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19 April 2011 @ 01:03 am

Found on Reddit.
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25 March 2010 @ 12:43 am

Complete ACTA text finally leaked online, available for download off The Pirate Bay.

"Last April, the US Trade Representative explained to us that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement had to stay secret in order to provide room for negotiating. In fact, ACTA was so inchoate that "a comprehensive set of proposals for the text of the agreement does not yet exist." In other words: there's nothing to release.

That was true in early 2009, but by 2010, there was such a comprehensive set of proposals—and still we got nothing from the ACTA negotiating nations, except a long series of piecemeal leaks that appear to have emanated from Europe. This week, those leaks became a flood as French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net released a complete copy of ACTA's consolidated text, filled with various textual proposals from the different negotiating countries."
26 June 2008 @ 12:05 am

Gizmodo: Dubai and Moscow to build Dynamic Tower skyscrapers where every floor self-rotates, powered by wind and sun.

Italian architect David Fisher is building his first skyscraper, the Dynamic Tower, and it happens to be one of the most ambitious construction plans since the Pyramid of Khufu. Every floor of the 80-story self-powered building rotates according to voice command, and nearly the entire structure of the $700 million building is pre-fabbed and built around a strong central core containing elevators that transport residents and their cars right into their homes. One will be built in Dubai, another in Moscow. Prices run about US $3,000 per square foot.
24 April 2008 @ 12:09 am
x-posted to useless_facts.

At over three times the size of the Knock Nevis supertanker, the proposed world's biggest ship wasn't to be a ship as such, but rather a floating city of over 100,000 residents with its own offices, economy, hospitals, subways, traffic, malls, docks and a full airport on top designed to support take offs and landings of the largest commercial aircraft.

Construction on what easily would have been the biggest ship in the world was slated to begin around 2001, but nothing ever happened. The official website hasn't been updated since 2005.

27 March 2008 @ 03:12 am
"Motorola's current CEO, Greg Brown, is so technologically out of touch he refuses to use a computer for communications, and has all his email correspondences printed by his secretary and replied to by dictation."

Engadget: Motorola insider speaks out about the fall of a technology icon.

A few excerpts:

Zander, who seemed to care more about his golf score than running one of America's greatest technology companies, left all of the hard work to Geoffrey; I've always considered it Motorola's dirty little secret that the strategy for their entire profit machine was run by the company's CMO -- not the rest of the company's executives, who are as inept now as they have ever been.

Many close to Geoffrey believed Ed Zander worked him to death, putting the pressure of the fate of the company in his hands. [That was certainly the buzz around the industry at the time. -Ed.] I took his untimely death in 2005 very hard, and knew that the company would head downhill in the aftermath. On a personal note, Lynne, his wife blamed the company for his passing. She committed suicide soon after.

Meanwhile, Ed Zander continued to reap the dividends of Geoffrey's work as the company made billions in profit from overselling the RAZR for years. Instead of channeling that money into the obvious -- further development of groundbreaking consumer devices -- Zander purchased enterprise companies such as Symbol ($3.9b), and engineered billions of dollars in stock buybacks....

That's just a taste. This letter is a must-read for reasons I can't begin to count.
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