The World Wide Web Consortium today rejected the RAND proposal I spoke of here a few months ago. This means that key Web protocols, standards and technologies will remain royalty free and open for all users. The little folks win out against the corporate organisms! As such I have taken down the protest badge that [...]
When I read stuff about giant arcologies and I note that hardware stores still don’t sell robot housekeepers or personal jet packs, I just sigh. Hopefully I’ll see these things before I die.
Despite what older and supposedly wiser heads say, layout tables are evil.
Asia will be old hat, along with Europe and North America, when nano and AL really get going. I predict the real interesting technological churn will happen in the finally developed, finally stable countries of Africa. Think I’m nuts? Stranger things have happened. Never say never.
When I was a kid back in the Seventies, they just started to import these really neat robot toys and models from Japan. This was about twenty years before the word anime came into the common English. Anyway there’s this guy named Sun Yun who builds robots, in the Japanese science fiction style, out of [...]
The Greymatter script, while excellent in almost every aspect (A tip of the Farlopsian hat to Mr. Grey!), needs a little help so that, after installation, it runs in a secure fashion. For example, many of the forms it uses send the author’s username and password as unencrypted text between client and server. Actually this [...]
Apparently the bad guys use Microsoft–boring, stogy, patronizing–and the good guys use Apple–cool, stylish, friendly (Although I’d argue just as patronizing, at least before the release of OSX.). Out in the real world of course, we all know this really isn’t true. Most of the real work of evil government officials and corporate drones gets [...]
A few days ago, Ms. Carlysle pointed me in the direction of some interesting historical scholarship namely, helping Steve Jackson Games to compile a GURPs source book on the pre-colonial history of the kingdoms and nations of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Inspired by the Dead Kennedys stuff cited below, I did some searching on things related to Jello Biafra and came across some local folks dedicated to the idea that life is a game. It’s weird how the Web thinks these things are related.
Article Abstract: As relayed to me by Blogdex, an Australian researcher has assembled a test rig to study the behavior and properties of an enormous slinky. This includes accoustics, fluid dynamics and group psychology.