Saturday, January 31, 2009

YouTube - Anderson Cooper 360 Dave Chappelle, Pt. 1 of 2

"Something about the money and the atmosphere [it] created made it not fun...."



YouTube - Anderson Cooper 360 Dave Chappelle, Pt. 1 of 2
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Flickr Photo Download: map of heaven

Flickr Photo Download: map of heaven
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Google Hacked???

Google appears to have been hacked. Every single page that comes back from a search shows 'This site may harm your computer' and presents a link to a security page. That page presents you with the url you just requested, but not as a link, meaning you have to copy and paste the url into your browser to actually go to that page.
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Google seems to be down

These links on Google are all not going through, all sites all links. Is this an attack?
  1. Welcome to Obama for America

    This site may harm your computer.
    Official Website of Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign.
    www.barackobama.com/ - Similar pages -
  2. Barack Obama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This site may harm your computer.
    Barack Hussein Obama II (pronounced /bəˈrɑːk hʊˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama - Similar pages -
  3. MySpace.com - Barack Obama - 47 - Male - CHICAGO, Illinois - www ...

    This site may harm your computer.
    Official profile page for Barack Obama includes his blog, blurbs, news clips, videos and comments from his MySpace friends.
    www.myspace.com/barackobama - Similar pages -

Friday, January 30, 2009

New Illinois gov. says he's ready to get to work - More politics- msnbc.com

The 60-year-old Democrat was elevated to Illinois' chief executive on Thursday when the Illinois Senate voted 59-0 to convict Blagojevich of abuse of power, automatically ousting the second-term Democrat. In a second, identical vote, lawmakers further barred Blagojevich from ever holding public office in the state again.
New Illinois gov. says he's ready to get to work - More politics- msnbc.com
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The Criminals Continue to Panic

Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said there’s no hiding from the worsening global economic crisis, and stressed the need for quick and “drastic action” to turn the tide.
Bloomberg.com: News
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Europe Basks as U.S.-Style Capitalism Draws Fire - WSJ.com

DAVOS, Switzerland -- A day after Chinese and Russian leaders blamed a free-wheeling U.S. financial system as the source of the global economic crisis, Europeans here are taking comfort in what they see as their kinder, gentler version of capitalism.
Europe Basks as U.S.-Style Capitalism Draws Fire - WSJ.com
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Neighbours pay $20 to welcome Bush to Dallas | World news | guardian.co.uk

The student, since Christmas, has since sold nearly 800 signs at $20 (£13) each - most to supporters of Barack Obama, according to his father, Bill Bibb. About $2 from each sign goes to a local primary school.

Neighbours pay $20 to welcome Bush to Dallas | World news | guardian.co.uk

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Iceland to be fast-tracked into the EU | World news | The Guardian

Iceland to be fast-tracked into the EU | World news | The Guardian
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Digital Britain: Lord Carter vows to force ISPs to crack down on web piracy | Media | guardian.co.uk

Digital Britain: Lord Carter vows to force ISPs to crack down on web piracy | Media | guardian.co.uk
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Lynched at Merrill

FT.com / Comment / Analysis - Lynched at Merrill
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TechCrunch founder Arrington to leave over abuse

Citing threats, TechCrunch founder taking a break

AP reports

WASHINGTON (AFP) - TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced Wednesday he is taking a break from writing for his influential technology blog after being spat on at a conference and getting death threats.

Writing on techcrunch.com, Arrington, 38, said an unidentified man "walked up to me and quite deliberately spat in my face" on Tuesday at the Digital, Life, Design conference he was attending in Munich, Germany.

"In the past I've been grabbed, pulled, shoved and otherwise abused at events, but never spat on," Arrington said. "I think this is where I'm going to draw a line.

"I've decided the right thing to do is take some time off and get a better perspective on what I'm spending my life doing," he said. "I'll be taking most of February off from writing, and decide what the best future for me is while sitting on a beach somewhere far away from my iPhone and laptop."

"I can't say my job is much fun any more," Arrington said. "Startups that don't get the coverage they want and competing journalists and bloggers tend to accuse us of the most ridiculous things."

Arrington, a former lawyer who has been cited as one of the most influential voices in Silicon Valley by several leading US publications, also said that last year, "an off balance individual threatened to kill me and my family."

"The threats were, in the opinion of security experts we consulted, serious," he said, "We hired a personal security team to protect me, my family and TechCrunch employees."

"I write about technology startups and news," Arrington said. "In any sane world, that shouldn't make me someone who has to deal with death threats and being spat on."

Arrington said he will attend the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos and begin his break next week.

The rebirth of the nation state?

