Sunday, February 13, 2005

MSNBC - Students ordered to wear tracking tags

MSNBC - Students ordered to wear tracking tags

big brother!

could this happen in France? maybe in a few years?




all the best from
james

Friday, February 11, 2005

Using a non-standard browser might send you to jail ...

Perhaps you remember of this english Solaris user who was arrested because he made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx, a text-based browser ? No, you don't ? To put it in a nutshell, his connexion to the web site was considered being a hack-attempt because it was different from the others (that's to say it didn't come from Internet Explorer ...), that's why armed policemen came and arrested him at home ...

Anyway, be aware that he has now been charged ...

Conclusion : Monopoly is very dangerous, and not only for Microsoft's competitors ...

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

USATODAY.com - Radio to the MP3 degree: Podcasting

all the best to all of you in this new sequence!

now you'll know what podcasting is all about!

james


USATODAY.com - Radio to the MP3 degree: Podcasting

Monday, February 07, 2005

Needing computing cycles ?

Sun Microsystems is launching a new grid computing service for companies which sometimes need high computing power but can't (or don't want to ...) afford a supercomputer ... If you have a problem to solve and need a quick answer, you can submit it to this new Sun service : hundreds of computers will simultaneously work on it, and you are likely to quickly receive the result. President of Sun Microsystems Jonathan Schwartz said : "The hallmark of a utility is a transparent price." Indeed, the pricing is clear : 1$ per CPU per hour ... You can watch the video of the announcement at this address ...

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Junk Mail is rising ...

According to recent studies, spam has gone up ... but what is really annoying is that this rising has particularly been noticeable since the CAN-SPAM act, which aimed at reducing junk mail, was passed.

Moreover, spammers seems to improve their techniques : junk mail is now more precisely targeted : in January, for example, scam mails decreased by 40 %, as people are usually not ready to invest money during this month. On the contrary, January is usually seen as the bleakest month in the year, and consequently, porn spam dramatically increased ...

One of our lecturers had already told us : mail is dead ...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Open source beer !

Some geeks who like beer now will be able to claim "I only drink open source beer".
It is the first one in the world, and a proof that open source isn't only dedicated to software. Of course, all of you should only drink open source beer : first of all it is open source, and all of us know that the Microsoft beer is full of bugs...


But the real question is "what does that beer taste ?"