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RIAA Anti-Piracy Partner Clueless About BitTorrent

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 16:51 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!, Intellectual Property

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The piracy tracking company DtecNet has made quite a name for itself in the past few months after partnering with the RIAA and several local governments to assist in the ‘war on piracy’. One would think that these projects would require at least some basic knowledge of BitTorrent, but a recently published paper by DtecNet’s business intelligence unit proves the opposite.

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P2P expert Dr. Pouwelse of the Tribler team at Delft University of Technology looked into the report as well and told TorrentFreak: “They are completely technically incompetent, they are just trying to get sensational press coverage, or both.”


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Perception

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 11:16 by John Sinteur in category: News

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If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

How many other things are we missing?


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Solving a Sudoku using Recursive Subquery Factoring

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 10:12 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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with x( s, ind ) as
( select sud, instr( sud, ' ' )
  from (
    select '53  7    6  195    98    6 8   6   34  8 3  17   2   6 6    28    419  5    8  79' sud
    from dual )
  union all
  select substr( s, 1, ind - 1 ) || z || substr( s, ind + 1 )
       , instr( s, ' ', ind + 1 )
  from x
     , ( select to_char( rownum ) z
         from dual
         connect by rownum <= 9
       ) z
  where ind > 0
  and not exists ( select null
                   from ( select rownum lp
                          from dual
                          connect by rownum <= 9
                        )
                   where z = substr( s, trunc( ( ind - 1 ) / 9 ) * 9 + lp, 1 )
                   or    z = substr( s, mod( ind - 1, 9 ) - 8 + lp * 9, 1 )
                   or    z = substr( s, mod( trunc( ( ind - 1 ) / 3 ), 3 ) * 3
                                      + trunc( ( ind - 1 ) / 27 ) * 27 + lp
                                      + trunc( ( lp - 1 ) / 3 ) * 6
                                   , 1 )
                 )
)
select s
from x
where ind = 0

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Government drug adviser David Nutt sacked

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 10:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Professor David Nutt, the government’s chief drug adviser, has been sacked a day after claiming that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol.

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Arguing that some “top” scientific journals had published “horrific examples” of poor quality research on the alleged harm caused by some illicit drugs, the Imperial College professor called for a new way of classifying the harm caused by both legal and illegal drugs.

“Alcohol ranks as the fifth most harmful drug after heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone. Tobacco is ranked ninth,” he wrote in the paper from the centre for crime and justice studies at King’s College, London, published yesterday.

“Cannabis, LSD and ecstasy, while harmful, are ranked lower at 11, 14 and 18 respectively.”

Nutt said tonight he was disappointed by the decision but linked it to “political” considerations. “It’s unusual political times, I suppose, elections and all that. It’s disappointing,” he told Sky News. “But politics is politics and science is science and there’s a bit of a tension between them sometimes.”


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Jesus Bing Camp

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft


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  1. This is by far, the most disturbing thing I have seen in a long time

  2. I hope that the school sold these kids for in exchange for something that was useful, like money or food. Totally demeaning.

  3. The conservatives were upset at a school in New Jersey for singing a song praising President Obama, but having kids and the school as an advertising medium is ok?

Launch of the Ares I-X – The Big Picture

Posted on October 31st, 2009 at 0:02 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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On Wednesday, October 28th, NASA launched its Ares I-X prototype vehicle, the first launch from Kennedy’s pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program’s Saturn rockets were retired. NASA’s Constellation Program’s 327-foot-tall rocket produced 2.96 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and reached a speed of 100 mph in eight seconds. The two-minute sub-orbital test flight encountered a few problems along the way, as the launch pad was slightly damaged, a planned stage separation did not go quite according to plan, and a possible parachute failure led to a hard splashdown for its first stage. The Constellation program is under pressure as a recent committee report depicted it as overly expensive. The Obama administration is set to make a decision in the next several months about the near-term direction of U.S. Space Policy. (28 photos total)

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On Sept. 10, 2009, NASA and industry engineers lit up the Utah sky with the initial full-scale, full-duration test firing of the first stage motor for the Ares I rocket. The 154-foot solid rocket motor produced heat two-thirds the temperature of the sun and its 12-foot-diameter cylinder delivered 3.6 million pounds of thrust. (NASA, Walt Lindblom) #


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Cartoons

Posted on October 30th, 2009 at 14:17 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

stein

jones

breen


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“Do I have the right to refuse this search?”

Posted on October 30th, 2009 at 14:09 by John Sinteur in category: Security

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“Do I have the right to refuse this search?”

This is a question I heard many times during my law enforcement career. Often my answer was no. But occasionally it would be “yes,” followed by an admonition to have a good day.

For the last half of my career, I would have documented each interaction, whether or not it involved an arrest. I would have written down the nature and length of the interaction, the gender, race, and age of the person, and the outcome of the contact (arrest, citation, etc.).

I carry the baggage of this history with me as I’ve traveled over the last eight years, mindlessly placing my luggage on the conveyer belt and removing my shoes for TSA inspection.

Recently, something changed.

Within the last few months, I have been singled out for “additional screening” roughly half the time I step into an airport security line. On Friday, October 9, as I stepped out of the full-body scanning device at BWI, I decided I needed more information to identify why it is that I have become such an appealing candidate for secondary screening.

Little did I know this would be only the first of many questions I now have regarding my airport experiences.


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  1. A very interesting read…and quite worrying at the same time

Best view yet of Apollo landing site

Posted on October 30th, 2009 at 8:03 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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A NASA spaceprobe has sent back the clearest photo yet of an Apollo landing site – including even the US flag. It clearly shows the descent stage of Apollo 17’s lunar module Challenger, nearly 37 years after it touched down in December 1972 in the Taurus Littrow valley.


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  1. Interesting. You can just discern what must be the tracks of the Lunar Rover. Neat! TAL.

Jan. 1984: How critics reviewed the Mac

Posted on October 30th, 2009 at 7:15 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!

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The nature of the personal computer is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple (or anyone else for that matter). Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately, leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?” The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I dont want one of these new fangled devices.


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  1. And the quote was from none other than John Dvorak, of course.

Tiny banner ads attached to flies generate buzz

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 20:30 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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A company at a German trade show has attached tiny banner advertisements to flies and set them loose on unsuspecting visitors, in a bizarre yet effective marketing stunt.

If you’ve confused advertisers with insects before, here’s a little reminder: one spends their time eating and excreting pure shit, the other is an insect.


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20 Powerful Health Care Reform Ads Made By Regular People

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 18:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Organizing for America has picked 20 finalists for its Health Care Reform Video Challenge. The winner will air on national television. See all the ads below and tell us your favorites; to vote in the contest go here.


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George W. Bush

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 17:29 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
George W. Bush’s Motivational Speech
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Religion
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
George W. Bush Hits the Lecture Circuit
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Crisis

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Gamma-ray Photon Race Ends In Dead Heat; Einstein Wins This Round

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 13:22 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Racing across the universe for the last 7.3-billion-years, two gamma-ray photons arrived at NASA’s orbiting Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope within nine-tenths of a second of one another. The dead-heat finish may stoke the fires of debate among physicists over Einstein’s special theory of relativity because one of the photons possessed a million times more energy than the other.

For Einstein’s theory, that’s no problem. In his vision of the structure of space and time, unified as space-time, all forms of electromagnetic radiation — gamma rays, radio waves, infrared, visible light and X-rays — are reckoned to travel through the vacuum of space at the same speed, no matter how energetic. But in some of the new theories of gravity, space-time is considered to have a “shifting, frothy structure” when viewed at a scale trillions of times smaller than an electron. Some of those models predict that such a foamy texture ought to slow down the higher-energy gamma-ray photon relative to the lower energy one. Clearly, it did not.

Even in the world of high-energy particle physics, where a minute deviation can sometimes make a massive difference, nine-tenths of a second spread over more than 7 billion years is so small that the difference is likely due to the detailed processes of the gamma-ray burst rather than confirming any modification of Einstein’s ideas.


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Conflict in Pakistan – The Big Picture

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 13:15 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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After recent Pakistani military operations in Pakistan’s own Swat Valley to push out Taliban insurgents who had taken control of the region, its operations are now more focused on the Taliban strongholds in the South Waziristan region. Pakistani troops and Taliban militants have been locked in intense clashes recently in the tribal area which has killed more than 150 people. Relief workers say that more than 120,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. Insurgent responses to the increased military pressure have included numerous bombings and suicide attacks, killing and injuring scores across Pakistan in recent weeks. Just today a car bomb in a busy marketplace in Peshawar killed more than 93 people, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an official visit – announcing the latest in a series of U.S. aid packages to Pakistan. (36 photos total)

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1. A man stands near the scene of an explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan on Wednesday Oct. 28, 2009. A car bomb has torn through a busy marketplace in northwestern Pakistan, collapsing several buildings, setting fires and killing at least 93 people including 60 women and children, mere hours after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in the country on an official visit. (AP Photo/Mohammad Iqbal)


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Arresting the son of the mayor will cost you your job

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 9:50 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Rowell is a new member of the five-man Stockton police force. So, last Tuesday he didn’t think twice about pulling over a driver in a small white car for avoiding a DUI stop.

“He didn’t have a driver’s license, so I issued him a citation for that,” Rowell explained.

He didn’t think twice, that is, until he handed the ticket to the court clerk.

“She looked at it and said, ‘Hey, you know you just gave the mayor’s son a ticket?’ And I said, ‘Oh, crap,'” Rowell said.

He said he had never met the driver, 29-year-old Jared Rydalch, before. He said Rydalch told him he was out looking for his dog, and asked him to tell the other officers to not pull him over again.

“I told him, ‘No. If I see you driving around again, I’m going to pull you over again,'” Rowell said.

Rowell said he knew there was trouble when, about 20 minutes later, he found the chief of police in the mayor’s truck in a heated discussion. Then he said the mayor, Dan Rydalch, rolled down the window and demanded he get in his truck. When he refused, Rydalch abruptly fired him on the spot.

“He told me, ‘All right, I want your badge in the morning,'” Rowell said. “I tried to defend myself and say, ‘First of all, look, he was breaking the law. Second of all, I didn’t know he was your son.'”

Shortly after the incident, Rowell was told he was suspended without pay, indefinitely.


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  1. After all, as we all know, people in any governmental positions are above the law. You can tell that by one woman’s comment that firing him was “extreme”. I would have thought the word wrong should have been used.

Is this haunting picture proof that chimps really DO grieve?

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 9:45 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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This extraordinary scene took place recently at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, West Africa.

When a chimp called Dorothy, who was in her late 40s, died of heart failure, her fellow apes seemed to be stricken by sorrow.

As they wrapped their arms around each other in a gesture of solidarity, Dorothy’s female keeper gently settled her into the wheelbarrow which carried her to her final resting place – not before giving this much-loved inhabitant of the centre a final affectionate stroke on the forehead.

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  1. spectacular. That this has gone on for untold centuries and only now captured on film to share with their nearest relatives.

Obama’s Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 9:42 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. “Thousands of Americans—hardworking ordinary Americans like you and me—already have H1N1,” Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said during a press conference. “Now Obama wants to take that away from us. Ask yourself: Do you want the federal government making these kinds of health care decisions for you and your family?” Other prominent Republicans opposing Obama’s declaration of emergency include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who urged residents of his state to continue not washing their hands, and radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made a point of dying of the virus during his show on Wednesday.


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Cartoon

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Pastafarian News

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Google Maps Navigation Beta

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 9:10 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Features like this means Android 2.0 is going to be an interesting competitor in the smart-phone market. I like that.

Oh, and have a look at the effects of this announcement on the TomTom stock price.


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  1. I’m not sure I like this. Google’s income comes from advertising. Putting a ‘free’ navigation tool on the market is the same thing as giving away a ‘free’ lunch at a $500 convention. There is no such thing as a free lunch. This navigation tool will put pressure on the market where -for now- you pay for what you get: navigation software. I fear that the pressure will push every vendor in the Google direction: use advertising to make the navigation software affordable, or even ‘free’ for the end user. It then won’t be long before we get spoken messages or displayed adds when there is no special route info to be given (ie on a long stretch of freeway).
    We’ve seen this in the movie industry – try watching a new James Bond movie and NOT notice the blatent advertising of mobile phones, cars and softdrinks. We’re seeing it in the mobile phone business – you can now get very cheap subscriptions provided you let the service provider spam you with test msgs promoting their or other companies products. I think you see what I’m getting at.

  2. Oh goody, if lots of people go driving around downloading a continuous stream of aerial photography, it won’t be just AT&T’s 3G network that’s overloaded.

    (And what Jim said.)

  3. …and how does this work when you are out of the cell coverage area.

Monrovian Analog Blogger

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 8:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In Monrovia, Liberia, there’s a guy taking the matter of a lopsided, state-run media and reshaping it into a free-of-charge, independent news-aggregator—all accomplished with dry-erase board and couple markers. (Sorry, internet!) Each morning, at 10:45 AM, Alfred Sirleaf wakes up and heads down to his bulletin board to post the day’s news, culling together a slate of stories his countrymen might otherwise never see. Grateful readers line up in droves, on foot and in cars, to read these updates, in what has been described as the country’s—and probably the world’s—only analog blog.


