Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Computer viruses make it to orbit

BBC: Computer viruses make it to orbit

A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).

Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.

The worm was first detected on Earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games.

Nasa said it was not the first time computer viruses had travelled into space and it was investigating how the machines were infected.

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Photosynth again sorry to the Linux and Mac people

Photosynth from Microsoft

National Geographic: Sphinx and Pyramids

Well this is a very interesting tool from Microsoft to place a group of images in to a 3-D space.  Not sure is this technology can easily converge with VR but here she is.

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UntitledArabian Bean Salad

Recipe for Arabian Bean Salad

(Ful Madammas)

1 cup dried ful, small-size bean, rinsed and drained
8 cups water
1 medium ripe tomato, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 cup peeled and thinly sliced yellow onion


1/2 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place the beans (ful) in a medium pot and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and let stand 1 hour, covered. Drain.

Return the ful to the pot and add 4 cups of fresh water. Bring to a boil, covered, and reduce to a simmer. Cook 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Drain.

Mix the beans with the tomato, garlic, parsley, and onion. Prepare the dressing and toss with the vegetables. Chill before serving. Serves 4 as a salad.

From "The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors" by Jeff Smith

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Plot to kill Obama

Plot to Kill Obama: Shoot

ENVER (CBS4/AP) ― CBS4 has learned at least four people are under arrest in connectionwith a possible plot to kill Barack Obama at his Thursday nightacceptance speech in Denver. All are being held on either drug orweapons charges.

CBS4Investigator Brian Maass reported one of the suspects told authoritiesthey were "going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ...rifle … sighted at 750 yards."

Law enforcement sourcestell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they hadcome to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."

Thestory began emerging Sunday morning when Aurora police arrested28-year-old Tharin Gartrell. He was driving a rented pickup truck in anerratic manner according to sources.

Sources told CBS4 policefound two high-powered, scoped rifles in the car along with camouflageclothing, walkie-talkies, wigs, a bulletproof vest, a spotting scope,licenses in the names of other people and 44 grams of methamphetamine.One of the rifles is listed as stolen from Kansas.

Aurora police alerted federal officials because of heightened security surrounding the Democratic convention, Dudley said.
From High Vantage Point

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Bush, Nixon, Hoover vs Nobel Pize winner Carter, nothing fails like failure.

GOP faces big Democractic Advantages from

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Four years ago, Colorado -- a state whose name is derived from the Spanish word for red -- was true to that label on the political map. Republicans held the governor's mansion, both U.S. Senate seats, five of seven congressional seats and both houses of the legislature. President George W. Bush carried the state by 5 points.

This year, Democrats see opportunity instead of defeat. They are banking on their presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, carrying Colorado. The party expects to pick up a Senate seat and possibly two in the House, including one in reliably Republican Larimer County, where voters haven't sent a Democrat to Congress since 1970.

``There's a tectonic shift in the state's politics,'' said Matt Ferrauto of the Colorado Democratic Party. State polls suggest strong showings for Democratic candidates running for offices ranging from magistrate to president; this pattern has emerged in almost two-dozen states as Democrats see the best national conditions for their party since the 1970s.

Seventeen hundred miles away, in the onetime Republican stronghold of Loudoun County, Virginia, Obama has 60 full-time volunteers and 700 part-timers helping out at a Leesburg storefront. The Republican candidate, John McCain, has yet to open an office in the county. In Virginia, which hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 44 years, Obama has four times more offices than McCain, and state polls show them in a dead heat.

`Overwhelmingly Tilted'

``Watergate is the last time things were so overwhelmingly tilted against the Republicans,'' said David Rohde, a political scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Virtual ex-lover faces real charges


Virtual ex-lover faces real charges

Media articles have tended to show the woman above and her dog. An association here?

Woman charged with trying to kidnap Claymont man she met, had 'sex' with online

A Claymont man arrived home from work Thursday to find an intruder lurking in his darkened apartment, holding a Taser gun aimed at his torso.


