Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Windows and Linux are of course built for one mouse, with single and double click, its been like that for years. Since I've over forty and slower to learn, I'll probably to happier with the mouse plus keyboard for the rest of my obsolete little life, but that doesn't mean its a superior interface. The new generation are already happy with there touchable I phones, and would no doubt like a computer with the interface of an Ipad and the huge amount of software as the existing PC.
Why no common framework for touch screen for the PC yet. Is it all patent and litigation threats, or guest laziness?
The Web also needs an update to work this touch screens, especially with mult-touch and gestures. A touch could be mapped to a button click, but can java-script events match more than one figure on the screen a time. The interface is x and y coordinate for a single mouse event. Event libraries need be written for multi-touch and standardised first for the OS and second for the web browser. Even after that, is not obvious at what stage we decide that combined movements become a gesture. OS layers, application layer e.g. browser, and web layers, might in the worst case, all define and recognise two fingers spinning as different gestures, triggering three event at three different layers. So plenty of work for user interface designers for the next tens years or so.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Its also funny because the many of the websites run on these data centres are already powered by bullshit.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Since I'm a programmer, I have to remark most on its software they where using for the webdesign,
Sunday, 25 April 2010
configurator is simple enough, it doesn't offer you a cloud of a computers, its the other way round, you get a single computer, vitually hosting many smaller simulated computers, and at quite an expensive price, £28.80 per/month for 1GB of disk . Plus it doesn't actually scale beyond the matchine i'm currently running, 8*2.4GHz core, and 16GB RAM, there best is 20000MHz and 8GB RAM. Now I thought that cloud meant on demand access to supercomputer level machine for render that are to much for a small company to manage, or being able to update all the computers in your Internet Cafe at the same time. But Elastic are selling access to ordinary servers at high prices, the machine is divided by accounting and virtual host as usual I think. I think I'll stick to co-locating a custom built server myself, for the moment.
Its also interesting that a hosting company, uses Youtube (free hosting), to host its demo. Isn't amazing how some some services come for free, and some come very expensive.
Friday, 23 April 2010
at fucked company.com, sadly this site itself died.
This happens, sometime the owner just can't afford
to operated any more, or else, decided is that his own
website was bad taste. It happens there are several
stages of a company, and many reason for success or
failure. It important to know the warning signs. There
are plenty of chat rooms for floated companies, and
sometimes you get news about them.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Turks and Greek of course don't get on too well in most cases, the Island of Cyprus is divided politically because of this.
There's three morals in this story.
- Check where your clip art comes from.
- Get your picture known
- Learn to tell a greek from turk
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
by 2015, in such vehicles the both the cars acceleration braking and steering can be taken over by the computer at short notice to avoid accidents. It might take a bit longer for cars that completely computer controlled, but when this happens, jobs in the delivery and haulage industry are gone forever. For those with little education, driving is a steady job that will be hard to replace. I wonder if our economy could handle that many job losses. Comments please.
Despite the problems, though, being with the money and the problem that needs compute power to solve, ready to need a new server (cloud or otherwise), is a very happy place to be, for a company. Here an example lets say a bioinformatics company has decided to compute (quantum ab-inito) the possible interactions between every protein in the human genome and any other protein (starting another in the genome). That is a problem which requires immense about a computer power. Once they've got the money, they need to buy in the computers. In the amazon cloud module, the company though doesn't have to own or manage a single own of these. And neither do they need to hire the technicians to build and manage the computers. So its made life a little easier.
Thats the model for cloud copmputing, and it means and end to having most companies owning there own servers and employing system administrators, servicing engineers and many other jobs.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Said a spokesman for google, it just wasn't worth the compute time, of counting all those page views and clicks, and after we merged with the American national bank we had a literal license to print money. We decided the fairest way was to give anyone a huge sum each. Now people don't need money any more to measure there success, life will be completely about page rank and popularity.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Its research like this that will over next few year, give AI researchers a chance to see deeper inside that brain than ever before. For my the goal is not just to enhance the lives of the disabled, nor to improve normal human computer interaction. For me the goal is mind uploading. If Moore law continues to hold than by 2030 we will have home computers as powerful as the human brain is. These computer could then be trained to learn to copy the signals of the human brain, learning over time, to replicate in silicon, the human mind. Your now immortal soul would be effectively copied into the
Of course its very long we to go from measuring signal in the surface of the brain, to measuring all the signal in the brain, but it is a small step along the way. For me magnetic imaging is a way to go, using SQUIDs, superconducting quantum interference devices. The technique is known as magnetoencephalography. Year of improvement of the technical would be need in to for it to have resolution to measure single neuron's firing or at least clusters of neurons, Need to upload a human mind. It was very long road, so promise to stay healthy while your waiting.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
T-Mobile came which a download policy that blocks out all adult material, and somehow classes Blogspot and You-tube as adult. The on-line prove you age by credit card page, didn't understand my USB sticks phone number, but a quick phone call to there support center, got me registered, and the content block removed. So far so fine. Of course my Vista partition decided to lose its System Event Notification Services, (somewhere near svchost.exe), and my Linux doesn't like my SiS onboard graphic card, several afternoons, editing xorg.conf, didn't fix it, so i'm working and browsing at 800 by 600 on Linux, and not at all on Windows. None of those problems are T-mobiles, it just part of the hassle of having a laptop.
