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Team Viticci
My friend Viticci (over at MacStories) has cancer. It blows. Show your support by shaving your head and showing the world you’re proud to have such a nerdy Internet pal.
Not man enough to shave your head? Any old photo will do, but know you’ll be judged by the rest of us.
Family  from google
may 2012
In nome della lobby
 

Linkiesta ve ne ha parlato per prima, Nomfup ve lo fa vedere: il documentario complottista sul Parlamento europeo e l’influenza delle lobbies a Bruxelles.

Tagged: Bruxelles, Europarlamento, lobbies, Lobby, Parlamento, Strasburgo
Europa  Bruxelles  Europarlamento  lobbies  Lobby  Parlamento  Strasburgo  from google
may 2012
2007’s Pre-M3 Version of Android: The Google Sooner
Steven Troughton-Smith:

When Google first showed off Android, they showed it running on a
device very similar to Blackberries or Nokia E-class devices of
the time. This device was the Google Sooner - an OMAP850 device
built by HTC, with no touchscreen or WiFi. This was the Android
reference device, the device they originally built the OS on.

Recently, I got access to a Google Sooner running a very early
version of Android. With all the recent information coming out of
the Oracle vs Google trial, I thought it would be interesting to
take you on a brief tour of the OS.

Fascinating stuff.

 ★ 
from google
may 2012
15 Spectacular European Libraries
Mental Floss:

Here are fifteen of the most beautiful libraries throughout Europe.

I’ve posted in the past about beautiful libraries in personal homes. These are ones the public has access to.

∞ Read this on The Loop
Design  from google
may 2012
ImageOptim
Helpful freeware tool for reducing image sizes:

ImageOptim optimizes images — so they take up less disk space and
load faster — by finding best compression parameters and by
removing unnecessary comments and color profiles. It handles PNG,
JPEG and GIF animations.

(Via the aforelinked piece by Jeremy Keith.)

 ★ 
from google
may 2012
File Info [Link]
A good resource for figuring out file types and finding applications to open them. It works for Mac, iOS, Windows and Linux.
Link  Mac  from google
april 2012
Coachella 2012
Music fans gathered to hear a wide variety of musical styles at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, held over the past two weekends in Indio, Calif. More than 100 acts were on the bill to perform on both weekends. One of the highlights of this year’s festival was an appearance of the late rapper Tupac Shakur via a hologram projection during a performance by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. -- Lloyd Young (25 photos total)Singer Jarvis Cocker of Pulp performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13 in Indio, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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april 2012
How to unlock an iPhone 4S in 12 easy steps
Weiphone’s Hacker Loktar_Sun just unearthed how to unlock an iPhone—including the iPhone 4S.

To complete Weiphone’s step-by-step unlock tutorial, the latest version of iTunes and a jailbroken iPhone is required. For those unaware, unlocking is the process of modifying an iPhone’s software so that it can operate through carriers other than its official carrier in a given country. Also, a jailbroken iPhone simply means it is freed from the limitations imposed by Apple for safety measures.  In other words, continue at your own risk.

The following process is straightforward for anyone familiar with unlocked or jailbroken iPhones:






Step 1: Go to Cydia, add repo.bingner.com as an app repository, and then search and install Sam Bingner’s Subscriber Artificial Module (SAM) package.

Step 2: Launch SAM by tapping the SAMPrefs icon.

Step 3: Go to utilities, and then select “De-Activate iPhone,” but make sure the iPhone is deactivated under “More Information.”

Step 4: With SAM enabled, select the “By Country and Carrier” in “Method,” and then find the iPhone’s carrier.

Step 5: Go to “More Information,” copy the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) in SAM Details, and then tap ”Spoof Real SIM to SAM.”

Step 6: Return to the main SAM screen, change the “Method” to manual, and then paste the copied IMSI string.

Step 7: Connect the iPhone to a computer and allow iTunes to essentially re-activate the device.

Step 8:  Double click the “Phone Number” parameter in iTunes to check and ensure the ICCID matches the SIM card. Repeat from Step 1 and onward if it does not match.

Step 9: Disconnect from the computer, and then quit iTunes when the reactivation process is finished.

Step 10: Disable SAM in the SAMPrefs app. Ignore the source article that instructs to uninstall SAM and delete the lockdownd folders.

Step 11: Connect the iPhone to the computer again. iTunes will appear and claim it cannot activate the iPhone.

Step 12: Close iTunes, and then open again. Upon launching, iTunes will activate the iPhone. The result—one unlocked iPhone!

Note: The iPhone will only work with the SIM card employed during the above tutorial. After completing this process, iTunes will believe the SIM’s ICCID belongs to the original, intended carrier. The newly unlocked iPhone can even undergo reboots without losing its unlock— at least until Apple releases a counteracting firmware update.

Also, if push notifications stop working, open SAM, select “Clear Push,” and then connect to iTunes again.

(via Gizmodo and Singularity)

Related articles

Tim Cook convinces AT&T to unlock customer’s iPhone (9to5mac.com)
Apple_Inc  Apple  AT&T  Handhelds  iPhone  iphone_4  iTunes  Smartphones  Subscriber_Identity_Module  from google
april 2012
Qual è la causa del mal di testa da gelato?
Il cervello ghiacciato, o emicrania da gelato, è un tipo di mal di testa che si sviluppa in seguito al consumo di gelato, altri cibi molto freddi o bevande ghiacciate. Il fenomeno, che può provocare rapide fitte nella zona delle tempie o dolori più diffusi al cranio, è noto da tempo, ma gli scienziati non sono mai riusciti a comprenderne fino in fondo cause e dinamiche. Ora uno studio della Harvard Medical School, presentato domenica 22 aprile a San Diego (California), offre nuovi spunti e informazioni per capire che cosa succede nella testa in queste occasioni.

In precedenza, altre ricerche scientifiche avevano scoperto che chi soffre di emicrania ha maggiori probabilità di avere a che fare con il cervello ghiacciato. Sulla base di questi risultati, i ricercatori arrivarono alla conclusione che ci fosse qualche meccanismo comune tra i due fenomeni, tanto da iniziare a sfruttare il mal di testa da gelato per studiare l’emicrania. Mal di testa ed emicranie sono difficili da studiare perché si verificano con tempi sostanzialmente imprevedibili. Il fenomeno del cervello ghiacciato può quindi essere sfruttato per indurre il mal di testa e, poiché dura solitamente poco tempo, permette ai ricercatori di analizzare il modo in cui il mal di testa si forma e poi sciama fino a scomparire.

Il team di ricerca della Harvard Medical School, coordinato da Jorge Serrador, ha indotto il cervello ghiacciato in tredici volontari. Per l’esperimento non è stato utilizzato il gelato, ma un bicchiere di acqua molto fredda da bere con una cannuccia, avendo cura di spingere il liquido verso il palato con la lingua. A ogni volontario è stato poi chiesto di segnalare quando iniziava l’attacco e di segnalare la fine dello stesso.

Attraverso alcuni strumenti di diagnostica, i ricercatori hanno monitorato il flusso sanguigno attraverso il cervello di ogni volontario. Il gruppo di ricerca ha notato un aumento dell’afflusso di sangue nell’arteria cerebrale anteriore, uno dei quattro rami in cui si divide l’arteria carotide interna, il grande vaso sanguigno che porta sangue al cervello e agli occhi. L’aumento del flusso porta anche a una espansione dell’arteria (vasodilatazione) e di conseguenza alla compressione di alcune aree intorno alla stessa, cosa che fa avvertire le fitte tipiche del mal di testa da gelato.

Terminata la fase di picco, che corrisponde a pochi istanti dopo l’assunzione di bevande o cibi molto freddi, il flusso di sangue rallenta e di conseguenza l’arteria torna a restringersi, facendo scomparire la fitta dolorosa. La dilatazione e la successiva contrazione, in rapida successione, dell’arteria cerebrale anteriore potrebbero essere legate a qualche tipo di autodifesa per il nostro cervello, dicono i ricercatori nel loro studio. «Il cervello è uno degli organi relativamente più importanti del nostro organismo, e ha bisogno di funzionare in qualsiasi momento. È abbastanza sensibile agli sbalzi di temperatura, dunque la vasodilatazione potrebbe essere dovuta alla necessità di portare sangue caldo nei tessuti per fare in modo che il cervello rimanga al caldo» ha spiegato durante il proprio intervento Serrador.

Questo ipotizzato sistema di regolazione è molto complesso ed è naturalmente tarato per non danneggiare il cervello. L’afflusso di sangue superiore al normale non può essere smaltito rapidamente e per questo si ipotizza che porti a un aumento della pressione nel cranio e alla conseguente fitta dolorosa. Man mano che temperatura e pressione aumentano, il vaso sanguigno si contrae, evitando che si formi una pressione eccessiva che potrebbe avere pericolose conseguenze per il cervello. Intervenendo su questo meccanismo con farmaci mirati, dicono i ricercatori, si potrebbero ottenere nuove terapie più efficaci per tenere a bada alcuni tipi di emicrania e di mal di testa, di quelli che vengono senza il gelato.
Scienza  cervello  cervello_ghiacciato  emicrania  gelato  mal_di_testa  mal_di_testa_da_gelato  from google
april 2012
How to unlock any jailbroken iPhone on iOS 5.0 or later on any baseband [Video]
Unlocking the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4 just got a whole lot easier thanks to the SAM package unlock revealed earlier this morning.
After alerting you guys to the news, we went into out labs and started testing this for ourselves. After a few failures, we were finally able to come up with a reliable method for making this work every time.
The good news is that this will likely become even easier as time goes on, and needless steps are eliminated. We’re already to the point where we can switch back and forth between our AT&T SIM card and our T-Mobile SIM card without having to reconfigure anything. It’s pretty awesome.
Check inside for our full tutorial that shows how to unlock any iPhone on iOS 5 or higher (running any baseband) using the SAM jailbreak package…(...)Read the rest of How to unlock any jailbroken iPhone on iOS 5.0 or later on any baseband [Video]
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iPhone_News  Activation_Ticket  AT&T  Baseband  Guide  How_to  iOS_5  iOS_5.0  iOS_5.1  iPhone_4  iPhone_4S  Jailbreak  Jailbreak_Apps  SAM  T-Mobile  Tutorial  Tweak  Video  from google
april 2012
Barracuda
Era già tutto qua: Barracuda, correva l’anno 1999. (h/t: Fabio Guerzoni)

Tagged: Barracuda, Daniele Luttazzi, Lombardia, regione, Roberto Formigoni, sanità
Italia  Barracuda  Daniele_Luttazzi  Lombardia  regione  Roberto_Formigoni  sanità  from google
april 2012
How to unlock your jailbroken iPhone right now using SAM – confirmed working
Chinese iPhone hacker Loktar_Sun has released a method for unlocking a jailbroken iPhone by yourself using Sam Bingner’s SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) package.
The unlock technique has been verified by iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd. He was able to unlock his iPhone 4S and get it running on T-Mobile’s network.
This is very big news for iPhone owners everywhere, and means we don’t have to wait for AT&T to unlock our phones if we want to use it on another GSM network.
Check inside for more details…(...)Read the rest of How to unlock your jailbroken iPhone right now using SAM – confirmed working
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iPhone_News  GSM  Jailbreak  Jailbreak_Apps  MuscleNerd  SAM  Tweak  Unlock  from google
april 2012
The most ridiculous slow motion footage ever
The Next Web:

This video is from the Danish TV show Dumt & Farligt. It takes a Phantom Flex, a camera that can run anywhere from $50k-$150k, and applies it to some of the silliest and most awesome 2500 Frames-per-second slow-motion footage I’ve seen.

Talk about “fun with explosives and a high speed camera”!

∞ Read this on The Loop
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april 2012
Review: Incipio Lexington for iPad (3rd-Gen)
Like The Garrison from BodyGuardz, Incipio’s The Lexington ($50) looks a lot like STM’s Skinny 3. It doesn’t appear to be from the exact same production line, however, as there are some noticeable differences in the shell itself, as well as the faux leather material that covers it and makes up the cover; it physically feels like an Incipio product. As with those other cases, the new iPad snaps into the hard plastic shell—this…
iPads  Cases_-_iPad  from google
april 2012
Amazon Buys Rights to Ian Fleming’s James Bond Novels
Amazon:

Amazon.com, Inc. and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd today announced
that Amazon Publishing has acquired a ten-year license for North
American rights to the entire list of James Bond books by Ian
Fleming in print and ebook.

So does this mean you won’t be able to buy even the print edition of these books in the U.S. from anyone other than Amazon? Sure hope Amazon does a better job with the cover designs than they’ve done with the current Kindle editions.

Penguin’s new paperback editions have great covers, and some of these classics from the ’60s are even better.

 ★ 
from google
april 2012
Tali e quali
Senza fare un plissé.

Tagged: Mondragone, Schiappa
Italia  Mondragone  Schiappa  from google
april 2012
The best tech writing of the week, April 15th
We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't cutting it. Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup of essential writing from around the web about technology, culture, media, and the future? Sure, it's one more thing you can feel guilty about sitting in your Instapaper queue, but it's better than pulling in vain on your Twitter list again.


Continue reading…
from google
april 2012
Furtive lacrime
 

Secondo il Daily Mail, i testimonial londinesi presenti nel video della campagna di Ken Livingstone e che hanno spinto alle lacrime il candidato sindaco laburista, erano attori della agenzia pubblicitaria. Imbarazzo, polemiche.

Tagged: Boris Johnson, Ken, Ken Livingstone, Labour, laburisti, Londra, sindaco, sindaco di Londra
UK  Boris_Johnson  Ken  Ken_Livingstone  Labour  laburisti  Londra  sindaco  sindaco_di_Londra  from google
april 2012
Writing in Markdown — Hiding Notes
This is the first in a series of short posts on writing with Markdown1. I don’t know how many, what the topics are or how often I will post them. These will be boring to many, obvious to some and useful to few. Sounds exciting, right?

