31 outubro 2006

CONTAMINANTES

À atenção de quem de direito: Football referees do favour home teams, study shows: Academics have proved what Premiership football managers have been complaining about for years ? that referees are inconsistent and favour home teams. Analysing over 2,500 English Premiership matches, researchers discovered that referees were statistically more likely to award yellow and red cards against the away team ? even when home advantage, game importance and crowd size were taken into account. [...]
As well as finding a distinct home bias in refereeing disciplinary action and inconsistency between referees, the research also highlighted that:
- underdogs tend to incur a higher rate of disciplinary sanction than favourites
- the number of disciplinary offences tends to be higher in matches between evenly-balanced teams, in matches with end-of-season outcomes at stake and in matches with higher attendances
- home teams appear to play more aggressively in front of larger crowds
- the crowd size did not appear to influence the incidence of disciplinary sanction against the away team
- there was no evidence that the behaviour of either teams or referees is any different when the match is televised.

VITAMEDIAS

Muitos dias depois, o BLOGUITICA tem finalmente uma resposta: Ouvir interesses atendíveis: "Não fomos felizes, embora tenhamos razões para acreditar que, quando escrevemos, estávamos a ser fiéis às informações de que dispúnhamos. Não procurámos fazer nenhum sensacionalismo nem fomos manipulados".

CONTAMINANTES

Korean scientist paid mafia for mammoth: Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Professor Hwang Woo-suk says he spent private donations for research to pay the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues to clone extinct species.

CONTAMINANTES

Scientists suffer human-rights abuses: And around the world, dozens of other scientists and physicians await verdicts of their own, after being imprisoned for dissenting with their government, fired for publishing unwelcome studies, or harassed for carrying out unwanted research.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

The works of art that matter most: To help compile the definitive list of the 50 works of art to see before you die, we need your suggestions. Here's a list of 20 to kick it off.

TECNOSFERA

Google Acquires Wiki Tool Developer: As JotSpot makes the transition to Google's systems, new registrations have been suspended.
JotSpot has both free and paid versions.

ZITE

How Rich Are You?

TECNOSFERA

Anónimos: Está aí à porta uma pequena polémica sobre o anonimato dos blogs. A pretexto de discutir o anonimato dos blogs, vai carregar-se forte & feio sobre os blogs em geral e o mal que eles fazem à saúde colectiva, às coronárias, ao colesterol e ao respeitinho. Ou eu me engano muito, o que não me parece. (...)

[Uma admiração no novo Freedomtocopy, agora com o título Equador : Miguel Sousa Tavares: afirma-se que "ESTE BLOG NÃO TEM QUALQUER LIGAÇÃO AO AUTOR OU À EDITORA DESTA OBRA".
Mas para "Contactar o Autor", o endereço de mail é autor@oficinadolivro.pt...]

TECNOSFERA

Net Neutrality Panel @ alt.telecom Forum: Net Neutrality isn't a new issue, nor is it over. The fight for the basic rights that the Internet's end-to-end architecture give us are being slowly but surely taken away from us by Big Media and the Bellheads. We need to be aware of this and take specific steps to ensure that we don't lose anything else, or better, turn the tide.

TECNOSFERA

Former Intelligence Agent Says Google In Bed With CIA: "I think that Google has made a very important strategic mistake in dealing with the secret elements of the U.S. government - that is a huge mistake and I'm hoping they'll work their way out of it and basically cut that relationship off," said the ex-CIA man.

TECNOSFERA

Apple describes new interface for iPod: Apple Patent Application: Electronic Device Having Display and Surrounding Touch Sensitive Bezel for User Interface and Control

30 outubro 2006

ECOPOL

White Trash, Fast Food: How Globalization Is Creating a New European Underclass: We know, for example, that today's proletariat is richer than the worker of generations past. Indeed, with a little skill, he can tap into the coffers of the state's social safety net, which provides him with access to an income comparable to those of police officers, warehouse workers and taxi drivers. Thus, it is not material poverty that separates him from others.

Rather, what stand out are the symptoms of intellectual neglect. The poor of today watch television for half the day. These days, television producers even refer to what they call "Underclass TV." The new proletariat eats a lot of fatty foods and he enjoys smoking and drinking -- a lot. About 8 percent of Germans consume 40 percent of all the alcohol sold in the country. While he may be a family man, his families are often broken. And on Election Day, he casts a protest vote for the extreme left or right wing party, sometimes switching quickly from one to the other.

But the main thing that sets the modern poor apart from the industrial age pauper is a sheer lack of interest in education. Today's proletariat has little education and no interest in obtaining more. Back in the early days of industrialization, the poor joined worker associations that often doubled as educational associations. The modern member of the underclass, by contrast, has completely shunned personal betterment.

He likewise makes little effort to open the door to the future for his own children. Their language skills are as bad as their ability to concentrate. The rising rate of illiteracy is matched by the shrinking opportunities to integrate the underclass. The Americans, not ones to mince words, call them "white trash."

27 outubro 2006

CONTAMINANTES

"Sequestered science" is scientific knowledge concealed from the public. Since science is built on the sharing of information, decisions to sequester data can hinder advancement in research and place public health in jeopardy. Legitimate claims to secrecy ? to preserve national security, investment value, or individual confidentiality ? must be weighed against their costs. Sequestered Science: The Consequences of Undisclosed Knowledge, the latest issue of the Duke University School of Law?s journal Law and Contemporary Problems, features several articles that discuss the tradeoffs involved in decisions to sequester science.

VITAMEDIAS

Newspaper Sites See Record Traffic in September: September was a banner month for online newspaper sites, which attracted more than 58 million readers that month, according to a Q3 Nielsen/NetRatings report conducted for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).
This was the highest amount of unique visitors for paper sites ever, the industry group said. On average, over 56.9 million people visited newspaper sites each month in Q3 2006, up almost 24 percent since Q3 2005.
Newspapers are urged to reach out to Web: Online journalists warned a meeting of newspaper editors Thursday that their industry's survival depends on how well they can engage and excite the masses of readers on the Web.
While delving into the digital age may seem daunting, "it's not nearly as frightening as what will happen to journalism if we don't embrace it," Jim Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com, said during the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference.

TECNOFERA

De pequenino é que se adapta o menino: Scottish School 1st to Use Palm-Vein Biometrics: A Scottish school has turned to biometrics as part of a nationwide push to encourage children to eat healthier meals.
The cafeteria at Todholm Primary School in Paisley, Scotland, has gone cashless, and students are buying lunches by holding their hands over a palm-vein recognition unit produced by Glasgow-based Yarg Biometrics. It?s the first school to use the system. Inside is the same palm-vein scanner from Japan?s Fujitsu that can now be found on thousands of bank cash machines across Japan.
The system relies on an infrared image of the palm of a user?s hand. It reveals the pattern of veins present under the skin, and from this an algorithm can confirm identity of the user. It takes into account identifying features such as the number of veins, their position and the points at which they cross, and offers a higher level of security than competing technologies including voice print, facial recognition, fingerprint recognition and iris scan, according to Fujitsu.

TECNOSFERA

MST ao lado da China:
China moves toward "real name system" for blogs: The Internet Society of China has recommended to the government that bloggers be required to use their real names when they register blogs, state media said on Monday, in the latest attempt to regulate free-wheeling Web content.
Miguel Sousa Tavares ameaça denunciar suspeitos de calúnia: "Um blogue não pode ser uma manifestação de liberdade se não houver responsabilidade. Assim, é mera libertinagem", sustenta [MST], advogando que "não devia ser possível abrir um blogue sem o autor ser identificado e tecnicamente confirmado".
[fico na dúvida sobre este "tecnicamente confirmado"...]

CONTAMINANTES

Sobre o programa de colaboração CMU-Portugal, um vídeo (Researchers of Carnegie Mellon University has managed to teach a computer to recognize and transform 2D images into 3D):

ZITE

How Many of Me?
* There are 154,484 people in the U.S. with the first name Pedro.
* Statistically the 387th most popular first name. (tied with 6 other first names)
* More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Pedro are male.

Curiosidades:
There are 503 people in the U.S. named George Bush.
There are 139 people in the U.S. named Richard Cheney.
There is 1 person in the U.S. named Dick Cheney.
There are 12 people in the U.S. named Bill Clinton.
There are 4 people in the U.S. named Al Gore.
There are 1,229 people in the U.S. named Robert Zimmerman.
There are 0 people in the U.S. named Bob Dylan.

