Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Nowadays..we have more great news as food prices are up 3% (according to Edward Lazear - ethanol-only estimate) excuse me ..75% due to biofuels (according to The Guardian) well make your own conclusions..I think we need more studies...
Let's go and get something to eat...
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 01, 2005
As I checked for something to help me forget this crude reality, well I found something interesting in the sky that made me remember when Mr. Robin Williams in the Death Poets Society Film said “Seize the day”.
Now it makes sense: take very minute during 2005 and enjoy it.
This is what I found: NASA group has upgraded asteroid 2004 NM 4 to category 4 on Torino Scale, meaning that now we got a 1/60 chance of having a collision by April 13 2029. Jay Manifold has made some numbers and calculates 1.600 megatons impact with 250.000 casualties should the asteroid impact
Sunday, October 24, 2004
"I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God." ["Albert Einstein: The Human Side",
Sunday, October 17, 2004
- Pros: easy to use interface that is integrated into http://www.google.com/, enable index and search for any type of files including: doc, ppt, xls, txt, pdf, jpg, gif, mp3, Outlook mail files, web history files, favorites, AOL IM, etc., offers options to exclude directories, and the best of all..it is free;
- Cons: security concerns because it is so easy to index and search that your entire computer becomes transparent to other users if you don’t set up minimum security controls; although Google says that they will provide password protection sometime soon. Does not provide thumbnail views for jpg and other graphic formats, it is not possible get more than 10 results per page, and to order results based on other criteria such as files size, type, etc.
Having said that, Google Desktop Search (beta) will be the new killer application on the block, and along with Gmail, the new 1-Gigabyte free mail service originally introduced with the slogan “Don’t throw anything away” and “Search, don’t sort”, are about to set five star prospects for the company. Recent news indicate that for mail Yahoo, Lycos and Spaymac are rising their offers to 1-Gigabyte too, while some IT specialists claim that Google has been giving 1-Terabyte to some users.
The “Storage War” seems to have no limits, and because it depends only on technology limitations and costs per MB we will see storage capacity to grow sky-high for services like e-mail; instead, the real challenge in the “Search Engine Wars” is to set up a new paradigm for the final user, how to search and retrieve contents already lost in our large array of computers and storage media that we use everyday. The most critical issue now, is how to give sense, order and context to the huge amount of information and files, mapping content to ideas and categories by making the computer work and display information not in the linear old-fashioned and folder-like way, but in the "n-dimensional" space that is suitable and unique for our particular minds and thinking process. In few words, the question is: how can computers become transparent extensions of our minds and languages?
Sunday, May 23, 2004
-In the software industry big things take around 5 years to make market impact.
-Processing power with chips now running at 64bit is opening the road for huge memory address space that means more to run apps and new software.
-Increasing use of wireless networks with something called Personal Area Networks using Ultra Wideband instead of more restricted technologies like Bluetooth.
-Using wireless technologies over long distances like the WiMax standard (802.16) with allow massive adoption of broadband Internet access on the consumer side.
-Storage will continue to provide cheaper disk space and is not a limitation.
-Photography will be entirely digital within the next five years.
-Increasing adoption of WI-FI technologies is already a fact. The challenge for households is to have bandwidth for video.
-High definition displays getting cheaper. RFID technologies to improve business abilities to track goods or assests.
-Mobiles phones + better screens resolutions + digital camera + speech recognition + small keyboards + PDA capabilities + GPS sensors will be the standard. Here is what J. Dvorak thinks of convergence.
-Internet advertising increasingly will continue to be boosted by technology and not by M&A activity.
-Digital reading coming with things like: one magazine comes, shows only those articles that the reader likes, and allows to make annotations and to share thoughts with other readers.
-On the business side, enabling employees to organize their works in ways appropriate
to execute their functions instead of being locked in the uniformity of the IT platform.
-Blogging as a new phenomenon where a social network can interact and increase
productivity by simplifying publishing and subscription tasks over an easy to
maintain personal web site. Here are some quite opposite thoughts about what will
happen to blogging: John Dvorak and Dave Pollard.
-Building communities around web sites and products as a way to increase interactions and productivity.
Friday, April 09, 2004
By Abracadabra we signify
An infinite number of things.
'Tis the answer to What? and How? and Why?
And Whence? and Whither? -- a word whereby
The Truth (with the comfort it brings)
Is open to all who grope in night,
Crying for Wisdom's holy light.
Whether the word is a verb or a noun
Is knowledge beyond my reach.
I only know that 'tis handed down.
From sage to sage,
From age to age --
An immortal part of speech!
Of an ancient man the tale is told
That he lived to be ten centuries old,
In a cave on a mountain side.
(True, he finally died.)
