Cool new things pop up everyday - and sometimes take a while to be noticed:
- New five dimension DVDs could store 2000 movies
- Scientists at Swinburne University of Technology (from Melbourne, Australia!) have found a way to use the location (x,y axis, dimensions one and two), layer (3rd dimension), reflected laser wavelength (4th dimension) and polarization (5th dimension) of a special material to store information. Min Gu suggested the idea, and colleague James Chon came up with an "ideal material [that] contains gold, rod-shaped nanoparticles of different sizes and orientations." Gold nanoparticles are quite versatile, they are also being used to develop cancer treatments, new memory devices and improve x-rays.
- Larry Lessig on laws that choke creativity and are creating a generation that does not respect laws
Lessig's presentation has some important points, including the loss of a read-write culture to "infernal machines", and the recurring "terrors" of the content industries in the form of new technologies. The most important point is towards the end - the realisation that young people live what is considered a normal life (in developed countries) constantly against the law. Merely by trying to create and generate culture, laws are broken. And this is resulting in a real lack of respect or faith in the law. John Tehranian in 2007 wrote a paper - Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap (which if you search for on Google now brings up mostly torrent files - the original link is dead). It chronicles the day of an average 21st Century internet user. Who by the end of the day has amassed a $12.45 million liability. IN a day. And this was in 2007. How much proof do we need that change is required?
- Games played by Australians from varied walks of life
- This story on News.com.au is good news. Gaming is gaining popularity with a range of Australians, not just hardcore gamers or young males. But the source for this story troubles me. Apart from quoting a report from October 2008, I have similar issues to Greg Tannahill - where is the link to the report? He also has a very good summary of the more interesting statistics - from having read the report (and not just the summary). The methodologies are posted on Kotaku.