...yes, folks, we are working on a blog but have not put a lot of effort into it. We're back for yet another season of Total Information Awareness -- and we're now established enough, we are looking for an Intern.
This week on Total Information Awareness (Wednesdays, 6-7pm on WRCT), 412-621-WRCT)
GMail. Maybe we should run our blog with Gallina, a PHP-based blog proof of concept that uses gmail for the backend. Actually pretty clever, and might be nice for some of our needs, except that it is unlikely that Google (GOOG) will look kindly on it. (I hear they have a free blogging tool already). To finish up with GMail for the week, the invites are plentiful again. We'll have another giveaway of these increasingly depreciated commodities.
But continuing with the good old GOOG, this may monkey with their business model. "Geico alleged that the Internet firms' use of its moniker to trigger search-related adverts was trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution of its marks". We should probably also talk about that whole ticker ride, if I can be bothered.
Grigori Perelman, a Russian Mathematician, has posted a proof that may resolve the Poincare Conjecture. The Clay Math Institute has an approachable writeup, as well as a formal translation into English and modern terminology: "Consider a compact 3-dimensional manifold V without boundary. Is it possible that the fundamental group of V could be trivial, even though V is not homeomorphic to the 3-dimensional sphere?" You are probably in the top 2% if that means something to you.
VoIP sounds like it has a sensible regulator in the UK. And their own area code, now.
Video Games. Unix (V5) on a GBA? New Atari retro console.
First the story was that by the end of the year, cell phones would have hundreds of megs of memory. That's basically happened. Now they have hard drives (Samsung SPH-V5400, 1" 1.5Gb drive, 2.2" 240x320 LCD, MP3 & FM (broadcast, too), TV out, etc).