Thursday, September 29, 2005

New Crackberry

As a firmly addicted Blackberry user, I was excited to hear from Engadget/Pinstack about the Blackberry 8700 pictured at left.

Quick Stats:
Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Speaker Phone
- Bluetooth
- Memory: 16MB RAM / 64MB Flash
- Polyphonic Ringtones
- Support MP3 ringtones
- Updated Form Factor
- Full QWERTY keypad
- Dedicated Send & End Keys
- Mute Key
- On/Off Key
- 2 User-Definable Keys
This blackberry should come with a 320x240 VGA Colour LCD and should feature a 312Mhz processor, It should be annouced to markets sometime the end of this month, available to carriers maybe arround the end of the year or early next year....

Gimme one NOW!!!
>JjV<
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The American public knows what it wants,and deserves to get it good and hard. - H.L.Menkin

Thursday, September 22, 2005

weblog comments

Here's a link to Lifehacker's list of Comment dos and don'ts...
Hint... Hint....

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weblog comments

Here's a link to Lifehacker's list of Comment dos and don'ts...
Hint... Hint....

>JjV<
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2.998e10 cm/sec; It's not just a good idea, it's the law.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

gSpot?

So Google has announced their WiFi beta service.

Are the going to call their WiFi hot spots gSpots?

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Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

ectoPlasm

Here's my first post using the ecto blogging tool.

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A guy will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Three Strikes



Three pieces of pretty bad environmental news this week:

Hurricanes Amped up by Warmer Oceans
A news release from the Georgia Institute of technology and NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) warns that Global Warming is boosting hurricane intensity. The Science Daily web site summarized the article this way: The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes worldwide has nearly doubled over the past 35 years, even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped since the 1990s, according to a study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The shift occurred as global sea surface temperatures have increased over the same period.
You can find the article from Science Daily here and the original work from NCAR here and the original paper from Peter Webster of Georgia Tech in PDF format here.
So as the oceans warm up the hurricanes that form over them will be stronger, because the oceans will have more heat in them.

Methane
Methane is a serious greenhouse gas and can also react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide. SpaceRef.com points to research done by Dave Kemp and supervisors Drs. Angela Coe and Anthony Cohen, of Open University along with Dr. Lorenz Schwark of the University of Cologne indicates at least three massive burps of methane gas in the geologic past have triggered extinction events by raising the earth’s temperature by 10°C. The report goes on: The methane came from gas hydrate, a frozen mixture of water and methane found in huge quantities on the seabed. This hydrate suddenly melted, allowing the methane to escape.
So here’s another potential upheaval from Ocean Warming: There are still significant quantities methane hydrate on the ocean floor off the coast of the Carolinas. The U.S. Geological Survey describes these deposits as A pair of relatively small areas, each about the size of the State of Rhode Island, shows intense concentrations of gas hydrates. USGS scientists estimate that these areas contain more than 1,300 trillion cubic feet of methane gas, an amount representing more than 70 times the 1989 gas consumption of the United States.

Methane Hydrate (or Methane Clathrate) is stable at a variety of pressures and temperatures with the release volume accelerating abruptly past 3°C.

So is there a scenario where ocean warming caused by global warming brings the deep ocean temperatures around the Clathrate deposits to a point where massive amounts of methane get released into our atmosphere? I don’t know, but it doesn’t sound too implausible to me. I would be pleased to hear counter arguments. For an interesting description of what a massive methane release could do read Bruce Sterling’s classic 1995 novel Heavy Weather.

How Long Can You Tread Water…..
An article on Physorg.com cites a study by Mark Serreze, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at Colorado University that indicates that the Arctic has now entered an irreversible phase of warming that will further accelerate the loss of the polar sea ice creating a rise in ocean levels.

So we now have the rate of sea level rising rising as more and more earth is stripped of its ice covering. My guess is that all of the estimates about how long this defrosting process will take are woeful underestimates due to these unforeseen acceleration mechanisms.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Collaborative Katrina Timeline


Wanna know how we created the clusterf*ck known as Hurricane Katrina Relief?  Over at Talking Points Memo, Josh Marshall is hosting a collaborative effort to build a timeline.

Read it and weep, or better still DO SOMETHING……….

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Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it. -Henry Ford
     

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hey DHS…

How come we never implemented the National Tech Corps?  Its part of the federal Homeland Security Act, you never implemented.

If the National Tech Corps were a reality, then the communications and computing infrastructure of New Orleans would come back to life much quicker.  Who knows…  Maybe even lives would have been saved.

Here’s the link from Doc Searl’s weblog that triggered this rant.

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There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over. - Murphy's Law
     

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Global Warming

The best layman’s summary of what global warming is causing.  Thanks to Bruce Sterling’s Viridian Note 00451 for the pointer.

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Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. -Dwight D. Eisenhower
     


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