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New Age terrorists develop homeopathic bomb

Posted on April 30th, 2010 at 22:22 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

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The world has been placed on a heightened security alert following reports that New Age terrorists have harnessed the power of homeopathy for evil. “Homeopathic weapons represent a major threat to world peace,” said President Barack Obama, “they might not cause any actual damage but the placebo effect could be quite devastating.”

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Homeopathic bombs are comprised of 99.9% water but contain the merest trace element of explosive. The solution is then repeatedly diluted so as to leave only the memory of the explosive in the water molecules. According to the laws of homeopathy, the more that the water is diluted, the more powerful the bomb becomes.

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“A homeopathic attack could bring entire cities to a standstill,” said BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner. “Large numbers of people could easily become convinced that they have been killed and hospitals would be unable to cope with the massive influx of the ‘walking suggestible.'”


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Irony

Posted on April 30th, 2010 at 18:30 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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using my iPad to watch a video from the WSJ of Adobe’s CEO talking about how essential Flash is to publications like the WSJ.


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BP-Halliburton Oil Disaster Could Surpass Exxon Valdez In A Week

Posted on April 30th, 2010 at 18:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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By today, about 7 million gallons will have been spilled, taking the Deepwater Horizon disaster more than halfway to the 1989 wreck of the Exxon Valdez, which dumped 11 million gallons into Alaska’s Prince William Sound — one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. This catastrophe — which occured as Halliburton was cementing the well — will exceed the scale of the Exxon Valdez within a week.

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Every asshole who ever chanted ‘Drill baby drill’ should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty

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This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday April 24, 2010 shows oil leaking from the drill pipe of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig after it sank Thursday. (AP photo/US Coast Guard) #


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This April 22, 2010 photo provided Sunday, April 25 by the US Coast Guard shows the arm of a robot submarine in an unsuccessful attempt to activate a shutoff device known as a blowout preventer (BOP) to close off the flow of oil at the Deepwater Horizon well head. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard) #


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  1. When do we get to see the bumper stickers saying

    Spill here, Spill now

Cartoons

Posted on April 30th, 2010 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Hewlett-Packard To Kill Windows 7 Tablet Project

Posted on April 30th, 2010 at 8:29 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Hewlett-Packard has killed off its much ballyhooed Windows 7 tablet computer, says a source who’s been briefed on the matter.

The device was first unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010 in January and was supposed to hit the market in mid 2010.

You know, for once I understand if Steve decides to throw a chair or two. Promoting it at a CES keynote and having it killed three months later is not something I’d be happy about..


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  1. well its obviously because they just aquired palm. Probably planning a WebOS tablet.

  2. Maybe MS will look for another partner to get the hardware. Samsung? LG?

  3. I think a Samsung tablet would be very popular. Their laptops are great – I have an R710 and R780 🙂

Thoughts on Flash

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 16:36 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

This becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool. The third party may not adopt enhancements from one platform unless they are available on all of their supported platforms. Hence developers only have access to the lowest common denominator set of features. Again, we cannot accept an outcome where developers are blocked from using our innovations and enhancements because they are not available on our competitor’s platforms.

Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPod and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps. And Adobe has been painfully slow to adopt enhancements to Apple’s platforms. For example, although Mac OS X has been shipping for almost 10 years now, Adobe just adopted it fully (Cocoa) two weeks ago when they shipped CS5. Adobe was the last major third party developer to fully adopt Mac OS X.


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  1. “We support open web standards where they compete with other companies’ proprietary stuff, but when our platform has proprietary cool stuff [like the Touch API], then we force people to use that instead of anything else.”

    Mkay.

    I mean, if they really wanted to create open standards, how about adding a multitouch API to HTML5 or something like that?

    I think it’s a nice plainspoken letter, and nice to have this addressed out in the open, and I don’t blame them for doing what they’re doing, especially the bit where they’re anal about protecting the user experience, and I don’t care that Flash doesn’t run on the iOS. But Apple is no White Knight either.

  2. exactly.

    Also, the availability of third party tools saved Apple’s ass once. Remember CodeWarrior?

