Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ant Hill Excavated

This abandoned ant colony revealed how genius these tiny creatures are. Ants live underground – we usually see a relatively small exit on the surface. But you won’t believe the structures they build below. A group of researchers, armed with tons of cement, will show you.

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    $200 Million Richer Thanks to Facebook

    SAN FRANCISCO — The graffiti artist who took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of the social network’s first headquarters made a smart bet. The shares owned by the artist, David Choe, are expected to be worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly later this year.

    [via gast! bsc]

    Read full article here

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      Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

      Music video for Father John Misty (J.Tillman) | Directed by Noel Paul
      Record Labels: Sub Pop, Bella Union | Production Company: Frenzy Paris | Service Company: Double Entente
      [via]

      Great video for a great song that is sadly not available on Spotify :-(
      Album release expected in May, reviews here and here

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        Niet Innoveren = Piraten | Revolutie in de telecomsector

        Een oproep tot revolutie in de telecomsector

        Telecomproviders staan er de laatste jaren belabberd op. Eerst T-Mobile met de iPhone. Het netwerk werd volstrekt onbruikbaar, en er was een Youp van ‘t Hek voor nodig voordat klachten van consumenten serieus genomen werden door het bedrijf. KPN startte onbedoeld een privacy-debacle omdat bleek dat ze haar gebruikers afluisterde, wat uitmondde in verregaande regulering door de wetgever. En Vodafone vatte mooi samen dat de reputatie van de sector zich op een “historisch dieptepunt” bevindt. De CEO wijdt dat onder anderen aan de netwerkkwaliteit en de klantenservice van Vodafone.
        Mensen beginnen het zat te worden. Internet onderweg is voor veel mensen inmiddels net zo belangrijk als internet thuis, of internet op het werk. Maar voor die mobiele internetverbinding zijn we overgeleverd aan een conglomeraat van bedrijven dat structureel onder de maat presteert. Mobiel internet is op veel plekken in Nederland afwezig of is onbruikbaar traag. En ondertussen blijven de prijzen stijgen.
        Het is niet voor niets dat het gezoem in het geruchtencircuit op dit moment oorverdovend is. Grote Nederlandse investeerders uit de technologie-, telecom- en mediawereld zijn bezig met het neerzetten van alternatieven voor KPN, Vodafone en T-Mobile, zo hoor ik van verschillende, goed ingevoerde bronnen.
        In Frankrijk vindt de revolutie nu al plaats. Vorige maand begon ADSL-provider Free.fr met het aanbieden van telecomdiensten. Voor 30 euro per maand (of 20 als je al ADSL-abonnee bent) kun je onbeperkt bellen naar Frankrijk en 40 andere landen, plus onbeperkt SMS-en, plus 3GB internet of onbeperkt via landelijk wifi-netwerk. Dat is serieus goedkoop.
        Een deel van het geheim zit ‘m in de routers van Free.fr’s ADSL-abonnees. Elke ADSL-gebruiker deelt zijn wifi-singaal automatisch met andere klanten, waardoor een enorm wifi-netwerk ontstaat dat in grote steden dekkend is. Daarnaast zitten er femtocells in de routers: dat zijn een soort mini-zendmasten die het GSM/3G-signaal versterken. Eigenlijk gebruikt Free.fr zijn miljoenen ADSL-klanten om het mobiele netwerk beter te maken. Redelijk briljant.
        De oude garde reageerde laconiek op de nieuwkomer, maar dat is de arrogantie van de macht. Ondertussen trekt Free.fr hordes nieuwe klanten door het agressieve prijsbeleid. En de bestaande telco’s kunnen het prijspeil van Free.fr niet kunnen bijhouden, als ze hun netwerk niet drastisch anders inrichten.
        In Frankrijk trekt een schokgolf van verandering door de telecomsector. Ik kan niet wachten op het moment dat die zich ook in Nederland aandient.

        Alexander Klopping schrijf iets wat we al tijden willen.. maar wat zelfs verboden wordt. Dit is precies weer zo’n piraten verhaal. Als innovatie van de industrie zelf uitblijft, is het niet vreemd dat de mensen het dan zelf gaan oplossen..

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          Zeitgeist February

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            11 Stedentocht Hype IS ON

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            While it is increasingly becoming likely that the Elfsteden Tocht will be held this year, also the Hype is growing. Since it such a rare event nowadays, probably most discussion is not anymore over the ice but how to organise it. Last time, in 1997, a couple of million people went to see it.. What’s the worry? Think wrong commercialization [de Vereniging Elfstedentocht wil dit evenement volledig sponsorvrij houden. Unilever trekt zich daar niets van aan en poogt Unox op te dringen] and many accidents.

            There is even an Action site: Elfstedentocht Sponservrij.
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              Last surviving veteran of World War I died

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              110
              Mrs Green joined the Women’s
              Royal Air Force aged 17, two months before the armistice
              A woman thought to be the world’s last known surviving
              service member of World War I has died aged 110.
              Florence Green, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, served as a mess steward at RAF
              bases in Marham and Narborough.
              She had been due to celebrate her 111th birthday on 19 February.
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                Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification

                actaFollowing Poland’s lead, the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Necas has announced that the government there will suspend the ACTA ratification process until the country has had more time to analyze the agreement. This follows a “wave of protests” across Europe, in which this agreement, that everyone assumed was going through with no questions asked, has suddenly generated significant public interest.

