Monthly Archives: January 2012

So many users around the world dislike Facebook Timeline

Facebook is launching a new look and some users aren’t too happy about it.

In the next few dats, users will be required to use the new ‘timeline’ profile. Facebook has put new timeline as mandatory to all users around the world & hope users will easily using it with new interface.

The new profile page is basically a chronological timeline that organizes pictures, videos, and status updates. Besides the new layout, users will notice other changes.  They will now be able to look up past information by year, add life events, and cover pages at the top of their profile. The new look is not being received all that well by Facebook users.

Critics say the new layout is troubling because pictures and posts from the past that you might not want there now show up easily on the front page. If you want to make changes to your timeline, go to the home drop down box and click on help.Then click on Facebook Basics, and Timeline under Explore Popular Issues.

You will be able to see how to get started on the new profile, how to hide stories on your timeline, and what your timeline looks like to other people.

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2012 by 22News.com & YouTube

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Twitter: Yours to discover

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An information network

Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting. Simply find the public streams you find most compelling and follow the conversations.

At the heart of Twitter are small bursts of information called Tweets. Each Tweet is 140 characters in length, but don’t let the small size fool you—you can share a lot with a little space. Connected to each Tweet is a rich details pane that provides additional information, deeper context and embedded media. You can tell your story within your Tweet, or you can think of a Tweet as the headline, and use the details pane to tell the rest with photos, videos and other media content. See it in action.

You don’t have to tweet to get value from Twitter

You don’t have to build a web page to surf the web and you don’t have to tweet to enjoy Twitter. Whether you tweet 100 times a day or never, you still have access to the voices and information surrounding what interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve up to the second information. Some people never tweet, they simply use Twitter as a way to get the latest information on their interests.

Twitter for Businesses

Twitter connects businesses to customers in real-time. Businesses use Twitter to quickly share information with people interested in their products and services, gather real-time market intelligence and feedback, and build relationships with customers, partners and influential people. From brand lift, to CRM, to direct sales, Twitter offers businesses a chance to reach an engaged audience.

For more information, check out Twitter 101 for Businesses, our guide to doing business on Twitter.

Twitter around the world

Twitter is based in San Francisco, but it’s used by people in nearly every country in the world. Twitter now comes in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. People can change their language preference in their user settings with just a few clicks.

Twitter on the go

Experience Twitter on your mobile device by using one of our free Twitter apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Windows7 and Android. To get the latest apps, go to m.twitter.com on your mobile device.

Twitter for SMS

Individuals, businesses and social causes can use Twitter for SMS and our Fast Followprogram to connect directly to anyone with a mobile phone. Twitter for SMS is an instant infrastructure for mobile communications. Here’s a list of all the countries that offer Twitter for SMS. We are actively working to add more countries and more short-codes to the list everyday. Check back for updates.

Twitter and the Community

At Twitter, we believe that the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. Every day we are inspired by stories of people using Twitter to help make the world a better place in unexpected ways.

 

Copyright 2012 by twitter.com & YouTube

Freedom.. Time & the hour run through the roughest day

You can't just let nature run wild

In the philosophy of politics, the idea of freedom comes up often. Most people say they support most types of freedom. Of course, the word freedom has little meaning if we do not have a common definition. In this article, I will explain my definition of freedom.

Freedom starts with a principle of self-control, also known as self-ownership. In a free society, each and every person has legal control (or “ownership”) of their own body and mind. As such, the concept of freedom refers to a certain type of political empowerment. It refers specifically to equal empowerment. In other words, a free society is one with an equal distribution of legal rights and in which each and every person has as much legal rights as possible.

Because freedom entails political equality, freedom can only logically entail as much legal rights as compatible with the same legal rights in others. In a free society, any one person cannot have so many legal rights that all other people could not logically have the same amount of legal rights.

For example, freedom does not include the legal right to enslave someone else because freedom includes the legal right to not be enslaved. In another example, freedom does not include the legal right to non-defensively punch other people in the face against their will because freedom includes the legal right to not be offensively punched.

Basically, a free person has the legal allowance to do whatever he or she wants insofar as he or she does not offensively harm or coerce other people against those other people’s wills. Remember, the limitation is a logical requirement. Freedom obviously can not include the legal right to limit other people’s freedom because that would be illogical.

Freedom does include the legal right to defend oneself from others who attempt to offensively harm or coerce the free person.

