Friday, September 30, 2011

Download Firefox 7 - Windows, Mac, Linux [Direct Links]

Just a little while ago, Mozilla has released Firefox 7 for Windows, Mac and Linux. Firefox 7 brings killer feature as it drastically reduces memory consumption. You can download Firefox 7 for Windows, Mac and Linux directly from it's official links.

Before downloading Firefox 7 - Here's Full Changelog :

Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs.

This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts.

Download Firefox 7 for Windows, Mac and Linux - Links :

Download Firefox 7 for Windows
Download Firefox 7 for Linux
Download Firefox 7 for Mac
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Survey : 41% of US Mobile Phone Users Planning to Buy iPhone 5

According to InMobi, the mobile ad company, that a new survey expecting that 41 percent of US consumers are planing to buy iPhone 5. Fifty percent from those planning to buy iPhone 5 will buy it in the first six months.
If consumers put their money where their mouths are, these numbers could go a long way to bumping up Apple’s overall market share in the UK and the U.S.. According to figures from Kantar Worldpanel, in Q2 Apple had an 18.3 percent share of the UK smartphone market; another research group, comScore, puts it around 20 percent. If people follow through with their purchasing intent, InMobi says this share would go up to 40 percent. In the U.S., the market share would grow to 41 percent.
According to the Survey, that few consumers will buy the next generation if Apple releases iPhone 4-like device which is iPhone 4S. So that the survey percentage is based on a new and redesigned device, the iPhone 5. But if Apple released the both devices iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, I think the demand will exceed the 41%. What do you think ? Are you from the 41% ?
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Samsung offers Apple a deal to Begin Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch in Australia

Samsung has offered Apple a mysterious deal which will allow Samsung to begin sales of Galaxy tab 10.1 in Australia , this deal could save Samsung and it’s Galaxy tab from being just a story in the history as Apple won a temporarily ban of Samsung Galaxy 10.1 in Australia as we reported few days ago.This step from Samsung may considered a weak position for Samsung in this war but may be they see that’s a smart move as they want Galaxy tab 10.1 to see the day light.
According to The Wall Street Journal :
It wasn’t clear what benefit Apple would gain from any agreement, as details of the proposed deal were not discussed in full in front of the court. But Apple’s attorney, Stephen Burley, conceded there was some potential benefit from an agreement on the matter. “(Samsung’s) inconvenience would be diminished and we would be comforted” by such a deal, he said.
Justice Annabelle Bennett said that the proposed deal wouldn’t give Samsung the satisfaction of a final answer to the dispute, but Mr. Catterns said it would at least allow the company to sell its new tablet computer ahead of the crucial Christmas sales period.
We are not sure that Apple will make this deal with Samsung after all this lawsuits but what about being a winner ? , in your opinion if Apple banned the Galaxy tab in Australia will this increase the sales of iPad , or Samsung will success to convince Apple to have a mutual benefit or Apple intends to kill Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 ? the answer will be clear in the upcoming days.
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5 hurt in stabbing attack at South Gate high school

September 30, 2011 | 11:54 am

Several Students were stabbed at South East High School Friday.
Five people were injured in a stabbing attack at Southeast High School in South Gate, officials said.
Details of the attack were unclear, but the Los Angeles City Fire Department told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that crews were treating five patients and that one was in critical condition.
The TV station also quoted Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy as saying a school dean suffered a non-life-threatening injury when the educator tried to stop the attack between two students.
Police and fire officials were on the scene at the school on 2720 Tweedy Boulevard.
Roger Noriega, a father of freshman and senior daughters at the school, said he first heard of the incident when his younger daughter texted him, telling him a stabbing of several people had occurred and that the school was locked down.
"She said, 'I saw three people stabbed,'" said Noriega, who was making his way to the school.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Apple Strikes Again In The War Against Samsung And Ban Sales Of Galaxy Tab In Australia