Stephanie Flanders, from the BBC writes in her blog:


There used to be something symbolic about Davos - all those movers and shakers going to the mountains to talk about capitalism being on top. This year the more apt feature is the fog. No one knows where the world is going. But they're fairly sure it's in the opposite direction to the one before.

It's not just that economies have gone into reverse - spectacularly so in the case of the UK, if you share the pessimism of the IMF. There's also a more general sense - that the market capitalism they've promoted so long here at Davos is now seriously in retreat.

Even here, the call is for more regulation and more government to save the global market system from itself. But when the fog finally lifts, some here fear there won't be much of a global market system left. At least when it comes to international capital.

Speaker after speaker in the meeting halls talked today of preventing a costly retreat into protectionism. But where the financial system is concerned, we're already there. Nearly all governments are pressuring their banks to direct scarce lending to their home markets, with costly consequences for countries like the UK that depend on foreign loans. When things get tough, we've learned that even the most 'global' of commercial banks will skulk home to raid the coffers of national governments.

Persuading developing countries to open their economies to global capital flows has always been a hard sell - especially after the emerging market crises of the late 1990s. Now even some senior policy makers in the UK and US are wondering whether a global capital market can work.

In a few years time, Davos Man may make a comeback. But if it's globalisation he's talking about I suspect it will be globalisation minus finance.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Cheap debt junkies have to go cold turkey as supply dries up | Business | guardian.co.uk

But the "true disaster", he said, had been the withdrawal of the banks. A 20% drop in sales would have pushed Woolworths further into loss, but in normal circumstances "it could have survived with the help of a friendly bank. Traditionally the banks have absorbed the shock of a recession but they are not now able to do that. The banks have exited the scene. There is nobody to help."
Cheap debt junkies have to go cold turkey as supply dries up | Business | guardian.co.uk
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sara Wajid: The battle against brutality for women in Iraq | Life and style | The Guardian

... "occupation has put women's position back to the 1930s".

The fact that George W Bush depicted the invasion of Iraq as a path to women's empowerment makes the situation even more outrageous. In her book, Al-Ali meticulously explains how Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush were deployed to reassure the world that the US was concerned with women's liberation - Laura Bush being wheeled out for photo-opportunities with US organisations such as Women for Free Iraq.
Sara Wajid: The battle against brutality for women in Iraq | Life and style | The Guardian
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Microsoft SharePoint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pretty Bad Info

Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies include browser-based collaboration and a document-management platform. These can be used to host web sites that access shared workspaces and documents, as well as specialized applications like wikis and blogs from a browser. Not clear if SharePoint is hosting the or accessing.  Actually WSS is the core sharepoint technology which is an extension of the .NET object model

Users can manipulate proprietary controls or pieces of content called web parts to create or modify sites.
User security model is more complex than this.  Actually users, or reviewers and readers have limited or not access of web parts, administrators and designers do.

SharePoint is not intended to replace a full file server. Instead, it is targeted as a collaborative workspace, a tool for the management and automation of business processes, and a platform for social networking.
SharePoint can be used to replace file servers.  Deployment of SharePoint at the very least will make file servers usages less, and potentially and likely in most cases remove all need.

Microsoft markets this as Collaboration, Processes, and People.Really?  Never saw this myself.


SharePoint interface is through a web interface, such as a task list or discussion pane. SharePoint sites are actually ASP.NET 2.0 applications, which are served using IIS and use a SQL Server database as a data storage backend. SharePoint can be interfaced through Office documents and using Office 2007 allows use of SharePoint WITHOUT any accesss via a web browser. Though it is an HTTP interface.

All site content data is stored within a SQL Server database called WSS_Content. FALSE: Database name can be given any name by installer.  Each site collection can have a unique dtabase with unique name
Microsoft SharePoint - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Comment: I hope to spend some time correctly some of these sections because they have gotten very poor.  The main problem with Wikipedia is finding all the hundreds of places poor data can hide out.
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BBC NEWS | Business | Davos 2009 | Barclays boss pulls out of Davos

Bob Diamond, president of Barclays Bank and head of its investment banking arm, has become the latest banker to decide not to go to the World Economic Forum.
BBC NEWS | Business | Davos 2009 | Barclays boss pulls out of Davos


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President OBAMA job rating: <b><font color="#a40b0b"> 67</font></b>% approve, <font color="#a40b0b"><b>14</b></font>% disapprove

President OBAMA job rating: 67% approve, 14% disapprove
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USA supports Democratic Party still

PollingReport.com
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Tory to make IT cheaper for government, somehow?

