Sunday, May 31, 2009

The new slaves of the next future: stem cells

Stem Cells have a great potential and the goal of the very next future is to use it.
They can give back memory to an Alzheimer’s patient, create new skin when necessary, make all the possible miracles.
But in order to do so, Stem Cells have to be manipulated.
A Stem cell is the origin of every cell of our body.
It can replicate and give birth to almost 220 different types of cells.
We can have Embryonic or Adult stem cells depending from where we get them.
Scientists get them from an Embryos either with reproduction or cloning.
In just a few months, several stem cells can become millions of stem cells.
The unknown is still how to tell them to differentiate in a specific tissue or cell type.
"In nature, stem cells are triggered to differentiate by internal and external cues. The internal cues are genes inside each cell, which are like a series of instructions that dictate how it should function. The external cues are chemicals released by other cells or contact with other cells, either of which may change the way the stem cell functions. "
Eventually, scientists might even be able to grow entire organs in a laboratory to replace ones that have been damaged by disease.

That is going to be the revolution in medical fields.
When an organ doesn’t work, the easiest solution will be just to "cultivate" a new one and replace it.

It is not a matter of size, it is a matter of "intelligence"

The size of the web isn't the problem for search, Google co-founder Sergey Brin claimed at the Google IO conference this week. Instead, the problem is the kind of questions search users want answered.

Brin says adding intelligence to search is the way to solve the problem. "We are starting to see more inherent smarts in the search engine. Google Squared [a new service similar to Wolfram Alpha] combines information from hundreds of pages and put it in a table for you. You're going to see an increasing amount of that kind of smarts going on - you'll feel the search engine is smart."

The new ERA of Piracy: free HDTV

How to get free HDTV in Canada

Jon LeBlanc, who runs a popular internet discussion group on the topic of over the air television, poses for a photograph near the television antenna on the roof of his home in Delta, B.C., on Thursday May 21, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Nobody in the broadcasting industry or the government seems to have a handle on how many Canadians are scrapping cable and satellite in favour of the old-school technology, but there is anecdotal evidence that a mini-boom is under way.

Ironically, it’s all being fuelled by the high-tech switch by broadcasters from analog to digital and high-definition channels.

Viewers are discovering that they can get over-the-air, digital television stations that proponents say come through even better than on cable and satellite, where signals are compressed.

“And the magic word is ‘free,”’ says Jon LeBlanc, Canada’s antenna guru.

LeBlanc began an “over-the-air” discussion board on five years ago, where a few diehard antenna fans would pop by. Now he’s the most popular forum on the site, with dozens of new people logging on every month to find out about getting hooked up.

LeBlanc himself gets 14 digital stations, including six from the United States, with his rooftop antenna in Delta, B.C..


Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to pass your lousy cooking as "Haute Cuisine"...

I love antiques and beautiful things.
I never miss a chance to shop for nice Dinnerware, wherever I go.
There is nothing more alluring for me than a beautiful table, with a nice tablecloth and beautiful dishes and glasses on it.
I am Italian, so my favorite china is of course Richard Ginori.
The style I prefer?
Of course the old looking like Italian Fruit.
But I do not dislike the classic white china, may be with colored glasses, old Murano style.
Some time ago I purchased a set of multicolored ones and I can assure you that they look gorgeous on my grandma’s embroidered tablecloth with my pure white china.
Believe me, when you have guests, there is nothing better than presenting your dishes in a nice way, with the right accessories.
Especially if you are not a good cook like me.
The presentation makes them looking "Haute Cuisine" even if they are not...
I am so fanatic about it that recently, for my first grand child I purchased a very nice set with spoon, fork and pusher.
Of course I also bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar Set by Lunt Silversmiths that includes cup, plate and bowl with very cute and colored drawings.
May be it was little bit too soon, since he is only 7 months old, but children grow so fast and I am already preparing for when he will be a little bit older and stay with his grandma...
I know children like to be loved and this is also the way to show it, preparing a special table, just for him...

Culture is widely spread by the new mean: the Internet

"I'm a guy who doesn't see anything good having come from the Internet...(The Internet) created this notion that anyone can have whatever they want at any given time. It's as if the stores on Madison Avenue were open 24 hours a day. They feel entitled. They say, 'Give it to me now,' and if you don't give it to them for free, they'll steal it."

Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton

I wouldn’t really agree with him.
But I must say that he couldn’t say much more, unless he opened a little bit his mind...
One thing is for sure, the Internet is a precious tool to open the users mind, especially regarding monopolies, arrogance, abuse, tyranny.
We will be there some day in the future, also in the real world and that will be thanks to the Internet.

The Internet is the mirror of the world where we live, but a mirror that reflects the world in a more democratic way.
Because the access to it is not on the base of what you have, on the money you spend, but on the importance you can achieve.
Your website has at least the chance to be seen by millions, chance that you wouldn’t certainly have on a newspaper or anywhere else in the real world...

I do not say that stealing content is legal, but I cannot say that having monopoly of the content is legal too.
And what if not a monopoly, producing what you want, selling at the price you want?