It seems that Samsung has to wait long time to begin sales of its Galaxy Tab in Australia. A Federal Court judge said she may okay a “brief” injunction while studding Apple’s patent-infringement claims. This temporarily decision came during the start of a two-day court hearing on whether sales by the Korean tablet manufacturer should be halted in Australia.
This battle between two huge companies seems to take a long time and I don’t think it will come to an end with an absolute winner but coming .
In a report by cultofmac :
Justice Annabelle Bennett told both parties it would be best if the issues was resolved quickly. “Technology moves very quickly,” she noted, according to Bloomberg. Apple’s lawyer, Steven Burley, told the judge Monday that the tech giant would be ready to go to trial next week.
Samsung, which last week announced it would more aggressively contest Apple’s claims, said “This is where we draw the line.” The South Korean firm’s lawyer, David Catterns, told Bennett the court case is a “high-stakes fight” yet felt any resolution of the matter could take “well into next year.” Earlier this month, Samsung countersued Apple, claiming the iPad infringes seven patents.
Always we ask a question who we will win this war , but I think the question now will Samsung be able to survive in this war  and or afford it

Friday, September 23, 2011

YouTube 2D to 3D videos

YouTube has pushed out an awesome feature that converts your uploaded 2D videos to 3D with a single click of a button. Just go to the video you have uploaded on your YouTube account then to 'Edit Info' and then finally click '3D Video' to convert your 2D video into 3D.

YouTube said in it's Official blog post:
Creating 3D videos was pretty tough before. You had to set up two cameras, combine the footage from each, and use special software to make the effect look just right. Today we're launching 2D to 3D conversion. Once you've uploaded your 2D videos to YouTube, you can convert them to 3D with the click of a button. Converted videos will be viewable by everyone in 3D. You'll still get best results with a 3D camera, but it's a great new way to let people enjoy your finest moments. You'll find this feature by selecting "Edit Info", then "3D Video" on a video you've uploaded. (Note, you'll still need glasses to watch on most devices.)
Once you convert your video into 3D, it will take sometime to convert., maybe an hour or so. I have converted one of my video into 3D and it's taking quite long. Why don't you go ahead and experiment with your uploaded videos?
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Two Fullerton police officers charged in homeless man's death

One is charged with second-degree murder and another is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the slaying of Kelly Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia.

Orange County prosecutors charged two veteran Fullerton police officers in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, accusing them of a callous cascade of violence against Kelly Thomas as he begged for his life.

Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday said what began as routine questioning by police devolved into a "beating at the hands of an angry police officer," with other officers eventually joining in. He stressed that Thomas did not provoke the attack and that all of his movements were purely defensive.

"This never had to happen," Rackauckas said. "And it never should have happened."

Rackauckas, a former paratrooper and judge, was unusually animated as he announced the charges, at one point raising his fists like a bar brawler to mimic the alleged actions of one officer.

His account of Thomas' death was vivid and chilling, and inside his office, onlookers choked back tears and gasped at the details as he spoke. Outside, dozens of supporters of Thomas' family watched on television monitors and erupted in an audible cheer as the charges were announced.

Officer Manuel Ramos, 37, a 10-year veteran, was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of Thomas, 37, at a bus depot. If convicted, Ramos could face a life prison term. He remained in jail Wednesday, with his bail set at $1 million, after his arraignment was delayed Wednesday.

It is extremely rare for an officer to face murder charges for actions on duty, and Rackauckas said he could not think of another such case in Orange County.

Rackauckas took the unusual step of attending Ramos' first court appearance. At one point during the hearing, he invited Ron Thomas, who has led a crusade for justice for his son, to address the judge. After the hearing, the father expressed satisfaction that Ramos was facing serious criminal charges.

"He's wearing handcuffs right now — which is great — for the murder of my son," he said. "I hope the man is hurting, hurting inside.… I'm completely torn up, but I'm satisfied to an extent."

A second officer, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, 39, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and using excessive force; Cicinelli faces a maximum prison term of four years. He pleaded not guilty, posted bail of $25,000 and was scheduled to be released from custody late Wednesday.

