On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
Many thanks to JeffreyW for linking to this morning’s Moment of Zen:
The mechanics of hovering had been explained to me, but I’d never realized how much these little guys would look like swimmers treading water…
A company called CereProc has taken voice samples from Ebert’s DVD commentaries and created a computerized voice that Ebert can use to “speak.” This could even lead to Ebert using the voice for other media, including podcasts, video, and commentaries.
(h/t TV Squad)
And finally, in my best “following the circus parade with a push-broom” style, I would greatly appreciate it if any of the more tech-savvy Balloon Juicers can tell me whether I should worry that my reaction to the NYTimes article “Striving to Map the Shape-Shifting Net”
In a dimly lit chamber festooned with wires and hidden in one of California’s largest data centers, Tim Pozar is changing the shape of the Internet. He is using what Internet engineers refer to as a “meet-me room.”… What Mr. Pozar does there is to informally wire together the networks of different businesses that want to freely share their Internet traffic.
The practice is known as peering, and it goes back to the earliest days of the Internet… Originally, the companies that owned the backbone of the Internet shared traffic. In recent years, however, the practice has increased to the point where some researchers who study the way global networks are put together believe that peering is changing the fundamental shape of the Internet, with serious consequences for its stability and security. Others see the vast increase in traffic staying within a structure that has remained essentially the same.
… is a heartfelt, “And this should mean something to me… because?”