I guess the best solution would be, if we had real democratic governments, that the States would pay the copyright.
They should pay in base of the real cost and not the inflated price, created by producers.
Because culture is the most important tool to create tomorrow’s society.
And culture is widely spread by the new mean: the Internet.
I, of course, am talking about real cultural products.

All the rest should cost as much as the producer wants.

Heaven’s place for shoppers

What about a search engine for online shopping?
Something easy to search that provides you with the link to a huge number of online shops?
One that doesn’t link to the ones who pay, but to every store on the internet in a similar way that Google finds every web site, by crawling the web?
You, like me, would think that this is impossible, there is some sort of a catch behind...
Well, the best way is to try it.
What about Video Games?
First of all, besides the ordered list of every kind of Games you can also finda guide in case you are new on gaming.
In it you can find the best list of incoming Video Games.
Also the complete list of Video Games accessories.
If you decide to buy a Video Games Console, on your quest to buy, you’ll learn about compatibility, design, system speed and whatever you need to make the right decision.
It is not just a list of shops, it is much more.
You get suggestions, details and tips you would never have in another way.
And if you do not care for games?
Don’t worry.
You can find the list of everything you can dream of buying and also of things you do not dream of purchasing, but you can decide to...
This is the Heaven’s place for begins the Shopping Revolution...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

How to make money out of nothing

This is the simple explanation of the High Level Financial World.
I am talking about the one which is often described with big words, which you do not understand and either confess "I do not understand because I am not an expert" or you pretend to understand even though you are not an expert.
The real reality is that nobody really understands, because there is nothing to understand, at least besides the fact that it is nothing of what it looks to be.
It has nothing to do with Finance, with economy and markets, but a lot to do with cheating and robbing.
It is just an elongation and exasperation of what they have been doing for long: stealing people’s money.
The difference is that it works in the same way, but in the opposite direction.
To explain better: once they worked with the money you gained, now they work with the money you loose.
Which is much better, because while it is not too easy to make money, it is certainly much easier to loose it.
Just give it an exotic name: Credit default swaps.
To have an idea just think about the size of it: 70 trillion dollar.

If you just charge 1 to 2 percent "service fee" you are talking nearly three-quarters to one-and-a-half trillion dollars in real term fees being siphoned off (i.e. hijacked from) the global economy for no productive, but merely parasitic, purpose.
It works insuring credit default with inadequate capital, assuming the market will always go up.
We're talking of a tenth of a percent reserve.
As the market goes up, everybody's happy. Everybody appears to be making a killing, much like a pyramid scheme... as long as you can get the next person to pay.
If I have insured against loss with only a tenth-of-a-percent reserve, and yet I am charging a percent or two per year for my services, I'm actually charging ten times more than I can actually pay out in case of a default. I guarantee you that those fees were not going into the reserve but into the pockets of the servicers.

This is not something I do not understand.
This is something so easy to understand that a child could.
I still remember what they called "San Antonio´s chain".
It was done I guess with post cards, then a few years later with small coins and so on.
In the beginning, the first lucky ones got the money back, but when the chain broke it left behind just tears.

Predators extinguish for lack of food (preys).

"Their call for heads to roll is purely for symbolic ones. Looking around, though, it’s hard to argue that a single human head has been taken yet in the business world. A handful of large corporations might have fallen, but no person in any leadership role has been held accountable in any way. Just the opposite –everyone in the entire country now seems to be equally responsible."

I do not believe in revenge.
Revenge to me is just forcing destiny.
I believe in life as I always saw that sooner or later, good or bad, life puts you in your place.
Why doing a job that will certainly be done, and much better, by life?
This cheating and squeezing and robbing brought in the pockets of a few a large amount of money which found its way to some heaven´s shelter.
But, admitting that the easy and enjoyable life will go on a little bit longer than for the others, man is made in a very peculiar way.
What he has is worth nothing.
It is what he doesn´t have that is alluring...
No matter how comfortable, how luxurious your life can be, it is very likely not what he would like.
Predators extinguish for lack of food (preys).
If you do not have customers any more, what will you sell and live with?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Are blogs going to be the online Newspapers?

As a matter of fact, it looks like they are.
Since the dawn of TV, the latest news are offered every hour on domestic screens or lately on the Internet News websites.
Newspapers have become more opinions dispensers than news reporting.
As newspapers around the world tighten their belts, consolidate and merge, and invest less in their newsrooms and more in subliminal (euphemism) marketing promotion, they have got more and more the "aura" of unreliability and of Bullishness leaving the "fair and balanced" coverage to some day in the far away past.
Often nothing could be further from the truth than what you read on certain newspapers.
Partially it is due to the fact that newspapers, like most of today´s businesses have to produce revenues and producing revenues very often means to reach the mass, and reaching the mass ALWAYS means lowering the standards...
Or they have to please sponsors and shareholders.

On the contrary, independent blogs write to please themselves, have access through their readers to a vast sea of collective knowledge of the highest caliber.
While TV or Newspapers have to be entertaining, have to mix as much blood as possible among their reports, to attract readers and spectators, bloggers can offer quality insights, caring not for the number, but for the quality of their readers.
Sometimes the quality of the blog means quality of readers and readers do participate to the news reporting, adding personal views and knowledge with comments.
I personally have links to a few blogs I find particularly interesting and ALWAYS spend some time reading the comments.
That brought me very often to discover other interesting sites and blogs.
It is a sort of circle of friends I visit daily and from whom I take what I like, I assimilate and rewrite.
This is also another aspect of blogging versus newspapers.
It is the "personal touch" and feeling you have, being able to communicate with the writers in real time.

