Thursday, December 22, 2011
The New York Post have reported that Roger Waters will marry his fiancee film maker Laurie Durning before the 2012 Wall Tour commences on 27th January 2012. Laurie told the paper, "It just seems like a good time to do it before the tour."
The couple are shopping for a new engagement ring to replace one Durning lost in London after Waters proposed to her. Durning says sheâll only have close friends at a âprivate and low-keyâ ceremony so there will be nothing too lavish or tacky!
This will be Roger's 4th marriage after he married Judy Trimm 1968 to 1975, Carolyne Christie 1976 to 1992 and Pricilla Phillips who he met at the Berlin Wall concerts between 1993 and divorced at some point later that I do not know of.
Congratulations Roger Waters and Laurie Durning!
Google's Andy Rubin has stated this week that the platform is now seeing 700,000 activations per day. The Android Chief posted the figure on his Google+ account.
In May, the company revealed 400,000 devices were being activated daily, which jumped to 500,000 in June and then 550,000 in July.
Overall, Google has activated over 220 million Android devices, in total. The figure jumped from 100 million in June.
Major rival Apple said in October that there had been over 250 million iOS devices activated. Android should surpass that in the next few months.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Whatever Michael Bay uses to propel that "high-concept" imagination of his, he's obviously passed some of it to the boys at NASA's Goddard Space Flight center. A team there is developing a hollow-bodied harpoon that can be fired from a cannon toward comets too dangerous to land on. Once landed, it fills up with sub-surface samples before winched back aboard the waiting space craft. It's currently being tested by firing the harpoon (using a six foot ballista) into a bucket of dirt -- if they fired it horizontally it'd travel about a mile. After the break we've got video explaining this madness in some detail -- which we promise is Aerosmith-ballad free.
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Sunday, December 4, 2011
|There are a ton of Sysinternals tools for troubleshooting and non-troubleshooting. If you want a collection of troubleshooting tools (very helpful if you’re working outside your PC network at a friends house, a business you’re helping/working for etc.), then you can download the Windows Systinternals Suite. This suite is regularly updated and currently sits at a whopping ~13MB:|
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|Yahoo Messenger flaw is unpatched.|
The zero-day flaw allows remote attackers to mess with users' status messages. It affects Yahoo Messenger right up to the recently-released 188.8.131.52-us version.
Bitdefender security researchers warned that this type of attack is dangerous due to basic trust principles. Your friends and family see your status update, and if it contains an innocent looking link, they would be a lot more likely to click-through than if they just received unsolicited spam.
The flaw is exploited when the rogue attacker simulates sending a file to a targeted user. The bogus file transfer tricks Messenger into loading an iFrame which then changes the status message to whatever the attacker wants it to be.
The iFrame comes over as a regular message from another Yahoo Instant Messenger user, even if the user isn't in the victim's contact list.
You should change your Yahoo Messenger settings to ignore people not on your contact list if you are worried about being targeted, but that won't stop your friends status messages from being changed, so stay vigilant.
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Charter bumps broadband to 100 Mbps
Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Dec 2011 11:15
Charter boosts broadband speeds.
In areas where Charter Communications has deployed DOCSIS 3.0 technology (95 percent of its Internet service areas), the company is increasing the download and upload speeds of its broadband packages at no additional costs to customers.
The Charter Internet Express package will bump download speed from 12 Mbps to 15 Mbps, and increase upload speed from 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. Charter Internet Plus download speeds, previously set at 18 Mbps download and 2Mbps upload, will be bumped to 30 Mbps and 4 Mbps, respectfully.
The fastest residential offering from Charter was 60 Mbps download. It will now be bumped to 100 Mbps, with 5 Mbps upload speed, and renamed as Charter Internet Ultra100.
"The Internet is changing the way we watch TV, communicate with our friends and family, and engage in social and professional networks. When you're posting content online, we know it's important to have a fast, reliable connection, and we're committed to enabling the rapid sharing of content," said Rich DiGeronimo, Charter Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy.