If you need some introduction to Markdown and why it’s great, I recommend Brett’s two minute explanation and MacSparky’s introduction to plain text.

Notes and Outlining
When I write a long post for Macdrifter2 I typically write an outline first. Previously, I would paste the list into my Markdown document so that I could refer back to it as I wrote. The downside to that approach was that when I’d view the article with Marked, I’d have to look at the ugly outline along with the nicely formatted text. It was not satisfying.

Here’s what it looked like in Marked while I would write

After reading Glenn Fleishman’s Take Control of BBEdit book, I realized I was doing it all wrong. By wrapping my notes in the HTML escape block, I could have my notes visible during the writing phase but exclude them from Markdown processing.

<!---
- Outlining
- Tasks
- TextExpander
- Syncing
- New Dropbox
- Web access
- Export and Import
- Search
- iPhone
- iPad
- Sharing
--->

That’s for my CarbonFin post from a few days back. All of the bit in the comment block is escaped by the Markdown processor and by any HTML renderer. In fact, if you go look at the source for that post, you will see the list is still in there.

I usually try to remove the list when I am done, but sometimes it makes it through.

Also note, that I use three dashes at the beginning and end of the comment block. It makes it easier to do a grep search in BBEdit to find all of my little unintentional easter eggs.

Technically I write in MultiMarkdown which is an improvement on Markdown provided graciously by the phenomenon known as Fletcher Penney. I tend to call it Markdown. I am wrong. ↩

Which is virtually every post I make. What can I say, I like to ramble. ↩
Tips  from google
april 2012
Ti stai sbagliando chi hai visto non è
In esclusiva le immagini della “nera”, l’infermiera di Bossi, secondo la testimonianza di Rosi Mauro a Porta a Porta. (h/t: Chiara Geloni e Giovanni Cocconi)

Tagged: Bossi, Crozza, Forrest Gump, infermiera, La Nera, Lega, Maurizio Crozza, nera, Renzo Bossi, Rosi Mauro, Umberto Bossi
Italia  Bossi  Crozza  Forrest_Gump  infermiera  La_Nera  Lega  Maurizio_Crozza  nera  Renzo_Bossi  Rosi_Mauro  Umberto_Bossi  from google
april 2012
That’s not a defibrillator, it’s OWC’s DIY SSD kit for 2011 iMacs
iFixit introduced its iMac Mid 2011 Dual Hard Drive Kit ($69.95) last month for adding an SSD to both the 21.5-inch and 27-inch models. Meanwhile, OWC Macsales made its own kit available today for 2011 iMac users, which allows you to install any 2.5-inch Serial ATA SSD. The kit will work with most compatible SSDs, but OWC recommends its $99.97 OWC Mercury 6G SSD (up to 480GB) shown in the installation video below. As for the kit itself, it is now available through Macsales for $44.99. Here is what you will get:







OWC DIY Kit for 2011 27″ iMac Includes:

• Newer Technology 11-Piece Toolkit

• NewerTech Microfiber Pro Cleaning Cloth

• iMac to SSD SATA 6Gb/s cable

• iMac to SSD power cable & adapter

• 2 suction cups for the outer glass removal

• Thermal safe adhesive mounting set
Tips_and_Tricks  2011  DIY  dual_hard_drive_kit  IMac  macsales  NewerTech  OWC  OWC_Mercury_6G_SSD  SSD  suction_cups  tutorial  walkthrough  from google
april 2012
How much Apple CEO Tim Cook really made last year
Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook was the highest-paid CEO in the United States during 2011, according to a report from The New York Times (via Bloomberg). The report cited data from research firm Equilar who tracked executive compensation throughout the year.

To take home the top spot, Cook received about $378 million. That number includes his salary, perks, and bonuses of $1.8 million in addition to a one-time stock grant of $376.2 million that vests in 2016 and 2021. The report noted that stat works out to roughly a million dollars a day. However, many are taking issue with the number, because the majority of the money requires Cook to stay with the company for 10 years before receiving it…







Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt pointed out NYT’s claims of Cook making approximately $1 million a day in reality actually works out to $103,000 a day when taking the 10-year period into account. It is certainly a lot of money, but nowhere close to the stats shown in the graphic above that accompanied the NYT’s original story.

Following closely behind Cook is Oracle’s Larry Ellison with $77.6 million and former Apple executive Ron Johnson earning $53.3 million at his new role at J.C. Penney Co.

Cook has had an impressive year during his first as the officially appointed CEO. From when he took the job in August 2011, Apple’s stock has risen from approximately $375 to well over $600. Last month Apple’s market cap surpassed No. 2 Exxon with $514 billion, which is up from 321.07 billion on March 31, 2011. Earlier this year, Cook also netted $64 million from selling over 106,640 shares of restricted stock units that vested on March 24 after they were initially awarded in 2008.
Apple_Inc  $378_million  Bloomberg  CEO  highest-paid  The_New_York_Times  Tim_Cook  from google
april 2012
“Bartending” by Stephen Hackett Shows The Human Side of Apple Retail
In the past months, I’ve read a lot of books about Apple, and in particular about Steve Jobs. Bartending by Stephen Hackett, however, is the only one that struck me as being completely honest and real in the subject it covers: Apple’s retail stores as a genuine, living collection of stories and people. Not just a business.

Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius, is short, direct, and entertaining. You can probably finish it in 40 minutes if you’re in the mood of reading about Apple’s retail employees and the stories of customers who happen to swing by the Genius Bar every day. And if you like a style that’s fun, cuts to the point, and isn’t ashamed of recollecting the real thoughts of an Apple Genius who sees all kinds of customers on a daily basis, I bet you will devour Bartending from cover to cover in less than an hour. It is a pleasure to read Stephen narrate how he helped a woman recover the precious photos of her children after her hard drive failed, or how the iPhone represented a major shift both in terms of audience, and at the Bar.

I like to think of Bartending as more than “a book about the Genius Bar”. Whether or not you are aware of how Apple’s retail behemoth works behind the scenes, Bartending provides a fun and enlightening look at the interactions that occur every day on both sides of the business. In front of and behind the Genius Bar. I think Stephen’s greatest accomplishment with this book is that he explains with a human, friendly tone that, in spite of the gadgets and dollars involved with the business, the people ultimately define the stories we remember. And if the rules can be bent a little for the good of the customer — to “surprise and delight” — even better. That’s what makes this book a story of its own that fits in the Apple Community so well.

Bartending is a must-read. Get it today at $8.99 on Amazon (iBooks-friendly ePub version also available here).
Featured  reviews  apple_retail  bartending  genius_bar  stephen_hackett  from google
april 2012
Nikon D4 field review
Right around 2.5 years after the introduction of Nikon's most recent game-changer (yeah, we're bragging about the D3S), its proper successor has emerged. Without qualification, the amount of hope and expectation surrounding the Nikon D4 was immense. In a way, most Nikonians were (perhaps foolishly) expecting the D4 to be to the D3S what the D3S was to the D3, and we'll confess that we were cautiously saving up precious pennies in the event that the game was changed yet again.For better or worse, the actual specifications of the D4 ended up as hardly worth writing home about, with an ISO range mirroring that already seen on the D3S, a megapixel rating lower than that of the cheaper D800 and a battery rated for fewer snaps than the outgoing D3S. All at an MSRP that's starting at $800 above where the D3S started. You'll notice a lot of comparisons throughout this article with the Best Camera of 2009, but that's intentional; yours truly has spent the last 2.5 years using the D3S for business and pleasure, and it's only logical to pit the D4 against a camera that has become molded to many palms here at Engadget HQ. Is the D4 a worthy upgrade? Or even a worthy successor? Let's find out. Gallery: Nikon D4 hands-on gallery
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april 2012
Bronson Watermarker
Remember Mike Evangelist’s story about Steve Jobs and the iDVD user interface?

On the appointed day, Evangelist and the rest of the team gathered
in the boardroom. They’d brought page after page of prototype
screen shots showing the new program’s various windows and menu
options, along with paragraphs of documentation describing how the
app would work.

“Then Steve comes in,” Evangelist recalls. “He doesn’t look at any
of our work. He picks up a marker and goes over to the whiteboard.
He draws a rectangle. ‘Here’s the new application,’ he says. ‘It’s
got one window. You drag your video into the window. Then you
click the button that says BURN. That’s it. That’s what we’re
going to make.’”

That’s what Bronson is like, except for watermarking PDF files. $10 in the Mac App Store.

 ★ 
from google
april 2012
Cos’è la Lega Nord
Il nome ufficiale della Lega Nord è “Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania”. Lo Statuto del partito, approvato nel marzo 2002 mentre la Lega partecipava con un ministro (lo stesso Umberto Bossi) al governo Berlusconi II, dichiara che il movimento (articolo 1) “ha per finalità il conseguimento dell’indipendenza della Padania attraverso metodi democratici e il suo riconoscimento internazionale quale Repubblica Federale indipendente e sovrana.”

Il movimento è nato ufficialmente alla fine del 1989, con la fusione di diversi movimenti autonomisti regionali dell’Italia settentrionale. Tra i maggiori, insieme alla Liga veneta, c’era la Lega Lombarda, fondata nel 1982 da Umberto Bossi, allora quarantunenne. Bossi, con un breve passato di partecipazione nell’ambiente politico della sinistra comunista, si era avvicinato agli ambienti autonomisti dopo l’incontro con Bruno Salvadori, leader di Union Valdôtaine, nel 1979. La sua carriera politica fu molto rapida e molto di successo, dato che già nel 1987 venne eletto sia alla Camera che al Senato. Scelse il Senato, guadagnandosi così il soprannome di Senatùr.

Il primo successo elettorale a livello nazionale della Lega Nord arrivò con le elezioni politiche del 1992, pochi mesi dopo l’inizio delle indagini sulla corruzione dette di “Tangentopoli”: nell’aprile di quell’anno la Lega Nord prese oltre l’8% dei voti a livello nazionale sia alla Camera che al Senato, un successo enorme per un partito allora praticamente inesistente a sud dell’Emilia-Romagna.

Alle elezioni politiche successive, nel 1994 e nel 1996, la Lega aumentò ancora il suo consenso arrivando al 10,7%. Parte di questo successo, si è soliti ripetere nelle analisi di quelle elezioni, venne da un voto “di protesta” contro i vecchi partiti come la Democrazia Cristiana e il PSI colpiti dagli scandali, ma anche contro le successive incarnazioni del PCI. La Lega in quegli anni era un partito fortemente giustizialista e appoggiava l’operato dell’allora pubblico ministero Antonio Di Pietro: il deputato leghista Luca Leoni Orsenigo divenne celebre quando, il 16 marzo 1993, sventolò un cappio all’interno dell’aula parlamentare.

La Lega ha una sua mitologia, una sua simbologia e i suoi riti politici: il richiamo disinvolto alle lotte indipendentiste dei comuni italiani contro l’imperatore germanico del XII secolo Federico Barbarossa, che diventa simbolo della lotta tra le autorità locali e il potere centrale (da qui il richiamo all’episodio semi-mitico di Goffredo di Buglione e del Carroccio durante la battaglia di Legnano, 1176, che ha dato anche il soprannome “il Carroccio” al movimento); i raduni annuali in un grande prato vicino a Pontida, un paese a una quindicina di chilometri da Bergamo; le cerimonie con un’ampolla contenente l’acqua del fiume Po; i modi spicci e l’abbigliamento (le celebri canottiere) del suo leader Umberto Bossi. Il quotidiano “La Padania”. Negli ultimi vent’anni è stato anche aperto e chiuso più volte, con diverse sedi, un “Parlamento della Padania”.

Quei giorni sono finiti da un pezzo. Nel tempo, attraverso un percorso analizzato e approfondito da moltissimi osservatori politici, la Lega è cambiata. Questa metamorfosi viene descritta con aggettivi diversi, secondo chi ne parla: istituzionalizzata, costituzionalizzata, neutralizzata, normalizzata. Quel che è certo è che nel corso degli anni le aspirazioni secessioniste sono state ridimensionate fino a sparire quasi del tutto, che i raduni estivi a Pontida hanno iniziato a somigliare sempre più a placide sagre di paese piuttosto che a tumultuose adunate rivoluzionarie, che gli esponenti politici che un tempo si scontravano fisicamente con la polizia sono diventati ministri degli Interni, per fare l’esempio di Roberto Maroni. La Lega degli anni Novanta non esiste più, nonostante gli sporadici tentativi dei suoi leader di riesumarla, specie nei momenti di maggiore difficoltà politica. I fatti di questi giorni, le indagini sul tesoriere Belsito e le accuse a Umberto Bossi, mettono probabilmente fine anche alla fase attuale, alla Lega come l’abbiamo conosciuta in questi ultimi anni. La Lega Nord può ancora avere un futuro, ma sarà un’altra cosa.
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april 2012
Find your perfect text editor for iOS with iTextEditors
There is little that's more personal to a writer then the tools they use on a daily basis. It's what makes choosing a text editor such a difficult decision, but designer and writer Brett Terpstra is making things easy for those searching for one on iOS with his project iTextEditors. It's an interactive spreadsheet and database covering over 40 different text editors for the iPad and iPhone. Assembled with the help of contributors across the web, the project looks at pricing and tracks over 25 different features. If you're stuck deciding between Notesy and WriteRoom, be sure to check it out.


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april 2012
Feature: The Nokia Lumia 900 review
The Nokia Lumia 900 has the weight of two big names on its shoulders. It's Nokia's big re-entry into the US market; it's also the flagship Windows Phone Mango in this country. In anticipatory articles, you can hardly find the term "Lumia 900" separated from the word "premium." The phone is as important as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and as, well, every new iPhone is to iOS. 