The "multiple" sources of the news make them more realistic and reliable.
If, for example, I read on a newspaper a review of a subject made by a journalist, admitting that he is objective, which is not always the case, and he is an expert in that subject, I value it much less than a comment of somebody who actually is a "part" of the news.
For example, if I read about a certain Bank, and a certain subject related to it, on an article written by a journalist, I am sure I have not such an objective relation as the one offered by the comment of somebody who works for that Bank or had something to do with that Bank...

Blogs ARE going to be our online newspapers, better, they already are...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Why does a writer write?

"The glory of art is a false attractor. As a writer, I have struggled with this question: am I really driven to put down this story running in my head, or am I merely hoping to win recognition?"

Writing is a different way of talking and talking is a man´s need.
Since the first hic up to the last gasp we all have a need: to know that we are not alone.
That leads to the biggest need of humanity, the one that comes directly after the need to eat, that is to Communicate.
Communication is our struggle and our despair.

So, why does a writer write?
He writes because he has the need to, he likes to and that is his way to communicate.
Good or bad, what matters?

The Others

"All human effort goes in cycles. The saddest but must useful realization we can have is that there is absolutely no prize at the end of the rainbow for being good, noble or doing it right. There is no prize for societal success."

Many would answer it is wrong, good pays off, evil doesn’t.
Many are still brainwashed and will never grow up.
They have eyes, but they do not see.
Or think that what they see is not reality.
Reality MUST be something else...
Well, believe me, there is NO something else.
There is you and your life.
And also THE OTHERS.
Do not let the others live and forge your life. Do not believe in what you cannot see and experience.
Do not believe in the other life.
That was just invented to use you, to make you a sheep in this big herd which is ruled and squeezed to make some other’s life better.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The secret of success

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

I do not think it was a matter of genius, it was just life.
When you are 18 life looks completely different.
You have hopes, dreams, and expectations.
Then time passes, you realize you cannot fulfill all your hopes and your dreams and that life is different from all your expectations.
You become a little bit more realistic and you have new goals.

I can say for myself that I was quite lucky, I guess luckier than the people of today.
I belong to the "boom generation".
We were born after the war and there were few people and a lot to rebuild.
In my times the degree you took at High School was already a good business card to find a good job.
I was not too bad, and I could graduate at University.
I am a pharmacist and I was able to have my own business.
I enjoyed my work and made a good living.
I could have done much more, but also much less.
I am happy with myself and if I had the chance to relive my life I would of course avoid my mistakes, but I would probably make others.
What you do is never 100% right or 100% wrong.
It is up to you to make some good out of bad.
The secret of success in my opinion is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.
And in order to like what you do, you have to do the best you can.
Doing the best is doing the most and there is nothing better than always having new goals.
I am never 100% satisfied of what I do, and that is the secret of enjoying life.
Every day you have a new challenge and every day something new and interesting to do.

I think that it is nice to have high school reunions, since it gives you the opportunity to see your school friends, to live again the past and make new programs for the future.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Smart Grid should help us to save


Cisco sees a $100 billion market opportunity in the smart grid. The company make communications equipment for the electricity grid -- everything from routers in grid substations to home energy controllers. Cisco's move is a sign that the creaky electricity distribution system is poised for a digital upgrade. Other high-tech companies, including IBM, Intel, and several start-ups, are ramping up smart-grid efforts to capitalize on expected investments from utilities and federal governments. Cisco estimates that the communications portion of that build-out is worth $20 billion a year over the next five years. The idea of the "smart grid" is to modernize the electricity industry by overlaying digital communications onto the grid. Smart meters in a person's home, for example, can communicate energy usage to utilities in near real time. That allows the utility to more efficiently manage the electricity supply and potentially allow a consumer to take advantage of cheaper rates.

In difficult times...

A teenager who sold her virginity online for £8,800 has revealed the details of her tryst with the winning bidder.
The winner of the auction was a 45-year-old Italian businessman but she had no qualms about going through with the deal.

Well, difficulties should make you smarter...not always.
But then, why not earning something for what many give for free?

Their business is YOUR success

The eternal mystery of marketing is that it always works (when done properly).
And it is essential, especially in periods of stagnating economy.
What usually doesn’t work is the DIY kind.
Why waisting chances and opportunities (for not talking of time) just to save a few bucks?
In principle it is the best investment you can do right now.
Not only it is a matter of saving your business and your income, it is also a way to improve your revenues and build a solid future.
But how to?
First step: Measure your Return on Investment and Increase Revenue.
If you can track opportunities throughout the entire sales cycle, you can also generate more qualified leads.
ROI Analytics, Inc knows what is essential to reach success.
Your success is THEIR BUSINESS.
They help their customers to better understand their business needs and to see the right path to reach their goals.
So, it is not enough to do the right marketing campaigns, it is also necessary to follow them step by step, in order to see what can be improved, to maximize results.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Discover ALL what is human


Ironic that Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, exhorted University of Pennsylvania graduates in a commencement speech yesterday to turn off their computers and phones to "discover all that is human around us."
Google has many of us so deeply invested into its offerings that some of us are practically paralyzed when we can't access its services for a few hours.

