Archive | March 2012

The Future of Social Activism

An interesting article from visualnews via TakePart about The Future of Social Activism.

Some interesting facts are :

  • 7 in 10 American young adults are social activists.
  • 1 in 2 donate time to support the causes he or she cares about.
  • 1 in 3 boycotts or supports a business based on the causes he or she cares about.
  • 1 in 5 participates in a rally or meeting, or contacts their local representative.
  • 3 in 5 are female, and 3 of 5 of all activists are educated and working.

 

The One-Minute Explanation of Einstein’s Most Famous Equation

The One-Minute Explanation of Einstein’s Most Famous Equation: E=mc2

Mozilla – Bringing the Open Web to Mobile Devices

Here is an interesting peace of news – Mozilla is thinking of making an open “Open Web as a platform for mobile devices” as they call it, named Boot to Gecko project.

The Mozilla link of the project is http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/b2g/ and the article from Mozilla wiki about this – https://wiki.mozilla.org/B2G

An interesting first look into this project in on lockergnome website – full link : A (Very) Early Look at Mozilla’s Boot2Gecko Mobile OS .

The answer of an question on Mozilla Wiki make me think …

Is B2G based on Android?

No. B2G uses some of the same low-level building blocks used in Android (Linux kernel, libusb, etc) in order to reduce the burden on ODMs/OEMs to bring up B2G on new hardware. However, B2G is not based on Android, and will not be compatible with the Android stack (in particular B2G will not run Android applications).

 

The highlights of the project, from Mozilla’s side are :

  • New Web Standards – The project will produce an implementation of these new Web standards to free mobile platforms
  • Freedom From Proprietary Mobile Platforms.
  • Opportunities for Developers – Using HTML5 and the new Mozilla-proposed standard APIs, developers everywhere will be able to create amazing experiences and apps.
  • Customization for OEMs & Operators – OEMs and operators will be able to provide content and services across their entire device portfolio, regardless of OS.
  • Consumer Freedom – Consumers who use devices based on the Open Web platform will be able to easily access and download their own content regardless of which OS they use.

This is certainly an interesting project to watch in the future !

Quantic Dream Unveil KARA

David Cage, writer and director at Quantic Dream, has today unveiled a video showcasing the new development technology from the team.

Set in the future, the video shows the story of an android called KARA who experiences human emotions whilst being constructed on a factory line.

More info at http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2012/03/07/quantic-dream-unveil-kara-2/

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Here is another great video from TED :

BackTrack 5 R2 Linux Officially Released

One interesting piece of news is that BackTrack 5 R2 Linux Officially Released.

After months of development, bug fixes, upgrades, and the addition of 42 new tools, we are happy to announce the full release of BackTrack 5 R2 available for download now. Running our custom-built 3.2.6 kernel with the best wireless support available, this is our fastest and best release of BackTrack yet. In the past few weeks, we have had a flood of submissions to our BackTrack Redmine Tracker with submissions for many new tools and dozens of packages that needed to be updated and this has helped to make this one of the strongest releases we’ve ever had.



BackTrack 5 – Penetration Testing Distribution from Offensive Security on Vimeo.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

Another interesting TED talk :

Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

The City of Samba

Tilt shift video of the Carnaval party in Rio de Janeiro.

Made by Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli.
Captured during Carnaval of 2011.



The City of Samba from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

I Paint

Now for a little bit for art.

The Raspberry Pi Launch

Here is a picture of the Raspberry Pi computer :

Here is more info of the tiny computer from http://www.raspberrypi.org/ website.

Model A or Model B?

All of the first units to be produced are the $35 Raspberry Pi Model B. These are the more fully featured versions of the Raspberry Pi. The main difference from the Model A is that they include an Ethernet port, and 2 USB ports.

We’ve been working hard at cost reduction over the last few months, and we’ve been able to make one significant change to the Raspberry Pi lineup. The $25 Model A has been reworked to include 256MB of RAM – double what we were originally planning to offer – and will be going into production immediately.

modelb_blue

We are launching with Model Bs as there has been a much larger demand for them from the community. This first launch is aimed at software and hardware enthusiasts, makers, teachers and others who want to build exciting things with the Raspberry Pi before the official educational launch, which will happen later in 2012.

This means that when we launch into the educational market, there will be an experienced community of people using and making things with the Raspberry Pi. Software will be more mature and free of obvious bugs, and easier for children and educators to use.

And yes, this PC runs Linux !
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