The phone was recently announced at the two-year contract price of $99, a tag usually applied to new mid-range or old high-end phones (even more recently, AT&T announced the Lumia 900 will be free online for new customers). But the implication is that the low price is meant to attract attention to an OS that has yet to win a significant chunk of the market. It's not a reflection of the handset's quality. Because of this, we largely compare the Lumia 900 to the two flagship phones of the other two major OSes, the iPhone 4S with iOS and the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0. The iPhone 4 also makes a brief appearance, since it has the same list price as the Lumia 900. 






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april 2012
Nokia Lumia 900 review
Nokia is in a bind. The company announced more than a year ago that it planned to abandon both Symbian and MeeGo in favor of Windows Phone, the emerging mobile Microsoft platform that is currently still emerging more than two years after it was introduced as “Windows Phone 7 Series” in February 2010. Nokia and Microsoft had a lot in common, of course. Beyond an executive who ran Microsoft’s business division before joining Nokia as its CEO, both companies were once giants in the smartphone space. Microsoft had long since toppled, and Nokia’s market share was plummeting as its products continued to struggle against Android and the iPhone. Just two smartphones have emerged so far from Nokia and Microsoft’s deal since it was announced more than a year ago, and only one launched with carrier support in the United States. Now, Nokia is preparing to release its first flagship Windows Phone for the U.S. market — the Lumia 900 — and I spent the past week testing the handset in order to determine whether or not this might finally be the device that puts both Nokia and Microsoft back on the map.

























The Inside

In a world where smartphones are judged on paper long before they find their way to consumers’ hands, the Lumia 900 is a tough pony to bet on.

Several smartphones with quad-core processors will launch in the coming months and the Lumia 900 has a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. We already have phones with giant qHD and 720p HD displays on the market — Samsung is even prepping its first smartphone with a 1080p HD display according to BGR’s sources — and the Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with 480 x 800-pixel resolution. Apple’s iPhone 4S includes as much as 64GB of internal memory and numerous Android handsets come with 32GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB thanks to microSDHC support, but the Lumia 900 comes with 16GB and no memory card slot.

Nokia itself doesn’t quite know how to position its new flagship smartphone on paper. Case in point: “Bing,” Internet Explorer 9″ and “HTML5″ are three of the first six items Nokia lists at the top of the Lumia 900′s specs page.

Lucky for Nokia, this “world” of specs and paper champions is a relatively small one that is generally confined to gadget reviewers, tech bloggers and smartphone enthusiasts. While the spec-head mentality sometimes trickles out into the mass market, consumers by and large don’t care about the technology that powers their gadgets. Even if they toss out the term “dual-core,” they typically have no idea why a dual-core chipset may or may not be better than a single-core processor. Instead, they simply want their gadgets to perform well.

The Lumia 900 is a remarkably smooth smartphone, thanks in no small part to Microsoft’s mobile platform. The user is greeted on the home screen by two columns of brightly colored tiles that make up the most recognizable part of Microsoft’s “Metro” user interface. Each tile represents a different application, for the most part, and tiles configured to do so can display live information such as unread message counts, current weather conditions or top headlines. A swipe to the left reveals the full list of apps installed on the phone, and those are the only two screens on the device that aren’t inside an app.

Of course bad apps are bad apps regardless of a device’s platform or specs, and some third-party apps I tested had a very difficult time running on the Lumia 900. Interestingly, I find that the worst offenders among my regularly used apps — that is, the apps I use that have trouble running on every Windows Phone I’ve tested — seem to have even more trouble on the Lumia 900 than they do on other devices. So, where an app might take occasionally get stuck refreshing a screen for a second or two on the HTC Titan, that same app might get stuck for three seconds on the Lumia 900.

Nokia’s new smartphone also features 16GB of internal memory that is not expandable, and 512MB of RAM. Local connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and the Lumia 900 features compatibility with 10 different cellular bands — GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/900/1900 and LTE 700/1700/2100.

This will be the first Windows Phone to launch in the U.S. with 4G LTE support and while AT&T’s LTE network is still quite young, users with coverage will notice the speed boost immediately; during my tests, I saw download speeds that averaged more than 15Mbps and upload speeds in excess of 5Mbps. Unlike Verizon and Sprint, however, AT&T subscribers also have a speedy previous-generation network to fall back on. I experienced download speeds in excess of 6Mbps on the Lumia 900 in and around New York City on AT&T’s HSPA network, while Verizon and Sprint’s 3G networks typically deliver download speeds in the 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps range in my region.

An 1,830 mAh battery powers the device and while it certainly doesn’t last as long on a single charge as some other modern handsets, I found that the Lumia 900 could easily power through a full day of moderate usage that consisted of sending and receiving dozens of emails, taking a few phone calls, various sporadic app usage, snapping a number of photos and uploading them to Dropbox, streaming some music using a third-party Pandora app and more. Wi-Fi seemed to have a big negative impact on battery life, and streaming video for even 20 minutes over Wi-Fi one morning made it difficult for the battery to make it all the way to the end of my work day.

As is common among Nokia smartphones, I found reception on the Lumia 900 to be very solid. The fact that the phone includes an “LTE” indicator for 4G LTE signal and a “4G” indicator for HSPA signal is horribly confusing and more than a little disturbing, but I found that the Lumia 900 consistently showed more bars than other AT&T smartphones in the same room. Voice calls were loud and clear on the ear speaker, the quality of the speakerphone was above average, and I didn’t drop a single call during a week of testing the device.

The Outside

Full-touch smartphones are a dime a dozen right now, and to say smartphone designs are beginning to blend together is putting it mildly. Nokia’s Lumia 900, however, does not blend.

Even without the phone’s unique color choices, the Lumia 900 features a fantastic design that is unlike any other smartphone. Aside from the Lumia 800. And the N9. Nokia’s manufacturing process transforms a single piece of polycorbonate into a stunning unibody smartphone case, and the result may be one of my favorite smartphone designs in recent history. The Lumia 900 is gorgeous.

A large panel of Gorilla Glass covers the phone’s 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display along with a front-facing camera and Windows Phone’s three mandatory hardware buttons, taking up most of the Lumia 900′s face. The display, I should note, is very competitive with leading smartphones — color are vivid and I found visibility in sunlight to be much better than on a number of rival phones with AMOLED displays.

The bottom of the handset is home to a microphone and loudspeaker, while the top of the device includes a standard 3.5-millimeter audio port, a secondary microphone for noise cancellation, a microUSB port and a microSIM slot.

The smooth, curved right edge of the Lumia 900 includes plastic volume rocker, power and camera buttons, and the left side is completely bare. The back of the phone is home to a dual-LED flash and a small chrome insert featuring Carl Zeiss and Tessar branding along with the rear camera lens. Overall, the smartphone is 5.03 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches in size and it weighs a hefty 5.6 ounces. It does feel a bit large and heavy in the hand, but it’s no larger than other phones with similar display sizes and I like the weight — it makes the phone feel substantial.

The clean lines on this remarkable design are largely uninterrupted, and it really pops in cyan and white, though the white version of the Lumia 900 will not be available until later this month. In black, the smartphone is much more understated but still a sight to behold. And it’s not just the overall look of the phone that separates it from the pack, it’s the minor details as well. Things like the tapering of the ends of the curved case that lead to the perfectly flat top and bottom, or the 1-millimeter raised glass edge that surrounds the display add unique touches that come together to further separate this smartphone from the pack.

The Upside

The overall user experience offered by the Nokia Lumia 900 is fantastic. This stems from Microsoft’s mobile platform which, despite being praised regularly by gadget reviewers, has failed to gain widespread adoption. Despite Microsoft’s muscle and support from several big-name vendors such as Samsung and HTC, Windows Phone has been ignored by end-users for the most part.

In the United States, industry watchers tend to place a good deal of blame on carriers for Windows Phone’s slow adoption — Android and iOS are currently the darlings of U.S. carriers, and little effort is made on the part of sales associates to push devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS to end-users. While it is true that Android devices and Apple’s iPhone are pushed much harder than other platforms, we’ll soon find out what kind of impact real carrier support will have on Windows Phone sales.

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april 2012
Lumia 900 review
It occurred to me that the Lumia 900 review would be one of the more important critiques of a product that I write this year. For those of you who don't know the backstory here, the new LTE-equipped, AT&T-bound smartphone represents what could be the beginning of a new era for both Microsoft and its partner Nokia in the mobile race — at least in the US. The 900 is a culmination of all of Microsoft's work with Windows Phone 7 (now 7.5), and Nokia's hardware design and execution, packaged in the hopes that the American consumer will suddenly notice that not only does Windows Phone exist, but it's worth buying into.

Even AT&T has gotten into the spirit, claiming launch expectations that seem to far exceed the warranted excitement over...


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april 2012
Nokia Lumia 900 review
Nokia Lumia 900 official Nokia Lumia 900 to hit AT&T on April 8th with $100 price tag in tow (video) Nokia Lumia 800 reviewLong-awaited, heralded, longed for, lusted after, overdue, deal breaker, savior, second coming, dead-on arrival, revelation, last gasp, comeback, hail mary pass, flagship... finally! If that string of descriptors hasn't already tipped you off, Nokia's Windows Phone messiah has arrived stateside to either silence critics or give' em fodder for further nay-saying. Ensconced in a polycarbonate frame that's similar to the N9, the Lumia 900 on AT&T's LTE network is widely understood to be Espoo's first true stab at building a presence for a mobile brand that's ubiquitous everywhere but here.To understand the gamble the company's making with the Lumia 900, one need only look to another critically acclaimed, yet interminably stalled overseas import: Kylie Minogue. That foreign pop siren, a music industry veteran, has repeatedly failed to empty mainstream American wallets with her scattered hits, despite enjoying chart domination across the globe. Indeed the formula for US success is a fickle one. No matter the product category, the crossover membrane can sometimes prove too thick to permanently breach, often resulting in a "one and done" mentality marked by an inevitable retreat to more conciliatory European shores.For the time being, though, it appears that Nokia's going all in, ready to see its folie à deux with Microsoft through to the end. Indeed, with an irresistible on-contract price of $99, it would seem both parties are counting on this to be the mass market magic bullet they've sorely needed. So, can the Lumia 900, a single-core 1.4GHz handset hampered by a so-so 800 x 480 display, prove this tech alliance wasn't ill-struck after all? Can an attractive industrial design and simplified UI triumph over seemingly modest specs? Will Nokia end up retreating to its overseas kingdom? Abandon those fanboy caps all ye who tag along, as we put this Finnish smartphone under the hot lights.Gallery: Nokia Lumia 900 review
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april 2012
John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site
New from the inimitable creator of the late, great CARS. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to the RSS feed now; that way you’ll know when I steal links from him, like I just did a few minutes ago.

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april 2012
FacebookShareCount Plugin for Movable Type Released - Movable ...
I just released a new plugin called FacebookShareCount. Using Facebook's API it pulls in the number of shares each of your entries has received on Facebook, and adds this information to your Movable Type installation....

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april 2012
XRY’s two-minute iPhone passcode exploit debunked
Late last month, we reported Swedish security firm Micro Systemation claimed its “XRY” application was capable of cracking an iOS device’s passcode, logging keystrokes, and accessing data like GPS, call logs, contacts, and messages. The video showing the app in action is now removed, but the firm’s claims are coming under scrutiny by at least one fellow hacker. Will Strafach, better known in the jailbreaking community as “@chronic,” just posted his summary of what is really happening with the software to clarify the issue.

While explaining XRY does not use exploits similar to jailbreak programs, as claimed by many covering the story, Strafach clarified the tool is “simply loading a custom ramdisk by utilizing the publicly available ‘limera1n’ exploit by George Hotz. The ramdisk is not even very special, because anyone could put together their own using open source tools.” He continued by explaining the “two-minute” claim of Micro Systemation is only true if a passcode is “0000.” The time increases when a more complex passcode is set.

Chronic also noted XRY cannot be used on iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and third-gen iPads, something most publications are not reporting. Here is his explanation:

 







Due to the not-so-techincally-informed reporters writing about the XRY software, this fact has been overlooked. Personally, I think it’s a pretty important fact. The simpliest way to “thwart” the use of this software on your phone would be to get the latest model, because (as people who are farmilliar with jailbreaking know) the limera1n exploit is fixed in the bootrom of the A5 (iPad 2 and iPhone 4S) as well as the A5X (iPad 3) chip.
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april 2012
XBMC 11.0 Eden for Apple TV 2 5.0 (iOS 5.1) released (+how to install tutorial)
Just days after the tethered jailbreak of 5.0 for the Apple TV 2 was released, we have XBMC working hard to ensure that we don’t get left behind! If you were one the many users who happened to update your ATV2 firmware to iOS 5.1 you were likely saddened to discover that there was not yet a working version of XBMC 11.0 “Eden”. Well, your day has come. Memphiz and Davilla, a developers and team members of XBMC, has been working hard to patch the issues caused when trying to install XBMC over the latest 5.0 firmware update.

