Twitter got caught in a big way violating their own supposed trust and safety policies by informing NBC who is an Olympics business partner of a specific Twitter users post. Twitter actually encouraged them to submit an abuse form against the user.
I can see how it went down. Some staffer says, hey I have been watching these tweets by Journalist Guy Adams bashing NBC, and he is really being snarky. I see he just posted one of the executives emails, which I think is against our user policy, and since he is hurting the image of the NBC Olympic coverage lets do them a favor. Lets tell our business parter about this ass, and have them submit an abuse form.
The post in question that caused the suspension by @guyadams contained a real business email address of a NBC Sports Executive. His account was un-suspended this afternoon after the heat got to hot for Twitter to handle.
I was always taught two wrongs never make a right, the simple fact that Twitter staff dimmed the guy out to NBC really makes me question if the Twitter leadership and Twitter team as a whole can be trusted. They have let huge transgressions by celebrities slip in the past, as pointed out by Mr. Adams on an article he posted that covers the ordeal.
Twitter has had to apologize, as NBC dimmed Twitter out saying they told us to submit the abuse form, Twitter has placed the blame on staff members working the business end of the Twitter / NBC Olympic partnership.
Imagine what would have happened to a non connected twitter user, that user would have lost his account and his followers. This goes to prove, do not put all your eggs in one basket and you better have a fallback site you control to get your message on the street when business relationships are being protected.
Posted by KL Tech Muse at 8:42 PM on July 30, 2012
Did you know that when they run track at this Olympics, that for the first time all runners will hear the gun at the same time. Before this because of the way sound travels the racer on the far side of the track from the starter pistol always heard the sound a millisecond after the racer near the starter pistol. This may not seem like a lot, but it could be the difference between a Gold and a Bronze medal. In these Olympics there will be a sound speaker behind each starter block so all runners will hear the sound at the same time. Each start block will have a pressure pad in it, if any runner releases the pressure faster than one-tenth of a second after the pistol is fired, it will be considered a false start. The finish will be measured by an Omega Quantum Timer which is accurate to a thousands of a second. Some racers will wear a suit made by Nike called the Pro Turbo Speed that has dimples in it like a golf ball which will cut down on wind resistance. There is some controversy over these suits, because some say they give an unfair advantage to those who can afford them. Their supporters simply say that they are just using the technology that is available to them.
Track isn’t the only sports where technology is playing a role in these Olympics. Taekwondo contestants will be wear cloths and pads with sensors in them, so that every hit will be counted.
Not all the technology that is being used is for the athletes, some is so that the spectators can see the events better. One example of this is synchronized swimming. Synchronize swimming has been traditional hard to film, because part of the action is below water and part above. Water reflex lights differently then air which makes syncing shots from above and below water very difficult. Historically it had required a lot of post work. NHK a Japanese company has created Twinscam, which combines images from two lens one above and one below water. This creates an almost flawless image of the swimmer.
So as you are watching the Olympics, remember that technology is not only being used to show you the games, but to allow the athletes to be swifter, higher, stronger.
It’s bad enough if you live on the East Coast of the United States with the Olympics happening in London. Living in Hawaii I am a total of 10 hours behind London, and with NBC broadcasting things here nearly 10-15 hours after it actually happened it has made the games a total #fail from a viewer perspective.
In all honesty I am not sure it maters with the idiots controlling programming @ NBC. We live in a very connected world, and anyone bidding on a future Olympics better think long and hard how they execute the programming in the future.
All weekend Olympic events that I wanted to watch ended up being spoiled because I was reading about a defeat, upset or win on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Because of the digital / tape delay my friends on the east coast are chatting it up as they are watching tape delayed. So by the time it airs here in Hawaii I have already heard the details of the event. Even if I was trying to avoid spoilers it is nearly impossible.
Even my kids who wanted to watch some of the swimming events with Phelps were like, dad I already know who won, can we watch a movie? I hate to say this as NBC has done a great job in the past but, what little I have watched is over commented by washed up commentators.
The Olympic coverage has to change if they want it to be watched by a digitally connected world, sponsors make the Olympics happen but what happens when the public tunes out? The Olympic committee will have to figure out a way forward because this connected family is not connecting to 2012 Total #Fail Olympics.
Early this year I started on a project to update some of the aging gear here in the GNC Studio. I had a number of machines that were still on Windows XP, and a few older laptops pulling duty in various ways. My studio as per say is relatively small, so often times things can get crowded.
So as I was researching replacing these machines, I wanted to be able to double duty them as much gear as possible, and reduce my footprint. The more I looked at gear the more the mac mini were appealing largely because they have plenty of power under the hood, plus you can easily stack them.
So far I have been able to reduce 5 PC’s down to 3 Mac Mini’s, and while I probably could have done a 2 for 5 swap much of what I am doing is requiring special wiring of the audio in’s and out’s and I would have had to add some switching gear to do a 2 for 5 swap. So now I am locked in here with 3 mac mini’s tucked away out of site from me and my wife, and I have succeeded in reducing power consumption significantly, reduced the PC foot print and in all likelihood be good to go now for at least another 5 years on the current configuration.