All told, six police officers with a combined 72 years on the force participated in the July 5 physical altercation at the Fullerton bus depot. Ramos was the first; according to Rackauckas' account. Ramos stood over a frightened and disoriented Thomas and made a show of snapping on latex gloves.

"See my fists?" Ramos asked Thomas.

"Yeah," Thomas replied. "What about them?"

"They are getting ready to f— you up."

"Start punching, dude," Thomas replied.

In the next nine minutes and 40 seconds, Thomas was tackled, hit with a baton, pinned to the ground, punched repeatedly in the ribs, kneed in the head, Tasered four times and then struck in the face with the Taser device eight times, Rackauckas said.

Any response from Thomas was "in self-defense, in pain and in panic," Rackauckas said.

According to an 11-week investigation, Thomas initially struggled, his screams echoing across the parking lot: "I can't breathe!" "I'm sorry, dude!" "OK, OK!" "Please!" "Dad, help me." But, Rackauckas said, the beating continued even after Thomas stopped struggling and screaming, even after blood began pooling around his body.

Hospital records showed that Thomas suffered brain injuries, a shattered nose, a smashed cheekbone,broken ribs and internal bleeding. The cause of death, Rackauckas said, was "mechanical compression of the thorax," basically being crushed and unable to breath. There were no traces of drugs or alcohol in his body. He died five days later after he was taken off life support.

Much of the evidence came from a recording device attached to Ramos' uniform, which all Fullerton officers wear. The investigation also included 151 witness interviews, seven surveillance videos and two videos recorded by witnesses on their cellphones.

Ramos' attorney, John D. Barnett, said the officer was doing his job under difficult conditions.

"Officer Ramos was confronted that evening with a non-compliant suspect with a history of violence," said Barnett, who represented one of the Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King in 1991. "Officer Ramos had the responsibility and the duty to detain, restrain and arrest him.… This was an attempt to use less force, not more."

Barnett contended that the charges would have a chilling effect on policing.

"Police officers who risk their lives daily … now have to be concerned with being charged in the courtroom for simply performing their duties," Barnett said.

Cicinelli's attorney did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Rackauckas was deliberate in pointing out that the case should not be viewed as a broad indictment of police in Orange County.

"In Orange County, we generally trust our law enforcement — and with good reason," Rackauckas said. "I believe the law enforcement we have in Orange County is second to none."

But he added that authorities must work to protect the covenant between the community and law enforcement — "including prosecuting police officers if they violate the law."

Rackauckas cited numerous aspects of the case that made criminal charges inevitable. Thomas, who suffered fromschizophrenia, was a well-known character in downtown Fullerton — indeed, Rackauckas said, Ramos knew Thomas from his patrols in the city.

The district attorney also said Thomas was clearly unarmed, non-combative and appeared confused by his interaction with police, who had been summoned to the depot to investigate reports of a man peering into car windows and pulling on the handles of parked cars.

Ramos repeatedly ordered Thomas to sit upright on a curb with his legs out straight and his hands on his knees. "I can't do both," Thomas told Ramos.

"Well, you're going to have to learn real quick," Ramos replied.

"It would be obvious to any reasonable observer that Kelly Thomas had cognitive issues and difficulty in following Ramos' instructions," Rackauckas said.

Rackauckas said the turning point in the confrontation came when Ramos threatened Thomas.

"He was going to hurt him for no apparent reason," Rackauckas said.

The turning point for Cicinelli, the district attorney said, came when the officer — after using his Taser four times on Thomas, once near Thomas' heart — began beating Thomas in the face with the device itself. Rackauckas called that behavior "gratuitous and unnecessary," and noted that the investigation showed that Thomas offered no response to those blows, indicating that he was "down and seriously injured."

"That is not 'protecting and serving,' " the district attorney said.

Rackauckas said the four other officers were not charged largely because they did not witness the exchange between Ramos and Thomas and were unaware that Ramos had issued threats.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I know you all hate it

But I love apple. Though I'd share this picture from my night tonight.
2 Mac book pros with traktor scratch pro for a little EDM mix session tonight. And NO dubstep.

