Tag: Ars Technia

Life time subscription to book you buy

by on Aug.01, 2011, under Articles, Books, Computers, Information Technology, Technology

So what if the text books you bought in college never went out of date? You never sold them back but instead kept them and instead regularly updated them with the latest research and findings on that book’s subject?

That is exactly what Vikram Savkar of the Nature Publishing Group is hoping to achieve with his interactive digital book Principles of Biology.

Lifetime access to up-to-date info—is this the future of the textbook? by Yun Xie [Ars Technica]

None of these concepts are new. Tabletop roleplaying game books have offered free errata for their games even before they started selling digitally and the promise of interactive books has been around for a while but this is the first time it has been applied to text books. I rather hope it succeeds.
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The FCC, The Telecoms, and You

by on Dec.03, 2010, under Articles, Computers, Internet, Technology

There are times when I hate capitalism…

Did the FCC just bless a capped, two-tier Internet by Nate Anderson (ArsTechnica.com)

So the basics to come out of this article is that the FCC has basically green lit everything the telecoms have asked for then turned to the people (you and me) and said “Look we know this could lead to bad things but we want to wait and see if it does, okay? Trust us.”

(continue reading…)

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And now for something serious (Google/Verizon and Wireless Net Neutrality)

by on Aug.24, 2010, under Articles, Computers

Wireless net neutrality so bad, Verizon already agreed to it by Nate Anderson (ars technica)

An extremely well written, in my opinion, analysis of the publicly proposed net-neutrality measures they want the FCC to adopt, focusing primarily on the “wireless hole”, or that is the proposed lack of non-discriminatory rules on wireless internet providing, and the hinted at proposed future of the internet.

Plus he makes a good point on Google’s involvement in this. I do wish Google would help clarify why they felt this was a deal worth putting their names on. Do they really feel that transparency is enough to make consumers shy away from bad deals?

Anyway, as always, this is up for discussion. Anybody have thoughts? Net Neutrality is going to be one of the things that governs what kind of future we’ll have, I suspect. Do you have an opinion on it, even if it’s going to be decided by others?

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Adobe vs Apple: Loser: Internet Users

by on May.09, 2010, under Articles, Computers

Pot, meet kettle: a response to Steve Jobs’ letter on Flash By John Sullivan

There is a foundation out there I’m pretty sure not many people know of. It is called the Free Software Foundation and it is a non-profit organization with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.

The link above is a response to Steve Job’s criticisms of Adobe which you can also find a link to in the article. Being a software developer I could see the hypocrisy in some of the things Apple said about Adobe but I realized others may not. However the article above better illuminates the issue, as long as you are familiar with the concept of adobe and the App Store.

Recently I was re-reading one of my favorite web comics on an mobile apple device. The archive occasionally contains flash animations of the comic for special events such as anniversaries and full movies. Since the comic is completed it seems highly unlikely that the author will be willing to go back and convert these movies to HTML5 or some other more easily readable format should Apple or other telecom based mobile computing “win” this “war”. The idea made me sad.

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Carbon nanotube dye may put a capacitor in your shorts

by on Jan.28, 2010, under Articles, Science

Carbon nanotube dye may put a capacitor in your shorts by Casey Johnston (ars technia)

Yes my friends. You too can have the current flow through your shorts, pants, or even skirts! All thanks to the almighty Carbon Nanotube!

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Carbon Nanotubes: Not better but better!

by on Sep.30, 2009, under Articles, Science

Carbon nanotubes may power ultracapacitor car by John Timmer (ars technia)

At Technology Review’s EmTech conference last week, MIT professor Joel Schindall told the audience at a panel on energy storage why ultracapacitors may have a significant role to play in our transportation future. The good properties of these devices—fast charge/discharge cycles and an essentially unlimited number of cycles—make them a compelling choice for powering an electric vehicle. Schindall also explained why their downside, a far lower charge density than batteries, might not be as much of a problem as it might appear at first glance….

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More Carbon Nanotubes!

by on Mar.20, 2009, under Articles, Science

Artificial muscles are likely to be essential components of robotics, prosthetic limbs, and a variety of micro-machinery. Quite a few designs are out there, involving materials like carbon nanotubes and silicon elastomers but, to one degree or another, these usually fail to operate as well as natural human muscles. In today’s issue of Science, University of Texas scientists led by Ray Baughman report on a new type of muscle that dramatically outperforms biological ones in nearly every way. (more)

Okay new source, but still damn interesting. Cyberlimbs here we come!

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