It is as usual.
When you have millions on your Bank Account, it is easy to say: I do not care about money...and when you just finish eating: Now I am going to start a diet...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The war is already lost

Laura Weinstein writes:

"The current Craigslist battle is but a harbinger of the titanic struggles to come over who controls the Internet and its content.
Even if you couldn't care less about erotic ads and have never used Craigslist, this is still a war of importance to you -- and to your children who will ultimately inherent the Internet and its controversies.

It is imperative that we take the strongest possible stand -- right now -- against inappropriate governmental meddling and threats relating to Internet content. There are forces in play whose ultimate goal is to twist the Internet into a prescreened, lowest-common-denominator, governmentally-straitjacketed and impotent shadow of its current self, and in the process eliminate untold numbers of important future applications before they can ever be born.

Controlling communications means controlling the future. We should not and must not allow political grandstanding and associated threats to undermine what we have built or snuff out the wonders still to come.

As Lily Tomlin used to say, "And that's the truth."

Lauren Weinstein
I couldn’t agree more.
Behind all this there is the huge interest of those whose existence is highly mined by the Internet.
Those are people who find too exhausting adapt to the new mean of communication, to the new markets and find it easier and more productive to just impose their old view (which is highly profitable because monopolistic).

It is like imposing taxes to imports because that means to lower the prices.
Competition for them means to pay politicians to make laws to defend their products.
Democracy is a word without meaning, and ideologies, morality and religion something useful to attack the competitors...

They are against globalization because that means competition and of course they hate the Internet, because it is the first real global market.
Instead of fighting abuses they fight the mean, not even considering that destroying it would be much worse than cleaning.
But I guess they do not realize that the war is already lost.
Certain politicians need money and are willing to do Anything to get it.
But they mostly need votes...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Are you looking for the best?

If you are looking for Virtual Private Server hosting, the right way to drive traffic to your website, and you are looking for the best, I can assure you, your search is finished.
Where can you find for $9.95 a month an unlimited plan that includes unlimited Disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and all management included? (I forgot, the setup is free).
But that is not all.
You also find a good and friendly assistance 24hours a day, seven days a week.
That is not unimportant.
If you ever tried ANY kind of web hosting you will agree with me that if everything is OK, then everything is OK.
But when something goes wrong, there begins the pain.
Nobody knows, nobody is responsible, nobody is available and you get so angry that you would destroy everything.

You won't have to deal with a call center from nowhere (very often in India)and have to wait on the phone for hours (or even days).
That also includes availability, kindness and understanding...
If you compare that to what it would cost you to run your own
at home, you know what the choice is...( without even considering how much a good server would cost).

They also guarantee the most rigorous security.
Not only they guarantee a connection without any interruptions, but also transit only through tier-1 providers which ensure you're always connected and that your data takes the quickest, most efficient routes for optimal transfer speeds.
That means that your customers not only will ALWAYS find your website, but that they will find it in the shortest time.
Other features are:
Interruptible power
Proper temperature
Fire security

Besides the Content Syndication System will Spread your content where needed.
If you decided to be on the Internet, that is certainly the best way...

Friday, May 08, 2009

The real reality show: Google Street View

The more we talk about privacy, the more people are interested in others life.
It is a kind of illness created by stupid shows aimed to claim audience.
It is the modern aspect of the old gossip: In a visual society we need visual gossip.

That looks the interesting part of Google Street view.
Since cameras became accessible and pictures at a cost close to zero, publishing easier than thinking, we invented a new sport: the going around looking for the right scoop.
We are all becoming journalists and the ones who are there in the right place at the right time, Heroes for a day.

What is legal and what is not...

"SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge here Thursday or soon thereafter is likely to conclude RealNetworks’ DVD-copying software is unlawful, and therefore should be permanently barred from distribution."

Of course it is legal all what people do not do and illegal what they do...
Who would copy a bad source, when it is avalable a good one?

Culture is the best you can offer to your citizens

"Hawkers on a street corner can easily talk someone out of a quarter or some change, but asking someone to shell out $500 to have a reusable media source is different than asking someone to buy today's daily news for 50 cents, and even the latter is becoming more difficult. The market could easily be students if the textbook angle works out, though I would hope they'd stop exorting ... excuse me, I'd hope they'd start charging less due to reduced costs. But only fairly affluent people are going to want to pay $500 to have a device to read the paper every day. I think Murdoch assumes an eventual monopoly of the Kindle, because you can't really sell the device on the idea you can get your newspaper on it (and what affluent person is going to haul around a 10" Kindle and a laptop, which can also be used to read online newspapers?).

I think this type of reader device has a future. I'm not convinced the Kindle is the device we've been waiting for, especially if Amazon keeps hiking up the features and price in an era when people are looking for the most value."