  3. C’mon John, the picture is clear already. Don’t be fooled by the whole bunch of FUDD about the “evil application layer that endanger the security of blah blah blah”.

    Every system of the last 20 years had some kind of “third party layer of software” that came “between the platform and the developer”, and many of those systems were far more reliable than the standard Mac, being built to run servers or critical application, not just to look cool on a Starbucks table.

    Apple is trying to kill a competitor, no more. They are pushing Adobe out of a whole sector of their most faithful customers, beginning with Flash and in a near future moving to PDF and ultimately to their graphic suites.

    As soon as Adobe will try to enforce their power (something like “…or else no more Photoshop CS6 for mac”) Apple will roll out in a matter of *days* their own graphic suite (developed secretly in the last years).

  4. It’s sales talk, and very obvious at that too.
    It starts by creating an image of Apple as a father figure compared to Adobe as the ‘garage’ kid (first big customer, having owned a large part of, etc).
    Then it goes on to associate Adobe with negatives like ‘closed’, ‘propriatary’, ‘don’t say’, ‘drawbacks’, ‘sub-standard’, ‘mercy’, ‘worse’, combining it with absolutes as ‘only’, ‘100%’, ‘entirely’, ‘any’, ‘never’. Note also that Adobe is addressed/described as alone.
    Apple is associated with positives like ‘high’, ‘advanced’, ‘best’, ‘shines’, ‘free’, ‘perfectly’, ‘great’, ‘revolutionary’, ‘delighted’, whilst at the same time avoiding absolutes with words like ‘perhaps’, ‘much’ and ‘many’. Apple is portrayed as a team player with words like ‘member’, ‘widely adopted’, ‘many others’, ‘our developers’.
    Leave all this out, and what you are left with is:
    “Adobe’s Flash products are […] proprietary.”
    “Apple has [..] proprietary products too.”
    Like Officer Barbrady said: “Move along people, nothing to see here”.

  5. ummmm… if this is about a marketplace where applications are sold, and the concern is that allowing flash to be used to develop apps would produce substandard apps, wouldn’t the marketplace show less favor to those apps for being substandard and do by nature what apple is trying to do by legislation?

    the logicnof that nicely written letter is completely faulty. what’s worse is that the letter contains language that’s designed to play on cognitive biases (we cannot be at the mercy…, painfully slow to adopt…, lowest common denominator). it’s a calculated document that has been brewed to sway public opinion. frankly, that’s evil.

  6. Come on Florian, let’s live in the real world. Lying is evil. Explaining your point of view in effective language is normal. Saying that Flash crashes a lot and has shitty performance is pretty far from claiming that there will be death-panels in health care.

    The overall quality of apps that are offered matters to Apple. For those substandard apps to sell fewer copies, some customers have to have shitty experiences with them, experiences they may blame as much on the device as on the app. Apple doesn’t want that. It’s nothing new–just think back to 1984 when they strongly discouraged ports of text-based apps to the Mac and wanted all apps to play by the new UI guidelines.

  7. >Explaining your point of view in effective language is normal.

    This is not a case of “effective language”, this is a matter of using subliminal messages to spin public opinion. Maybe is legal, but has not my approval.

    >The overall quality of apps that are offered matters to Apple.

    Totally wrong. The quality of apps that run on *my* device should matter *only to me*.
    Some court should force Apple to ditch all those practices against competition, they are letting slip a very dangerous precedent here.

    > For those substandard apps to sell fewer copies, some customers have to have shitty experiences with them, experiences they may blame as much on the device as on the app.

    Yeah, as if. Imagine you buy a brand new japanese citycar, shiny and confortable. Then you go off-roading into the countryside. Do you really think someone would blame the car maker for the bumps?
    That is a petty and stupid excuse to try to safe Apple’s face: one can believe that bullshit only if he really wants to believe that.

    > think back to 1984 when they strongly discouraged ports of text-based apps to the Mac

    How ironic.

