2015年12月24日 星期四

jealouly, uber-coolness, origami/papercraft

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Inspired by papercraft models and cutouts, today's Google Doodle is the first 2015 holiday ...
華碩以日本剪/折紙(origami)工法發想,將筆電變成如紙片般輕薄的機身,輔以創新使用介面,於CES展示了一套「虛實之間」的概念筆電。透過全觸控式的旋轉螢幕,可直覺式地用手操作電腦螢幕的所有檔案內容,讓人機間的互動邁入另一個更高的層次。
Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes togami due to rendaku)) is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper. Origami folders often use the Japanese word kirigami to refer to designs which use cuts, although cutting is more characteristic of Chinese papercrafts.[1]
摺紙是摺或疊紙張藝術,把紙張摺出各種特定的形狀和花樣,可能是一張紙的作品,也可能是二張以上紙張作品。


Question: What is uber?
Answer: Uber is awsome (sic, awesome). Uber goodness.

The analysis is contained in Fanboys and Overdogs, a snapshot of the English language written by Susie Dent and compiled with the help of the Oxford English Dictionary monitoring programme.
As part of the "bigging-up" or "supersizing" trend, she identifies the use of "ova", "uber" or "mega" prefixes to beef up words.
Miss Dent said: "Linguistic supersizing is on the increase, and it may show the influence of advertising-speak and corporate jargon on language, in which everything needs to be hyped to get noticed. It means that some of our greatest words are losing their power. To be called a hero used to be the highest honour. Now you have to be a superhero to make an impact."






Uber-Complex SAP Decries Complexity
By Kevin Meyer
While the world is spinning complexities into uber-complexities, distributed manufacturing assets are turning spreadsheets into origami and shop floor manager’s schedules into kitchen notes. Lean manufacturing priests say: “Do nothing, ...