I do not know if the Kindle has a future, I do not even care.
But e-readers have a bright future, not only because that means a cheaper newspaper.
It also brings features that no paper book or magazines or whatever can give.
3500 books in one and millions in a few DVDs.
The dream of anybody who likes to read is having as much as possible available.
And with e-readers and electronic paper they can.
It is a big step towards a future in which WHO WANTS can learn...
Those should be paid by the Government.
Culture is the best you can offer to your citizens.
Culture is Progress and Progress is Future.
Instead of wasting money in weapons, why not paying the ones who write to offer culture to the ones who read?

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Is it a sign that something is changing?...

"Wide-ranging reforms of European Union telecom laws were rejected by the European Parliament on Wednesday because of one clause that would have compromised citizens' rights of access to the Internet."

There would be a lot to celebrate if it was clearly NOT a move for Freedom, but a good step towards citizens in a period close to elections.

"The EU Parliament has stood up for the sovereignty of the many states within the EU, and the sovereignty of the people in those states, by standing up for their fundamental rights"

"the EU Parliament apparently now recognizes that whatever their appropriate role must be, they serve the people" but...

"The Parliament is currently in its last plenary session before recessing to hold Europe-wide elections in June..."
Is it a sign that something is changing?...

Why the Economic Recovery could be disappointing

A lot of good things are in our future, even though not what many expect.
Strange but true, people haven’t understood yet that recovery won’t mean a world like the one we are used to.
How could we have positive outcomes if the premises are the same that brought the end to it?
The recovery will be as fast as we reach a different view of what our life should be.
Do people really think that the run to "have more and more, consume more and more" wouldn’t have an end?

Why work more if you can work less?

“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”

This is exactly what we are.
On one hand shouting about ideals and goals and on the other looking for the shortest road...
And this is also part of man being an intelligent creature.
Why work more if you can work less?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Should sharing copyrighted material be legalized?

“One third of all broadband Internet subscribers worldwide admits to having downloaded movies or TV-shows illegally.”
What they do not say is that the fast connection is very sought of mainly for that purpose.
“Most people do not download copyrighted videos on a regular basis though. The survey found that only 4% of the total sample admitted doing so. ”
Well one always wonders that there are so many stupid’s who risk just on the sake of truth.
Luckily the higher percentage belongs to the ones who know how to shut their mouth…
“You wouldn’t steal…” campaign is a prime example of a failed campaign.
Why should you be ashamed to do in a very small scale what most do at a larger scale?
And I am talking of Bankers, Managers, Politicians.
One steals as he can… with his small or big chances…
“The rise of illegal downloading is clearly a signal that customers want something that is unavailable through other channels.”
And especially something that comes for free…
In a marketing world where what mostly sells is the “special offer” “pay one and grab two”, the “pay nothing and grab as much as you like” sounds beautifully.

“So, should sharing copyrighted material be legalized?”

Where would the fun be? And the profits of the high speed internet providers?
Some may object that content IS NOT KING, but in this case is at least “Queen”.

The magic of silicon

The magic of Sex and Silicon together...

Where to find all what you want to know about your next car...

What is going to be your next car?
May be the dodge challenger ?
May be you are kind of sentimental who likes oldies, but dislikes old engines...
What’s better than a car that actually looks like an oldie but competes with the equally retro Ford Mustang and upcoming Chevy Camaro for the crown of king pony car?
It has a tremendously powerful engine, the mid-range R/T offers a "5.7-liter Hemi engine (not bad if you care for gasoline) and it is defined by the Consume Guide as "quite potent, with ample passing reserves".
Or would you prefer the hyundai genesis?
That is a car I would say has a lot of Style, a little bit on the old style, but with tasteful design.
As for performance, it can be a competitor to some of the top sport sedans from Germany, and if we talk about Germany, we talk about high performance.
The base 2009 Hyundai Genesis comes with a 290-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 engine, which is quite good, talking about consumes.
Or you are looking for a luxurious sedan like the lincoln mks
It has a "bit of character that's grounded in something other than a designer's imagination."
That means it has a good design, but it is still comfortable...
"We're not wholly convinced that the MKS has real beauty, but it at least presents itself convincingly as a luxury car."
Well beauty is something quite subjective, but if you are looking for something to be envied for, this is your car.
It consumes a little bit more than other cars, but if "look" is what you are looking for...this is definitely your car...
Where did I find all these details (and much more) about styling, performance, quality, safety, features?
But of course in the car connection’s website!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

When Monopoly means arrogance and power to be arrogant

I understand the feeling of the EU (and other nations) about US hegemony. But one has to ask whether the EU's position is more a reaction to the US position than it is to a desire for better internet governance.

ICANN is a body that exists to benefit the public. But it does not do so.

Rather than being an engine of public benefit ICANN seems to be more an engine of public harm. ICANN imposes a direct cost on internet users to a tune of nearly a billion dollars a year, every year, in excessive and unjustifiable domain name costs. And ICANN has eliminated competitive forces and expelled innovation from a large part of the internet marketplace. And what amounts to a private law of the internet has been created by ICANN that elevates intellectual property to a supreme position well beyond the enactments of any national legislature.

ICANN's structure is such that it essentially excludes the public from the processes through which ICANN makes decisions.

