Observer Blog nails the cyclical nature of the debate about the BBC, in We love the beeb, kind of.
More than one editor observed that this is part of a cyclical debate in orbit around the beeb. It starts with the demand that they ignore the populist temptation to poach commercial viewers with crowd-pleasing TV-candy, preferring serious Reithian pursuits. The ratings duly fall. Then comes the argument that low ratings indicate a lack of popular engagement and, hard on its heels, the argument that the licence fee as currently configured is not justified since it amounts to a subsidy of minority viewing. So the BBC goes back to chasing ratings for ratings’ sake, at which point it is attacked for queering the competitive pitch. And so on.
Link: Yahoo! News – Microsoft Showcases Robots to Watch Kids.
The teddy bear sitting in the corner of the child’s room might look normal, until his head starts following the kid around using a face recognition program, perhaps also allowing a parent talk to the child through a special phone, or monitor the child via a camera and wireless Internet connection.
Does the teddy in the photo on this page remind anyone else of Teddy from "AI"?
Scoble ponders if Mark Lucovsky’s move to Google means that Hailstorm will be going with him:
Hmmm, I’m noticing a trend. The folks who did "evil" stuff at Microsoft (Hailstorm and Smarttags) are now at Google. Remember Hailstorm? It never shipped. Why not? Because we (customers, this was back before I was a Microsoft employee) didn’t want to let Microsoft own all of our data. Thanks, Mark, for the motivation! Hope you can ship Hailstorm at Google.
Well remembered, Robert. Hailstorm was some pretty cool technology, and it will be interesting to see if Google decides to do something similar.
Via Engadget comes a picture of a machine remarkably close to the Mac mini, one of several new prototypes at its Developer Forum.