Apple Prototypes In the Old Days [Video]

Matt Pearce made this video about some of Apple’s early prototypes which is a very strong evidence for Apple patent war for iPad and in tablet concept in general , this video proved the vision of Apple many years ago before Samsung or any company in the field of technology .

The video demonstrate concept of very modern designs despite these prototypes made from very old materials but it meets the design of very modern devices which have a very strong patent war between Apple and a lot of companies.
As Matt says in the video:
“[These early tablets] clearly show Apple was thinking about the tablet form factor long before the announcement of the iPad.”
Matt’s done a great job here, packing a lot of info into just over a minute and a half.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Graffiti.Update: Crew 2: K4P

Graffiti.Update: Crew 2: K4P: Some quick pics of k4p from LA before i post more MSK writers

Samsung Looking for Banning iPhone 5

Rivalry between Samsung and Apple keeps on growing day by day. Apple has not officially announced iPhone 5 yet and according to the report from Korea Times, Samsung is already looking for ban on sales of upcoming iPhone 5 in Korea.

"Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung's wireless technology related patents," said a senior executive from Samsung Electronics, asking not to be identified.

"For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights"
As no one knows how Phone 5 will look like or what features will be there in it, Samsung is still preparing to have lawsuit against iPhone 5. Apple has already claimed that Samsung Electronics copied the look and feel of iPhones and iPads in its Galaxy series of smartphones and touch-screen tablets. Let's see when iPhone 5 arrives and what Samsung are up to.

Bannig the iPhone, what the...i dont even.....

Just got back from my weekend, hope you all had a good one. Ill make my rounds tonight after class to check out all the cool stuff you guys posted over the weekend to catch up.

Friday, September 16, 2011

iPad iOS 5 vs Windows 8 Slate [VIDEO]

The guys over Winrumors has posted amazing 11 minutes video that shows the difference between iPad 2 running iOS 5 and Windows 8 Slate. The video compares between all features that these tablets offer from lock-screen to social network integration. Enjoy !

HTC Wants To Purchase webOS To Compete With iOS

When it comes to Android, we know that it is the only strong competitor to iOS in the market. While iOS devices are solely manufactured by Apple only, Android devices are manufactured by host of companies, HTC being the market leader in that segment. So obviously, HTC sees iOS as competition and now it wants to purchase webOS in order to take over that competition.
Cher Wang, who is the Chairwoman of HTC has said that the company wants to buy its own mobile operating system. Once it does that, HTC will turn down the development of Android handsets a bit and focus on developing and improving the operating system that they buy.

The Chairwoman has revealed that the company has set its sights on webOS, an operating system that HP acquired from Palm back in April 2010 for $1.2 Billion. It is possible that HP may sell webOS as they have already liquidated all stocks of webOS based products and have cancelled any further development of webOS based devices.

Nevertheless, if HP does intend to sell webOS, a lot of buyers will be lined up for it, including HTC's rival Samsung. Cher Wang states that the Board of Directors have thought this through and are absolutely sure of the decision that they want to make. The question here is, if HTC does end up being successful in buying webOS, what will it do with it that will save HTC from a fate like that of HP?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Download Windows 8 Developers [Direct Links]

Download Windows 8 Now. Microsoft has introduced Windows 8 yesterday. Microsoft has released Windows 8 developers for anyone to preview. Anyone can download Windows 8 developer version, it's not limited for developers.

Before Download Windows 8 Developers - What's Hardware Requirements:

Don't worry, Windows 8 doesn't require special hardware, if your PC / Laptop is running Windows 7 so it will be easily able to run Windows 8, here's the minimum hardware requirements :
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of free hard disk space
  • DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0
Windows 8 comes with Metro UI, powerful apps, syncing with the Cloud, separated Application Store, improved performance, support for ARM/x86 and more.


