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Thursday, April 12, 2007

SCO vs. Novell ... the Copyrights.

Tonight I read through the following filing that I found on the SCO web site. It is "SCO’S MEMORANDUM in Support of its Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on its First, Second, and Fifth Causes of Action and for Summary Judgment on Novell’s First Counterclaim"


In this filing, there is testimony from a whole list of Novell executives - who actually negotiated the deal with SCO - who all testify that they *did* sell the Copyrights to SCO. When I read through this, I can only sit here thinking about what the current Novell management team was thinking ... and what they will ever be able to pull out to refute this evidence.

In addition, this filing contains testimony by a reporter who states that Chris Stone told her he was going to announce that Novell never sold the Copyrights with full intention to damage the SCO stock price, and impact shareholders. Amazing if this is true ... to think that an executive would do this and believe that he could get away with it.

Although all of the press wants people to believe this is all over ... it seems that there is still a lot of life left in the SCO lawsuits.

Need a professional Alibi?

Amazing ... but I guess that anything goes in this day and age. The Alibi Network ... a professional organization that will cover for you and create an alibi for anything! You need a "virtual buddy" to answer calls for you, or make them? You need a phone number of the "hotel" that you are staying at where they will answer and say anything that you want? You need to fake where you are calling from? Read their FAQ and they even give an example real-life alibi.

What truly is an indicator of the level of integrity in our society is that these guys are in business, and probably doing very well. It floors me to see the direction that so many people would choose to take in their life. Stunning.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Brain / Machine Integration Continues

Nice . .. we are getting closer and closer to neural implants to augment the operation of the brain. These first ones are oriented towards memory. I wonder when we'll be able to get additional memory added via this technology. Anyone for a memory upgrade ... for their brain?
The Memory Hacker. USC's Center for Neural Engineering researchers have developed a chip that can communicate with brain cells, a first step toward an implantable machine that could restore memories in people with brain damage or help them make new ones.

... [ Accelerating Intelligence News]

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Designer Dogs ... coming soon!

I can only imagine ... in a world like ours ... when we'll see the 100lb. Chihuahua being walked (dragged?) by its master. Or maybe it'll be the miniature Great Dane? Now that we are discovering the inner working of the genome, I can only imagine the business opportunities that will come to mind. Genetically modified pets are only a short time away!
What Makes Little Dogs Small? Researchers Identify Gene Involved In Dog Size. Science Daily Apr 6 2007 6:54AM GMT [Moreover Technologies - Genetics news]

Friday, April 06, 2007

Google wants MORE of your identity!

Ok ... this is one place where I like even more than Google Maps ... again! I was long a user of Google Maps, however they didn't allow me to mark-up the maps and add my own annotations. Yes ... I could hack code, but c'mon ... has had the ability for a long time.

Well FINALLY, Google adds the ability to annotate and more through their new My Maps features ... BUT ... I MUST create an account and be tracked by Google in order to use the features!! What the heck? I can't just hack out a quick annotated map for a friend or family without providing information to Google about who I am and having them permanently note my interest in some specific point on earth?

Once again ... the average person has NO idea they are now going to have even more records kept of every place they have marked or annotated, and when they did it. Google continues to gather even more information about you ... who you are ... what you do ... where you do. Amazing. I'll stick with
Google makes mashups easy, even for me. The search giant's new My Maps feature lets anyone create customizable maps with photos and video, regardless of technical know-how.
Photos: Google maps out mashups [CNET]

Measuring the accuracy of computer models

It really impresses me as we continue to make advances in the reproduction of human senses or capabilities in silicon and software. What really caught my eye about this article was thinking about the fact that the accuracy of the model can be measured not only by it's success at mirroring human-like abilities ... but that it also makes errors in a way that is similar to humans.

Once the models are solid enough, then they will be able to learn from the errors in humans ... and potentially due to shear quantity, scale, or speed exceed our human abilities. Closer and closer to the Singularity we move each day ...
Computer Model Behaves Like Humans On Visual Categorization Task. In a new MIT study, a computer model designed to mimic the way the brain itself processes visual information performs as well as humans do on rapid categorization tasks.