26 outubro 2006

CONTAMINANTES

Novas apresentações da velha tabela peródica: The Periodic Table Gets a Makeover

TECNOSFERA

O mercado das empresas netecnológicas está novamente a mexer. Um (outro) exemplo: Odeo RIP, Hello Obvious Corp

VITAMEDIAS

O Governo aprovou hoje em Conselho de Ministros a criação de um "Portal de Imprensa Regional", "uma das medidas constantes do Plano Tecnológico".
Este portal estava previsto desde 16 de Junho de 2004 (era Durão Barroso primeiro-ministro).

TECNOSFERA

The "2006 Stupid Security Awards aim to highlight the absurdities of the security industry.
[as nomeações terminam a 31 de Outubro e é aberto a todos os países]

TECNOSFERA

Los mejores blogueros del planeta se citan en Madrid
[reparem nos "mejores" "del planeta"...]
José Mezo, autor de Malaprensa, levantó cierta polémica con la afirmación de que el fuerte de los blogs no es la conversación, porque "quien quiere participar en una conversación no se mete en un blog". Hay sitios más adecuados para hacerlo: foros, listas de correos. La blogosfera no deja de ser un espacio protagonizado por unos tipos con un cierto ego inflado, que de alguna manera tratan de imponer los temas sobre los que se habla.

ECOPOL

The worst political Web sites [Obrigado, Carlos]

VITAMEDIAS

pmeme: tracking people making news - following people in the blogosphere

CONTAMINANTES

Mesmo a tempo do Halloween: Vampires a Mathematical Impossibility, Scientist Says: On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been two vampires by Feb. 1, 1600. A month later there would have been four, and so on. In just two-and-a-half years the original human population would all have become vampires with nobody left to feed on.
If mortality rates were taken into consideration, the population would disappear much faster. Even an unrealistically high reproduction rate couldn't counteract this effect.

VITAMEDIAS

A beginner's guide to freelancing: I?ve now been freelance for more than three years but the title still has a double meaning ? this is both for beginners and by a beginner, because I know I still have a lot to learn.

25 outubro 2006

CONTAMINANTES

Cydonia's 'Face on Mars' in 3D animation: Recently, ESA's Mars Express delivered photos of the famous 'Face on Mars' in the Cydonia region. The High Resolution Stereo Camera images are some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever taken. Now, there's a stunning 3D animation of the area.

VITAMEDIAS

Software generates video news bulletins [ligações para os vídeos também aqui]

VITAMEDIAS

E vão três: Pólvora seca: O Sindicato dos Jornalistas promoveu um abaixo-assinado contra a revisão do Estatuto do Jornalista que passa ao lado de tudo o que é grave no novo articulado. [A ler lá a partir daqui...]
Em suma, uma oportunidade perdida para contestar um acto legal que vai sem dúvida causar grave prejuízo ao exercício de um jornalismo livre e independente. Em matéria de comunicação social, está visto que o PS continua sem aprender nada. Agora junta-se-lhe o próprio Sindicato dos Jornalistas.

A resposta para o Alfredo Maia: Embora tenha lido, nas últimas semanas, a quantidade de informações que o Sindicato mobilizou em defesa deste Apelo (uma espécie de segunda vida do Sindicato, tal o sucesso da iniciativa), não o vou subscrever.

Depois deles, este contra é muito menos interessante.

VITAMEDIAS

Ainda sobre o texto de domingo de ECT, este responde a Manuel Pinto.
Só duas notas sobre este assunto: hoje vi parcialmente um telejornal da RTPN em que apareceram três ministros e um secretário de Estado. Dos três ministros, dois foram criticados. Tiveram tempo de antena? Sim, negativo. Não é o tempo de exposição que conta apenas, é também a qualidade dessa exposição.
Segundo: estamos no debate do OE para 2007, com as inevitáveis apresentações ministeriais na Assembleia da República. É normal que os ministros apareçam mais vezes na televisão.

VITAMEDIAS

Sobre As técnicas da nova propaganda, o "Direito de Resposta" de Luís Miguel Viana, Director de Informação da Lusa

TECNOSFERA

outside.in: a bridge between information space and real-world space -- a place to see in a single glance all the interesting things that are happening around you.

CONTAMINANTES

Living Planet Report 2006 describes the changing state of global biodiversity and the pressure on the biosphere arising from human consumption of natural resources. It is built around two indicators: the Living Planet Index, which reflects the health of the planet's ecosystems; and the Ecological Footprint, which shows the extent of human demand on these ecosystems.
(os dados são de 2002/03)

TECNOSFERA

Parabéns a quem? Apple's iPod code 'cracked': The iPod has just had its fifth birthday, but Apple's celebrations may be cut short thanks to a 22-year-old Norwegian who claims he's cracked Apple's proprietary iPod-iTunes ecosystem.

TECNOSFERA

Dos blogues:
Isto é uma vergonha: Habituem-se: nesta fase de JPP, o Grande Explicador - não há lugar para o contraditório.
Exige aos outros aquilo que tu próprio nunca farias

Isto é irreal: "La televisión cruza la frontera" (act.): a segunda ligação apresenta estatísticas sem indicar origem, tem erros na tradução; o mesmo sucede na terceira ligação, texto "brasileiro"?!?! Para os interessados estão aqui ligações para dois textos sobre a questão dos "celulares que utilizem vídeo online, para que estes se encaixem em no padrão televisivo".

Isto é original?
23 Out 06: No primeiro: "Numa co-produção do "Inimigo Público" e do "Eixo do Mal", a que o Arrastão se associa"
20 Out 06: Pior Português de Sempre
17 Out 06: Os piores portugueses de sempre

24 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

No mais recente Innovate - journal of online education, "contributors explore, assess, and illustrate the potential of open source software and related trends to transform educational practice".

TECNOSFERA

George W. Bush usa o Google Earth para ver o seu rancho e não usa correio electrónico "because of the different record requests that can happen to a president". É um Googler-in-Chief

23 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

Game Evolution: I've taken screenshots of the same game genres on the ZX 81, an 8-bit, 16-bit and a 32-bit or above computer, and put them side to side just so that you can see how these games have evolved over the years, and moreover to mock the ZX81's limitations. It may not be interesting, but I have done it now and here it is.

ZITE

É uma brincadeira: copiem para a barra de endereços este código:
javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.getElementsByTagName("img"); DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=(Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5)+"px"; DIS.top=(Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5)+"px"}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0);

Para parar basta fazer refresh. Aprendi neste Javascript In The Address Bar...

TECNOSFERA

Putting blogs to work for Wall Street: Collective Intellect has a goal: Make bloggers work for The Man.
The company has created a service that combs through thousands of blogs, news sites, chat rooms and other Web sites every day and then surfaces rumors and news reports that might be of interest to traders or corporate public-relations executives. Start-ups like Monitor 110 provide similar services.
The idea is to give traders back the early and easy access to critical data that they used to have when this information came through many fewer channels. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a Bloomberg terminal or subscriptions to news services could give you a jump on the hoi polloi. Today, it's the masses that often have the jump, thanks to blogs and other tipster sites.
"They aren't sure where a story will break and how it will break," said Don Springer, Collective Intellect's CEO. "Traders are going crazy."

VITAMEDIAS

8 editors-in-chief of newspapers and magazines at European Commission to discuss the future of the print media (dois de Portugal: Helena Garrido - DN e Henrique Monteiro - Expresso)

VITAMEDIAS

Provavelmente tem passado despercebido (ainda não vi nenhum comentário) mas na sua reformulação, o Público.pt passou a incluir algumas funcionalidades interessantes dentro dos textos:
- para cada um ("Estatísticas"), pode-se saber quantas pessoas o leram, o imprimiram ou o "acharam interessante";
- nos "Tops", conhece-se os 10 textos mais lidos, os 10 mais interessantes e os 10 mais comentados.
Só não se sabe qual o espaço temporal da recolha desses "tops" mas não deixa de ser curioso confrontar os dados que resultam um do interesse do leitor e os outros dois da sua participação (escolha dos interessantes e comentários).
Por exemplo, hoje, o texto considerado mais interessante ("Crise em Portugal foi tema de documentário transmitido pela televisão espanhola") não está entre os 10 mais lidos ou os 10 mais votados.
E o segundo texto considerado mais interessante ("Estudo do MAI propõe extinção das brigadas de Trânsito e Fiscal") está na última posição dos mais lidos e não aparece nos mais votados.
Claro que tudo isto tem a ver com a participação dos leitores no tempo - presumo que os votos vão empurrando uns para baixo e outros para o topo - mas a alternativa de olhar apenas para um dia só e ver os dados não funciona porque há quem vá ler (e votar) textos de dias anteriores.
Enfim, a acompanhar.