There is an important reason to remember that freedom starts with a principle of self-control (or “self-ownership”). In a way, it would be politically equal–though socially absurd–for a person to have the legal right to inflict offensive harm on others if nobody had the legal right to not be offensively harmed. For example, in such an absurd society, people might all have the legal right to stab other people, but nobody could have the legal right to not be stabbed and thus would not have the legal right to defend themselves from it. To distinguish such an absurd but equal society from a free society, we must remember the principle of self-control (or “self-ownership”).

The principle of self-control also lets us more easily realize why freedom includes the legal right to self-defense. Freedom includes self-defense because empowering people with so much control over themselves that they have the legal right to self-defense is still logically compatible with the same empowerment of everyone else.

Making note of the right to self-defense also brings up the importance of distinguishing acts of coercion as either defensive or offensive. Defensive acts include any actions only involving the use of coercive force to fend off and/or restrain an offensive attacker. Offensive attacks include the initiation of force, violence or coercion against someone who is not attacking nor trying to attack the initiator. Of course, most people already clearly understand the difference between an offensive instance of force, coercion, or violence and a defensive instance of force, coercion or violence. For example, consider the difference between murder and defensive homicide, or consider the difference between forcible rape and forcibly stopping a rapist.

To remain logically coherent, we must make note of that distinction between defense and offense in our definition of freedom, which I have done by defining freedom as the legal allowance of all people in a society to do whatever they want insofar as they do not offensively harm or coerce other people against those other people’s wills.

Also, most people agree that the legal right to self-defense also extends to include defensive incarceration and rectification. Defensive incarceration means the long-term detainment of people who have infringed or had intended to infringe on the freedom of others, which can last until, if ever, the person has been rehabilitated or otherwise deemed safe for release. Rectification includes the process of one person recovering damages from a second person who has offensively harmed the first person against the first person’s will. Of course, to prevent abuse, most freedom-supporting people only support defensive incarceration or rectification after a standard burden of proof has been publicly met according to mutually agreed upon standards and policies setup beforehand at a very local level.

Theoretically, freedom is not that complex of an ideal. But putting theoretical ideals into practice becomes much more difficult; the black-and-whiteness of ideals becomes muddled with the various gray hues of practice’s complexity. I still love freedom, and I adamantly support full-fledged freedom. No matter how you feel about freedom now, I recommend you consider supporting freedom even more. And I beg you to stubbornly resist those who suggest placing limitations on freedom.

 

Copyright 2012 by OnlinePhilosophyClub.com & Youtube

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 by David Fincher

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

PLOT

Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), co-owner and writer of Millennium magazine, has just lost a libel case against crooked businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström, for which he must pay 600,000 Swedish kronor (approximately 87,000 USD) in damages. Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a researcher for Milton Security and a computer hacker, has compiled a very extensive background check on Blomkvist for Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer), retired CEO of Vanger Industries, for a job that Henrik wants him to perform. Despite the recent scandal, Salander passes Blomkvist as “clean.”

Blomkvist receives a phone call from Henrik’s lawyer, Dirch Frode (Steven Berkoff), summoning him to the Vanger estate at Hedeby Island in Hedestad. Blomkvist reluctantly meets Henrik, who offers him two jobs: to write a Vanger family history, and, using the information provided by Henrik for the memoir, to solve the murder of his niece Harriet Vanger, who disappeared almost 40 years previously; Henrik is convinced that someone in the family killed her. He reveals that someone he believes to be the killer has been sending him pressed flowers, which Harriet had always given him on his birthday. He says he will pay Blomkvist handsomely for this job, but Blomkvist agrees only when he promises to give him damning information about Wennerström, who got his start at Henrik’s Vanger Industries.

Meanwhile, Salander, who is a ward of the state despite being in her twenties, due to diagnosed mental incompetency, goes to visit her legal guardian, Holger Palmgren, only to discover that he has suffered a stroke. Her new guardian, lawyer Nils Bjurman (Yorick van Wageningen), seizes control of Salander’s finances and issues her a monthly allowance, which angers Salander, as Palmgren allowed her to manage her own finances.

Blomkvist gets to work right away, staying in a cottage that Henrik provides. He draws up a family tree of all of the living members of the Vanger family. He receives a visit from Harriet’s cousin Cecila Vanger (Geraldine James), who tells him that her sister, Anita, was much closer to Harriet than the rest of them. Blomkvist visits Anita (Joely Richardson), who is living in London, and tells Blomkvist that she can’t help him either: she escaped the family when she was eighteen, but Harriet never made it to eighteen. Blomkvist finds Harriet’s notebook, containing the names of five women with a 5-digit number next to each of their names. Gustav Morell (Donald Sumpter), a retired policeman, says that they are telephone numbers that are unrelated to the names listed next to them. However, when Blomkvist gets a surprise visit from his daughter Pernilla, she hints that the numbers relate to Bible verses. Blomkvist returns to the cottage to find that each Bible verse comes from the book of Leviticus and describes methods of killing, opening up the first lead on the case in 35 years. Blomkvist’s co-worker and lover Erika Berger (Robin Wright) visits him and tells him that because of the financial straits Millennium is in, they will be out of business within a few months. Henrik and his nephew, current Vanger Industries CEO Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgård), decide to invest in the magazine. Shortly afterwards, Henrik suffers a heart attack, and the Vanger family asks Blomkvist to stop investigating their family affairs.

