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De la Terre à la Lune, as schnee noticed, is an especially fun bit of furry Flash animation. Very nicely animated. Cerine would enjoy this..

Puzzled as to what resolution independence means for the future of UIs? Here's a good précis.

Track for the day: Indiana, by Elissa Hadley. One to listen to if you're in a Tori Amos mood; a supremely elegant voice.

Say hello to Sailor Dalek. ^_^

Yay! I received one of those letters on behalf of ABC TV, soliciting participation on an unreality show. I was beginning to feel so left out. =:) As sleazily done as you might expect - amongst other tricks, they're harvesting LJ usernames and sending to paid users' livejournal.com forwarding addresses. Of course, that won't work for free users, but what spammer cares about delivery success ratios?

And here's an excellent way of dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses.

I'd known HP made good money off their inkjets and supplies, but apparently, "In fiscal 2005, H-P made more than 80 percent of its $5.6 billion in operating profit from ink and toner supplies".

tursi might like the Video Game Music Quiz.. it's not so much Quizilla/OkCupid as IMDb; an open-ended challenge to identify as much of the music as possible.

"Each music track will have a point value based on the difficulty. Values range from 1 to 9. Difficulty is based on:

- How "popular" the game is
- Where the music appears in the game
- Region of the game

For example, if I post the bonus stage music from Sonic the Hedgehog, it would probably have a value of 3. Many people have played this game, it was released in all regions, but the bonus stage might not be as memorable as say, Green Hill Zone.

You get points for each correct answer, and there will be a few other statistics kept as well. But in the end, your points will determine your ranking."

Now this is a very shiny phone indeed. (Be prepared for the price, on the final page, though)

Here's the natter on Ars Technica's forum regarding the news of Google's CEO joining Apple's board of directors. Myself, I'm inclined to think it doesn't presage anything particularly big, so much as cooperation and an avoidance of stepping on tails.

Would you like to put forward your nominations for idiotic "security" measures? Now you can participate in the Stupid Security Awards:

"Unworkable security practices and illusory security measures do nothing to help issues of real public concern. They only hinder the public, intrude unnecessary into our private lives and often reduce us to the status of cattle.

The airline industry is the most prominent offender, but it is not alone. Consider the UK rail company that banned train-spotters on the grounds of security (e.g. see this article(external). Or the security desk of a US office building that complained because paramedics rushing to attend a heart-attack victim had failed to sign-in. Or the metro company that installed a $20,000 biological weapons/gas detector and placed it openly next to a power plug so terrorists could conveniently unplug the device.

Privacy International is calling for nominations to name and shame the worst offenders. The competition closes on October 31st 2006. The award categories are:

Most Egregiously Stupid Award
Most Inexplicably Stupid Award
Most Annoyingly Stupid Award
Most Flagrantly Intrusive Award
Most Stupidly Counter Productive Award"

I'm sure avon_deer can come up with one or two nominations.. ^_^



Orpheus

0% Extroversion, 66% Intuition, 55% Emotiveness, 90% Perceptiveness

You are an artist, an aesthete, a sensitive, and someone who has never really let go of that childlike innocence. To you, all of life has a sense of wonder in it, and the story of Orpheus was written about someone just like you.

When the Argo passed the island of the Sirens, Orpheus played a song more beautiful than the Sirens to prevent the crew from becoming enticed. When his wife died, he ventured into the underworld to charm Hades but, in his naivete, he looked back becoming trapped there.

You can capture your unique world view and relate it to others with the skill of a master storyteller. Your sensitivity and creativity make you a treasure to the human race, but your thin-skinned nature and innocence can cause you a lot of disenchantment and pain. What's doubly unfortunate is that, if you try to lose those traits, you never will, and everyone will be able to tell that you're putting up an artificial shell to prevent yourself from being hurt.

Famous people like you: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Mr. Rogers, Melville, Nick Tosches
Stay clear of: Icarus, Hermes, Atlas




Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


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The phone's certainly nice... although it's somewhat disappointing that camera phones have higher resolutions than my regular (old) digicam now. >_>

The "how to deal with jehova's witnesses" thing is cute, though. :) Now only if I had breasts...
It's pretty impressive - and they do seem to be taking the resolution seriously, rather than plopping in a 6MP sensor beneath a 2¢ blob of a plastic lens. That half-second delay does sound a bit awkward, though.. not a problem unique to that, it seems, with a lot of digicams having distinctly noticeable pauses between triggering the shot and the photo actually being taken. (Not sure why that would be - I'd've thought the camera would simply slurp the data off the sensor immediately, then set about applying any necessary correction and compression)

As for the latter - well, that can reasonably easily be taken care of, with the application of a suitable fee. ^_^
Yeah... my camera does that, too. I'm not sure if it's half a second or less, but it *is* a noticeable delay, which is quite annoying. And yes, I can't think of a technical reason, either, but it wouldn't be the first time that a product is deliberately crippled to make more expensive alternatives look better.

And yeah, I probably could undergo SRS to get breasts, but I'd much rather want the ability to switch between sexes at will. I'd love to be a woman, but I don't want to give up being a man, either. :)
It's quite puzzling.. maybe I should try sniffing around the web, and see if it's explained somewhere. I get the impression it's quite a prevalent problem, even on expensive units - reps seem very pleased when they can announce a nearly instantaneous photo. If it were a matter of CCDs being slow to read (but not so slow video cameras don't work?), that'd mean that much longer an exposure time, which obviously isn't the case. Agh, now I'm going to have to find out. ^_^;

Very good point. ^_^ I've long thought it'd be fun to be able to just casually flip genders. Or even, at least, be able to choose which way one's puberty leads. (I recall one bit in The Ballad of Halo Jones featuring someone who'd indulged in the then-trivial process of gender flipping way too many times, and wound up not only androgynous - and nothing wrong with that! - but also effectively cursed to be virtually unnoticeable by anyone else. Sie had so little "presence" any longer that people literally didn't even notice hir being there in the same room. Of course, sometimes, it can be useful to be able to go about one's business unnoticed.. =:)

The future of genetic engineering is, I fancy, going to be quite interesting.
It probably is going to be, yes - although it's hard to say whether it'll actually help people, since it seems to me that so far, you can only change an organism's genes prior to creating it. In other words... switching your gender will probably never be an easy process, and even if huge advances are made so that it *will* be easy, you still won't be able to do it yourself, at will.

Ah well.

As for cameras... yes, it might be interesting to try and find out. Reading the CCD data *might* have to do with it, but then, if you look at the transfer rates of modern bus architectures, you'll often find that they're able to transfer tens, if not hundreds of GB of data per second. And even though you may not be able to put the fastest (=most expensive) bus into a camera, both for technical reasons (space, power consumption etc.) as well as financial ones, reading a CCD should still be near instantaneous, especially if it's not a large one.

And the fact that there *are* cameras that don't have this delay proves that the technology is neither out of reach nor unaffordable. :)