The man behind the Google phone
Andy Rubin is working on a secretive Google mission that could transform the smartphone market by giving away software
By John Markoff
NY Times News Service, MOUNTAIN VIEW, California
Sunday, Nov 04, 2007, Page 12
Andy Rubin, Google's resident gadget guy, poses with a robotic helicopter at his Lost Altos Hills home in California on Oct. 30.
PHOTO: NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE
A retinal scanner emitting a blue glow monitors the entrance to Andy Rubin's home in the foothills overlooking Silicon Valley. If the scanner recognizes you, the door unlocks automatically. (The system makes it easier to deal with former girlfriends, Rubin likes to joke. No messy scenes retrieving keys -- it's just a simple database update.)
Those forced to use the doorbell are greeted with another technological marvel: a robotic arm inside the glass foyer grips a mallet and then strikes a large gong. Although Rubin won't reveal its cost, it may be one of the world's most expensive doorbells.
"It's not about the cost," said Zarko Draganic, a former colleague of Rubin's at Apple Inc. "It's the classic Rubin thing: You do it for the sake of doing it and because it's cool, and as a result there's a childlike innocence about it."
Rubin is one of the primary architects behind another product that also smacks of potential uber-coolness -- the Google Phone. As Google's "director of mobile platforms," Rubin oversees dozens of engineers who are developing the software at the company's sprawling campus. The software embodies the promise of extending Google's reach at a time when cellphones allow consumers to increasingly untether themselves from their desktop computers, as well as the threat that greater digital mobility poses to Google's domination of Internet search.
The back-up doorbell to Andy Rubin's retinal scanner is pictured at his home in Los Altos Hills, California, on Oct. 30.
PHOTO: NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE
The Google Phone -- which, according to several reports, will be made by Google partners and will be available by the middle of next year -- is likely to provide a stark contrast to the approaches of both Apple and Microsoft to the growing market for smartphones. Google, according to several people with direct knowledge of its efforts, will give away its software to handset makers and then use the Google Phone's openness as an invitation for software developers and content distributors to design applications for it.
If the effort succeeds, it will be the most drastic challenge to date of the assertion by Microsoft -- the godfather of the desktop PC -- that Google and other members of the so-called open-source world can imitate but not innovate.
And as the cell phone morphs further into a mobile personal computer, a new software standard is likely taking shape. Whoever takes the lead in this market may become a technological gatekeeper wielding the same power, and reaping the same profits, that Microsoft does through its Windows operating system.
As the industry shifts, Google doesn't want to fall behind, and the Google Phone reflects its bid to remain at the center of things. It plans to do that, industry executives said, by offering free mobile software and then presumably cashing in by providing a menu of services linked to those products, like e-mail, photos, news and other services.
"Instead of making money on software, you have someone who is saying they're trying to make their money on services," said Michael Kleeman, a technology strategist at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California at San Diego. "The interesting question is whether the carriers will authorize the Google handsets on their networks."
All of these developments and uncertainties underscore why visitors to Rubin's office here get an immediate sense of his project's importance for Google. Large signs in the corridors leading to his laboratory warn that only employees are allowed to pass.
The company refuses to comment on the Google Phone, but Rubin's responsibilities, as well as recent leaks from the unannounced alliance that Google is building to develop the software, indicate that the company plans to do more than merely develop an operating system for cellular phones: it plans to muscle its way into the center of the business at a time when people worldwide are searching the Web from nearly anywhere they happen to be.
Consumers are using smartphones to find directions, meet their friends and locate nearby stores, restaurants and movie theaters. That simple business and cultural shift has touched off an information-age gold rush, as Google, its search competitors, handset makers and cell phone operators all try to stake their claims to the mobile Web.
Already this year, Apple has redefined what people expect from a cell phone by introducing the iPhone, just as it did previously with its Macintosh computer. Microsoft is making progress as well, projecting that 20 million phones will be sold with its Windows Mobile software next year. Nokia, Palm, Research in Motion and a number of other handset makers are fashioning ever more datacentric phones.
With these battle lines drawn, Google is placing its mobile bets in the hands of Rubin, 44, an engineer who has proved adept at designing the highly integrated hardware and software ensembles that are the hallmarks of Silicon Valley companies.
And even though he is in charge of developing Google's answer to the Internet phone of the future, Rubin is a throwback. While Silicon Valley is now in the midst of a "Web 2.0" entrepreneurial frenzy, with an emphasis on clever business ideas that quickly attract millions of Internet users, Rubin is a proven member of an earlier group of engineers-turned-entrepreneurs who have a passion for building complete digital systems.
"Today Silicon Valley is full of `network-effect entrepreneurs,' but Andy represents a generation that is equally comfortable with a soldering gun, writing software programs or designing a business," said Steve Perlman, another former Apple engineer who was a co-founder of WebTV and a handful of other technology-oriented companies.
In that regard, Rubin may be one of the clearest links between the computing industry's recent past and its rapidly emerging future -- and the embodiment of how Google hopes to bridge the two realms.
Rubin is wrestling with a new responsibility: trying to reinvent the cell phone on his second try. He declined to offer any insights into his strategy, and whether he has the answer won't be clear for about a year -- perhaps longer. Google has a tremendous amount of corporate momentum, and its search service is a huge consumer magnet. At the same time, wireless carriers jealously guard their networks and worry constantly about the possibility of losing control to potential competitors like Google.
Moreover, the market is already crowded. Microsoft got a head-start with its Windows Mobile platform a half-decade ago and in the past year has accelerated its efforts by persuading handset makers like Motorola, Palm and Samsung to include the software with its phones. Microsoft is certain to invest heavily to ward off Google's incursions into the market.
An irony in all of this, of course, is that Google, though not in a dominant position, might be able to replay the strategy that Microsoft itself used to bulldoze Netscape in the mid-1990s. Just as Microsoft successfully "cut off" Netscape's air supply by giving away its Explorer Web browser as part of the Windows operating system, Google may shove Windows Mobile aside if the Google Phone is given away to handset makers.
And if the strategy works, it will be because a robotics fanatic named Andy Rubin and his team will have successfully developed the smartphone of the future.
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jealous (CAREFUL) Show phonetics
adjective
extremely careful in protecting someone or something:
She is very jealous of her independence, and doesn't want to get married.
Her parents used to keep a jealous watch over her when she was young.

jealously Show phonetics
adverb
The exact location of the hotel where the royal couple is staying is a jealously (= carefully) guarded secret.

Journalists jealously (= carefully) guard their sources of information.


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