Meanwhile, Salander is mugged in a subway station and her laptop is damaged when she fights back. Salander asks Bjurman for some extra money for a replacement computer. Bjurman agrees on condition that she performs fellatio on him. A few nights later, Salander claims to need more money for groceries, and is told to meet Bjurman at his apartment. Bjurman handcuffs Salander to the bed, then rapes andsodomizes her. Without Bjurman’s knowledge, Salander has recorded the rape on a hidden camera. A few nights later, she arranges to meet him again at home and renders him unconscious with a taser. Upon waking up, Bjurman finds himself tied and bolted to the floor, naked. Salander then tortures him and shows him the video of her rape. She blackmails him, demanding that he allow her to have full access to her finances again, write glowing monthly reports about her behavior, and apply to have her status of legal incompetency rescinded, or she will post the rape video on the Internet. In addition, Salander tells Bjurman that if she should find out a woman is ever in his apartment again, she will kill him. To make sure he remembers the deal, she tattoos the words, “I AM A RAPIST PIG” on his torso.

Blomkvist begins looking for a researcher to help him find out more about the Bible verses. Frode recommends Salander, whom Blomkvist learns did the background check on him. Upon seeing the incredibly detailed report, he discovers Salander hacked into his computer. He then visits her apartment, making her an offer to help him find Harriet’s murderer, to which she agrees. As Salander traces the Bible verses to a series of murders occurring from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s, Blomkvist finds a series of photos of a parade held in Hedestad which Harriet attended on the day that she disappeared. The photos suggest that she saw something that frightened her. He spots a couple in the crowd taking pictures around the same time and tracks down the woman who took the pictures; after locating and reviewing the photos, they find a picture of a man in a blue school uniform staring at Harriet. Salander’s research reveals that all of the women murdered had Jewish, or more specifically, Biblical names; linking the murders to several members of the Vanger family who were members of the Swedish Nazi Party. During the investigation, Salander and Blomkvist become lovers.

The next night, Salander looks through family archives examining Harriet and Martin’s late father and Henrik’s nephew, Gottfried, particularly his travels from the 1940s through the 1960s to see if he was in the same towns as the women at the same time they were murdered. Meanwhile, Blomkvist meets Harald, Henrik’s other brother and a former Nazi, and asks to see some pictures he took on the day Harriet disappeared. Blomkvist asks Harald to identify a man in one of the pictures who has a similar jacket and face to the man in the parade photo. Harald immediately identifies him as Martin. Salander continues researching and finds that Gottfried visited every town that each woman was murdered in at the same time they were murdered, but is puzzled that one murder took place two years after Gottfried died. However, she sees that Martin was studying in Uppsala, where the murder was committed, at the time. She deduces that Gottfried “initiated” Martin into being a serial killer when she finds a picture with the two of them attending a conference in one of the towns where a murder was committed, and Martin’s picture matches the one on the parade photo.

Blomkvist attempts to break into Martin’s house for more clues, but is caught by Martin, who leads Blomkvist into his basement at gunpoint and gasses him. Blomkvist wakes up to find himself hung by his neck. Martin brags about killing dozens of women over several years, but angrily denies killing his sister. Martin then tries to suffocate Blomkvist, but Salander, having missed Blomkvist and gone looking for him, sneaks up behind Martin and strikes him with a golf club. After freeing Blomkvist, she gives chase to Martin on her motorcycle. Martin crashes his car, which ends up on its side as gasoline leaks from the ruptured tank. Martin dies in the explosion as the gasoline ignites on the hot engine.

