Saturday, February 24, 2007

An easier way to understand and explain Net Neutrality is just one click away...

Don't understand Net Neutrality? Do understand Net Neutrality, but haven't come up with a compact yet lucid explanation suitable for your non-technical friends? Not to worry, SaveTheInternet has come to the rescue with a video that's clear and to the point. Watch the video. Sign the petition. Tell your friends.




qv: Save the Internet

via: Cory & Lessig

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

MTV and friends to appear on Joost

First Viacom tells Google to take all of their stuff off of YouTube, and then a few days later announces they have a deal with Joost...

MTV will offer shows including LagunaBeach, Beavis & Butthead, Real World, Punk'd and My Super Sweet Sixteen,while COMEDY CENTRAL will feature episodes from Stella, CCP's and FreakShow. Nickelodeon, CMT: Country Music Television, MTV2, Logo, Spike TV,mtvU, and Gametrailers.com will also provide content. VH1's offeringswill include episodes of Flavor of Love, Surreal Life, and I Love NewYork. BET's Networks' offerings will include some of its biggest shows,including Beef, DMX: Soul of a Man, Comic View and recent smash hitAmerican Gangster. Also, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage andParamount Classics will be providing full-length feature films from its catalog of classics and recent releases.

qv: Joost

Monday, February 19, 2007

Scrabble robot plays dirty....

Greetings Your Day listeners! Here is a bit more about that Scrabble playing robot we mentioned today...
ScrabbleBeating people at Scrabble is already no contest for computer programs, which can easily memorise entire dictionaries. Now a Scrabble-playing program has gone one better by playing dirty.

Developed by Eyal Amir, an assistant professor and PhD candidate Mark Richards, from the Department of Computer Science at Illinois, the program is able to predict which letter tiles other players hold, and use this information to choose moves which block a high-scoring word that an opponent might otherwise have played. This aggressive gaming style gives it the edge over previous Scrabble programs, which focus solely on maximising their own scores.


qv: College of Engineering | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Winner of the Turing Prize, Fred Brooks to speak at Clemson University tonight

Using examples of cathedrals, nuclear submarines, software, and business, Dr. Fred Brooks explores the role of individuals and groups in the design of creative and complex systems. Dr. Brooks founded the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1960s. In 1999, he received the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) A. M. Turing Award, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computing." He was awarded the prize for significant contributions to computer architecture, operating systems and software engineering. In 1985 he was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology. Dr. Brooks coined the term "computer architecture" and was project manager for the development of the IBM Corporation's System/360 family of computers and Operating System/360 software. He is well known for his classic 1975 work The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, which is still used in classrooms today.


When and Where:
6:00, Monday, February 19th, Tillman Hall Auditorium (clock tower) at Clemson University . Refreshments in the Tillman Hall lobby, 5:30.



Charge: Free, open to the public

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Video: February News and Meeting Information




This is the Google Video version of the February video update.
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For both versions of the video, I'd like to thank Champion Communications for producing the videos. They did a bang up job.


Watch the High Fidelity WMV at the GSATC website: GSATC-TV - February Video Update

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Video: Star Trek Cribs - The Director's Cut



Sure, it's an ad for Star Trek on G4TV, but it's still very clever and quite funny.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Welcome "Your Day" listeners -- The stuff about Spoke

Greetings to today's Your Day listeners. Today's segment was about the evil's of Spoke and their data collection techniques. If you'd like to read my previous posts on the topic, the best place to start is here.