This month, “Battlefield Earth,” the blockbuster bomb based on the novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, won the Razzie for “Worst Movie of the Decade.” J.D. Shapiro, the film’s first screenwriter, accepted the award in person. Shapiro, who also wrote the screenplay for “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “We Married Margo,” and is developing a King Arthur spoof called “524 AD” (524AD.com), explains what it’s like to be attached to one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops.
Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see “Battlefield Earth.”
Google and China may not be fighting over science, but their feud could have unintended negative consequences for researchers in the country.
A Nature News survey of Chinese scientists found that 84 percent of them thought losing access to Google would “somewhat or significantly” hurt their work process. Like their American counterparts, Chinese researchers use Google and Google Scholar to find papers and related information.
“Research without Google would be like life without electricity,” one Chinese scientist told Nature.
In January, Google announced it would stop following censorship rules required by the Chinese government after its servers came under attack. It remains to be seen whether the Mountain View company will be thrown out of the country for that stance.
” Google has announced that it has added a new content source to its real-time search feature: Facebook Pages.”
Give Up Internet‘s Note
To support Facebook means to be against Yahoo–Bing secretly. Or you think twitter is better.
You can follow him from here
After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.
Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works. Rest and The Source
“It’s time to warm up your credit cards folks. Despite the fact that you won’t have it in your hands before March 29th (or 60 days after the announcement, according to Steve Jobs), you should be able to put in your iPad order as soon as next week.” [s]
Give Up Internet‘s Note: I hope you won’t buy it. Seriously.
Bonus: Have you seen our ipad humor section?
Who Created Chat Roulette? | Andrey Ternovskiy [PIC]
“I created this project for fun. Initially, I had no business goals with it. I created this project recently. I was and still am a teenager myself, that is why I had a certain feeling of what other teenagers would want to see on the Internet. I myself enjoyed talking to friends with Skype using a microphone and webcam. But we got tired of talking to each other eventually. So I decided to create a little site for me and my friends where we could connect randomly with other people.”
Read The Full Story at NYT
Google has just rolled out “Google Shopper,” a new mobile application for Android devices that offers a variety of different ways to search for products.
Useless Give Up Internet‘s Note: Microsoft competes with Google, Apple and everyone indeed. Xbox is an awesome answer to Sony, Bing is a good answer to Google Search, Zune is a nice answer to Apple, Project natal is a good answer to Wii. Microsoft answers good. But the future looks like “mobile”. What does Microsoft do for mobile? Lol. Nothing.
What’s Google Gears: A Firefox and Internet Explorer extension that allows to navigate on compatible websites offline and synchronize when going back online.
What did Google do: Didn’t improve it.
Who Won: HTML5
Why?: Because Google never loses. haha.
The Google Buzz team made changes today that prevent popular postings from overwhelming your inbox.
Give Up Internets Note
Umm… Google Buzz… I’m still confused if it’s a good idea or bad idea. But i’m absolutely sure that’s, it’s under the Google average.
Also Facebook tweeted the issue;
Facebook Problems Today | Photo Uploads Broken and Other Issues [NEWS]
Give Up Internet‘s Note
Someone completely removed Facebook from internet. Thank God that i really don’t care.
I just received this list via e-mail, so didn’t know if it had made the rounds previously. If you haven’t seen these before, then enjoy (copy and pasting it).
Some of the worst website names EVAR:
1. A site called ” Who Represents” where you can find the name of the agent that represents a Performer. Their domain name is… wait for it…:
2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views is at:
3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at:
4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at:
5. Need a generator? There’ s the Italian Power Generator company at:
6. Looking for a hard to find flower or shrubbery? We have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales at:
7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always:
8. Are you living in Cumming , Georgia and looking for a Methodist Church to attend? Well, look no further than the First Cumming Methodist Church at:
9. Are you looking for a fast Art Director for your Video or Film Production? Then go check out Nigel Talamo ‘s work at:
10. Would you like a vacation in Lake Tahoe ? Check out their brochure website at:
If you consider yourself a geek, or aspire to the honor of geekhood, here’s an essential checklist of must-have geek skills.
The term ‘geek’, once used to label a circus freak, has morphed in meaning over the years. What was once an unusual profession transferred into a word indicating social awkwardness. As time has gone on, the word has yet again morphed to indicate a new type of individual: someone who is obsessive over one (or more) particular subjects, whether it be science, photography, electronics, computers, media, or any other field. A geek is one who isn’t satisfied knowing only the surface facts, but instead has a visceral desire to learn everything possible about a particular subject. Rest and Source
Q) Who Must?
A) You must.
Welcome. I, Welcame too. (I was in the army. ) We ( i and some good people) changed the theme. We’ll edit it a lot more soon. We hope you liked the new theme. I want to answer frequently asked questions via this post.
Q1) Is “Sergey Page” your real name? Are you Russian?
A1) Nope. It’s combination of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. (Founders of Google). It was more humorous before i explain it. I’m from Internet.