VITAMEDIAS

Google News a Step Closer to Integrating Blogs: Google has made a small, but important change to Google News. On the top right hand part of the page next to the Archive Search there's now a link to Google Blog Search.

TECNOSFERA

It?s time to unveil crayon (a new marketing company): We?re virtual, in the sense that our primary presence as a company is the three-dimensional online digital world of Second Life where we will conduct our business, our presentations, our brainstorms and our pitches.
[o que me fez recordar esta crayon - Create Your Own Newspaper, existente desde 1995]

VITAMEDIAS

Media Consolidation: Hollywood Versus The Big Six: What if six male billionaires decided what 300 million people watched on TV, saw in movie theatres, heard on the radio, and read in every major newspaper? What if those six men, including the country's biggest defense contractor, chose which projects got green-lighted and which actors were cast? [...]
As it stands, six companies own 90 percent of the media holdings in the United States: Viacom, which owns Paramount, CBS, MTV Networks, and DreamWorks; Disney, whose subsidiaries include ABC, Miramax, Pixar, Touchstone, Walt Disney Studios, and Walt Disney Theatrical; Time Warner, parent company of Warner Bros., HBO, half of the CW (co-owned with CBS Corp.), CNN, and AOL; General Electric, which owns NBC Universal; Bertelsmann, whose holdings include Sony and BMG Music Publishing; and News Corp., owner of 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, MyNetworkTV, FX Networks, and MySpace. The men at the helm of those corporations are, respectively, Sumner Redstone, Robert Iger, Richard Parsons, Jeffrey R. Immelt, Carl Bertelsmann, and Rupert Murdoch. [...]
[T]he consolidated networks not only block independent content from reaching the small screen, but also prevent actors from receiving fair pay.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Quem é o autor de um filme, o realizador ou o argumentista? Now Playing: Auteur vs. Auteur

21 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

Microsoft Zune: Doesn't sound sweet to everyone: Microsoft's forthcoming digital music player, dubbed Zune, may make some Hebrew speakers gasp. The name for the device -- which will take on the Apple iPod when released later this year -- sounds like a vulgarity, specifically the "f" word, in Hebrew. [...]
Hebrew linguists are divided over Zune. Tsila Ratner, the head of Hebrew courses in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London, says Zune is an unsuitable name for a product. However, Haggit Inbar-Littas, a 30-year veteran Hebrew teacher with the London Jewish Cultural Center, says while the name is "ridiculous" and close to the bad word, it's unlikely to be mistaken.

20 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Global print titles attract top earning readership: A new Europe-wide survey has shown that the appetite for international print titles is growing among the "affluent elite", with The Economist leading the charge.
The Ipsos-Mori survey of media consumption among Europe's most affluent readers showed The Economist has attracted 50 per cent more readers over the last two years, and 21 per cent since the last survey was carried out in 2005. [...]
Alan Dunachie, director of operations at The Economist, said of the title's success: "One of the reason for its success is that The Economist does, uniquely in the magazines world, help people understand really complex issues. The way it is written makes you think in a different way than, say, a daily newspaper does.
"It's like having a discussion with a really clever, intelligent friend."
Dunachie said a number of influences had coincided to create a buoyant market for international titles.
A new generation of English speakers across Europe, particularly in their 20s, can now access international media.

CONTAMINANTES



NASA and NOAA Announce Ozone Hole is a Double Record Breaker: "From September 21 to 30, the average area of the ozone hole was the largest ever observed, at 10.6 million square miles," said Paul Newman, atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenland ice sheet on a downward slide: ice losses now far surpass ice gains in the shrinking Greenland ice sheet.

(já agora: Despite popular belief, the world is not running out of oil: "there will always be some oil available at a price, perhaps $10 to $100 a gallon." [...]
Other myths that [economic geologist Eric Cheney] wants to dispel include:
* Only basic extraction and processing costs affect economic geology. That fails to account for such costs as exploration, transportation, taxes and societal and environmental programs.
* Production always damages the environment. Accidents do happen, Cheney said, but much of the perception is based on problems of the past and don't reflect current reality. "It's inevitable that there are going to be oil spills, just like tere are traffic accidents on the freeway," he said. "We hope we can manage them, but nothing is risk free."
* Mineral deposits are excessively profitable. Despite widely reported huge oil company profits in the last year, Cheney notes that as a percentage of company revenues oil profits lag far behind those of some major software and banking companies.
* Transportation costs are trivial. In fact, the retail cost of building materials such as sand and gravel are largely driven by the cost of moving them from one place to another, particularly in crowded urban areas. Moving quarries and pits farther away from where people live only increases those costs.
* Ore deposits are uniform. While a valued ore can be found in a large continuous deposit, often it is mixed with other kinds of minerals and extraction becomes more expensive.
* Resources are randomly distributed and so, if human population encroaches, a mine or quarry should simply be able to relocate.)

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Quando a indústria discográfica funciona bem no "online": Download-only reissues hit quarter-million mark: Online music fans have downloaded more than 250,000 tracks of previously out-of-print recordings by European artists since the launch of Universal Music's pioneering digital catalogue reissue programme earlier this year.
Consumers bought music by a diverse, eclectic range of performers, including rock bands such as France's Noir Desir, Germany's Accept, and the U.K.'s Del Amitri, Cast and Eddie & the Hot Rods, as well as household names Chris De Burgh and Nana Mouskouri, and cultural icons Jacques Brel and Brigitte Bardot.

MOST POPULAR ARTISTS BY TRACK
1. Noir Desir
2. Chris de Burgh
3. Gun
4. Eddie & the Hot Rods
5. Del Amitri

MOST POPULAR TRACKS
1. Gun, "Word Up"
2. Eddie & the Hot Rods, "Do Anything You Wanna Do"
3. Brigitte Bardot, "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus"
4. Freak Power, "Turn On Tune In Cop Out"
5. Cast, "Guiding Star"

MOST POPULAR ALBUMS
1. Big Country, Steeltown
2. Fairport Convention, Meet On The Ledge
3. Jacques Brel, Ballades et Mots D'Amour
4. Freak Power, Drive-Thru Booty
5. Nana Mouskouri, Les Plus Beaux Noels du Monde

TECNOSFERA

20 Ways Search Engines May Rerank Search Results
Google search engine optimisation and their 80/20 rule: This 80% corresponds to offpage optimization.

VITAMEDIAS

The Future of Social Media
There are four major trends I see from where I sit today:
Social Media will become more of a business, but will retain the power from its personal passion, unlike new media in the big dotcom boom
More individuals will band together in networks small and large, changing the very notion of freelancing and employment
The corporation will be forever changed, traditional media will adapt before dying completely and all companies will become media companies thereby shrinking the advertising pie
Ultimately, Social Media will be a primary catalyst in saving the world?or bringing about our demise

TECNOSFERA

A Web perigosa:
Death threats force art website to close:
For five years my website has been a beacon in the endless sea of the illicit trade in the artworld. It didn't bring me a billion dollars as in Mel's case, neither did it bring me history, but neither, Baruch Hashem, did I pay the ultimate price.
Today is also the Day that I received photos of one of my children at my doorstep.

TECNOFERA

A ler: Privacy under attack, but does anybody care? It's vanishing, but there's no consensus on what it is or what should be done
[10 "Real life privacy nightmares"]

VITAMEDIAS

Adaptação aos tempos (acesso por subscrição): Diário Económico com vídeo online: O Diário Económico (DE) vai integrar na sua edição online, a partir do próximo dia 30 de Outubro, três emissões diárias, em directo da redacção, através do sistema de streaming video. [...]
A aposta do DE no reforço dos serviços e conteúdos disponibilizados através do seu site irá também abranger, a partir de Dezembro, a disponibilização de uma enciclopédia online de economia, finanças e gestão, desenvolvida ao abrigo de um protocolo estabelecido com o ISEG.

