Inventor of the Internet Discusses Todays Internet Issues & Privacy

From UK news from CERN

Tim Berners-Lee who developed the World Wide Web at CERN in the 1980s will be the first of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme’s Christmas guest editors.
Tim will take to the airwaves on 26 December and use his programme to start a conversation about the open web. He has commissioned BBC correspondents to produce reports assessing just how open the web is and to examine what threats there might be to its openness in the future. The programme will also consider the issue of Net Neutrality and the benefits (and dangers) of self-diagnosis online.

You can listen live online at the link below (on the 26th)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world-wide web, champions open data

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Why are we not fighting?

I have just read ‘Time for Outrage’ by Stéphane Hessel and I feel inspired. So, I am writing this post in a time where England and the rest of the world should be in a time of outrage.

The ‘English’ Defense League (EDL), in a nutshell, are a bunch of modern-day, watered-down Nazis who just so happen to be English. In no way are they defending Britain. The only thing they are defending is hate and fear.

Why are you banding together to get rid of immigrants? You think its their fault you don’t have a job? You think its their fault you have little money? You think its their fault the country is suffering an economic crisis? If your answer is yes to any of those questions, you are a f*cking idiot!

Nazis still exist…why are we not fighting them?

There’s a quote I’ve seen crop up quite frequently on social media sites that I find very powerful and if you don’t agree, well, I think you can guess what my opinion on you is.

You think the rich and powerful are responsible for the country’s problems. No that can’t be right, must be those immigrants fault.

I remember being at university last year and hearing about an EDL rally in Newcastle where I study. So being intrigued, I looked up why they were marching, it was a march against a Muslim school being built-in the area. When I read this, I’m fairly certain I laughed; not because I found it funny, but because I found it sickening. So sickening it was hard for me to believe it was actually true. Not because they were marching against it, that, though being strongly opposed it, I understood – they’re Nazis, of course they’re against a Muslim school; but at the same time our government is reducing our social security. Why the f*ck are you not marching against that instead!?

As Hessel points out, we could afford a social security net at the end of World War II when Europe was in ruins, but we can’t afford one now? Here’s why, corruption and greed of politicians, not the immigrants!

It’s time for change and we are the only ones who can make it happen!

Monday Morning Blues [16]

For the final years…

dissertation

Very true, though I would never in a million years be using a mac!

Why Santa won’t be coming this year…

christmastale

Poor Easter bunny!

NSA is out there, they’re even hacking Santa’s GMail account!…

santagamil

 

This will be my last Monday Morning Blues post of 2013, thought I will still be posting other content, as CERN is on shutdown at the end of the week for a fortnight. So with that in mind, I wish you all a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and have a very happy New Year!

See you all in 2014!

Cyborg G.L.I.D.E. 7 Compatability Issues with the R.A.T. 7

So a while back I bought a Mad Catz Cyborg G.L.I.D.E. 7 gaming surface (fancy name for a mouse pad) to use with my Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse. Specifically, I bought the one in the picture below. This turned out to be quite a mistake.

Though the GLIDE 7 claims to be “optimized for laser sensors” I had occasions where, when using the surface, the cursor would move when I wasn’t even touching the mouse and when I used the mouse without the surface, everything was fine.  When I contacted Mad Catz about this issue, I received the following email:

Dear Jake,

Thank you for contacting Mad Catz Technical Support.

In regards to your issue, please see the possible explanation below:
The twin-eye laser used in R.A.T. mice operates in the infrared (IR) spectrum and works better with surfaces that are bright and reflective in the band of light in which the mouse operates. Because of the different coatings which can be applied to gaming surfaces and the different inks/dyes/materials used, it’s possible to have a mat which is black, but ‘bright’ as far as the mouse’s laser sensor is concerned. Equally, it’s possible to have a mat which is white but ‘dim’ as far as the laser is concerned, which would result in bad tracking. Also, degradation in performance could happen on a surface you frequently use; with long-term use your surface will lose its shine in the IR spectrum.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to get back to us.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

[Persons name]

Technical/Customer Support Rep

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Peter Higgs says he wouldn’t make it in todays science

In an interview, Peter Higgs, winner of the 2013 Nobel prize for physics, said, “today I wouldn’t get an academic job. It’s as simple as that. I don’t think I would be regarded as productive enough,” after he explained that he became and “embarrassment to the department” at Edinburgh University.

He also goes on to explain how he does not think he would have been able to make the same discovery in today’s academic world due to the pressure to churn out papers and  the expectations on academics to collaborate.

“It’s difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964.”

The interview was given to The Guardian, a relatively balanced British newspaper, while Higgs was on the way to Stockholm, Sweden to receive his well deserved Nobel prize.

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