  8. Totally wrong. The quality of apps that run on *my* device should matter *only to me*.

    The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced it isn’t about quality. It’s about the lead they currently have over competitors:

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    Like the Mac, the iPhone debuted with a huge technical lead over its competitors. But this time, Apple is determined not to squander its advantage. Instead, it’s front-running as hard as it possibly can. Anything that has any chance of slowing down “the progress of the platform” has simply got to go. And the best way Apple knows to ensure platform progress is by controlling its own destiny in every way that it can. That means, among other things, no middleware vendors, no encouragement of cross-platform development (either explicit or implicit), and complete, arbitrary control over every application’s presence on the platform.

  9. this is a matter of using subliminal messages to spin public opinion.

    Subliminal? Are you sure you know what that word means?

    The quality of apps that run on *my* device should matter *only to me*.

    It’s nice that you think it should not matter to Apple, but there’s pretty strong evidence that it does. For example, apps are screened before released, and if found buggy, they won’t go into the App Store. Clearly Apple cares about the quality.

    Imagine you buy a brand new japanese citycar, shiny and confortable. Then you go off-roading into the countryside.

    It’s more like you bring your car to the official dealer for service, and ask them to install aftermarket spark plugs. Soon after, your engine develops problems. Your friends hear about this and think “I’m going to stick with German brands.” Sure, you asked for the cheap parts, but it’s going to affect the perception of the brand.

    Don’t get me wrong–I have mixed feelings about the situation Apple has set up. I don’t have an iPhone, and I’m undecided whether I will get one or try other smartphones first. But Apple is pretty honest about the setup of the situation and I think they should be allowed to set up their business model the way they want–at least until they become a monopoly.

  10. Yes, I know what “subliminal” means. I’m not using the word in a strict sense clearly, but the meaning is the same. read the message by Jim above here, and you get a nice plan of what they are doing.

    The fact that the apps are reviewed and approved (or shot down) by Apple is an abomination itself: again, not a matter of “apple wants best quality for me”, more something like “apple wants to control the whole market”. Plain wrong, IMHO.

    About the monopoly, you say you want to act if and whether they became a monopoly. I prefer to avoid this situation, since it could become a standard in a near (and frightening) future.

  11. i think the spark plugs metaphor is retarded. nyaaah

    i also like the piece on the register where they point out how stupid it is for steve jobs to give adobe flack for not using cocoa, when it turns out that the finder only started using it in snow leopard and, final cut and itunes (2 flagship apps from a company to which quality and uptake of new api features is soooo important) don’t use them yet. brilliant!

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/30/jobs_flash_letter_deconstructed/

    hold on, so this is like you going to the dealership and complaining your car doesn’t work well and them telling you it’s because you’re using stock sparkplugs instead of the awesome aftermarket german ones they resell from a 3rd party manufacturer?

    steve jobs is jackass. it’s time for him to get put out to pasture so this company can stop seeming so evil and get back to being cool.

Cartoons

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 16:11 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Priest Sex-Tape

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 13:50 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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In the small Brazilian city of Arapiraca, tucked away in the poor, conservative northeast corner of the country, a hidden-camera video showing an octogenarian priest having sex with a young altar boy is being hawked on the street. For $5 to $10, vendors here will sell you the video, downloading it directly into your cellphone via Bluetooth. The price depends on the quality and length of the footage. According to one street vendor, the most popular download is the “complete” version. Buyers, he says, are “almost everybody—not just the curious.”

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Other bombshells dropped during the three days the senate inquiry took place in Arapiraca. Father Duarte admitted he had sexually abused both Flávio and Fabiano, but suggested his victims were wrong to come forward. “I regret that these accusations have come from people who ate at my table,” he intoned. “Just as Jesus said: ‘Those who ate my bread are those who betray me.’”

And the third accused priest, Father Gomes, denied that any abuse took place at all, insisting he was victim of “revenge,” and accused a third altar boy, Anderson Farias Silva, of attempting to extort money from him. Silva said that Father Gomes had abused him since he was 14.

Furthermore, because Father Duarte is cooperating with the investigation, Brazilian police say he fears for his safety. “He asked for protection during the [senate inquiry] because he had denounced the others and he was scared,” says Officer Sousa. Father Duarte also said he believes Father Gomes to be “dangerous.”


