Living in the Future XXIV
Birthday cards that sing have more computing power than the computers used by the Allied Forces in World War II.— UberFacts (@UberFacts) May 30, 2013
Birthday cards that sing have more computing power than the computers used by the Allied Forces in World War II.— UberFacts (@UberFacts) May 30, 2013
Die österreichischen Medien re-publizieren eine APA Meldung zum Thema „Medienlehrgang an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz wird ab dem Herbstsemester 2013/14 auch mit Master-Abschluss angeboten”. Darin heißt es unter anderem:
Das Angebot wurde ausgebaut: Erstmals werden die Sparten „Video, Film & Fernsehen”, Sportfotografie sowie „Online-Medien” angeboten. Der erste Abschnitt vermittelt in vier Semestern Basiswissen und journalistisches Handwerk, danach kann man aus fünf Fachbereichen wählen: „Printmedien”, „Medienberatung und Pressesprecher”, „Radio”, „Video, Film & Fernsehen”, wobei letztere beide in Zusammenarbeit mit dem ORF angeboten werden. Dazu kommt noch „Online-Medien”.
Das muss man sich ja auf der Zunge zergehen lassen: 2013 wird ERSTMALS „Online-Medien” angeboten.
Da fällt es ja kaum noch ins Gewicht, dass die „Online-Medien” von „Printmedien” sowie Radio, Video und TV immer noch deutlich getrennt sind. Die VÖZ wirds freuen.
<Sarkasmus>Bei diesem durchdachten Angebot werden die angehenden Studierenden sicherlich begeistert die 9.200 Euro für die beiden Abschnitte abdrücken.</Sarkasmus>
I just ordered a party hat for a cat over the Internet while flying on a plane at 35,000 feet.We should really stop inventing stuff.— Burnie Burns (@burnie) February 9, 2013
Wir können inzwischen mit unseren Telefonen unterwegs Musikvideos aus einer Raumstation sehen, aber Drucker zicken immer noch wie 1994.— Tim Weber (@scy) May 26, 2013
David Kirkpatrick, began his career with Time Inc. In 1983 he began covering computers and technology. From 2002-2008 he wrote a weekly tech column called „Fast Forward.” Kirkpatrick also developed and hosted Fortune’s Brainstorm conference, an annual gathering in Aspen, Colorado. Brainstorm attendees during the conference’s 5 years included President Bill Clinton, Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Sun Computer co-founder Bill Joy, Senator John McCain, FBI Director Robert Mueller, ecologists Paul Ehrlich and Amory Lovins, Under-Secretary of Defence Paul Wolfowitz, Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and venture capitalist John Doerr.
Kirkpatrick regularly writes articles about technology and society for Forbes magazine.
Steven Levy is a senior writer for Wired. Previously, he was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has had articles published in Harper’s, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. Levy has won several awards, including the „Computer Press Association Award” for a report he co-wrote in 1998 on the Year 2000 problem. In 1978, Steven Levy rediscovered Albert Einstein’s brain in the office of the pathologist who removed and preserved it. In 1984, he wrote a book called Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in which he described a „hacker ethic”, which became a guideline to understanding how computers have advanced into the machines that we know and use today.
John Markoff became part of the original staff of the computer industry weekly InfoWorld in 1981. In 1984 he became an editor at Byte Magazine and in 1985 he left to become a reporter in the business section of the San Francisco Examiner, where he wrote about Silicon Valley. In 1988 he moved to New York to write for the business section of the New York Times. In November 1988 he reported that Robert Tappan Morris, son of National Security Agency cryptographer Robert Morris, was the author of what would become known as the Internet worm. In December 1993 he wrote an early article about the World Wide Web, referring to it as a „map to the buried treasures of the Information Age.” On July 4, 1994 he wrote an article about Kevin Mitnick, who was then a fugitive on the run from a number of law enforcement agencies. Markoff was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for a series of 10 articles on the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.
