Playstation 2 is potentially a weapon

Japan imposed export restriction on game consoles.

When the news began to spread on the Internet at the beginning of last week, skepticism initially prevailed. An English newspaper reported that the Japanese government had imposed export controls on the Playstation 2. The hardware of the console is so powerful that it can be misused for weapons systems, for example, a missile guidance system.

An English technology journalist promptly suspected that a PR ploy by Sony’s local marketing department could be behind it. "This is exactly the kind of news that appeals to the target group of gamers", he said, "that your Playstation is so powerful that it can push a satellite out of orbit".


Personalised democracy

Suggestions for reform of our democratic system

The debate around the reform of our democratic political system has long been polarised between proponents of two ideals: those in favor of representative democracy and those in favor of direct democracy. Both sides present strong cases for their points of view, and equally strong cases against the views of their opponents. Critics of representative democracy argue that, among other things, such a system writes off the individual as incompetent, and in many cases even works against the articulated will of the people. Opponents of direct democracy take the position that in the context of our highly complex society, the average person simply hasn’t knowledge, time, or even the interest to make a truly informed political decision on every question of common interest. Advocates for both positions raise important points. Is there no clear solution?

Indeed, various attempts have been made to bridge the gap between these two systems referendums in representative systems being one example – but most of these attempts offer only a combination of representative and direct forms which hardly do away with the objections to both systems already stated. The following proposal is an alternative which combines the best of both systems, rather than simply a resigned compromise between the two.


Stable schrodinger cats

Perpetual state between death and life

"Schrodinger’s cat" is a thought experiment, which should clarify the paradoxes of the quantum world. The cat is both dead and alive in a closed experimental arrangement up to observation. The reason why we do not observe such phenomena in reality is that the quantum state is always rapidly destroyed by interaction with the environment. For a quantum computer, however, the state of Schrodinger’s cat is required. Now, two teams of physicists have succeeded in creating six and two quantum states, respectively. eight ions, respectively. to keep in the "cat state.

In classical computers, information units are stored in the form of bits, i.e. 0 or 1. The interconnection of these bits makes the computational processes possible. Quantum computers, on the other hand, are the dream of the computer future, because they can be used to calculate much more efficiently. The drastically higher performance is achieved by the quantum bits (qubits), superpositions of 0 and 1, so-called superpositions (quantum computers). The superposition of quantum mechanical states is the basis of the quantum computer and the thought experiment "Schrodinger’s cat".


We show ourselves the world and the ecstasy of the visual

In the course of the boom that has been flooding the world for some years with an enormous number and variety of cameras, one has often heard the question of what to do with all the countless photos that are taken with these cameras. The material produced, so the implicit insinuation, is mere redundancy; not even the amateur photographers themselves would even look at the stuff they are snapping together with their high-tech toys. Far from it, as the success of and other photo-sharing services on the Internet.

We show us the world

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Awkward addressing as a discontinued model

Darwinism in the realm of relationships

The softening of the term "Sexual stress" and the new methods of getting to know each other bring social disadvantages.

For shady people the initiation of a partnership has always been problematic. The same applies to those who, casually expressed, do not conform to the social norm, whether in terms of appearance or disabilities. attempts to stay in contact with the partner of one’s choice. The process of getting acquainted with a representative of the desired sex was often made easier with the help of alcohol, even if this meant that the awkwardness was perceived even more strongly. Especially also the "cozy pubs" and other locations, which allowed a rather informal gathering of the clientele, were welcome test locations in this respect.


Parliament to the internet

Terrorist attacks and the future of space

If perhaps the airplanes converted into bombs ushered in the eventual end of skyscrapers and thus of dense urban centrality, the threats posed by letters converted into death messages could not only make the mail triumph over the traditional postal service, but also further demand the virtualization of society. Just again a letter was sent to the democratic congressman Patrick J. Leahy discovered, which probably contains anthrax. However, this was the only letter among the 268 mailbags examined that were placed under quarantine. At least one group of Democrats has already called for the possibility of holding parliamentary sessions on the Internet in case of emergency.

Of course, the media society has a quick attention for certain topics or images, but also a short memory. Therefore, at the moment of the threat, which anyone can accidentally become a victim of, security measures and fantasies of defense are postponed, which will probably have only a short expiry date, provided that the terror will soon be over.


When the washing machine talks to the power handlers

Smart Home – what use is it for the consumer?

The smart home idea has been dumping around the country for years now in combination with other smart gizmos, and none of the concepts presented so far has managed even a rudimentary breakthrough. In the past, this was certainly also – but not only – due to the Babylonian language confusion in the protocols used.

At 1. At the 15th plugfest of the EEBus initiative at the VDE Institute in Offenbach, 15 suppliers of hardware and software for what they understand by the term smart home were able to prove that they understand each other technically at their best. The EEBus initiative has not developed a new language, but rather a translation system that simultaneously interprets between the individual protocols.


Pimp my text!

The age of new media has changed academic text production – invite now "Plagiarism Jager" sharply by. However, quality arance is difficult to have this way

The century, which the opponents of all new media applications like to "CopyPaste" Is at the beginning of academic scholarship. As copyists of sacred texts, the monks of the Middle Ages were unconscious agents of a textual machine, and later victims of the first historical mechanization of a craft. The printing of books brought with it not only an enormous surge in the production of scholarly texts, but above all one thing: a common and unambiguous frame of reference for all further scholarship.

Pimp my text!

This is manifested not so much in the noble search for truth, but in the goal of publication and thus in the application of a very specific cultural technique: writing. Description is the ideal of all science; especially in the humanities, exactly as much of the world exists as has been made legible by it. Only what is appropriately written in a canonized procedure can be cited and thus legitimately reproduced.


The end of innocence

Not only are external preventive measures overlooked and avoided, but the focus of genomic research will be put frivolously elsewhere.

The mapping of the human genome is being heralded as the major scientific discovery of the 21st century. As with nuclear power over half a century ago, it is being laden with dreams and promises of a better life for all. Yet, if history and experience is any indication of what may lie in store for us, then these dreams and promises will not only remain unfulfilled, they will be replaced by nagging nightmares and concerns for the future survival of both ourselves and the planet.

Our penetration into the secrets of the human genome in many ways has become the "forbidden fruit" of knowledge. A Third Millennium understanding of this "forbidden fruit" has nothing to do with knowledge in and of itself. Rather, we must differentiate between the acquisition of knowledge (science) and the application of knowledge (technology). Hence, it’s not genomics per se which is at ie, but the application (and exploitation) of this branch of knowledge, namely by corporate and political elites. This not only stands true for knowledge that is generally regarded as "science" (biotechnology, nuclear physics, etc), but other areas as well, such as informatics.