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tecnologia | technology

the relation between car traffic and mobile phones location and use

What an idea!! I confess i didn’t fully read the Slashdot article, but the idea that you can build up a cloud with location and type of use, you can off course now if the mobile is moving fast or slow, and you can correlate with historic data and traffic ways.

this seems a very good way of improving our knowledge and reaction to the problems in traffic and off course you can even build up some data for future better planning.

I think they’re idea is not so big but is certainly a step in the good way.

off course you have to be careful with the individual data, but that’s obvious.

the article talks about: to track in-use cell phones on Missouri highways and state roads in an effort to monitor traffic flow. Individual information will not be stored, they say — only the aggregate will be studied, using “sophisticated” math.

Music lobby threatens Apple iTunes

These news are getting more visible each day…

this article / discussion at the Slashdot is interesting reading.

Music Industry Threatens to Pull Plug on Apple

Or like oil companies asking automobile manufacturers to share their profits.

According to Apple, the original goal of the iTunes Music Store (ITMS) was to sell more iPods. In fact, they didn’t expect it to be profitable at all – but now it commands a sizable share of Apple’s quarterly revenue.

Having observed their behavior in the past, I fully believe that the music industry really believes that they are doing Apple a favor and that they can cut Apple off.
If they close iTunes, iPod users will just rip their own music (and share it) leaving 0 revenue.

It’s probably just a bluff, but if the Music Industry does go through with this it would be incredibly stupid of them. I know it would be contrary to their agreements with Apple Records, but if the music execs do go ahead with this, I think Apple should start selling music directly from the musicians rather than going through the labels. They could simultaneously reduce the prices and give the musicians much more than they get under their current contracts.

Ford and GM announced today that unless Exxon and Shell start sharing gasoline revenues, future SUVs will run on ethanol.

The recording industry never saw a cash cow they didn’t want to kill.

iTunes is a very interesting solution for distributing music in a digital and network world.

the dream is if we could bypass this greedy companies altogether… at list Apple proposes something that we could even in some sense describe as fair trade.

i hope people see who is right and who is wrong in all this story.

the other day i read that a band edited by Sony, had to publish in their site an help text explaining how to do if you wanted to rip theirs audio cd for the computer… it was fun to read about that!


Mothers against the big RIAA!

these are refreshing good news:

By now, you’ll have probably guessed the club members are all women being brutally victimized by EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony BMG, the huge, multi-billion-dollar record label cartel that’s using its immense financial and political weight and deep, dark connections to law enforcement agencies in a bizarre marketing scheme.

Instead of wooing customers, it’s suing them and so far, it’s clocked up close to 14,000 people.

But the significance of the three women isn’t that they’re among the unfortunate victims.

Rather, they stand out because they’re standing up, defying the Mafia-like labels and their teams of hired legal thugs who work through ‘Settlement Centers’ which aim to terrorize people into paying ‘fees’ which usually start out at $7,500 to be ‘negotiated’ down to around $3,500.

[ text from an article: “The ‘We’re Not Taking Any More’ club” ]

the link was first seen in slashdot, where you can read a great first post / phrase:
Now that the women are taking care of business, crap will get done.

and at present what i am seeing in the end of the discussion is also interesting ( i have included the signature because it made sense of course):
“Why does the Motherhood of these women matter?”

Because mothers, especially single mothers, have the second-highest political value of all, right behind children. It’s all about who you can march out in front of the television cameras.

Nobody cares about the rights of college students.

“LibertĂ©, egalitĂ©, fraternitĂ©” also makes for an interesting order of priorities.


Home Cinema caseiro!!

E eu que pensava que mesmo as mousses e o arroz doce Ă© que com sorte ainda eram caseiros…

Encontrei quase por acaso umas páginas na Internet sobre a construção de sofisticados projectores de vídeo LCD caseiros. impressionante!! A maioria não é muito portátil, mas aparentemente a qualidade e características que se conseguem atingir é muito boa mesmo.

Numa das galerias de fotos, há para todos os gostos e atĂ© já vendem kits com as várias peças necessárias… muitos sĂŁo em madeira e tudo, alguns bem integrados na mobĂ­lia, e há um que atĂ© inclui o computador para vĂŞr os vĂ­deos armazenados nele.

Estas páginas encontrei-as nuns comentários numa questão proposta no Engadget.

(esta entrada estava esquecida em draft…)

Guerilla Drive-Ins

Outdoor Home Theater Digital Homes for Everyone

Dolores Park Movie Night

MobMov: A mobile movie guerilla drive-in in Berkeley, CA
What is the MobileMovie?
We are a grassroots movement aimed at bringing back the forgotten joy of the great American drive-in. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, what used to be a dark and decrepit warehouse wall springs to life with the sublime sights and sounds of a big screen movie. Best of all, the MobMov is free.

Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In
Start Your Own Guerilla Drive-In
Guerilla Drive-Ins are springing up everywhere from LA to NY, in big cities and little towns. People are rejecting the idea of the $10 movie (twenty with popcorn and a soda) and embracing the idea of the do-it-yourself movie free to the community.

Guerilla Drive-Ins – Gizmodo


Hurricane Katrina

by curiosity and because i really wanted to try and understand what a lot of people is doing to help, i have collected some links. they are not particularly organized.

PART-15.ORG Archives Emergency-Relief List (PART-15.ORG Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts)

VoIP team (from Archives Message) – “We have about 10 people in the team currently. We`re looking for anyone who`s got some VoIP knowledge and isn`t otherwise committed to P15`s efforts. Please don`t sign up if you`re already on another team! I don`t want to suck talent away from WiFi/RF stuff or anything else.” (The P15-voip archive). by curiosity: one of the persons on this list, Mark Cohen, has also been on the Jhai project deploying Pedal Powered PCs and VoIP in Laos.

The Air Care Alliance – “The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service.

Hurricane Katrina Resources – “Responding to the devastation in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. as a result of Hurricane Katrina, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is making every effort to assist in recovery efforts. Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are extended to those who have lost loved ones as a result of the hurricane. | Helping people find housing information

some local blogs (from Glória Fácil, that saw the links in Blasfémias):
Kaye’s Hurricane
The Times-Picayune blog

a “blog” on fox news: – FOX Fan – Harrigan on the Hunt – Alone and Afraid

the impressions by LuĂ­s Costa Ribas, reporter that SIC sent to New Orleans and that said that was sleeping in his car, because there were no other place to go (in portuguese). it seems to be a blog – “Domingo, 4 de Setembro

Acordei às seis e quinze da manhã, dorido e mal descansado. Às sete horas da manhã (hora de Lisboa) tenho o primeiro directo para o Primeiro Jornal. O jantar tinha sido barras de cereais, proteínas e água. O pequeno-almoço foi barras de cereais, proteínas, água e um refresco enlatado de cafeína.

Sinto-me pouco à vontade, tal como os restantes jornalistas. Olhamo-nos por cima do ombro, a passar os toalhetes no tronco e a mudar de t-shirt junto ao carro, na rua, transformando rituais privados em relutantes espectáculos públicos.

# update on 2005/09/06 15:40h
how could i forgot the indymedia link:
New Orleans Independent Media Center

the links i am publishing here are influenced by my attraction to follow one theme that i think is very very important nowadays: the use you can give to the new technologies in places that suffered some natural or not so natural devastation. i am talking about reestablishing communications, give tools to the various organizations that are trying to work side by side. all that coordination and also the talking to the base has to go trough some new channels, and for that you can use Wi-Fi, long distance Wi-Fi, Mesh networks, VoIP, satellite IP communications, and of course all the natural group-ware (web) software you can get to put all those people talking to each-other and to theirs mother-ships…

iChat AV in CNN interviews…

The big CNN is trying iChat in face-to-face interviews.

I don’t really know why it’s not happening in much more broadcasters.

And i would enjoyed if the people that organizes conferences and such, could use the iChat AV, and it can be very interesting because you can cut costs and time using it.

[ from Macworld UK – CNN commits iChat AV experiment, and the US show is hosted by Wolf Blitzer and is called “Situation Room”. there is one interview with Joi Ito that he talks about in his blog. ]

Ascii project in Amsterdam

I had already read something about the ascii project from the Internet, but now that I am trying to get to know more, it’s really getting more interesting.

for now I am just publishing some links:

ascii moves to the javastraat — Ascii

ASCII site (in english)

ASCII has a interesting translation “Amsterdam Subversive Center for Information Interchange”.

The project involves a place (in a squat), where you can use the internet, get to learn things about it, and there is lots of recycling, use and abuse of open source.

It’s a very nice project and I intend to learn much more and maybe try to help wherever I can.

I will listen to talk at the WTH – “Community wireless NL”, Wireless networks in Amsterdam and Leiden (Rudi Van Drunen, Jaap and Rop Gonggrijp), where there will be some talk about another very interesting project… – Amsterdam Network Collective – een draadloos (internet) netwerk in Amsterdam.

We will see.

uma ideia interessante –

como muitas vezes quando estamos a navegar, tropeçamos em coisas muito interessantes…

desta vez cheguei Ă  organização que Ă© uma iniciativa que põe os prĂłprios miĂşdos com as suas capacidades informáticas a cuidar e com responsabilidades na manutenção dos equipamentos informáticos das suas escolas… Ă© uma ideia que inclui solidariedade, responsabilidade.

em suma parece-me bonito!

[ cheguei aqui pelo vlog da Ryanne’s Video Blog e especificamente uma entrada dela – What I did Yesterday. aĂ­ ficamos a conhecer um pouco o candidato Rasiej – Advocates for Rasiej » VideoBlog… ]