Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I invented the question mark.

In a potential warning of courtroom drama to come, Creative adds that interfaces covered by the Zen Patent can also be, "found in some competing players, such as the iPod and iPod mini"...Stressing its point, Creative says its invention for the user interface for portable media players enables selection of at least one track in a portable media player as a user "sequentially navigates through a hierarchy using three or more successive screens on the display of the player". One example of this could be the sequence of screens that could display artists, then albums, and then tracks.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Kill Chavez

Venezuela's president says his government will take legal action against a US TV evangelist who called for US agents to kill him. Hugo Chavez said Venezuela might even seek to extradite Pat Robertson. He also warned he would complain to the UN if the US failed to take action...On Sunday, US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson lent support to Mr Chavez.

While British visitors are finding it hilarious, the residents of F---ing are failing to see the funny side, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.

Friday, August 26, 2005

health insurance

How Economists Really View Health Insurance

Health Insurance Do-Nots

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Charles Rodeck, professor of foetal medicine at University College London Hospital and spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said that in all abortions carried out in the UK beyond 22 weeks, the foetus is either injected with something which stops its heart, or the mother - and therefore the foetus - is under a general anaesthetic.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Canada is sending its navy back to the far northern Arctic port of Churchill after a 30-year absence. The visit by two warships to the area is the latest move to challenge rival claims in the Arctic triggered by the threat of melting ice.

Robert Moog, the man who transformed the sound of popular music with his Moog synthesizer, has died aged 71 at his home in North Carolina.

A Supreme Court ruling that allows the government to seize private property has set off a fierce backlash that may yet be as potent as the anti-abortion movement

Thursday, August 18, 2005

fake country

The Mexican staging area for illegal aliens that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson demanded this week be bulldozed is among hundreds of similar sites along the border sponsored and maintained by the Mexican government...Rafael Laveaga, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, yesterday said his government "has a duty and obligation by law to protect Mexican citizens at home and abroad."

American Dream

"But I put myself in a position where the government could take control. Right now I am happy just being back in control. You see, what a lot of people do not know is that the key is not getting the American dream. It is holding onto it. "In Europe, the government is entwined with a lot of what we do, yet in America, I felt a sentiment that the more say the government has over you, the more you carry a sense of failure.

Raul Llamas inspects the gaping holes gouged in the wall of a house in Nuevo Laredo by a rocket-propelled grenade. "It's like Iraq, isn't it? We are in the middle of a war here. Two narco-trafficking gangs are trying to get control," the Mexican radio journalist says.
Mexican President Vicente Fox said Tuesday that the U.S. should stop complaining that Mexico's anti-drug efforts have fallen short. "What is being done on (the U.S.) side?"...Walters, the director the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, say it's only a matter of time before the border violence crosses into the U.S. "The killing of rival traffickers is already spilling across the border," he says. "Witnesses are being killed. We do not think the border is a shield."

Uninstalling SP2 after it hoses your windoze box

If you are prompted to type an administrator password, do so. If you do not know the administrator password, press ENTER. (Typically, the password is blank.)...Note The Spuninstal.txt file appears. As the file scrolls down, you will see errors and files being copied. This is normal behavior...After you restart, the system may lock up with a black screen. (Your mouse will work.) In this case, restart again by turning the computer off and then back on.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Chinese Infiltration

The iPod: A Love Story Between Man, Machine

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, said in a statement: "Those papers that we have received paint a picture of John Roberts as an eager and aggressive advocate of policies that are deeply tinged with the ideology of the far right wing of his party then, and now.

The fact that the United States was not invited to observe the war games is a sign of the anti-U.S. nature of the exercises, said several officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

China's spies use as many as 3,200 front companies -- many run by groups linked to the Chinese military..."It's a massive presence, 150,000 students, 300,000 delegations in the New York area. That's not counting the rest of the United States, probably 700,000 visitors a year...The FBI has been unable to find out who in the U.S. government supplied China with secrets on every deployed nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal, including the W-88, the small warhead used on U.S. submarine-launched nuclear missiles.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

U.N. cyberspace

Michael Gallagher, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, has asked for a hold to be placed on the contract to run the new top-level domain until the .xxx suffix can receive further scrutiny. The domain was scheduled to receive final approval Tuesday.

