Saturday, January 26, 2008
The FCC just fined ABC $1.43 million over buttocks and "small area of the side of one breast" shots in a more than five-year-old episode of the NYPD Blue television series. The time lag between the airing and this fine may help to explain the Commission's lack of attention to critical Internet issues -- staff has probably been hard at work on the Blue case, giving the matter frame-by-frame attention so that they couldn't be accused of falling down on the job.I want to know who gets the $1.43 Million??? The FCC?!?!? For a five year old flash of buttocks and "small area of the side of one breast"?!?!?
The very thought of a travesty such as this is ... pornographic! FCC fine yourself!
Posted by William Meloney at 10:44 AM
The fellow over at Miscellanea 2.0 queried...
Why would Google hire MRC and Seth McFarlane to do fifty webisodes? And why is this obscure company, backed by major investors, so interested in web content? Could it be that Google is starting its own online TV station with its own original and high-quality content?Emphasis mine!
Here is a word/concept that we will be hearing a great deal about in the very near future. Original content being made available on the web - as a primary outlet. This effectively resolves the "we-are-losing-money-from-unauthorized-sharing-on-the-Internet" arguments. When the content is 'designed' to be presented on the web _and_ the monetization of such work is not dependent on DRM then everybody is going to come out a winner.
Posted by William Meloney at 8:52 AM
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hillary Clinton: Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it doneMoyers was and is absolutely correct. There is nothing in that quote about race. It is all about power. Ms Clinton was speaking of the power of the office of President, to which she aspires, not the power, the real power, of a pacifist black pastor.
Bill Moyers: There was nothing in that quote about race. It was an historical fact, an affirmation of the obvious....
When Dr. King's achievements are debased by such a callus and uncaring perspective then the character of the speaker is drawn into serious question. This is just another attempt by the Democrat political machine to sway fickle American opinion.
Perhaps Ms Clinton should speak to the viability of a white female's ability to affect change in these United States of America's good-old-
boy-person political environment. Obviously this is not a question of gender. This is a question of power.
Posted by William Meloney at 8:19 PM
TANSTAFL - There ain't no such thing as free lunch. There better be 'Free Phones' ...
When you add GPS to a cellular telephone then the phone "knows" exactly where the owner is. Very quickly the cellular provider will begin to correlate the amount of time that a phone stays in a specific location. Further analysis will show patterns of 'phone behavior' - Jane Average's phone visits Starbucks locations Monday thru Friday at roughly the same time, just before work.
By monitoring (NOT Recording) the visible light and the infrared light via the 'camera' that is built-in the phone will know to alter brightness appropriate to where the owner is. More over this information gives the phone a bit more knowledge about the owners behaviors.
- dark and cool = purse or backpack
- dark and warm = pocket
If the phone knows where the owner is and what the owner is likely doing then the cellular provider can 'target' advertisements for the phone's location. While Jane Average is most likely headed towards her morning coffee fix her phone might try to convince her to try Dunkin' Donuts ... which is just around the next corner, on the right...and here is an instant coupon for a complimentary pastry to go with your coffee.
All this is fair-use information. By fair-use I mean that it could have been gained by alternative legal means. But, the only way that I would cooperate with such a scheme is if the communication service (getting to talk on the phone) was provided free of charge. If I don't like the 'Free Phone' with all its little niggling ads then I am always free to purchase 'private' communication services and devices at the current market value.
Posted by William Meloney at 11:15 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
When I first heard this common misunderstanding I assumed that it was a local issue ... a perspective that I attributed to my geographical location... on "good authority" I heard that
Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and 2 daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, live on Chicago's South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.So when I heard Muslim I was _very_ surprised. Surprised until I thought about the possible origins of such misinformation.
Please, put dirty politics in their place... Not in the White House!
(Paid for by the committee to not re-elect the Presidents Clinton.)
Posted by William Meloney at 6:26 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2008
A Letter to Fouad: What I Know
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 · 17 Comments
It has been a month since you were detained, and I miss you. It has been a rough month for the rest of us here, but it is certainly nothing compared to what you have had to go through and still do. They told us you were detained because you violated non-security regulations. Gibberish, to say the least, but that’s what we were told. I really don’t know what kind of law you violated by merely exercising your God given right of free speech, and I don’t know when calling for freedom, justice, peace and moderation has become a crime.
But here is what I know. I know that all these values you called for are worth fighting for. I know that we believe in a just cause, and that tomorrow belongs to us, not them. I know that no matter how long the darkness lasts, the sun will rise again. I want you to know one thing: I am here for you. I will keep supporting you and I will do my best until you are free again and back to your family and friends. You will not be forgotten.
Posted by William Meloney at 6:25 AM
Sometimes you get so far away that you cannot make out the road signs ... so it just doesn't matter which way you go... you just go...
雖 然葱屋平吉以葱為主角，但他們的肉也做得很好，好像這些燒肉串，跟燒肉店相比，有過之而無不及。我有沒有誇張？讓我形容這燒肉串的下場吧﹗它們本來在我眼 尾範圍，明明白白地放在那裏，我又沒踫它們，但當我正眼一看，咦，少了一串嘅？轉頭再看，又少了一串？再看肥相公一眼，他又明明在吃牛肉和天婦羅喎，你地 話這些肉串係咪好食到比人食晒都唔知呢﹗
Posted by William Meloney at 5:59 AM
But Islam as the latest divine religion and vanguard of all the philosophical and theological schools in the world looks at the issue of women dressing and Hijab with an open mind and liberal viewpoint.
The slight limitations and restrictions are also booked in order to protect women’s personality, ethics and respect.
In Islamic countries such as Iran, women are not forbidden to take part in social and communal activities, sports, cinema, TV, arts and even politics and freely do anything they desire regarding to their beloved religion sent by the majesty God and translated to us by Muhammad (PBUH), the prophet of peace and love.
Today in my country, Persia the land of honor, female athletes are increasingly participating in national and international sport tournaments and winning several medals and prizes from Olympics, World Cups and competitions.
The Muslim woman is progressive, energetic, free, harbinger and happy. She covers her body to keep the tainted eyes and looks away from herself and not become an advertising tool by physical attractions for capricious men.
You can watch the pictures and simply discover the conditions of women in Iran. Free to participate in sports, with modest happy and colorful dressings, covered bodies and respecting to their religion teachings.
Posted by William Meloney at 5:21 AM