an awful lot of trouble to go though just to fool a friend. I'm sticking with the floating diet coke trick.
Ice Capades - Popular Science
Your Very Own Personal Tank - Popular Science
I can't imagine its easy to steer this thing, but I'm pretty sure maneuverability isn't the point. The point is that college students need attention and enjoy making a scene. Or something about not walking on grass, I dunno. Seems like it would be kinda fun except for all the stuff people undoubtedly throw when you roll past.
The Daily News: Walk in the park? Take park with you
New Scientist Breaking News - Stem cells turned into sperm
- Starting in the early 1990's, the Clinton-Gore Administration had aggressive plans to create the "National Infrastructure Initiative" to rewire ALL of America with fiber optic wiring, replacing the 100 year old copper wire.
- By 2006, 86 million households should have already been wired with a fiber (and coax), wire, capable of at least 45 Mbps in both directions, and could handle 500+ channels.
- In exchange for building these networks, the Bell companies ALL received changes in state laws that gave them excessive profits, tax savings, and other perks to be used in building these networks.
- $206 billion dollars in excess profits and tax deductions were collected - over $2000 per household.
- Instead of spending the money on these networks, the Bell companies used the money to enter long distance, rollout wireless and the inferior DSL services.
- Revenues are up 128%.
- Employees are down 65%, Construction is down 60%.
- $92.5 billion is missing in network upgrades.
When do we say enough is enough? I don't see any healthy competition driving this industry, and they're not providing what they promised and we paid for. When is it time to bust some balls? In fact I want the government to seize all their property and create a national municipal Internet service. Oh you're a billionaire are you? Not any more bitch, you want a job servicing our rural fiber optic lines?
The Unauthorized Biography of
AD season 3 is 2 discs? Oh right only 13 episodes. And my burning hatred of Fox is rekindled.
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New Scientist Tech - News - Enormous new dam fails in Brazil
Asshole. That's like saying that you can have peanut butter, but there's no reasonable expectation that you should be able to have jelly too, just because you already have it in your fridge. Yes, I got my Tivo so that I wouldn't have to watch commercials. Mr Shaw you are attacking this problem in the exact wrong way. "And quite frankly, we're just training a new generation of viewers to skip commercials because they can." Yes, and you're just used to subjecting viewers to inane crap because you can. You need to stop thinking about how to force people into watching commercials and how to make them WANT to watch them. Product placement is a good one. I'm willing to watch commercials that intrigue and actually entertain me instead of bludgeoning me with repetition about cheap salad or anytime minutes. How about hiring the actors from the show I'm watching to do the commercial. I loved the commercial Jeffrey Tambor did during the series finale of Arrested Development. If you make your commercials look like the show I'm watching I won't know not to stop fast forwarding. Actually, never mind, that's diabolical. Don't do that. Just mark my words - if you take away my power to skip ads I will be PISSED OFF.
He suggested that consumers prefer DVRs for their ability to facilitate on-demand viewing and not ad-zapping--and consumers might warm to the idea that anytime viewing brings with it a tradeoff in the form of unavoidable commercial viewing. "I'm not so sure that the whole issue really is one of commercial avoidance," Shaw said. "It really is a matter of convenience--so you don't miss your favorite show..."
"I'm not sure that the driving reason to get a DVR in the first place is just to skip commercials. I don't fundamentally believe that. People can understand in order to have convenience and on-demand (options), that you can't skip commercials."
MediaPost Publications - ABC Looks Beyond Upfront To DVR, Commercial Ratings Issues - 07/06/2006
Railroad safety advocate says `Cars' is reckless | Chicago Tribune
Windtech International - China makes huge breakthrough in wind power technology
Or if you're willing to lay out soon you can get a Wind machine strapped to your house that will power all your stuff and send the excess into the grid, which you can use or be paid for later.
Residential windmill saves money, the environment - Engadget
Personally, I'd rather see these windmill bouquets popping up on the horizon than on everyone's house. But there's the concept of being self sufficient, and the responsibility that comes with it might just make people a little more judicious with their power.
Within seconds of North Korean rocket engines igniting on their launch pads, infrared cameras aboard Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites detected the heat and transmitted an alert back to U.S. command centers in Colorado Springs, where the trajectory was calculated and the type of missile determined.Defense Tech
See, the way machine learning (in its current state) works is that you devise a system and then feed it sample data. It will make guesses depending on what it thinks the answer should be and you tell it right or wrong. So the larger and more accurate your training set, the better the machine will be at predicting the right answer on real data, where you don't know the answer.
Ok, so these guys have an interesting idea; let computers watch our brains as we solve problems and they might learn something and even get better at it than we are. Its pretty cool stuff, but then I got to thinking about Terminator, Resident Evil, iRobot and all those movies with an AI that gets out of hand and decides to kill off people.
The cool thing about neural networks is that they just work. We have no idea how the insides work, you just set up a system of blank 'neurons' and expose it to inputs and outputs. It calibrates itself based on the training data, almost like magic. The uncool thing about neural networks is that we have no idea how they work. If you want to change something about the system, you need to retrain it, you can't just open up the hood and tinker around in there.
So the trouble when trying to make an intelligent system is where in the world to get massive amounts of high quality data that have answers. The answer is inside everyone's brain, the trouble is I'm not sure I want computers to see how we think, and even moreso to emulate us. There's no way to implement a 3 laws type protection system in that environment, because no such system exists in our minds.
So I imagine you can see where I'm going with this; its not as science fiction as you think. Hopefully we're a few years away from handing over control of our arsenal to a paranoid calculator though.
Scientists to automate thought - Computing
Robotics vs. Helotics - New English Review
Also check this out:
After the 1881 Cup match, the New York Yacht Club officially returned the Cup to George L. Schuyler, the sole surviving member of the syndicate that owned "America" to rewrite the deed to discourage inland-based, Canadian yacht clubs from challenging the Cup. The New York Yacht Club was disappointed with the lack of competition and the poor build of the yachts of the Canadian challenges of 1876 and 1881.Haha, its like changing the rules to the game in your backyard so that creepy kid from across the street can't play.
32nd America's Cup Official Website
America's Cup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alinghi - Racing All The Way To 2007
Tour de France LIVE Tracker - Google Maps