The model even tends to make similar errors as humans, possibly because it s... [ Accelerating Intelligence News] ... a nice search engine!

After reading this post, I went out and played with ZoomInfo ... it's got some very interesting features. You are able to search using various keywords, names, etc. and it seems to come up with some pretty impressive results. Looking for a business in a particular market? Looking for people in a particular role in a market? Give it a try ... there are some really interesting results.
First Semantic Search Engine?. Business search company ZoomInfo announced today the launch of what it's calling the first-ever semantic search engine.

The site works by applying tags to information that distinguish between key concepts, such as a person, an industry, or a compa... [ Accelerating Intelligence News]

Thursday, April 05, 2007

First Annual Utah Geek Cruise?

I just found out today that tomorrow is the deadline for deposits for the First Annual Utah Geek Cruise! Of course its open to anyone that wants to go ... and it's an amazing deal ... September 2nd ... 7 nights starting at $455.00! There was a group of us that wanted to take a nice cruise, and my girlfriend found the amazing deal.

Its a Royal Caribbean Cruise ... Southern Caribbean route, going from Puerto Rico, to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and then back to Puerto Rico. There are lots of things to do, and everything is included except for airfare (right now the roundtrip from SLC to Puerto Rico is ~$465!!), alcohol, and shore excursions. There are a bunch of us geeks going to be on the trip - and yes there is a wireless Internet available - and we'll have two days at sea to hang on the ship and have a lot of great conversations. When on the islands, there are a lot of shore excursions available, including visiting some caves, scuba, snorkling, lots of pirate stuff, etc. This shore excursion document outlines all of the various activities.

So from SLC, the whole deal is less than $1000 per person for a full 7 night cruise! For anyone that has never done a cruise ... this is an incredible deal on a really nice cruise line. Read the details ... if you want to join us, the contact information is on the brochure!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

New ...

Ok ... after another few weeks of work, we just threw out a new version of our NuMe website! Go and check it out ... what is fun is that it is actually gaining some real momentum. Our videoWrapplet is now finding itself onto webpages all over the planet ... it's fun to see many of the places it's showing up!

Our biggest hit is the Smashing Pumpkins MySpace page, where they are using it to show off their latest videos. We're now on numerous other MySpace pages (like this one from the UK ... I love the video he posted called "Spiders on Drugs"), also blogs, and even more sites in South America and Europe. It's fun to see the Google Analytics, and to also see some of the uses of the videoWrapplet ... a conspiracy web site, a Japanese tech/audio site, Argentinian TV sites and cooking videos and Tech sites, a German Club site, and too many others to link to. Well ... you can always check them out on the NuMe site. We now have a videoWrapplet detail page that shows all of the top playlists, and the recently updated playlists.

One facinating thing that I caught yesterday, was that we had a user Jim from Mexico grab our videoWrapplet and load it up with videos. The first videos are Smashing Pumpkins videos, leading me to believe that he found it through their site. He then added several other videos from other artists. The best part is that he then went to YouTube and signed up so that he could upload his own home-made videos and put them into the playlist! So our videoWrapplet actually caused someone to create a YouTube account ... just so that they could use our videoWrapplet. Many people would argue that proves we ought to be hosting the videos ... but what I like to see is that the value they perceive in our videoWrapplet caused them to leap the hurdle and create a YouTube account!

Anyhow ... I'm having fun with this, and am about to release a new version ... with some small tweaks. But I also have a fully skinnable version in testing, and it also supports transparent backgrounds. We're also adding a full set of preferences. I'm also thinking that it will be easy to open up the skinning to anyone with some pretty basic skills ... :-)

Stay tuned ... the video experiments continue ...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Amazing Laser Graffiti ... 15 stories tall!

On our NuMe website, the user rufinorosado posted an amazing video to their NuMe videoWrapplet playlist ... this is too cool. The video is by a group called Graffiti Research Labs and they have set up a giant video projector pointing at the side of a building, and then integrating a laser pointer tracking system to allow people to draw giant virtual graffiti on the side of the building using a hand-held laser!

I've added the video to my Inevitable videoWrapplet playlist with the title LASER Graffiti by Graffiti Research Labs ... you have GOT to check this out ... I want one!