Tag: News

Hardware Vendor Responsibility (or Ron Gilbert Rants about Apple and Corporate Censorship)

by on Oct.05, 2010, under Articles, Computers, Video Games

Ron Gilbert should require little to no introduction. Known for an adventure game that has captured the imagination of millions of video gamers for almost three decades, he is long term celebrity of video gaming, if there are any. His most recent project, DeathSpank and it’s sequal DeathSpank and the Thongs of Virtue, are hits on the PSN and XBLA console stores. And yesterday he ranted about corporate censorship.

Corporate Censorship Kills Creative Innovation by Ron Gilbert (Grumpy Gamer)

He makes clear that he isn’t complaining bout producer censorship. That is the people who hand video game studios money to make a game, and then come in and ask for some creative control. After all it is their money. No he is complaining about censorship by hardware platforms, and uses Apple as his primary example. Apple has always had a monopoly on Apple products, however with the invention of the iPhone, and the mixture of computing and the totalitarian rule of Telecom companies over our cellphones, Apple leaped forward and created a mobile computing platform that is so censored, it makes China proud. Ron hits upon a lot of the features that explain why, when people ask me if I like my iPad more than my laptop, or if it replaces my laptop, I have to say no. And why I describe my iPad as a gadget, not a computer.

The question is, does Ron really have a leg to stand on, expecting Apple not to take as much control over their hardware platforms as they can? I think, sadly, the answer is no. But I would like to think Apple, and every other hardware vendor, should look past IP control and cash intake, and try and keep hardware platforms as open as possible. I think it should be expected of Apple to create products that are highly functional, even if, in reality, they don’t have to. I think Apple could be served just as well by having an open App store while also maintaining an exclusive, Apple approved, App Store, which goes through Apple censoring, and has all the chic of being an Apple thing.

What do you think?

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Carbon Nanotubes!

by on Sep.20, 2010, under Articles, Science

Finally! Some new news about Carbon Nanotubes!

New research by MIT scientists suggests that carbon nanotubes — tube-shaped molecules of pure carbon — could be formed into tiny springs capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, and potentially more durably and reliably.

Carbon nanotubes find yet another purpose, could star in ultra-reliable batteries by Darren Murph (Engadget)

Found by two cuties from MTI (if the picture is correct). (I knew I should have gone to MIT!)

For those of you who want more of the hard science:

Springs built from nanotubes could provide big power storage potential (PHYSORG)

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Carbon Nanotubes make Ions stand in line

by on Sep.13, 2010, under Articles, Science, Technology

Pushing ions through carbon nanotubes by Editor (kurzweilai)

Not exactly and end result technology of carbon nanotubes but basically we can force ions to go through a carbon nanotube one at a time. This is predicted to lead to even better water filtration systems and detection systems than previously thought of using carbon nanotubes.

Hurray for Carbon Nanotubes!

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Goldilocks planet found!

by on Sep.03, 2010, under Articles, Science

Eart-Like Planet Can Sustain Life by By Irene Klotz (Discovery.com)

Basically we found a exo-planet (a planet outside our solar system) that astrophysicist think is “just right” for the purposes of containing inhabited life. IE, a Goldilocks planet. Some of them are so sure, they’re stating that it is more of a matter of disproving that this planet doesn’t contain life, rather than proving it!

The planet is called Gliese 581g and it is about 20 light years away. One of it’s more interesting characteristics is that it is tidal locked to it’s sun. Similar to our moon, it only shows one side of itself to it’s sun at all times. IE it doesn’t rotate on it’s axis. It is, far denser than Earth, so it is capable of generating enough gravity to keep an atmosphere. It’s location from the sun suggests the capability of having liquid water, which is the big deal with life searching at the moment.

So it’s not Carbon Nanotubes, but I still think it is pretty awesome. Perhaps even more so than finding water on the Moon.

More info will be printed in this week’s issue of issue of Astrophysical Journal. Which you may or may not be able to access.

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Dr. Carbon Nanotube

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

Carbon nanotubes form ultrasensitive biosensor to detect proteins by Ed Hayward (EurekAlert!)

I’ve reported so much news about the wonder of Carbon Nanotubes I’m starting to wonder if I’m repeating myself. But this just announced: Carbon Nanotubes can be used to make an ultra sensitive bio-sensor that could detect proteins quicker than almost any laboratory test currently developed.

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Carbon Nanotubes bring digital music (or at least sound) to the sea

by on Jun.14, 2010, under Articles, Science

Carbon nanotubes create underwater sonar speakers (NewScientist)

Yes my friends. Carbon Nanotubes are back in the news. And this time, they’re replacing our underwater speakers. Long range sonar no longer has to look like something your uncle toted around on his shoulder in the 80s in order to make himself go deaf.


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Private Space Flight

by on Jun.04, 2010, under Articles, Science, Technology

So today is a day where a private corporation named SpaceX shot an updated rocket into space without the assistance of NASA from Florida, USA. Its not the first but hopefully it won’t be the last.

People have lost interest in space as I grew up. This has personally made me rather sad. I had several family work for NASA during its prime and grew up going to the space center at least twice to three times a year. I’ve been inside mission control several times, all during the age where I could only go ‘wow’ and sadly not really appreciate all of it.

I speculate often on the decline of NASA. I suspect it primarily has to do economics, the lack of good publicity by the space industry and science industry to explain the benefits we are getting out of the research, and a lack of cohesive backing by the people behind the American government. Acts as huge as space flight needed governments since they require such money, time and effort. At least they did. Now we have companies that seem capable of doing it. I hope that is a sign of how far we’ve advanced in technology, and not how far the US government has fallen behind in capability.

But either way this event should be celebrated!

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Carbon Nanotube can heal the blind!

by on Mar.25, 2010, under Articles, Science

Seeing a Bionic Eye on Medicine’s Horizon (AFTAU)

Yes my friends. It is time for yet another amazing discovery by Carbon Nanotubes! Today we’ve learned that carbon Nanotubes could be used to fix blind eyes! Yes my friends, Carbon Nanotubes could replace some of the nerves in our eyes, allowing people previously unable to see to actually see without messy bypass devices like Jordy’s visor!

Televangelists have reported no worries since Carbon Nanotubes have yet to show any capability in healing the lame or talking excessively for several hours while repeating ‘praise the lord’ every other sentence.

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Carbon nano energy!

by on Mar.09, 2010, under Articles, Science

Big power from tiny wires by David L Chandler (MIT News)

Yes my friends new news regarding carbon nanotubes! Now they can produce electrcity!

This isn’t just some new invention on the old ‘turn the turbine’ thing. This is a completely new way of generating electricity according to MIT.

That’s seriously revolutionary folks.

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Net Neutrality Explained

by on Feb.17, 2010, under Articles, Computers

Net Neutrality: A simple guide by Matt Hamblen (Comuterworld US/Computerworld UK)

The above is a link to a decent non-partisan particle on the concept of Net Neutrality, in case you’re still confused by all the hype and commercials.

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