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Deepwater Horizon

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Don’t secure your wifi!

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 8:26 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Obviously this is not legal advice, but sounds pretty simple to me – the new Digital Ecomony Act actually encourages people to run public wifi to make themselves immune to the copyright infringement reports, technical measures, and even direct civil cases.

One UK provider has implemented this already.


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  1. Andrews and Arnold always were the ne plus ultra among ISPs in the UK. Hats off to them!

HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

Posted on April 29th, 2010 at 5:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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HP and Palm, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion.


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  1. *checking whether the quote link goes to TheOnion.com*

    No. Hunh.

IFPI’s child porn strategy

Posted on April 28th, 2010 at 14:57 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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”Child pornography is great,” the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. ”It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites”.

The venue was a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm on May 27, 2007, under the title ”Sweden — A Safe Haven for Pirates?”. The speaker was Johan Schlüter from the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, a lobby organization for the music and film industry associations, like IFPI and others.


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  1. Has anyone done a background check on this guy? He isn’t by any chance affiliated to the Catholic Church?

Microsoft’s FUD goes mobile

Posted on April 28th, 2010 at 10:10 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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HTC has agreed to pay Microsoft a royalty when it sells a mobile phone running Google’s Android operating system.

But why does Microsoft make money from Google’s software? Android is based on open source software – and Microsoft has long raised fears that aspects of Linux may infringe on its patents.

The deal with HTC is described as a patent agreement which “expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft”. HTC also sells phones based on Windows Mobile.

The deal could be seen as a veiled threat to other handset makers choosing Android – if they don’t have such an agreement in place then presumably Microsoft is at liberty to sue them for patent infringement?


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  1. Negotiating business deals counts as FUD? Uhm, OK.

    That company whose iPhone and iPad products you’ve been buying is actually *suing* HTC rather than coming to a negotiated arrangement.

  2. Actually, I’d have preferred it if Microsoft sued HTC. At least it would have made clear what these supposed patents they claim to have are. Instead, we get vague threats that others might be infringing. Or, if you prefer that phrase, FUD.

  3. Actually I think you don’t “get” vague threats, you’re “imagining” vague threats, or put charitably, you’re “inferring” them. Maybe it’s clear to HTC that Msft has legitimate claims. I mean, they’re not complying under threat of losing the Windows Mobile business, I imagine…

  4. Well, HP just bought Palm, so they’re clearly worried about their dependence of Microsoft. Could be for technical reasons, could be that they’re worried their license will be yanked, I don’t know.

  5. Could be they simply calculated which would be in their best interest: paying the ‘protection’ money to MS or entering a legal battle.
    Could be HTC gets something out of not challenging the alleged patents, like discounts on MS software, specific development for their devices with Windows Phone on it or better support or … well, something like that.
    Could be they made a deal where the total cost for HTC paid to MS is about the same or less, but allows MS to say HTC pays royalties for Android bases phones sold, to help MS put pressure on competitors.

  6. The fact that HP bought Palm supports the claim that HTC caved to Microsoft FUD?

    If we’re just throwing random darts at the wall, how about this: maybe Msft licensed stuff to HTC that will protect HTC from Apple’s patent lawsuits.

  7. It’s never just one thing, so yes, patent protection from Apple may very well be part of the deal. Sounds sensible, actually.

The “fair use economy” is enormous, growing, and endangered by the relatively tiny entertainment industry

Posted on April 28th, 2010 at 6:26 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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The IT industry’s US lobby group has released a report calculating the size of the “fair use economy” in the US — all the businesses that rely on fair use, including web hosting companies, private schools, search engines and many others. The total for 2007 (the last year for which stats are available) is a whopping $4.7 trillion — one sixth of US GDP — with over 17 million people employed.

The report is a counterpoint to those crazy Hollywood stats that show that every job in America will disappear unless copyright is extended to infinity, all network connections are surveilled, and every infringer is fined her entire net worth and stuck in jail.