"With multiple connected devices in your home, you don't have to make tradeoffs with Charter Internet. You can use multiple gadgets simultaneously, and enjoy a rich experience with each one. The power of the Internet continues to grow, and Charter delivers more speed than ever."
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tidings: One thing I’ve noticed is that, given your love of wine and Alex’s love of wine, I don’t notice any wine references in your songs. Since Neil is the lyricist, can I assume that he’s not a wine buff?Click HERE to read the entire article.
Lee: He loves wine and he loves food. He’s not as mental as I am, but he’s always happy to come out and eat and drink with us. He also loves to cook. But he’s got so many interests I don’t know if he would have room to become a serious wine nut.
Thanks to reader Amy Lee Myer-Seaman for passing along the news.
Microsoft's SUR40 Surface shipping in early 2012 for $8400
Samsung has put the Microsoft Surface SUR40 up for pre-order on their website. The second-generation Surface device is less bulky than the original and features a 40-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.
The 4-inch thin device is powered by an AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core processor that operates at 2.9GHz alongside an AMD HD6750M GPU with DirectX 11 support. Additional hardware includes a 320GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 100 / 1000 Ethernet and a Realtek audio chip, all running Windows 7 Professional x64. Average power consumption is listed at 200 watts. The display can track more than 50 simultaneous touch points thanks to a technology called PixelSense.
Owners can configure the SUR40 in a number of different ways – using it as a table, hanging it on the wall with the VESA mount or embedding it into a wall or custom enclosure.
Microsoft’s original Surface was announced in 2007 and reached the first set of customers in 2008. Those customers typically include business partners with optimal use found in hospitality environments like restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues. Notable appearances include MSNBC using the Surface during the 2008 US presidential election and on EXTRA! Entertainment news.
Microsoft first demoed the SUR40 at the 2011 CES in January but had to delay the release for a full year as they worked to correct software issues. It is currently available for pre-order in 23 different countries including the US and is expected to ship early next year for $8,400.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions
28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,
2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km.
All credit goes to them. I intend to upload a FullHD-version presently.
HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.
All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible,
avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original
footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.
Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by scape Publishing / Universal
janjelinek.com | faitiche.de
Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
Editing: Michael König | koenigm.com
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
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Posted on: Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:02 PM
Author: Nate Kay
Subject: Awesome View From Space Time-Lapse
|This is awesome. Description link.|
“Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.”
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
Black Sabbath Announce New Album Produced by Rick Rubin
Reunited band to tour in the fall and headline Download Festival in JuneComment 11
By Steve Baltin
November 11, 2011 2:45 PM ET
Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward of Black Sabbath are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As expected, the four original members of Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward – announced today they will reunite and tour in 2012, including a headlining set at the Download Festival in June. The surprise news was that the reunion will include a new album, produced by Rick Rubin, due next fall.
Host Henry Rollins, who introduced himself at the famed Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip as the "press liaison," talked about the impact of the band, both generally and in his own life.
"I was a very alienated young person," Rollins said, "and when I heard Black Sabbath I realized my life had a soundtrack. I realized there were people out there using music to make great statements. When I heard 'Iron Man,' high school became powerless over me. This is true outsider music."
Then Rollins brought Rubin and the four Sabbath bandmates to the Whisky stage, where they'd played 41 years earlier to the day. Rollins hosted a Q&A before the band answered questions from the assembled press corps.
"Why now?" Rollins began. Osbourne summed it up: "It's just time," he said. Those sentiments were echoed by Iommi, who said, "It’s now or never. We get along great. Everything’s really good."
The band also credited Rubin's persistence for helping get them back in the studio. "He phoned us every five minutes," Iommi joked.
"I’ve known Rick for many years," Osbourne added. "He wanted to do it a long time ago."
With the album and tour not due until next fall, it's clearly early in the process. But the quartet has begun rehearsing. Rubin said it sounds like the four guys in Black Sabbath getting together and playing, and Butler agreed.
