Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
The thing about the extremes of positive and negative stories..
Dystopian = everything is rotten, yet there is some hope
Utopian = everything seems perfect at first, yet these is something is deepely wrong in the background.
Now what is the positive story? The reader decides to focus on positive or negative overall aspects.
Take a utopian version of hunger games. The main character of hunger games. She grows up in the capital. There is welth and lots of great food, parties and everything. There is even a great yearly entertainment thing where less fortunate kids from the districts get the opertunity to show worrier skills and make themselves and their families rich. When she volentiers for a job to help these kids prepare (a job that can make you famous) the harsh reality becomes apparent. These kids and family are repressed and live awful lives just to make the life in the capital possible. When she tries to speak up she gets to feel just how awfull the powers in the can be, even her family and friends are punnished for her attempts to speak up.
Same world other view. In the end what story is more positive?
Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)
I have been looking into this type of 3d printers and there are many others. Most not as reproducable as the standard reprap fdm printers. This is why i am currently designing the reprap petri that will be reproducable when the design is done. Right now it is in early prototype phase and does not work.
The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube
Call me an addict, rarely a day passes without a couple of solves. I now own cubes from 2x2x2 up to 5x5x5. I will never be near the record solving times however I like it.
So not everyone is "still" an addict, some just got in. For me at age 31.
Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing
First. During my day job I frequently work with a professional 3d printer. As a hobby I own a Reprap (hobby 3d printer). I would describe myself as a 3d print enthousiast.
However I do not see 3d printers live up to the hype. the mantra: "Everyone will print everything in 3d from toys to funriture and a 3d steak". My argument is new technology does not replace everything else there was before. People still walk/ride bikes/take a car/boat/train because planes and helicopters excist (who would have thought)! My opinion: Some things will be printed such as unique small items and parts to repair stuff. And the 3d printed steak.. not going to happen. We already have vega-meat-replacement nobody calls them steaks.
One example what it is usefull for. I am currently printing a lense cap holder to snap two caps on a strap. This needs to be printed because almost noboby had a 71mm and a 57mm cap. I print this because it will never excist as a product.
Internet Infrastructure for Everyone
NAT is a band aid. It works mostly.
However you can have the carrier grade NAT I have on my cell Phone any day! it is the future for the next 30 years.
It is a band aid over a band aid and we will all have it.
I really hope the NAT stuff is here to stay for backwards compatibility but also really hope for the already available real solution to become widespread in the next 3 to 5 years, not 30.
Internet Infrastructure for Everyone
If you want all devices to run everything you need IPV6. ISPs are lagging badly. Even though it is not the hardest thing in the world. France and Asia are switching.
My ISP is running a pre-pilot for over 2 years, it runs fine. They are still not roling it out for the rest of the users (probably corp funding that is lacking).
I have a virtual server at Amazon. It works great and talk about this virtualized machine. Today everything is a cloud even a single synology nas is a cloud. So i use virtualization to describe it.
My usb stick however is a "personal wearable offline cloud" (you can stick the cloud label on everything right?)
Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats
I am buying apps like no other as part of my business. In normal business you work with buying and selling and VAT is no problem.
Apple however does not send bills with VAT, Apple states they are not done negotiating with the government.
I had to read this two or three times.. what on eath do you have to negotiate on VAT. It is really clear: all business have to pay.
Now the Added in Value Added Taxes i have to pay is higher than it should be, there goes part of my profits, thank you Apple!
WebKit Developers Discuss Removal of Google-Specific Code
I have always wondered why everyone was using the same engine while every browser has a unique selling point. Now it becomes clear a one size fits all equals a one size fits noone perfectly.
Perhaps this creates a bit more diversificaton and true unique selling points for the browsers.
When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)
I have a special storage space for harddisks that died or are removed from discarted pc's.
Properly erasing the drives with software conforming to military wiping standards will cost me many hours.
A couple of years back I saw an article about data recovery, a highly specialized company was able to recover data even from a disk shot with a nail gun. The only real failure in recovery was a computer displayed in the lobby that was mostly melted in a fire.
Now I throw anywhere between 20 and 30 disks a year in a fire after removing the pcb's, they mely to strange artworks.
One time it was too dry to make a fire, removing the platters and putting them in an over at the highest temp for half an hour peeled the magnetic coating (be cairfull with notebook harddisks, those have glass/ceramic platters that are break and shatter with many sharp fragments)
UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6
I tend to find that mail not arriving is a pretty good motivation for those sorts of people to pay me to make it work again...
True, although those are the rushed "implementations" later described on tech site articles as "fast implementation IPV6 damages small business" and later picked up and translated "IPV6 is bad for business"
UK ISPs Respond To the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6
Here in the Netherlands at least 70% of the modem/routers are provided by the ISP and are remotely managed. This was introduced when VOIP required a plug and play way of installing.
