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HEY stop telling ppl that SMS msgs are examples of bad writing! LOL it’s actually a new language altogether that is currently referred to as “Fingered Speech”. OMG! how cool!!!
John McWhorter, linguist and political commentator, has written extensively on language and race relations. He teaches at Columbia University.
Posted in Brain, education, Noteworthy, speech, Technology
Tagged Columbia University, John McWhorter, Language, Linguistics, Spoken language, TED, Text messaging, Written language
Just a partisan tempest in a DC. teapot? Only a “botched” operation that mistakenly resulted in guns walking over the Mexico border? Or is this Obama’s bloodiest scandal and most shameless cover-up?
Were the hundreds of dead in Mexico from these weapons an unforeseen and tragic consequence? Or were dead Mexicans part of the Fast & Furious strategy all along?
Matt Burns at TechCrunch voices his suspicions that Megaupload may have been taken down because it was preparing to launch Megabox, a service that would have competed directly and legally with the RIAA record companies.
[Kim] Dotcom described Megabox as Megaupload’s iTunes competitor, which would even eventually offer free premium movies via Megamovie, a site set to launch in 2012. This service would take Megaupload from being just a digital locker site to a full-fledged player in the digital content game.
Will Collier opines that
Copyright protection is a legitimate problem in the digital age, but if the speculation here turns out to be accurate, the Justice Department has been used to facilitate the crib death of a legal competitor to the RIAA. If that pans out, we’ve got a much bigger problem than piracy to worry about.
Obama releases long-form birth certificate [PDF]
Not a big deal, but not exactly irrelevant either.
I have two Focus WP7 phones, one for me one for my better half. On mine I ran Chris Walsh’s updater tool when Paul Thurrott posted about it, however I did not update my the other phone at all.
My better half was notified yesterday that an update was available from the MS mother-ship. (notified on Zune – not on her phone directly) Over at Windows Phone Secrets Paul Thurrott posted this about it.
NoDo, pre-update heading out to AT&T users
Posted on April 19, 2011 by Paul Thurrott
I’ve received numerous emails and tweets from people who report they’re now downloading the Windows Phone pre-update and NoDo update for their AT&T Samung Focus and LG Quantum handsets.
Paul also mentioned that AT&T might consider shipping the apps in the AT&T App store rather than stuffing them into an update. I agree, especially considering that one of the apps isn’t compatible with all WP7 phones.
In this update the AT&T address book is evidently not compatible with the Samsung Focus whatsoever.
The phone that was running the original AT&T firmware received an 800xxxxx error and Zune informed us that the update had failed. (We re-ran the updates and the phone is now up to date) … “Smooth” update process indeed.
So I figured I would take the risk and go ahead and run the update on my “Hacked” phone …. flawless installation on the first try.
I’ll try WISPr connecting at any AT&T hotspots I can find today and update this post with my results (good or bad).
In my case the Walsh updater ensured that my phone received its update. It didn’t “break” my phone at all. In fact quite the opposite.
Hattip Paul Thurrott at Windows Phone secrets
Windows Phone Secrets posted about a new utility they recently discovered, with which you may be able to get the “NoDo” update right now.
AT&T has taken a bit longer than even I expected for them to roll out the “NoDo” update.
I performed the process on my Samsung Focus today and I’m now happily up to date. Everything is working fine, apps do seem a trifle faster, and copy paste functionality is now available.
With new utility, you may be able to get NoDo right now
Chris Walsh has released a tool that may allow you to bypass Microsoft’s silly restrictions and install the February 2011 (“pre-update”) and March 2011 (“NoDo”) updates for Windows Phone.
I needed both updates, this method got me there. My only word of advice is to be patient, and follow the instructions carefully. (and make a visit to Windows Phone Secrets to comment if it worked for you or not).
Hat-tip: Paul Thurrott and Chris at My Coding Adventures
Update: MS Posts some caviates. As always YMMV when running these utilities.
Is Bing/Google street/building/everything view 2.0 coming next year then?
Lets all take a deep breath here (if you dare!) and put some of the hysteria being generated over the nuclear power plant failures in Japan into perspective. On average, most of the US population has been exposed to the radiation of around 500 to 800 American nuclear bomb test fallout sometime in their lifetime. Not to mention the 1021 bombs set off by the other nuclear power states.
Just a quick question; Why is there nearly no mention at all of the plight of the Japanese tsunami survivors?
As always , politics over reporting.
Watch this incredibly cool video in HD, it’s impressive.
A truly green solution to the BP oil spill. You will not believe how well this works!
Why are we not dumping hay from planes right now? If nothing else its cheap and easy.
Posted in Environment
Tagged bp oil, bp oil spill, BpOil, BpOilSpill, Crude Oil, gulf oil, Gulf oil cleanup, gulf oil spill, GulfOil, GulfOilCleanup, GulfOilSpil, oil slick, Research, Science, Video, YouTube
What a wonderful video.
Find more of Iron and Wine’s music here
Fun little video…
Stick with it until the end.
