Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button thrilled by new McLaren,Running Out of Internet Space,and Social Networking Power

Lewis
Hamilton & Jenson Button thrilled by new McLaren

Lewis Hamilton & Jenson Button thrilled by new McLaren

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button pose with the new McLaren

The new McLaren features some interesting design
innovations

By Andrew
Benson

McLaren have unveiled the new car that Englishmen Lewis
Hamilton and Jenson Button both hope will make them world champions for the
second time.

McLaren decided not to have the car ready for the first test this week to
spend more time designing it.
Button said: “This is our new baby, the car we hope will take one of us to
the drivers’ championship and the team to win the constructors’. It’s
beautiful.”
“We’ll be quite a bit more competitive than we were last year,” said
Hamilton.


McLaren hope the extra design time they have devoted to the car will give
them a crucial advantage when the season starts in Bahrain on 13 March.

‘Beautiful’ new McLaren delights Button


And the car features a number of intriguing aerodynamic design innovations.
The bodywork is extensively sculpted and there is a novel engine cover
design, featuring two air inlets, and the front wing features a series of very
dramatic shapes.
The air intake on the sidepods – the bodywork that sticks out either side of
the driver – is also a shape never seen in F1 before, double the height on the
outside of the car than it is where the intake meets the cockpit beside the
driver.
McLaren said the L-shaped sidepod front was an attempt to get more airflow to
the rear wing, thereby increasing aerodynamic downforce.
The second air intake is to aid cooling of the gearbox and hydraulics,
according to director of engineering Tim Goss, at a time when McLaren have
packaged the car as tightly as possible for optimum aerodynamic performance.
McLaren finished second in the constructors’ championship last season, with
Hamilton and Button finishing fourth and fifth in the drivers’ chase in an
unprecedented five-man battle with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The ground-breaking front wing and sidepods of the new McLaren are clearly visible

McLaren features radical sidepod openings (beside
cockpit)


But the McLaren was the third fastest car for much of the season, and the
team hope they will close the gap to Ferrari and, particularly, Red Bull.
Ferrari and Red Bull have already laid down the gauntlet with some quick
times in the first test in Valencia this week, while the new Renault also
appears to be fast.
But Hamilton and Button are confident they will be in the championship fight
again.
Hamilton said: “Last year was one of the best ever, and this year I think
we’ll have an even more competitive season.
“We’ve seen it in the wind tunnel but this is the first time we’ve seen it
all together and it looks even better in full size.”
Hamilton told BBC Sport that he felt in better physical shape than ever, was
confident McLaren would be more competitive in 2011 than they had been in 2010,
and that he was feeling more positive in his personal life after admitting a
couple of months ago that last year had been difficult for him on that front.
Button added: “I’ve had some fun and good years in F1. But the
competitiveness now of the teams but also the drivers is the best it ever has
been in my view.

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“You have five world champions on the grid, but also the drivers who have
been close like (Ferrari’s) Felipe Massa and Mark Webber.
“I hope it’s going to be a good fight this year – but hopefully not too good.
Hopefully we’re going to have a few 10ths on everyone.”
Goss said he was confident the team had done everything they could to find
performance in the new car.
“We set ourselves a very ambitious aerodynamic target for 2011,” Goss said.
“We always want to do more and we’re always very critical about performance, but
we feel we’ve done a good job.
“We’ve identified some areas where we can add performance to the car – over
the next weeks, the task will be to get them on to the car and reliable by the
first race. That’s the big challenge.”

Hamilton feels great as McLaren launch car


The new McLaren will run for the first time alongside all the other 2011 cars
at the second pre-season test in Jerez next week.
Tyres, Button admitted, would be the key factor in deciding results this
season.
Pirelli, which replaces Bridgestone as F1’s supplier, has been asked to make
tyres that degrade quicker in a bid to spice up the racing, and they have been
true to their word.
“The mechanical grip, the downforce, whatever none of it matters unless you
can get those tyres working,” Button told BBC Sport.
“We’ve got to work with them – some areas are better than the previous tyre
and some areas are worse. It’s a big change for us and it’s who can make the
best of the situation.”
 
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It’s
Not Twitter or Facebook, It’s the Power of the Network


Just as it was during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, the role of social
media in the recent upheaval in Egypt has been the subject of much debate since
the unrest began on Thursday. Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Friday poked fun at the idea that Twitter
might have played a key part in the demonstrations, and there are many observers
who share his skepticism. The real
trigger for the uprisings, they argue, is simply the frustration of the
oppressed Egyptian people — which is undoubtedly true. But it also seems clear
that social media has played a key role in getting the word out, and in helping
organizers plan their protests. In the end, it’s not about Twitter or Facebook:
it’s about the power of real-time networked communication.
Foreign Policy magazine columnist Evgeny Morozov has argued that Twitter and
Facebook should not be credited with playing any kind of
critical role
in Tunisia, and suggested that doing so is a sign of
the “cyber-utopianism” that many social-media advocates suffer from: that is,
the belief that the Internet is unambiguously good, or that the use of Twitter
or Facebook can somehow magically free a repressed society from its shackles.
Morozov, who has written an entire book about this idea called Net Delusion,
made the point in his blog post after the Tunisian uprising that while social
media might have been used in some way during the events, tools like Twitter and
Facebook did not play a crucial role — that is, the revolution would have
happened with or without them.
Zeynep Tufekci, a professor of sociology who has also looked at this issue,
described in a post following the revolution in Tunisia how professional
observers distinguish between what she called “material,” “efficient”
and “final” causes
— in other words, things that are required in
order to produce a certain outcome, and things that are nice to have but are not
a requirement. Tufekci argues that social media was a crucial factor in
Tunisia, while Jillian York of Global Voices Online believes that social media tools are
useful, but not necessary. Ethan Zuckerman, one of the founders of Global Voices
Online, has also written about how the uprisings in both Tunisia and in Egypt
have more to do with decades of poverty and
repressive dictatorships
than they do with social media.

