The Best Introductory Paragraph For an Article Award today goes to, A Polluted Internet - Worms and viruses that pollute the Internet aren't new. What's new is the incredible magnitude of the problem and how it's growing. by Kelly Martin for SecurityFocus.
I've spent a significant amount of time in New Delhi - which was, until a few years ago, one of the most polluted cities on the planet - and I've seen the effects of all those toxic fumes. A low cloud of fog lines the narrow streets at night, and the pollution seeps in through the windows while most people are fast asleep, breathing it in.
Forgive my analogy, but that's pretty much the state of the Internet today: more polluted than ever, and getting worse. Unlike the city of Delhi, which took some extraordinary measures a few years back to dramatically reverse this ugly trend, little or nothing is being done to stop the growing pollution that now plagues the Internet.
awesome humanity, short video clip - Genius Kids #3 - watch their heads spin!
Tonight's dinner conversation was highlighted with accounts from a family friend who travelled in Saudi Arabia approx 15 years ago. There were too many bizarre quirks to note, suffice to say that most of them involved either bribery or wasting money. One story, in particular, stood out.
I finally get to this airplane hangar in the middle if the freaking desert. Remember that when the Saudi's first got all this oil money in the 70's, they bought 40 Boeing 747's and built a nice airport - but forgot to hire maintenance staff or even pilots.
I finally get to the King's hangar, and you look around and all over the walls, even in the bathrooms of the place - there are these STD and AIDS poster. Ironic for a country of prudes. Anyhow, I'm there to sell the Saudi's some communication equipment. When the plane finally landed that afternoon, I saw the King get out and there's this young guy following him around. Not a Prince, and not security detail - but he was getting all the perks that the king was getting, red carpet shit. I asked somebody, Who is this guy? And the King has a heart problem, he's got a full operating room on his airplane, but this guy wasn't the doctor - He was the King's personal organ donor in case something ever went wrong.
Back from New York City. It helps to have friends and things to do in a big city - otherwise, why would you go? I might answer that question in a few months.
Jakob took a camera phone picture for me in NYC this afternoon -
Speaking of friendly protesters - I met demonstrators across Manhattan on at least three separate occasions passing out printed information on China's persecution of the Falun Gong meditation practice (or cult, depending on who you ask). I couldn't understand why China would be so harsh towards these peaceful old people, so I looked it up.
Falun Dafa was introduced to the general public in 1992... It was popularised widely under the PRC government's supervision for 7 years.... In 1998, mainland China - number of practitioners were approx. 70-100 million.
In July 1999 the government decided to put a stop to its popularity and the practice of Falun Gong has been persecuted in mainland China ever since.
Most observers believe that the crackdown was due more to Falun Gong's organizational ability and potential to challenge the Communist Party of China rather than because of its ideology.
And so this makes sense, because the protesters I saw in NYC were very well organized and very passionate about their cause. The Falun Gong, if you remember, are also very skilled at hacking Chinese satellite TV compweekly.com, BBC
Last year I met an African American man who worked in China for most of the 1980's. He said, "We have enough trouble managing an American democracy with less than 300 million people. Can you imagine it with over one billion strong? I'm not saying that Communism is right, but logistically, I think it makes sense in their country."
On a lighter note, here is my favorite camera phone picture right now:
What will $10,000 a month rent you in NYC? Apparently, a 4,800 square foot pad....
It's neat to be in a big city, surrounded by skyscrapers.
Man-in-China Shawn at liquid oz summarizes a McKinsey Quarterly Country Report on China,
What the Exec's Want to Know About ChinaEnergy and food sustainability - while China has a particularly heavy influence on the global market their lack of internal resources may prove to be helpful in balancing the scale because of their need to import.
Also noted - Amazon.com last week purchased China's "largest online retailer of books, music and videos" for US$72 million Amazon was reported to have made a takeover bid for Joyo rival DangDang.com. Executives at DangDang earlier this month rejected an offer of up to $1 billion after six months of negotiations.
I can't help but wonder how the crippling online payment challenges that continue to face China will play out over the next 3-5 years. Seeing as how China is still quite 'paper money' centric and the fact that the use of online credit cards and eChecks is a paltry sum, it begs the question - How will the online retail market be fueled?
Continued liquid oz.
via Guru.com, I found Massive Brain. This quirky design shop does clean, inexpensive vector drawings out of New Delhi, India. I contracted them to help me with a mock-up advertisement at work, partially displayed up top.... For $25, you could even hire them to draw your party invites!
You know how you think my generation is too worried about people suing each other? Well your generation is too worried about people hacking each other!Scolding from my mother as I comment on her simple password choices.
Chinese cop on window ledge shoots kidnapper in head
via Mark Frauenfelder at BoingBoing
Amazing photos of cool-looking Chinese cop dressed in black shooting a kidnapper who was sitting on a windowsill. The kidnapper, who probably died from two slugs to the head, fell five stories to the ground.