The Conservatives are considering plans for a £100m cap on government IT contracts to prevent "white elephants" such as the NHS computer system.
BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories consider IT contract cap
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Oh, insulting the Islamic world accomplishes nothimng against terrorism?!?

Wow, how did Obama figure that out.
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Shaadi.com ad

Protests against 'Slumdog Millionaire' continue in Bihar capital - Yahoo! India News

There cute but the site is really scary.  I tend to think the failure of tradition to compromise with post-modernity is the cause of Al Qaeda myself.  If you are a traditional muslim you don't online date. 
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Monday, January 26, 2009

White House Photographers Discuss Their Favourite Bush Photos





Mirror, Mirror on the Wall - Errol Morris Blog - NYTimes.com
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Google plans to make PCs history | Technology | The Observer

Google plans to make PCs history | Technology | The Observer

Google is to launch a service that would enable users to access their personal computer from any internet connection, according to industry reports. But campaigners warn that it would give the online behemoth unprecedented control over individuals' personal data.

The Google Drive, or "GDrive", could kill off the desktop computer, which relies on a powerful hard drive. Instead a user's personal files and operating system could be stored on Google's own servers and accessed via the internet.

The long-rumoured GDrive is expected to be launched this year, according to the technology news website TG Daily, which described it as "the most anticipated Google product so far". It is seen as a paradigm shift away from Microsoft's Windows operating system, which runs inside most of the world's computers, in favour of "cloud computing", where the processing and storage is done thousands of miles away in remote data centres.


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Home sales show surprising strength in Dec. - Real estate- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes posted an unexpected increase last month, as sales of bargain-basement foreclosures in California and Florida boomed, closing out the worst year for the U.S. real estate market in more than a decade.
Home sales show surprising strength in Dec. - Real estate- msnbc.com
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Linux and XP killing Vista

The big story of 2008 was the one that Microsoft and Google didn't see coming.  Google pulled the Google Linux machine after a very limited run, and Microsoft pushed Vista.  But the big story is light weight, smaller laptops runniing XP or Linux.

Which puts me in a bind.  I was to see Microsoft boom as part of my career but they really are missing the big event right now, as is Apple.  A new generation of machines, the mini laptop are being born either using XP or Linux and coming in under the wealth production range.
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Caterpillar, others announce slew of job cuts - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

PEORIA, Ill. - The Year of the Ox got off to an inauspicious start for American workers.A slew of American heavyweight companies, including Caterpillar, Pfizer, Sprint Nextel and Home Depot announced thousands of job cuts Monday. What's more, a group of business economists predicted many more job losses in the year ahead.
Caterpillar, others announce slew of job cuts - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com
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Could Silicon Valley Become the Next Detroit? | Newsweek Daniel Lyons | Techtonic Shifts | Newsweek.com

Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit? It's hard to imagine as you crawl along the traffic-choked lanes of Routes 101 and 280 between San Francisco and San Jose, past office parks and gleaming campuses still buzzing with energy despite the recent recession-related layoffs and cutbacks. Yet some who work here see trouble on the horizon. These include top executives at HP, who are ringing an alarm bell about what they see as a looming disaster, not just for HP, but for the entire U.S. tech industry. They say that unless we boost government spending on science, technology, engineering and math—STEM, in industry jargon—we will be unable to keep up with countries like China and India. At some point, companies such as Apple, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle could be eclipsed by foreign rivals, just as Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have been.
Could Silicon Valley Become the Next Detroit? | Newsweek Daniel Lyons | Techtonic Shifts | Newsweek.com

Anyone want to bet America will let these industries go as well?  You see for the people who run the country its better to make things in India and sell them in America.  America is controlled by an Empire which sees its own people as a global resource.  The US and EU is better for buying, China and India is better for making, and damn the planet if global warming is the cost of having toys made in China for California and calls from Scotland process in Bombay.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK - New York Post

WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration."You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
PREZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK - New York Post
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Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisiveness - White House- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama opened his presidency by breaking sharply from George W. Bush's unpopular administration, but he mostly avoided divisive partisan and ideological stands. He focused instead on fixing the economy, repairing a battered world image and cleaning up government.
Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisiveness - White House- msnbc.com
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Will Hutton: Yes it's bad, but at long last the government is getting it right | Comment is free | The Observer

Moreover, everybody has learnt salutary lessons about how to do capitalism. In future, it will have to be fairer, more balanced, more closely governed at home and abroad - and slower. The City, spreading a virus that for generations has obstructed a fair society and productive, high-investment economy, has at last been dislodged. Britain will be the better for it.
A nice thought. I certainly hope so. But...