If you are an FireCore fan, and aTV Flash (black) user, you have likely noticed their list of working, and broken, packages:
Couch Surfer (works)Last.fm (works)Maintenance (works)Media Player (works)NitoTV (works)RSS Feeds (works)Weather (works)Overflow (not working)Plex (not working)Remote HD (not working)Rowmote (not working)XBMC (not working) You can clearly see that, via FireCore’s tools, there is currently no option to install a working build of XBMC. Primarily the issue is that the 5.0 jailbreak hit XBMC a bit too late in the game, and iOS 5.1 ended up changing too much to be compatible with the current CYDIA version that is available to the public.
To be fair, this will not likely last long. As soon as there is a stable build released by the team over @XBMC, the folks over at FireCore will have the means to install it to your Apple TV. In the meantime, with a little SSH efforts, you can get XBMC Eden working on your Apple TV 2 yet again.
NOTE WORTHY: Memphiz has mentioned, in the release notes, that there has been at least one example of a problem with this process:

Though there is this case particular case, there are many whom have achieved this installation successfully. It is well worth your time, and efforts, to walk through these steps and get back to enjoying your Apple TV 2!
THE STEPS:
1. Download the following, just in case:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14341410/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_11.0-3_iphoneos-arm.deb
2. Open your terminal application (or PuTTY on Windows)
3. SSH into your Apple TV 2, by using the following command (make sure you use the IP address of your Apple TV. This is located in the Network information under the Settings menu on your Home Screen):ssh root@YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS You will be asked for a password: default password is alpine
4. Continue to enter, or simply COPY & PASTE the following commands (ONE LINE AT A TIME):
This will install the official CYDIA version or XBMC… which installs all the needed dependencies. It then updates the install with the version of XBMC Eden that we downloaded in Step #1.
apt-get updatemkdir -p /Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliancesapt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2mkdir -p /Applications/XBMC.frappliancewget <a href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14341410/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_11.0-3_iphoneos-arm.deb">http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14341410/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_11.0-3_iphoneos-arm.deb</a>dpkg -i org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_11.0-3_iphoneos-arm.debrm org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_11.0-3_iphoneos-arm.deb5. Enjoy your working build of XBMC!
If you have any problems, issues, or concerns you can simply log into forum.xbmc.org to find support for this specific build.
Our tutorial on how to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0 with Seas0nPass can be found here.
umOuch (Andrew Brasher) of XBMCHUB

You may also want to read: How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0 (iOS 5.1) with Seas0nPass (tethered) nitoTV: Apple TV 3 jailbreak will be an uphill battle XBMC 11.0 Eden for Apple TV – Review
Visit What's on iPhone for the best iPad and iPhone app reviews! Do you want to feel like a wizard? Check the Kymera wand in Amazon: You can control your Apple TV waving a wand!
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april 2012
Senza Lucio
Un mese fa esatto la scomparsa di Lucio Dalla. Un nuovo inedito dall’ultimo concerto di Montreux, Anna e Marco. (h/t: Danabram1)

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march 2012
Seas0nPass jailbreak for Apple TV 2 5.0 (iOS 5.1) released
FireCore’s Seas0nPass jailbreaking tool has been updated for Apple TV 2 running latest firmware 5.0. It’s still a tethered jailbreak, meaning every time there is a need to reboot your Apple TV, you will have to connect it to a computer. XBMC, Plex, Remote HD, Rowmote and Overflow plugins are not yet working on AppleTV 5.0. Media Player, Couch Surfer, nitoTV, Last.fm, Weather, RSS Feeds and Maintenance are already supported. Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.

The current version of Seas0nPass doesn’t provide a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3.
Our tutorial on how to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0 with Seas0nPass can be found here. 
You may also want to read: nitoTV: Apple TV 3 jailbreak will be an uphill battle XBMC 11.0 Eden for Apple TV – Review Yet Another Patent Hints at Apple Preparing a Standalone HDTV

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march 2012
Review: X-Doria SmartStyle for iPad 2/iPad (3rd-Gen)
The lid is made of real leather, although it’s thin and flattened—definitely not the nicest stuff we’ve seen. Running down the two creases that allow it to fold are repeating patterns of small and large dots, framed by stitching. Although intended to be decorative the low quality of these patterns takes away from the overall appeal of the case and in our opinion X-Doria would have been better off leaving them out entirely; the circles…
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march 2012
Il secondo tempo secondo Marchionne
I quattro spot nuovi di zecca della Chrysler targata Sergio Marchionne. Con Clint Eastwood aveva promesso un secondo tempo per l’America, nell’intervallo del Super Bowl.

Ecco quattro storie di cambiamento traumatico e resurrezione, resilienza – come usa molto adesso – e ricostruzione. Faranno inca**are molto, fanno piangere molto. Da vedere.

Tagged: Chrysler, Fiat, Sergio Marchionne
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march 2012
How Apple's Keynote can replace traditional design tools for designers
Apple's Keynote is known primarily as a Mac alternative to PowerPoint, but it turns out that it's actually a pretty solid design tool. Paul Woods, from German design firm Edenspiekermann, has written a blog post outlining how and why he and the rest of the team use Keynote on design projects: "I now rarely (if ever) use InDesign," he explains. While the program is still used for presentations, the company also uses it to create everything from user interfaces for sites and apps to mock ups for posters and banners. You can check out some of the reasoning at the source link below — which includes Keynote's ease of use and large selection of third-party add-ons and libraries — but do keep in mind that the switch to Keynote isn't...


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march 2012
iPhone passcode security can be bypassed in less than two minutes [video]
As a standard security measure, Apple’s iPhone can be set to require a four-digit passcode  whenever the phone’s screen is powered on in order to prevent unauthorized access. With passcode security enabled, a user’s information is theoretically kept private if his or her device ever falls into the wrong hands. A recent Forbes report reveals that law enforcement agencies can bypass the iPhone’s passcode requirement in less than two minutes, however, gaining access to all of the private data stored on the devices. Read on for more.

Unlike various bugs that have been found within iOS to bypass the code, law enforcement agencies use a special program from Micro Systemation, a Sweden-based firm that sells tools to give law enforcement and military customers access to devices belonging to suspected criminals.

The software, called XRY, can quickly crack an iOS or Android phone’s passcode, dump its data to a PC, decrypt it, and display information such as the user’s GPS location history, files, call logs, contacts, messages and even a log of keystrokes in some cases. XRY doesn’t use “backdoor vulnerabilities,” but rather “seeks out security flaws in the phone’s software,” similar to jailbreak exploits that can gain unrestricted access to an iPhone.

Users who set longer passcodes can make a device far more difficult to crack according to the report, and in some cases it can take so long for software like XRY to work that officials give up. A video showcasing the software follows below.

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march 2012
Gli accordi sulle riforme in 8 punti
A un mese dagli ultimi incontri per parlare di legge elettorale e di riforme istituzionali, ieri Alfano, Bersani e Casini si sono nuovamente incontrati e hanno detto di avere raggiunto un accordo sulle riforme da approvare da qui alla fine della legislatura. Da qualche giorno circolavano timori e inviti a prendere subito un’iniziativa, perché ci siano i tempi tecnici per varare le riforme entro la primavera del 2013. Oltre ai leader dei tre partiti, all’incontro di ieri hanno partecipato anche Gaetano Quagliariello, Ignazio La Russa, Luciano Violante, Ferdinando Adornato e Italo Bocchino. E alla fine l’accordo sarebbe stato raggiunto sui punti seguenti: anche questi da prendere con molta cautela e molte molle, perché poche discussioni in questi anni si sono rivelate inconcludenti quanto quelle su riforme istituzionali e legge elettorale, ma comunque da registrare perché indice quanto meno della sintonia verbale dei tre principali partiti italiani.

Le riforme istituzionali

- Riduzione dei parlamentari
La Camera passerà da 630 a 500 deputati, il Senato da 315 a 250 senatori. Gli italiani all’estero eleggeranno 12 parlamentari.

- Fine del bicameralismo perfetto
Per essere precisi la bozza parla di “avvio del superamento del bicameralismo perfetto”, quindi raddoppiate le cautele. Parliamo della regola per cui le due camere hanno identici poteri e, perché sia approvata, una legge deve essere votata nella stessa forma da entrambe le camere. Stando alla bozza di accordo, Camera e Senato assumeranno funzioni legislative diverse: le leggi verranno approvate da una sola camera e l’altra potrà esprimersi solo se lo richiedano, entro 15 giorni, almeno il 30 per cento dei suoi membri. Solo la Camera avrà il potere di dare e togliere la fiducia al governo.

- Poteri del presidente del Consiglio
Il presidente del Consiglio potrà nominare i ministri – oggi lo fa il presidente della Repubblica, su sua proposta – e revocarli, nonché chiedere al presidente della Repubblica di sciogliere la Camera: la richiesta potrà essere bloccata da un voto di sfiducia (costruttiva). Il governo potrà chiedere al Parlamento di dare priorità alla discussione su un determinato disegno di legge e dare una scadenza temporale entro la quale dovrebbe essere votato. Sarà introdotta la sfiducia costruttiva: non si potrà votare la sfiducia al governo senza concedere contestualmente la fiducia a un nuovo governo.

- Elettorato attivo e passivo
Si potrà essere eletti alla Camera a 21 anni e non più a 25 anni, si potrà essere eletti al Senato a 35 anni e non più a 40. Si potrà votare per il Senato a 18 anni, così come per la Camera.

La legge elettorale
Gli appassionati del genere la definiscono una legge sul modello “tedesco-spagnolo”, in quanto raccoglie elementi di entrambi i sistemi. Il funzionamento rimane tendenzialmente proporzionale, come nell’attuale sistema, ma con alcune significative modifiche.

- Collegi uninominali
Metà dei deputati saranno eletti in collegi uninominali, dove cioè ogni lista o partito presenta un singolo candidato: questo restituirà agli elettori la possibilità di scegliere direttamente il proprio rappresentante. Questa è la parte “tedesca” del sistema. La parte “spagnola” è quella relativa all’altra metà dei deputati, che saranno eletti con metodo proporzionale in collegi molto piccoli su liste bloccate.

- Coalizioni
I partiti non sono obbligati ad allearsi in coalizione prima del voto, ma dovranno comunicare il loro candidato premier, che sarà indicato sulla scheda. La conseguenza, come spiegava ieri Claudio Cerasa sul Foglio, è che le alleanze si potranno definire dopo le elezioni, sulla base dei risultati elettorali, e che il presidente del Consiglio sarà con ogni probabilità il leader del partito più votato. Diventano inoltre inutili le primarie di coalizione: chi vorrà farle, dovrà farle di partito. Si è detto che queste norme rafforzano il centro, che potrà scegliere volta per volta se allearsi con il centrodestra o con il centrosinistra qualora i suoi voti risultassero decisivi. Ma anche la destra e la sinistra potranno correre con dei loro candidati e puntare sulle loro proposte, senza essere costretti ad accettare accordi che li vedano partire in minoranza.

- Premio di maggioranza
Gli attuali premi, nazionale alla Camera e regionale al Senato, vengono cancellati. Viene introdotto invece alla Camera un cosiddetto “mini premio” da 36 seggi per il primo partito, e secondo Repubblica “fra i partiti è in discussione anche l’ipotesi di assegnare un mini premio alla formazione che arriva seconda”.

- Sbarramento e diritto di tribuna
Ci sarà una soglia di sbarramento, non è ancora stato deciso se al 4 o al 5 per cento: i partiti che non raggiungeranno la soglia non parteciperanno alla ripartizione dei seggi. Con collegi molto piccoli, però, anche formazioni poco rilevanti dal punto di vista nazionale potranno eleggere dei parlamentari nei luoghi in cui sono più forti e radicate. I partiti più piccoli potranno eleggere dei parlamentari aggirando lo sbarramento col cosiddetto “diritto di tribuna”, cioè l’ospitalità nelle liste dei partiti maggiori.

- Stefano Menichini: Una sconfitta ormai inevitabile
- Pippo Civati: Paura, eh?

foto: Mauro Scrobogna /LaPresse
apertura  Politica  angelino_alfano  governo  legge_elettorale  parlamento  pier_luigi_bersani  Pierferdinando_casini  riforme_istituzionali  from google
march 2012
Login and registration form using HTML5 and CSS3
Stéphanie Walter:

In this tutorial we are going to create two HTML5 forms that will switch between login and registration using the CSS3 pseudo class :target. We will style it using CSS3 and an icon font. The idea behind this demo is to show the user the login form and provide a link to “switch” to the registration form.

I don’t like the login form much, but the transitions and idea to make it easier for the user are appreciated.

∞ Read this on The Loop
Design  CSS3  HTML5  from google
march 2012
Spring Rolls
Ahia, che male

L’immagine più eloquente di una certa idea di Cina (h/t: In Focus)

Tagged: Cina, esercito, parata
Mondo  Cina  esercito  parata  from google
march 2012
Ogni maledetta domenica
«In questa squadra massacriamo di fatica noi stessi, e tutti quelli intorno a noi, per un centimetro. Ci difendiamo con le unghie e coi denti, per un centimetro. Perché sappiamo che quando andremo a sommare tutti quei centimetri, il totale allora farà la differenza tra la vittoria e la sconfitta»

(Al Pacino, Ogni Maledetta Domenica, 1999)
cit  al_pacino  cinema  ogni_maledetta_domenica  from google
march 2012
Viral killed the video star
Esiste una chimica del virale? Quali sono gli ingredienti indispensabili per creare un video scambiato e condiviso da migliaia di persone?

 

Su La Lettura del Corriere della Sera parlano Arun Chaudhary (videomaker di Barack Obama alla Casa Bianca, oggi consulente politico), Kevin Allocca, trend manager di YouTube, Andrea Salvadore, Giovanni Sasso di Proforma e Andrew Kaczynski, maghetto di Buzzfeed.

Tagged: Andrea Salvadore, Andrew Kaczynski, Arun Chaudhary, Barack Obama, Casa Bianca, Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Sasso, Jason Russell, Kevin Allocca, Kony, La Lettura, viral, virale
Italia  USA  Andrea_Salvadore  Andrew_Kaczynski  Arun_Chaudhary  Barack_Obama  Casa_Bianca  Corriere_della_Sera  Giovanni_Sasso  Jason_Russell  Kevin_Allocca  Kony  La_Lettura  viral  virale  from google
march 2012
I care
 

Mini spot per il web della campagna di Barack Obama. Target femminile, frame promesse mantenute.

