Archive for November, 2011

Internet: The Great Firewall of the USA – Stop SOPA before it is too late

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On November 16th, Congress is holding hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.

If this bill passes it certainly will be the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history. The House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA soon, but has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and others who oppose the bill.

If this bill passes, the Internet and free speech will never be the same. And so will U.S. society and the Internet industry as a whole. In the U.S. where this industry in total is larger than energy, agriculture, communication, mining or utilities, this bill will put innovation and thousands of small to mid-size companies at risk….

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Advertising: Dear Silvio by RyanAir

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Advertising as we like it – funny, greatly executed and with high current relevance to make most people smile.

RyanAir with a new ad shown on their web site is offering Silvio Berlusconi “another possibility to escape“.

In difference to about 10%+ of his colleagues in the Italian parliament who are already convicted criminals, Silvio Berlusconi has during the last years successfully used his financial and political powers to shield away any criminal prosecution from himself by new laws and delay tactics – at least as long he stays in power and that now might soon be changing…

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Technology: The Biped Robot on a bike

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There are quite a few tasks that for humans seem to be very simple and do happen nearly automatically, but for robots and their creators these have turned out to be rather challenging. Walking, running, balancing things and of course bicycling are some of those tasks.

Now here’s a robot with two legs riding on a bicycle…

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Guy Fawkes Night 2011

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Tonight it is the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes’ night the 406th – and celebrations of this event are becoming more and more lively particularly in the UK.

Sign of the time?

“…Remember, remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot…”

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