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Friday, June 10, 2005

Intel and Apple merging?

PBS | I, Cringely . June 9, 2005 - Going for Broke:

This isn't a story about Intel gaining another three percent market share at the expense of IBM, it is about Intel taking back control of the desktop from Microsoft.

Intel is fed up with Microsoft. Microsoft has no innovation that drives what Intel must have, which is a use for more processing power. And when they did have one with the Xbox, they went elsewhere.

So Intel buys Apple and works with their OEMs to get products out in the market. The OEMs would love to be able to offer a higher margin product with better reliability than Microsoft. Intel/Apple enters the market just as Microsoft announces yet another delay in their next generation OS. By the way, the new Apple OS for the Intel Architecture has a compatibility mode with Windows (I'm just guessing on this one).

This scenario works well for everyone except Microsoft. If Intel was able to own the Mac OS and make it available to all the OEMs, it could break the back of Microsoft. And if they tuned the OS to take advantage of unique features that only Intel had, they would put AMD back in the box, too. Apple could return Intel to its traditional role of being where all the value was in the PC world. And Apple/Intel could easily extend this to the consumer electronics world. How much would it cost Intel to buy Apple? Not much. And if they paid in stock it would cost nothing at all since investors would drive shares through the roof on a huge swell of user enthusiasm.

Ireland will hold EU referendum

Ireland will hold EU referendum - Wikinews:

Despite the strong 'no' votes in both France and the Netherlands, the Irish foreign minister Dermot Ahern has confirmed that Ireland will still hold a referendum on the proposed European Union constitution. This comes following the Irish rejection of the Nice Treaty in 2002.

The Maras

Modern Tribalist: Street gangs in Central America:

Ultraviolent youth gangs, spawned in the ghettos of Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, have slowly migrated south to Central America, where they have transformed themselves into powerful, cross-border crime networks. With the United States preoccupied elsewhere, the gangs have grown in power and numbers; today, local officials estimate their size at 70,000-100,000 members. The marabuntas, or maras, as they are known (after a deadly species of local ants), now pose the most serious challenge to peace in the region since the end of Central America's civil wars.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Immigration causes age, race split in the US

USATODAY.com - Immigration causes age, race split:

the white population is aging.

'The younger the age group, the more Hispanic it is,' says Jeffrey Passel, demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington. 'It's likely to continue for awhile.'

Three of five Americans under 40 are white, but four of five above 40 are white.

Marketers recognize the shift.

'Beer ads, for example, are targeted at younger people and are more ethnic,' says Paul Kelly, president of Silvermine Consulting Group in Westport, Conn., which works with consumer products companies. 'Ads with party scenes are very diverse.'

United Kingdom, Czech Republic suspend referendums on EU constitution

United Kingdom, Czech Republic suspend referendums on EU constitution - Wikinews:

Jack Straw, the Foreign Press secretary for the United Kingdom, said on Monday that the UK will not vote as planned on the new constitution for the European Union. 'Until the consequences of France and the Netherlands being unable to ratify the treaty are clarified it would not in our judgment now be sensible to set a date,' said Straw.

Underwater breathing system

IsraCast: Technology in Israel:

An Israeli Inventor has developed a breathing apparatus that will allow breathing underwater without the assistance of compressed air tanks. This new invention will use the relatively small amounts of air that already exist in water to supply oxygen to both scuba divers and submarines. The invention has already captured the interest of most major diving manufacturers as well as the Israeli Navy.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Dutch Want More Referendums

discarded lies: The Dutch Want More Referendums:

83% of the Dutch people want a referendum more often and 58% find that the result must be always binding.

The labor party (formerly a part of Yes campaign) is now talking about a referendum later this year on whether Dutch people agree with shutting down the nuclear facilities. Also Christian United party wants a referendum on the situation of health care.

Support for the European Constitution is falling in Denmark

Modern Tribalist: Danes abandon EU treaty:

Support for the new EU treaty is waning in Denmark after Dutch and French voters rejected the treaty earlier this week. 40 percent of voters are against the treaty, compared with 31 percent who plan to say yes

North Korean crackers

Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition)::

Pyongyang employs 500-600 hackers who are tasked with hacking into computer networks and disabling enemy command and communication systems. North Korea researches hacking techniques at Mirim Automation College, a five-year school that has been turning out about 100 cyber warfare specialists a year since 1981.

The defense expert said Pyongyang conducts cyber warfare through the Internet servers of many countries including the U.S. and picks up signals from across South Korea from its surveillance posts. Korea's powerful neighbors China, Japan and Russia are also strengthening their information warfare capabilities, he said, citing China’s creation of a 100-man computer virus unit in 1997 and a hacking unit in 1999.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Militarizing G8 summits

dailyrecord - INVASION:

TWO THOUSAND US Marines will invade Scotland for the G8 summit.

The heavily armed foreign troops are set to occupy high ground and farmland in a massive area around Prestwick Airport to protect George Bush as he flies in and out.


How to censor the Internet in the US

Infothought: "The Net Effect" - On The Great Firewall Of China:

'The Internet is fairly centralized in the United States, too,' notes Finkelstein, the Cambridge, Mass., programmer. 'Not for political reasons but for economic ones.' It turns out that the largest Internet providers push all their packets of data through large regional routers connected to proxy servers that already examine packets for evidence of quality-of-service or other problems.

'Our political system is vastly different from China's,' Finkelstein says, 'but if we had a national panic, if we felt we had to censor the Internet, it's scary how easily it could be done.'

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Mandatory post about the European Constitution

Of course this will change the future: French say firm 'No' to EU treaty:

French voters have overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution in a key referendum.

Almost 55% of people voted 'No', with 45% in favour. Turnout was high, at about 70%.

A very interesting post in Hit and Run:

In France, normally, we have a representative democracy. Is the correct word? With some little part of direct democracy. So it happens, and not very frequently, because it's dangerous, but when it happens it can result like with something more indicative than representative democracy.... When people speak directly, representatives have to shut up. And it happened today.

Probably 95 percent of the professionals of representative democracy had one opinion, and 57 percent of the people had the other opinion. It's a great moment, really.... It's a growing phenomenon -- representatives don't represent any more the people. [...]

When it's important for the state, the government tells you that you have to vote yes, there's no reason to vote no, it's irresponsible to vote no. And they repeated it at high levels with more and more stress until the last day. And the people voted no!... It's incredible.

I also found this unintentional funny post:

The EU does not need France.

Also, and most importantly, the over-preponderant and objectively non-essential use of French in the EU should start being immediately reduced and be replaced with English. English is the world language and there is no need for so much French to be spoken in the EU. Indeed, it would be a good idea to move the "capital" of the EU out of French-speaking Brussels. The center of the "real Europe" is more in the direction of Berlin. French is a language of minor importance worldwide, representing a people whose majority apparently do not have the European spirit and who are apparently still lost in primitive and long-outdated foolish nationalism.

My opinion? Thanks, France. Now we have the oportunity to create a good constitution, not just an European one. The current propossed constitution has a democratic deficit.

By the time I'm writing this, polls say Dutch also rejected the European Constitution.

Scientists Experiment With 'Trust' Hormone

Scientists Experiment With 'Trust' Hormone - Yahoo! News:

Swiss and American scientists demonstrate in new experiments how a squirt of the hormone oxytocin stimulates trusting behavior in humans, and they acknowledge that the possibility of abuse can't be ignored.

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