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the Staggering Work of Obviousness

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 20:51 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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And it’s better that people misunderstand a product, at first, than not understand it at all.


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Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch HD Camera E-8

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 16:36 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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This clip is raw from Camera E-8 on the launch umbilical tower/mobile launch program of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969.


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Berating the Rating Agencies

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 14:20 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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When Goldman Sachs employees bragged about the money they had made by shorting the housing market, it was ugly, but that didn’t amount to wrongdoing.

No, the e-mail messages you should be focusing on are the ones from employees at the credit rating agencies, which bestowed AAA ratings on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of dubious assets, nearly all of which have since turned out to be toxic waste. And no, that’s not hyperbole: of AAA-rated subprime-mortgage-backed securities issued in 2006, 93 percent — 93 percent! — have now been downgraded to junk status.

What those e-mails reveal is a deeply corrupt system. And it’s a system that financial reform, as currently proposed, wouldn’t fix.


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My First Cavity Search

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 14:00 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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Airspace Rebooted

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A visualisation of the northern European airspace returning to use after being closed due to volcanic ash. Due to varying ash density across Europe, the first flights can be seen in some areas on the 18th and by the 20th everywhere is open.


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Autopsy on shooting victim inconclusive

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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A spokeswoman said today’s autopsy failed to conclusively determine the cause of death of 55-year-old Neil Begin, who was shot by police on Friday and died early the next day.

Eh, what?


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  1. Lead poisoning?

Think!

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Goldman Sachs Emails: Firm Traded Against Clients, Profited Off Their Losses, And Spread ‘Poison Throughout System’

Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 10:17 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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“Goldman Sachs made billions of dollars from betting against the housing market, and it placed those bets in some cases at the same time it was selling mortgage-related securities to its clients,” said the committee’s chairman, Carl Levin (D-Mich.). “They have a lot to answer for.”

Goldman says it always puts its clients’ interest first. It’s a position the firm has stuck by as Levin’s investigation has produced emails and internal documents apparently showing otherwise.

“Our clients’ interests always come first,” Goldman says on its website.

That’s like Jeffrey Dahmer claiming he’s a vegetarian.


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  1. What if you have clients at opposite ends of the spectrum, some asking to buy mortgage securities and other asking to short them?

    Should stock brokers be allowed to trade a stock for some clients and short it for others?

Psychedelic trips aid anxiety treatments in study

Posted on April 26th, 2010 at 9:38 by Paul Jay in category: News

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“The world was made up of jewels and I was in a dome,” she recalled. Surrounded by brilliant, kaleidoscopic colors, she saw the dome open up to admit “this most incredible luminescence that made everything even more beautiful.”

Tears trickled down her face as she saw “how beautiful the world could actually be.”

That’s how Nicky Edlich, 67, began her first-ever trip on a psychedelic drug last year.She says it has greatly helped her psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety from her advanced ovarian cancer.


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xkcd: HDTV

Posted on April 26th, 2010 at 7:48 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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  1. xkcd may be baffled, but the way TV has evolved was never along the lines of that of computing devices. He may as well have made the same cartoon the other way around some decades ago, when the TV signal was in full-color and computers had a monochrome low res display, when displaying a digitized PAL/NTSC signal using a homecomputer was science fiction. We then marvelled at what the computer did, in monochrome, low res and a few frames per second at the most.
    The other guy should have been asking what the point is of having a 1080p TV, when most shows are still broadcast in SD resolution, even on channels now offering a HD signal and simply upscaling the SD recordings to fit the signal. Or how he will hook up his HDMI1.4 3D phone/BDplayer to this, albeit new, outdated HDMI1.3 TV. No wait, it’s about the hardware decoder with CI-slot, which unfortunately has become useless as the industry is shifting to the new CI+ tech; you’ll need a separate decoder to actually display anything. Don’t expect the kind of -works out of the box- quality you would get for a simpel CRT-TV in the old days, this is High Tech!

Superspy in the sky could soon be patrolling over British cities

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 23:24 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A Top-secret US unmanned drone used to locate Al Qaeda and Taliban hideouts in Pakistan and Afghanistan could soon be patrolling over British cities to search for hidden terror cells.

