September 8th, 2004


This week on TIA...

...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).
  • California to sue Diebold! Also home of a couple of $29 fares.

  • More later when I stop getting bored of research (or get bored of doing real research)

    Ask and ye receive...

    The radio show... went ok. Based on evidence I provided, the Commission of Fall League cancelled the games tonight in spite of a "Play your games regardless" policy (invoking the Acts of God exclusion).

    I asked susancalvin whether she'd teach me to play poker... and mere hours later had me sitting around a table with a group of people, chips, and way too many game nuances floating through my head. I think of it not that I lost (about half initial investment) but that I got a very cheap education. susancalvin rocks.

    I signed up to run in the 5K Pretty Good Race (Friday). We'll see how that goes -- I believe I am in better shape than last year, and I completed it then (albeit a miserable completion time). My running shoes remained locked up in my garage. The garage is filled with all of reticello's stuff. Did I mention that in the week between loading it and his return to Pittsburgh, the lock stopped working? I already used it as an excuse to buy new cleats. Fortunately, I fear more the damage of running in shoes acquired within two days of race more than either using my superold running shoes or ruining the gym-only status of my crosstrainers.