Tagged: Barack Obama, sanità
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march 2012
AirServer 4.2 released, optimized for iPad 3
AirServer, an advanced AirPlay/AirTunes receiver that lets you seamlessly stream audio, videos, photos, and photo slideshows to your Mac or iOS device, has been updated to version 4.2. The new AirServer, optimized for the iPad 3, comes with improved frame rate (70+ FPS) and is said to provide no lags: according to the developers, “you can now actually play a game while looking at the big screen”.

AirServer 4.2 also ads something totally new, which has been long overdue from Apple: on-the-fly video post processing. Now, the entire post processing happens in the GPU of the Mac and there is no loss in frame-rates. Picture quality setting are now customizable and give you control over the sharpening, brightness, contrast, saturation and hue.

AirServer also fully supports AirPlay mirroring. This means you can wirelessly stream whatever’s on your iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPhone 4S to your Mac running AirServer with mirroring feature enabled.

Below is full list of AirServer 4.2 improvements:
Optimized for the new iPad.Apple TV 3 Full-HD support added.Added Mirroring post-processing settings.Improved gaming performance (FPS) over Mirroring.Fixed random disconnects during Mirroring.Fixed Growl notifications.Fixed audio related issues.Reduced memory usage.The new AirServer costs $14.99 and can be purchased from here.
You may also want to read: AirServer 3.0 brings AirPlay to your Mac aTV Flash (black) 1.4 for Apple TV 2 released Apple TV software update 5.0 (9B179b) now available worldwide Giveaway: Win the new, third-generation Apple TV
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march 2012
In volo con vere ali
Dopo otto mesi di lavoro di ricerca e progettazione, l’ingegnere meccanico olandese Jarno Smeets ha diffuso un video che lo mostra in volo per circa 100 metri con delle ali della sua misura, costruite secondo il modello delle ali degli uccelli. Molti commentatori hanno mostrato scetticismo sull’autenticità del video, in risposta Smeets ha pubblicato sul suo canale YouTube altri video che raccontano il processo di creazione e costruzione delle ali.
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march 2012
The new iPad review
The new iPad. Two generations from the somewhat enigmatic, yet overwhelmingly successful debut, Apple’s latest tablet is firing on all cylinders.
No longer is there a question as to whether such a device has a place in people’s day to day lives, it’s now a question of how many such devices are necessary to have for one household.
Indeed, the iPad is about as mainstream as mainstream gets, only a few years removed from many pundits, including myself, questioning its viability.
The truth is that maybe only a handful of people knew how insanely successful Apple’s tablet would be, but now everyone but the most blinded of opposers is a believer. Even if you don’t own an Apple device, you’re compelled to give credit where credit is due…(...)Read the rest of The new iPad review
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iPhone_News  4G  Apple  Battery  iPad_3  LTE  Retina_Display  Review  from google
march 2012
World Water Day 2012
World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day to recognize the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. While we often take water for granted, many cannot. And water plays a role in almost everything we do. We drink it, wash in it, play in it, generate power with it, irrigate crops with it, travel and transport goods on it, fight fires with it, and worship with it. Gathered here are images of water from the last year in all its uses, in scarcity and in abundance. -- Lane Turner (48 photos total)A child bathes from a public tap in his neighborhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on March 6, 2012. A UNICEF report says unhygienic conditions cause an estimated 1. 2 million child deaths before the age of five from diarrhea worldwide every year. The report says in urban areas access to improved water and sanitation is not keeping pace with population growth. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)
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march 2012
Andreani: Kit Ohlins per Ducati Multistrada 1200 S
Per esaltare le doti di guidablità della Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, Andreani ha messo a punto un kit sospensioni specifico composto da una molla Öhlins per il mono più rigida rispetto alla versione di serie, una coppia di molle per forcella, e da un piedino inferiore ad interasse variabile che abbassa sensibilmente l’avantreno migliorando la precisone nell’inserimento in curva e la maneggevolezza.
Il kit è disponibile presso i rivenditori Andreani Group al prezzo di 478 euro. Se lo acquistate online avrete diritto ad uno sconto del 10%. Ulteriori informazioni possono essere richieste alla Andreani Group di Pesaro (PU).
Andreani: Kit Ohlins per Ducati Multistrada 1200 S é stato pubblicato su Motoblog.it alle 01:15 di sabato 17 marzo 2012.
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march 2012
‘This American Life’ Isn’t the Only Outfit With Retractions Due
Mike Daisey, in an op-ed piece published by The New York Times on October 6:

I have traveled to southern China and interviewed workers employed
in the production of electronics. I spoke with a man whose right
hand was permanently curled into a claw from being smashed in a
metal press at Foxconn, where he worked assembling Apple laptops
and iPads. I showed him my iPad, and he gasped because he’d never
seen one turned on. He stroked the screen and marveled at the
icons sliding back and forth, the Apple attention to detail in
every pixel. He told my translator, “It’s a kind of magic.”

Daisey now admits this is false. This is what The Times chose to run on their op-ed page the day after Steve Jobs died.

Update, 30 minutes later: The Times has now removed the above paragraph from the piece, and prepended this editor’s note:

Editor’s Note: Questions have been raised about the truth of a
paragraph in the original version of this article that purported
to talk about conditions at Apple’s factory in China. That
paragraph has been removed from this version of the article.

This isn’t over. “Questions” haven’t just been raised — Daisey has admitted it was a complete fabrication. Sort of a bogus move to pull the paragraph without saying what the paragraph claimed.

Update: Here’s a cached version of the original piece, hosted by Maciej Cegłowski.

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march 2012
‘Do You Really Think Apple Didn’t Know?’
29 January 2012 report by Martha Teichner for CBS News:

Daisey went to Shenzhen. Foxconn wouldn’t let him in, so he stood
outside the main gate with his translator, talking to workers at
shift change.

“In my first two hours of my first day at that gate, I met workers
who are 14 years old,” Daisey said. “I met workers who were 13
years old. I met workers who were 12. Do you really think Apple
doesn’t know?”

All false.

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march 2012
Rob Schmitz’s Takedown of Mike Daisey’s Fabrications
Rob Schmitz, reporting for American Public Media Marketplace:

Cathy Lee, Daisey’s translator in Shenzhen, was with Daisey at
this meeting in Shenzhen. I met her in the exact place she took
Daisey — the gates of Foxconn. So I asked her: “Did you meet
people who fit this description?”

“No,” she said.

“So there was nobody who said they were poisoned by hexane?” I
continued.

Lee’s answer was the same: “No. Nobody mentioned the Hexane.”

I pressed Cathy to confirm other key details that Daisey reported.
Did the guards have guns when you came here with Mike Daisey? With
each question I got the same answer from Lee. “No,” or “This is
not true.”

Simply devastating to Daisey’s credibility.

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march 2012
Under the microscope: a closer look at the new iPad
Sure, you can take us on our word that the new iPad really is that much sharper than its predecessor -- or, you can opt for a more scientific approach, and peek at that Retina display under a microscope. Our own Richard Lai slid his 64GB WiFi iPad under a USB scope, going far beyond the naked eye for a close-up look at those gorgeous high-density subpixels. As you can imagine, it's impossible to distinguish one dot from the next when you're looking at a cool three million pixels packed tightly within a 9.7-inch slab, but that view clears up quite nicely under a 230x microscope. What you'll see is that those tiny red, green and blue dots are now significantly smaller, when compared to the iPad 2. That means text that's easily legible without a pinch, smooth icons and far sharper pictures. There's a dramatic improvement for sure, but is that new display alone enough to justify the upgrade for you? A quick click through the gallery below should help clear things up.Gallery: The new iPad's LCD under the microscope
Richard Lai contributed to this report.Under the microscope: a closer look at the new iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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march 2012
Lusi e la fondazione di Rutelli
Aggiornamento. Francesco Rutelli ha accusato l’Espresso di essersi prestato a un’opera di “inquinamento e depistaggio” ordita dallo stesso Lusi, che avrebbe “certamente” fornito le informazioni oggetto dell’articolo.

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Luigi Lusi è l’ex tesoriere della Margherita e dal 31 gennaio è indagato dalla procura di Roma per appropriazione indebita, con l’accusa di aver sottratto poco meno di 13 milioni di euro dal conto corrente della Margherita, su cui aveva diritto di operare insieme all’ex presidente del partito Francesco Rutelli.

Come comprensibile, il caso ha generato grandi polemiche politiche. In una conversazione “rubata” da Servizio Pubblico, Lusi ha detto che il suo caso potrebbe “far saltare il centrosinistra” e aveva palesemente alluso alla possibilità che altri soldi della Margherita fossero stati utilizzati in modo scorretto o illecito. Questo aveva tra le altre cose rinnovato i sospetti sul ruolo in tutta la questione di Francesco Rutelli, che aveva diritto di operare sui conti della Margherita e nel frattempo era uscito dal PD – partito nel quale era confluita la Margherita – per fondare Alleanza per l’Italia. Rutelli ha sempre detto di non avere ricevuto un solo euro da Luigi Lusi. Oggi l’Espresso pubblica un articolo in cui sostiene, citando cifre, date e numeri di conto, che Lusi dal novembre del 2009 al luglio del 2011 ha girato 866 mila euro della Margherita al “Centro per il Futuro Sostenibile”, fondazione presieduta da Francesco Rutelli. L’articolo dell’Espresso è firmato da Primo Di Nicola e Emiliano Fittipaldi.

Che abbia ragione lui? Il centrosinistra rischia davvero di crollare, nel caso uscissero fuori tutti i segreti custoditi nei forzieri di quella che fu la Margherita-Democrazia e Libertà? Luigi Lusi, senatore del Pd ed ex tesoriere del partito che nel 2007 si è fuso con i Ds formando il Partito democratico, lo ha detto senza giri di parole nell’intervista “rubata” a “Servizio pubblico”. Parole e frasi che sono state interpretate da molti come una minaccia, quasi come un ricatto. Avvertimenti lanciati per sminuire la propria posizione (Lusi è infatti accusato di aver usato i soldi del partito per aquistare ville da sogno, viaggi di lusso e cene al caviale) tirando in ballo le responsabilità dei big dell’ex Margherita, politici illustri che hanno condiviso con lui – farebbe intendere l’ex uomo di fiducia di Francesco Rutelli – la responsabilità della gestione delle finanze del partito. Foraggiato anche dopo la sua scomparsa politica con decine di milioni di euro ottenuti grazie ai generosi rimborsi elettorali.

La Margherita, che in dieci anni ha incassato la bellezza di 214 milioni, ha risposto alle allusioni dell’ex tesoriere presentando querela e con una richiesta di danni tra i 5 e i 10 milioni di euro. Saranno ora i magistrati a decidere chi ha ragione, e se al saccheggio delle risorse del partito abbia partecipato soltanto Lusi.

Quel che è certo è che ad attingere a quella cassaforte sembrano essere stati in molti.

“Per quanto mi riguarda metto a disposizione su Facebook il mio estratto conto: 56 mila euro. Da quando faccio politica il mio patrimonio è diminuito. Sul mio impegno trasparente non posso accettare ombre. Quando ho fondato Api ho tagliato la carta di credito che avevo come presidente della Margherita e l’ho restituita a Lusi”, ha detto Francesco Rutelli qualche giorno fa. Sarà sicuramente vero. Ma di certo Lusi non ha mai dimenticato il conto corrente della fondazione che Rutelli ha creato e di cui è presidente, il Centro per il futuro sostenibile (Cfs). A questa fondazione Lusi ha girato centinaia di migliaia di euro della Margherita quando l’ex sindaco di Roma non solo era uscito dal Pd, ma aveva già fondato un altro partito, Alleanza per l’Italia (Api), antagonista al centrosinistra.

A “l’Espresso” risulta che il Cfs ha ricevuto da Lusi, dal novembre 2009 al luglio 2011, ben 866 mila euro. In media oltre 43 mila euro al mese.

Il primo bonifico alla fondazione (conto corrente Unicredit-Banca di Roma numero 000401107758) è del 13 novembre 2009. Sono giorni cruciali per Rutelli: abbandonato in polemica il Pd considerato troppo sbilanciato a sinistra, Francesco insieme a Bruno Tabacci sta lanciando l’Api, il suo partito personale nato appena due giorni prima. La fondazione il 13 novembre riceve da Lusi i primi 48 mila euro della Margherita. Altri 48 mila arrivano a gennaio del 2010.

(continua a leggere sul sito dell’Espresso)

foto: Mauro Scrobogna / LaPresse
apertura  Italia  Politica  centro_per_il_futuro_sostenibile  finanziamento_pubblico_ai_partiti  francesco_rutelli  luigi_lusi  margherita  from google
march 2012
Oggi sono le idi di marzo
Le idi di marzo sono una data dell’antico calendario romano, diventata celebre perché fu quella in cui, nel 44 a.C., venne ucciso Giulio Cesare. Molti dipinti e opere d’arte hanno fatto riferimento alle idi di marzo nel titolo o come momento chiave della narrazione, dal Giulio Cesare di Shakespeare alla poesia Idi di marzo del poeta greco Costantino Kavafis (e a un film del 2011 diretto da George Clooney).

“Idi”, idus in latino (femminile plurale, della quarta declinazione), era il nome con cui venivano indicati i giorni più o meno a metà di ciascun mese del calendario romano. I giorni del mese, infatti, non erano numerati progressivamente dal primo all’ultimo come oggi, ma erano chiamati in base a una serie di date fisse: il primo giorno del mese erano le calende (calendae), poi veniva “il giorno dopo le calende”, e poi si iniziavano a contare i giorni che mancavano prima delle altre due festività mensili: le none e le idi. Queste due festività cadevano il quinto e il tredicesimo giorno dei mesi di gennaio, febbraio, aprile, giugno, agosto, settembre, novembre e dicembre, mentre cadevano il settimo e il quindicesimo in marzo, maggio, luglio e ottobre.