Kirkpatrick, Levy and Markoff will take the stage with moderator John Hollar to tell their personal versions of history gleaned from three decades covering one of the most riveting journalism beats on the planet:Favourite quote (at 50:56):
David Kirckpatrick: I just thought of somebody, when you said that, who is not unknown by any means but I think doesn’t get nearly the respect that he derves and that’s Ray Ozzie. Who, in my opinion, really percipitate a lot of what we today see in social. Notes was the first real social product.
Microsoft reported on May 14th, 2013: „Outlook.com now lets you chat with Google friends, which was basically the announcement, that Microsofts Cloud-Mailsolution now supports the open standard Jabber/XMPP.
But on May 15, 2013 The Verge reports: „Inside Hangouts, Google’s big fix for its messaging mess”:
… the wait is over as Google introduces a new messaging platform it’s calling Hangouts.
With Hangouts, Singhal [director of Google’s real-time communications, Nikhyl Singhal] says Google had to make the difficult decision to drop the very „open” XMPP standard that it helped pioneer.
Hacker News has a statement from the Google App Engine Team online:
Google will be releasing a new communications product called Hangouts which users may choose to use instead of Google Talk. The new service does not support XMPP.
As of May 17th, 2013 the Google Talk for Developers page states:
Note: We announced a new communications product, Hangouts, in May 2013. Hangouts will replace Google Talk and does not support XMPP. The information in this Developer’s Guide pertains only to Google Talk.
Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross talk about and read from the ‘The Rapture of the Nerds: A tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations’ at MakerBot, Brooklyn, on Sep 6 2012.
… back then we weren’t doing it because it was fun to fix a broken thing. We were doing it because it was fun to make something. […] So it is to rember why you got into IT.
Tim Wu—a Future Tense fellow at New America, the author of The Master Switch, and a professor at Columbia Law School—talks to a contemporary science fiction writer about whether we’re living in the future.
This week, Tim speaks with his childhood friend Cory Doctorow, who is digital rights activist, the co-editor of BoingBoing, and the author of several science fiction novels, including Little Brother and Homeland. Cory discusses why he writes for young adults, the state of copyright law, and more.
David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station:
And, as it fits, once more my all time favourite video from the ISS: Cady Coleman gives a tour of the International Space Station and an exclusive performance of the song Get Yourself Paroled (Honey I Miss You), written by Brendan McKinney & Joel Racheff and played with her band Bandella (on laptop).
Aus „NZZFormat: Kunstfasern - leuchten, leiten, filtern”:
Eine weitere Forschung gilt Batterien für Elektroautos. Lassen sich nicht auch die Elektroden für Autobatterien sticken?
Die Firma Tegra in Hohenems fertigt sie auf ihrer traditionellen Stickmaschine. Das Polyestervlies wird mit Kupfer- oder Stahlfäden bestickt. Sie werden den Strom leiten können.
Die Grösse und Form der gestickten Elektroden kann passgenau auf die bestehenden Batterien der Hersteller abgestimmt werden. Sie werden nur die Kupferplatten ersetzen.
Mehrere Elektroden werden übereinandergelegt, bis die gewünschte Dicke erreicht ist.
Chemieprofessor Thomas Bechtold ist einer der Väter dieser Idee. Seit mehreren Jahren hat er zusammen mit der Vorarlberger Textilindustrie und österreichischen Fördergeldern daran gearbeitet.
„Europa hat den Textilbereich nach der Krise neu erfunden, Vorarlberg nimmt die technologische Spitze ein. Das Know-how der Vorarlberger Betriebe in Kombination mit unserem wissenschaftlichen Know-how stellt eine große Stärke des Standorts dar”, so Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Bechtold, Leiter des Instituts für Textilchemie und -physik.
Stromlose Metallabscheidung auf Textilien
Bei der stromlosen Abscheidung von Metallfilmen werden auf nichtleitenden Materialien elektrisch leitfähige Schichten erzeugt. Durch diese Technik lassen sich leitende Fäden und Gewebe erzeugen.