VITAMEDIAS

Deste O sector dos estudos de mercado em Portugal: A maioria dos clientes provém do sector industrial, que representa 42% deste mercado. A media é o segundo sector, responsável por 13% da facturação de estudos de mercado em Portugal.

VITAMEDIAS

À atenção da ERCS: Media Tracker will tell you who owns the media where you live. Type in your ZIP code or a city and state. Media Tracker will comb our database of more than 5 million records from government sources, corporate documents and original research.

19 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Eu sei que a Holanda não é Portugal mas "How a Paid-For Daily Reaches Young, Smart Readers"
A new newspaper in the Netherlands is getting widespread attention for attracting young, well-educated people who were not regular newspaper readers. Half a year after its launch, NRC Next has surpassed its targets and is reaching a new audience for newspapers -- and the new readers are willing to pay for it too.
NRC Next is a morning tabloid that assumes readers have already learned the news from other channels. Rather than concentrating on the traditional "who, what, where and when," it provides background, analysis and opinion.
[de um comunicado da WAN]

VITAMEDIAS

Uma pergunta, A propósito da entrevista de Luís Marinho ao JN.
[act.: esclarecimentos de ECT e Moniz não poupa Marinho e também Ricardo Costa critica Marinho]

CONTAMINANTES

US adopts tough new space policy: The US has adopted a tough new policy aimed at protecting its interests in space and denying "adversaries" access there for hostile purposes.
The document - signed by President Bush - also says "freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power".
The document rejects any proposals to ban space weapons.
But the White House has said the policy does not call for the development or deployment of weapons in space.
However, some military experts warn that by refusing to enter into negotiations on space weaponry, the US is likely to fuel international suspicions that it will develop such weapons.

Citação: "The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space... and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to US national interests"

TECNOSFERA

Second Life tem um milhão de residentes virtuais.
World of Warcraft tem sete milhões de assinantes.

16 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

Blog integrity is important: If you don?t disclose you?re being paid to blog, you?re gonna create a mess, like Edelman and Walmart did. That?s why I don?t like PayPerPost (which sponsored part of the conference yesterday). I don?t mind PayPerPost on the face of it. As long as you disclose you?re being paid, your integrity is intact. The problem is that PayPerPost doesn?t ask its bloggers to disclose the fact that they are getting paid to blog (I talked yesterday with one blogger who is using PayPerPost and says he doesn?t always disclose that fact).
That said, bloggers are selling out too cheap.

TECNOSFERA

O tamanho da blogosfera Portuguesa [via SAPO tem 73 022 blogs]:
O weblog.com.pt (desde Janeiro de 2006 pertença do Aeiou.pt), têm cerca de 3000 weblogs registados.
O Sapo não deu um número exacto dizendo que têm entre 70000 a 80000 weblogs activos.
O blog.com, afirma que do seu universo de 800 mil weblogs 4% serão portugueses.
Todos os participantes do painel concordaram que estão no serviço do Google, o blogspot.com, 60% dos weblogs da blogosfera portuguesa.

Ou seja, 3000 + 73.022 + 4% de 800 mil + 60% no blogspot = (façam as contas :) O verdadeiro resultado é que se continua sem conhecer o tamanho da blogosfera nacional...

CULTURAS IN VITRO

French tycoon tops art power list: Though the list confirms the overwhelming dominance of New York and London as capitals of the contemporary art scene, for the first time the most influential figure is neither American nor British. Instead, the magazine named the Frenchman François Pinault, one of the world's leading buyers, as the most powerful man in modern art. [...]
From Pinault to Google... the art world's hot 100:
1: François Pinault, owner of Gucci and Christies, also owns around 2,000 pieces of contemporary art which he displays in his private gallery in a Venetian palace
2: Larry Gagosian, dealer, five galleries around the world
3: Sir Nicholas Serota, director, Tate Modern
4: Glenn D Lowry, director, Museum of Modern Art, New York
5: Samuel Keller, director of the Art Basel art fair [...]
97: João Oliveira Rendiero, art collector and chairman, Lisbon's Banco Privado Portugues

VITAMEDIAS

Reuters opens virtual news bureau in Second Life: Reuters is opening a news bureau in the simulation game Second Life this week, joining a race by corporate name brands to take part in the hottest virtual world on the Internet.
The Reporter Is Real, but the World He Covers Isn?t: While many independent journalists and bloggers have published inside such virtual worlds, Reuters is the first established news agency to dispatch a full-time reporter to do so.
Interview: Adam Pasick, Reuters? virtual world bureau chief
Q: What are you doing in Second Life as a reporter running a bureau for Reuters?
Adam: As strange as it might seem, it?s not all that different from being a reporter in the real world. You talk to as many people as you can, you read what you can, you find interesting stories and you chase them down. The fact that we are in a virtual world, once you get used to it, it becomes very much like the job I?ve been doing for years.

ECOPOL

1 man still locked up from 9/11 sweeps: Detainee has not been charged, not seen as a threat, but is behind bars
His name is Ali Partovi. And according to the Department of Homeland Security, he is the last to be held of about 1,200 Arab and Muslim men swept up by authorities in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. [...]
[DHS spokesman Dean] Boyd said the department would like to remove Partovi from the United States but that he refuses to return to his homeland of Iran.
And so he remains, a curious remnant of a desperate time.

15 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Top 5 Most Creative Ads

TECNOSFERA

Depois da cápsula do tempo do Yahoo! ter sidocancelada, "Britain's bloggers make history": A digital time capsule detailing a day in the life of hundreds of thousands of Britons is to be posted on a website and then archived permanently at the British Library.
The actors Stephen Fry and Sir Derek Jacobi, the writer Bill Bryson and television historian Bettany Hughes are among those who have already agreed to record their experiences this Tuesday for the ?One Day in History? project organised by the National Trust (NT).
The idea is based on the burgeoning phenomenon of blogging, in which everyone from anti-war campaigners to call girls, and from police officers to government ministers, as well as thousands of ordinary people, jot their experiences and thoughts on personal websites.
In the NT project, described as a ?blog for the national record?, contributors are asked to write between 100 and 1,000 words about their day, in English or Welsh.

14 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Maria João Avillez: "Dêem-me uma pessoa e eu faço uma grande viagem"
Já está resolvida a questão da sua carteira profissional?
Resolvidíssima. Não perdi um segundo a pensar no assunto. Estava de férias nos Açores e o caso foi para as mãos do dr. José Miguel Júdice. Curiosamente, alguns jornalistas que de uma forma tão insidiosa se ocuparam tanto com a carteira, não se preocuparam, nada, com o seu regresso. A carteira está cá em casa há um mês e ninguém se preocupou. Esteve fora três semanas, o tempo daquela campanha, porque a Comissão da Carteira a solicitou. Quer a SIC Notícias quer o Expresso portaram-se muito bem comigo.

Não teve a noção de que aquele texto na campanha do Banco Privado Português era publicidade?
Mas aquilo não era publicidade. Foi baseado num artigo de opinião livre que escrevi. Ninguém me pôs nenhuma pressão. Eu podia dizer o que quisesse sobre o uso do dinheiro, os bancos... Amanhã faria exactamente o mesmo. Este banco deve estar muito grato à Comissão da Carteira e aos medíocres dos jornalistas portugueses pela publicidade que lhe fizeram.

É isso que pensa dos jornalistas portugueses?
O nosso meio jornalístico tem uma mancha residual muito medíocre. Com brilhantíssimas excepções, o meio é ressentido e invejoso. Os portugueses são invejosos.

(Depois disto, a ler obviamente este "Blogger poker tour: as coisas com que eles se divertem". O mundo anda esquisito...)

VITAMEDIAS

A acompanhar no Abrupto a secção "PARA SE COMPREENDER O PORTUGAL DE SALAZAR E O PORTUGAL QUE FEZ SALAZAR", com origem no boletim confidencial dactilografado da Direcção Geral dos Serviços de Censura à Imprensa - Boletim Diário de Registo e Justificação dos Cortes e serão por regra apenas da secção "Questões de ordem moral".

CONTAMINANTES

Ainda o MIT, agora com o Center for Collective Intelligence: How can people and computers be connected so that?collectively?they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?

TECNOSFERA

Blogs - and God?s Youth: should teenagers and others in the Church "express themselves" to the world through blogs?

