MonthJanuary 2009

Ignite Portland 5 speakers announced

Legion of Tech announced the Ignite Portland 5 speakers. These sound amazing!

  • Isaac Potoczny-Jones – Open, Mobile, and Linux: A basic introduction to Android G1 development
  • Dr. Jayson Falkner – Science. It works, bitches. DNA Edition.
  • John Metta – How to creatively destroy pesky, non-moneymaking community efforts
  • A. L. Venable – Fashion! Music! Intrigue!: Why You Should Be Riding the Bus
  • Tara Horn – How to be a Refugee: Several not-so-easy steps from oppression to resettlement
  • J-P Voillequé – Not your grandma’s game: Why you should be playing bridge.
  • Russell Senior – Why Publicly Owned Fiber is the Answer to our Broadband Needs
  • Kate “The Great” Folsom – the basics of writing good shit that people enjoy reading
  • Chris Sullivan – Ham Radio: It’s not about talking to pork products (but we’re working on that)
  • Sarah Gilbert – Hacking life with kids, but without a car
  • Jerry Ketel – How to know if you are a Narcissist.
  • Selena Deckelmann – How to kill three chickens in three years
  • Pete Grillo – Omelettes: Winners and Losers
  • Full Story: Ignite Portland

    Technoccult is a proud sponsor of Ignite Portland.

    Dan Gilmore on Endowing Newspapers: What Are We Saving, Anyway?

    Seward reasonably points out that we’d be foolish to endow the newspaper industry as it currently exists. When I look at most local newspapers these days I see skeletons: businesses that have been systematically looted over the years, to send money to far-off corporate headquarters to pay fat executive salaries and boost stock prices. Preserve them? Why would we want to do that?

    Full Story: Center for Citizen Media

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    Opinion: the Washington Post could be sustained with an endowment

    It has been very painful to watch papers like the Post offer buyouts to dozens of talented journalists at the height of their powers while shutting overseas bureaus and even entire sections of the paper. Not to pick on any one institution, but, from a constitutional perspective, how did we end up in a society where Williams College has (or had, before September) an endowment well in excess of one billion dollars, while the Washington Post, a fountainhead of Watergate and so much other skeptical and investigative reporting critical to the republic’s health, is in jeopardyàI’m sure that Williams-generated nostalgia in the emotional lives of wealthy people is hard to overestimate, but still […]

    The typical spend rate for endowed nonprofits is in the five-percent range. If the Washington Post had a two billion dollar endowment, it would be able to fund a very healthy newsroom. And this is before revenue from continuing operations—advertising, circulation, etc., which could surely cover at least the cost of distribution and overhead, particularly if the form of delivery is increasingly digital. Two billion dollars, by the way, represents something in the neighborhood of five per cent of Warren Buffett’s net worth, the last I knew that figure. (Buffett is a director of the Washington Post Company and one of the great public-minded businessmen of his age, although my impression is that, as someone who is so talented at making money, he is congenitally unhappy about giving it away—so he has asked his friend Bill Gates to do it for him).

    Full Story: The New Yorker

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    Interview with a former adware developer

    So we’ve progressed now from having just a Registry key entry, to having an executable, to having a randomly-named executable, to having an executable which is shuffled around a little bit on each machine, to one that’s encrypted– really more just obfuscated– to an executable that doesn’t even run as an executable. It runs merely as a series of threads. Now, those threads can communicate with one another, they would check to make sure that the BHO was there and up, and that the whatever other software we had was also up.

    Full Story: Philosecurity

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    Ignite Portland 5 speakers announced

    Legion of Tech announced the Ignite Portland 5 speakers. These sound amazing!

  • Isaac Potoczny-Jones – Open, Mobile, and Linux: A basic introduction to Android G1 development
  • Dr. Jayson Falkner – Science. It works, bitches. DNA Edition.
  • John Metta – How to creatively destroy pesky, non-moneymaking community efforts
  • A. L. Venable – Fashion! Music! Intrigue!: Why You Should Be Riding the Bus
  • Tara Horn – How to be a Refugee: Several not-so-easy steps from oppression to resettlement
  • J-P Voillequé – Not your grandma’s game: Why you should be playing bridge.
  • Russell Senior – Why Publicly Owned Fiber is the Answer to our Broadband Needs
  • Kate “The Great” Folsom – the basics of writing good shit that people enjoy reading
  • Chris Sullivan – Ham Radio: It’s not about talking to pork products (but we’re working on that)
  • Sarah Gilbert – Hacking life with kids, but without a car
  • Jerry Ketel – How to know if you are a Narcissist.
  • Selena Deckelmann – How to kill three chickens in three years
  • Pete Grillo – Omelettes: Winners and Losers
  • Full Story: Ignite Portland

    Technoccult is a proud sponsor of Ignite Portland.