Do you know what QR codes are? They are the latest fad to hit Japanese cell phones. QR codes are a new kind of bar code that can be used to store a small amount of data. You may have seen them in magazines, business cards and the like. Just take a photo of the image with your keitai (cell phone) and it will unscramble some sort of text message.
This vidblog incorporates some clips that I never got a chance to use from the end of my time at WFU - like the footage with Andrew conducting his symphony, Zach and Megan talking in our dorm, and Tiffany and me at Juice Shop. Also assorted summer school, and beach with Jesse Turcotte clips.
A lot of people think that chimpanzees are these cute, cuddly creatures. One day we're sitting on the golf course, and we see a baby one go running across the fairway. The four caddies with us - all locals - drop our clubs and break into a sprint, chasing like hell after this baby monkey. In Sierra Leone, chimps are a good delicacy, so they wanted to catch and eat him.
The other thing is that once these bastard mammals grow up, they're like 400 pound monsters. Our mine had 2,100 employees - sometimes people couldn't come to work because there would be an adult chimpanzee in their front yard, eating papayas off the tree. You're essentially under house arrest in that situation, because the chimp will rip your arms off and kill you.
We sold the mine to an Australian company in August of 1992 - just in time, because in January 1993, hundreds of armed rebels swarmed the compound and looted all of our machinery for their diamond mines. We had about 100 heavily armed guards, but the government would only let them carry AK47's. When there are five or six hundred militia men charging forward, each of them carrying at least one AK47, some with rocket launchers and grenades - needless to say it was a short fight, and the mine hasn't re-opened since.
ChadsNuts: i'm sadly addicted to http://www.bensbargains.net/ ... it's worse than any site i've been addicted to before
AOL made the bulk of their 1999/2000 fast-money from their infamous Business Affairs unit. This AOL team was responsible for gobbling up dozens and dozens of deals with freshly banked Valley start-ups, at a minimum of $5 million each. In return for a lump sum payment to the Business Affairs division, AOL would officially endorse Company X in a certain industry - say, Over-the-Counter Senior Arthritis Medicine - and would market the services to their approx 30 million captive customers. An announcement would go out - "AOL has selected eArthritis.com to be our exclusive Senior Joint Medicine Provider (SJMP) through 2010." and eArthritis's successful IPO was now almost guaranteed thanks to an AOL partnership.
The deals closed for $5, $10- sometimes even $25 million cash. AOL had an informal rule to try and get at least half of a company's entire venture capital. I only know this stuff because Maigh made me read the book Stealing Time, which was a great read.
Back to today.... via Jeff Nolan, Wall Street Journal reports that a couple hundred million $US has recently flooded into the mobile phone video game industry. In the article, various CEO's are saying things like,
"It's like the cannons got quickly moved over and sighted on this little segment of the world and started unloading," says Greg Ballard, chief executive officer of cellphone game maker Sorrent.
A lot of companies raise money like this and the consolidation process begins. "We've been told to spend the money on acquisitions." .... Yes, a very large number of tiny companies are about to get bought out here. Get ready for an aquisition binge - that's already in progress!
Will history repeat itself here? Who is going to swoop in and capitalize on this next round of fat-funded start-ups? Companies aren't just looking for products to acquire.... they're mainly looking for people. My advice, readers --- Get together with all of your recently graduated and unemployed college buddies (I'm one of them) and start a mobile gaming company. You don't actually have to make any sort of software. You will, however, need to speak the lingo, issue fake press releases, do "market testing," and have a nice-looking website. Oh, and a girl answering your phones.
"Never mind the game - just give us coder meat!" the mobile software companies collectively yelled.
BTW, You can bet your honest-earned dollar that the kid who skipped college to start a BREW development company with all his friends in 2001 is sitting pretty right now..... E-mail me if you know their company URL, I forget his name but he's probably about 21 now. I feel like they were starting somewhere in the North East or Midwest USA in 2001.
...... Apologies for pretending to sound like I know what I'm typing about with international affairs and internet industries. My excuse is that I'm getting lasik surgery tomorrow. Jeff Nolan over at SAPVe- whoops, I mean jeffnolan.typepad.com - points to this backlash piece on paidContent. It is so well-worded that I'm quoting the whole thing tonight. I'm on a bad blogging binge!
Keep in mind, most of these are me-too companies, with some hit titles and no guarantees of future hits. Also, mobile operators still have a huge share of the power in determining the fate of these companies. That is why the companies think they need scale...if we're big, the telcos won't push us around, the thinking goes. Plus we need an assembly line of hits in the rather fickle mobile gaming market, goes another line of thinking. That's the same kool-aid VCs are drinking from as well.
As WSJ puts it clearly, the mobile-game investments show a renewed willingness by venture financiers to back companies that aren't built on a unique technology but rather are trying to grab a share of a fast-growing market. A similar approach spun out of control in the late 1990s.
Great news for one of the RWIR fantasy portfolio companies... CXO Systems lands $7M in financing - received $7 million from Cisco Systems Inc and several venture capitalists to develop its business intelligence dashboards - Newton-based GrandBanks Capital and Waltham firms Ironside Ventures and Kodiak Venture Partners also contributed ... when pressed for comment by this dedicated and in-your-face blogger, Frank collected his thoughts to my tough questions and said "Thanks Nick. We're very excited to have Cisco investing in us."