But the ITU enjoys virtually no influence over the Internet. That remains the province of specialized organizations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN; the Internet Engineering Task Force; the World Wide Web Consortium; and regional address registries. The ITU, a United Nations agency, would like to change that.

Cupertino vs. Round Rock

The first urine-powered paper battery has been created by physicists in Singapore. The credit-card sized unit could be a useful power source for cheap healthcare test kits

Delta to sell regional carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines...The acquisition of ASA nearly doubles the size of Utah-based SkyWest

Apple, maker of the Macintosh PC, kept customer satisfaction at the highest level since 1994, the first year of the survey. Its Mac shipments are at a five-year high. Dell's customer satisfaction is at the lowest since 1998, based on the index.


"I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, 'Bam,"' the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station. "They were getting in front of me and I was there a lot earlier than them, so I thought that it was just," he said.

Monday, August 15, 2005


A court in the US has ruled that a gay Mexican with Aids is eligible for asylum because of the danger of persecution in his home country.

Gettysburg in new civil war over casino

"It's a restaurant that welcomes everybody," said Sana Ayar, a 19-year-old employee at Beurger King Muslim. "It's just that it also caters to people who eat halal."


Windows 3.1

Sunday, August 14, 2005


Experimental Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg

Saturday, August 13, 2005

hell has froze over

Shares of Apple Computer set an all-time high on Friday following a disappointing report from Dell and amid rumors about a major new partnership...Meanwhile, Apple's shares might well have benefited from Dell's pain.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Hackers do Beta testing

Apple employees appear to have been trying to listen in on IRC discussions among OSx86 hackers, according to hackers citing the IP records from their IRC channels...It seems like getting around the TPM wasn't that hard, according to a hacker nicknamed "parch," who said, "Apple could have made the lock heavier."

Apple holds a number of other patents on the iPod, so they probably expect to eventually win this fight. But precedent frequently counts in legal battles, and the Patent Office decision may become what the media player industry has been seeking: a true iPod killer.


Ha-Mossad le-Modi'in ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim (Hebrew: המוסד למודיעין ולתפקידים מיוחדים, "Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks") is an Israeli intelligence agency, commonly referred to as Mossad. It is responsible for intelligence collection, covert action (including paramilitary activities and assassinations) and counter-terrorism. Its focus is on Arab nations and organizations throughout the world.


The prime minister of New Zealand angrily denounced Israel and imposed diplomatic sanctions on it after two suspected Mossad agents were jailed for six months for trying on false grounds to obtain a New Zealand passport.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

Wine on the Mac

Another important information related to MacIntel has been released maybe without realizing its future potential impact. CodeWeavers, a company selling Crossover Office, a packed version of Wine, has announced in its roadmap that they plan to make CrossOver Office available for Windows-to-Mac application porting in 2006.

At least one user has managed to hack Apple's Mac OS X for Intel authentication scheme, which was design to prevent users from running Mac OS X Intel on non-Mactels.

Blog readers tend to be young and wealthy, a study has found.
i've got the young part taken care of...

As scam artists, organized-crime rings and other miscreants find a home on the Internet, top federal officials are trolling hacker conferences to scout talent and talk up the glories of a career on the front lines of the information wars.

The truck driver, a passenger in the cab, a motorist and a motorcycle rider were hospitalized after the truck "pretty much vaporized," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said.

80 wealthy liberals

Texas, home to President George W. Bush, has joined California, New Mexico and Hawaii as states where minorities outnumber non-Hispanic whites, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Census tracks 'major waves'

At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades.