What about this? Maybe Labour starts to think along these lines, even to put in place policies to build them. Then comes the 2010 election and David Cameron comes to power. Behind him is a team of people who regard this crisis as natural and see no reason to change or else see an opportunity, even a justification, to de-regulate even further. What we end up with is much the same system as before, maybe even more so.

Will Hutton: Yes it's bad, but at long last the government is getting it right | Comment is free | The Observer
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To combat Obama, al-Qaida hurls insults - Washington Post- msnbc.com

To combat Obama, al-Qaida hurls insults - Washington Post- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - Soon after the November election, al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader took stock of America's new president-elect and dismissed him with an insulting epithet. "A house Negro," Ayman al-Zawahiri said.

That was just a warm-up. In the weeks since, the terrorist group has unleashed a stream of verbal tirades against Barack Obama, each more venomous than the last. Obama has been called a "hypocrite," a "killer" of innocents, an "enemy of Muslims." He was even blamed for the Israeli military assault on Gaza, which began and ended before he took office.

"He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection," an al-Qaeda spokesman
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Across Britain people ask: is this country going bust? | Business | The Observer

Two years is now seen by business as the duration of the recession. There is no belief that the economy will start to pick up in the second half of this year. Along the length of the M62, there was no whingeing, just a grim determination to survive the recession that was never supposed to happen, but looks like being every bit as bad as any downturn suffered since the second world war.
Across Britain people ask: is this country going bust? | Business | The Observer
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The Team of Rivals

Doonesbury@Slate - Daily Dose
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Op-Ed Columnist - No Time for Poetry - NYTimes.com

Last weekend, Bob Woodward wrote an article for The Washington Post listing all the lessons the new president can learn from his predecessor’s many blunders. But what have we learned from our huge mistakes during the Bush years? While it’s become a Beltway cliché that America’s new young president has yet to be tested, it is past time for us to realize that our own test is also about to begin.
Op-Ed Columnist - No Time for Poetry - NYTimes.com
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The Talented Mr. Madoff - NYTimes.com

Mr. McCrary cautions that he has never met Mr. Madoff, so he can’t make a diagnosis, but he says Mr. Madoff appears to share many of the destructive traits typically seen in a psychopath. That is why, he says, so many who came into contact with Mr. Madoff have been left reeling and in confusion about his motives.
The Talented Mr. Madoff - NYTimes.com
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Washington feels the whirlwind of change - Americas, World - The Independent

As the architecture of the Bush anti-terrorist crusade was dismantled, there was barely a whisper of protest from the US military establishment which benefited from the resources lavished on the war on terror. After eight hard years and two hot wars, the generals and spymasters were not mourning a policy that had brought more grief than honour to its military.
Washington feels the whirlwind of change - Americas, World - The Independent
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Light lap-tops running XP and Linux are killing Microsoft

Microsoft, the software giant, shocked the tech industry by missing its sales targets by almost $1bn (£720m) in the final months of last year, saying the economy was more challenging than at any point in the company's history.

Its shares plunged to levels not seen in more than a decade, after the creator of Windows and Word said that the personal computer market was sluggish and that businesses were increasingly turning to low-cost "netbooks", which run cheaper or free operating software.



This story was blogged with one such light laptop running Linux by the way.
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Wikipedia: Ted Kennedy is Dead?

Wikipedia: Your source for inaccuracies - Technotica- msnbc.com

Impressive, yes, but it hardly ranks an awesome-update mention compared to the blink-and-you’d-miss-it action on Wikipedia that same day. That’s right, the president’s Web Czar just couldn’t match the mad skillz of the jackass responsible for breaking the big fake news:  Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. is dead!

Of course, he totally isn’t, but that wasn’t the salient point for the Wiki-warrior. When given the choice between accuracy and dropping some dubious drama before anyone else had the chance, “First!” bragging rights won out.


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YouTube - Axiom Funk - If 6 was 9

Bootsy Collins and Buckethead do Jimi Hendrix.



YouTube - Axiom Funk - If 6 was 9
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Windows in 1983

Windows in 1983
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Farewell Salute ... (Comics)

A Farewell Salute ... (Comics)
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Decline in PC Orders Leads to Microsoft Layoffs - NYTimes.com

Decline in PC Orders Leads to Microsoft Layoffs - NYTimes.com
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Bush doodles from the Innauguration

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Robert Fisk: So far, Obama's missed the point on Gaza... - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent

Robert Fisk: So far, Obama's missed the point on Gaza... - Robert Fisk, Commentators - The Independent
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Under the border with Egypt, Gaza's smugglers return to work | World news | guardian.co.uk

Under the border with Egypt, Gaza's smugglers return to work | World news | guardian.co.uk
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Falling Pound Raises Fears of Stagnation - NYTimes.com

Falling Pound Raises Fears of Stagnation - NYTimes.com
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Christian Wolmar: It's a tough ask for the rail companies to sell more tickets while hiking fares - Commentators, Opinion - The Independent

Christian Wolmar: It's a tough ask for the rail companies to sell more tickets while hiking fares - Commentators, Opinion - The Independent
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BBC NEWS | UK | MoD probes virus security breach

BBC NEWS | UK | MoD probes virus security breach

A computer virus is continuing to affect the Ministry of Defence's systems but it insists no classified or personal data is under threat.