T-Mobile has a 2GB per month, mobile broad band limit. Now some of you light
weight users, might think that enough. We all know that shared movies and porn downloads will fill that quick, but I wasn't trying any of those. In fact one download of a Windows Vista services pack, and a few Linux Updates, was enough to push me over that limit. Once over that limit you can't download anything between the pick hours of 4pm to midnight. But you can still browser the Internet. Topping up the broadband, can be done via a matching card, or over the phone and Internet, you'll probably find it expense and possibly even outside you budget. But when you stuck in Hospital, there really isn't a better way.
I'd say the mobile broadband with a laptop, reminds me a lot of my old modem days, you know its going to get good soon, but at the moment it full of snacks and traps. Roll on the next generation of mobile broadband. And Some Linux guru please fix up SiS 671 support, in Ubuntu. SiS may be a forgotten player in graphics land, but its still built in to many old laptops. Ubuntu even has xserver-xorg-video-sis in it, so it might just be my models that's missing.
To summaries mobile board band works we'll enough, if only the stick would correctly redial without losing dhcp or whatever, and have a large bandwidth limit, i'd be very happy with it.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
The first major changing to the book, was the invention of the the printing press suddenly knowledge was cheaply distributable, even the poor could own a copy of the bible, and then any book, that would be popular enough to make a profit from publishing. The second major change to the book, is about to happen now, already Internet publishing is a major industry, weather as websites, or as blogs. But the book is only just making it to the internet.
Almost everyone knows the players of the internet book revolution, already, Amazon has been selling books by mail order since the late 90's. And Google has been bizzy indexing every book (especially the copyright free out of print books), since 2003. Publishers are beginning to fear for there profits. On the internet information is available freely. Where comes the money from publishing a book. Publishers have begun suing Google over its indexing plan. But perhaps publishers have more to fear from Amazon. Amazon has make the jump from selling paper books, to electronic tombs, readable only on Amazon propitiatory Kindle tablet. Despite being one usage, black and white, with worse contrast than paper, Kindle is a small success, and where success is seen, others are sure to follow.
The future of book, might go two different ways, or somewhere between. First the internet might become a free library giving every book away for free to anyone with internet access. Publishers would hate this, and they would have change they're business model to gain money by advertising, perhaps even product placing, inside stories, like sometimes happens in Hollywood. The other way the internet book might develop is with regulated digital rights management, DRM, for each copy of the book, paid for and read on propitiatory tablets. This would be far worse, for book owners, who tied to particular equipment, can no longer swap or sell books second hand. Likely a bit of both will development, and governments will be arguing about book ownership and copyright for a long time to come. Here are some of the threads about book lawsuits that are already happening.
Perhaps though, the internet will take the book even further the we can currently imagine, when I read a book, and become evolved in it, I begin creating an imaginary world inside my own brain, that matches the story or the knowledge the author is imparting. Unlike a web-page with its may links, book is a tome of knowledge that tries to be complete in itself. With each book, comes an imaginary world, that might become a movie, a play, or a computer game. This means that along with a book, a certainly amount of artificial intelligence should come. Paper books, just have indices and contents', and Internet book, might come with its own virtual world, automatic illustration. Books might be playable, (like Warlock of Firetop Mountain), with multiple endings. I believe that adding AI to the humble book, will be an even more transformative change to human knowledge than the petty arguments, about ownership and money. The decade of two thousand and teens may be the decade of the book wars. But the decade of the two thousand and twenties might well be the decade of the AI book.