When ICANN was formed the US Gov't and the community of internet users were promised that the public would chose a majority of ICANN's board of directors. Today the public chooses not even one Director.

As a practical matter ICANN's serves certain selected industrial interests.

ICANN, operates like a medieval trade guild or a modern combination in restraint of trade. In ICANN intellectual property interests and incumbent providers collaborate to set prices, define products and terms of sales, and prevent the entry of new providers.

People who are willing to engage in lawful enterprises and risking their own money have been denied by ICANN.

The internet has come under a lex-ICANNia, a regime in which ICANN has created rules of trademark-over-anything-else. ICANN is also being pressured, and has on at least one occasion, acceded to national political pressures to restrain internet content. This combination of trademark protection, non-offensive domain name semantics, and ICANN mandated business practices heralds a new kind of internet AUP - Appropriate Use Policy - that is slowly being imposed upon non-consenting internet users.

ICANN's mission has drifted from that of assuring the technical stability of the domain name system and IP address spaces to a body that engages barely at all with technical coordination and almost entirely with the regulation of business, intellectual property, and economic practices.

And that alternate mission is growing rapidly: ICANN's budget is on an accelerating up-curve that will soon make ICANN the size of the ITU.

ICANN has improved of late.

For example ICANN is making noises about allowing a glimmer of real public participation. And ICANN has begun to suggest that it might perhaps begin to pick up some of its intended role as a protector of internet technical stability.

But these steps are largely unfulfilled and exist as expressions for a possible future, not as histories of tasks completed.

All of this suggests that it would be rude for the US Government to relinquish its already tenuous oversight until ICANN reformulates itself to be a body that serves the public interest and is accountable to the public.

The first step for this would be for ICANN's Board of Directors to be chosen by those for whose benefit ICANN exists - the community of internet users.

The second step would be for those directors to recognize that they are in ultimate charge of ICANN and the best word in their arsenal is "no".

The third step would be a retreat of ICANN back to its intended role as a coordinator of technical matters in DNS and IP address spaces to promote the technical stability of the internet - which, for the domain name system, I define thus: The efficient, speedy, and accurate translation of DNS query packets into DNS response packets without prejudice for or against any query source or query name.

The forth step would be to re-open those things that ICANN that go beyond its proper role. By this I mean, for example, that ICANN should re-open its UDRP, ICANN's private law of trademark-over-other-speech and the ICANN created system of courts to apply that law.

I have read ICANN's preliminary strategies for moving beyond US. These strategies do not create a shining example of corporate transparency and accountability but, instead, create an even more muddy system of multiple entities in multiple countries operating under multiple and inconsistent laws. ICANN governs through contracts. And some of those contracts would remain under US/California law and other contracts for virtually identical relationships would be under Swiss law. The ICANN that resulted would be a model of impenetrability.

I would suggest that the EU and other countries not take the easy road of saying to the US "set ICANN free" but, instead say, precisely and in concrete terms, how that can be done so that the resulting body is more accountable, transparent, and open than the existing ICANN.

Karl Auerbach

Whatever it is, what counts is the results...if results have to be expected

We can share now, or be obliged to share later...

The big difference between China and America is that in a land more or less the same in one there live one billion two hundred millions people and on the other three hundred millions people.
That makes the difference on the table.
While in the one’s there will still be enough food, on the other there will just be colored plastic dishes with memories of a time when working meant filling the bowels.

I still see a brighter future for US than for the other countries.
A backward economy means a reduced lifestyle, but still enough to survive.

What I see is that:
"not only will we make fewer automobiles in the USA, but Americans will buy far fewer cars made anywhere."
The important is not how many will they buy, but "who will sell the ones they will buy".
When the economy is shrinking, the important is to be "among" the ones who produce.
What does that mean?
That the size of the company matters.
If you are big you can still survive, because the cost of production is lower and the prices are more competitive.
If you are small you cannot be competitive on price, just on quality.
But in a shrinking economy who will pay more to have more or less the same?

The "Mass Market" will not die, it will reduce the number of items produced, because the Mass won’t be able to afford a new car every year, or a new home, or a new portable phone, or a new software, or a new monitor, or a new computer.
I do not see it as so bad.
What is too much is too much.
You cannot increase production forever.
When the roads are full, the parkings are full, the garbage is full, you have to stop and rethink.

I see a bright future ahead. A world which will get to a more "human" size.
But I also see a greater gap among who lives in one country and the one who lives in the other.
And great gaps always brought wars...
It is up to us to decide what we want.
Either to share now, or to be obliged to share later...

Monday, May 04, 2009

2009 Dr Stephen Wolfram launches Wolfram Alpha.

"An invention that could change the internet for ever"

I didn’t try it and in principle I shouldn’t talk about it.
But from what I read it is a beginning of something much more sophisticated than Google.
The steps are small and of course unsecure, trembling, like the ones of a toddler, but they are new steps in a new direction.

"The real innovation, however, is in its ability to work things out "on the fly", according to its British inventor, Dr Stephen Wolfram. If you ask it to compare the height of Mount Everest to the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, it will tell you. Or ask what the weather was like in London on the day John F Kennedy was assassinated, it will cross-check and provide the answer. Ask it about D sharp major, it will play the scale. Type in "10 flips for four heads" and it will guess that you need to know the probability of coin-tossing. If you want to know when the next solar eclipse over Chicago is, or the exact current location of the International Space Station, it can work it out."