Monday, September 12, 2011

AT&T Files Response to Department of Justice Lawsuit

AT&T has filed a response to the Department of Justice lawsuit to prevent its acquisition of T-Mobile, reports

AT&T claims the DOJ's analysis reflects a misunderstanding of the market. They say T-Mobile isn't a significant competitive threat to AT&T and has been losing market share in recent years, a trend which will discourage Deutsche Telekom from investing further in the carrier.

In contrast, AT&T says it spent more than $30 billion in network upgrades from 2008 through 2010, yet still can't keep up with customers' growing demand to transfer data over phones and other wireless devices, according to the court documents. But if it can snap up T-Mobile, AT&T believes the added capacity will put it in a better position to deliver better services. AT&T already has pledged to invest at least $8 billion and transfer 5,000 jobs currently in overseas call centers back to the U.S. if the T-Mobile purchase goes through.

The company also says that, "Without this merger, AT&T will continue to experience capacity constraints, millions of customers will be deprived of faster and higher quality service, and innovation and infrastructure will be stunted. If this transaction does not close due to Plaintiff's lawsuit, wireless consumers will, as the FCC Chairman predicts, increasingly face higher prices and lower quality."

I didn't have time to check out all your blog this weekend, but ill get around to it tonight after class and make a new post on my graffiti blog.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Apple forecast to sell 143M iPhones, 68M iPads in 2013

Investment firm Piper Jaffray on Wednesday released their calendar year 2013 estimates for Apple, forecasting $164 billion in revenue with earnings per share of $40.50 on sales of well over 200 million iOS devices.

Analyst Gene Munster's estimates are 8 percent ahead of Wall Street's 2013 expectations for revenue, and 10 percent higher than the Street's earnings per share forecast. Munster sees Apple's revenue growing 19 percent in calendar year 2012 and another 17 percent in 2013.

He also sees Apple's cash hoard continuing to grow over the next few years, reaching $140 per share at the end of 2013, compared to $81 per share in June 2011.

Apple's growth will continue to be propelled by the iPhone, in Piper Jaffray's estimates, representing 49 percent of revenue in calendar 2013. Their model has iPhone growth go from 30 percent in calendar 2012 to 29 percent in 2013, while average selling price will drop from $603 in 2012 to $565 in 2013.

"One key topic on which we are different than consensus thinking is our belief that the iPhone unit growth can continue in the 30% range while ASP's will be more than double the smartphone industry average," Munster wrote.

"In other words, we do not believe Apple needs an ultra low end offering to grow iPhone units at 30%. If Apple was to announce an unsubsidized, sub-$200 iPhone, our unit estimates would be too low and ASPs would be too hight."

Rumors of a new, contract-free entry-level iPhone have persisted for years, particularly on Wall Street where investors believe such a move would be a key growth driver for Apple. Even this year, rumors have cropped up, suggesting Apple is working on a new low-end model to fight off cheap Android handsets.

As for the iPad, Munster sees the touchscreen tablet representing 21 percent of Apple's revenue in calendar year 2013, with sales of 68 million units. He sees iPad unit sales growing 39 percent in 2012 and 35 percent in 2013, while the average selling price will drop from $575 to $555.

And for the Mac platform, Munster has forecast it to earn 16 percent of Apple's revenue in 2013 with sales of 23 million Macs that year. Average selling prices will drop from $1,257 in 2012 to $1,175 in 2013, while growth rate will shrink from 17 percent to 15 percent in the next two years, based on Piper Jaffray's models.

The firm has reiterated its overweight rating on shares of AAPL, and sees the company remaining a "top pick" for investors through 2013. Piper Jaffray's 12-month price target for the stock is $607.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Netflix Claims Single-Stream Limit Was Mistake

An "error" by Netflix is limiting the number of video streams some of its members can send to their computers, tablets and smartphones, the company admitted today in a statement.

A number of the entertainment service's members discovered over the Labor Day weekend that they could stream content from Netflix to only one device at a time. So if Dad was watching an action movie on his computer, Mom wouldn't be able to watch a romantic flick streamed to the Roku box in the living room.

Although Netflix explains that limitation in an FAQ at its website, some users didn't run into the barrier until last weekend.

"Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device," a Netflix FAQ explained. "If you are on the Unlimited Streaming plan, the Unlimited Streaming + 1 DVD out-at-a-time plan or a limited streaming plan, you may watch only one device at a time."

"If you are on the Unlimited Streaming + 2 DVDs out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time," it continued. "Members on the Unlimited Streaming + 3 DVDs out-at-a-time plan may watch on up to three devices at a time. The maximum is four devices at a time—available for members on the Unlimited Streaming + 4-or greater DVDs out-at-a-time plan."

According to Stop the Cap!, a blog "dedicated to promoting better broadband, fighting data caps, usage-based billing and other Internet overcharging schemes," many of its readers told the publication that they have never had problems running two or even three concurrent streams at the same time on a “stream-only” plan until recently.

"Stop the Cap! was able to verify this ourselves this weekend," wrote founder and editor-and-chief of the blog Philip Dampier. "Sure enough, while in the recent past we were able to support up to three video streams running at the same time, now it is just one."

"While Netflix may have been hoping to cut down on the number of 'shared accounts' with friends and distant family members, their policy change will hit families hard," he added. "With the controversial Sept. 1 price increase effectively near-doubling the cost to watch video streams and rent one DVD at a time by mail, now may not be the best time to further antagonize loyal customers."

Rather than a tightening of policy, though, the streaming limitations experienced by some of Netflix's customers over the weekend were the result of a mistake, according to the company. "No Netflix member is limited to less than two concurrent streams," Netflix Vice President of Corporate Communications Steve Swasey said in a comment posted at the Stop the Cap! site "A few Netflix members have heard differently from us, which is an error that we’re fixing."

Since Netflix's decision to jack up its rates for a combined DVD rental/streaming video account to $16 a month, which took effect September 1, the company hasn't had the best public relations with its customers and this latest gaffe isn't going to improve the situation.

While it's nice that Netflix has ignored its policy tying the number of streams to how much a member is spending with the company, it's certainly reassuring to know that at any time the company may decide to enforce the policy as stated in the FAQ. But if you want to give everyone at least two streams, then why not say that in your policy?

at least now it works with my ps3 and my 3DS

Chaos Theory Economy?

I came across this post this morning while i was browsing before class, let me know your thoughts on it. Think i might bring it up in my polisci class.

There are now scientific proofs that if an economic system collapses, by a premeditated or not design, it will not damage most of us, actually it will have more of a kind of cleansing effect. I mean those systems that try to restrict the freedom and the movement will crumble and fall away. If we investigate the Chaos Theory we will come across the theory of Complex Adaptive Systems, a very recent science. When people get together and form an economy as large as the planetary economy, we have a system whose properties remained quasi-unknown until we have the tools that can analyze the behavior of the system. It is now known that the more the system is driven towards instability, the more likely it is that it will suddenly re-arrange into a higher level of order. These changes cannot be predicted or scripted, but they do occur. If we have a pile of sand forming from a trickle-feed up top, as the pile rises in height, it becomes more and more unstable and it enters into Chaos. When the chaos reaches its peak of instability, scientists have concluded that we cannot predict the speed and/or direction of movement of any particle in the system. The system takes on an unpredictable behavior where it acts as a whole and not as a sequence of individual grains. There is a sudden shift and the pile restructures itself. The pile does not simply collapse, it just changes its shape. There are many resources where we can research, but this is a good one to start :
"A complex adaptive system is a complex system that has the ability to not only respond to the outside environment, but one that can adapt itself to become more efficient within its given environment: this is a system which can learn! All forms of life are complex adaptive systems. Plants grow towards the light, animals seek out food and humans work to develop themselves. Complex Adaptive Systems are formed by a number usually large of individual autonomous agents interacting intensely together, like human beings forming the global economy. This creates complex non-linear interactions that allow the emergence of new properties for the system that could not have been predicted beforehand. The new patterns are often system-wide. When human beings get together they form cultures and languages. " 
This body of information clearly shows us why "Bring Down the Internet" or “collapse the world's economy” could not happen because both, Internet and world economy, are complex adaptive systems. Each person has the potential to restructure the economy and as long as the sun rises and sets, birds fly, rain falls, trees grow we have the resources to continue to persevere. We are a complex adaptive system and no one on this planet have anywhere near as much control over that systems, even some people would like to believe this. Individuals, alone and/or grouped, are the key factor. It is a time when everyone must do his/her choices because it is no longer possible to be with both sides, with both opposites: duality here on Earth is arrived at its own very end and we live it just now. No one could rule in a complex adaptive system that is filled with independent, free-acting individuals, any one of which could have a massive and unprecedented cascading effect upon the entire system. We are experiencing it right now. So there is place for much hope!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