Up to 70 sites, including several Royal Navy ships and RAF bases, have been affected by the bug, which has shut down computers and knocked out e-mails.

The virus first hit systems a fortnight ago but the MoD says operations have not been affected.

It is still trying to discover how the virus breached its security software.

BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt said one RAF source had said personnel were struggling to communicate with other MoD sites by e-mail, with some having to use pen and paper or telephone instead.

'Russian server'

It is not clear where the virus came from, although computer experts said it might have originated in the former Eastern bloc.

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said he had been told by one defence official that e-mail traffic from some RAF stations had been re-directed to a Russian internet server as a result of the virus.

The MP for The Wrekin, in Shropshire, who is also the secretary of the Conservative defence committee, is calling for a written parliamentary statement on what he called a serious breach of national security.

However, the MoD says it has no evidence the virus came from Russia.

A spokeswoman said it had not been specifically targeted and immediate action had been taken to clean the infected systems and protect them from re-infection.
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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Mamma Mia! boosts UK box offices

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Mamma Mia! boosts UK box offices
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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Ancient Persians 'gassed Romans'

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Ancient Persians 'gassed Romans'

Ancient Persians were the first to use chemical warfare against their enemies, a study has suggested.

A UK researcher said he found evidence that the Persian Empire used poisonous gases on the Roman city of Dura, Eastern Syria, in the 3rd Century AD.

The theory is based on the discovery of remains of about 20 Roman soldiers found at the base of the city wall.

The findings were presented the Archaeological Institute of America's annual meeting.

The study shows that the Persians dug a mine underneath the wall in order to enter the city.

They also ignited bitumen and sulphur crystals to produce dense poisonous gases, suggested Simon James, an archaeologist at the University of Leicester.
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BBC NEWS | Magazine | What's with Google's new mini icon?

BBC NEWS | Magazine | What's with Google's new mini icon?


What's the most recognised logo in the world? It would probably be Google's if only they could stick to one. Yet as the world's most popular search engine tries out a new favicon, Craig Smith says the old branding rulebook is being rewritten.

It's not the size that matters, it's how often you use it. So the thinking goes at Google, which has just revealed the design of its latest favicon - the tiny logo that shows any web user, on any web browser, anywhere in the world, precisely whose internet "real estate" they are currently residing upon.

An example of a favicon can be seen at the top of this page (so long as you are using an up-to-date enough web browser). Just in front of the URL http://news.bbc.co.uk/... there is a small BBC logo. That 16x16 pixel square is the size of the favicon in question, if not the scope.

Google masthead
Google's changing masthead 1998 (top) and now

Now consider that, at the website owner's discretion, the logo appears on every single one of its pages that the world's web population loads. For Google that amounts to upward of 1, 200 million individual searches. Every day.

Add to that its Google News, Google Images, mobile search and multitude of other online services. Suddenly the favicon takes on an importance that belies its fingernail-sized dimensions, and the motivation for Google to roll out its third design in less than a year, as it attempts to get its favicon right, becomes clear.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

RBS shares collapse after record losses - Business News, Business - The Independent

RBS shares collapse after record losses - Business News, Business - The Independent
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Why are they singing about wheat?



Because Stalin told them to
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Wisted Image

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Opinion - The Independent

Opinion - The Independent
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Signs of credit market thaw begin to emerge - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

In a promising turn that could bolster the economy, companies are selling bonds at a pace not seen since last spring. At the same time, companies are finding it easier to issue commercial paper, the short-term loans necessary for quick access to cash.
Signs of credit market thaw begin to emerge - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

More Joining American Military as Jobs Dwindle - NYTimes.com

As a rule, when unemployment rates climb so do military enlistments. In November, the Army recruited 5,605 active-duty soldiers, 6 percent more than its target, and the Army Reserve signed up 3,270 soldiers, 16 percent more than its goal. December, when the jobless rate reached 7.2 percent, saw similar increases in recruitments.
More Joining American Military as Jobs Dwindle - NYTimes.com
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Interview with Bruce Springsteen

"The past is never the past. It is always present. And you better reckon with it in your life and in your daily experience, or it will get you. It will get you really bad. It will come and it will devour you, it will remove you from the present. It will steal your future and this happens every day.