Q2) Where do you find the content of the Blog?
A2) Mostly i do. Sometimes from Internet.
Q3) Only you post?
A3) Yes for now. But new friends are coming.
Q4) Do you make money?
A4) I love internet. I want Internet Business as extra. But i’m in “Health” business. (and happy and good at it) This blog makes a few bucks. This site deserves to be more than a “spare time” site. I blog in my spare time. But i want to take the blog more serious. Wow! I liked my voice.
Q5) Daily Unique Visitor of GUI?
A5) Average 1500. It has to be at least 50.000 hits a day to think that GUI is a serious blog. I can get 50.000 hits via social media buzz but the most important visitors are “direct visitors” and i have to focuse on it. BoingBoing.net makes more than 1 million dollars a year, Tech Crunch makes more than 400.000 dollars a month and many more. Blogging is still an effective of mmo (making money online). You can see our visitor numbers via sitemeter icon at footer.
“We have to reach 50.000 daily hits in a few months” Sergey Page.
“or Give Up Internet? Nope for now.” Sergey Page.
Q6) What can you do for GiveUpInternet.com?
A6) Write about GUI at your blog maybe. Add GUI pages to social media sites. Stumble , Reddit, Digg, Tweet, Face the site. Word of mouth is effective. Tell your friends about GUI. Say that,” they’re really serious for this time”. (but don’t lol).
1-) Making GUI #1 Internet Humor Site. ( Humor for Developers and Internet People)
2-) At least 50.000 daily unique visitors in a few months.
3-) Making the template better.
4-) Creating T-Shirts, Tea Cups, New Categories and Great Content.
5-) New Authors.
6-) 7 Page Rank.
8 -) A lot of direct visitors.
9-) 50k Alexa Rank.
10-) a GUI, loller Than Ever.
Thank You Guys for Reading. You’re Awesome for now.
I had been in awesome-somewhere else for 11 days. I’m back now. After 30 days, i will be somewhere else again, but this time, not that awesome.
R.I.P Michael Jackson!
Bill Maher is the biggest loser of the century.
Hey Obama, don’t kill insects again. It’s not that cool.
Sorry for the lack of Give Up Internet stories.
Thank You For Following, Commenting, Waiting and Drinking on the blog.
An ordinary story; “ The US military and academia may have given the world the internet, but the European Commission’s media and telco commissioner Vivianne Reding has called on President Obama to hand over control of internet domain names and IP addresses to a proposed new international body. Control of the underlying network infrastructure was passed from the US government to California-based non-profit ICANN in 1998, but this term ends on September 30 and Reding wants a new system managed by a “G12 for Internet Governance”.
Reding in the release: “I trust that President Obama will have the courage, the wisdom and the respect for the global nature of the internet to pave the way in September for a new, more accountable, more transparent, more democratic and more multilateral form of internet governance … In the long run, it is not defendable that the government department of only one country has oversight of an internet function which is used by hundreds of millions of people in countries all over the world.”
The commissioner’s proposed new agency would include two representatives each from North America, South America, Europe and Africa, three from Asia and Australia and the chair of ICANN itself, but as a non-voting member. And the commission will on Wednesday host a public hearing on internet governance in Brussels to take views on its proposals. Europe last called for internationalisation of ICANN in 2006. ” rest and source
In response to widespread internet backlash, Dell has revised “Della,” its website marketing netbooks to women, purging it of references to calorie counting and shopping.
When Della launched earlier this week to promote the computer manufacturer’s line of Inspirion Mini 10 netbooks, the site included a video on shopping for vintage clothing and “Tech Tips” explaining how ladies could use this strange device, as of course, we don’t know how to use real laptops. Rest
“Due to the incredible rate of follows & unfollows of @aplusk, some users may experience a delay before the follow or unfollow takes effect. We’re working to speed this up; sorry for the inconvenience.” via status.twitter.com
Give Up Internet‘s Note;
Ashton Kutcher, not that bad at internet.
“You can no longer easily eavesdrop on conversations with strangers. Hurrah!
Technically, Twitter has stopped displaying what the site’s power users call “@replies” — messages broadcast in public, but directed at a specific user — when the viewer doesn’t also follow the message’s target. Twitter users will still see conversations, but only when they happen entirely within their social circle.
For the attention-deficited social butterflies of Silicon Valley, this is a horrible development: They can no longer ignore their existing friends in favor of constantly finding new ones.