Hocheffiziente Stromkollektoren für E-Mobilität durch technische Stickerei
Die technische Stickerei bietet mit ihrer strukturellen Flexibilität die Möglichckeit dreidimensionale Stromkollektoren herzustellen, die in Batterien, Akkumulatoren und Brennstoffzellen ihren Einsatz finden.
Werkstoffverbunde mit 3D-Stickerei
Bewehrungen aus technischen Fasern erlauben die Herstellung von Betonfertigelementen mit geringem Gewicht bei zugleich hoher Stabilität. Mit herkömmlichen Fertigungs- techniken sind Bewehrungen für gekrümmte Formen nur schwer realisierbar.
Textiles for ageing Society
The purpose is to make a new alliances and collaborations between material research and industrial entrepreneurs including care-givers and technology transfer organizations, stimulate the creation of new ideas/materials, constituting teams of innovators, and boosting competitiveness and accelerate success.
„Why We Can’t Solve Big Problems”, the MIT Technology Review.
President John F. Kennedy had asked the United States Congress to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” […] Kennedy’s goal was also absurdly ambitious. A few weeks before his speech, NASA had strapped an astronaut into a tiny capsule atop a converted military rocket and shot him into space on a ballistic trajectory, as if he were a circus clown; but no American had orbited the planet. The agency didn’t really know if what the president asked could be done in the time he allowed, but it accepted the call.
In all, NASA spent $24 billion, or about $180 billion in today’s dollars, on Apollo; at its peak in the mid-1960s, the agency enjoyed more than 4 percent of the federal budget. The program employed around 400,000 people and demanded the collaboration of about 20,000 companies, universities, and government agencies.
The agency’s solutions were often inelegant. To escape from orbit, NASA constructed 13 giant, single–use multistage rockets, capable of lifting 50 tons of payload and generating 7.6 million pounds of thrust. Only an ungainly modular spacecraft could be flown by the deadline
“But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? . . . Why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? . . . We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills . . .”
Apollo was not seen only as a victory for one of two antagonistic ideologies. Rather, the strongest emotion at the time of the moon landings was of wonder at the transcendent power of technology.
To contemporaries, the Apollo program occurred in the context of a long series of technological triumphs. The first half of the century produced the assembly line and the airplane, penicillin and a vaccine for tuberculosis; in the middle years of the century, polio was on its way to being eradicated; and by 1979 smallpox would be eliminated.
Since Apollo 17’s flight in 1972, no humans have been back to the moon, or gone anywhere beyond low Earth orbit. No one has traveled faster than the crew of Apollo 10. (Since the last flight of the supersonic Concorde in 2003, civilian travel has become slower.) Blithe optimism about technology’s powers has evaporated, too, as big problems that people had imagined technology would solve, such as hunger, poverty, malaria, climate change, cancer, and the diseases of old age, have come to seem intractably hard.
That something happened to humanity’s capacity to solve big problems is a commonplace. Recently, however, the complaint has developed a new stridency among Silicon Valley’s investors and entrepreneurs, although it is usually expressed a little differently: people say there is a paucity of real innovations. Instead, they worry, technologists have diverted us and enriched themselves with trivial toys.
The motto of Founders Fund, a venture capital firm started by Peter Thiel, a cofounder of PayPal, is “We wanted flying cars—instead we got 140 characters.”
Thiel is caustic: last year he told the New Yorker that he didn’t consider the iPhone a technological breakthrough. “Compare [it] with the Apollo program,” he said.The Internet is “a net plus—but not a big one.”
Max Levchin, another cofounder of PayPal, says, “I feel like we should be aiming higher. The founders of a number of startups I encounter have no real intent of getting anywhere huge … There’s an awful lot of effort being expended that is just never going to result in meaningful, disruptive innovation.”
But what seemed futuristic at the time of Apollo 11 “remains futuristic, in part because these technologies never received the sustained funding lavished on the electronics industries.
It’s not true that we can’t solve big problems through technology; we can. We must. But all these elements must be present: political leaders and the public must care to solve a problem, our institutions must support its solution, it must really be a technological problem, and we must understand it.