It is a small step toward something "Brain like".
It is not just a mechanical display of web pages, it is an elaboration of results, which getting more sophisticated, will give the right answers.
Of course it needs a large and accurate database, but that is something brain needs too.
The difference is that the human brain wouldn’t be able to search a huge database in a few seconds and that the human memory would never be able to keep such huge database as the Internet can offer.
On the other hand, human brain has learned to distinguish between the title of a movie and a real information, thanks to the fact that it began working since the dawn of humanity.
Let’s give computers a chance, may be it will pay off...

Toxoplasma gondii

I am not a superstitious person, when a black cat crosses my path I do not cross my fingers, but I carefully avoid to walk under a stair.
Well, till today, this strange behavior of mine was without an answer, but now I know why.
My brain is probably infected by the Toxoplasma gondii.
This parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways, according to Kevin Lafferty.
He suggests that this clever cat parasite may alter human cultures on a massive scale.

"The parasite's eggs are shed in a cat's feces. A rat comes along, eats the feces, and becomes infected. The behavior of the rat undergoes a dramatic change, making the rat more adventuresome and more likely to hang out around cats.
The cat eats the rat, and the parasite completes its life cycle."
"This isn't about trying to freak cat owners out," he says. "Simply having a cat as a pet doesn't mean you're going to get infected, for sure."

Usual pets do not eat rats.
But what if they do?

In a society where marketing is synonymous of brainwashing, poker can be seen as "not gambling".

"First let me tell you where I stand before I tell you where I sit. Poker is not gambling. For us in the Poker Players Alliance or elsewhere to go on allowing the uninformed to lump it in with gambling in general is a disservice to the game and to us. Gambling is games of chance played against a fixed statistical disadvantage."
"Any accomplished poker player knows that knowledge, skill and ability have much greater weight, in the long run, than simple luck. "
So we, the membership of the Poker Players Alliance need to gently but firmly correct those that lump Poker in with gambling in general. Whether or not a person is in favor of or opposed to gambling, they need to start considering Poker as a separate enterprise.
"A recent article in the Wall Street Journal started me thinking about how the uninformed and unknowing perceive the game. The author of that article was pontificating about gambling and how it has become less attractive and in danger of being severely curtailed during these economic hard times.

"The State of Colorado will have to change. It's laws and statutes are inaccurate and out of date where poker is concerned."

Nobody is objecting that poker requires knowledge, skill and ability.
It is about the KIND of knowledge, skill and ability it requires.
The writer forgets that for every winner there are many losers.
And concern is about them.
But in a society where marketing is synonymous of brainwashing, poker can be seen as "not gambling".

The new "Rolls"

There are people who would buy a Ferrari with the engine of a "cinquecento", just to show they own a Ferrari...and many more one would depends on the price.
Now China comes at their rescue.
They can even afford a Rolls, for the low sum of $30.000...


Sunday, May 03, 2009

The Fantastic World of Monopoly

Telecom Was A Fantasy World Of Monopoly
For most of its life, the telecom industry was simply the telephone industry, primarily offering voice service across a ubiquitous, regulated network. When Bell's patents expired in 1893, the industry became very competitive. Eventually, AT&T managed to create a system of territorial exclusivity, and by the time the Communication Act of 1934 was passed, there was no competition left. So the regulations of the day locked in the monopoly.

Once competition is prohibited, prices can more easily deviate wildly from costs.

A part of telecom policy was the coupling of physical facilities to the services that used them. Telephone wires were owned by the service provider, and were only designed, or upgraded, as that service provider saw fit. This vertical integration was not an issue when the one service that really mattered was Plain Old Telephone Service.
In that era, the main issue was balancing the price of calls vs. the price of the line itself. Only a small portion of the actual cost of telephone service is usage sensitive. Long distance calls, and in some places local calls, were priced far above cost, in order to subsidize the fixed price of local service and pay for the expensive wires up on the poles and under the streets.
This service-driven model quietly started to fall apart in the 1980s when fiber optics became practical. Fiber changed the key economics.
Up until then, high-capacity services were very expensive to provision, so they had to be expensive. Even a measly copper T1 circuit, 1.5 megabits, leased for thousands per month. A strand of fiber was far more versatile, and had enough capacity to "bypass" many billable phone calls. Fiber could have been seen as infrastructure, but that was not compatible with a service-driven business model.

Interestingly, history is repeating itself. Owners of fiber backbones such as Level3are now refusing to sell "dark fiber" and are insisting upon selling services by the month.
This practice (which, by the way, has hurt my own ISP severely; the local cable company got fiber before it started, and now we cannot) can only take place if the owner of the fiber has significant market power -- that is, if there is no alternative provider that WILL lease or sell dark fiber.

How they steal the data from your computer

Researchers have developed two new techniques for stealing data from a computer that use some unlikely hacking tools: cameras and telescopes.