StreetPass and SpotPass on the 3DS

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StreetPass and SpotPass ModeThe system supports multiplayer gameplay via a local wireless connection or over the Internet. Expanding upon the connectivity of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS features an "always on" background connectivity system that trademarks suggested was named "CrossPass" which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game. In Nintendo's September 29 conference, the confirmed Western names of the SpotPass Tag Mode service would be StreetPass and SpotPass, with SpotPass being the ability for the 3DS to seek Wi-Fi signals and automatically download content while in sleep mode and StreetPass being the passive communication between 3DS systems held by users, an example being the sharing of Mii avatars.

During the 2011 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Nintendo has partnered with AT&T to provide free access to AT&T hotspots via the Nintendo 3DS. Users will be able to connect to these hotspots in late May.

The background connectivity allows users to exchange software content regardless of what software is currently in the console. Sharing content is stored in a "data slot" in the console. Using this data slot, Nintendo 3DS users can readily share and exchange content for multiple games at the same time, whenever they are connected, even when playing unrelated games. Using the console's background connectivity, a Nintendo 3DS in StreetPass Mode can automatically discover other 3DS units within range, establish a connection, and exchange content for mutually played games, all transparently and without requiring any user input, even when the console is dormant. For example, in Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, if the user passes someone with the same software, he has a battle to collect trophies from the other player.

It can be customized to fit the user's preferences, including opting out of it altogether for selected software. One application being considered is functionality to "automatically acquire magazine and newspaper articles", similar to networked e-book reader applications. Other improvements to online functionality include how Friend Codes are implemented, with only one code necessary for each console, as opposed to the DS and Wii where individual Friend Codes are required for each piece of software.

Like I said i just got my 3DS and brought it to school with me today...not one hit. Forever Alone.
Hopefully i get some later today, or on my way home when i stop into gamestop. Im trying to figure out how to pull pictures from this thing so you guys can see my mii characters. FUUU, F Ya, forever alone, ect. ect.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Just got a 3DS

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So I went to GameStop today because I was really craving to play some pokemon...Ended up walking out with a 3ds, zelda OCT, and sims 3 for the girl...and no pokemon hahaha.

 Let me tell ya, this thing is pretty sweet. I love not having to wear those stupid glasses most of all. Hopefully some more online games come out in the near future to keep me more distracted from my homework that needs to get done.

PUMPED on the new Starfox come out on the 9th! I hope you all had a great labor day and ill post more on this 3ds tomorrow and a new post on my graffiti blog aswell as check out all your guys new posts that happened over the weekend anyways

if you got one send me a friend invite: 3351-4274-3142

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Apollo 18

My girl and myself went and saw Apollo 18 yesterday. We would both give it a 2.5/3 stars Story: Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. Trivia: Apollo 18's release date has been shuffled around six different times before settling on September 2. The found footage subgenre of horror all have the same motif: footage shot with a hand-held camera, lots of shaking and the premise that what you're seeing really happened.

