Chris J Powell

File Sharing as a Religion, Invisible Spec Ops Soldiers and MS Office on the iPad

Welcome followers of the Church of Kopimism where you hold CTRL +C and CTRL +V as sacred, in the land of Vikings, Hockey and Ikea there is a new officially recognized religion for File Sharers.  Really?


So as the world economy goes to mush and conflict around the globe takes yet another turn for the worse…the Norse Gods of Asgård give up a little more of their street cred to a bunch of Geeks out on the Frozen Tundra.  Well now that it has been officially recognized as a Religion in Sweden, it must be ok right?  It would appear that as the news of its official recognition has made their site run slow…I was not able to get in and take a closer look at what their Missionary Goals and Objectives are but thanks to the good folks over at I can at least gain some insight from their founder Isak Gerson:


“I think that more people will have the courage to step out as Kopimists. Maybe not in the public, but at least to their close ones,” Isak tells TorrentFreak. “There’s still a legal stigma around copying for many. A lot of people still worry about going to jail when copying and remixing. I hope in the name of Kopimi that this will change.”


Will the rosters continue to swell as the virtual congregation has tripled from 1000 to 3000 in the past 6 months?  Will the Missionary Church of Kopimism have the staying power of Islam, Catholicism or Taoism?  Only time will tell.


Can the US Army really make events “disappear”


From games like Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell the concept of “bending light” to make a covert operation member become invisible just got one step closer to reality after researchers at Cornell University working on a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) projects last year and just had their “Temporal Cloaking” findings published in this weeks edition of Nature.


Now this technology is still a long time from a practical application but a lot can happen in 6 months as this content was submitted in June 2011.  It would appear that that researchers were able to bend light to hide and event for 40 pica seconds (that is trillions of a second people).


From an article published on


Where events are concerned, concealment relies on changing the speed of light. Light that’s emitted from actions, as they happen, is what allows us to see those actions happen. Usually, that light comes in a constant flow. What Cornell researchers did, in simple terms, is tweak that ongoing flow of light — just for a mere iota of time — so that an event could transpire without being observable.


MS Office on the iPad????


Amazingly enough a company called CloudOn not only bridged the gap and finally brought a real productivity app to the iPad but they also became a digital company that “Sold Out” of their product as they were forced to pull their FREE iPad App after just one day.  Now it was not the Microsoft Police or even Apple telling them they had to pull their app.  According to the CloudOn website it was all about overwhelming demand for the service.


“Unfortunately, we did not anticipate the thousands of people that would gravitate to the service in a matter of hours. Although we had planned to support a large number of users, the interest generated was beyond our expectations, and we have had a few teething issues with our platform (some of which we have already partially resolved). We have also made additional resources available to ensure that we can continue to support our current users.”


I did some checking and if life for you would be better…you can sign up for notification when they are ready to take on more users.  I signed up…will you?


Well that concludes my random Rants and Musings for today.


Have a great day everyone.

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