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daily link  Friday, May 02, 2003


Anoto: The technology behind the Logitech and other pens that save what they write. "Anoto functionality derives from a proprietary pattern of very small dots printed on paper that is perceived by the eye as a slightly off-white color. The dots have a nominal spacing of 0.3 mm (0.01 inch). A minute portion of the total pattern uniquely defines its position in the full pattern, 60 000 000 square kilometres, which is equivalent to an area exceeding that of Europe and Asia combined. The pattern of dots allows dynamic information coming from the digital camera in the pen to be processed into signals representing functionality, writing and drawing."  So, it knows which page as well as which position.  5:11:23 PM  permalink  

World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist: "The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is marking World Press Freedom Day, Saturday, May 3, by naming the World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist. " Some are expected (Iraq, Cuba, Vietnam, Chechnya, The West Bank and Gaza, Colombia) with a few obscure:

  • Afghanistan: in mid-March, a reporter working for the U.S.-funded Radio Liberty was beaten, detained, and expelled from the western province of Herat on the orders of local governor and powerful warlord Ismail Khan
  • Eritrea has been Africa's foremost jailer of journalists since September 2001, when the government banned the entire private press and detained independent reporters. Eighteen journalists are now in secret jails across the tiny Red Sea nation.
  • [In Togo] in late March 2003, the government temporarily banned all foreign correspondents in the country from working in reprisal for the press's failure to cover the opening of a conference in the capital, Lomé, on African elections. Authorities have closed media outlets, blocked news Web sites, and jammed the frequencies of broadcasters critical of President Gnassingbé Eyadéma.. A journalist can now be imprisoned for up to five years and fined US$8,000 for "insulting the Head of State."
  • In April 2003, [Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko] announced plans to create a "state ideology system" that will give the government Big Brother-like controls over the nonstate media's news coverage. Meanwhile, the proposed Law on Mass Media will make Internet publications subject to the same crippling censorship as the printed press.
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Alan Kay's Etech 2003 Presentation: "Alan took us on a tour of some of the interface marvels of the last 40 years of programming. Using a series of demo films and several pieces of live software to illustrate his points. Kay made a convincing argument that there haven't been any major innovations in interface design or programming for the last 20 years."  Alan shows off his latest 3D environment, and advocates Late Binding.

"I once asked Ivan, 'How is it possible for you to have invented computer graphics, done the first object oriented software system and the first real time constraint solver all by yourself in one year?" And he said "I didn't know it was hard." -- Alan Kay on Ivan Sullivan. "

 

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