ZITE

VENDO!
contrafactos.blogspot.com is worth $42,905.04

13 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Diário Económico é o jornal preferido pelos gestores: No total dos jornais mais lidos, o Público encontra-se em primeiro lugar, com 57%, tendo, no entanto, caído sete pontos percentuais face ao resultado do estudo anterior de 2004. O Diário Económico aproxima-se, assim, cada vez mais do topo da tabela, situando-se na segunda posição, com 53%, o que representa um aumento de sete pontos percentuais face há dois anos.
O Diário de Notícias, por seu turno, continua a afastar-se do seu concorrente directo, o Público, fixando-se nos 40%. Enquanto o Diário de Notícias caiu oito pontos percentuais na preferência dos leitores, face aos 48% obtidos em 2004, o Jornal de Notícias, também do grupo Lusomundo Media, conseguiu mais três pontos percentuais face a 2004.
O Jornal de Negócios está ao mesmo nível do Jornal de Notícias nas preferências de leitura diária (34%). Já o Correio da Manhã, também do grupo Cofina, foi o que obteve menor índice de leitura, tanto no total, como no índice dos quadros de topo e dos superiores do sector financeiro. O tabloide fixou-se nos 15%, menos dois pontos percentuais do que no estudo anterior.

CONTAMINANTES

200,000 years for all trace of Man to vanish from the Earth: If man were to vanish from the face of the Earth today, his footprint on the planet would linger for the mere blink of an eye in geological terms.
Within hours, nature would begin to eradicate its impact. In 50,000 years all that would remain would be archaeological traces. Only radioactive materials and a few man-made chemical contaminants would last longer ? an invisible legacy. [gráfico aqui]

TECNOSFERA

O seu "site" é Web 2.0? Resposta (Newsvine is not Web 2.0?)

CONTAMINANTES

Passou despercebida por causa do programa MIT-Portugal (ou a informação só foi disponibilizada após a assinatura desse acordo?) mas já foi autorizada em Conselho de Ministros a celebração dos contratos com a Carnegie Mellon University e a University of Texas (Austin), bem como a autorização da despesa prevista (o anexo financeiro inclui igualmente as verbas com o MIT).

TECNOSFERA

European bloggers find their voice: Readership of blogs in Europe is catching up with the US, but the most popular blogs are still dominated by Americans, according to new research which compares bloggers of different nationalities.
However blogs are becoming an increasingly important part of political life in both Europe and the US, with more than a quarter of readers of the websites spurred to political or civic action.
A study by Edelman, the public relations company, and Technorati, the blog search engine, found that the top 100 most influential bloggers worldwide ? measured by the number of links they receive from other blogs ? were almost all from the US, with only a satirical Italian blog (also published in English) breaking in at number 28. The most influential UK blog, Gaping Void, was ranked 139th.
The 100 most influential bloggers in German, French and Italian were also ranked, revealing a divergence of themes and networks among national groups.
[Obrigado, Carlos]
Edelman and Technorati Detail the Most Influential Blogs in German, French and Italian: Two thirds of all blog posts are written in languages other than English.
Tech, Politics Dominate Blogosphere: Despite making inroads into the mainstream, the most influential blogs are often forums for discussing technology and political trends, according to a new study.

VITAMEDIAS

A reinvenção nos media: A Newspaper Investigates Its Future: The [Los Angeles] Times is dedicating three investigative reporters and half a dozen editors to find ideas, at home and abroad, for re-engaging the reader, both in print and online. The newspaper?s editor, Dean Baquet, and its new publisher, David Hiller, plan to convene a meeting today to start the effort, which is being called the Manhattan Project. A report is expected in about two months. [...]
?We realized we had to act fast or we wouldn?t have anything to act for,? said Vernon Loeb, the paper?s California investigations editor, who helped originate the idea.

VITAMEDIAS

Plágio da RTP ao Caderno de Corda [via]

TECNOSFERA

Will Law Firm Blogs Be Regulated as Advertising? Many states are in the process of revamping their attorneys' ethics rules, and part of that process involves the prickly issue of whether blogs should be regulated as advertising.
On one hand, states want to protect consumers from unscrupulous lawyer advertising presented under the guise of an online diary. On the other, they want to preserve the free flow of ideas -- and valuable legal information presented in a public forum -- that the new technology has fostered.

VITAMEDIAS

WAYS TO REENERGIZE READERS:
2. Fire any reporter or editor who refuses to learn how to use the Web to its greatest advantage, or to experiment with what works on Web vs. what works in print. [Demasiado drástico - há outras formas...]
8. Drop all non-informational, space-eating graphics, and every house ad.
13. Spend not one penny more on consultants. [mas sim nos jornalistas que são quem faz o jornal...]
15. Forget about reenergizing readers; it's the paper that needs fixing.

12 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

É o cliente, estúpido! (Uma curiosidade e algumas constatações):
1) quando o Google adquiriu a Pyra Labs/Blogger, o
anúncio foi feito por um blogger.
Quando o Google comprou o YouTube, o anúncio foi feito por um blogger.

2) quando o Google adquiriu a Pyra Labs/Blogger, houve quem se questionasse sobre o que iria fazer: "They've always said, 'We'll be only focused on search.' How does (the Pyra purchase) have anything to do with search? It doesn't," said Danny Sullivan, publisher of industry newsletter SearchEngineWatch.com.
Quando o Google comprou o YouTube, "I still think Google is crazy :)" (complementado com este "I was wrong").
Em ambos os casos, a identidade própria das marcas adquiridas foi preservada (para garantir a comunidade ou uma posterior venda?).

3) O que este "Dot-com boom, this? Nah" mostra é que se está a passar da compra de empresas com bens (produtos, serviços) - que vão continuar, claro - para a aquisição de comunidades.
O Blogger foi pioneiro (se esquecermos que, em 2001, já tinha havido a dos "newsgroups" também pelo Google) mas a compra do Flickr pelo Yahoo!, do MySpace pela News Corp. e agora o YouTube (quando já se fala do interesse do Yahoo! pelo Facebook) confirmam essa tendência.
Esta não é comparável aos "sites" de comunidades dos tempos pré-2000 por uma razão simples: "A trip to the Geocities homepage on the "Wayback Machine" circa December 19, 1996 (courtesy of The Internet Archive) yields this decidedly quaint statement from the company: "We have more than 200,000 individuals sharing their thoughts and passions with the world, and creating the most diverse and unique content on the Web." Replace "200,000" with "100 million" and you could almost imagine this sentence appearing on the MySpace homepage.
The Geocities vs. MySpace comparison not only demonstrates the commonalities between the internet of 1996 and 2006, but it also provides a point of departure for understanding concepts of online presence in the Web 2.0 era. While the Geocities model relied on the metaphors of a place (cities, neighborhoods, homepages), MySpace anchors presence through metaphors of a person (profiles, blogs, links to videos, etc.). Geocities encouraged us to create our own cities and neighborhoods as points of entry to our personal worlds; MySpace cuts to the chase and enables direct access to the person, as well as access to his or her social world. And whether we call the current world 2.0 or 10.0, there's no question that the internet of today will look positively beta to future generations."

Em resumo, a escala é agora muito maior, a banda larga facilita os acessos entre pontos da rede, entre a pessoa "online" e quem com ela quer comunicar. Entre o Google e eu, por exemplo, quando tenho tantas oportunidades de interagir com a mesma empresa, quando antes tinha de saltitar entre fornecedores de serviços...
O "Google domination factor" não é nada de novo, apenas preocupante. Já era há um ano: "If [Google] built out a hosting platform for people to upload all kinds of content that could be searched by Google and monetised by Google, like video and podcasts... it takes money to do, and with the search capabilities as their strong suit it could be something they could do," [Gartner analyst Allen] Weiner said. "Google could say, 'We'll host it for you; you point to us.' That could be huge."
Problemas? "by plunging into new markets with seeming abandon, Google is creating a lot of enemies whose survival may depend on making sure it doesn't succeed in them all".
E como é que se impede a sobrevivência dos mais fortes?