With the help of two hacker friends, Plague and Trinity, Blomkvist and Salander discover that Harriet (Joely Richardson) has been living in London under Anita Vanger’s identity to hide from Martin. Anita helped her escape the island in her car and the two used Anita’s maiden name and her married name until Anita and her husband died, leaving her identity all to Harriet. Blomkvist finds Harriet and she tells him that she killed her father, who had been sexually abusing her for years, and that Martin saw her do it. Martin then began repeatedly raping her until Henrik sent him to a boarding school in Uppsala. When he returned on the day of the parade, she fled Sweden with the help of Anita. The framed flowers sent to Henrik on his birthday were sent by Harriet, who intended them as a sign of her well-being. Finally free of her brother, Harriet returns to Sweden and has a tearful reunion with Henrik. As promised, Henrik gives Blomkvist the information on Wennerström, but Blomkvist is dismayed to find out that the information is too old to legally incriminate him, as the statute of limitations has expired, and not shocking enough to turn the public against him. Salander hacks into Wennerström’s computer and finds information regarding his involvement with illegal arms and drug trafficking, which she gives to Blomkvist to publish.

The article propels Millennium into stardom and destroys Wennerström. Salander uses her hacking skills to access Wennerström’s numerous bank accounts and then travels around Europe in disguise as Irene Nesser, who she presents as Wennerström’s assistant. As Nesser, Salander converts all of Wennerström’s money into bonds which she converts back into money, then places it into five accounts of her own. From this she ends up with two billion euros. Wennerström is eventually tracked down in Spain and is subsequently murdered by his shady associates. Upon returning to Stockholm, Salander visits her old legal guardian, Palmgren, telling him she found “a friend” he would approve of. She buys Blomkvist a Christmas present of a nice leather coat but on her way to give it to him she spots Blomkvist and Berger walking together happily. Heartbroken, she tosses the jacket in a nearby dumpster and rides off through the streets of Stockholm.

 

Copyright 2012 by IMDb, Wikipedia & YouTube

Sir Alex Ferguson finally honoured with Fifa President’s Award in Zurich

At an awards ceremony otherwise dominated by Barcelona’s all-conquering team, led by Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, who received the player and coach of the year awards respectively, Ferguson received the President’s Award from Sepp Blatter.

It is the first time Fifa have formally recognised Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford, a reign that has brought 12 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

Honoured: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) received his award from Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Blatter said Ferguson’s remarkable tenure at the club was unlikely to be repeated. “Football is all about winning games and titles, and there is nobody better than him,” he said.

“What is extraordinary is that in today’s world, in which coaches are expected to produce instant results or be changed, his longevity is a shining example of what can be achieved through stability, continuity, trust and confidence in one personality.”

Former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown offered video tributes to Ferguson, as did José Mourinho and former players Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.

The United manager, who was also nominated in the coach of the year category alongside Guardiola and Real Madrid manager Mourinho, said the award was a tribute to his club.

“It is an honour to be given this in the twilight of my life and it is very much appreciated. I always feel that no matter the honour I have received, it is recognition for Manchester United, which has always shared my vision.”

On a night when Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic were the only Britain-based players to feature in the Fifa team of the year, Ferguson also praised his players, saying: “I have always been lucky to have players who have shared the vision.”

Ferguson’s career began before Guardiola was a professional player, but he rates the Barcelona manager’s magnificent side as the benchmark against which modern teams should be judged.

He said Guardiola’s side were likely to retain the Champions League, and rated Real Madrid as the main contenders ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Saying he would continue at United as long as he was healthy, Ferguson played down the chances of the Barcelona manager succeeding him. “Why would Pep want to leave Barcelona? I think if I was in his position I would firmly stay where I was.

“The Barcelona team at the moment is by far the best team, and we experienced two years of it.

“Sometimes in football you have to hold your hands up and say ‘they’re better than us’. It’s not a crime and it’s not a weakness or lack of belief in my own team, it’s a statement of fact.

“Barcelona, especially with Lionel Messi in the side, is just an extraordinary team and I can’t see anyone taking the [Champions League] trophy from them. I think Real Madrid are probably the closest to them at this moment in time.” No player receives more attention yet appears less affected than Messi, who received his third consecutive Ballon d’Or with typical modesty, saying he wanted to share the prize with team-mate and fellow nominee Xavi.

“It is a huge pleasure for me, it is the third time I have received this award but this one is very special, because I want to share it with my friend and team-mate Xavi.

“It is the fourth time we have been together at this gala and it is a pleasure to be with you on the pitch, so I share it with you. Let’s see how much more we can do.”

Messi won with 47.88 per cent of a vote among national captains, team managers and journalists. Ronaldo was second with 21.6 per cent, followed by Xavi (9.23 per cent), Andrés Iniesta (6.01), Rooney (2.31) and Luis Suárez (1.48).

Messi and Xavi were among five Barcelona players in the Fifa world team of the year that underlined Spanish dominance of the elite game. Danni Alves, Gerard Piqué and Iniesta were joined by four from Real Madrid in Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Xavi Alonso. Rooney and Vidic completed the XI.

 

Copyright 2012 by The Telegraph