The fame of his wisdom filled the land,
For his head was bald, and you'll understand
His beard was long and white
And his eyes uncommonly bright.
Philosophers gathered from far and near
To sit at his feat and hear and hear,
Though he never was heard
To utter a word
But "Abracadabra, abracadab,
Abraca, abrac, abra, ab!"
'Twas all he had,
'Twas all they wanted to hear, and each
Made copious notes of the mystical speech,
Which they published next --
A trickle of text
In the meadow of commentary.
Mighty big books were these,
In a number, as leaves of trees;
In learning, remarkably -- very!
As I said,
And the books of the sages have perished,
But his wisdom is sacredly cherished.
In Abracadabra it solemnly rings,
Like an ancient bell that forever swings.
O, I love to hear
That word make clear
Humanity's General Sense of Things.
Excerpts from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. Credits are from Blackmask Online.
The M&A (Merge & Acquisition) activity also shows a big deal of improvement during March, especially on overseas transactions, with Q1 activity mainly concentrated on Euroland and Emerging Markets (i.e Telefonica offer to acquire BellSouth Latin America, and BBVA to acquire Bancomer).
Similarly, if we look into corporate performance we find global and diversified companies such as GE that recently posted better than expected earnings (of 32 cents per share), with sales coming mainly industrial orders. Immelt (GE CEO) says that future is bright and GE expects double digit earnings next year. Clearly, we are not taking these facts as proxies for global economic improvement, but we must said that something is already happening, despite of the lack of strength of some fundamentals for large economies around the globe.
Sunday, April 04, 2004
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Sunday, February 15, 2004
|"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."
|You are Karl Barth!
You like your freedom, and are pretty stubborn against authority! You don't
care much for other people's opinions either. You can come up with your own fun, and
often enough you have too much fun. You are pretty popular because you let people have their
way, even when you have things figured out better than them.
What theologian are you?
A creation of Henderson
Saturday, February 14, 2004
and accustomed me to his lordship,
that as he seemed harsh to me at first,
so now he seems sweet in my heart.
And so when he takes away my courage,
and my spirits seem to fly away,
then I feel throughout my soul
such sweetness that my face pales,
and then Love holds such power over me,
that he makes my spirits go speaking,
and always calling on
my lady to grant me greater welcome.
That happens to me whenever I see her,
and is so humbling, no one can understand.
Vita Nuova, XXVII, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Could it be possible that the solution is not here on Earth?. Mankind has always wanted to reach the stars. This old romantic idea is hopefully to become part of the solution in the years to come, now that the Mars Express mission from the European Space Agency has confirmed the existence of ice water in Mars. This image contains three
views, from right to left of one region in the southern polar cap: ice (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), and visible light.
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
-Universal Translation: real-time natural language processing tools that allow people to communicate in any language.
-Synthetic Biology: using DNA manipulation to create or alter cell states and responses, building synthetic organs, programming bacteria to create living sensors for almost any purpose, and so on.
-Nanowires: are microscopic wires that allow building small scale solutions, such as medical devices, future Intel processors, and flat panel displays.
-Bayesian Machine Learning: allows programs based on Bayesian probabilistic approaches to process data and deduce dependencies. Possible applications are on robots, building new drugs, gene regulation, Web search engines techniques.
-T-Rays: or terahertz radiation that enable to penetrate materials without the hazards of the X-rays. Applications are on production lines inspection devices, scanners, and identifying skin cancers.
-Distributed Storage: this technology will allow users to manage, store and retrieve data across multiple sites and machines without worrying about location. Using Internet as a filling cabinet for files is the fist step.
-RNAi Therapy: using RNA to treat diseases or gene behavior. Possible applications could be on pharmaceuticals, and special medical therapies.
-Power Grid Control: is a software-based control created by ABB engineering that allows to sample power grids 30 times per second and to determine when adjustments due to peaks, overload, or failures should be made. Power disruptions will be 100 times less likely.
-Microfluidic Optical Fibers: by pumping fluids into optical fibers it is possible to change its physical properties, correct distortions due to material properties, and boost bandwidth of communications. The adoption of this technology will depend on next generation of Internet applications and the associated demand for speed.
-Personal Genomics: the dream of personalized medicine in 3 billion DNA letters. Genetic test to determine the effects of certain drugs are among many possible uses of this technology.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Summary: no big new proposals, unfinished issues, health care and insurance, no steroids, economy doing good??, appeal to conservatives, tax cuts permanent??.
Funny: If you still need more arguments against Bush reelection next November, check this automatic Conspiracy Theory Generator....
Dell success is related to the value and quality delivered by a direct model based on a per-unit inventory system, and with extremely optimized supply chain processes that provide 20% gross margins and 10% operating expenses.