Friday, 16 May 2008

The Slews 5/15- P is for Pooky H is for Hydra

From the top of Microsofts new telescope (*hint its on your computer) to the bottom of the beast that lives inside of each one of us (*hint found in WOW)
Covering this tiny life as we know it 24/7 and without let up….This…Is….The…Slews

P: Good evening Second Nation and here now the Slews!

H: Goede avond en hier nu het nieuws! The Netherlands is one of the top three countries who use SecondLife

P: Microsoft launches a FREE resource, yes can you believe it’s FREE,

H: The news isn’t that Microsoft released a free resource it is what this resource is, this has actually made grown men cry!

P: So have my Microsoft updates!

H: Sky Watch is in effect -Launching its WorldWide Telescope to the astronomy and education communities with the hope that it will inspire and empower people to explore and understand the universe like never before,
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P: Enabling your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe. Watching the sky is now as easy as viewing a Web site and is accessible to everyone with an Internet connection.

H: Yes but do they have a full moon every night like we do & 39 sunsets in a day?

P: Do they even have extra terrestrials like we do?

H: Ground watch, is a geo-broadcasting platform that allows for around the world seat of your pants travel. GPS mapping and ivideo with a platform that promotes exploration and geographical awareness.

P: So you can watch yourself on video watching yourself drive to work? Cool, I don’t even know how to drive. Maybe they can teach me Part of an enterprise 2.0 launchpad ideas competition see more of them at

H: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab will begin pilot testing startup Socialcast’s software The space agency is interested in using Socialcast for knowledge transfer as Apollo-era employees retire.

P: interested in social networking as a way of sharing knowledge as it ramps up its Constellation Program, under which new spacecraft are being developed. Constellation draws from earlier programs such as Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle.

H: Like the Shuttle vehicles themselves, however, many veteran NASA employees are approaching retirement. NASA is hopeful that, with Socialcast their “silos of expertise” will be shared and stored for future generations.

P: U.K. network operator O2 has sold out of its supply of 8-GB and 16-GB iPhones. It has no plans to restock either suggesting that the 3G iPhone will soon be available. But could it Watch a thief?

H: Picture this? In White Plains, N.Y., this week a girl led the police to recover her stolen Mac after she took a picture of the thieves using the laptop’s “Back to My Mac” feature.

P: However If the thief was in the process of using Vidnik to make he getaway movie it might not have worked -

H: Tech and media companies are betting billions of dollars on the as-yet-unproved technology known as WiMax in hopes of the wireless Web

P: Google, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner, Clearwire, and Sprint, just announced a deal that some value at around $12 billion to build a nationwide, high-speed wireless network.

H: Watch out! The cable TV companies are looking for a wireless service to add to their TV-voice-Internet bundle to go against Verizon and AT&T,

P: Google sees this as another avenue for selling ads. Sprint and Clearwire have been big promoters of WiMax, but their on-again, off-again, partnership didn’t have the money or clout to make it happen.

H: : In another deal intended to create a tech services juggernaut, Hewlett-Packard agreed tuesday to acquire outsourcing giant Electronic Data Systems for $13.9 billion.
Nothing but NET!

P: Purdue University’s IT department put together in half a day a campus supercomputer to replace its existing research unit The new machine is estimated to be capable of 60 teraflops per second, or 60 trillion operations,

H: This places the Purdue machine as number 40 on today’s Top 500 computer list., the TeraGrid User Portal is at http//

P: They built it in half a day? It takes me half a day to decide what to wear & then change back into this outfit

H: Nintendo is focusing its latest Wii campaign on women. The newest game, Wii Fit, is a fitness game scheduled to hit stores on May 19 here come the working moms.

P: It will offer 40 activities and exercises, in categories including aerobics, balance, strength training and yoga, Look for ads in bus shelters across the country where people don’t ride their bicycles to work.

H: Court Watch : Bragg sued Linden Lab for property theft after they froze his game account and resold his land, Bragg worked out how to enter URLs on the Second Life site to purchase the virtual land before it entered auction, thereby breaking SL End User Licensing Agreement

P: The court was concerned that the arbitration clause in the EULA was too costly and was such a deterrent that nobody would challenge Linden Labs, and since the court refused to enforce that clause, it continued in court as a settlement.

H: the lesson is in fact your agreement can be too good — if it’s too one-sided the court will just ignore it.” Linden had to make the EULA a bit more flexible.

P: In Familles de France v. Linden Lab. Familles de France complained Second Life gave access to minors to inappropriate content. but Linden Labs prevailed,
“The law states that if this is a platform, the platform isn’t responsible for the content until the platform becomes aware of the content. Then they have to take action.

H: With MMOs for instance, they all seem able to be aware of the illegal activities of their users, but in practice it’s hard to find.

P: According to this news story, a (so far) anonymous hacker was able to somehow mine personal data pertaining to about six million Chileans. The data allegedly was pilfered from government Web sites and posted to show how vulnerable people are.

H: the hacker’s reasoning for the breach and subsequent publishing of the private data was “for the whole world to see … (to) show how unprotected personal data is in Chile …
Gee couldn’t he have just sent an email?

P: Will the social networks live up to their prices? “You can’t have a $15 billion market valuation based on advertising alone,

H: It’s the single most-asked question in this field.

P: Brands too often consider social network campaigns as an extension of their mass media campaigns, Someone get me Accenture on the iPhone

H: Google will launch a set of APIs bundled as “Friend Connect.” And Facebook is launching Facebook Connect, which incidentally also lets people import profile information ao that no matter what new networks people explore, they will use their Facebook profiles Secondface?

P: WordPress was again up - an impressive 162 percent from March ‘07 - increasing its unique audience to 17.3 million.

H: -IRS Rules Electric Sheep’s Second Life Greeters as Part-Time Employees
I actually think that this is an interesting precedent - that part-time workers in a virtual world, and using their own equipment, schedule, and judgment to perform tasks, have been ruled as employees.

P: Watching you die? With $2.6 million the Army plans to develop an avatar-based, 3D training environment for war games hosting thousands of players around the world. Avawar anyone?

H: With a pained look of infinite horror on your face. Image Metrics’ technology is breaking new ground in facial animation for driving more realism into CG faces.

P: & at last! A 3d classroom for the Department of Homeland Security a 3D secure social network for on-line/ virtual world training and education.

H: What if they gave a virtual war and nobody logged on?

P: Make Love not War? Playboy also announced an intent to build its own virtual world sometime this year
Dealing with Knockoffs in Second Life or is SecondLife dealing with knock offs from Playboy?

H: Science in World of Warcraft! There might be no SLURLS for World of Warcraft so You have to make your own way there; on foot, by magical mount or via a flightmaster’s gryphon. The first WOW science conference was proposed by John Bohannon, who creates the Gonzo Scientist feature for the AAAS journal Science, and HE made it happen this past weekend.

P: After running from Grom to the entrance of Booty Bay, the scientists stopped for a photo opp and to celebrate by dancing. The science guild members rode the zepplein and held a meeting in the underground sewer too

H: Although healthcraft amongst the guilds might be a step too inner world for me, papers with very respected & credible members of the VW community can be found here.

P: And last but not least this was said by some CEO about some VW he was planning on bring to market Sometime soon-
“That’s going to be key where we go next,” he explained. “We want the world building the world, but we also want the world to use the world.

H: whatever move you make, whaterver road you take every single day I’ll be watching you. Pooky, is it possible to be an exhibitionist and a voyeur at the same time?

P: Yes watch this show on and find out! And that is The Slews

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