Peer to beer networking

31 August 2004

Where did the computer go?

Apple - iMac G5

30 August 2004

L'homme qui a inventé Bush

Dans l'ombre de George Bush père, puis du fils, Karl Rove, redoutable stratège, a été l'artisan de plusieurs victoires électorales. A la Maison Blanche depuis 2001, il travaille sans relâche à celle du 2 novembre.

Interesting Flash-based navigation concepts

Mohawk paper. Worth clicking through various sections.

29 August 2004

26 August 2004

"In a discovery that has left one expert stunned, European astronomers have found one of the smallest planets known outside our solar system"

C'est énorme. On a découvert une planète, ça a surpris UN expert.

It's not a joke

The 'Tupperware party from hell'

Microsoft asks your gender: not specified, male, or bitch?

 
"Microsoft has also managed to upset women and entire countries. A Spanish-language version of Windows XP, destined for Latin American markets, asked users to select their gender between "not specified," "male" or "bitch," because of an unfortunate error in translation."

from "How eight pixels cost Microsoft millions" article on CNet.

25 August 2004

HK firm develops cyber girlfriend

On top of a general subscription, men will be charged a fee to buy flowers and gifts for the virtual girlfriend. [...]
If players neglect her, she will refuse to speak.


Amazing how real these simulations can sometimes be...

Research and education in Information Visualization


See also: Microsoft Social Computing Group, University of Maryland HCI Lab
All links from Steve

FBPRO95

Here are the install files of the greatest pre-3d football game ever. Is it working?

WIRED

Boring Game? Outsource It
It's not just work that's being outsourced from wealthy nations to poorer ones. These days, online gamers in developing countries are being paid to earn virtual goods that wealthier players are too lazy or unskilled to win on their own.

Amish realité

Pathetic Olympics(part 3)
Athletes may be the center of attention at the Olympic Games, but don't expect to hear directly from them online -- or see snapshots or video they've taken.
The International Olympic Committee is barring competitors, as well as coaches, support personnel and other officials, from writing firsthand accounts for news and other websites.

Le Monde

Beaucoup d'articles qui valent le coup, désolé de tout poster en une fois.

George Bush s'inscrit en faux contre les attaques dirigées contre John Kerry à propos du Vietnam
Interrogé, lundi 23 août, dans son ranch de Crawford, au Texas, M. Bush a déclaré que son adversaire avait "servi admirablement" et il a dénoncé, de façon générale, les attaques personnelles menées, des deux côtés, par des groupes militants.

L'affaire Marie L. révèle une société obsédée par ses victimes
"On aime bien les occasions médiatiques d'exercer la pitié. Cette logique de la pitié, qui sied bien aux journalistes et à la société, permet d'avoir une lecture binaire de la réalité, puisque à la victime correspond forcément un bourreau. Cela simplifie d'autant le monde et cela dispense de penser : il s'agit de jouer l'émotion contre la raison."

Une pilule pour une journée sans fin
La devise de la grande métropole américaine est désormais à portée de main pour le commun des mortels grâce à une nouvelle molécule, le Modafinil. Commercialisée par le laboratoire américain Cephalon sous différents noms selon les pays (Provigil aux USA, Modasomil en Suisse, Modiodal en France. ..), cette pilule permet de se passer de sommeil et [...] est pratiquement sans effets secondaires.

Des effets spéciaux du cinéma sur les hormones
A l'issue de l'expérience, les niveaux d'hormones mâles et femelles, mesurés avant et après la projection, variaient sensiblement entre les différents groupes. Le documentaire animalier n'a entraîné aucun changement hormonal tandis que Le Parrain a augmenté le niveau de testostérone chez les hommes jusqu'à 30 %, faisant naître d'abord l'envie de relations sexuelles avec leur partenaire, ensuite l'apparition de l'hormone du pouvoir. Sur la route de Madison, avec l'acteur vedette Clint Eastwood produit, au contraire, l'effet inverse : il entraîne une augmentation du taux de progestérone et une diminution de celui de testostérone. Et cela aussi bien chez les hommes que chez les femmes.

Une anomalie cérébrale empêcherait les autistes d'identifier la voix humaine

24 August 2004

How to become a hacker

Attitude is no substitute for competence... (from crissX)

Paco, you bored??

Ultimate Rally

23 August 2004

Doing a Lynndie


  1. Find a victim who deserves to be "Lynndied".
  2. Make sure you have a friend nearby with a camera ready to capture the "Lynndie".
  3. Stick a cigarette (or pen) in your mouth and allow it to hang slightly below the horizontal.
  4. Face the camera, tilt your upper body slightly forward but lean back on your right leg.
  5. Make a hitchhiking gesture with your right hand and extend your right arm so that it's in roughly the same position as if you were holding a rifle.
  6. Keeping your left arm slightly bent, point in the direction of the victim and smile.

Gmail notifier

The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser.

Iraqi soccer players angered by Bush campaign ads

In those spots, the flags of Iraq and Afghanistan appear as a narrator says, "At this Olympics there will be two more free nations -- and two fewer terrorist regimes."
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign," Sadir told SI.com through a translator, speaking calmly and directly. "He can find another way to advertise himself."

30 millions d'amis, 900 millions de bières

Après la souris avinée au rouquin de l'avenue Henri Dunant, l'ours bourré à la bière.

20 August 2004

Le Monde

Polémique et déception accompagnent l'entrée de Google sur le Nasdaq
Après le retour au calme, les commentateurs ont tiré les leçons de l'expérience. Ils ont évoqué un ensemble de facteurs : le recul ces dernières semaines des valeurs technologiques, les bévues des fondateurs, leur interview à Playboy au mépris de la période de réserve, leur "arrogance", en prétendant instaurer un système d'actions à deux vitesses, un "système de castes", ironisent certains, avec des actions (classe A) qui donnent un plus grand pouvoir de décision que d'autres (classe B)...


Les Bleus de Raymond Domenech ont du mal à convaincre le public
Pour cette première, la formation dirigée par Raymond Domenech a eu droit à des sifflets à sa sortie du terrain.

Bienvenue à la station Union Square-IBM
Aucun new-yorkais n'a jamais imaginé descendre un jour à la station Union Square-IBM, emprunter la ligne Lexington Avenue-Delta et traverser le Manhattan-Halliburton Bridge. Un tel parcours pourrait pourtant devenir réalité. La compagnie des transports en commun de New York et de sa région a annoncé, fin juillet, son intention de vendre les noms des stations, lignes de bus, ponts et tunnels qu'elle exploite à d'éventuels sponsors.

Wired

Free iPods!
Here's how it works: FreeiPods.com promises an iPod or a $250 gift certificate to anyone who signs up for various online promotions and persuades five other people to participate.
Subscribers are given a choice of 10 different offers, including a 45-day trial of AOL and a two-week trial of Ancestry.com's genealogy service. Typically, the offers are free and easily canceled.


Where the a new internet concept surfaces: "conga lines"

It's Just the 'internet' Now
By changing its style to lowercase the 'I' in internet, Wired News is placing this medium squarely where it belongs: on an equal footing with radio, television and Gutenberg's wonderful innovation, moveable type.

Cell Phone Users Are Finding God
Mobile phone owners are blessed with more than just free weekend minutes, as religious institutions and telcos roll out new services to help the observant practice their faith. (all you guys from America, please test popemessage.com for me, and post the messages here!)

Scientists Stumble Upon New Bird

During a May expedition to Calayan, about 320 miles north of Manila, a team member was walking in the forest when she saw a small group of unfamiliar dark brown birds with distinctive orange-red bills and legs, the British conservation group BirdLife International said in a press release Tuesday.

webmessenger.msn.com

19 August 2004

Nice 70's costumes for your kids







More from your Olympic friends

ATHENS 2004 Organising Commitee for the Olympic Games -Website Hyperlink Policy
For your protection and ours we have established a procedure for parties wishing to introduce a link to the ATHENS 2004 website on their site. By introducing a link to the ATHENS 2004 official Website on your site you are agreeing to comply with the ATHENS 2004 Website General Terms and Conditions. In order to place a link embedded in copy interested parties should:

For OUR protection?!?

Manifestos, PDF files, blogs vs. traditional mass media

"Welcome to our new kind of media. A form of media that uses existing tools (like PDF files, blogs and the web) to challenge the way ideas are created and spread. Poke around, give it a spin and share the best parts with your friends."

www.changethis.com

Good "quick and dirty" info graphic

I don't care much for gymnastics, but I do like to see such clear visual explanations of rapidly executed movement. Simple production, clear explanation.

18 August 2004

Histoire(s)

Dans la nuit noire du 26 août 1966, Hartmut Richter plonge dans le canal Teltow. Destination : la liberté. Quatre heures plus tard, il a atteint Berlin-Ouest. Mais l'histoire ne s'arrête pas là.

Blogspot version 2.0

Blogger a changé le look de BlogSpot. Je sais vraiment pas qui utilise le "next Blog" truc, y'a des erreurs de script partout, j'ai du changer le template, ça met une minute à charger... Hum,

16 August 2004

Zidane

Quelques vidéos pour se faire plaisir... Quelques moves énormes

13 August 2004

for rendering enhusiasts...

Sub-surface scattering, etc... it's all there in the Brazil renderer, check out the galleries!

Le dernier été du spam ?

Après Yahoo et Microsoft, AOL a annoncé le prochain déployement d'une technologies d'authentification des courriels. Un pas dans la lutte contre le spam, mais aussi les virus.

Mythique

L'ex-capitaine de l'équipe de France de rugby, Marc Cécillon est en prison pour le meurtre de sa femme.

Un SP2 à prendre avec précaution

Il y a quelques jours, dans une note interne, le département technologique d'IBM demandait à ses employés de ne pas installer, jusqu'à nouvel ordre, le Service Pack2 de Microsoft pour Windows XP.

If you ever wondered how much on-screen real-estate you need...

E=mc4

Owen >>> Real

Owen' deal agreed

L'esprit olympique... Pathétique, ETEIGNEZ VOS TELES!

les dix commandements du spectateur olympique
Les nouveaux maîtres du monde ont aussi décidé de la manière de se vêtir puisque les spectateurs n'auront pas le droit de porter des T-shirts, chapeaux, sacs, provenant d'entreprises concurrentes des sponsors.

12 August 2004

Retraite

C'est officiel....

Mais le mot de la fin revient au "roi" Pelé qui, en mars 1998, avant même que Zizou n'entre dans l'histoire en gagnant le Mondial, avait déclaré : "Tout le monde n'a que Ronaldo à la bouche. Moi, j'ai du Zidane !"

11 August 2004

the guy who invented the :-)

Actually I'm not kidding... this is really a serious text by the guy who actually INVENTED the smiley... wow. Anybody ever mentioned erecting a statue to this genius ??
Smiley Lore :-)

I especially recommend the reading of the actual BBS thread that resulted in such a grand invention that really pushed the evolution of man to the next leve ;)

Google news + tree map visualization =




More about tree map information visualization from Ben Shneiderman, their creator and infovis guru.

L'EQUIPE

Zidane à la retraite

Armand

L'héritier...

The News

Fidel Castro enrôle Michael Moore à son insu
Les médias officiels et Fidel Castro lui-même se sont chargés d'assurer la promotion du documentaire. Dans une première critique, l'organe du Parti communiste Granma vantait un film qui présente le président américain comme "un crétin dangereux".

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2
Microsoft released a long-awaited security update for its Windows XP program on Friday, a response to the growing number of security shortcomings in the market-dominant computer operating system.

Doom 3 review
Doom 3 is a well-crafted, accessible testament to the power and promise of technology to create a new medium that puts players directly at the center of an experience -- a medium in which, unlike books and movies, there ain't nothing vicarious about it.

DataDots
Australia has a lot of auto thieves running around, but the application of thousands of tiny DataDots seems to be helping.

Japanese youth and the concept of death

I've been reading news about that 11-year-old Japanese girl who slit the throat and bashed the head of another schoolgirl. I'm still pondering these observations:

". . . the power of the virtual world has perhaps had amplified effect, experts said. Children, one government expert said, have become too used to dead characters coming back to life with the touch of a button on a game console. The young killer in Sasebo, for instance, did not appear to grasp fully the fact that she had ended her friend's life, telling the family court that she wanted to apologize to her friend in person for the deed, according to sources familiar with the case.

"Many Japanese children live in small block apartments with no pets and are not exposed to real death," said Takeshi Seto, a specialist in youth crime at Japan's Justice Ministry. "They may not understand the concept as much as they should."

10 August 2004

Tipping Point Media

Nice Intro

Gorgeous phone



Courtesy of Matt "Blackbelt" Jones.


Li Yongbin

Cet artiste (exposé à la galerie Mitterand à Genève) fait des toiles hallucinantes à partir de son portrait. Il faut imaginer qu'à la différence de ce qu'on voit les photos, le portrait a l'air d'être en 3D, en mouvement. C'est vraiment impressionant. 15'000CHF la toile quand même...

PS: Les artistes chinois arrivent en force sur le marché ou j'hallucine?

09 August 2004

Superlegitimacy

Although leaning towards naive orientalism, this is an absolutely fascinating text-photo-video essay about "superlegitimacy," which the author includes as one of several "irreducibly Japanese values."

Superlegitimacy: passion and ecstasy of a Tokyo train driver

And this imomus fellow's blog is worth wandering around.

Mythique

Hélène Castel rattrapée par un braquage vieux de 24 ans

08 August 2004

Paco Daddy

Armand est ne a 4h18. Fanny est en pleine forme,

07 August 2004

Mysteries of the Ocean Deepen

Flipper the sausage
Marine scientists conducting the first comprehensive deep-sea probes of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge stepped ashore in Bergen, Norway, this week, excited by their discovery of several suspected new species and a baffling mystery creature.
Brightly colored, about a foot long with a well-defined forepaw and tail, it looks like no known sea creature, said Olav Rune Godoe of the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen. The unknown animal was found crawling around the bottom at a depth of 6,500 feet.
Efforts to bring it to the surface failed, making it impossible to know what exactly scientists saw and photographed.

Le Monde

CIO et corruption, deuxième acte
Les athlètes sont dopés, le CIO est corrompu. Eteignez vos télés!!

Des rations militaires "kaki dehors, pipi dedans
Les chercheurs de l'armée américaine viennent en effet de mettre au point une nourriture lyophilisée qui peut être réhydratée par l'urine du banqueteur ou du cuistot.

Ernest-Antoine Seillière : "Le smic est trop élevé"
Ernest-Antoine Seillière, le président du Medef, a réaffirmé mardi 3 août sur RTL que le smic était trop élevé en France "non pas en termes sociaux mais en termes économiques", précisant que rien n'était décidé sur le projet d'étalement de la hausse du salaire minimum.
Quel grand communicateur...

Nouvelles pubs

Forbes.com teste les pubs dans le contenu éditorial. Exemple avec le mot "investors" de la news suivante. Perso je trouve ça terrible:
- c'est pas parce que je lis le mot investor que je veux avoir un lien sur un site qui m'en vend
- ils choisissent les mots en fonction des pubs quand ils écrivent leurs articles?
- c'est pas pratique du tout (box un peu lente, qui cache une partie du contenu)
- la séparation entre contenu réel et pub est super mal faite

Wired

Interesting NGO concept explained: architectureforhumanity.org
The 5-year-old group hosts Web-based competitions in which architects and designers submit plan proposals for sites around the world affected by war, disease or natural disaster -- an attempt to harness the Net's networking power to tackle humanitarian crises.

Weapons Freeze, Microwave Enemies
The pain is so great that people flee immediately.
"It just feels like your skin is on fire," said Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the laboratory who, as a test subject, has felt the Active Denial System's heat. "When you get out of the path of the beam, or shut off the beam, everything goes back to normal. There's no residual pain."


South Korean Company Buys Lycos
South Korea's top website operator, Daum Communications, is to buy the U.S. portal business of Spain's Terra for $95 million, less than 1 percent of the $12.5 billion Terra paid near the height of the Internet boom.
In a move that emphasizes the growing global ambitions of South Korean technology companies, Daum said on Monday it will pay 111.2 billion won for 100 percent of Lycos, which Terra bought in an all-stock deal in May 2000. (Wired News is owned by Lycos.)


Onion routing
The system is based on a concept called onion routing. It works like this: Messages, or packets of information, are sent through a distributed network of randomly selected servers, or nodes, each of which knows only its predecessor and successor. Messages flowing through this network are unwrapped by a symmetric encryption key at each server that peels off one layer and reveals instructions for the next downstream node.

Guerrilla gigging
Punk is back, and it's got a laptop. A new breed of alternative British rocker is once again giving the finger to the corporate music machine, thanks to an arsenal of do-it-yourself new media.
Organizing using the Web, cell phones and instant messaging, upstart guitar bands are staging secret, spontaneous concerts at unconventional venues in the latest online music craze, dubbed "guerrilla gigging."

