Physics Game

Mith (Markus Santa) and I have just started to develope a physics 3D game. When I say “Mith” I mean the person who does all the coding, thinking and realisation in general!!!!, and when I say “and I” it should be clear that I have ideas and test and maybe do a bit of pansy artwork.

The screenshot below is a quick insight into the very early work that is going on. I have to say it is very adictive and based as always on the TV3D engine. I’ll let you know how we get on.

Management through fear

We are currently involved in a security centric project and I came across this:

Homeland Security Live Alert

So I thought it might be worth someones time to have a quick look at why fear is so popular. And to my surprise the first thing I found is the generally accepted view that a basic amount of fear improves peoples performance as judged by managers including:
1) More alert behaviour
2) Greater Adherence to policy
3) Clearer polarization of pro and anti
4) Greater reward from success (freedom and security)

Technology payback

Yesterday I tried to view “TopGear”, (an automotive program in the UK, which has build up a mysterious around very fast racing drive only known as the STIG, who was revealed to be Michael Schumacher, probably one of the best racing drivers in existance and 7 times world Formula 1 Champion.) and I couldn’t find it.  I remembered the BBC I-Play (a technology that offers free content streaming to PCs) and I wondered if I could get it streaming via my son’s playstation 3.

Information as a service?

We all are inundated with data (mails, google search results, LinkedIn updates,…) and we are all struggling with the same filter issue: what is relevant, what is significant?

In 1995 Michael Wooldridge and Nicholas R. Jennings highlighted in “The Knowledge Engineering Review” that:

The concept of an agent has become important in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and mainstream computer science… For convenience, we divide these issues into three areas …

  1. Agent theory is concerned with the question of what an agent is, and the use of mathematical formalisms for representing and reasoning about the properties of agents.

SOA through the downturn

Lets face the facts: technology rarely makes it to the frontline unless it goes wrong. So facts like
– Amazon providing computing space on demand 
– Banks unravelling because of their interconnected nature
– Mobile retailing growing exponentialy
– Unstructured information analytics offers the police state to track all e-communications
– ALl business software is now SOA enabled
– and so on

All this seems to be unconnected bits of everyday life. We know it is there somehow, but it hasn’t got any impact on how we run our business. For the current prvailing view have a look here at ZDNet

World Economic downturn

Forgive this rant. I needed to get it off my chest and it helped me work out the technology onwordpress (which seems to be working a treat!).

The world economic crisis has come up at the end of 2008 and we are suffering under the strain of a shrinking economy. Banks refuse to lend and therefore consumer spend and business spend is down. All of this came very unexpectedly according to the press. I have to say that I am not too sure that is true. In 2002 Shania Twain already sung about “the credit card mess” (see video here thanks to youtube)