"We've lived through a nightmare like that in the past eight years here. We had a historically blind administration who didn't take consideration of the past; thousands and thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because, there was no sense of history, no sense that the past is living and real."

***

"Of course. There is no part of yourself that you leave behind; it can't be done. You can't remove any part of yourself, you can only manage the different parts of yourself. There's a car, it's filled with people. The 12-year-old kid's in the back. So's the 22-year-old. So is the 40-year-old. So is the 50-year-old guy that's done pretty well, so's the 40-year-old guy that likes to screw up. So's the 30-year-old guy that wants to get his hands on his wheel and put the pedal to the metal, and drive you into a tree.

"That's never going to change. Nobody's leaving. Nobody's getting thrown out by the roadside. The doors are shut, locked and sealed, until you go into your box. But who's driving makes a really big difference about where the car is going. And if the wrong guy's at the wheel, it's crash time. You want the latest model of yourself at the wheel, the part of you that's sussed some of this out and can drive you someplace where you want to go."


Interview with Bruce Springsteen: a new president provides the Boss with fresh optimism | Music | The Observer
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

North Korea Says It Has ‘Weaponized’ Plutonium - NYTimes.com

North Korea Says It Has ‘Weaponized’ Plutonium - NYTimes.com
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Swindled Kevin Bacon: "I Need To Work"

Swindled Kevin Bacon: "I Need To Work"

Last month New York Magazine revealed Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick were two of Bernie Madoff's victims, and may have lost everything they had but their real estate and checking accounts.

Bacon spoke to Life & Style Magazine about it at a Television Critics Association event:

"We'll march on. We have to. There¹s nothing you can do about it. You can't change what happened. Things could be worse. You remember that, and you go on with your life.


But Kevin was shocked by the news of Madoff's scam. "I didn¹t see it coming," he said.

Asked by Life & Style what he's currently working on, Kevin replied: "I don't have anything lined up right now, but I need to work, for obvious reasons."

Bacon is currently appearing in "Frost/Nixon" while his wife stars on TNT's "The Closer."

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Republicans seem to be out of it

PollingReport.com
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What your computer's drive will look like in 5 years

What your computer's drive will look like in 5 years
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8 Years of.....

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Interactive: Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell on drawing George Bush | World news | guardian.co.uk

Flash retrospective of Steve Bell's Bush cartoons for the Guardian over the years.

Interactive: Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell on drawing George Bush | World news | guardian.co.uk
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GOP Re-branding???




The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Official Website | Current Events & Pop Culture News, Comedy & Fake News | Comedy Central
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Video game industry roars in December | Gaming and Culture - CNET News

Video game industry sales grew 9 percent, year-over-year, in December, and were up 19 percent for the year, according to the latest figures from analyst firm, the NPD Group.

Overall, the industry saw sales of $5.29 billion in December, the first time it had ever cleared the $5 billion mark in a single month, according to NPD analyst Anita Frazier.
You might think in a recession that non-essentials like video games would be among the hardest hit. Think again. Video games are not exactly the most expensive things out there and, compared with most other entertainment media, they offer tremendous value for money. If you're like me, you watch movies, good ones anyway, more than once. Still, 2 or three times in a month for a single movie is a lot. It can take months of daily playing to grow tired of a video game, in some cases longer than that. In the meantime, updates come out for the game and the player can carry on with those.

Video game industry roars in December | Gaming and Culture - CNET News
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HubbleSite - NewsCenter - Hubble Snaps Images of a Nebula Within a Cluster (01/15/2009) - Release Images

HubbleSite - NewsCenter - Hubble Snaps Images of a Nebula Within a Cluster (01/15/2009) - Release Images
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Preparing for power: Biden limbers up for office with scathing Cheney attack - Americas, World - The Independent

With breathtaking chutzpah, Mr Cheney told the veteran PBS journalist Jim Lehrer that his administration bore no blame for the economic meltdown. "I think we had good economic policies, especially in the early years." The terror threat was inherited, he added, because of poor handling by previous presidents. As far as Mr Cheney was concerned, everything went just great in the Bush years.
Preparing for power: Biden limbers up for office with scathing Cheney attack - Americas, World - The Independent
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Steve Bell on Heathrow third runway project | Environment | The Guardian

Steve Bell on Heathrow third runway project | Environment | The Guardian
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Japan’s Outcasts Still Wait for Society’s Embrace - NYTimes.com

Japan’s Outcasts Still Wait for Society’s Embrace - NYTimes.com
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Will we miss this???