A ler:
Smart Move or Silly Money 2.0? Everyone from Time Warner and Viacom to Yahoo! and Microsoft is under enormous pressure to acquire the next MySpace or YouTube. But amid steadily rising valuations, Old and New Media executives alike are afraid of overpaying and being punished by their shareholders.
Parsons Weighs in on New Media, International Prospects: The YouTube deal demonstrates the power of user-generated content today. ?The question is,? [Richard Parsons, the chairman and CEO of Time Warner] said, ?where is it going and how do you make a business out of it? Is it going to take over edited or professional content? No. I don?t think its going to overrun TV or movies.?
Online Ad Agency Says Google, YouTube Need to Tackle Video Organization and Presentation: Talk of video and social networking, two core elements of the YouTube site, dominated the quarterly call. While Organic has seen clients' third-quarter interactive advertising spending increase 15 percent to 20 percent year-over-year, the vast branding budgets of Fortune 1000 companies have yet to migrate from TV to the Web, [digital ad agency Organic Inc.'s chief executive, Mark Kingdon] said.
That's because Web companies haven't figured out how to make video advertising appealing to them, he said. Yahoo's structured display advertising allows companies to create big brand splashes on its content pages. In the same way, Google, YouTube and others hoping to make money in the video space need to come up with a new way for advertisers to reach video viewers, Kingdon said.
Bravo, Comedy Central get boost from Net homes: If you have an Internet connection at home, odds are you're watching less television. Maybe as much as 25% less, depending on the broadcast or cable network, according to research now being distributed to TV executives by Nielsen/NetRatings Inc.
"It's not that people are abandoning TV for the Internet. Sometimes, they do both," said Mainak Mazumdar, the company's vice president of Product Marketing and Measurement Science. "We only have 24 hours a day... (that's) a finite amount of time to consume media."

TECNOSFERA

Curiosa conversa sobre a escrita nos blogues:
Good Blog Writing Style
2. Write in inverted pyramid style: first get to the point and mention the core ideas, then fill in the details in later paragraphs. The first and second sentence should allow people to decide if they want to continue reading this.

The Inverted Pyramid For Bloggers: while the inverted pyramid is good for newspapers (as much as it hurts actual writing, it makes the job a whole lot easier), it is a terrible idea for blogging. First off, it shouldn?t even be considered in short posts, since the blogger doesn?t have to worry about the reader reading to the end, since they always will. As for long posts, since blogs aren?t limited by space, the last thing a blogger should do is try to bore the readers who bother to stick around for the whole post.

11 outubro 2006

ECOPOL

Why say no to free money? It's neuro-economics, stupid: IMAGINE that you are sitting next to a complete stranger who has been given £10 to share between the two of you. He must choose how much to keep for himself and how much to give to you.
He can be as selfish or as generous as he likes, with one proviso: if you refuse his offer, neither of you gets any money at all. What would it take for you to turn him down?
This is the scenario known to economists as the ultimatum game. [...]
?In a sense, suicide bombers are playing a version of the ultimatum game. Their sense of injustice is such that they are willing to pay the highest possible cost. For models of behaviour which assume that self-interest is all important, it has always been a mystery why people go to war or sacrifice themselves for their nation, their religion, or even for abstract principles. To explain these types of behaviours, we need to take account of how human actions are governed by emotion.?

VITAMEDIAS

The Real YouTube Scoop: When news broke that Google and YouTube were in acquisition talks, it didn't come from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, or any of traditional media's other stalwarts. Instead, many people -- myself included -- got the story from TechCrunch, a popular blog dedicated to reporting the latest advances from the rapidly evolving world of what has been dubbed Web 2.
The scoop reinforces the widely accepted notion that professional bloggers are becoming increasingly robust and capable competitors to reporters from traditional media sources [...]
Given bloggers' ability to post articles immediately, react in real time to feedback from other news sources, and link to other articles and sources for a richer reading experience, it's difficult to imagine how the best bloggers will do anything but continue to grow in influence at the expense of traditional media.

ECOPOL

Study: War blamed for 655,000 Iraqi deaths: Violence including gunfire and bombs caused the majority of deaths but thousands of people died from worsening health and environmental conditions directly related to the conflict that began in 2003, U.S. and Iraqi public health researchers said. [...]
The survey, being published online by British medical journal The Lancet, gives a far higher number of deaths in Iraq than other organizations.
(President Bush says he does not consider report credible)

TECNOSFERA

Isto é uma boa ideia: a nha rua: manda foto da placa com o nome da tua rua.

TECNOSFERA

Isto é uma vergonha: Parasitas/agregadores de feeds? Andam por aí ultimamente uns casos crescentes de parasitismo, ou para alguns, somente agragadores de feeds (agregadores atulhados de ads, com o único intuito de ganhar dinheiro à custa dos outros), ou de termos, seja por procuras no google, no technorati ou outro método parecido.

TECNOSFERA

Confiava as suas contas ao mo.neytrack.in'?
Keep control of your expenses and income in an easy and secure way
-Keep informed of your current balance in one glance
-Get graphical and statistical info instantaneously
-Manage the budget of as many projects as you want
-Work in group and share accounting data to everyone

Não é demasiada informação pessoal num "site"? Mas vai ter adeptos...

10 outubro 2006

PHOTO-GRAFIA

Samsung starts marketing world's first 10 megapixel camera phone with even mobile TV function

VITAMEDIAS

Indispensable Old Media: New media is great, but the continued killings of old-school investigative reporters prove their work is crucial. [...]
YouTube, Google, Flickr and many other websites offer valuable tools for keeping the world informed. But they are not a substitute for Politkovskaya and her colleagues.
Societies are judged on how they treat their most vulnerable citizens. We suggest that added to that calculation should be whether journalists have been threatened, assaulted and killed. Tell us how many journalists were assassinated in your country last year, and we will tell you what kind of society you have.

ECOPOL

A Coreia do Norte testou um engenho nuclear ou o bom senso de políticos e também de jornalistas e autores de blogues apressados (negritos meus):

1) a posição oficial norte-americana ("President Bush's Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test"): Last night the government of North Korea proclaimed to the world that it had conducted a nuclear test. We're working to confirm North Korea's claim. Nonetheless, such a claim itself constitutes a threat to international peace and security.

2) a posição oficial do Conselho de Segurança das Nações Unidas ("Security Council members 'strongly condemn' nuclear test by DPR Korea"): The United Nations today strongly condemned the reported nuclear test by the Democratic People?s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it ?a grave challenge? that violates international norms, aggravates regional tensions and creates serious security issues for the world community.

3) a posição oficial europeia ("EU presidency statement on the carrying out of a nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea"): The Presidency of the European Union strongly condemns the test of a nuclear explosive device by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Carrying out the test was unacceptable. The EU works in close cooperation with the international community for a decisive international response to this provocative act.

4)a posição oficial portuguesa ("Comunicado"): O Governo Português tomou conhecimento, com grande apreensão, da detonação experimental de um engenho nuclear no território da República Popular Democrática da Coreia.

O que outros disseram:
Scientists Try to Determine if North Korea Set Off Nuclear Explosion: North Korea sets off an earthshaking explosion and claims it was nuclear. Was it? For scientists, that was not a quick and easy question to answer.
Like earthquakes, large explosions send out shockwaves that can be detected on seismographs. Big nuclear bombs make big waves, with clear signatures that make them fairly easy to detect, analyze and confirm that they were caused by splitting atoms. But smaller blasts as North Korea's appears to have been are trickier to break down. [...]
"People have different way of cross cutting the data and interpreting them," said Lassina Zerbo, director of the International Data Center at the [Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization - CTBTO], which is based in Vienna, Austria. [...]
The CTBTO's stations are more extensive than those used by most countries. They monitor seismic events but also underwater data, radioactive particles in the air and radiowaves.
"Within 72 hours we will have full data. Then all this will be available to member states," said Zerbo.
While the North Korean explosion was small, potentially complicating monitoring efforts, sensors in South Korea were likely close enough to categorize it as nuclear, if that is what is was, said Friedrich Steinhaeusler, professor of physics at Salzburg University.
A nuclear blast also gives off a clear signature a clear graph of peaks and curves that differentiates it from other kinds of shocks, he added.
"We'll have the confirmation soon," he said.

North Korean blast seems small for a nuke: It is easy to say that the blast was an explosion rather than an earthquake by looking at the seismic signal: an explosion has a much sharper start than a quake. But to identify the details of a nuclear explosion will take more delving. Scientists will pour over seismic data in the coming days. To get a complete picture, the geology of the rock will also need to be considered.