06 August 2004

Pianographique

Mystiak

Which super hero are you ??

Personally, I ended up being Professor Charles Xavier... Damn! Even the Haircut is right !!
Superhero Personality Test

05 August 2004

One funny ad

from crissX

Fool's World Map

Fool's World Map

Ambitious photo project

... and interesting navigation system for the 3,304 photos.

American Mile Markers

"Join Matt Frondorf as he drives from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge, his camera clicking at every mile."

Vietnam Vets Organization Blasts Kerry in New TV Ad

Ce qui est bien c'est que les messages, dans les médias américains, sont toujours hyper simples et faciles à retenir. Unfit to command.

04 August 2004

xanthic eye | WALLPAPERS, ICONS, SKINS, TUTORIALS AND MORE

NICE

Viera au Real

Le Real Madrid et Arsenal, champion d'Angleterre, se sont mis d'accord pour le transfert de Patrick Vieira dans le club espagnol, selon le quotidien sportif espagnol "As" qui cite la radio espagnole Cadena Ser, souvent bien informée sur le club madrilène. Le président du Real, Florentino Perez, et le vice-président des Gunners, David Dein, ont eu une conservation téléphonique d'où serait né un accord verbal sur le transfert, pour un montant de 35 millions d'euros.
A lire également, Lizarazu, Barthez restent chez les Bleus. Reste à convaincre Zidane...

Partners

FOO NI

02 August 2004

FINALLY

yugop.com is out again and it's kind of ... weird

Wired

Bono Moves to Preempt Thieves
U2's new album was stolen last week. If it shows up online, it'll be rushed out on Apple's iTunes, the band has pledged.

The Lost Boys, how the web is changing advertising habits
"It's not that men 18 to 34 have stopped watching TV," explains David Raines, the Coke VP in charge of divvying up ad money. "But they're doing a lot of other stuff, too" - going online, watching DVDs, playing videogames. "The bottom line is, ad dollars will follow the consumer." [...]
"The business model of television, which is to deliver viewers to advertisers is as troubled as that of the music industry."



Timid Tokyoites Delay IPod Frenzy
Thousands of Japanese shoppers lined up outside Apple's Tokyo store on Saturday morning for a chance to buy a coveted iPod mini -- but were delayed by a pair of camera-shy customers at the head of the line. [...]
The two men, who began queuing at 5 p.m. the day before, were intimidated by the cameras, they said. Refusing to give their names, they said they didn't want their pictures taken as they entered the store. More than 40 reporters from Tokyo's major newspapers and TV stations were positioned just inside the store's front door.


Put a Trainer in Your Pocket
A jogger can now use Bluetooth wireless technology to store data from a road sensor attached to a running shoe. Delivering music while tracking pulse rate, distance and pace, the small devices can shout encouragement like a coach.

Le Monde: "Monsieur le Président, l'Amérique est attaquée"

Comment les plus hautes autorités de l'Etat américain ont vécu la journée du 11 septembre 2001. Récit extrait du rapport de la commission d'enquête officielle.
pubtv.com
Pour se consoler de la disparition de adcritic.com

Torrent de Bit

BitTorrent fait du bruit, et devient LA solution de download du moment? Qui peut nous renseigner un peu sur le côté sécurité/anonymité? Qui utilise?

ipo.google.com

Quelques infos sur l'IPO de la bête.

The Bryant Park Hotel :::::: New York :::::::

Nice graphical site and check the screening room ;-)

Yeeeehaaaaa

Ghost in the shell 2

01 August 2004

George Dublya's hotmail inbox

Quite hilarious ;)
GWB's got mail... and some !

Tyson s'est fait poussiner

The end of an era...

Bush Using Drugs to Control Depression, Erratic Behavior

Although GOP loyalists dismissed the reports an anti-Bush propaganda, the reports were later confirmed by prominent George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. Justin Frank in his book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President. Dr. Frank diagnosed the President as a “paranoid meglomaniac” and “untreated alcoholic” whose “lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from childhood pranks (using firecrackers to explode frogs) to insulting journalists, gloating over state executions and pumping his hand gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad” showcase Bush’s instabilities.