We don’t lack for challenges. A billion people want electricity, millions are without clean water, the climate is changing, manufacturing is inefficient, traffic snarls cities, education is a luxury, and dementia or cancer will strike almost all of us if we live long enough. In this special package of stories, we examine these problems and introduce you to the indefatigable technologists who refuse to give up trying to solve them.
Please read the whole text. Interesting quotes:
Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a braided rug before a hulking black-and-white television, watching the early Gemini missions. This summer, at the age of 51—not even old—I watched on a flatscreen as the last Space Shuttle lifted off the pad. I have followed the dwindling of the space program with sadness, even bitterness.
My parents and grandparents witnessed the creation of the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, and the computer to name only a few.
I lamented the decline of the manned space program, then pivoted to energy, indicating that the real issue isn’t about rockets. It’s our far broader inability as a society to execute on the big stuff.
A good SF universe has a coherence and internal logic that makes sense to scientists and engineers. Examples include Isaac Asimov’s robots, Robert Heinlein’s rocket ships, and William Gibson’s cyberspace. As Jim Karkanias of Microsoft Research puts it, such icons serve as hieroglyphs—simple, recognizable symbols on whose significance everyone agrees.
Communication among them can become a mare’s nest of email threads and Powerpoints. The fondness that many such people have for SF reflects, in part, the usefulness of an over-arching narrative that supplies them and their colleagues with a shared vision.
the techno-optimism of the Golden Age of SF has given way to fiction written in a generally darker, more skeptical and ambiguous tone.
The imperative to develop new technologies and implement them on a heroic scale no longer seems like the childish preoccupation of a few nerds with slide rules. It’s the only way for the human race to escape from its current predicaments. Too bad we’ve forgotten how to do it.
At a modest marginal cost, the space shuttle’s external tanks [ETs] could have been kept in orbit indefinitely. […] Not destroying them would have roughly tripled the total mass launched into orbit by the Shuttle. ETs could have been connected to build units that would have humbled today’s International Space Station.
A grizzled NASA veteran once told me that the Apollo moon landings were communism’s greatest achievement.
Today’s belief in ineluctable certainty is the true innovation-killer of our age. […] Any strategy that involves crossing a valley—accepting short-term losses to reach a higher hill in the distance—will soon be brought to a halt by the demands of a system that celebrates short-term gains and tolerates stagnation, but condemns anything else as failure. In short, a world where big stuff can never get done.
If you take someone from 1967 and send them forward to 2012, they wouldn’t really much that was different. And in some ways they would see things missing. People still drive around in cars. […] They’re still flying around in the same 747s and 737s we got now. SSTs [Super Sonic Transport] don’t exist anymore. We’ve lost the ablility to launch human beings into space, let alone send them to the moon and bring them back.
as if we have hit the wall in terms of introducing new technologies and I am curious as to why that happened.
When that [the mobile electronics market] opened up, it just created a big sucking sound – to paraphrase Ross Perot – that pulled in every single technically minded inventive geek for the next generation or so. The people who, in a previous generation, would have been designing airplanes or so ended up working on apps.
Solve for X: Neal Stephenson on getting big stuff done:
In the first two thirds of the 20th century we went from not believing that heavier then air flight is possible to walking on the moon.
Human spacetravel is a lost art.
Diseases that we could easily treat with antibiotics have become intractable and are making a comeback.
And even diseases that could easily be snuffed out by vaccines are coming back, simply because parents aren’t getting their kids vaccinated because they don’t believe in science anymore.
To be fair, there is a partial explanation of this in the rise of the personal computer and the Internet which has siphoned of a huge fraction of inventive energies to work on forms of progress that aren’t as obvious as space rockets and nuclear bombs.
I saw the best minds of my generation writing spam filters.
Deep Water Horizon and Fukushima kind of converted me to the view that the threat now has not become ‘too much innovation’ but ‘not enough innovation’.
