Monthly Archives: April 2011

Jimmy Wales about the birth of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled “a ragtag band of volunteers,” gave them tools for collaborating and created Wikipedia, the self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.
With a vision for a free online encyclopedia, Wales assembled legions of volunteer contributors, gave them tools for collaborating, and created the self-organizing, self-correcting, ever-expanding, multilingual encyclopedia of the future.

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    How the 2011 Japan tsunami happened

    PBS NOVA science documentary about the events of Japans March Earth Quake.

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      Petabyte Infographic

      Petabyte Infographic from pedro pimenta on Vimeo.

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        Member states to clash with EU parliament on passenger data

        “A huge amount of data on EU citizens will be retained daily, without having any concrete investigations, leaving room for random profiling and data mining. This is far beyond the commission’s proposals and if the Council of ministers agrees to this, it won’t be in line with what several constitutional courts and the European Court of Human Rights have said,” Albrecht stressed.

        When does the profiling stop? More..

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          Sheen to be seen

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            European Commission wants ISPs and online services to act as copyright cops, snoops and censors

            The European Commissioners are meeting today to decide the future of EU copyright policy. French Commissioner Michel Barnier is pushing for a set of control measures aimed at ISPs, web-hosts, social networking services, and related services that would force them to act as private police for the entertainment lobby, who would be able to direct them to spy on and block domains and users without judicial oversight or due process:

            Oh dear.. not again. More see also ACTA.

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              Mike Monteiro: F*ck You. Pay Me

              2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

              Nice 101 on what small businesses primers should be aware off, especially when it comes down to getting paid for work well done.

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                TNW2011 coming up again


                27-29 April the well known The Next Web conferences are coming up. Again the speaker line up is an interesting pick. Some veterans, some newsworthy, some slightly new voices.

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                  Earth’s Companion


                  Astronomers from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland have found that a recently discovered asteroid has been following the Earth in its motion around the Sun for at least the past 250,000 years and may be intimately related to the origin of our planet. Their work appears in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

                  For more on rocks around earth, see here.
                  For more on space, seehere.

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                    Map of Tweet



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                      Masters 2011 Live-Stream

                      Stream videos at Ustream

                      Gotta Love the internet.

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                        Franken: Pay for War before authorizing

                        Senator Al Franken has proposed a “Pay for War” resolution that would require Congress to raise taxes and/or cut spending before authorizing new acts of war, so that American foreign adventures can’t contribute to the national debt.


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                          Staatssecretaris Teeven not for open government


                          Today was the Press-conference of secretary-minister about government plans for banning downloading in the netherlands. This is of course repressive, dumb, to great loss to everyone, policy. Teeven is trying to silently bring it to a vote in Parliament. Avoiding (like above bouncer notes – “No Bits of Freedom people”) the plans to become available to general public and groups as bits of freedom, which are very well informed of the implications and rights people have on the issue.

                          Bits of Freedom people are no intrusive activists and well respected. So Teeven, if your arguments are THAT weak, that you cannot be open about it, it cannot be a good idea. If you need to avoid dialogue, even repress the public from knowing the details, are these not more signs of the kind of ideas you have for the public… repressive, unopen.

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                            Tsunami – Heed the Warnings


                            centuries-old tablet that warns of danger of tsunamis stands in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old. Collectively they form a crude warning system for Japan, whose long coasts along major fault lines have made it a repeated target of earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries.

                            More Tsunami posts.

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                              50 Years of Manned Spaceflight

                              While with a stopped shuttle, space station just financed and entrepreneurial space agencies in their starting block. How much further will we get in another 50? Much much more on the first flight.
                              For more on space, seehere.

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                                6 Year Old Girl Groped By TSA

                                W … H … Y .. ? It is bullshit and TSA knows it. There are so many better ways of keeping people employed and doing just their jobs!

                                See more TSA?

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                                  The Illustrious Omnibus of Superpowers


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                                    EU MEP are going for copyright extention (AGAIN)

                                    Peter from the Open Rights Group sez, “In 2009 a Directive aimed at extending the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, which flies in the face of all the credible evidence, passed the European Parliament. This week, the plans are back in front of the European Council and may soon become law. But there’s a chance we can stop this if we make enough noise. We need people to write to their MEPs and ask them to oppose these plans and make sure the Directive gets properly debated.”

                                    This is a dreadful idea that will damage our cultural realm for the benefit of a vanishingly small number of people.
                                    So please write to your MEP now and let’s try and see this off.

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                                      Unicode – All 49000 plus characters

                                      Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. Developed in conjunction with the Universal Character Set standard and published in book form as The Unicode Standard, the latest version of Unicode consists of a repertoire of more than 109,000 characters covering 93 scripts, a set of code charts for visual reference, an encoding methodology and set of standard character encodings, an enumeration of character properties such as upper and lower case, a set of reference data computer files, and a number of related items, such as character properties, rules for normalization, decomposition, collation, rendering, and bidirectional display order (for the correct display of text containing both right-to-left scripts, such as Arabic and Hebrew, and left-to-right scripts).[1] As of 2011, the most recent major revision of Unicode is Unicode 6.0.

                                      That’s many characters. (via)

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                                        More dramatic Tsunami footage

                                        Probably the last video we drop here with drama kind of footage.
                                        Warning: Skip de last 30 seconds for young eyes and weak stomages.
                                        More tsunami

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                                          Bird & Fortune – What caused the crisis

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                                            The douche

                                            More douches.

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                                              TSA Investigates… People Who Complain About TSA

                                              “CNN has obtained a list of roughly 70 ‘behavioral indicators’ that TSA behavior detection officers use to identify potentially ‘high risk’ passengers at the nation’s airports, and report that arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator TSA officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists. When combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny. ‘Expressing your contempt about airport procedures — that’s a First Amendment-protected right,’ says Michael German, a former FBI agent who now works as legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘It’s circular reasoning where, you know, I’m going to ask someone to surrender their rights; if they refuse, that’s evidence that I need to take their rights away from them. And it’s simply inappropriate.’ Interestingly enough, some experts say terrorists are much more likely to avoid confrontations with authorities, saying an al-Qaeda training manual instructs members to blend in.”

                                              While we are complaining, here’s more TSA.

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                                                How Copyright Extention Really Works

                                                It did not come to a vote last week, but there is a game plan by some of the opposing parties.

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                                                  FED pays millions “bailout” money to housewives

                                                  America has two national budgets, one official, one unofficial. Both just as big. As America girds itself for another round of lunatic political infighting over which barely-respirating social program or urgently necessary federal agency must have their budgets permanently sacrificed, apparently Kadaffi, wallstreet billionaire wifes and USA industrial competition overseas get millions, subsidized and tax-evaded, for free. Now that’s a free lunch!

                                                  Social equality?

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