Archive for November, 2007

Music: Deutsche Grammophon starts online shop

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The highly reputable Deutsche Grammophon has tonight started to provide many of its classic music recordings as MP3 downloads.

Like its parent company, Universal Music Group that already earlier this year has begun offering music recordings without digital rights management protection, Deutsche Grammophon will provide the downloads DRM free through its online shop called “DG web shop”.

The store currently offers about 2,400 albums including 600 out-of-print CDs as high quality 320 kbps (vs. 128-192 kbps standard rate) MP3s. You can download complete works, individual tracks or whole albums…

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Cartoon: So the UN was right about Global Warming…

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Great cartoon by “Jack Ohman” at Washington Post’s “Slate magazine”…

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Data visualization: Supercities of the 21st century

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Have a look at the 19.20.21 (19 cities in the world with 20 million people in the 21st century) web site.

It introduces a study on key aspects of the phenomenon of supercities. The project is managed by Richard Wurman who is also the author of one of the most stylish fact-books called “Understanding USA“. Already included are a few pages on the development of the world’s largest cities from 1000 to 2005…

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A new type of spam

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Everybody who runs a web site or blog knows what I’m talking about – SPAM
To us it is a continuous phenomenon that people are clogging the web with nonsense like this.

Pharmaceuticals, enhancements of your body parts, people doing things in front of cams you name it…

But luckily there is help around and I’m sure almost anybody is using spam filters today. We for example receive an average of about 1,000 smd (spam messages per day) these days – our “record day” was beyond 10,000 – but hey it takes one click and they are gone.

But now there are some new types of messages coming around of which we would like to highlight two:

The first one (pictured below) uses a cop/paste legitimate text from documents or books to look like a normal comment. Well two things: First the text normally is not related to the post – bye-bye. Second, if you have a closer look you might realize that its just cut out from a document…

The second one is potentially more dangerous…

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Quote of the day: Trouble

To all of you who still remember humanistic ideas and believe that ethics differentiate us from the hairy things living on trees, may today be a long time jubilee for you or not… ..if trouble’s coming your way, just keep on smiling and say – it will not matter – a hundred years from today… [...]


How to get your lobster dancing

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Many believe sharks are just killing machines, but apparently they have feelings too.
Some researchers at “Sea Life Center” in Germany were trying to find out how to get them into a “cuddly mood”. With many people candle light dinners and the right music does the job.

Well we don’t know about the candles but the researchers are playing music to them and it seems to work.

So what’s high up on the shark charts…

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