This style has been applied to the various other types of horror films, from monsters (Cloverfield) to zombies (Diary of the Dead, [REC]). Apollo 18 is the first of these films to set the genre into the least likely of places: outer space. Hopefully, this film won't be the last of its kind, because the setting and premise could produce a solid horror film one day. Unfortunately, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's Apollo 18 is not that movie. The film starts out by giving everyone the very basic description of the end of NASA's space program: we had our last flight to the moon with Apollo 17...or did we? As far as this movie goes, no we didn't. Three astronauts are selected to leave their families and go to the moon, but it's top secret. No one will ever know what they were doing up there, until somehow a rogue website called (it's real, but just an advertisement for the movie) got the 80 hours of footage. As you can see, the film is already stretching the suspension of disbelief. When the astronauts get to the moon, Ben Anderson (Warren Christie) and Nathan Thomas (Lloyd Owen) are the ones to land. The goal is to set up cameras on the moon's surface to spy on potential Russian trips. Soon they discover that everything is not as it seems, and the "real reason" we never returned to the moon is revealed. Now the two have to survive and somehow get home.

 Apollo 18 may go down as one of the worst examples of how to make a found footage film. For a subgenre that already suffers because of the limited shots it can create, this particular movie is just very lazy in almost every aspect. It feels thrown together, without any precision or care going into the writing, acting and the way it was shot. There are very few positives for this film at all. As mentioned earlier, that's a shame because the premise itself could have opened itself up for an atmospheric and haunting film. Instead, the audience gets this. There are some, if very few, positives. The editing by Patrick Lussier should be commended. The footage is appropriately grainy and damaged, similar to how the films in Grindhouse was presented.

 Considering this is supposed to be footage captured from the moon in the 1970s, that makes perfect sense. It does hurt visibility and the ability to make out what's going on at times, but that comes with the territory of films with shaky camerawork. The shaky camerawork, however, is especially bad in this case. A number of times in this film there is almost a motion blur because of the camera constantly moving about. It makes things hard to see and on top of that, removes any suspense the movie was attempting to build. It's to be expected with a film like this, but that doesn't mean it's any less jarring when everything starts shaking in the middle of a scene because someone has to start running with the camera. Another problem plaguing this film is its pacing. It may sound like a cliche to say so, but Apollo 18 moves with the speed of an iceberg.

The film takes a long time to get going (at least it felt like a long time), and at 88 minutes long, a director absolutely cannot do that with his or her film. It's not character development to watch two men sit in a spaceship talking about nothing or go out to set up cameras and collect moon rocks. This movie's run time doesn't give it the luxury of moving slowly but it does so anyway. As a result, when the climax should kick in, the film abruptly ends. The film is, to be blunt, dull. Even the actors in the film seem like they're bored three-fourths of the time. A lot of the dialogue is almost monotone, and there is usually more of a lack of acting than there is a performance. Christie is the only one that gives any effort, and that's really only at the end of the film. Only when the action starts to pick up does the audience see any kind of emotion, and then it is usually just screaming. This movie also lacks any sort of scares, which is the film's primary objective.

It's usually appropriate for a horror film to provide something for the audience to react to. The movie would rather rely on jump scares or loud noises. A false scare seen in the trailer is the kind of moment you can expect regularly. When the movie isn't being dull, it's being loud. In dramatic moments, lines are shouted at one another. When there are quiet moments, there is screeching on the communication frequency or loud thumps on the ship's wall. All future horror filmmakers should know that these are moments of terror; they are moments of annoyance. There are a few other smaller problems as well. The "reason we never went back to the moon" is laughable and further damages any attempts to thrill the audience. There is also one glaring plot hole after the end of the movie that all but shatters any attempt to suspend your disbelief.

Obviously to name it would be spoiling the movie, so I'll let you figure it out. It's not just a singular error, but one big plot hole and several smaller ones that appear after. As mentioned previously, it's a shame Apollo 18 couldn't be better. Horror films set in space can be very effective because of the location itself. The protagonist is usually all alone with whatever the menace is coming after them. The tagline for Alien told us that in space, no one can hear us scream. But when watching Apollo 18, all you'll want to do is yawn.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas....ON MAC!

I had no idea GTA:SA was released on the mac! Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas... a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and g********rs. Now, it's the early 90s. Carl's got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.
Only $15.....oh hell ya I'm getting it. The best out of the GTA games IMO