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To exist or not to exist: that is the query

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 8:21 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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That’s what the famous Hamlet soliloquy might look like if subjected to Amazon’s newly-patented System and Method for Marking Content, which calls for ‘programmatically substituting synonyms into distributed text content,’ including ‘books, short stories, product reviews, book or movie reviews, news articles, editorial articles, technical papers, scholastic papers, and so on’ in an effort to uniquely identify customers who redistribute material. In its description of the ‘invention,’ Amazon also touts the use of ‘alternative misspellings for selected words’ as a way to provide ‘evidence of copyright infringement in a legal action.’ After all, anti-piracy measures should trump kids’ ability to spell correctly, shouldn’t they?”

I don’t understand how you can patent something with obvious prior art – and map makers have done this just about forever as well. And why do people insist on sabotaging their own product out of fear someone might violate their copyrights?


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  1. Well, people still patent new shower heads…

  2. P.S. and remember, before you leak a document, run it back and forth through Google Translate a few times…

  3. “I don’t understand how you can patent something with obvious prior art ”
    It’s easy, all you need is money and lawyers.

Path Finder does what Snow Leopard can not

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 6:50 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Path Finder can copy a 167GB Aperture library file to an external drive, however the finder can not complete the process and throws an error.

I remember when you couldn’t even create a file over 2 Gb…


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  1. And in another 10 years, your phone will have a gigapixel camera…

  2. I wonder what that will do for home made porn…. on second thought, no, I don’t.

  3. Yesterday I was looking at my touch screen phone, and suddenly remembered that when I was a kid (good old 80s) we had to wait 5 years to get a damned landline – and most likely it was a shared line with a neighbour.

    The problems we have these days…

  4. Unfortunately the real problems have not changed. Hunger, greed, corruption, violence…

  5. Well, we’ve upgraded “imminent danger of nuclear holocaust” to “imminent danger of ecological collapse due to global warning”, so that’s something…

Arnold to SF: Fuck You

Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 18:10 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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It was hardly a bill of cosmic import, but Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1176 would have helped the Port of San Francisco with some financing issues. It’s the kind of bill that legislators offer on behalf of their cities all the time — and generally, they are non-controversial. This one was the same — no substantive opposition, it passed both houses easily — and normally, the governor would sign it with little fanfare.

But no: Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill — and sent Ammiano and the legislators a remarkable veto letter. The letter says nothing about the substance of the bill; in fact, the language is really convoluted and it’s hard to figure out what the gov is really saying.

1027fu


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  1. One thing about Ahnold is that you can’t accuse him of lacking attitude! Sounds like he’s just applying a bit of that old quid pro quo to the California Legislature…

No, really, it’s not an advertisement! It’s an offer!

Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 17:53 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

From an email I received today:

I would like to send you a demo of the iPhone SDK that XXXXX has developed, which is designed specifically to monetize local search- and travel-oriented iPhone apps like yours. Our SDK is not another ad platform. It is a turnkey offers platform.


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Windows 7 dominoes

Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 14:56 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Your opportunity for a cheap joke starts at 1:25


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  1. What do you know – it crashed! 🙂

  2. that was really really boring. I mean cmon, they could have at least done some kind of more interesting pattern. It was like watching an ANSI screen come up on a 2400 baud modem. You know what to expect, but you just hit ctrl-c because you’re sick of waiting

Homework

Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 11:41 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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<pedantic>First of all, Chinese immigrant in 1870 should write top-to-bottom, not left-to-right, secondly, they are likely to write in classical Chinese or Vernacular Chinese, not modern Chinese.</pedantic>


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Pun time

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 20:05 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

Lost mah 1st one


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Feynman :: Rules of Chess

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Having a true Mahatma on the same page as a poisonous shmoe like George W. Bush is more telling than the noblest poem.

  2. Feynman had such a genius for putting the most complex subjects into such clarity that anyone with a half a brain cell can, on the surface at least, comprehend it. A couple of my favorite audio books for long distance driving are his “Six Easy Pieces” (Newtonian physics) and “Six Not So Easy Pieces” (quantum mechanics).

George W. Bush is a hit on the motivational speakers’ circuit

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 10:34 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

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“I don’t see how you can be president without relying on the Almighty. Now when I was 21, I wouldn’t have told you that, but at age 63, I can tell you that one of the most amazing surprises of the presidency was the fact that people’s prayers affected me. I can’t prove it to you. But I can tell you some days were great, some days not so great. But every day was joyous.” That, he attributed, to the prayers of others.


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  1. So, the ex-president relied on the Almighty, eh?
    A hilarious satire on this by the incredible “Onion”:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/43189


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