The reactors that melted down in Fukushima were build in the early 1970ties, based on designs from the 1960ties. So if you look under the hood of a 1960ties automobile – if you can even find one that is still running – and you compare it to what you can see under the hood of a modern vehicle, it has to send a little chill down your spine to think that nuclear reactors built in and designed in that era are still hot today.
It’s my thesis that a small number of people have to shoulder greater risks in order to create changes eventually that reduce risk for civilization as a whole. And when they stop fulfilling that responsibility, a decline sets in that may require some concious effort to reverse.
Here’s an airplane. Argue with that. I just saved your kids life with penicillin. Argue with that. Here’s a mushroom cloud. Polio vaccine. A guy walking around on the moon. Argue with those.
But when those inarguable triumphs stop coming, the anti-science people come back and begin making inroads to a degree educated people can’t even comprehend. For example by denying that the moon landing has ever happened.
So it’s entirely plausible that a 100 years from now, it may be believed by 99 percent of all the people in the world, that the moon landing were a hoax. And the idea, that they actually happened may have the status of a totally marginalized conspiracy theory. [.. ] And there are people who are actively working on making that happen.
Ubuntu 12.04 didn’t show my A1 Huawei UMTS stick in the Network-Manager, thus prohibiting me to connect to the Internet. I finally had the time to research this.
The fix is easy:
sudo apt-get install modemmanager sudo service network-manager restart
Now everything works.
From the invitation:
We invite customers, partners, SystemEngineers, DBAs, ApplicationEngineers, and anyone else interested in Solaris technologies to join us on the 23rd May, in Vienna in the Urania to review past, present and future Solaris technologies, discuss real-world customer usecases, learn about the ways Solaris features are utilized in different scenarios.
What do you need to know?
- The event is on May 23, in Vienna, in the Urania.
- The presentations will be held in english, for we have invited and expect an international audience
- There will be a registration link put up (here too!) very soon, this blogpost is to inform you so that you can save the date into your calendar (do it now!)
- To participate in the technical Hands-on-Labs bring along your laptop with a 64-bit OS and an up to date VirtualBox installation (can be done withing minutes).
- We are looking forward to seeing you!
Here’s the preliminary agenda to raise your interest:
kvegh@s11u2:~$ cat projects/Solaris_Day/agenda.txt 12:45: Registration 13:15: Opening and Welcome 13:30: Oracle Solaris - Features, Oracle on Oracle Optimizations, and Futures - Joost Pronk, Solaris Product Manager 14:10: What's new in Solaris 11.1? - Jörg Möllenkamp, Senior Account Architect 14:50: CoffeeBreak 15:10: Partner Session I: Arrow ECS: Empowering the Solaris Community 15:30: Partner Session II: cons4you: Real World Solaris Experiences: Advanced Technologies - Rudolf Rotheneder, CEO cons4you 16:20: Solaris Cluster: High Availability options integrating with Solaris Virtualization - Karoly Vegh Principal Systems Consultant 17:00: Parallell Tracks: - Hands-on-Lab: Zones - Hands-on-Lab: ZFS - Demo: LDoms - Networking, informal information exchange kvegh@s11u2:~$
In the closing keynote of NEXT Berlin 2013, acclaimed science-fiction author and journalist Bruce Sterling tackled a variety of topics like design fiction, start-up culture, and the mass adoption of disruptive technology. He sees science fiction as a form of design – design fiction that is part of theQuotes:
Those who live by disruption die by disruption.
You will never see a design fiction which is about getting married, buying a house, having kids and living in a stable environment with civil rights.
In the startup world, you move fast and work hard to make other people rich. Other people, not you! … So they can buy national governments, shout governments down, destroy the middle class and destroy the nation state. That’s been going on a long time.
They will say, that the 20-teens were all about that. There was a tacit allegiance between the hackerspace-favelas of the startups and offshore capital and tax avoidance money laundries. And they were building a global, networked society. And that is coming next! And as long as you are making rich guys richer, you are not disrupting the austerity. You are one one of its top facilitators. What’s the answer to this problem? It’s simple. Keep more money for yourself.