Calende, none e idi erano in origine legate al ciclo lunare e indicavano rispettivamente la luna nuova, il primo quarto e la luna piena: ma con il tempo e le diverse riforme del calendario che si succedettero in età romana, il calendario diventò invece solare e il rapporto con le fasi lunari si perse completamente. L’ultima grande riforma del calendario venne fatta proprio da Giulio Cesare e entrò in vigore nel 45 a.C., con alcuni aggiustamenti fatti dal suo successore Ottaviano Augusto. Questo calendario, detto giuliano, era di 365 giorni e prevedeva gli anni bisestili: fu preciso a sufficienza da diffondersi in tutto l’Occidente anche dopo la caduta dell’impero, e venne sostituito solo nel 1582 con una riforma del papa Gregorio XIII (il calendario gregoriano che usiamo ancora oggi).

L’anno dopo l’introduzione del calendario, Giulio Cesare venne ucciso da una congiura organizzata da una serie di personalità legate al Senato di Roma, tra cui i celebri Bruto (Marco Giunio Bruto) e Cassio (Gaio Cassio Longino), e assassinato con diverse pugnalate mentre si trovava nel Teatro di Pompeo. Venne ucciso perché nel corso degli anni era diventato sempre più potente, concentrando su di sè diverse cariche e minacciando l’autorità e il potere del Senato.

La sua morte diventò uno degli episodi più celebri dell’antichità romana, interpretata in molti modi nei secoli successivi e nel Quattrocento italiano, ad esempio, fu l’oggetto di un dibattito culturale. Per alcuni divenne il simbolo della giusta uccisione di un tiranno, per salvare le istituzioni della repubblica: come nel busto di Bruto scolpito da Michelangelo o nella tragedia Bruto secondo di Alfieri. Per altri Bruto e Cassio diventarono il simbolo del tradimento (il filo-imperiale Dante, nel XXXIV canto dell’Inferno, li sprofonda più in basso possibile, nella bocca di Satana insieme a Giuda). Ma la data delle idi di marzo è rimasta come simbolo di una data tragica e attesa legata al potere, vista la leggenda, raccontata già dagli storici antichi e ripresa da Shakespeare, che la morte di Cesare gli fosse stata preannunciata da un indovino proprio per le idi di marzo.

Vincenzo Camuccini, La morte di Cesare (1804-1805), Roma, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.
Cultura  15_marzo  calendario_giuliano  calendario_romano  giulio_cesare  idi_di_marzo  from google
march 2012
The iPad Is Unbeatable
Farhad Manjoo, writing for Slate:

Let’s say you’re Steve Ballmer, Michael Dell, Meg Whitman, Larry Page, or Intel’s Paul Otellini. How are you feeling today, a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad? Are you discounting the device as just an incremental improvement, the same shiny tablet with a better screen and faster cellular access? Or is it possible you had trouble sleeping last night? Did you toss and turn, worrying that Apple’s new device represents a potential knockout punch, a move that will cement its place as the undisputed leader of the biggest, most disruptive new tech market since the advent of the Web browser? Maybe your last few hours have been even worse than that. Perhaps you’re now paralyzed with confusion, fearful that you might be completely boxed in by the iPad — that there seems no good way to beat it.

Exactly right.

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march 2012
Nike+ FuelBand review
It’s around 8 o’clock in the evening on the Paramount Studios backlot, and I’m standing at the edge of the high-fall tower, eyeing the ground down below. The stunt coordinator to my right tells me to go ahead and jump, and just aim for the “X”. I’m no fan of heights, but against my better judgement I leap anyway. After landing safely in the waiting airbag, I roll out and check the black bracelet strapped around my wrist. I just hit 350 NikeFuel points for the night.

The last few years have seen a steady stream of fitness monitoring products come to market. With the Fitbit, Jawbone’s Up, the MotoACTV, and the original BodyBugg all jockeying for position, it’s a crowded field with a simple message: monitor your physical...


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march 2012
La birra tiepida
La temperatura ideale per servire una birra non è prossima allo zero come raffigurano molte pubblicità, e nel caso delle birre industriali un bicchiere ghiacciato e la consigliata conservazione a basse temperature hanno una motivazione precisa: Mark Garrison, un giornalista e critico gastronomico esperto di birra, ne ha scritto su Slate.

Garrison scrive che anche la miglior birra del mondo può essere irreparabilmente rovinata nel gusto, se viene conservata al freddo e versata in un bicchiere gelato. “Non c’è praticamente nessuna birra, tra quelle che valga la pena bere, che dovrebbe essere servita sotto i 4,4 gradi”. Alcune, come le double IPA [un tipo particolare di birra chiara] e le bitter inglesi, rendono il meglio intorno ai 13 gradi. In molti mesi dell’anno questo vuol dire bere la birra a temperatura ambiente. Una tabella con le temperature ideali a cui servire i vari tipi di birra (insieme agli abbinamenti con le pietanze) si trova sul sito della Brewers Association americana.

Garrison si chiede allora da dove venga l’idea che la birra vada bevuta ghiacciata. La risposta sta nelle strategie pubblicitarie delle grandi aziende produttrici di birra. “Il freddo neutralizza le birre gustose mentre maschera i difetti delle birre industriali, che hanno poco sapore”. Le campagne pubblicitarie delle grandi società cercano allora di trasmettere ai clienti l’idea che il posto ideale per una birra sia il frigorifero, e che il modo migliore di servirla sia in un bicchiere gelato. Molti marchi associano i marchi delle birre a ghiaccio e a montagne innevate: Garrison segnala quello della Coors Light della Coors, una delle più diffuse degli Stati Uniti, che ha un’etichetta che cambia colore se la temperatura è sotto i 4 °C, quella indicata per consumarla.

La spiegazione scientifica della temperatura ideale a cui servire la birra riguarda i composti aromatici, i composti organici che sono responsabili di stimolare il gusto e l’olfatto, trasmettendo aromi fruttati o floreali, non riescono a volatilizzarsi alle basse temperature e rimangono letteralmente intrappolati nella bevanda, senza entrare a far parte del gas che aleggia sopra il liquido. Oltre a questo, le bevande perdono anidride carbonica con l’innalzarsi della temperatura, quindi tenere la birra a una bassa temperatura aiuta anche a farle sentire più frizzanti in bocca: come scrive Garrison, il freddo e il frizzante sostituiscono la scarsità del gusto delle birre industriali.

Cambiare le abitudini dei bar e dei ristoranti potrebbe essere difficile, conclude Garrison, dato che i sistemi per spillare la birra sono solitamente costruiti per operare intorno ai 3 °C: temperature diverse possono avere effetti sul livello di anidride carbonica presente nella birra. La soluzione potrebbe essere quella di avere diversi sistemi di spillatura a temperature diverse, ma questa opzione richiede un discreto investimento economico in macchinari e manutenzione che molti locali non si possono permettere.

foto: AP Photo/David Zalubowski
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march 2012
Thoughts on Today’s Apple News
iPad: The HardwareRetina display iPad. Is there anything else to say? I cannot wait to take a look at this thing.
Without changing the case or button layout, Apple has re-defined its tablet offering. It’s all screen, and with four times the pixels, it’s got to be breath-taking.
4G/LTE caught me a little off guard. Historically, LTE chips have been very power hungry. With the new iPad being a tad heavier and thicker than its predecessor, my guess is that while Apple has gotten the power consumption down on these chips, it still had to pack some extra battery in there to make up the difference. I suppose we’ll know when iFixIt tears one down next week.
(For what it’s worth, I will be going Wi-Fi only again. I already pay for Hotspot on my iPhone’s data plan to connect my laptop and iPad 2, and enjoy the flexibility that gives me.)
I’m glad the camera got updated, but with an iPhone 4S in my pocket, and the fact that taking a photo with a tablet feels ridiculous, I’m not sure I’ll use the new optics that much.
iPad: The SoftwareIt all of these hardware events, Apple reminds the world that it views itself as a software company. Apple makes hardware to run its software on. iPhoto is a clear example of this. Clearly, Apple was waiting for this iPad for this software. The demo made it look more powerful than the desktop app.
I hope that iCloud can become the magic sauce here, making it easy to keep albums and more in sync between the OS X and iOS versions. If importing has to take place on both ends (or Photo Stream as we know it today is used), the whole thing will just feel clunky.
After today, iWork and iLife are both present on the Mac and the iPad. (iWeb and iDVD being dead, for all intents and purposes.) It is clear that Apple wants people to be creative on either platform, and with software like this, they can be.
iPad: The NameI’m glad Apple dropped the number from the name. “iPad” says it all. It isn’t the first time Apple’s done this, either. The iPod was just “iPod” for years, and it did pretty well.
I hope we see Apple do this with the iPhone, too.
The AppleTVI’m psyched that the AppleTV is still an independent box, and is still just $99. Going to 1080p at the same price point is even sweeter. We’re installing over two dozen of them at work in the next few months, and getting the spec bump at the same price is awesome.
The new UI looks really good in photos. (I’m hoping to update an AppleTV later today.) I really think Apple is inching forward to a place where this thing has more apps/channels on it.
This is the third big UI update to the AppleTV, and I think it shows that Apple is still struggling to get it right. That said, the AppleTV is years ahead of anything put out by other companies. Apple isn’t content to let mediocre work sit stagnant, even if their product is doing well in the market.
That’s how you end up not doing well in the market, after all.
The RumorsEverything announced today — and more, as usual — has been circulating the web for some time. It’s really lame to not be surprised anymore. I guess the new way to have fun with this is to guess which rumors are accurate.
Wrap-UpOverall, I think today — as big as it was — was an evolutionary step forward. I am not saying that I am disappointed in today’s announcements, or think Apple missed the boat on any of the features it added. I think the company knocked it out of the park today.
Expecting revolution every year is insane. Besides, that new iPad looks like one hell of an upgrade. I can’t wait to get mine.
Oh, and iTunes 10.6 is out, as is iOS 5.1. And all of those Apple iOS apps listed above? They got updated, too.
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march 2012
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march 2012
How to unlock the iPhone 4S using the R-SIM interposer
I’ll admit that I’ve never used a Gevey SIM interposer, or anything like it in the past, but I figured I’d give it a shot with the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 4S has its own special SIM interposer called the R-SIM II Ultra S, which was recently released.
I’m happy to report that this is by far the easiest method for “unlocking” your iPhone 4S, and using it with T-Mobile or virtually any other GSM carrier. And guess what, no jailbreak is required.
Check out our review of the iPhone 4S R-SIM tool inside…(...)Read the rest of How to unlock the iPhone 4S using the R-SIM interposer
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iPhone_News  Gevey  GSM  Guide  How_to  iOS_5.0  iOS_5.0.1  T-Mobile  Tutorial  Unlock  Video  from google
march 2012
Final Cut Pro X best practices for creating layered graphics files
The ability to import and edit layered graphics files was introduced in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3. Layered graphics files, such as Adobe Photoshop (PSD) files, can be edited so that each layer appears as a connected clip in the Timeline.

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march 2012
il kolossal del cinema
Jimmy Kimmel e’ il titolare di un talk show notturno su ABC. Qua ha creato il suo Oscar, un film che li contiene tutti.
Il_kolossal_del_cinema  Jimmy_Kimmel  the_movie  from google
february 2012
Fox Office
 

L’incursione di Fox News sul red carpet non è stata presa molto bene dalle star di Hollywood.

Tagged: Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Hollywood, Oscar
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february 2012
White House Blues
Lasciate perdere Sweet Home Chicago, il profilo YouTube della Casa Bianca sta serializzando per il mese sulla storia afroamericana i dietro le quinte e gli inediti della seratona blues. Ne esce una compilation mica male.

Tagged: Barack Obama, BB King, blues, Casa Bianca, White House
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february 2012
iPhone sine qua non
Last week I made an attempt to measure the iPhone’s manufacturing cost given new data points from the Foxconn field trip. The post generated a great amount of new knowledge and the feedback was very valuable.

The main value to me came from stepping back and looking at the entire cost and value structure for the iPhone. Putting costs into perspective is as valuable as knowing what they are.

The following diagram shows my estimates for this cost structure for the fourth quarter given both bill of materials estimates and the other parts of the cost of goods sold and operational expenses and even ancillary sources of revenue.

Source for BOM estimate: iSupply.

There are several observations easily made from this view:

The manufacturing cost ($15 may be very generous i.e. high) but it still amounts to a tiny fraction of the device cost and hence value-add. The direct labor part of that cost is tinier still.
Depreciation on capital equipment (Apple owned) amounts to $10 per device, probably higher than the direct labor cost.
External developers as a group receive more app income than the salaries and costs associated with Apple’s own developers working on the product.
The gross margin percent is 58%.
The operating margin is estimated at 51%

The high margin that the product generates is even more surprising given the industry average as seen in this summary view of the industry’s performance over three years’ fourth quarters.

The operating margin is the ratio of solid colors to the entire bar.

As someone pointed out on twitter: one of these is not like the others.

The question should be: How is this possible? What does this product have that gives it such a pricing advantage? Note the the ratio was preserved through the three years shown and has persisted for nearly five years.

The answer to this paradox is in data that is not visible in any of the diagrams above: The largest revenue attached to the iPhone comes into the mobile network operators. We don’t have global averages but the revenue the iPhone generates over its lifetime is probably two to three times the revenues that Apple directly receives. The ARPU iPhones are attached to allows for a substantial subsidy, but more importantly, loyalty (or churn)

As seen in the small but clearly visible US market, being an operator having  iPhone exclusivity generates above-average growth and being the only operator to be excluded from the product generates above average subscriber losses.

