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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-14 10:58
  Subject:   Disguising the great firewall of China.
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According to engineers I have spoken with at two tech organizations in China, the government bodies in charge of censoring the Internet have told them to get ready to unblock access from a list of specific Internet Protocol (IP) addresses—certain Internet cafés, access jacks in hotel rooms and conference centers where foreigners are expected to work or stay during the Olympic Games. (I am not giving names or identifying details of any Chinese citizens with whom I have discussed this topic, because they risk financial or criminal punishment for criticizing the system or even disclosing how it works. Also, I have not gone to Chinese government agencies for their side of the story, because the very existence of Internet controls is almost never discussed in public here, apart from vague statements about the importance of keeping online information "wholesome.")

Depending on how you look at it, the Chinese government’s attempt to rein in the Internet is crude and slapdash or ingenious and well crafted. When American technologists write about the control system, they tend to emphasize its limits. When Chinese citizens discuss it—at least with me—they tend to emphasize its strength. All of them are right, which makes the government’s approach to the Internet a nice proxy for its larger attempt to control people’s daily lives.


http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/chinese-firewall
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-14 14:59
  Subject:   "Plasma... blade!!"
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We couldn't help but be intrigued by PEAK Surgical's announcement today that its PlasmaBlade electrosurgery scalpel had completed preclinical testing with positive results. Unlike traditional electrosurgery tools like the bovie cutter, the PlasmaBlade operates at low temperatures, using pulsed plasma energy to cut tissue and control bleeding. Then, stupidly, we watched the video.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/08/peak-plasmablade-electrosurgery-scalpel-is-amazing-disgusting/

http://peak.odacms.com/products/plasmablades/

http://peak.odacms.com/video/plasmablade.cfm - Warning, gross video. If the words "ex vivo human skin" don't make you cringe...
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-05-14 18:25
  Subject:   Parkour game - "Mirror's Edge"
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Mirror's Edge was announced almost a year ago and has slipped quitely under radar until now! It's powered by Unreal Engine 3, in addition to a new lighting solution developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE). The video of the gameplay shows a clean, brightly coloured, and realistic enviornment. You can do things such as wall-running, climbing up sides of buildings, leaping long distances, and much more. The game trailer of real gameplay footage shows how freely the main character, Faith, moves.

Despite that most first person games are shooters, it's stressed that even though your character can hold weapons, it's an action adventure and not designed as a true shooter. "The focus isn't on the gun, it's on the person." O'Brien stresses. Combat in Mirror's edge takes a back seat as you attempt to find the fastest/best route through the games environments. Carrying a weapon will slow Faith down, so the player will have to make decisions when to carry a weapon, and depending on the weapon it might even hinder the way she moves.


http://www.gamegirl.com/article/79313/mirrors-edge-preview/

Gameplay footage: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/33585.html

This is a great concept for a video game. I hope the execution is as good as the inspiration. The gameplay footage does look good.
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