George W Bush in pictures - Telegraph
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Ricardo Montalban Died

Remembering Ricardo Montalban, king of Fantasy Island | Culture | guardian.co.uk
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Exploring Consciousness through the Study of Bees: Scientific American

Exploring Consciousness through the Study of Bees: Scientific American
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Battlestar Galactica: Screw Caprica, This Is The BSG Backstory We Want

Battlestar Galactica: Screw Caprica, This Is The BSG Backstory We Want

Not content with giving us the first Battlestar Galactica spin-off with an all-new cast of characters, the comic book versions of SciFi Channel's hit depressathon continue to give us what the SciFi Channel can't: worthwhile spin-offs to the show. While we wait to see whether Caprica will be as much dull soap opera as origin of the Cylons, the comic book brings us Cylon War.

The four issue Cylon War, which launches next year to accompany the final episodes of the TV show, takes the saga back to the beginning - or the beginning that we care about, anyway. Eric Nylund, co-writer for the series with Joshua Ortega, explains the premise:


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Apple boss Steve Jobs takes six months' leave over health fears | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Apple boss Steve Jobs takes six months' leave over health fears | Technology | guardian.co.uk
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Swindlers Find Growing Market in Foreclosures - NYTimes.com

Swindlers Find Growing Market in Foreclosures - NYTimes.com
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The Final Bush Press Conference -- Jon Stuart Style



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Joe The Plumber Fights With Israeli Reporter

Joe The Plumber Fights With Israeli Reporter
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Steve Bell: George Bush awards Tony Blair the presidential medal of freedom | World news | The Guardian

Steve Bell: George Bush awards Tony Blair the presidential medal of freedom | World news | The Guardian
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Detainee Was Tortured, a Bush Official Confirms - NYTimes.com

So much for the claim the 'United States does not torture.' Onto the dust heap along with almost everything else George Bush has uttered.

Detainee Was Tortured, a Bush Official Confirms - NYTimes.com
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Signs of credit market thaw begin to emerge - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com

NEW YORK - Credit markets are beginning to thaw after months of a deep freeze.In a promising turn that could bolster the economy, companies are selling bonds at a pace not seen since last spring. At the same time, companies are finding it easier to issue commercial paper, the short-term loans necessary for quick access to cash.Global sales of new corporate debt jumped to $82 billion last week, the highest since $103 billion last May and nearly double the level seen right before the credit crisis intensified in September, according to data-tracker Dealogic.
Signs of credit market thaw begin to emerge - Economy in Turmoil- msnbc.com
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Worse Than Hoover

For whatever reasons--his difficult family history, his problems with addiction, his failed careers before entering politics, his strong religious convictions--Bush has seemed to be comfortable only when he could make quick and firm decisions, however complicated the issue, and then move on. Admitting mistakes or changing course seems almost contrary to his nature. The "unitary executive," which Dick Cheney has so energetically implemented and defended, was the perfect vehicle for Bush's tendency to prefer conviction over practicality. When Congress passed laws that challenged his convictions, the White House changed them through signing statements. When the Supreme Court struck down policies Bush believed in, the White House largely ignored the decisions. When military leaders pointed out the futility of wartime strategies, Bush ignored the generals and waited for Rumsfeld to replace them. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Bush was not only slow to act, but also never took any significant steps to repair the damage that his administration had done to the agency that was supposed to have helped rebuild the city. FEMA today is little better prepared for another Katrina than it was in 2005.

On the surface at least, Bush--and much of his coterie--are leaving the White House serene and unruffled by their extraordinary unpopularity. That may be a good thing for them as they relinquish their power and look back on their dismal legacy. But the American people would do well, in the aftermath of this disastrous presidency, to consider the value of what may be an uninspiring, but certainly essential, quality of leadership: the ability to experiment, to make changes, to reconsider ideas and principles that fail to work, and to embrace, at least in part, the philosophy of pragmatism that is, not surprisingly, one of the few truly American contributions to the history of ideas.
Worse Than Hoover
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Sex And The City 2009

SEX AND THE CITY 2009
The Reckoning


A Parody

By Robert Hooker 2009
Reserved

Well all good things must come to an end. And this will be my last column for The New York Star. Truth be told its not that I am retiring, despite hair dying and some plastic surgery I am still not yet at the age to think about moving to Florida and nagging Big to take his Viagra. Rather this is the last edition of The New York Star, as it is going out of business and will cease publication after today. And if anyone has any idea where the owner, his wife and that bag of cash went the FBI would be real happy to know.

So I was wondering, can there be sex after money?