It quickly becomes obvious that ranging the iPhone has moved from being an advantage to not doing so becoming a serious disadvantage. The product and its high up-front costs are “hygiene factors” for operators. The sine qua non status means that it can still be priced with the extraordinary built-in margin shown above.
Financial  Industry  Market  from google
february 2012
I “superdollari” della Corea del Nord
Tra i dubbi che affliggono gli Stati Uniti ora che Kim Jong-un ha preso il posto del padre alla guida della Corea del Nord c’è anche quello che il nuovo capo di stato possa investire ancor più risorse in un’attività poco nota del regime: la produzione di dollari contraffatti. I “superdollari”, così vengono chiamati dai servizi segreti degli Stati Uniti, sono banconote da 100 e da 50 dollari tanto perfette da essere indistinguibili dai dollari originali anche secondo gli agenti anticontraffazione. L’unico difetto che hanno è il fatto di non essere prodotti dalla Federal Reserve americana, che è anche l’unica struttura al mondo in possesso dei macchinari per distinguere queste banconote dalle originali.

David Wolman, autore del libro The End of Money e giornalista di Wired, ha pubblicato ieri su Time un articolo sui superdollari. Gran parte dei falsari produce copie di pessima qualità, utilizzando stampanti per il computer. Il regime nordcoreano, invece, sembra possedere una o più stampanti a incisione dello stesso tipo di quelle in uso dal Bureau of Engraving and Printing statunitense che stampa le banconote. Secondo la versione più accreditata, questo tipo di stampanti sarebbe arrivato in Corea del Nord dalla Germania Est nel 1989, poco prima della caduta del muro di Berlino, proveniente da una fabbrica clandestina di passaporti falsi e altri documenti segreti. Anche la carta è molto simile (carta per modo di dire: si tratta di una miscela di lino al 25 per cento e di cotone per il restante 75 per cento), mentre l’inchiostro proviene dalla stessa società svizzera che rifornisce il governo americano.

I primi “superdollari” vennero trovati in circolazione circa dieci anni fa. Alla fine del dicembre 2011, la corte suprema irlandese ha rifiutato la richiesta di estradizione negli Stati Uniti per Sean Garland, 77 anni, ex presidente del Partito dei Lavoratori e membro dell’IRA, che era accusato di essere coinvolto nella contraffazione delle banconote.

La loro produzione è in linea con l’antiamericanismo del regime nordcoreano e può far parte di una strategia di guerra economico-finanziaria che punta all’indebolimento del nemico cominciando dalla sua moneta. Più o meno – scrive Wolman – la stessa strategia seguita dagli inglesi durante la guerra contro le colonie americane, da Napoleone durante l’avanzata verso Mosca, o dai tedeschi durante la seconda guerra mondiale, quando facevano produrre nel campo di concentramento di Sachsenhausen dollari e sterline false (l’Operazione Bernhard, su cui venne girato il film Il falsario nel 2007).

Ma più che la volontà di combattere il nemico americano colpendo le sue fondamenta economiche, dietro la febbrile attività di falsificazione dei nord coreani ci sarebbe più realisticamente la volontà di fare soldi per cercare di uscire dalla crisi economica in cui si trova il paese dopo i 17 anni di regime di Kim Jong-il. Secondo le stime citate da Wolman, la Corea del Nord crea ogni anno almeno 15-25 milioni di dollari grazie ai “superdollari”: pochissimo rispetto ai circa mille miliardi di dollari che sono in circolazione nel mondo, ma una cifra rilevante in un paese economicamente disastrato e con una moneta praticamente senza valore, il won.

Foto: Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Economia  Mondo  corea_del_nord  david_wolman  dollari_falsi  Kim_Jong_Un  superdollari  from google
february 2012
Woody Allen e gli Oscar
Domani sera a Los Angeles consegnano gli Oscar per l’ottantaquattresima volta nella storia del cinema. Tra i film che hanno ricevuto più nomination c’è Midnight in Paris di Woody Allen, che personalmente potrebbe vincere il premio per la miglior regia e per la migliore sceneggiatura originale. Nella sua carriera, Allen ha personalmente vinto tre Oscar e ha ricevuto 23 nomination, ma si è sempre rifiutato di partecipare alla cerimonia, anche quando il suo film Io e Annie ricevette cinque nomination e fu premiato con quattro Oscar nel 1978.

Woody Allen fece una sola eccezione dieci anni fa, quando fu invitato dall’Academy Awards a partecipare alla cerimonia per raccontare il rapporto di New York con il cinema, a distanza di qualche mese dagli attentati dell’11 settembre. Allen accettò spiegando di essere pronto a fare qualsiasi cosa per la sua città e fece un monologo divertente, seguito da un montaggio delle scene più celebri girate a New York, che quelli di Slate hanno recuperato.
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february 2012
To Beat the Law of Large Numbers, Apple Must Expand Its Product Line
The New York Times today addressed Apple's record growth in both revenue and stock price in the context of the "law of large numbers".

Apple is so big, it’s running up against the law of large numbers.

Also known as the golden theorem, with a proof attributed to the 17th-century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, the law states that a variable will revert to a mean over a large sample of results. In the case of the largest companies, it suggests that high earnings growth and a rapid rise in share price will slow as those companies grow ever larger.

If Apple’s share price grew even 20 percent a year for the next decade, which is far below its current blistering pace, its $500 billion market capitalization would be more than $3 trillion by 2022. That is bigger than the 2011 gross domestic product of France or Brazil.

Put another way, to increase its revenue by 20 percent, Apple has to generate additional sales of more than $9 billion in its next fourth quarter. A company with only $1 billion in sales has to come up with just another $200 million.Apple has posted annual revenue growth of 16%, 56%, and 69% over the past three years respectively, with sales rising from $39 to $61 to $103 billion. Staggering growth for a company this large, but Apple seems to be continuing the trend for fiscal 2012. Apple reported more than $46 billion in revenue for the first quarter, and provided guidance of $32.5 billion in revenue for the second quarter.

This $78 billion in revenue for the first half of fiscal 2012 (which will likely be higher, as Apple traditionally underestimates on guidance) represents yet another massive increase in revenue from the year-previous quarters. The Q1 2012 number is a rise of more than 73% over the prior year, and the Q2 guidance would represent a 32% increase growth.

The enormous growth Apple has shown in recent years is largely on the backs of two products: the iPhone and the iPad.

The iPhone, as a product category, has grown from a mere $630 million in sales in 2007, to more than $47 billion in fiscal 2011. The iPad, for its part, tallied more than $20 billion of Apple's revenue last year. Between the two of them, Apple's main iOS devices account for more than 65% of Apple's total sales. Remove those two and Apple is a much different company.

It's all a bit of a theoretical exercise, of course. The iPhone and iPad halo effects are real, and have had a beneficial impact on other parts of Apple's businesses -- but the point remains: Apple's astounding growth is the direct result of the company's move into new product categories.

As the above chart shows, Apple's overall year-over-year revenue growth is impressive, but if the iPhone or iPad is backed out, the revenue growth is much less awe-inspiring. Without the iOS devices, Apple only showed 12% and 8% revenue, versus 56% and 69% otherwise.

To continue doubling its total revenue every two years, there are two main possibilities:

Apple would need to show extraordinary -- perhaps impossible -- growth in its iPad and iPhone divisions. Massive sales growth from the iPhone (which has grown more than 90% each of the past three years) and iPad can drive Apple's revenue growth for quite a while, but not forever.

If the iPhone were to continue its 90% annual growth for two more years (which would count 5 consecutive years of near 90% annual sales increases), in 2013 Apple would have nearly $170 billion in revenue coming just from the iPhone. The iPad, which grew an astounding 330% from 2010 to 2011, would report $78 billion in sales that same year -- $248 billion between the two.

Impressive (hypothetical) growth, and given Apple's astounding first quarter numbers, perhaps doable. But follow those numbers out to 2015 and the numbers begin to grow to improbable sizes.

The more likely prospect is for Apple to launch into yet another product category, in addition to the growth of its existing businesses. The possibilities are endless, but there is one new product that seems to be getting more attention than the others.

One thing is for sure: whatever is coming out of Apple's Cupertino R&D labs next is key to the company's continued explosive growth.

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february 2012
L’invenzione del vibratore
Hysteria è un film inglese del 2011 che esce questo fine settimana nelle sale cinematografiche italiane. È una commedia sentimentale leggera e spiritosa, in costume, che si svolge intorno alla versione romanzata dell’invenzione, da parte del giovane medico Mortimer Granville, del primo vibratore elettromeccanico. Quel vibratore.

In realtà non è facile determinare storicamente chi sia stato il primo a inventare un oggetto del genere. La masturbazione femminile fu teorizzata nell’Inghilterra dell’epoca vittoriana come cura per quell’insieme di disagi fisici, psicologici e psichiatrici raccolti sotto la definizione di isteria, ritenuta allora una patologia tipica delle donne: considerate inferiori agli uomini sul piano fisico ed emotivo, più deboli e disposte alla malattia, la maggior parte delle patologie di cui soffrivano veniva ricondotta a qualche forma di malfunzionamento degli organi genitali o dell’utero. Il “massaggio pelvico” veniva praticato da alcuni medici “specialisti” sulla paziente e poiché non c’era penetrazione non veniva in alcun modo associato a una pratica sessuale, benché l’obiettivo fosse quello di portare la paziente al “parossismo isterico”, definizione vittoriana dell’orgasmo.

L’origine del termine “isteria” è riconducibile alla parola che nella Grecia antica indicava l’utero, Hustéra: anche gli egizi riconducevano all’utero la ragione di alcuni disturbi femminili, e nel corso dei secoli diagnosi e cure hanno continuato a intrecciarsi con ipotesi e credenze religiose. Solo nel Settecento fu introdotta una lettura neurologica degli attacchi isterici: fu un medico scozzese, Robert Whytt, a ipotizzare un collegamento tra “mente e anima” e a descrivere tra le manifestazioni della patologia parossismi, senso di soffocamento, tremore, paralisi locali, fames canina. Ma praticamente qualunque disturbo, nella rudimentale psichiatria dell’epoca, veniva ricondotto a una forma di isteria. Alle donne malate veniva consigliato come cura l’oppio o, in molti casi, il matrimonio (alle donne già sposate veniva consigliato di fare più sesso).

Oggetti di forma fallica erano usati per pratiche sessuali almeno dall’antica Grecia, ma il primo oggetto vibrante per la stimolazione genitale femminile fu usato in Francia nel 1734: venne chiamato “tremoussoir”, funzionava tramite un meccanismo a molla e veniva usato per trattare le pazienti affette da isteria, senza alcuna connessione dichiarata con il sesso. Nonostante l’invenzione del tremoussoir, però, i medici continuarono a effettuare i “massaggi pelvici” manualmente ancora per decenni: una pratica lunga e stancante che, a causa dell’abbondanza delle pazienti, poteva causare dolori alle mani e ai polsi di chi eseguiva il trattamento.

Nel 1869 George Taylor, fisico statunitense, mise a punto il manipulator, apparentemente il primo vibratore a vapore, un aggeggio molto particolare che riusciva però a offrire supporto ai medici durante il trattamento: aveva la forma di un tavolo a cui era collegata una sfera, oggetto che esercitava la stimolazione, avviata da un macchinario a vapore solitamente posizionato in una stanza adiacente. Non era l’unico strumento usato per la stimolazione genitale: altro sistema piuttosto comune era la “doccia pelvica”, un forte getto d’acqua indirizzato verso l’area genitale delle pazienti.

Il macchinario che si vede nel film, inventato da Granville nel 1883, è ritenuto il primo vibratore elettromeccanico. Qualche anno dopo, nel 1899, fu inventato il primo vibratore a batteria. In quel periodo furono inventati e commercializzati circa un centinaio di oggetti del genere, solitamente acquistati da medici per la cura delle pazienti. Un vibratore elettrico, brevettato nel 1902 dall’azienda statunitense Hamilton Beach, fu il primo pensato per la vendita al grande pubblico: i vibratori domestici venivano pubblicizzati come massaggiatori, utili a sciogliere la tensione muscolare, e rivolti sia agli uomini che alle donne. Furono il quinto “elettrodomestico” a entrare nelle case.

Negli anni Venti i vibratori cominciarono a essere usati nell’industria pornografica e a essere pubblicamente associati a pratiche sessuali, quindi diventò impossibile, per la moralità dell’epoca, continuare a pubblicizzarli come strumenti medici. L’oggetto che conosciamo noi come vibratore nasce negli anni Sessanta, in pieno periodo di rivoluzione sessuale: è del 1968 il brevetto del primo vibratore senza fili. Nel frattempo le diagnosi di isteria venivano rimosse dalla psicoanalisi e sostituite con interpretazioni più dettagliate legate a stati di depressione o crisi psicologiche, con conseguenti terapie.
Cultura  cinema  hysteria  invenzione_del_vibratore  isteria  masturbazione  vibratore  from google
february 2012
Adweek puts together every iPhone ad, ever
Last week we told you about the ultimate collection of Steve Jobs videos on Chill, and today Adweek compiled all 84 iPhone ads created by ad agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab over the last five years. The collection starts with the “Hello” teaser ad aired during the Oscars in 2007 (above), and it ends with the Siri Road Trip ad that debuted earlier this month. The same agency was behind the 66 “Get a Mac” ads, aka “PC vs Mac”, that ran until October 2009. You can check out Apple’s iPhone TV Ads: The Complete Campaign on Adweek now.
Apple_Inc  ads  AdWeek  collection  iPhone  TBWA\Media_Arts_Lab  from google
february 2012
How to check for water damage before purchasing a used iPhone 4
“Checking for water damage is pretty simple and something everyone should do before forking over your hard earned cash for a second-hand iPhone 4.” If you’re trying to save some money and are in the market to purchase a used iPhone 4 from either Craigslist, eBay, or some other local or online seller, one of the first things you’ll want to do is check for any signs of water damage. I see several people in my office each week that purchased used iPhones that mysteriously quit working after a few days. As much as we’d like to believe there aren’t people out there who would sell us broken or water damaged devices, it happens every day.