I have two final converters one SDI to HDMI so that I can use the Livestream Broadcaster in a production, and One SDI to Thunderbolt converter to allow the Mac Mini to get a HD Feed that I can re-push a secondary video feed. Those are coming from Black Magic Design to get the final configuration locked in. I must say that the BMD folks should buy me lunch this year for as much business I have done with them and separately recommended.
The Tricaster XD855, Dedicated Audio Recorder from Saltwater, and the machine on my desk is all that remains of my Windows PC infrastructure, if you would have told me 5 years ago that I would have as many mac’s doing what they are doing I would have said you were nuts.
It appears that a number of people trying to update OS X to Mountain Lion are having issues.
They are getting this message. “This Copy of the Install OS X Mountain Lion Application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during download. Delete this copy of the application, and go to the Purchases page of the Mac App Store to download a new copy”
So far Apple has not come out with instructions on how to fix this. One of my MacBook Pro’s is throwing this error and fails to be able to be upgraded
If you read all of the threads, there seems to be a handful of suggestions out there re-downloading in most cases does not solve the issue. After deleting the 4.3gb file re-downloading, and cleaning out the cache files (another suggestion) the issue remains.
This seems to be isolated by the thread reads are now over 10,000.
Some have tried booting into recovery mode by holding down the option key when powering up and running Disk Utility and running repair disk permissions. One should use some caution here as Disk utility can ruin your day if you press the wrong button.
My specific Mac had a number of issues that the repair disk permissions fixed, but it has not solved my issue of being able to upgrade. Until someone comes up with some more ideas, or Apple publishes a fix I have Mac that will remain on the older operating system.
I will have to admit up to this point I have never had an issue in updating or upgrading a Mac, so now I can equally bash on the Windows and OS X upgrade process as nothing is perfect. This is one weakness of the cloud. If you received a physical disk this type of validation of the download would not be an issue.
Update: After I launched recover mode and ran the disk utility for repair disk permissions, then put the mountain lion upgrade in the trash can and deleted it re-booted and downloaded the upgrade again, I was able to get a good install. Make sure you delete the install file do not over write the previous download.
If you ever find yourself running away from an evil robot army, one way to evade them is to climb the stairs. Robots that use rolling wheels as a form of locomotion are going to be stuck at the bottom of the staircase, with little more to do than to wait for you to walk back down.
Robots that can walk on legs also tend to have trouble with stairs. It takes a lot of calculations of depth and distance, a good sense of balance, and a reasonable amount of coordination for a human to successfully navigate their way up a staircase. Most adults don’t consciously think about all those little pieces of the puzzle, because they have mastered the skill of climbing a staircase long ago. The skill set required to climb stairs is an elusive one for most bipedal robots.
Researchers from the University of Freiburg’s Humanoid Robots Laboratory have created a robot that can not only climb a staircase, but also can successfully navigate its way up a spiral staircase. The robot is named Nao, and, fortunately for us, doesn’t appear to be the least bit evil. Personally, I think it is very cute. As a gamer, my first thought was that Nao resembles Megaman, (but is a different color).
The video of Nao in action was created by the Humanoid Robots Laboratory. Watch as Nao figures out how to get up onto the next step. I find it amusing that he raises his arms over his head, as a sign of victory, after he makes it all the way up the stairs.
How is Nao able to do this task that has perplexed many of the robots that were created before him? It makes use of the laser range scanner that is located at the top of its head. This gives Nao a global estimation of its current position. It also uses a 3D model of the staircase to match up the image it “sees” from the laser with the physical step that it is about to ascend. A lower camera, located on its “face”, is also used to help coordinate the data from the two sources. Our potential future robot overlords are adorable!
Fluff can be a PC killer as I recently discovered, but the solution to the problem is straightforward.
As a true geek, I built my own PC, but it’s no speed demon with a mid-range quad-core processor. However, I’d been suffering from intermittent PC shutdowns that would always happen when I was at the PC and never when the PCs was on but not in use. It was very irritating because you’d be right in the middle of something and then you’d be dumped out. I put it down to buggy software.
Last week I started to rip a few DVDs for tablet viewing and every time the PC would shutdown within about 30 seconds of starting the file conversion. At this point I began to think that the processor might be overheating, forcing a shutdown before it was damaged. Upon opening the case, nothing looked particularly out of the ordinary; there was a bit of fluff but nothing you’d think of as being a problem. It was only when I looked more closely at the heat sink on the CPU that I saw many of the spaces between the thermal vanes were clogged with fluff.
Out with the vacuum cleaner and a good hoovering later, I powered the PC on and started a fresh rip. This time the PC didn’t shutdown and I was able to rip solidly for at least an hour without any shutdowns. Problem solved!
Tip of the Day – if you are experiencing intermittent crashes or shutdowns, open your PC and give your CPU’s heatsink and fan a clean with the vacuum cleaner.
And if any Americans out there are wondering what “fluff” is, I believe that you know it as “lint”.
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