In two separate pieces of research, teams at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany, describe attacks that seem ripped from the pages of spy novels. In Saarbrucken, the researchers have read computer screens from their tiny reflections on everyday objects such as glasses, teapots, and even the human eye. The UC team has worked out a way to analyze a video of hands typing on a keyboard in order to guess what was being written.

Computer security research tends to focus on the software and hardware inside the PC, but this kind of "side-channel" research, which dates back at least 45 years, looks at the physical environment. Side-channel work in the U.S. was kicked off in 1962 when the U.S. National Security Agency discovered strange surveillance equipment in the concrete ceiling of a U.S. Department of State communications room in Japan and began studying how radiation emitted by communication components could be intercepted. (Compare Data Leak Protection products)

Much of this work has been top secret, such as the NSA's Tempest program. But side-channel hacking has been in the public eye too.

In fact, if you've seen the movie "Sneakers," then the University of California's work will have a familiar ring. That's because a minor plot point in this 1992 Robert Redford film about a group of security geeks was the inspiration for their work.

In the movie, Redford's character, Marty Bishop, tries to steal a password by watching video of his victim, mathematician Gunter Janek, as he enters his password into a computer. "Oh, this is good," Redford says, "He's going to type in his password and we're going to get a clear shot"

Redford's character never does get his password, but the UC researchers' Clear Shot tool may give others a fighting chance, according to Marco Cova, a graduate student at the school.

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Baby boomers would need Hospital boomers

Millions of baby boomers are about to enter a health care system for seniors that not only isn't ready for them, but may even discourage them from getting quality care.

"We face an impending crisis as the growing number of older patients, who are living longer with more complex health needs, increasingly outpaces the number of health care providers with the knowledge and skills to care for them capably," said John W. Rowe, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University.

Rowe headed an Institute of Medicine committee that released a report Monday on the health care outlook for the 78 million baby boomers about to begin turning 65.

The report from the institute, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, said:

•There aren't enough specialists in geriatric medicine.

•Insufficient training is available.

•The specialists that do exist are underpaid.

•Medicare fails to provide for team care that many elderly patients need.

The study said Medicare may even hinder seniors from getting the best care because of its low reimbursement rates, a focus on treating short-term health problems rather than managing chronic conditions and lack of coverage for preventive services or for health care providers' time spent collaborating with a patient's other providers.

Full Article

Saturday, May 02, 2009

When there is no justice, freedom is for nothing

"Freedom House, the organisation founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, has classified Italy as being semi-free as regards information. The only one amongst all the western European Countries. Below us on the list are North Korea, Turkmenistan, Burma, Libya and Eritrea."

They are wrong: in Italy we have freedom of speech.
Much more than in any other country of this world.
We have freedom of speech, freedom to complain, freedom of demonstration.
But we have also something much worse: our complaints have no "follow up".
We have a Justice system that talks about laws and never applies them.
When a citizen is deprived of the freedom to have justice, what matters if he has freedom to complain?

A bright future for magazines

"We’ll see magazines fold and it’s going to be a lot riskier to start new ones to replace them — riskier because, just as on TV and in movies and music, it’s harder to create a blockbuster and consumer magazines depend on the blockbuster economy. Magazines don’t make money until they hit magic numbers of circulation ..." Jeff Jarvis

Well, I thought exactly the opposite.
Magazines are in my opinion the best product to go online.
The one that could profit most .
Because they are mostly, or at least a lot, made with images, beautiful images, and, since we are regressing to be a visual society, this was, is and will be the best way to communicate.
People prefer magazines to books, because reading an article takes a few minutes and that is something you can do always.
You can also just look and then read.
Online or on a reader , a virtual product, means cost highly reduced (no expensive paper, no expensive ink, no distribution or at least low distribution cost).
All of this could be covered by commercials, so that a magazine could be delivered at cost zero and what is cost zero easily finds millions, providing it is a good product.
Of course good means good for the targeted audience...
It is not a matter of what, but a matter of how much (it costs).
I always wondered why NOBODY thought to make a good online magazine...of course free...
And also a good magazine reader...

To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit

Um, I hate to burst your Shakespeare bubble but he is not talking about love from the standpoint of a person to person relationship. Throughout Shakespeare's entire life England is being torn apart by religious battles. Shakespeare's love is England and in particular he is a Catholic 'dissident'. This sonnet, 123, is a message to you the reader that his works are coded. They are historical documents of the political conditions of England. Read "Shadowplay" by Claire Asquith

LaRouche Youth Movement

"O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:
To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit."

Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
For me love is love and no matter for whom.
Hearing with eyes means to feel with the whole body, and love IS feeling...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mind your Gun

If you own a gun and you want to feel safe wearing it, you should do it in the best way.
That means that it must be easy available, safe and comfortably carried.
I guess that there are enough movies to show what is the best way.
There are times in life and special things that need more than ever quality and safety.
That is a must when you have to do with guns.
And quality in this case means a tactical holster that offers unequaled speed and comfort, together with the security of a good locking system.
Something like Blackhawk holsters, specially tailored to mold to the size of the user's leg, equipped with leg straps and buckles made for quick release that in the same time won't impede movement or bind.
One of the important features is certainly the auto lock that secures the Pistol immediately upon reholstering, no snaps, straps or hoods to come open.