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Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 21:15 by John Sinteur in category: Apple



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  1. If only they were this quick, or maybe only 1000 times slower, that would be great!

Obama and Hu Jintao

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:54 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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A plane in front of the Sun

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:45 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


This is an incredible (and genuine) image by a chap who specialises in ‘astrophotography’. He was taking a photo of the sun using something called an H-alpha filter and caught the jet passing through the frame purely by chance.


See here for more of his astrophotography.

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Man in Dress Forbids Kennedy from Joining in Ritualized Cannibalism. Makes National News.

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 11:41 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


A man wearing a dress forbid Patrick Kennedy from participating in ritualized cannibalism, and told other men who wear dresses not to allow Rep. Kennedy to participate in this pagan ritual at any of their indoctrination and donation-reception centers. For some reason, this is national news.


Kennedy has publicly complained that he is no longer permitted his mid-day wine and crackers snack. Tobin, interestingly enough, has a different position:

In his statement, issued in response to the Kennedy interview, Tobin said his advice to the congressman was “pastoral and confidential,” and he was surprised that Kennedy chose to discuss it publicly.

“I am disappointed that the congressman would make public my request of nearly three years ago that sought to provide solely for his spiritual well-being,” he said.

In an October interview, Kennedy criticized the bishops for threatening to oppose the overall bill if it did not include those restrictions. That prompted Tobin to call Kennedy’s position “unacceptable to the church and scandalous to many of our members.”

Tobin said Sunday only that he asked Kennedy not to take Communion.

“I have no desire to continue the discussion of Congressman Kennedy’s spiritual life in public,” he said. “At the same time, I will absolutely respond publicly and strongly whenever he attacks the Catholic Church, misrepresents the teachings of the church or issues inaccurate statements about my pastoral ministry.”

There you go. Tobin sought only to blackmail Kennedy privately, rather than make his withdrawal of snacktime public.

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Bumper sticker

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 11:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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EU ministers agree e-government aims

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 11:02 by John Sinteur in category: News


European ministers have signed a declaration outlining policies to deliver ‘smarter’ online public services by 2015.

At the fifth Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Malmö in Sweden on 19 and 20 November 2009, EU ministers agreed measures to make e-government more accessible, interactive and customised.

The aims over the next five years are:

– to empower businesses and citizens through e-government services designed around users’ needs, better access to information and their active involvement in the policy making process;

– to facilitate mobility in the single market by seamless e-government services for setting up business, studying, working, residing and retiring in Europe;

– to enhance government services by reducing the administrative burden, improving organisational processes and using ICT to improve energy efficiency in public administrations.

Empower, facilitate, enhance… why do I get the feeling this is going to end up as a wasted billion euros on ICT projects?

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  1. … while orchestrating ways to regulate, surveil and limit Internet access. Behind closed doors.

Sesame Street – Behind the Scenes

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 7:50 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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First malicious iPhone worm slithers into wild

Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


A Dutch internet service provider has identified a worm that installs a backdoor on jailbroken iPhones and makes them part of a botnet.

The worm, according to XS4ALL, targets jailbroken iPhones whose owners have carelessly failed to change the default password. In addition to connecting to a Lithuanian master command channel, it also changes the root password for the device, making it harder for owners trying to regain control. Infected iPhones are also tagged with a unique ID number.

“A number of customers with jailbroken phones have been found running unknown software on their phones which is trying to compromise other iPhone users at other telecommunications providers,” the XS4ALL advisory stated. “XS4ALL strongly advises caution against jailbreaking if you are not fully aware of the potential risks to your privacy and security.”

It’s a bit more than just jailbreaking that does this – you also have to install OpenSSH, and most people who jailbreak don’t do that. For them, Clydia and such is enough to get them to install the stuff they want to have that Apple won’t let them.

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