Most of these (voip) managed routers are new enough to support ipv6. so there is nothing to worry about for the end user.
Migration path for users that just turn on their computer on, it just works.
I am participating in an IPV6 beta program by my ISP. In my case i had to manually alter the configuration to use IPV6. My laptops and pc's used ipv6 after a reboot and the 3 android devices started using it because of the wireless signal was interupted.
One old xp pc is still using ipv4 and kept working and will do untill i dump it in the trash.
My concern are the small business with a server or 2. those need a migration path but have no dedicated it guy and refuse to pay someone to fix something that might still work but scream when the mail does not arrive anymore through 3 layers of NAT.
Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats
After you found the bugger unknown to all the AV persons in the world....you send it to all of them right?
I deal with a lot of client pc's and some are horribly infected. Sometimes a boot from usb gives me the bootsector virusses sometimes other things but whenever the uncanny feeling you discrive creeps up it might be right... something new...
I had one of these things on a pc that performed just bad enough to digg deeper, found something that had to be it. Put it through an online many virus scanner. Only two virus scanners thought it might perhaps be a virus. Send it to microsoft: took them half a day to classify it as in need for in depth rearch. Took many days to be released and detected as a code obfruscator.
Oh and I nuked it from orbit, who knows where or what it was hiding other nasty siblings...
Oracle Patches Java 7 Vulnerability
The thing on my mind is, how much does Oracle earn with a patch release. The ask toolbar crapware is installed by default and people hitting "next next next" will be infected. Only by installing this with care you will not get the ask toolbar.
I know they are not alone in this (adobe wants to install the crome browser as default AND the google toolbar for IE, talk about redundancy) but they incorporate it in all updates..
Gartner Buzzword Tracker Says "Cloud Computing" Still on Hype Wave
I personally back up everything in my Wearable Personal Private Cloud (WPPC). The WPPC is amazing It can hold many GB's, is cheap for limited space but with a bit of money you can get a lot more space! The transfer speeds are amazing and I can access all my could data wherever I am as long as there is a computer, because it is the cloud it is always with me. It also has enhanced security an privacy features because it can be taken offline whenever I like it to be.
In the old days the WPPC would be called a USB stick but that is just old!
I hate it when the cloud label gets stuck on everything. A simple cluster with two nodes is now a cloud. Heck even a single synology nas with no reduncancy is now a cloud http://www.synology.com/support/video_your_cloud.php?lang=us In the old days it would be port forwarding not it is a cloud.
Why eBook DRM Has To Go
At Bean (http://www.baen.com/) the books are drm free and in all sorts of formats. When I buy a book I make shure it will be readable in the future on any new device I own no even when the store drm server crashes or the publisher goes belly side up. The books I buy at Bean don't have to be cracked in order to do this.
One little confession: only 2 books and 1 monthly bundle were bought at Bean by me (I still buy books because for reading pleasure, not DRM free-ness).
June 6 Is World IPv6 Day 2012: This Time For Keeps
Recently my ISP started an 'ipv6 pre-pilot', I instantly joined. I now run dual stack ipv4/ipv6 (stateless + dhcpv6) with an opendns ipv6 dns server. After the proper firmware was pushed to my modem it took me 15 minuted to config. Surprisingly i have had no problems at all. Windows vista/7 and android devices all receive/figure out both ipv4 and ipv6 configs. ipv6 incapable devices just kept humming without even touching them.
Adding ipv6 was utterly uneventfull....bummer...
Things I have done: I changed my startpage to http://ipv6.google.com/ (only for myself, other's don't care)
Only sometimes i see something like the images: you are using ipv6 ffff:ffff:ffff:ffff:(yes too short)
Using torrent I regularly see ipv6 peers (being connectable rocks)
fun fact: the facebook ipv6 address is: 2620:0:1cfe:face:b00c::3
Rethinking the Nature of Files
Is a file the (a)original data or (b) the original data + annotations data in other databases. What does a user expect when he/she creates a "copy" of a file.
I have never seen a discussion like: "I downloaded a picture from facebook and now all the likes and comments are missing!"
Suppose it will pop-up in the near future..
Linux Kernel 3.0 Released
why? Microsoft mostly worked on improving earlier microsoft hyper-v code, it was below standards and needed a lot of work to be of acceptable quality. you could also state you will be upgrading immideately so earlier bad microsoft code will be replaced by acceptable quality ASAP!
whatever you prefer either bad or good code from microsoft on your machine.
Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
The negative effects are also observed in adult behaviour. people with cars with all safety features (airbags, crumple zones, abs, esp, a computer that detects weird behaviour and adjusts seats/seatbelts just before impact) drive less carefull than others with old "unsafe" cars.
When sane grownup behaviour becomes worse with the safe features, i would not be surprised children becoming challenged to try to find a little danger no matter what. 'Hey running acros the street gets mu hartrate up with all the horns!'
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