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a Virginia law requiring public schools to lead a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 200 in Arizona, which prohibits illegal aliens from receiving some public benefits, has been dismissed by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

NCAA knows best

FSU Responds To NCAA Decision Banning Use Of Native American Symbols

Hunting Smokey

The black hole
Some of the things that helped blacks 40 years ago are now obstructions

A GANG in Brazil has pulled off one of history’s biggest bank robberies after tunnelling into the vault of a central bank building and making off with an estimated £38 million.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is expected to adopt a resolution this week promising to work for immigration reforms in the United States

With complaints about nuisance bears up significantly this year, New Jersey's Fish and Game Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend that the state hold a bear hunt in December.

Dead Chimp's Art Sells Big..."We had no idea what these things were worth," said Howard Rutkowski, director of modern and contemporary art at Bonhams. "We just put them in for our own amusement."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

sick sad world

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told thousands of visiting students that if U.S. forces were to invade the South American country, they would be soundly defeated...Chavez called the United States the "most savage, cruel and murderous empire that has existed in the history of the world."...More than 300 students from the United States shouted out their disapproval of US President George W. Bush, chanting ``Get out Bush!'' Other students chanted: ``Bush, fascist _ you're a terrorist!''

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Mujahideen mountaineering

How to turn a veteran Afghan mujahideen fighter into a mountaineer guide.

Friday, August 05, 2005


An Interview With Steve Wozniak

99¢ Sale on Breast Milk

Secretive "guerrilla" artist Banksy has decorated Israel's controversial West Bank barrier with satirical images of life on the other side.

A US firm is looking to commercialise breast milk by selling it to hospitals for the treatment of sick babies.

Civil libertarians have filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department's random bag-search policy, which was initiated hours after the failed London bombings of 21 July.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Two former officials of the pro- Israel lobbying group AIPAC were charged on Thursday with conspiring with a Pentagon analyst to obtain and disclose classified national defense information, U.S. prosecutors said.

Arab pop fashion hits the high street

Alabama limits eminent domain...Polls show unusual unity on strengthening property rights. A Quinnipiac University poll, for example, found that 89 percent of voters in Connecticut want the legislature to limit eminent domain. A University of New Hampshire poll found that 93 percent of state residents were opposed to taking property for private development.

European nations oust imams

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Cocktail Party Quotes

Having a Rolodex of cocktail party quotes to beef up an argument is not the same as the hard work of learning about the past.

Japan wary of China's growing military

Redmond got their copiers ready

Is that an iMac for the My Computer icon? Interesting Recycle Bin as well :P

That halo effect isn't news to people following the trend, but it's notable to hear a Windows executive acknowledge it. "It’s enabling them to more effectively go after PC users and sell them future Apple products," Poole said.
We certainly recognize Apple's success with the iPod. We see that there's a bit of a halo effect that comes with the success of the iPod, and it's enabling them to more effectively go after PC users and sell them future Apple products.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Kennedy Abuse

But while Microsoft introduces the world to Vista, Apple is keeping mum about its next version of Mac OS X, which Steve Jobs has said will ship at about the same time as Vista. It is the Intel-ready Leopard, not Tiger, that will be Apple's answer to Windows Vista. With the first Vista beta, Microsoft seems to have taken many cues from Mac OS X with the user interface and features, right down to some of the terminology.

Hacking the hotel through the TV

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy called it an abuse of power. "It's a devious maneuver that evades the constitutional requirement of Senate consent and only further darkens the cloud over Mr. Bolton's credibility at the U.N.," he said.
The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
Article II, Section 2, Cause 3 - U.S. Constitution

"How could a president, or the others charged with responsibility for the decision, answer to the American people if... after the bloodbath of an invasion of Japan, it became known that a weapon sufficient to end the war had been available by midsummer and was not used?"

The deserters, known as the "Zetas," trained in the United States as an elite force of anti-drug commandos, but have since signed on as mercenaries for Mexican narcotics traffickers and have recruited an army of followers, many of whom are believed to be operating in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida.