20 10 2010

Here are the tree ads we saw last Tuesday in the class.

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11 10 2010

Even though most of you must already know it, here it goes: a link to the wonderful blog of Antonio, full of really interesting stuff and a good supplement for this blog. Hope you´ll enjoy it!!!!

Just incredible!!!

8 10 2010

The male opera singer who sings like a castrato
Jacek Laszczkowski rehearsing the role of Anfione in Niobe at the Royal Opera House
Jacek is rehearsing the role of Anfione in Niobe at the Royal Opera House
Jacek Laszczkowski is one of a tiny handful of men who can sing the parts originally performed by castrati, male singers castrated before puberty.
In 17th and 18th century Italy, about 4,000 boys were castrated each year, from the age of eight upwards, to fill the demand for opera singers and soloists with choirs in churches and royal palaces.
The practice was made illegal in Italy in 1870.
However, Jacek Laszczkowski’s natural soprano voice happens to have the same quality as the castrati.
The BBC’s Claire Bolderson asked him to define the way he sings.
Go to this link to listen to him singing… It’s difficult to believe it’s a man who’s singing…


6 10 2010

Yesterday, listening to the radio (EuropeFM) I heard such an interesting piece of news that I had to research on it and share it with you. This is what I found! I quote:

New wireless road-charging system gives electric vehicles endless range

A German auto engineering company is working on a project that just might solve the world’s oil problems. IAV Automotive Engineering has secured a patent for their electric vehicle (EV) wireless road-charging system.

Conceptually, roads would be fitted with electrical conductors that create magnetic fields, which charge your battery powered vehicle as you drive. Radio chips would identify your vehicle and bill you appropriately. The conductors are resistant to both weather and mechanical wear.

This system eliminates many of the common difficulties and headaches associated with EVs. It extends the range of an EV to virtually limitless, and there is no need for long charging times or battery exchanges. The IAV system is completely cordless and can even charge an EV while it’s parked.

This type of technology isn’t exactly brand new. Engineers at Nissan created a wireless garage charger, and The US Department of Defense has been funding similar research at the University of California at Berkeley, where automated  EV busses move along set tracks. IAV has focused their research on charging at high speeds, such as on a highway, and using regular roads with free moving EVs. IAV is also working on optimizing industrial electrical motors, making them lighter, cheaper, and more energy efficient.

The conductors embedded in roadways are equipped with sensors that only activate them when a vehicle is present. They also use precisely controlled frequencies of alternating current. This ensures a high efficiency electricity transfer to and from circuits in the road and the vehicle. Test results at IAV show a 90% efficiency transfer. “In model tests, our system is already functioning perfectly”, says Wilfried Neitschke, who is the Head of Technology Monitoring at IAV. The test system is built to 1/28 scale, however IAV is planning construction of a demo-road section and a full scale test track. IAV says that EV road-charging technology should be commercially available within 3 years.

What do you think about it???


15 12 2009

The Spanish legislation seems to have proposed in a draft law a measure allowing the suspension of Internet service to users “to safeguard the rights of intellectual property”. Nobody has been able to be quiet about it and the answers have been immediate.  Journalists, bloggers, users, professionals and Internet developers have put forth a statement “In defense of fundamental rights on the Internet”, expressing their firm opposition to the inclusion in a Draft Law of some changes to Spanish laws restricting the freedoms of expression, information and access to culture on the Internet, these including that:

1 .- Copyright should not be placed above citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression.

2 .- Suspension of fundamental rights is and must remain an exclusive competence of judges. This blueprint, contrary to the provisions of Article 20.5 of the Spanish Constitution, places in the hands of the executive the power to keep Spanish citizens from accessing certain websites.

3 .- The proposed laws would create legal uncertainty across Spanish IT companies, damaging one of the few areas of development and future of our economy, hindering the creation of startups, introducing barriers to competition and slowing down its international projection.

4 .- The proposed laws threaten creativity and hinder cultural development. The Internet and new technologies have democratized the creation and publication of all types of content, which no longer depends on an old small industry but on multiple and different sources.

5 .- Authors, like all workers, are entitled to live out of their creative ideas, business models and activities linked to their creations. Trying to hold an obsolete industry with legislative changes is neither fair nor realistic. If their business model was based on controlling copies of any creation and this is not possible any more on the Internet, they should look for a new business model.

6 .- We believe that cultural industries need modern, effective, credible and affordable alternatives to survive. They also need to adapt to new social practices.

7 .- The Internet should be free and not have any interference from groups that seek to perpetuate obsolete business models and stop the free flow of human knowledge.

8 .- We ask the Government to guarantee net neutrality in Spain, as it will act as a framework in which a sustainable economy may develop.

9 .- We propose a real reform of intellectual property rights in order to ensure a society of knowledge, promote the public domain and limit abuses from copyright organizations.

10 .- In a democracy, laws and their amendments should only be adopted after a timely public debate and consultation with all involved parties. Legislative changes affecting fundamental rights can only be made in a Constitutional law.

Note: This manifesto is the work of several authors, and the property of everyone. Copy it, publish it, pass it on as you will.