Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Now I should point out that this device is designed to be a media center on the go, and although it has built in Wifi, browsing can be quite difficult given the fact the device has no built in keyboard (it has a touch-sensitive screen, with an on screen keyboard, but I found it to be cumbersome), the resolution is way too high for a 5” screen, which can bother you while reading emails/long articles.
Navigation using the built in pointing stick was quite easy, although it takes a little bit of getting used to. DivX movies played perfectly in different lighting situations. The device runs hot, so you might want to wear oven mittens while holding in.
Few things I appreciated having built in were the SD/CD card readers and the single USB port. So you’re traveling somewhere sitting at a café with Wifi, you can pop out your CF card, pop into the Vaio and upload them straight to Flickr.
What impressed me most was the form factor/size. Imagine an Intel Celeron M 900 Mhz computer with 20Gb of diskspace, 512 MB of RAM, 20 GB HD, Wifi, SD/CF Readers, 5” screen all crammed into 6”x4” frame. Impressed?
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Computers today are just plain dumb! The Open Mind Commonsense project is an attempt to make computers smarter by making it easy and fun for people all over the world to work together to give computers the millions of pieces of ordinary knowledge that constitute "common-sense", all those aspects of the world that we all understand so well we take them for granted. This repository of knowledge will enable us to create more intelligent and sociable software, build human-like robots, and better understand the structure our own minds.I should commend the chaps at MIT for creating an AI project that allows everyone to take part in. Log-in and it starts asking you questions, you just answer the questions and it learns what we humans refer to as common sense. Creating a huge database of general knowledge to fuel future AI engines. Fascinating and addicting way to speed us on toward Technological Singularity Participate Here
- The flash is encrypted with a per-box key
- The key is stored inside the CPU
- The boot ROM is stored inside the CPU
- Also inside the CPU is a hypervisor that verifies the running state of the kernel, making sure there is no modification (RAM checksums), else the Xbox360 panics and blows up!
- The CPU contains ROM inside of it to store the checksums
- All interrupt/exception handling is done by the hypervisor
- All code runs in kernel mode
- The emulator for first generation games can be updated via an official Microsoft download burned to CD by the user, though the CDs’ content will be encrypted and signed with public key cryptography.The boot ROM is stored inside the CPU
Friday, November 25, 2005
In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares. In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.Length: 1 Hour / Episode Starring: Sayed Ktob, Leo Strauss, Neo-Conservatism, Jahiliya, Ayman Zawahri, Osama Bin Ladin, Abu Mus'ab Al Zarqawi, George Bush, Tony Blair. Highly Recommended in Video, requires Quicktime Episode I: Baby It's Cold Outside (Video (180 MB) | Audio (28 MB)) Episode II: The Phantom Victory (Video (180 MB)| Audio (28 MB)) Episode III: The Shadows in the cave (Video (180 MB) | Audio (28 MB))
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Certain cases of mouth cancer appear to be caused by a virus that can be contracted during oral sex, media reported, quoting a new Swedish study. “You should avoid having oral sex,” dentist and researcher Kerstin Rosenquist, who headed the study, told Swedish news agency TT.Read More
Actor Bruce Willis has offered $1 million to anyone who turns in al-Qaeda terror leaders. The patriotic “Die Hard” star will pay out for information on the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, Aymen Al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab Al-zarqawi, the alleged brains behind the 9/11 atrocity.Read More Here You know what? I may have just realized what the problem with this country is... no one has ever offered a bounty on a terrorist's head... so here's 10 bucks out of my own pocket. Bring me the head of Zarqawi! I wonna drink beer out of his empty head! I wonna have a Zarqawi Skull Keg Party at my apartment, ok? He bombs, you hunt, we party. On a side note, any idea how's Bin Laden? Did he survive Pakistan's earthquake? I certainly hope he's getting his kidney medication and dialysis done; all untraced by the CIA, NSA, MI5, MI6 and other intelligence agnecies working on this of course...
Saturday, November 19, 2005
After half a dozen emails fired back and forth with Zarqawi. I received an enigmatic package in the mail yesterday. It was beaten, battered, and covered in dirt. Inside hundreds of worn pages written in an ancient tongue. The title read “The hitchhikers Guide to Terrorism”
I enlisted the help of all the people that I know, and came in contact with many others intent on deciphering the secret as well. There were moments where we sincerely doubted we’d be able to figure it out, there were moments of chronic laughter, and others filled with fear (especially when we went looking for a book in the attic and came across a spider). But alas, before long, the ancient tongue was deciphered. The commandments read:
“Thou shalt not watch the tube” Or take notice of the false ceiling at the wedding and realize false ceilings do not kill 30 human beings.
“Thou shalt not take notice of word-of-mouth epidemic” Or realize that Amman is a small community where everyone knows everyone, or at least know someone who knows someone; that facts are hardly obtained from the media, and that altering the truth won’t help. “Thou shalt belittle the IBF (Israel & Bush Factor)” And neglect the fact that Israel would have loved to cry forever about its casualties, and that Bush needs every reason to justify keeping his troops in the Middle East. (Play Contemplative Sound Track Here) I don’t know about you, but I hate missing 24 and I’m not willing to give up my TV rights or my brain just yet. So, I guess I’ll just hang out here and smoke some pot, and leave terrorism to some lunatic determined on disrupting lives of hundreds maybe thousands of innocent civilians.
- This is fiction, no actual emails were exchanged with anyone, well aside from porno webmasters who are so intent on ripping me off! But you disregarded the “for mature audiences only” warning didn’t you?
- I personally hate spiders; they just give me the willies. No spiders were hurt in this production… No tree/animal huggers on my back please, thank you
- I have no contemplative soundtracks.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
I’m not going to echo what’s already been said on the Jordanian Blogosphere. The posts on JordanPlanet.com say it all. Did anyone notice that today is 911 in Arabic? I can only wonder if this is just a happenstance or a reminder that freedom has a price, which I'm sure you'll all disagree with.