"It’s really back to the old Sabbath style and sound," he said.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/black-sabbath-announce-new-album-produced-by-rick-rubin-20111111#ixzz1dSGickLG
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
|Today the headlines are all about Dropbox, and how the fast-rising company turned down an offer from Steve Jobs, who called the file storage and sharing service “a feature, not a product”. Precisely.|
Dropbox has been getting a lot of headlines lately, as has iCloud, the “feature” that Apple built into iOS5. Forbes is featuring Dropbox and company founder Drew Houston on its cover this month, as the company just finished a $250 million round of funding, with a valuation placed at $4 billion. Dropbox has 50 million users, with a new one added “every second”, and with its freemium model (a free entry tier with additional storage available for a monthly price), Houston told Forbes that even if it didn’t add a single user next year, its revenues would double (from around $240 million this year).
Interestingly, in a video “chat” among Forbes editors, in part discussing Dropbox’s potential competitors, smaller companies, Apple’s iCloud, and a potential move into the space by Google are all seen as threats, but Microsoft and SkyDrive aren’t even mentioned:
[youtube http://youtube.com/w/?v=d9PfBkm618w] to view the video on YouTube.
If you’ve been following along at home, you know that we’ve long been fans of, and been frustrated by Microsoft’s cloud storage story, specifically SkyDrive. Two years ago, at PDC 09, we spoke casually to a couple of Microsoft PMs who argued against allowing users to be able to do precisely what Dropbox does with SkyDrive, that is, provide a client to make moving files to the cloud easy and seamless. At that time, the feeling was that it would simply cost too much money to provide storage at the scale that a Microsoft service would need, with little in the way in revenue in return. We felt at the time it was a shortsighted approach, and now we’re watching as Dropbox and iCloud move in on what should be SkyDrive’s territory.
SkyDrive should be on every device, and maybe the addition of Skype to Microsoft will push other services like SkyDrive to fully embrace a cross platform model. It should be simple and straightforward to drag and drop files from anywhere “up into the cloud”, and to get them back again, from anywhere. Sync, with Windows Live Mesh, should play a significant role, making it even easier. There shouldn’t be limits on what you can store (sharing is a bit of a different story, due to copyright complications), with a simple tiered service, hopefully one that well undercuts Dropbox and iCloud.
Now you may note that Microsoft recently introduced Live Connect, which allows third parties to programmatically access SkyDrive, but that’s not the same thing. We don’t want to have to build our own client, or to have a third party in the way of our connecting to the cloud. We just want to use a native service, seamlessly.
Microsoft does not have a compelling consumer service. Oh, they have Hotmail, and they’re working hard on cleaning up their self-inflected messes there. And yes there’s Messenger, which seems to be in some kind of Skype induced limbo. They have Windows Phone, but it looks to remain a distant third (if that) for the foreseeable future. Office 365 is a small business play. Windows Live has been left, like almost everything Microsoft touches, to founder, with no significant updates to Windows Live Essentials in almost two years. Skype may be the closest thing Microsoft has now to a consumer hit, but it’s only been a few days since the deal closed, and could be a long time before Skype and Microsoft are considered one and the same.
SkyDrive is Microsoft’s big chance, and maybe last chance, to capture some hearts and minds in the consumer space. Coupled with Windows Live Mesh (which we’ve heard little about either, except for some lame trickery about syncing your desktop backgrounds in Windows 8. Who needs that? What we need is seamless files synchronization across devices and across platforms), SkyDrive has all the pieces in place to blow the doors off the competition, yet Microsoft drives their consumer offerings with one foot firmly on the brake.
The market wants, needs actually, to hear loud and clear what SkyDrive has to offer, or Microsoft will find itself chasing Dropbox and iCloud, and even GDrive, the same way that it’s chasing iPhone and Android, Facebook and Twitter and Google +, the iPad, and Gmail. This isn’t about when “Microsoft is ready to share”, the market needs to hear now, or it will soon be too late, again.
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