But for the mass market Twitter hopes to tap, this is a great thing. New users find Twitter overwhelming and confusing; some 60 percent drop out after signing up, according to Nielsen, which means Twitter is proving far less capable of retaining an audience than Facebook or MySpace. These Twitter quitters mean that Twitter’s growth lies on the edge of a knife. While its traffic numbers are growing at an unheard-of pace, it could lose its audience all too easily. “ Rest at ValleyWag
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm (aka anakata) recieved a bill for the 30 million SEK that he, along with Peter Sunde (aka brokep), Fredrik Neij (aka TiAMO), and Carl Lundstrom, was fined in the verdict of the Pirate Bay trial just over three weeks ago. The bill inspired anakata to devise a plan involving sending money to Danowsky’s law firm, but not to pay the fine of course which they say will never be payed. Anakata’s clever plan is called internet-avgift, internet-fee in English. Anakata encourages all Internet users to pay extremely small sums around 1 SEK (0.13 USD) to Danowsky’s law firm, which represented the music companies at the Pirate Bay trial. The music companies will not benefit from this, instead it will cost them money to handle and process all the money. Rest and The Source
From TC; “ Google.co.ma, the domain name for Google Morocco’s search portal, was taken hostage by hackers earlier today reportedly for several hours before the problem got fixed (it’s working fine again now). We got a bunch of tips about it, and the situation lasted long enough for lots of people to take screenshots of the website the domain name briefly pointed to due to the hack.
You can find loads of screenshots here and here, but this is what the main domain name pointed to the website shown on top of this post.“
Read The Rest at Tech Crunch
Windows only: Reader David writes in about a user-contributed build of Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 that uses some custom patches and optimized build settings for faster, less memory-intensive browsing.
Multiple downloads are provided, each one optimized for the processor you are using—most modern PCs can use the P3 build, provided in both regular and portable downloads. The Flash and Windows Media plugins are already pre-installed, and the build uses the new profile-guided optimization option to speed it up even further. In our brief testing, it definitely feels fast and doesn’t appear to use much memory—but since this is a user-contributed, unofficial build by an unknown (to us, anyway) author, you may want to proceed with caution. Rest and Source
But the official blog of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass., has informed us all that the word “twitter” was associated with whales long before Evan Williams and Biz Stone were dealing with customer complaints, sort of like how “muggles” was pothead slang decades before “Harry Potter” came along.
“Twitter,” believe it or not, once referred to an obscure piece of sperm whale anatomy that was typically only encountered when whalers were chopping up one of the unfortunate creatures. “ Rest and The Source
As Simon Cowell might say, this story is utterly disappointing and self-indulgent. But the fact that YouTube and ITV have been unable to monetize the Internet sensation that is Susan Boyle is a rather significant blunder, and highlights some of the archaic ways that business is still done between old and new media.
By some estimates, video of Boyle’s performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent has already asmassed more than 100 million video views on the Web. However, according to The Times of London, Britain’s ITV – who owns the rights to the show – and YouTube – where most of the views have taken place – have been unable to reach a revenue share deal, meaning no ads have been served, and more than a “million-pound windfall” has been missed.
The holdup is apparently over ad formats, as ITV wants pre-rolls and YouTube doesn’t. The Times of London quotes ITV’s director of online saying, “We don’t want to be part of YouTube’s standard terms and conditions, because content like Susan Boyle is unique … I think both sides are being hard-nosed and commercial about it.” YouTube, the article notes, prefers overlay and text ads, which have been increasingly showing up on videos around the site. Rest and Source at Mashable
Facebook tried to buy Twitter. Google and Microsoft have been giving the red-hot Internet-messaging startup the eye. But we hear it’s Apple that’s closest to sealing a deal, possibly for as much as $700 million.
A source who’s plugged into the Valley’s deal scene and has been recruited by Apple for a senior position says Apple and Twitter are in serious negotiations, with the goal of unveiling a deal by June 8, when Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference launches in San Jose. Rest and Source
We all love robots, right? And yet that special relationship never seems to materialise. However intensely they begin, our relationships with robots gradually wane as the realisation dawns that it wasn’t love that brought us together, but mere infatuation. The relationship quickly and inevitably breaks down, like the morning after a Las Vegas wedding. (Japanese researchers have even measured the decline in interaction levels as humans lose interest in robot toys.) Rest and The Source
At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we’ve rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we’re not “kidding”). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.
Give Up Internet’s Note
This is not a joke. Can be seen at official google blog
An interesting story seen on ValleyWag.; “ Google‘s G1 is the biggest enemy of Apple’s iPhone. And Apple is making a big push into the Web. So it’s totally hunky-dory that Google and Apple share board members, right? Wrong, say antitrust cops.
The FTC, which polices antitrust violations along with the Department of Justice, is investigating Apple and Google for a potential violation of a 1914 law against overlapping boards which may hinder competition.
People in Silicon Valley have long wondered at the close ties between Apple and Google. When Google CEO Eric Schmidt joined Apple’s board in 2006, Apple had yet to launch the iPhone and Google wasn’t a player in the cell-phone market. But the depth of ties seemed curious, even without that conflict. Genentech CEO Art Levinson already served on both boards, and two Apple board members, Bill Campbell and Al Gore, served as Google advisors. That’s a block of four directors — half the board, able to stalemate any Google-unfriendly strategic move.“ rest
With the news today that a woman who changed her name to Pudsey Bear has been denied a passport – on the grounds that her new name was ‘frivolous’ – we look back on the of the most bizarre naming strategies people have adopted: See it on Metro.co.uk