North Korea may be far from being able to mount atomic attack: North Korea may have the bomb. But the complexities of developing nuclear warheads from Pyongyang's claimed successful test explosion _ and the means to deliver them _ means the country may be years away from posing an atomic threat to the rest of the world. [...]
Ahead of Monday's explosion, former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright, president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, speculated that the test bomb would have a yield three to four times weaker than the bombs that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II because of the North Koreans' lack of ability to produce a stronger weapon.
Indirectly confirming Albright's comments on Monday, both Russian and South Korean officials said seismic measurements showed the blast was far weaker than those dropped on the two Japanese cities.
Size matters as well. Rudimentary test bombs can be the size of small trucks, ruling them out as missile payloads. While smaller, even the bomb dropped from aircraft on Nagasaki weighed nearly 6 tons.
"They can deliver it, put it on a cargo ship, drop it from a cargo plane," said Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World." "The point is, can they shrink it to put it on a missile? I don't think they can."

TECNOSFERA

Depois dos rumores dos últimos dias, está finalmente confirmado: o Google vai comprar o YouTube por 1650 milhões de dólares em acções, mantendo o YouTube a sua independência apesar de (ou talvez por causa disso) o Google preservar o seu Google Video.
"The acquisition of the privately held YouTube will enable Google to thrive in one area of the Internet where it has so far failed to gain footing. According to Hitwise, which monitors Web traffic, has the lion?s share of online video traffic. YouTube has a 46 percent share, MySpace has 23 percent and Google Video has 10 percent."
O primeiro rumor sobre o enlace surgiu aqui: "Completely Unsubstantiated Google/YouTube Rumor".

09 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Un journaliste du "Monde" crie à la censure: Laurent Mauduit, éditorialiste, quitte le quotidien ? Selon lui, un de ses articles mettant en cause un actionnaire du journal a été coupé ? Ce que dément formellement la direction

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Se não sabem quem é Will Wright e desconhecem o seu Spore, leiam este The Long Zoom. Se o reconhecem como o criador dos Sims e que o novo "jogo" pode ser uma "obra de arte" nos videojogos, leiam também...

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Blogger book craze could fizzle from overkill: Bloggers are scoring rich paydays by turning their online diaries into books, but some publishers say the craze could fizzle out with a glut of new titles destined to yield disappointing sales. [...]
"I just hope publishers with deep pockets don't squash the life out of blogs becoming books," said Clare Christian, publishing director of The Friday Project, a start-up firm dedicated to combing the Internet for book projects.
"It's like the dot-com boom all over again," added Paul Carr, Friday Project's editor in chief.
"In the same way that publishers knew they needed a Web site even if they didn't know what that was, they're just buying up blogs because they're hot."

VITAMEDIAS

Web use overtakes newspapers: The time European consumers spend online has, for the first time, overtaken the hours they devote to newspapers and magazines, a study revealed.
But the growth of new media is expanding total media consumption rather than simply cannibalising print and television.
Print consumption has re-mained static at three hours a week in the past two years, as time spent online has doubled from two to four hours. Viewers are also spending more time watching television, up from 10 hours to 12 a week.
The Jupiter Research survey of more than 5,000 people in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain shows that Europeans? use of the internet is still behind the rates seen in the US. A similar study by Jupiter of US habits found that Americans now spend 14 hours a week online ? as much time as they spend watching television ? and just three hours reading print.

08 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Sequestro Informativo: A blogosfera tem revelado atenção ao condicionamento político da informação, nomeadamente na RTP. Nem sempre dados e comentários são os mais correctos, mas a internet divulga e amplifica a preocupação e o interesse analítico, às vezes rigoroso, de muitos cidadãos. Com uma blogosfera activa, torna-se mais difícil aos poderes e aos que vergam às pressões nos media tradicionais fazer passar propaganda e malabarismos informativos. Esta atitude activa da blogosfera é tanto mais importante quanto uma parte significativa da imprensa tradicional se alheia, incrivelmente, deste tipo de análise, fazendo um jornalismo sobre TV muito desviado da realidade (...)
[act.: O Telejornal falhado do dia 5 de Outubro: O que aí se pode observar é, de facto, dificilmente aceitável, qualquer que seja o ponto de vista que se adopte.]

Editor de política da agência Lusa [Nuno Simas] demitiu-se esta semana do cargo que exercia há mais de um ano. "Não comento" foi a sua única reacção quando questionado sobre as causas desta saída. Fontes da redacção disseram ao DN que existe um "clima de mal-estar visível entre vários editores e a direcção de informação, que poderá conduzir a novas demissões".
[Esta notícia foi avançada na sexta pela Escola de Lavores e até hoje, que eu tenha visto, a Lusa não a "noticiou"...]

ECOPOL

Scientists look to place a pro-science president: Frustrated by their government's position on the environment, climate change and stem cell research, a group of US scientists have decided to take matters into their own hands and actively promote the election of a president in 2008 who is more receptive to science.
Scientists and Engineers for America plunged into politics last week with the aim of campaigning for particular candidates, starting with the 2006 mid-term elections. [...]
Within days of the group being announced on 27 September, nearly 2500 people had signed up as members.

07 outubro 2006

VITAMEDIAS

Business 2.0 Unveils New Strategy: All Journalists Must Blog: Other publications like BusinessWeek, Vogue and many others have integrated blogs into their content - but none has really focused on instilling blogs and the creation of personal media into their culture as far as Business 2.0 is now poised to do. As part of his new directive, Josh has charged every journalist at Business 2.0 with creating a blog and has soft launched in beta release a group contributed model where there is one blog that pulls content from all journalist blogs, as well as 18 individual journalist blogs.

06 outubro 2006

ZITE

Cowabduction It's a serious problem.

TECNOSFERA

False Web memories: A case study on finding information about Andrei Broder: Andrei Broder, the well-known Internet researcher does not have a home page of his own. This complicates finding information about him, especially since during the last ten years he switched several employers. Especially of interest is the page research.compaq.com/people/Andrei_Broder/bio.html, which almost seven years after Andrei Broder left Compaq, still appears among the top-ten results displayed by Google for the query Andrei Broder as of June 2006. The title of this page is ?No such user? and its content is ?Sorry, Andrei Broder is no longer working in Compaq Corporate Research.? The case becomes even more interesting, since the actual page and the whole site research.compaq.com are inaccessible at least since March 2006, and the Google?s cached copy is from December 2005!
In this paper we investigate the placement of this page at various search engines over the years, and describe searchers? efforts to find information about the job title and business address of Andrei Broder as of May 2005, when he was still working at IBM.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Publishing cooperatives: Publishing cooperatives ? owned, controlled, and benefiting non?profit publishers ? would provide an organizational and financial structure well suited to balancing society publishers? twin imperatives of financial sustainability and mission fulfillment. Market challenges and structural constraints often render it difficult for small society publishers to compete individually. Publishing cooperatives would allow society publishers to remain independent while operating collectively to overcome both structural and strategic disadvantages and to address the inefficiencies in the market for academic journals. Publishing cooperatives can provide a scaleable publishing model that aligns with the values of the academy while providing a practical financial framework capable of sustaining society publishing programs.

CULTURAS IN VITRO

Portugal e Irão: Iran plans to restore Portuguese Castle: Iran plans to renovate the Portuguese Castle on the Persian Gulf island of Hormoz, which is one of the last surviving monuments of an important era in the history of southern Iran, the Persian service of CHN reported.
A plan drafted by Portugal has been delivered to Iranian officials, but no funding has been approved yet.
Portugal is also interested in participating in the project, but Iran wants Iranian experts to implement it by themselves.

VITAMEDIAS

It's no joke: IU study finds The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to be as substantive as network news: Which would you think has more substantive news coverage -- traditional broadcast network newscasts or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart?
Would you believe the answer is neither?

Julia R. Fox, assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University isn't joking when she says the popular "fake news" program, which last week featured Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as a guest, is just as substantive as network coverage.
While much has been written in the media about The Daily Show's impact, Fox's study is the first scholarly effort to systematically examine how the comedy program compares to traditional television news as sources of political information.

04 outubro 2006

TECNOSFERA

Politicians must tackle Internet paradoxes: Google chief: Politicians must get their heads around the myriad paradoxes of the Internet if they are to stay ahead of the game, the head of Internet search giant Google insisted.
Eric Schmidt, the chairman and chief executive of the United States firm, said information was power and those who could grasp it as quickly as it was produced would be some of the greatest leaders of the future. [...]
Schmidt told delegates: "The average blog has one reader: the blogger".

