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Chris Morris, satirist, genius behind Brass Eye and The Day Today, as well as the darkly awesome Blue Jam radio show, broke cover recently, in the most unlikely place. Cern Labs.
Morris fans will not be surprised to hear Morris talk intelligently about particle physics. The man, a zoology graduate and all-round godbox, has always had a broad command of many areas of science and literature, as is evident from the (admittedly multi-author penned) narratives delivered in his various shows.
Morris, whose visit to CERN also has a Flickr photostream attached to it, spends no time at all on Morris’ career and goes straight to an explanation of the Hadron collider (I think. I dropped particle physics after primary school.)
Also on the link above is a podcast with Simon Munnery and Kevin Eldon, leading me to worry whether soon Carrot Top will be asked along to Cern, where he’ll whack a watermelon over some big red button…(yes I know CERN doesn’t have any dangerous radioactive explosives.)
For more on Morris and his shows, click all these links. On The Hour fans will also be thrilled to hear that the series will get a full CD release, according to an interview with Neil from Cook’d and Bomb’d and Armando Iannucci (one of the big brains behind the big face of British satire since the late 80′s.)
Google are great at many things. And April Fool jokes are a particular forte of theirs. In recent years Google has released fictional drinks, Gmail Paper (a service that prints out and delivers your emails in hard copy), Google Romance, and a slew of other insanities. And as a rule they are very funny.
Today’s excellent submission is the “Future Search” – covered by News.com.au, the site states:
Google Australia said the new beta search technology which drives the gDay search feature can accurately predict future internet content – and even future events.
The gDay technology – developed in the company’s Sydney engineering centre – uses machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques from a system called MATE, or Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation.
The Pirate Bay Interrogations | TorrentFreak
A while ago, I posted about how freaking hilarious the PirateBay administrators are when replying to legal threats from content owners who discover their material.
Well now TorrentFreak has posted some of the ‘skillful’ interrogations that are being conducted with the 3 guys who may or mey not be behind running The PirateBay. I love the brazen nature that these guys conduct themselves with.
Dear Mr Kerviel,
You are my ACTUAL hero. Well done. How did you do it?
So let’s cut to the chase (literally for you, I suppose.) Any bank that can lose billions and still ‘be okay’ should be robbed. All that money was insured anyway. No end users are affected – although the banks might introduce some fabulous new way of penalising people, if so, they deserve to be robbed again. As long as the guys on the street are unaffected, all you did was rob capitalism.
Steal shit, run and don’t look back. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s me holding a torch, ready to high-five you and buy you a beer (which i THINK you should pick up the tab for.)
I know you probably have absolutely no chance of escaping and you’re screwed in all probability – but her this. You rock! Your actions amount to 2 Fingers extended in the air at authority on a massive scale. More please.
Everyone at The Hypernation
According to the blog post in The Age, Trent Resznor, producer of the experimental Saul Williams album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is lamenting that after releasing the album online for free, “only” 28,322 paid the $5 fee for getting the good version, after the 150,000 free downloads had been reached.
The Age Blogger goes on to state that “once again consumer response, on the internet at least, has shown a disinclination to pay over the opportunity to get something for nothing, thus undermining the project itself. “
But of course this is complete trash.
The article itself mentions that Williams’ previous album sold 33,000 copies. A drop to 28,000 (and change) is pretty amazing, considering the album is very available for free on the net even after Williams’ site stopped giving it away. And after all, that’s $141,000 in hard cash, presumably going straight to the pair, as they work independently, thanks to the net. And no money is spent on marketing. Add to that that now there are DRM free tracks of Saul Williams circulating like none of his other albums EVER did.
Williams is not famous by any means. But he is awesome. And now more people know that.
More exposure, no marketing, no record company, as well as sales of over $100,000 in the face of the get it for free option.
I would have though Reznor had his own studio too – isn’t this enough money?
http://www.thesixtyone.com is a music discovery site with a points system. You log in, you rate music (“bumping” a song will lift its points, and hence its status in the charts they have.)
The service is free, so it’s a really awesome music discovery/internet radio site, and has been set up by two guys who quit their jobs in the hope of doing something new for the digital content distribution future. Their financing seems to come out of their own pocket, plus donations, plus a significant deal must come through advertising.
So it’s really amazing that when users complained that adverts were interrupting their music experience, TSO removed them - just like that. How refreshingly awesome is that?
Now it’s up to the users to finance their experience. Having studied the Radiohead and Tim McIntire models of ‘selling it for free’ I reckon they stand a damn good chance of survival.
On a separate note – how much do you reckon an artist actually gets from you? If let’s say, Jerry Cantrell broguht out 3 albums, if I bought them as per usual, how much would he get? 10 cents an album? More? So, If I download them for free , and send him ten dollars, wouldn’t he be better off?
Just food for thought. Anyone out there?
The first iPhone Trojan has been seen in the wild, according to security vendors.
The first warnings about the Trojan were posted on Saturday on the iPhone modification forum ModMyiFone.com, said security vendor F-Secure. When installed, the Trojan appeared to do nothing more than display the word “shoes”, according to the ModMyiFone post.
However, when a user attempted to uninstall the malicious code, the application wiped files from the /bin directory, breaking “Erica’s Utilities” such as sendfile. Erica’s Utilities are a collection of command-line utilities for the iPhone, according to security vendor Symantec, which warned on Monday that the Trojan also overwrites OpenSSH, an open-source encryption protocol. The Trojan, known as “iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep”, or “113 prep”, is the first to be seen in the wild, according to Symantec researcher Orla Cox.
“This is technically the first Trojan horse seen for the iPhone; however, it does appear to be more of a prank than an actual threat,” Cox wrote in a blog post. “The impact of uninstalling the ‘Trojan’ would appear to be an unintended side effect.”
Affected users need to uninstall the Trojan and reinstall affected files, according to Symantec. The risk to users is minimal as they would have to choose to install the bogus package and the site which was hosting it has now been taken offline, wrote Cox.
A burgeoning empire like Google’s is hard to keep track of sometimes.
So it’s totally awesome when Ther Adelaider put together this burgeoning and all-encompassingly awesome cheat sheet. All Google Servcies? Sure. Company key people? Yup. Googlebot IP Addresses. Check. Easy ways to find mp3s? Sure.
This two page Google Cheat Sheet lists all Google services and tools as well as background information. The Cheat Sheet offers a great reference to grasp of basic to advance Google query building concepts and ideas.
Thanks to Norris suing the Chuck Norris Facts Book recently published, an organic search for Chuck Norris now brings up the hilarious site of the Chuck Norris Facts before it brings up the actual man.
Hurrah! Fiction wins out over real life to claim the ‘truth crown.’
Unfortunately, whilst a search for Santorum still yields the definition of “The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex” above homophobic cock Senator Rick Santorum, “Rick Santorum” however still brings up Rick Santorum, rather than the sex-lather “Santorum”.
That is all.
Except we should now consider doing the same thing for Bruce Campbell, since the man is busy making fictional films whilst playing the real Bruce Campbell in them…what a legend.