Are the your allies? No, they are not. They kicked your ass in the 1990ties. They destroyed you in the dot-com boom. They wrecked your dreams, the took everything you build. You have never avenged yourself for that.
It was not your technology that caused the dot-com crash, it was them. And in 2008 they did the same thing again and now they are doing it again.
Die Wiener Linien heben mit 1. Juli die Tarife an: Die Einzelfahrscheine werden in Zukunft 2,10 Euro kosten. Das Monatsticket wird mit 47 Euro, die Wochenkarte mit 15,80 Euro geringfügig angepasst.
Falls Ihr Euch fragt, wofür die Wiener Linien das Geld brauchen, so denkt nicht an das veraltete Schienennetz, Taktverkürzungen oder andere sinnvolle Infrastrukturverbesserungen, sondern an folgende Meldung im Online-Standard vom Jänner:
Die Wiener Öffi-Betreiber wollen nun bis Jahresende die Videoüberwachung in den Stationen, aber auch in den U-Bahnen und Bims weiter ausbauen und nehmen dafür 1,2 Millionen Euro in die Hand.
Die „The Skills Group GmbH” wurde für einen „Sabre Award” (the world’s largest awards competition for the public relations industry) – laut Stefan Bachleitner, Managing Partner der Skills Group GmbH – den „PR-Oskar” nominiert.
Nominiert wurde die PR-Agentur in der Kategorie „ISSUES MANAGEMENT” für die „Aktion von Kunstschaffenden in Österreich” (Eigendefinition) namens „Kunst hat Recht”:
Art Has Rights Initiative „Art Has Rights”/”Kunst hat Recht”, 2,700 Austrian Artists, Collecting Societies with The Skills Group
Muss man sich mal auf der Zunge zergehen lassen: Eine PR-Agentur wird für eine „Aktion von Kunstschaffenden” für einen PR-Award nominiert.
Ich gehe davon aus, dass das Preisgeld für notleidende KünstlerInnen gespendet wird, falls es einen Preis für die PR-Agentur gibt.
Aus mir unerfindlichen Gründen ;) durfte ich meinen Talk „Was, SSH kann auch das? – Produktivitäts- und Sicherheitstipps für SSH” auch im Rahmen der Linuxwochen Wien 2013 vortragen.
Aus der Einreich-Beschreibung:
Tipps zum effizienteren Umgang mit und Empfehlungen zum sicheren Betrieb von ssh(d). Sichere Kommandozeile auch von unterwegs mit Mosh. SSH Zwei-Faktor-Authentifizierung mit “Google Authenticator”. SSH (Secure Shell) ist für viele ein unersetzliches Werkzeug zur Verwaltung von Servern oder ganzen Serverclustern. Oft wird aber nur ein kleines Subset der Möglichkeiten von SSH genutzt. Daher zeige ich in diesem Vortrag Tipps zum effizienteren Umgang mit ssh(d) und Empfehlungen zum sicheren Betrieb von ssh(d). Darüber hinaus zeige ich, wie man mit Mosh (mobile shell) auch über schlechte, roamende Verbindungen (getestet auf der Zugfahrt nach Graz) eine sichere Kommandozeilen-Session benutzen kann. Zum Abschluss des Vortrages erweitern wir den SSH-Server dann soweit, dass man den “Google Authenticator” zur Anmeldung verwenden kann. Damit kann man SSH mit einer Zwei-Faktor-Authentifizierung nutzen, wenn man Zertifikate nicht einsetzen kann oder will. Der Vortrag richtet sich an Personen, die SSH zumindest schon einmal genutzt haben. ;)
TL;DR: note to self - how to use a cheap access point to connect very old hardware to the LAN.
In order to add my trusty old Lexmark E312e to the network, I am using an used AXIS 5600+. As I do not want to lay network cabeling across the flat, I am also pressing an old Longshine LCS-WA5-45 into service to act as a WiFi client, connecting the Axis box to the Wifi.Setting up the WA5-45 is quite simple:
All done. :)