As Nick Gillespie says at Big Government:
In The Excellent Powder: DDT’s Political and Scientific History, Richard Tren and Donald Roberts argue that the infamous insecticide is the world’s greatest public-health success stories, saving millions of lives by preventing insect-borne disease. Unfortunately for those in areas still infested with mosquitoes and other flying bugs, DDT is also the world’s most-misunderstood substance, the target of a decades-long scientifically ignorant and ideologically motivated campaign that has vastly limited its use and applications.
Read the whole thing here.
Previous post regarding DDT: DDT about to be reintroduced as pesticide
Hattip: Big Government
TED Blog: The danger of science denial: Michael Specter on TED.com
This is a very good video presentation, although Michael Specter leaves out some of the causative factors of some of the public’s distrust of pop science.
Things like the rampant Healthcare fraud recently perpetuated by Big Government aficionados, using fudged data and faked demographics to ramrod corporatist solutions to problems that would be best left to the marketplace.
The scientifically regressive fraud called AGW, with its ham-handed manipulation of data sets and worse than bad coding of the computer models. As it turns out, all the while the supposed “Climate Scientists” were suppressing basic fact checking, hiding data that didn’t fit the hypothesis and cynically labeling scientific skeptics things like “flat earthers” and ‘Climate Change Deniers”.
A Hypothesis is not a Theory unless other scientists can reproduce the results on their own using the base data that the originating idea is based upon. The AGW hyperbole acolytes “loss” of the original data sets is the antithesis of classic science and an assault on the scientific method itself.
Science is skepticism and skeptics aren’t “Deniers”, skeptics are the guardians at the scientific gate!
Red Letter Media proves once again that a small filmmaker with a modest budget can make a much more entertaining video presentation while using the same footage George Lucas used to create the abomination known as Star Wars Episode II
Watch all Ninety minutes here
Star Wars Attack Of The Clones Review
! Or just click the screenshot of the video above to view the full playlist.
Even more interesting is that the Cartoon Network filed a bogus DMCA take-down notice over this review. It’s now back up on GooTube in all of its glory!
Update: In case you missed it here is the review for Avatar by Red Letter Media (only two parts!).
Posted in GooTube, Humor, Tech
Tagged Freedom of Speech, Fun, Movie Reviews, Noteworthy, Sci-Fi, Sequels, Star Wars, Video, YouTube
The C-SPAN Video Library, including 160,000 hours of political events and congressional sessions chronicled by its networks since 1987, is now available free on the Internet. Hattip: Jim Kearney
I can hardly wait for the crowd-sourcing results. It will amusing to see inevitable video mash-ups of politicians talking from both sides of their mouths.
I also expect to see a bunch of this footage in the coming campaign commercials for November’s elections.
When Video first started to become predominant on the intertubes with embedding I predicted that it was going to be interesting to see the results as the phenomenon grew.
This is one more example of a massive amount of free information actually being made available directly to the citizenry without the “filter” of news media outlets. What happens next is anyones guess, but you can be sure that it will be interesting!
Posted in Energy, Environment, Environmental Religion, fakes and frauds, junk science, Junk Science Propaganda, Poli, Politics, Science, Tech, thought, YouTube
Tagged Climate Change, Climategate, Copenhagen, education, intelligence, Lord Monckton, Mind Stim, Noteworthy, Research, Science, thought, Video, YouTube
I dont know where Writerchick found this, but I really got a chuckle from it.
Hattip: Writer Chick Talks.
This is one reason that education in the US has become nothing more than glorified babysitting service.
“Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old’s science project, consisting of ‘a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,’ after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren’t being laid against the youth, but it’s being recommended that he and his family ‘get counseling.’ Apparently, the student violated school policies — I’m assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?”
There is a comment at the news link that said it best:
“Idiots. Another potential engineer frightened away by blind mindless authority.
This is why modern “chemistry sets” come with sand, salt and purified water, and no potentially dangerous chemicals. Take away the love of science and the love of experimentation, enforce rote memorization. And then the same vice principal will complain that America’s science standards are slipping.
In the long run we will cease to be a leader in science and innovation. But the good news is that as we become a third world country there will be plenty of jobs in the factories of other nations that come here for the cheap labor we will provide them in the future.”
This was a test post from the PoliTech Facebook page. Bear with me while I play with it and I may even do a tutorial.
My plan is to have every post done replicated to every account no matter which account is doing the posting. The first part is Facebook, then Twitter, then Slashdot Journal. Who knows from there.
This is also a wonderfully appropriate quote for our times:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis
If this is a hoax video, its pretty well done.
If this is an actual app, (I hear the application supposedly works by processing infrared light through a specific light filter … oookay) I might just quit resisting and buy an iPhone. Imagine the fun!
Update: The English translated version of this video was DMCA’d by the copyright nazies, so I pointed to the original one in French.
Posted in Privacy, Software, Tech
Tagged 1984, airport scanner, application, iPhone, iphone app, naked, Noteworthy, Privacy, Technology, TSA