Charlotte had always imagined that when she had become a Jew, started screwing a Jew, and producing Jew babies that she was part of a club. A club like Kappa Kappa Gamma accept there would never be a graduation and no one would sleep with your best friend. Sure she was married to one of the ugliest men in New York, but she gained life long security. Each Saturday they went to a temple and she felt smug that all these doctors, lawyers and investment bankers would secure her. Here was the core of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers along with some of the top property investors in Florida. She felt she could always feel secure here.

Then one day when she was wearing a very nice pair of red Prada pump with puppy dogs she returned home to find her perfect home not so perfect. The two babies that her husband was suppose to be watching were crying. Surprised by this sudden break in what had always been a perfect life she went in to the dinning room to find hairless Harry drunk and pulling on something that looked like a crack pipe. It turned out that her perfect Jewish husband had had put all his money into their tight little Jewish network, giving it to a nice Jewish boy who was on the top: their friend Bernie. It seems Harry had given all their money to Madoff and even mortgaged the New York flat and Long Island summer home to invest more with Madoff.

So for that reason I can't tell you anything about them having sex.

Oh well. Moving on in a humorous manor. I never bothered to ask what kind of law Miranda slaved away at all those years. Well it turns out Miranda was a property lawyer. So recently let go from her firm she and her husband are actually making tons of money. They bought the bar he worked at an now they dispense glasses of escape to stressed out investors, bankers, property managers, shit everyone who is thinking about killing themselves.

Problem is if they talk to Miranda, who is very cynical, many people shot themselves on coming right out of the bar. This has caused its fame to spread and people from all over New York come in hopes of seeing the inside of a skull of a former investment wiz kid. They call it "the revenge bar."

You would think with everything so fucked up that the one person most in to fucking would be doing great. Sadly Samatha came to work one day to blow her boss. After sucking down his spew she learned she was fired. Well more likely she and everyone in the firm had been indited. It seems that when Public Relations people know that their clients are engaged in fraud its illegal for them to lie to the public. Well that news certainly made Samantha feel aged. But you will be happy to know she has turned bi and is feasting on dyke in women's correctional institution server 7 years.

One day when I returned to my home I found Big smashing the place up. After he was done beating the shit out of me and bullying me in that way I always could not resist he finally calmed down enough to just rape my ass and so we could talk. Big informed me that he had been caught up in selling subprime investment to Wall Street for years and was now ruined. Then he screamed that if it had not been for all the stuff I needed he would not have done it. Then he started beating me some more.

I came to see that it was really me who was responsible for Big's problem. If I didn't need all those shoes Big would have never had to knowingly rip investors off for hundreds of millions of dollars. I was blaming him as he beat me with his belt and repeatedly rapped my asshole but really it was me all along. In fact as a mindless post-modern consumer female programmed to not question patriarchy or neo-liberalism it was really me all along who not only had ruined Big, but it was all of us females all over the country who were truly to blame for everything, even the things we don't know about, even the things men keep secret from us.

Well I guess that was the point of Sex And The City all along: its all the girls fault.

Well the repo men are coming in to take the office. Oh one is kind of cute. Better learn to start fucking guy who smell like they work for a living, they seem to be the only ones with jobs today.

Carrie
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Silly Investment Bankers Fail Maths Tests :: Business News :: Here Is The City News :: The Latest Business & Financial Markets News And Views

Silly Investment Bankers Fail Maths Tests :: Business News :: Here Is The City News :: The Latest Business & Financial Markets News And Views
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Obama preparing order to close Gitmo - White House transition- msnbc.com

Obama preparing order to close Gitmo - White House transition- msnbc.com

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order his first week in office — and perhaps his first day — to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to two presidential transition team advisers.
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Madoff remains under house arrest: America is ruled by super rich dictators

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A judge ruled Monday that Bernard Madoff would not be sent to jail pending trial, declining a request by prosecutors to revoke the bail of the financier accused in a $50 billion fraud case.Madoff has been under house arrest, with electronic monitoring, since posting $10 million bail against his $7 million Manhattan apartment, where he lives with his wife, and against his wife's homes in Montauk, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla.
Madoff remains under house arrest - Jan. 12, 2009

Democracy does not exist.  The American system that bough about the crash is a dictatorship of the rich, who are above the law.  Even is Madoff is sentenced he will go to a Club Fed with Golf and Tennis and will get our early.

What happens to a Mexican teenager smoking a join in Texas?
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Categorised List of Bush Admin. Failures

Broken Government | Failures by Full List
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Our Fabulous New Post-Partisan Era (Comics)

Our Fabulous New Post-Partisan Era (Comics)
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