Monthly Archives: May 2009

If you know, speak. If you don’t know shut up.

What really is making me strange in this days, is that everyone feels entitled to speak on everything.

I have been taught that if you’re confident in something and you have an opinion, you can express it. But it’s not something good if you speak just for the pleasure of speaking.

Could be that in this days I’ve got a little bit more time to spend reading, but I hear everybody speaking on everything: on Opel and Magna, on World economy, on pensions, on stem cells,…..

 Everybody has an opinion, but little have this opinion with knowledge of what are they speaking.

But the worst thing is that some people deserve some credibility to not so bright ideas and opinions.

I respect other opinions (also if they come without knowledge), but I don’t necessarily need to give them credit.

Freedom of speech is a gift we have sometimes, that deserves respect and doesn’t need to be abused.


Young's Law

All inanimate objects can move just enough to get in your way.

Young


Shifting from a Microsoft centered world to a Google centric one

Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo gives us the announce that android -Google quite new os system for portable devices – can be used, also, for doing really awesome thing such as monitoring power consumption through Flickr (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5273032/android-meets-energy-shows-why-android-will-be-powering-way-more-than-just-phones).

Of course the news is good, intersting and shows us the potential of skilled people, available and free technology, and a little bit of foolness.

What makes me think is the convergenge we are all having to “Googlish” applications and services.

Google has been and is a great frontier for liberalization of internet, as opposed to proprietary software. And, on the other side, business model is great (and that made the company so rich).

But, in the mean time more and more people, including me, use a lot more Google applications, maybe switching from Microsoft ones.

But this, in my opinion is centering a big part of our lives (digitally and non digitally speaking) from “old” proprietary software paradigm to something different in words, but somehoh similar in some facts.

And a little bit riskier, because of  data decentralization (due to webbization of apllications).

Could Google be the New Microsoft in term of centrality on the net and in real lives?

This comment also as a comment at http://gizmodo.com/5273032/android-meets-energy-shows-why-android-will-be-powering-way-more-than-just-phones


Sattinger's Law

It works better if you plug it in.

Sattinger


Crisis is passing away or not?

I see from many sources that some think that crisis is passing away. We all hope is passing, but could be something different. We reached, hopefully, a very deep point in the crisis and we are starting to see some growth. But in order to make this growth stable i think we need to wait a little more time. In this times i think we should expect something very similar to the behaviour of an eartquake, where a big shake is followed by several small shakes until everything finds a new equilibrium.

And during these travel towards the new equilibrium we should learn from our errors and set up new walls on a solid and stable base. category economy
tags crisis, equilibrium, growth, stability


Canada Bill's Motto

A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.

Canada Bill


Bots, Spam and trust

Jacqui Cheng (http://arstechnica.com/authors/jacqui-cheng/) at Ars Technica, reports of a Symantec study that (in short) says “Botnets that send out spam seem to like workin’ 9 to 5 and resting on Sundays, according to the latest report out of Symantec’s MessageLabs. Spam levels are up this month, too, taking the total percentage of spam over the 90 percent mark. Hope you have a good junk filter” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/05/report-spam-wielding-botnets-apparently-like-us-work-hours.ars).

This seems to me right (spam levels are increasing), but what really makes me think is that “Spam levels have risen over the past month to more than 90 percent of all corporate e-mail, according to Symantec’s May 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report (PDF).”

This is attonishing, because the cost of a mail system setup and maintenance is really a cost for a company and thinking that 90% of its resources are used for something so fraudly and stupid is really a mess in this crisis times.

Really I don’t agree on the fact that US workers are a preferred target for this attacks. Seems to me more likely what severusx (http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/personal?x_myspace_page=profile&u=549009233931) says: most of the infected bots are on US corporate machines that follow, tipically, the timing registered by the report.

There’s another point: couldn’t be that we are wondering about advanced bots originating from other side of the earth and, instead, spam is a  billion of pepole writing many emails and working 9 to 5 ? 🙂 (Of course I’m joking on this last sentence. Don’t want to offend anyone…)

This comment also at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/personal?x_myspace_page=profile&u=490004578931


Law of Life's Highway

If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Anonymous


Paper money vs Electronic money

David Wolman at Wired writes an article on the use and misuse of paper money compared to electronic one (full article at http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/st_essay#).

It really goes in deep on this topic, and, on the “techie” poin of view is right in the assumption, figures and conclusions he comes to.

But, in my opinion, he misses a couple of points: cultural level of people and trust.

As I said before, not all the people are at same cultural level: for each person that accepts to use “money on the wire”, there at least five or six others that:

  • don’t have access to electronic money ad systems needed to use it (thing of some emerging countries)
  • don’t have necessary skills (think about some old people, or people that were unable to complete minima studies)

I agree on the fact that paper money is costly to community in all senses (environment, cost of production and safety,…), but is also a form of payment that enables also poor people in poor countries access to something more evolved than simple exchange of goods.

The last point is trust.

Also for the majority of “technically aware” people, just like us reading and commenting on the internet, there have been a path toward use of e-money and on line commerce: It’s a question of gradual trust and progressive mind opening.

In order to have e-money taking more place, I think we need to think of a parallel path of paper money and electronic money, maybe going through a specialization of payment systems and progressive development.

This article also as a comment to http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/st_essay#


Mr Berlusconi, The Financial Times, the perils for Italy and the defense of italian heritage

I see that Financial Times has, again, something to say on Italy and Mr Berlusconi (full article in Italian at http://www.corriere.it/politica/09_maggio_27/financial_times_berlusconi_pericolo_b5b08798-4aa4-11de-90df-00144f02aabc.shtml)

I don’t want to comment Mr Berlusconi himself: It’s appreciation is something personal and one can love him and another can hate him. No problem.

But I can eventually talk on this because I’m Italian. And I’m talking about my country and my prime minister.

Doesn’t seem to me that FT is an Italian newspapers, nor that the author is an italian born writer.

I think that some offensive opinion on other countries should be a litlle bit weighted before expressing them.

What about trying to have respect for sovereignity of other countries? And maybe taking a look at UK problems in this case?

The availability and freedom of information is not an authorization to offend other people.


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