Microsoft that is hard on the heels of Google following in Skype’s footsteps. By acquisition of Teleo in this case. No mention of Skype in the news story. Messenger has all the components in place already I guess. VoiP has been easy for ages. All Skype brought to it was Kazaa’s P2P networking, and a […]
Entries from August 2005
1 August 31, 2005 at 6:41pm by Psybertron
0 August 31, 2005 at 6:18pm by Psybertron
Wow, younger son’s A-Level re-mark has just come through in double-quick time. His Biology B is now upgraded to an A. That’s 5 grade A’s ! So back on for first choice University place after all. Great news. Sounds like the University were really pleased too – which is nice for him.
2 August 30, 2005 at 11:48pm by Psybertron
Is the working title of Sam Norton’s book. Sam provided a link to the drafts of chapters 1 and 2, and I’ve written a commentary so far, and posted it here. I guess the reason Sam suggested I read it is that is covers a lot of material I’ve blogged about. I remember in a […]
0 August 30, 2005 at 6:19pm by Psybertron
I’ve no wish to clutter up Sam’s blog with my atheist comments, so I’ve brought the link here to make my comment. OK OK you win, I have to read Wittgenstein Sam Says [Quote] In Remarks on Colour, §317, Wittgenstein writes: “When someone who believes in God looks around him and asks ‘Where did everything […]
2 August 29, 2005 at 4:46am by Psybertron
Met two MoQ’ers last week, Horse (custodian of MoQ-Discuss) and Sam (Elizaphanian Blog). With Horse, discussed the state and politics of MoQ discuss, (post the MoQ Conference and the “Loggins” hoax), and mainly his plans to update the technology to allow individuals to manage their subscription profiles, and work with multiple forum areas for different […]
8 August 25, 2005 at 6:37pm by Psybertron
Link to a movie I’d not heard of, picked up from Ronelle in the Sam Harris “Politics of Ignorance” discussion thread. (In fact I see Sam Harris has some commercial involvement in the film, and Dawkins provides a commentary too. Can’t see what the existence or otherwise of Jesus has to do with it, mind […]
3 August 25, 2005 at 3:59pm by Psybertron
Why would Google want to get into this messaging / telephony / VOIP space ? I’m a big fan of Google as you know, but puzzled by Google’s recent round of financing – putting up more shares for sale, not just to finance development but also operating expenses the story read. So despite being the […]
2 August 24, 2005 at 9:14pm by Psybertron
As I was in the Opposite Aphorisms post below … here is a link to Steve Johnson’s latest book “Why Everything Bad Is Good For You“, linked from Euan Semple’s blog. I assume this is the same Steve Johnson as in Lakoff and Johnson ? Looks worth a look. Looks like pure Dynamic Quality. Almost […]
0 August 24, 2005 at 8:44pm by Psybertron
Interesting post from Digital Dust (Dan Dixon ?) via Piers. The gist is about the difference between “teams” and “organisations”. His title is “Many hands make light work, but too many cooks spoil the broth.” two aphorisms that seem to say the opposite, but in fact express the fact that there is an optimum size […]
0 August 24, 2005 at 8:30pm by Psybertron
Interesting idea, very like the core of the EPISTLE Templates implementation architecture. Micro-Formats are small re-usable pieces of semantic (intended to mean something to a human first, machine second) where each may conform to any appropriate existing standard, but which can be re-used and assembled into larger messages and applications. Via Monkey Magic, where Piers […]
0 August 24, 2005 at 7:53pm by Psybertron
A recurring interest of mine, this is a blog of that name, linked by Ray Girvan. This particular story about natural antibiotics that can beat MRSA super-bugs, debunked with some simple genetic evolution facts. Will add Bad Science to the side-bar blogroll.
0 August 24, 2005 at 7:39pm by Psybertron
And Information is no different. Not even worth blogging says Gimbo. Computing Review quotes from 1987 and 1990 about the ubiquity of information and the independance of its issues from the technology. In fact the march of technology is simply making tensions in how information is understood by society all the greater, not easier.
2 August 24, 2005 at 6:11pm by Psybertron
Seems the Loggins paper at the MoQ Conference (and Loggins himself) was a hoax, a parody perpetrated by Glenn Bradford and Struan Hellier. Damned by faint praise in my own report (fortunately), in fact the parody, in the paper itself and in Glenn’s description of the hoax, can only be seen as a valuable addition […]
2 August 23, 2005 at 5:23pm by Psybertron
Strange set of connections materialised whilst I was reading Barbara Tuchman’s “The March of Folly”, hope you’re following this … I’m reading Tuchman’s March of Folly, because I recalled (incorrectly) Charles Handy recommending it as the best management text book ever written, making all the others redundant. (In fact it was Warren Bennis’ recommendation, Handy’s […]
0 August 19, 2005 at 8:04pm by Psybertron
Oh well, time to pack-up ready for the trip home. Only a brief stop at Changi this time, so probably no further posts until back in Reading during Monday. Bye folks.
4 August 19, 2005 at 8:02pm by Psybertron
Younger son did 5 (five) a-level (UK high school) exams and got his results yesterday. Got 4 grade A’s and a B, and was only 4 marks in a few hundred away from an A in the B subject as well. Absolutely fantastic, the undoubted effort paid off. However, the B was in the subject […]
0 August 19, 2005 at 5:05pm by Psybertron
As I was with Tebbit in the preceeding post, sadly I see Mo Mowlem has passed away. I’m reminded from the links in the story she, like I, supported Claire Short after her resignation over the Iraq invasion, which strangely due to its timing created exactly the opposite reaction to Robin Cook’s. Cook put his […]
1 August 19, 2005 at 4:53pm by Psybertron
Old Norman tells it like it is again. Ordinarily this would so politically incorrect and divisive had not Salman Rushdie already paved the way.
0 August 19, 2005 at 12:53pm by Psybertron
In preparation for writing some synthesis of Davids Deutsch and Chalmers’ work, I was updating my earliest links to quantum information (Deutsch and Josephson), and see that Deutsch’s QuBit Centre for Quantum Computation home page is now a Blog. Intriguing, after my summary of Deutsch’s four main threads in the Fabric of Reality as * […]
0 August 19, 2005 at 8:56am by Psybertron
Gary Neville says “Any repeat of England’s 4-1 defeat in Denmark would see them fail to qualify for the World Cup.” Doh!
1 August 18, 2005 at 5:03pm by Psybertron
I’m very close to finishing “The Conscious Mind – In Search of a Fundamental Theory” by David Chalmers. Everything except his review of Quantum Physics, over which I skimmed ahead to get a feel for the scope he’s addressing. I find myself in a very strange state, skimming some sections forwards and backwards, returning to […]