                Unfortunately, it sounds like some of the protesters are still claiming things about ACTA that were removed ages ago … because misinformation like this makes it easier for countries like the Czech Republic to come back later and say that they’re still ratifying the document, because the complaints turned out not to be true.

                There are plenty of real problems with ACTA, and hopefully people can focus on those. Otherwise these milestone moments in the Czech Republic and Poland will be for nothing….

                Read full article @ Techdirt

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                  Kakker en het Skireisje

                  Kakker is met de hele familie naar Val Thorens. Het is een sneeuwpret van jewelste. Kakker vindt de fakkeloptocht het mooist. Kijk snel waarom!

                  Meer Philip Walkate op Youtube

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                    International Criminal Court ineffective?

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                    14 Years, 1 Billion Euro in costs, 0 convictions. Moreover, 13 people appeared in court (half voluntary) and were judged by non-lawyers. This year construction for the permanent institute will start in The Hague. Global Mail has some point that if protests are not held here often, is it likely at all that the court will eventually become the centerstone of justice it aims for?

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                      Wikipedia hasn’t removed it’s servers from GoDaddy yet

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                      Yet as of today, www.wikipedia.org remains nestled in the GoDaddy bosom, according to WhoIs directory records, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by some, including users of Reddit, which along with Wikipedia was among the most high-profile and active SOPA opponents.

                      Allthough GoDaddy did the worst by supporting SOPA, Wikipedia should stay consistent and thus move somewhere else.

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                        Amina

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                          Highlighting a bit of the new Tesla Models

                          Model X Reveal from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

                          Without doubt all major ca builders are now hitting the market with cars which can drive 300 plus miles, so we’re about the crossing point of masss scale introduction of silent (but not toooo silent – that is dangerous for kids) ultra-fast super green cars. A great development and thus, like Apple presentations Tesla’s new car lines always attracts much attention. Not bedause it is always the most practical, but since they have proven to lead the pack.. enjoy.

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                            PAY UP NOW Catlover – patent alert

                            You have just used the extraordinary invention of Kevin T. Amiss, Martin H. Abbott, patent 5443036 and are now laible for paying us two a shitload of money! See also:

                            A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.

                            It leaves little to say that patents are non-sense.

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                              Leuk een YOCO spot op TV


                              Link: Move4oneMen.org
                              oneMen heeft al een paar weken een leuke spot van hun Move4oneMen YOCO op TV!

                              Als manager nieuwe media van WWAV ben ik betrokken bij deze YOCO (product van WWAV).

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                                Online Piracy Doesn’t Hurt U.S. Box Office Returns [STUDY]

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                                Remember SOPA? Remember the urgency with which the bill’s backers were trying to convince us that its intended target, online piracy, was a clear and present danger? Remember how those dastardly BitTorrenters were going to deprive us of a functioning, creative movie industry? Well, an academic study now doing the rounds suggests that’s nonsense. [via]

                                Read full article @ Mashable.com

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                                  Debunking The EU Commission’s ‘Myths About ACTA’

                                  It’s a sign of the European Commission’s increasing desperation over ACTA that it has been forced to send out a document entitled “10 Myths About ACTA” [pdf] that purports to debunk misinformation that is being put around. Unsurprisingly, the EC’s document is itself full of misinformation. Here are just a few of the more outrageous examples. [via]

                                  Read the article @ Techdirt.com

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                                    Greece lesson: How to end countries

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                                    It is not Goldman, but the moral and game (both economic and political) with these trades that goes wrong here. Profit for nothing, gone bad… but is it alone for Greece or are we next?

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                                      Whattheuh.. App???

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                                      Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the “Find friends” feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users’ entire address book, including names, email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months(..) The disclosure from Twitter comes after another online social service, Path, came under fire last week for automatically downloading iPhone users’ address books without permission..Twitter’s current privacy policy notes that some categories of “Log Data” are stored for up to 18 months.

                                      Twitter just went a bit more to the hated Facebook privacy corner. Guys.. be clear&open how you operate!

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                                        Madagascar Miniature Chameleon

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                                          Fire lawyers who don’t seperate state and religions

                                          De kantonrechter in Den Haag ontsloeg gisteren een orthodox-joodse man van rechtsvervolging. De man kon zich op zaterdag 8 oktober in Rijswijk niet identificeren, omdat hij op sabbat buiten de deur niets bij zich mag dragen. Dus ook geen ID-kaart. De man kreeg een boete van 150 euro opgelegd.

                                          Allthough I don’t like the ausweiss policy for IDs, we have in the netherlands (upfront penalties are ridiculous if you can show it later), your religion to avoid the law is NEVER a legitimate reason. The spirit of the law goes before strict law in some cases, but plain religious authority/commandments has NOTHING to do with the law. Yes there is a web of laws (international law, human rights, etc.) connected to dutch law, but there is no such thing as religious law. Lawyers who don’t draw that line are ending their own legal rights to act as lawyers. We can’t have that. Fullstop.

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                                            Zembla – Het Pensioensprookje

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                                            Volkswijsheid van de afgelopen jaren… de toekomstige generatie krijgt niks. Zembla ging eens kijken hoe we er nu voorstaan. Note: Nederland schijnt volgens internationale kenners het nog het “beste” geregelt te hebben.. Dat zegt wel wat. Dit is dus de staat van 1 dag in de week werken mensen.

                                            Zie ook de eerdere aflevering: Het verdwenen pensioengeld.

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                                              Marokkanen zijn de Polen echt zat

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                                                Sexy Twitter vs. Facebook

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                                                  Wim Kok volgens SPELD

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