From Google’s Newsletter for Librarians. §
In an unusually candid admission, the federal chief of AIDS research says he believes drug companies don’t have an incentive to create a vaccine for the HIV and are likely to wait to profit from it after the government develops one. §
Ya, anything is possible in this world …
Interesting. Let this software “hear” ur song, it will hook up to its database on the Internet and identify the artist/ name/ etc for you. Cool! I was confused initially on how it is different from other software that do similar automatic-tagging for you, till I realized that those don’t actually “listen” to your song. They just analyze the mp3 fingerprints or whatever of your song — Tunatic actually listens. §
I seriously didn’t know sooo many alternatives were there! §
When was the last time you thought twice about the fact that you’re talking to a digital signal every time you use your cell phone?
Or how about the fact that your instant messages (which indeed seem so instant) actually travel over thousands of other people’s computers and servers before they reach you?
And your email? Even worse. If you think herding cows is messy, you should see the way email is schlopped all over the place.
The point is this. These technologies have become second nature vehicles for communication and expression. And blogging, podcasting, vlogging and the whole lot of recent ‘mecasting’ technologies aren’t as integrated, aren’t as easy, aren’t as accessible as they need to be for them to be picked up and made as commonplace as the telephone (or cellphone, if you prefer). Point Four Percent of the population is nothing (that’s 23.6 million blogs as a percentage of the world population by the way). And yet another extension is not the answer. I don’t even know if another browser is. But we need something that works to solve this problem… or at least to make it better. §
Chris Messina (Flock chap) speaks out against all the Flock bashing that’s been going around. A nice read.
Personally, I still use Flock. Inspite of Firefox 1.5 being released. And inspite of the del.icio.us and Performance whatever extensions being released. For me, Flock is all about integration of these “social” features right into the browser itself. And while it is tempting to see new new extensions being released for Firefox, and there is an urge in me to try out Firefox coz its obviously feels nice trying out new new things, I strongly resist. I’ve had enough of extensions and their problems! I like things to work out-of-the box rather than having to download a bunch of extensions to add the functionality. And not just that, with extensions its a bother when you have a copy of Firefox both at work and at home — very difficult to keep the two in synch as one has to download and install each extension on each copy.
I wish a new version of Flock would get released soon though. Something which takes care of the existing bugs, and integrates things more.
Rob Short is the corporate vice president in charge of the team that architects the foundation of Windows Vista. This is a fascinating conversation with the kernel architecture team. It’s our Christmas present to all of the Niners out there who’ve stuck with us day after day.
This is a very candid interview. We even ask ‘do you ever wish the registry had never been developed?’ Charles Torre does this ‘going deep’ interview. Out of all the interviews we’ve done this one is the most interesting because this team has such a deep impact on how reliable, scalable, secure, etc Windows Vista actually will be.
Interesting to see stuff like this happen. Microsoft is being a lot more “open” nowadays than it used to be earlier. All thanks to competition like GNU, Linux, Open Source, Firefox, Opera, etc etc etc. Cool! §
Yahoo!’s definitely got it right if their effort is to redefine web-search, moving away from the algorithmic methods defined by Google. §
A very interesting read. Also highlights the problems with Google’s PageRank algorithm. Made me realize what Yahoo! might be at with its recent acquisitions of del.icio.us and Flickr etc — its all about searching, but in a more “human” way.
Many small countries in Africa, Latin America and south Asia adopt the Google as their national currency. The Google money website, money.google.com, will list the current Google stock price expressed in googles, of course. They will stop reporting sales and earnings, instead reporting Gross National Product and trade surpluses and deficits. When all this rolls out, Google’s share price crashes, and takes the real estate market in Santa Clara County with it. §
I found this damn hilarious! Read on for more. :)
Turns out the US ran a secret prison near Afghanistan where they used Eminem and Dr. Dre music as a form of torturing detainees.
Eminem music is quite a torturous thing as it is — a lot of negative energy, if you ask me. Add torturing and sleeplessness to that, and all I can think of is *shudder*! §
Access restricted web sites using Google language tools service as a proxy. §
WIRED: Why did you decide to release Bubble in all formats at once?
SODERBERGH: Name any big-title movie that’s come out in the last four years. It has been available in all formats on the day of release. It’s called piracy. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, Ocean’s Eleven, and Ocean’s Twelve – I saw them on Canal Street on opening day. Simultaneous release is already here. We’re just trying to gain control over it. §
Glad to see somebody’s on the right track of things. :) Seriously, I think its a lot sensible to create low-cost DVDs — and make less money than now — rather than make high-cost DVDs and then spend all that money trying to curb piracy and make all these draconian laws!
If the price is right, original DVD are always preferred — coz they are legal … and well, original. With pirated DVDs you always have the risk that the movie might be cut or not have a good quality or may be simply be non-working.
America Online said Google had agreed to invest $1 billion to take a 5 percent stake in AOL, as part of an enhanced pact where Google will move beyond text-based advertising to allow AOL to sell graphical ads to Google’s fast-growing ad network.
Hmm, so Google’s moving beyond text-based advertising? Woooo! Now that’s definitely evil isn’t it? §
Well, everyone’s talking about how Google’s become more “evil” than Microsoft thanks to the deal with AOL. From what I understand, Google is going to show AOL’s videos in its video search results — giving them preferrential results over others, but without explicitly mentioning that these results have preferential treatment. Ideally Google should mention that these results are on top coz of the agreement or whatever — but it is not, and is instead passing these results off along with the regular results (and putting them on top these regular results) — and that’s what’s big time Evil.
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I found this post very informative. Hadn’t ever realized that there are sooooo many possible uses with deli.icio.us. Wow! §
The big question with clones is how they get their souls, assuming souls exist. If God gives them brand new souls, then they aren’t actually clones at all. They’d be fundamentally different. But it also makes God more of a soul gumball machine than the omnipotent creator of the universe. The scientist who makes the clone would, in effect, be controlling God by making him pinch out another soul to inhabit the clone. That’s disturbing on many levels, not the least of which is the way I phrased it.
I found this damn funny. §
Want to chat using your web browser, the AJAX way? Then check out Meebo (for AOL/ Yahoo/ MSN/ GTalk/ Jabber) or GTalkr (for GTalk/ Jabber with additional features). § §
Combining Google News and Google Maps. For a change I read bit more news headlines today than usual. Interesting. §