While online-only iPhone purchases are convenient, I highly recommend meeting up with someone locally, for example, someone off of Craiglist, before turning to eBay or any other online broker. This allows you inspect the iPhone device before you actually commit to purchasing it, and gives you a chance test it out and check for water damage yourself.
If you can’t meet someone locally and need to buy online, request that the seller inspect for water damage and send you images that allow you to see that the water sensors are still intact and that the internals have not suffered any damage or corrosion.
Apple has placed 4 sensors inside the iPhone 4 that make it pretty easy to tell if any part of the device has come in contact with liquid. These sensors are placed exactly the same in the GSM iPhone 4 and CDMA iPhone 4. You want to make sure the sensors are white as opposed to red. If you see a sensor that has turned red, that’s a sign it’s come into contact with liquid or heavy humidity.
How to check external iPhone water sensors The easiest thing to check are the two sensors you can see without removing the back of the iPhone 4. I recommend bringing a small pocket or keychain flashlight with you in order to get a good look at the sensors.
Headphone jack sensor The easiest sensor to check in an iPhone 4 for water damage is the one at the bottom of the headphone jack
Your first sensor is located inside the headphone jack at the bottom. It’s the easiest sensor to find and inspect. Shine a flashlight into it and make sure you don’t see anything but white. (Red is bad.)
As a side note, this sensor can come out or become dislodged occasionally. If you don’t see one, just move on and check the next sensor. I wouldn’t take it as a sign that the seller is trying to be dishonest (yet).
Dock connector sensor The white part I've emphasized in the image is where you'll want to look for the water sensor in the dock connector
The next sensor is a square sensor in the dock connector. To see it, hold the phone screen down in your hand and look inside the dock connector towards the middle. On the upper side you will see a tiny white square (or red square if the device has come into contact with liquid). Make sure this one is white.
If both sensors are white, it may not be necessary to proceed any further. The device most likely has never been subjected to water damage. If the headphone jack sensor was missing or you couldn’t find one of the sensors, you may want to continue to the next section.
How to checking internal iPhone water sensors It may seem silly to bring a screwdriver with you to check out an iPhone but it’ll seem a lot less silly when it saves the lost money and headache you’d get for buying a water damaged iPhone 4.
There are two sensors on the inside of the iPhone 4 that are easily visible once the back is removed. You can pick up a security screw driver online and a #00 Phillips screwdriver from your local hardware store for a few bucks. You’ll need one of the two in order to remove the back.
If you’re buying a CDMA iPhone 4 off of someone, you’ll most certainly need the security screwdriver. Older GSM models still have standard #00 screws while newer ones have security screws. Remove the 2 screws holding the back plate on and gently push the back up and pull it off. This will give you a clear view of the last 2 sensors and a lot of the internals of the device.
While you’re checking the last 2 sensors it’s always a good idea to look closely at the internals and make sure everything looks ok. You’ll want to avoid any devices that show signs of the following:
Obvious corrosion Torn cables Missing screws The battery tab is torn off A large amount of debris or dust inside the device If all those seem good, you’ll just need to make sure the water sensors check out okay.
Battery sensor Check the sensor directly above the battery to make sure it hasn't turned red
The first sensor is placed directly over the clip that holds the battery down. Again, just make sure it’s white and move on the to next and final sensor. If it isn’t white but all the rest are, I’d probably still advise against buying the device as the battery or other internal parts could have come into contact with liquid at some point.
Logic board sensor Never purchase a used iPhone 4 if the sensor over the screw holding down the logic board has turned red
The final sensor is located on a screw holding the logic board in place. If this sensor is white, you’re in the clear. If it’s not, you’ll definitely want to stay away from purchasing the device. This sensor is the closest one to the logic board. If it’s red, odds are the logic board has liquid damage and will eventually go out.
Wrap up Checking for water damage is pretty simple and something everyone should do before forking over your hard earned cash for a second-hand iPhone 4. I would personally consider buying an iPhone 4 if only the headphone jack or dock connector sensor was triggered. If the rest of the device is in perfect condition and the inside has no sensors triggered, I’d say you’re okay. A lot of things including living in a humid climate can cause external sensors to be triggered. Apple will actually honor a warranty swap if only one external sensor is triggered due to these factors.
Just make sure if one external sensor is triggered or missing that you check the inside ones. As long as those are okay, the decision really lies with how comfortable you feel and how honest you think the seller is. If they seem irritated or worried about you checking out the device, find another one.
Interested in other DIY, repair, and modding info? Check out the resources below or if you ever decide certain repairs are beyond your skill level, contact PXLFIX regarding mail-in repairs and pricing.
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february 2012
MacStories Reading List: Special Mountain Lion Edition
As the majority of East Coast Apple users were sipping on their morning coffees either in front of their Macs or on their way to work last Thursday morning, Apple’s PR department prepared to lift the embargo on one of the most unusual Apple product announcements to date: Mountain Lion.

At 8:31 AM on Thursday, February 16, the Apple community came to a full stop as publications like The Loop (they tweeted first), Macworld, and TechCrunch unveiled the details of Mountain Lion, the next major version of OS X set to ship this summer. After an initial shock due to the surprising nature of the announcement (hotel rooms? Good hot coffee? Private briefings with Phil Schiller? Apple PR is on to something here), you could hear the Internet fell silent as millions of eyeballs quickly skimmed through the iOS-inspired feature set of the next big cat. Notification Center, Reminders, Notes, iCloud — the next OS X (just don’t call it a Mac OS X) surely is something worth keeping an eye on. Because, stay assured — the thing is going to keep its eyes on you.

With this week’s Reading List, we’ve collected the best articles from around the web about the recently announced Mountain Lion. If you’re looking for more Mountain Lion coverage, make sure to check out our newly created hub as well.

While we can’t offer you a good coffee with Apple’s Phil Schiller, we still think this week’s Reading List will fare pretty good next to your favorite cup of Americano. Enjoy.

Stephen Hackett’s piece makes a lot of sense after the formal announcement of Mountain Lion.

Apple obviously knows this. Even though it is a huge company, it acts like a small one. Everything goes through a very small number of people at the very top. It’s a bottleneck, but it’s a bottleneck by design. Apple keeps a firm hand on the throttle, and would rather move too slowly, or in just a singular direction, than too quickly. While it can be frustrating as a customer, it’s what keeps Apple products great.

- The Tick-Tock of Apple, Stephen Hackett (@ismh)

Tim Schafer reflects on the success of Double Fine’s first Kickstarter campaign in an interview with Giant Bomb:

I’ve been very surprised by the success of it so far, so it’s taught me that maybe I’m not the best at predicting. Nobody was really good at predicting this one. I guess I assumed this [the Kickstarter] would be a good test. I couldn’t take the money and make Psychonauts with it because some people have backed the project based on a certain promise that it’s going to be an adventure game, so it wouldn’t be right to take it and make Psychonauts with it. Maybe we could put it up to a vote! But I actually want to make an old graphic adventure, so we keep it this way and use this as a test to see if we can go bigger.

I think people are asking a lot of publishers and developers out there. At DICE, you can tell people are asking these interview questions, “Well, has this changed everything? Are you going to do Kickstarters to fund all your development now?” I think it really has to be a special thing. I think it’s definitely a possibility to do it a lot more, but I think each time you do it, it has to be a good story for people to get behind. I think the story of us making a graphic adventure when we couldn’t have done it any other way is a good story. I think there are more stories to be done that way, and there might be one that is equal to $20 million dollars. I don’t know.

- $1.6 Million and Counting, Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek)

Following the announcement of Mountain Lion, Om Malik makes the case for a Social, Mobile, Cloud operating system.

When I think of today’s connected life, I see two distinct approaches to operating environments: OSes that are desktop-specific and the one OS that is a true cloud OS, for a dedicated cloud client. Back in 2008, I wrote about what makes a cloud client and asked our community to weigh in.

- The slow rise of the SoMoClo OS, Om Malik (@om)

Ted Landau thinks Mountain Lion has the right approach to bringing iOS features and apps to the Mac.

That was then. With the forthcoming Mountain Lion, Apple has done a much better job of transitioning iOS features to the Mac. As a result, I am now much more optimistic about the future direction of OS X than I was a few months ago.

- Mountain Lion Does iOS-ification Right, Ted Landau (@tedlandau)

Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software thinks Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper shouldn’t be a replacement for Sandboxing — and offers a few suggestions to Apple to improve the latter.

Imagine a future where the majority of Mac apps are signed with Gatekeeper certificates, and an accurate list of entitlements. Users will be protected by smart default settings, and by the knowledge of who their apps come from, as well as what they intend to do. Developers will be protected from their own unintentionally destructive mistakes, and from impostors selling software purported to be authentic. And Apple? Apple will be remembered as the huge, clever computer company that solved the software security problem on two fronts, without pissing off developers or customers. Much.

- Fix The Sandbox, Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass)

Ars Technica collects reactions from developers following Apple’s surprise Mountain Lion announcement (which, it turns out, wasn’t really a surprise for some developers who had been briefed by Apple about Gatekeeper).

Apple’s next version of its desktop operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, promises developers access to hundreds of new APIs to enable new functionality for their apps. While developers we spoke to seem mildly excited about the new functionality, their immediate focus was on the implications of Apple’s new Gatekeeper security feature.

- Mac developers: Gatekeeper is a concern, but still gives power users control, Chris Foreman (@foresmac)

Macworld’s Dan Moren talks to other developers about Apple’s changes in security for Mountain Lion.

That said, Apple is trying to make the process of embracing its new security procedures something that developers want to do, especially when it comes to the Mac App Store. Currently, it appears that certain features—such as the ability to add full-fledged support for iCloud, or support for Mountain Lion’s Notification Center—are only available to those who go the distance and submit their apps to the Mac App Store.

“The App Store-only APIs [application programming interfaces] continue to proliferate, which means we’re being marched, slowly-but-surely, to a future that’s increasingly locked down,” said Shirt Pocket’s Nanian.

- Developers unsurprised, but cautious about Gatekeeper, Dan Moren (@dmoren)

Gatekeeper Q&A by Rich Mogull.

In the past, despite being a Mac fan, I’ve been pretty critical of how Apple handles a lot of security. While I still don’t agree with how they handle everything, I’ve noticed a massive change in the past 2 years. With Lion, Apple for the first time invited certain security researchers to evaluate pre-release software (albeit under NDA) without forcing them to pay for a Developer Program subscription. With Mountain Lion they pre-briefed an outside security type for the first time ever. They have hired a bunch of very smart and experienced security experts.

- OS X 10.8 Gatekeeper in Depth, Rich Mogull (@rmogull)

CNET’s Molly Wood neatly summarizes one of the reasons behind Apple’s success in the past years.

Tech is mainstream, at this point, and for a lot of people, it’s become essential and indispensable. So, given that, computers shouldn’t still be this hard. Apple has always understood that simplicity and usability were crucial to user happiness, and although they sometimes simplified (to the point of unnecessary restrictiveness), the simplicity combined with increasingly robust capabilities is a winning combo in this complicated and busy world.

- Why Apple is winning, Molly Wood (@mollywood)

An interesting take on why Apple shouldn’t build a social network by Thomas Brand.

Apple’s products are the social network. Their stores are the hangouts. Their popularity is the hot topic in the media. Their best bet in social media is to become the dominant platform people use to access Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Building another Ping, MobileMe, or social network is not what Apple does best.

- Why Apple Does Not Need a Social Network, Thomas Brand (@thomasbrand)

The Verge’s interview with Growl’s Christopher Forsythe is particularly interesting considering Apple is going to bake Notification Center right into Mountain Lion. See also: Growl’s official response to OS X 10.8.

So about 8 years ago I was working on a few things and came to a point where I just didn’t know what was going on with anything but the main application I was working in. I found this pretty frustrating so I thought about it for a while. At the time I was working in some capacity on Adium. There was a mild argument about the interface at the time with regards to notifications. Jorge, the guy working on the notifications bezel wanted a bunch of options. Adam, the guy who created Adium wanted something simpler, more or less the Colloquy notifications.

To me it didn’t make sense that Colloquy had to create this interface, in a different way than Adium had. I contacted both Jorge and Karl (the guy who worked on the notifications for Colloquy) and asked them if they’d be interested in working on a project to create something that a lot of different applications could use. Jorge said no, but Karl said yes.

- 5 Minutes on The Verge: Growl’s Christopher Forsythe, Thomas Houston (@thomashouston)

And after all is said and done, Alex Brooks takes a look at the PR strategy Apple used to unveil Mountain Lion.

This week though Apple showed that it had a new tactic up its sleeve and this tactic really does have a death wish for the rumour. On Thursday morning at 8:31 AM Pacific Time an embargo lifted on the details of Apple’s latest major update to OS… [more]
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february 2012
Il Nebraska di Bobby
Quando siete giù, funziona quasi sempre per i malati di comunicazione politica, guardatevi gli spot che John Frankenheimer girò per Bobby Kennedy alle primarie del Nebraska nel 1968. Per pochi istanti, tornerete miracolosamente felici. Poi starete peggio, molto peggio.

Tagged: Bobby Kennedy, John Frankenheimer, Montana, Nebraska, RFK, Robert Kennedy, spot
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february 2012
Apple-sparked 'App Economy' created 466K U.S. jobs in 4 years
When Apple launched the App Store alongside the iPhone 3G in July, 2008, it offered both a platform and distribution hub for developers to easily write and monetize software, and effectively created a new economy that a study estimates has generated about 466,000 jobs.
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