Antoine S Blog

November 19, 2008
Save China, Save the world

How the Internet can change the world ? That is a really huge question; I will focus here on the role that, as the born of a free press did during the nineteenth century, the Internet can offer a window of freedom to oppressed populations. Notably nowadays about countries like Iran and mostly China.

As we saw with the Olympics Games, China has definitely become the equal of western countries in terms of power. With its population of 1.6 billions (more than a human among six) and the sky-scraping development that it knows (9% of growth each year), this country will obviously play a gigantic role in the future decades. But there is still remaining the question of the regime. We mustn’t forget that China, even if it’s more opened than 30 years ago, still remain a communist dictatorship tinted of strong nationalism. Some words like democracy, free-speech, or free-press are only whispered in the several countries of China.

During the past, it was easier to settle a dictatorship and to keep it. The Prince written by Nicolas Machiavel learnt to future kings and absolute monarchs how to deal with opponents. the motto was, “be both lion (for the strength) and fox (for the intelligence)”. Now with the development of the press first, then the NTIC it is quite impossible to control the abundance of information even when you own an impressive bureaucracy and censure as China. But it’s not simple as it seems.

Let’s look what The Economist, the famous british newsmag, said about that question in an article of April 2006 :

” Six years ago Bill Clinton described China’s efforts to restrict the internet as “sort of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall”. But as China’s web-filtering technology has grown more sophisticated, and the ranks of its internet police have swelled, some have begun to wonder. A report in 2003 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggested that, despite the difficulties the internet posed to authoritarian regimes, it could also be used to fortify them. China, the authors concluded, had been “largely successful at guiding use” of the internet. At a congressional hearing in February on American companies involved in internet business in China, a Republican congressman, Christopher Smith, said the internet there had become “a malicious tool, a cyber sledgehammer of repression”.

Some of the companies testifying at the hearing—Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!—deserved a grilling. Why, for instance, had Microsoft, at the request of Chinese officials, removed a popular site in December from its Chinese version of MSN Spaces, a service for personal diaries and blogs? Yahoo! too had questions to answer about reports that information it provided to the police about its e-mail services had helped put dissidents behind bars. More recently Reporters Without Borders, a human-rights group, said that a Hong Kong unit of Yahoo! had given the police a Chinese user’s draft e-mails. These were then used as evidence at his trial for subversion, for which he received a four-year jail sentence. Yahoo! has condemned efforts to suppress freedom of speech, but says it must obey Chinese law.”

The authorities strike back, but the resistance is growing every day. Chinese people discover a little more each day the whole freedom that the Internet can give them. The lock will break one day, and China will maybe embrace democracy, stop their hawkish diplomacy, and built a better world in concert with the others… We can’t forget that thousands of missiles are still facing Taiwan for instance.

To my mind, Internet and democracy are strongly linked, when these population discovered the first one, they couldn’t ignore the second for a long time.

I hope.

My tee-shirt company.
November 10, 2008

What is great with the Internet is that you can profit of that platform to sell your production. If we create a tee-shirt company with my friends, we would be able to sell it all over Europe. Look at what American Apparel did, with the Internet your brand can become globalized in a minute.

A piece of Internet history.
November 10, 2008

I can create my own One million dollar page !

about being a professional player of video-games in Korea…
November 10, 2008

On-line video games have become so important in Korea. Nowadays some students who don’t have the time to play prefer paying someone to play with their account than ranking lower than yesterday. Sometimes they even buy an account on E-bay to be the strongest among their friends. Professional video-games players are like rock stars in Korea. Their battle can be followed by 5000 persons in concerts hall.

Mark Zuckerberg is a hero.
November 6, 2008

Mark Zuckerberg has understood the first how social networks will define the new Internet. When he was only a student (In Harvard), he launches facebook. In 2008, Microsoft bought 1.7% of Facebook for 240 millions dollars. How can it be possible ?

With a simple idea, Mark Zuckerberg has created one of the most important company of our time.

If you need some money quickly, go to E-Bay !
November 6, 2008

E-bay is a typical personal way to make money on the Internet. Let’s imagine that you’ve bought a ticket for a Bruce Springsteen concert but unfortunately you can’t go. Once the disapointment passed, you can go to E-bay.com and sell it to the more offering. It’s quick, it’s easy (you just have to create an account and then send the ticket by the post), and if the demand is high you can make a lot of money (for instance if you have a ticket for the finale of the soccer World Cup)

Stick it in your mind, E-bay can be your best friend !

To make money, count on your skills and luck
November 6, 2008

In this article, I will talk about two recent fads on the Internet. Poker and betting. If those two activities are not recent, their development on-line increases every year. A site like Bwin.com (former betandwin.com) or partypoker.com are nowadays successful companies. With some talent, and luck you can make easily some money. Among my friends, some are earning more than 300 euros per months on that type of site. Some are losing too a lot. That is the risk, it’s quite addictive to play and you can be in bankrupt very quickly.

To make money on the Internet
November 6, 2008

Today, we are focusing about a thing that everyone loves, making money ! Especially about the ways to earn money on the Internet.

Three ways of earning can be analysed : personal, business, and fund raising. Let’s take examples.

Cyber criminality, what the police does to protect citizens.
November 5, 2008

In this article, I will face the cyber-criminality through the eyes of the police. We all know that the Internet can be dangerous especially for children. it is unfortunately the place of pedophile networks and creepy stuff like that. in front of the immensity of the net, the police has been first lost and suffer from the adaptation of criminals to these new technologies. But a great effort has been done to fill the gap.

We all remembered this summer the arrest of the Canadian pedophile at the airport by Interpol. In fact, western countries allied in this struggle. They all created special police unit to chase pedophiles on the Internet, the whole directly connected to Interpol. Of course, it remains a long struggle, but we can’t say that governments didn’t react.

Identity theft, it can happen to you !
November 5, 2008

Identity theft has exploded with the emergence of new technologies of information and communication in our daily lives. It seems very logical, people can profit of private informations (like your Credit Card information to buy stuffs, but also your national ID number for an illegal immigrant for instance) and use them on line without photo checking. Many western countries created laws to fight this new form of criminality (details on the Wikipedia article).

How to make california maki

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California roll is one of the most popular sushi rolls in the world. Since typical sushi rolls are rolled in dried seaweed, many people who aren't used to eat dried seaweed tend to have hard time to bite sushi rolls. This is one reason that california rolls are made inside-out, so it's easy to bite.

Ingredients:

* 4 cups sushi rice
* 4 sheets of nori (dried seaweed)
* 1 avocado
* 3/4 cup crab meat
* 2 mayonnaise spoons
* salt

Preparation:

Peel an avocado and cut it into strips or mash it. Put imitation crab in a bowl and mix with salt and mayonnaise. Cover a bamboo mat with plastic wrap. Put a sheet of dried seaweed on top of the mat. Spread sushi rice on top of the seaweed and press firmly. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the sushi rice. Turn the sushi layer over so that the seaweed is on top. Place avocado and crab lengthwise on the seaweed. Roll the bamboo mat forward, pressing the ingredients inside the cylinder-shaped sushi. Press firmly the bamboo mat with hands, then remove the rolled sushi. Cut the sushi roll into bite-size pieces.

now eat it with wasabi and soy sauce and it would be great !!!

See ya

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