The Tech Gambit

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

microsoft lawsuits, Apple's Mac Pro 8 Core

Microsoft published a map of the locations and details of their lawsuits.
In other news, AnandTech successfully dropped two Clovertown processors in a Mac Pro resulting in a 8 Core Mac Pro! Wow!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Stargate SG1 Canceled - Part 2

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Google launches Google News Archive Search

Google launched today the Google News Archive Search , this new service allows users to search for both free and payed magazine and newspaper articles, some of them dated back as far as the 1700's.

Partners in this project include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal ,the Washington Post, And other aggregators such as Factivaand LexisNexis.

Anurag Acharya, a Google engineer who worked on the project, said the aim was to allow people to "explore history as it unfolded".

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Crocodile Hunter is death :(

The famous environmentalist and television personality , Australian Steve Irwin known as "Crocodile Hunter" died this Monday in a freak accident in Cairns. Irwin , was killed sting-ray barba that went through his chest, Irwin was filming an underwater documentary at the time.

Steve left a wife and two children, our thoughts go to them. we will miss you Steve

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Google Image Labeler!

Google found a very creative and entertaining way of labeling images and enhancing images search results. Its called Google Image Labeler , and it is (you might say) a "game".

"You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found. And we'll show you the points you've earned throughout the session.¨

I played this game and found it extremely addicting, Google still has to improve some stuff through, some images are just too small to make any good labeling possible, but overall it is a enjoyable experience.

This type of game is sometimes called a ESP game, according to wikipedia "The idea behind the game is to use the computational power of humans to perform a task that computers cannot yet do (in this case, labeling images) by packaging the task as a game."

"According to the game's creator, if the ESP Game gains popularity comparable to other online games, all images on Google Images could be labeled in just a few months."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Stargate SG1 Canceled - Part 1

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Stockholm syndrome

It was rumored that Natascha Kampusch cried when she found out her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil had killed himself. And in her statement to the press she said "In my view his death was unnecessary. A penalty would not have been the end of the world. He was a part of my life and this is why I am, in a way, mourning him."
This strange hostage-taker bonding is commonly called Stockholm syndrome , and it is psychological response commonly seen in hostages even when they have been put in a risky or degrading situation.

Another interesting case of Stockholm syndrome is of millionaire heiress and actress Patty Hearst.
In 1973 Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, in attempt by the group to swap her by jailed SLA members.
Later she joined the SLA and even robbed a bank together with the SLA group. After her arrest (together with other SLA members) , the defense in court envolved largely around the claim she suffered Stockholm syndrome.

Patty Hearst posing for a SLA photo

Its a crazy world...

WIndows Vista available for pre order

Microsoft's next version of its flagship product windows - Windows Vista - is now available for preorder at amazon. The cheapest seems to be Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade at 100$ dollars, and the most expensive is Windows Vista Ultimate at almost 400$ dollars.

After Successive Delays, Vista now has been scheduled to be released November 2006 for business editions, and January 2007 for consumer editions. Microsoft hasn't released a new version of Windows since 2001.