But is anyone really arguing that Twitter and Facebook caused the
revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt, or even the earlier public uprisings in Moldova
or Iran for that matter? Maybe cyber-utopians somewhere are doing this, but I
haven’t seen or heard of any. The argument I have tried to make is
simply that they and other social media tools can be incredibly powerful, both
for spreading the word — which can give moral or emotional support to others in
a country, as well as generating external support — as well as for
organizational purposes, thanks to the power of the network. As Jared Cohen of
Google Ideas put it, social media may not be a cause, but it can be a powerful “accelerant.”
Did Twitter or Facebook cause the Tunisian revolt? No. But they did spread
the news, and many Tunisian revolutionaries gave them a lot of credit for
helping with the process. Did Twitter cause the revolts in Egypt? No. But they
did help activists such as WikiLeaks supporter Jacob Appelbaum (known on Twitter
as @ioerror) and others as they organized the dialup and
satellite phone connections that
created an ad-hoc Internet after Egypt turned the real one off — which, of
course, it did in large part to try and prevent demonstrators from using
Internet-based tools to foment unrest. As Cory Doctorow noted in his review of Evgeny Morozov’s
book
, even if Twitter and Facebook are just used to replace the
process of stapling pieces of paper to telephone poles and sending out hundreds
of emails, they are still a huge benefit to social activism of all kinds.
But open-network advocate Dave Winer made the key point: it’s the Internet
that is the really powerful tool here, not any of the specific services such as
Twitter and Facebook that run on top of it, which Winer compares to brands like
NBC
. They have power because lots of people use them, and — in the
case of Twitter — because they have open protocols so that apps can still access
the network even when the company’s website is taken down by repressive
governments (athough they didn’t mention Egypt or Tunisia by name, Twitter
co-founder Biz Stone and general counsel Alexander Macgillivray wrote a post
about the company’s desire to “keep the information
flowing
).
In the end, the real weapon is the power of networked communication itself.
In previous revolutions it was the fax, or the pamphlet, or the cellphone — now
it is SMS and Twitter and Facebook. Obviously none of these things cause
revolutions, but to ignore or downplay their growing importance is also a
mistake.
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The
internet has (kind of) run out of space

The current pool of internet addresses has been depleted, triggering a move to a new, more complex system.

The current pool of internet addresses has been
depleted, triggering a move to a new, more complex system
(CNN) — On Thursday, the internet as we know it ran out of space.
The nonprofit group that assigns addresses to service providers announced
that, on Thursday morning, it allocated the last free internet addresses
available from the current pool used for most of the internet’s history.
“This is an historic day in the history of the internet, and one we have been
anticipating for quite some time,” said Raul Echeberria, chairman of the Number
Resource Organization
.
But fear not. The group has seen this
coming
for more than a decade and is ready with a new pool of
addresses that it expects to last, well, forever.
John Curran, CEO of the American Registry for Internet
Numbers
, said the old pool of Internet Protocol addresses had about
4.3 billion addresses.
“A billion sounds like a lot,” Curran said Thursday morning. “But when you
think that there’s nearly 7 billion people on the planet, and you’re talking
about two, three, four, five addresses per person (for some Web users),
obviously 4.3 billion isn’t enough.”
The new pool, which has technically been ready since 1999, has so many IP
addresses that most non-mathematicians probably don’t even know the number
exists — 340 undecillion.
That’s 340 trillion groups of one trillion networks each. Each network can
handle a trillion devices. If the current pool were the size of a golf ball, the
new one would be the size of the sun.
“I hope this is the only transition we ever have to do,” Curran said.
Curran said most internet users won’t see any effect from the transition.
Businesses or others with their own websites may want to contact their providers
to make sure they’re linked to a new address to ensure that future users can
visit as easily as possible.
Most people access websites by their domain names, or URLs. Those are usually
word-based, like CNN.com.
But the actual address of sites and devices is a string of numbers and
decimal points. The new system uses a much longer string, and has numbers and
other characters.
Internet addresses aren’t limited to websites; every internet-connected
device has a built-in IP address. Curran said that the numbers started running
out much more quickly once smartphones and other mobile devices became more
popular around the world.
The Number Resource Organization is an umbrella group for five regional
nonprofits, including Curran’s, that parcel out addresses. On Monday, it handed
out two packets of current addresses to the group in the Asian-Pacific
region.
That triggered a plan to divide the last five packets between the NRO’s five
groups on Thursday.
A few addresses using the new address pool — it’s called IPv6 and the
current one is IPv4 — have already been parceled out to service providers who
requested them.

Curran said it will probably be six to nine months before the
addresses already handed out are all used up.

 

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