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Links 1 through 10 of 111 by Amy Gahran tagged language

I've gotta admit, this "anchor" concept really resonates with me. It describes some of the most important relationships I've had in my life, friends and lovers. It's not just a poly thing.

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This is from 2002, a useful definition of "white box mfrs":

"White box manufacturers generally assemble, sell, and ship PCs without a well-known brand name, usually to small businesses, educational, or government customers served by the small IT service providers Dell is targeting.

Most white box manufacturers focus on a specific region, but together they form the largest block of PC shipment market share, as tracked by IDC. In fact, IDC had to revise its estimates of the worldwide PC market earlier this year because it had undercounted shipments from white-box manufacturers.

Examples of large well-known white-box manufacturers include Brazil's TropCom, and Mexico's Alaska, a subsidiary of distributor Mexmal Mayorista."

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"showing how the term is becoming meaningless. More useful to focus on specific capabilities, rather than device classes. Then choice gets down to balance between capabilities, form factor, carrier preference -- and, of course, initial and ongoing cost."

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"ChinaSMACK is a treasure. It provides such a useful com plement (and coun­terbalance) to mainstream China news, precisely because it isn’t news at all. Instead, it’s a cross-section of the stuff that’s criss-crossing Chinese web browsers right now. It’s weird and funny and meme-y. Sometimes it’s gross and depressing. But it’s always revelatory.

"Importantly, chinaSMACK filters and translates not just Chinese internet con­tent, but also the comments on that content."

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"Sort of an odd thing I noticed the other day- My daughter and I were out visiting a friend, and as we were conversing, the daughter-unit was feeling a bit shy, but wanted to have certain stories shared, so was requesting that I recount the stories to "them". There was just the three of us present, and she's pretty good with pronouns, but I just wrote it off as misspoken. This occurred several times during the conversation though, and it became apparent to me that she thinks of other poly folk in the multiple sense. Even if you're partners aren't present, or if you're poly-single, she seems to apply plural pronouns when speaking with poly types."

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"Another evolving area of computing concerns programs running on mobile devices linked in "ad hoc" wireless networks. AmbientTalk, an experimental language presented by Tom Van Cutsem from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, explores a new paradigm called "ambient-oriented programming," which departs from traditional distributed computing in two main ways. First, it does not rely on central infrastructure. Second, it assumes that network connections are volatile and unpredictable (as is usually the case with mobile devices passing in and out of range with each other). According to Van Cutsem, "AmbientTalk is smart enough to buffer messages so that when the connection drops, they're not lost, and when the connection is restored, it sends the messages through as if nothing happened."

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"Why, with only 140 characters, must we waste seven on http://? Neither Web browsers nor ordinary citizens need this ugly cluster anymore to recognize a URL. When was the last time you saw a print ad that included a link beginning with “http://”?

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"Transborder Immigrant Tool is designed to repurpose inexpensive used mobile phones that have GPS antennas (through the addition of proper software which the TB project is designing) to provide emergency personal navigation, helping to guide dehydrated immigrants to water safety sites established by activists and to provide poetic audio nourishment as well. The Transborder Immigrant Tool is one of many projects that currently use some aspect of the walkingtools.net reference APIs. Its main thrust is as an activist and public culture project that addresses the public safety issues created by the broken immigration policies of the United States; a topic of considerable interest to many communities within the sanctuary city of San Francisco."

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Audio produced by mobile voices project, Los Angeles. (in Spanish)

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YES: "Yes, if they want to take their ideas to scale. That's where business excels."

NO: "No. Passion and commitment can accomplish much more than any business plan."

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