The 52-year-old man got out of the apartment as quick as he could and called police at 5:28 p.m. to report the break-in. The man told police he suspected that his former "virtual" girlfriend was again trying to kidnap him, county police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said. Two weeks ago, the woman, Kimberly Jernigan, 33, of Durham, N.C., allegedly surprised him at gunpoint outside his job in Pennsylvania, the man said. County officers searched the apartment at Whitney Presidential Towers in the 7100 block of Society Drive. The intruder was not there, but officers found a pair of handcuffs, a roll of duct tape and a dog named Gogi duct-taped in the bathroom. Investigators believe the woman cut a screen in the bedroom to get into the apartment. A radio broadcast went out to surrounding police agencies to be on the lookout for the blue 2008 Kia Rio with North Carolina plates that Jernigan was driving.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Life and Code

Potato plant on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Another Flickr user who supports Microsoft take-over of Yahoo

Potato from a meal, burned it was discarded and grew

Cooked potato grows by you.

What is amazing about the code of life is the robistness of it.  This is a piece of potato which had been discarded after a meal for being burned.  A few months later and there is a weed in my garden.

Don't worry I practice geeky eco-loving gardening.  When I remove weeds I plant them in bottles of water and keep them in a part of the garden so I can study them.  This potato went in to the potato patch in the garden.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Untold Olympic Story: American continued global domination

Reviewing the medal counts at this point one is impressed by Chinas 22 Gold over the USA's 14.  This combined with the mass ceremony and the great show of the Olympics would seem to indicate a new age is starting, one of China and the East.

I think this would be wrong.  I think the lesson of the 2008 Olympics is that the US still has the diversity and depth to dominate any global activity for years to come.  With Bush leaving and Obama on his way in this is far less scary than it seemed in 2003.

The point I look to is depth. China has dominated on winning gold medals.  And she has won a great number, but in silver and bronze she has fallen behind and the US now has 43 total medals, leaving everyone but China in the dust.

The US still remains the human mass that can rise to any skill demand.  As any businessman knows you win on your bronze and silver people more than you gold.  No other nation can recruit individuals with skills like the US, and no other nation can support them to the level of excellence.  The combination of a mass society of diverse and skilled people, which is getting more diverse and more skilled, combined with established industrial production and a culture of creativity and breaking the rules to get things done insures that the USA will continue to be the strongest single force in defining global capitalism, and thus global society, for many years in advance.

It has been my profound hope for a long time that the US and EU could form a deep connection that would create a West.  A region of Europe and North America rich and grounded in human rights.  The election and tragic re-election of that shit stick Bush has dimmed this hope but it clearly is not to late.

It is not my opinion that the Western tradition is better then others, or that its is well defined and all European and American.  London and Chicago are flavoured with regions of other cultures which give the West a unique spice and agility.

But this flavours come together in a style of community grounded in Western concepts of constitution, government, equality and humanity.  Concepts born in England and later France and America.  Concepts grounded on a Western world view starting from Homer.

I don't claim these ideas are better than China's or India's, its just that they are ours.  And a meta-socity including the US, Canada, the EU is I think the best hope for human liberty.

So forget about Bush and hug an American today!

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Airmen featured in ‘Iron Man' The Air Force loves Iron Man the Movie

Airmen featured in ‘Iron Man'

“Iron Man,” filmed with the blessing of the Air Force and including scenes shot at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., debuts nationwide Friday, May 2. Airmen at Edwards get an advance look Wednesday with a showing at the base theater.


On the screen, expect to see F-22A Raptors, C-17 Globemasters, RQ-4 Global Hawks and F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nietsche, Feminism and Virtual Reality

Who belongs in Second Life: Nietzsche

Deleuze and his concept of Rhizome is essential to understanding network society. But what about classic thinkers like Nietzsche.

Deleuze see Nietzsche as critical

Feminist issues have a difficult relationship with Nietzsche

It would seem that Feminism Theorists and Post-Modernists who both ground my critical review of Second Life differ on a significant core set of ideas.

Oh well.

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Oh NO!!!! Here comes everybody

Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody is reputed to be the best book ever written on Web 2.0. By why the strange silence on questions of copyright, privacy and ownership? Felix Stalder delves beneath the slick prose and upbeat message.

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Reitsuki Kojima Nautilus in Second Life.

Explore the Nautilus and learn more about Verne in this Mashup blog.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Paris for President

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Just wondering, did McCain make the Paris Hilton and John McCain ad because he wanted to push himself up in Google?