Spike TV has signed a deal with LivePlanet, the production company founded by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sean Bailey and Chris Moore, to produce the original reality series "American Start-Up." The ten episode series is slated to premiere on Spike TV in mid 2005. "American Start-Up" celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit. Eight young businesses will be selected to compete, each receiving $50,000 of seed capital to help them reach their goals.
I've met Chris Moore a few times through the American Pie stuff that I did. Moore's company, LivePlanet, is "backed by tech firepower and investments from current and former Oracle execs." Maybe you remember Chris Moore and LivePlanet from Project Greenlight? They produced Matchstick Men and The Emperor's Club, too. I guess you could say I had lunch with Chris Moore a few times, but we were just at the same "honcho" table in that only-on-a-movie-set-in-LA sort of way.... I remember raving about the Danger phone to him for a while. Moore and Affleck will make this series a success - they "Get It" in business and internet affairs and are admirable mentor figures.
Toys R us May Sell Core Retail Business - OnlyOnce: Toys Wur Us? and official announcement - By separating the businesses, Babies R Us would be able to thrive and build on its core market of supplying not just baby toys, but gear like bedding, furniture, strollers and clothes to expectant and new parents.
Today's announcement that Toys R Us was probably going to sell its retail toys business to focus on the better performing and higher margin and less Wal-Mart-threatened Babies R Us business made me a little sad.
I came across this site while doing some reading for a project at work (I'll be helping at home with the fam' business through NBAA in October).
They often rub their hard shells against corals or rocks, either by accident or to scrape off barnacles or other epizoans, animals and plants that live attached to the turtle's shell. If there is a foreign object attached to the shell -- like a satellite transmitter -- the turtle is likely to scrape it vigorously. Once the antenna breaks, there can be no more communication between the transmitter and the satellite. Bye, turtle!
- Is the function separable?
By that I mean, can it be implemented without the necessary existence or cooperation of supporting functions or businesses.
- Will the customer pay for it separately?
And not just that, but pay enough to achieve an ROI including reinvestment over time.
If both the above questions - and others appropriate to the case - were answered 'yes', then congratulations. You might have a product. You still must show you can make money at it, of course: that you can build it on time and in budget, get it to the customers economically, and defend your market from imitators well enough to recoup the investment and a return.
the seven social sins by Mahatma Gandhi
I think Kaushal fascinates me because (1) he's about my age and lives in Mumbai, a city that I really want to visit .... (2) he works for a hip marketing company there (BrandingBrands / Hungama) and .... (3) Kaushal supports his entire family - parents and three siblings - from his one job. Cheers on your last few days of vacation! Get your ass back in gear :)
r1cksterbot: what does safe mean
Nick Gray WFU: it's a British thing, it means, like, "OK, cool"
Nick Gray WFU: Ali G says it a lot
Nick Gray WFU: and it's on that spliff-rolling game they linked in PopBitch
(The sage of networking) notes that the opportunities are not in chips and hardware. The cell-phone handset business has become a low-margin, high-volume one, largely dominated by Asian manufacturers ... Rather, if there's one thing history can teach us, it's that software and applications are where riches abound.
This instrument can teach, it can illuminate, and yes, it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is nothing but wires and lights in a box.
Edward R. Murrow, speaking about television in 1951.
Here's some commentary on my MP3 phone commercial idea -
a sentimental expression of the ways in which technology can become seamlessly integrated into courtship and personal expression nice journal commentary from Justin Hall, who recently moved to Los Angeles, California
An anonymous Hollywood executive at Universal Pictures was overheard saying,
I like it. And I like your storyboard. Thing is, it's just a re-hashing of the Say Anything moment with a cell phone. So on the originality and cleverness scale, it's not too high. But people like shit like this. It definitely works.
Justin's commentary Gets It, but I should watch that Say Anything movie to see what Josh is talking about. I'll be packing up at WFU today and driving back to Atlanta tomorrow. Light blogging as such.
The biggest names in entertainment and action sports walked the red carpet last night for the debut of the T-Mobile Sidekick II including Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, ... Shannon Elizabeth and Leelee Sobieski.
Holy wow! Since when has a cell phone soooo cool?
Sometimes my co-workers forget to close their web browsers on our shared internet terminal, and leave me with a quick opportunity to peek into their on-line world. I hit the jackpot today with theknot.com message boards. Who would have guessed that wives-to-be have funny screen names and gossip amongst their tight on-line cliques?
UAE cement prices have almost halved since reaching a peak in June 2004. Gulf News reported that opportunist importers are selling Indian and Pakistani cement for as little as Dhs10 per bag. In June, UAE cement manufacturers agreed to a price ceiling of Dhs15 per bag after prices soared to Dhs25 per bag on the back of booming construction demand.
ALSO: 461 multi-story buildings are currently under construction in Dubai
So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:
A good read submitted by Rick, Continued...