Daily Archives: November 11, 2007

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Jordan rocks

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Because this is the kind of thing I don’t see Jordan posting on his blog, I feel I must present it here. This is video from a videogames expo he attended a little while ago, where I think he meant to do some networking.

I wish I could say my CIRN 2007 conference was this rocking.

J’s on vocals, for those of you who don’t know him.

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Terminator is winning

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Ah, crap. Crazy limeys are really going all out with this life imitating bad art trend evidenced in the last post. Apparently the helmets for the F-35 pilots will allow them to see through the fuselage of the plane and survey the ground directly below the aircraft. Quote from the article (it’s really only a blurb):

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “It even will superimpose infra-red imagery on to the visor to allow the pilot to look through the cockpit floor at night and see the world below – like something out of Terminator.”

Terminator helm

I assume the feature creep on the development of the F-35 will lead to allowing the planes to fly with laser guns permanently switched on. Because that’s awesome.

Thanks, J.

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Personal piracy OK in Canada

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Just read an article that says Canadian police are now officially looking the other way on copyright infringement for personal use. That’s right, you can download all you want, and the cops won’t come a-knockin’. Turns out that ensuring the cash flow of major corporations just doesn’t contribute to the welfare of society as a whole, they think. How progressive!

Major piracy operations will still be targeted, but tracking individuals simply isn’t worthwhile. A big reason for this, which the official interviewed admits, is that it’s just too damn hard to track individuals on the internet. Of course, this guy obviously isn’t a government official in the U.S. or UK.

Torrent Freak has coverage of the news, and if you speak French, take a crack at the original interview.

I guess this is just one more reason for me to study in Canada, hm?

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PR in defense contracts

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Read a story on BBC this morning about how the Skynet satellite defense network in the UK has encountered some problems, leading to a slight delay in launching it. I figure that buys the human race a few more days before a nuclear holocaust consumes the planet.

I mean, didn’t anybody involved in the project see the Terminator movies?

I guess the real question is whether this dopey name was chosen out of complete ignorance, or perhaps selected to strike fear in the hearts of enemies. If the latter, kind of makes the UK look like a dude in a dynamite vest screaming in the café of international politics, but hey, I guess you gotta keep up with current trends in military strategy.

Deathbot

Also, pretty sure I saw that bugger in the opening scene of Rise Of The Machines, where robots are slaughtering the meager remains of humanity, dashing their meaty bodies against the stones and flying around with laser guns constantly firing, because that’s cool.