TECNOSFERA

10 Super Effective Search Engine Optimization Techniques:
1. Static URL's.
2. Keyword Rich URL's.
3. Keyword Rich Titles.
4. Site Maps.
5. Unlimited Number Of Pages.
6. Lots And Lots Of Content.
7. Archived Content.
8. Meta Tags, Keywords And Descriptions.
9. Inbound Links.
10. Blogs.

VITAMEDIAS

Mediamorphosis: Every so often, the print media go into panic about the print media. [...]
With exceptions such as China and India, the (slow) decline of the newspaper business is a worldwide trend. The big mistake that newspapers in America, Europe and Latin America have made in response to the new environment is to treat this trend as a financial and a technological challenge rather than a cultural phenomenon. [...]
The newspaper industry's response over the past decade -- and Knight-Ridder is a good example, but not the only one -- has consisted mainly of two things: restructuring finances and providing online versions of print products. [...]
The cultural change taking place with regard to information amounts to a decentralization of power. [...]
People want more control over what they read, watch or hear. Some organizations have understood this. [...]
Folks have discovered that they can make for themselves the type of selection that the traditional newspaper has made for them since the 17th century. Readers realize they can participate in the selection process by creating their own information mix. For the moment, this means jumping from one online outlet to the other according to the various items the reader seeks.
In the old days, they used to call it choice and freedom. Today we call it murder. But nobody killed the newspaper. It's just that information, which used to flow from the top down, is now starting to flow from the bottom up.

ZITE

Bonitos: Grappa + Doodle

VITAMEDIAS

At Last, The Last Content Types: These content types are, by and large, unique to the web, so as an example newspaper online sites don’t make it into here but citizen media online newspapers do, podcasts make it but TV programmes on the web don’t. To be here a site has to be offering content made possible by the web and where possible be unique to the web.

TECNOSFERA

Courts are asked to crack down on bloggers, websites: In the past two years, more than 50 lawsuits stemming from postings on blogs and website message boards have been filed across the nation. The suits have spawned a debate over how the "blogosphere" and its revolutionary impact on speech and publishing might change libel law.
Legal analysts say the lawsuits are challenging a mind-set that has long surrounded blogging: that most bloggers essentially are "judgment-proof" because they — unlike traditional media such as newspapers, magazines and television outlets — often are ordinary citizens who don't have a lot of money. Recent lawsuits by Banks and others who say they have had their reputations harmed or their privacy violated have been aimed not just at cash awards but also at silencing their critics.
"Bloggers didn't think they could be subject to libel," says Eric Robinson, a Media Law Resource Center attorney. "You take what is on your mind, type it and post it."

ECOPOL

À atenção dos críticos dos Estados Unidos:
Software Being Developed to Monitor Opinions of U.S.: A consortium of major universities, using Homeland Security Department money, is developing software that would let the government monitor negative opinions of the United States or its leaders in newspapers and other publications overseas.
Such a ?sentiment analysis? is intended to identify potential threats to the nation, security officials said.
Researchers at institutions including Cornell, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah intend to test the system on hundreds of articles published in 2001 and 2002 on topics like President Bush?s use of the term ?axis of evil,? the handling of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, the debate over global warming and the coup attempt against President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. [...]
"It is just creepy and Orwellian," said Lucy Dalglish, a lawyer and former editor who is executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. [...]
?There has to be guidelines and restrictions on the use of this kind of technology by the government,? [associate professor of computer science at the University of Pittsburgh] Wiebe said. ?But it doesn?t mean it is not useful. It can just as easily help the government understand what is going on in places around the world.?

03 outubro 2006

CONTAMINANTES

Web journals threaten peerreview system: Scientists frustrated by the iron grip that academic journals hold over their research can now pursue another path to fame by taking their research straight to the public online. [...]
Democratizing the peer-review process raises sticky questions. Not all studies are useful and flooding the Web with essentially unfiltered research could create a deluge of junk science. There's also the potential for online abuse as rogue researchers could unfairly ridicule a rival's work.
Supporters point out that rushing research to the public could accelerate scientific discovery, while online critiques may help detect mistakes or fraud more quickly.
The open peer review movement stems from dissatisfaction with the status quo, which gives reviewers great power and can cause long publication delays. In traditional peer review, an editor sends a manuscript to two or three experts - referees who are unpaid and not publicly named, yet they hold tremendous sway.
Careers can be at stake. In the cutthroat world of research, publishing establishes a pedigree, which can help scientists gain tenure at a university or obtain lucrative federal grants.
Researchers whose work appear in traditional journals are often more highly regarded.

ECOPOL

IRS to churches: Watch what you preach: Hovering ominously above the debate are the dreaded IRS agents who have vowed to enforce the section of the tax code that prohibits all tax-exempt charitable organizations, including churches, from participating or intervening in any political campaign for or against any candidate.
But what constitutes ?intervening? ? short of saying vote for candidate X or support the Y party? IRS rules allow churches to speak out on political issues and permit voter registration and education efforts. But exactly when do those activities become ?partisan? in violation of the tax code?

ECOPOL

Mas eles entendem-se ou é isto a independência de poderes?
Rejeição: Num momento em que muitas das administrações dos países se converteram mais em agências de competitividade internacional dos grandes interesses económicos do que em executivos capazes de projectar e executar a Constituição e os direitos votados no Parlamento ou nos fóruns internacionais, a manutenção de um tal sistema judiciário ? mesmo que relativamente ineficaz e demorado, como é, na verdade, o nosso ? constitui-se, pela sua autonomia, como um obstáculo intransponível à violação livre de toda a ordem de direitos humanos e sociais e em espelho que reflecte más consciências e piores comportamentos legais e políticos. [...]
No entanto, talvez que o ensinamento que melhor possamos retirar do que Halimi ali expõe se contenha numa afirmação de Noam Chomsky que, perguntado como é que a elite controla os media, terá respondido: «Como controla ela a General Motors? A questão não se coloca. Ela pertence-lhe.»
Mas, se esta é, porventura, a explicação mais óbvia e cruel para o panorama do condicionante e agressivo discurso monolítico que os media de hoje e os seus donos nos querem impor, importa, precisamente, encontrar para ele uma resposta. Esta terá de traduzir-se numa atitude cívica e moral de reflexão, crítica, abertura e discussão ampla e socialmente participadas sobre a Justiça, as magistraturas e as suas dificuldades e omissões, não cedendo, em caso algum, às falsas lisonjas ou permitindo a submissão e o medo a que nos querem obrigar.

Sindicato de magistrados compara directores de jornais a "cães de guarda": António José Teixeira caracteriza o editorial como uma demonstração de "intolerância" e sustenta que quem o escreveu "vive no temor da grande conspiração internacional" e revela uma "natureza antidemocrática", confundido opinião livre com campanha e diatribes. O director do DN lembra que a Justiça e os que nela intervêm "não estão acima da crítica dos cidadãos".
[Correcção: diz o DN: "O sindicato lembra que já num seu ensaio Paul Nizan caracterizava a comunicação social do seu país [França] como "Os novos cães de guarda"." Errado, quem o faz e é explícito no comunicado do SMMP é Serge Halimi, renovando o termo de "cães de guarda" de Nizan.]

Souto Moura diz que vai manter-se em silêncio: "Há um tempo para não dizer mais nada, é este", disse, à saída da audiência de 45 minutos com Cavaco Silva, no Palácio de Belém, em Lisboa.

Souto Moura diz que devia ter contratado centenas de assessores de imprensa e de imagem: A uma semana da sucessão, o ainda procurador-geral da República parece aliviado e ontem, na Universidade do Minho, em Braga, ironizou, quando lhe perguntaram o que teria feito e não fez: "Contrataria 200 assessores de imagem e 300 assessores de imprensa."

Pois, é apenas ironia , mas: As agências não são tão eficazes como o professor Carrilho prometeu: A missão das empresas de comunicação é passar uma imagem do cliente que, sendo verdadeira, vai minorar ou mesmo omitir os aspectos que possam ser desagradáveis para o cliente e a sua imagem pública. E os jornalistas têm como missão relatar quer os factos convenientes, quer os inconvenientes. Há aqui uma zona de conflito de interesses.
Eu não espero, nem os meus clientes esperam, aliás ninguém espera, que a comunicação social retrate com fidelidade e de uma maneira positiva nada. A comunicação social é conhecida pelos seus atributos de negativismo, de oposição, digamos. Ninguém está à espera de que a comunicação social seja dócil.