    Related External Links

    Why Cuil Should Buy Iterasi… No, Seriously.

    I think this tendency is very important to the blogosphere, because without the ability to become an arm chair CEO, people might begin to take us too seriously. There are always blogs telling us why Facebook should buy Twitter, or why Facebook should by Xobni, or why Twitter needs to support Laconica. Most of these suggestions are at best an interesting idea, at worst they are complete non-sense.

    The suggestion that I’m making, however, is spot on the mark. Why? Because, my friend I know what I’m talking about.

    What I am talking about is this: In the new landscape of the web, Cuil and Iterasi go together like bacon and, well, anything.

    Full Story: Positively Glorious!

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    Real life DHARMA Initiative # 3: Esalen Institute and Physics Consciousness Research Group

    Jack Sarfatti, Saul Paul Sirag, Nick Herbert, and Fred Alan Wolf

    One of the various projects of the Esalen Institute was the Physics Consciousness Research Group, founded to study time travel, ESP, consciousness after death, and other fringe subjects. Various people have made the claim that Physics Consciousness Research Group was the inspiration for the movie Ghostbusters. Jack Sarfatti, one of the founders of the Physics Consciousness Research Group, is a physicist and archetypal “mad scientist” – in fact, he claims to be the inspiration for both from Back to the Future and Egon Spangler from Ghostbusters.

    Full Story: Hatch 23

    Statue Unveiled In Honor of Bush Shoe Throw

    The unveiling of the sculpture took place on Thursday

     

     

     

     

     

    A sculpture of an enormous bronze-coloured shoe has been erected in Iraq to honour the journalist who threw his shoes at ex-US President George W Bush.

    The sofa-sized artwork was formally unveiled in Tikrit, hometown of late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.  The report from BBC News can be found here.

    According to Forbes Magazine, the incident has been a gold-mine for the Turkish shoemaker, Ramazan Baydan, who claims to have made the shoe thrown at the now ex-President, now renamed the Bush Shoe.

     “People are calling from all over the world to order this shoe I designed a decade ago. We have so far 370,000 new orders from Europe, the Middle East and the United States compared to only 40,000 orders of this particular model in December last year,” Baydan told Forbes.com during a phone interview through an interpreter.

    At least Bush sparked an economic recovery for somebody.  The full article in Forbes can be seen here.

    Wind jobs outstrip the coal industry

    Here’s a talking point in the green jobs debate: The wind industry now employs more people than coal mining in the United States.

    Wind industry jobs jumped to 85,000 in 2008, a 70% increase from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday from the American Wind Energy Association. In contrast, the coal industry employs about 81,000 workers. (Those figures are from a 2007 U.S. Department of Energy report but coal employment has remained steady in recent years though it’s down by nearly 50% since 1986.) Wind industry employment includes 13,000 manufacturing jobs concentrated in regions of the country hard hit by the deindustrialization of the past two decades.

    Full Story: Fortune

    (Thanks Biohabit)

    Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet

    Scientists have come a bit closer to achieving the “Star Trek” feat of teleportation.

    No one is galaxy-hopping, or even beaming people around, but for the first time, information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter — about a yard.

    This is a significant milestone in a field known as quantum information processing, said Christopher Monroe of the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland, who led the effort.

    Teleportation is one of nature’s most mysterious forms of transport: Quantum information, such as the spin of a particle or the polarization of a photon, is transferred from one place to another, without traveling through any physical medium.

    It has previously been achieved between photons (a unit, or quantum, of electromagnetic radiation, such as light) over very large distances, between photons and ensembles of atoms, and between two nearby atoms through the intermediary action of a third.

    Full Story: Fox News

    (Thanks Joe)

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