TI’s ‘Lunatic Fringe’ Predicts The Future

Embedded.com is covering a panel session in Dallas of Texas Instruments top technologists, their so called ‘lunatic fringe’. This group of visionaries talked at length about the next big thing in automotive, sensors, medical and other sectors that will fuel growth.

Read more at Embedded.com.

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Are You A Productivity Junkie?

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Lifehack.org has 28 sure signs that you’re a productivity junkie. The two that jumped out at me as one of the most significant in my life are:

# 10. A few hours away from your PDA puts you into withdrawals.

# 15. An empty inbox gives you a pleasant satisfaction that you still can?t quite explain to your family.

In my case it’s the Smartphone that I use all day everyday. I check work e-mail one last time before turning out the lights to go to bed using the device and place it on the bed side table. It chirps to me throughout the night as co-workers around the world fill my inbox, but the here’s the thing – I subconsciously ignore those mail alerts even though they’re heard.

The incoming messages that do get me to roll over and check the mobile, squinting in pain to the bright light are the incoming SMS’. I have them set to a different chirp, the reason I force myself to wake up fully, reach out and check the SMS is because I get breaking news alerts from 2 news outlets and want to know immediately what’s happening in the world ‘just in case’.

After a pleasant night of sleeping to my mobile lightly chirping to me it then wakes me up with a 6:05AM alarm, I sit up in bed and read through the new mail in the inbox from the previous 6 or 7 hours, saving the more interesting as ‘unread’ to read in detail or respond when I get to the office. Now I have a handle on the mail before the day has even started!

Throughout the day at work, when not at the PC, the mobile keeps me informed via work mail, personal mail, news & stock alerts, checking the mobile RSS reader to stay on top of the feeds and of course I use the browser to check on the state of the Geeknews.net site or to check for your infrequent comments. :grin:

Link to Lifehack’s list.

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Using Where’s Waldo To Explain Zero-Knowledge Proof Cryptography

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“Where’s Waldo?” is a puzzle book where each page contains a very detailed picture with many different characters. The goal is to find Waldo in that picture. As the following true story will reveal, in these pictures also lies an interesting cryptographic problem.

Below is a story involving two characters to explain the problem to be solved; for the sake of anonymity and following a long cryptographic tradition we shall call them Alice and Bob.

One day, while Alice and Bob were playing ‘Where’s Waldo?’, Alice suddenly claimed: “I know where Waldo is!”. Bob responded with a baffling riddle: “Alice, do you know what a liar is?”. Worried about her reputation (both as an honest person and as a qualified cryptographer), Alice wondered: “How can I prove to Bob that I know where Waldo is without revealing his location?”

Aye, there’s the conundrum in Zero-Knowledge Proof cryptography: How can you prove you know the answer without revealing the secret?

Here are some answers using a low tech and mid tech solution as proposed in the paper “Applied Kid Cryptography or how to convince your children you are not cheating“. This is a fascinating example to use in explaining and simplifying the problem.

Link to the paper (pdf)

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GOOG Heading To Jury Trial

Reuters is reporting that a US judge is ordering Google to face a jury trial in a trademark infringement suit that attacks their primary source of income- AdWords, which accounts for 98% of their $10 billion in revenue.

The company that brought the AdWords suit wasn’t Microsoft, not Yahoo, but rather a window blinds manufacturer.

American Blind & Wallpaper Factory Inc., the top U.S. reseller of window blinds, charged in its lawsuit, originally filed in 2003, that Google abuses trademarks by allowing rivals of a company to buy ads that appear when consumers search the Web for information on that business.

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Cingular Offers Refurbished Blackjack for $50

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From Smartphone Thoughts. If you’re one of those folks that’s ok with buying a refurb, get it while the gettin’ is hot, like the Blackjack that’s selling for US$50 with contract extension.

Below you can see Cingular is pushing the Blackjack, 8125 PPC, Blackberry 8700C, Nokia N62. Jump to the deals at Cingular here.

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