The co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol, the digital alphabet used in communications among devices connected to the Net, is persuaded to be able to make a revised version of the same standard work in space between the planets of the Solar System, and maybe even beyond. Vinton “Vint” Cerf, who nowadays is vice-president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, works far-back on the extension of network communications beyond the Earth atmosphere.
UPDATE: As largely expected, the censorial axe of Disney has knocked down on the bootleg available on YouTube. Not that this matters: I’ve updated the post with the the same video hosted on a Russian portal, and the .flv file available on Sir Arthur’s Den server is always in its place.
ComiCon International 2008, an event full of comics, animations and videogames that took place during the last week-end in San Diego, reserved a couple of stunning surprises for those inflexible with quality popular movies, a type of entertainment that counts, beside pop-corn, also on directors, actors and ideas above the usual mud supplied by the majors which then complain about of being (rightly) on the edge of bankruptcy.
In the sad scenery of an absolute lack of conventions generally recognized among the antivirus and antimalware manufacturers, at least one standard does exist. An anchor that takes the official name of EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File and means to provide, as it’s easy to conclude, a universally valid tool to evaluate the normal working of whatever malicious software protection.
Looking at the last news coming out from the interactive entertainment market, the title couldn’t be more suitable: according to unconfirmed rumors Sony would have delayed the PS3 debut of a renowned futuristic racing saga for speeding and too much light effects, while Capcom executives have stated the strong will to not to skimp on blood gushes and assorted guts availability in the next chapter of the survival horror par excellence. At the cost of being unable to sell it to teenagers.
Google Blogger, the blogging platform available since 1999 has turned into a privileged spreading tool for computer infections, going as far as hosting 2% of all the malware currently circulating through the connected world. So say Sophos security enterprise, that with numbers in its hands raises the alarm and states that the fault is not entirely of Google. Maybe.
Profiting by the summer heat and by a positive astral conjuncture, Stefano “TheSparker” Conte has resumed work on his comics, has granted a deserved vacation to Tired Mask (which doesn’t engage himself too much yet, to say the truth) and has decided to bring forward the still embryonic series of Myth Clots.
Flash memories of the next future, or rather what many recognize as the Holy Grail of digital storage within a few years. A technology that would like to sweep away the “old” magnetic induction hard disks by replacing them with drives full of programmable chips, faster and less power expensive. A solution that, insofar as available for years, is still colliding with serious limitations. Limitations that now, it’s announcing, will be overcame soon thanks to the adoption of futuristic solutions.
The most important cultural institute of the USA returns to deal with two of the hot topics of archiving and preservation of contents in digital format, namely the anti-copy and anti-user technologies best known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) measures and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the States law on copyright that makes illegal the circumvention technologies of the above said DRM.
Italy, Central Station of Milan, year 2008. The passengers of railway transport managed by the State owned company Ferrovie dello Stato risk to lose their life when they take a train. An Eurostar train, too, that should represent the technology excellence of the Italian passengers transportation and it seems to leak from everywhere instead. Exactly like the failing FS.
As a post-rock group like it has always been considered, the English band of Yorke & fellows has a strong sense of experimentation toward the discovery of new territories, be they artistic or merely technological. The experiment of In Rainbows, the album offered on-line in digital format with free price or even equal to zero has deeply shaken a recording market embalmed as usual, and now Radiohead return to charge with a new “first time”, the hi-tech videoclip taken from one of the In Rainbows tracks.
Flags halfway down for the old caryatids still relying on an operative system that calling historic isn’t enough: voices from within the Microsoft circle let us know that, with the mourning in its heart, the company will release no more Windows for Workgroups 3.11 licences to customers of the embedded channel starting from the 1st of November.
This post is filed under Science and Technology, but it should be present in a transversal category that I should call “Pessimism and Scarce sense of ludicrous”. The pessimism is mine, the scarce sense of ludicrous is the one of the politicians that in Italy talk about energy like of a very rich banquet for failed or failing companies, containers of bribes for the “ruling class” rotten to the core.
The Polish producer/publisher CD Projekt have had the nice idea of focusing two great trends of the PC gamers community, the one majority (digital delivery) and the other marginal (retrogaming) to build up a new business, that should turn real for the next September under the appearances of GOG.com, acronym meaning for Good Old Games.
I’m an atheistic, and I don’t complain. I feel disgust for the TV, and I don’t complain. The problem is that in the Italy of 2008 there are so many watching TV yet, and in my life I’ve never been able to have a decent talk with someone mantled of his own faith in some sort of religion or preternatural deity without the feeling of beein ragged or, worse, treated like a pariah by which feels like an holder of a superior truth.
This time I’m not talking about old (and always attractive!) corpses of emulation like Model 2 Emulator and ePSXe, but about actively developed projects released in their corresponding updated versions during the last few days. Projects like MAME, the emulators Borg which assimilates and annihilates everything, like MESS, which would like to do the same with home machines emu and like Raine, small but combative emulator optimized for a limited number of systems.
It’s the same old story: when a technology can offer one more dimension to entertainment, information and fruition of assorted services to citizens this suddenly becomes the arch-enemy of the status quo, an element potentially capable of destabilizing a cultural tradition, or perhaps a simple habit, which was lasting for years, decades or centuries.
Gone by the mass hysteria of the launch period of new version of the Mozilla browser, the world record of the 8 millions of downloads in a single day (8,002,530, to be accurate) and the growing number of the above said downloads that stands still to camp as a trophy on the Spread Firefox homepage, I think it would be perhaps useful to calm down and reason on why maybe it’s the case, for who makes use of the web not only because it’s “cool” and chic, to wait and ponder before enthusiastically embracing the third main release of the red panda browser.
In the unlimited panoply of web appliances Google
is administering is offering to his users, Google Maps is the one that traditionally I’ve never found very much useful. Since I’ve moved to Bologna, however, I’ve got the opportunity to value it much more, by using it, other than for the search for shops, services and more, as a street map with dynamic contents for collecting the progresses in my job hunting.
For who already knows about him, our “hero” is a consolidated passion which doesn’t need any other consideration. For the others I think it would be proper a short presentation worthy of the fame of the most anticonventional hero ever delivered by a cartoonist mind…
When I confessed to him the will to open my own blog, Paolo De Andreis - accountable director for Punto Informatico - kindly offered to me the availability of the zine’s servers to let me have my own domain and with extremely favorable conditions too. I decided straightway to refuse and open an on-line space on a foreign server because, putting it into simple and straight terms, as I see it Italy isn’t a civil country neither outside nor inside the Net and the facts of the last days confirm this.