I’m sure many readers are aware of the legal hassle between Hasbro, owners of the Scrabble game trademark in North America, and the Indian developers of Scrabulous, a Scrabble rip-off on the Facebook social network site. Hasbro sued to shut down Scrabulous, alleging trademark infringement, and a week later Scrabulous was taken down for North… Continue reading The troubling state of Internet ethics
Has anyone tried “pinhole glasses”?
I’m intrigued by the claims made by the vendors of so-called “pinhole glasses“. I’m aware that many of the more extravagant claims can no longer be made in the USA, because the FDA has ruled that there’s insufficient medical evidence to prove them: but I’ve seen such claims in overseas publications and Web sites. I’m… Continue reading Has anyone tried “pinhole glasses”?
Animator vs. Animation
A fun take on what might happen if a computer animator loses control over his animation creation. Peter
Build your own font
I’ve been informed of a Web site that lets you build your own fonts. Looks interesting. There’s instructions on how to proceed, and a gallery of fonts already constructed by users. Names such as ‘Hairy Bugger‘ and ‘Maze Illegible‘ virtually demand viewing, don’t they? Go on – build your own font, and either post it… Continue reading Build your own font
Roadrunner – from fringe to mainstream
A few months ago, I posted here about a couple of scientists who’d adapted Playstation consoles to serve as computers – number-crunchers – for their work. Now we learn of Roadrunner, a new supercomputer that’s cracked the one-petaflop ‘boundary’ – over one thousand trillion calculations per second. For those interested in the supercomputing technicalities, there’s… Continue reading Roadrunner – from fringe to mainstream
Internet ‘snipers’ face backlash
I’m delighted to read that two Internet ‘snipers’ – people who denigrate, sneer at and seek to tear down others behind the veil of anonymous posting – are now in hot water over their actions. In the murky world of internet blogging, “the Hack” and “Caz” were names to be reckoned with. They ran The… Continue reading Internet ‘snipers’ face backlash
Children will learn by ‘downloading’ information???
I’m intrigued by the vision of Chris Parry, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council in Britain. Children will learn by downloading information directly into their brains within 30 years, an education expert has predicted. Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, said “Matrix-style” technology would render traditional lessons obsolete. He… Continue reading Children will learn by ‘downloading’ information???
Crooks steal hi-tech, hi-tech catches crooks!
I was delighted to read about two thieves whose crime backfired on them. Remote access and a Webcam helped police catch two people suspected of stealing a laptop. Thieves stole a Westchester, N.Y., woman’s laptop and then accessed the Internet with the stolen computer, according to a report in The Journal News. A friend of… Continue reading Crooks steal hi-tech, hi-tech catches crooks!
Warning – Windows XP Service Pack 3
For those running Windows XP on their computers, beware of the newly-released Service Pack 3, particularly if your computer has an AMD processor. In an article published today, Computerworld warns: Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 sends some PCs into an endless series of reboots, according to posts to a Microsoft support forum. Jesper Johansson,… Continue reading Warning – Windows XP Service Pack 3