1. Grey Tuesday is Today

    brian on 2004.02.24
    at 02:59 am

    It's Grey Tuesday. Kottke for example, is participating. I wrote this up a few days ago.

    Today, and everyday this site is grey. I don't care whether you think that's a coincidence or not. ;-)

    Posted in: Music · Politics

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  2. TiVO To Go Feedback

    brian on 2004.02.24
    at 02:37 am

    TiVo wants to know what you want. This is a great chance to feedback on the future of the TiVo. Remember ask for extra-special Mac support! The basis of the research is the possibility of transferring video to and from your PC to your TiVo, including DVD recording. It would involve a physical key (USB dongle) to allow play back on non-TiVO devices. They also ask about if you'd like to edit your video.

    What did I want? Here's a summary of the stuff I suggested in the free-form sections...

    • First, I want to be able to edit any video with iMovie, and be able to burn through iDVD.
    • TiVOToGo must respect me, and not treat me like a criminal. I want to use my media, and have 100% control.
    • Standard formats! Steer clear of proprietary. MPEG & DV formats. (MPEG 4, specifically-- this would also address the lack off AAC support in the Home Media Option). Open source stuff would be cool, too.
    • Network enabling is important. I would want to be able to stream across a home network (802.11g should have enough bandwidth, if the video is compressed in MPEG4). I would LOVE to stream video from my TiVO across the internet. Watch something while I'm on lunch at work, you know, make the Digital Media Server, an actual server.

    Go put in your two cents.

    Posted in: Media · Technology

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  3. Pentagon to Bush: Climate Change is our #1 Threat

    brian on 2004.02.24
    at 01:23 am

    Wow. This is blockbuster. Will Bush listen to his own Pentagon? He's the defense President, right? The Pentagon is telling George Bush something that he wouldn't hear from the EPA (and their administrator left because of it), that the number one threat to United States security to is climate change.

    Now, does the Pentagon realize that its perhaps the number one polluter in the US, if not the world? That it has no environmental restrictions on its equipment and grounds?

    UPDATE: A more balanced view of the report, which isn't nearly as serious or secret as the international press has stated. The report is still valid in many respects, however.

    Futurists see world coming to awful stew.

    Also see, Life After The Oil Crash, another end-days scenario that's worth a look, if nothing else...

    Posted in: Politics

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  4. Declan McCullagh on outsourcing

    jake on 2004.02.23
    at 04:26 pm

    Cnet makes a few points about outsourcing IT jobs. Basically that it's not all bad.

    Consider what would happen if Congress restricted companies from shifting jobs overseas. Because rivals in Europe, Japan and Korea could employ cheaper workers in developing nations, they'd have a leg up on U.S. firms. Foreign investors would recognize that rising protectionism makes U.S. companies less competitive and would choose to take their yen and euros elsewhere, driving down the U.S. stock market, shrinking available capital, and eventually leading to more unemployment than if Congress had done nothing.

    I just keep thinking, there's got to be more to all of this than the paranoia. I'm pretty much sick of all the pompous thoughts surrounding this issue.

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