The controversial move would allow MI5 and GCHQ, the Government’s eavesdropping centre, to step up surveillance operations over the UK. Until now, the £23million Global Hawk aircraft has not been available for foreign sale.

Don’t worry. It’s for your safety.


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  1. And its use will never be abused! Oh, look at that babe sunbathing in her b’day suit in her backyard! Let’s get a picture (and address)!

  2. Excuse me, John, but would it be possible to give less prominence to the more bone-headed comments? Many of us read your site because of the excellent mix of links and comments which you offer us daily. It is greatly appreciated. The comments of the usual suspects (you know who you are) are not in the same league.

  3. @Richard: When you request that John should “give less prominence to the more bone-headed comments”, are you suggesting that they should be set in a smaller font?
    Maybe John should instigate a policy of grading the quality of all incoming comments by a strict gradation of sizes, so that “bone headed” comments should be almost illegibly minuscule, requiring several applications of CTRL + (Or Apple +) to be legible at all, up to 48 point renderings for comments in “the same league” as you presumably inhabit, whose contributions can be ranked alongside the greatest orators in history; Juvenal, Demosthenes, Ghandi, Churchill, et al.
    I do not know whether anyone usually suspects me of anything on this excellent site, but I do detect a whiff of snobbism in your comment, without which we can well do.

  4. Harsh. With a response to which I should not grace. However, yes I was referring to font size and placement of comments. John’s old configuration had comments as a sidebar and it worked well. By ‘bone headed’ I meant not only “look at me” responses stating the bleeding obvious but also the kind of snide insult you mean to deliver above.

Goldman e-mails show how crash turned into cash

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 13:55 by Paul Jay in category: News

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NEW YORK — As the U.S. housing turned downward in January 2007, a Goldman Sachs trader wrote in e-mails to a woman he apparently was courting that investments he had sold were “like Frankenstein turning against his own inventor.”



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The party of no … credibility

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 9:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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To keep on top of urban myths of all kinds, I subscribe to the Snopes.com update list, and I noticed a pattern there that I thought deserved to be examined more arithmetically. It struck me I was seeing a lot more rumors about President Obama, and a lot more false rumors, than I remembered from earlier years. So I ran the numbers, as of this week.

After eight years in the White House (with Snopes.com around all that time), George W. Bush has been the subject of 47 internet rumors. After less than two years in office, Barack Obama has been the subject of 87, or nearly twice as many.

Even more telling is the relative accuracy of those stories. For Bush, 20 rumors, or 43%, are true. Only 17, or 36%, are false. The remainder are of mixed veracity (4), undetermined (4), or unclassifiable (2).

In contrast, for Obama only 8 of the 87 rumors, or 9%, are true, and a whopping 59, or 68%, are whoppers. There are 17 of mixed veracity and 3 undetermined.

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This evidence accumulated over ten years shows a shameful but undeniable fact of American politics: Our right wing now contains a lot more liars, and a lot more folks who spread lies out of gullibility or wishfulness, than our left wing.


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  1. Or the right wing has a very small number of highly active rumor generators and spreaders. *cough*GlennBeck*cough*talkradio*cough*.

    Kinda sad to start with an objective data analysis pretense for the unfounded jump to the conclusion that the right are a bunch of liars.

  2. Maarten, The point is: “lot more folks who spread lies out of gullibility or wishfulness”

  3. They did not say the Right is a bunch of liars, but that there are more liars among them than their used to be and considerably more liars among them than on the opposite end of the spectrum.

They have the power to switch off your brain

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Certain parts of the brain – which control scepticism and vigilance – appear to deactivate in some people when they’re in the presence of a speaker who they believe has divine healing powers, scientists in Denmark have found.


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  1. People who believe in stuff are willing to believe stuff. Who woulda thunk it?

  2. I think that some charismatic speakers have the ability to affect those parts of the brain, even in people who are naturally skeptical and vigilant. I have experienced some such, and the effects are much like being hypnotized. It can take a supreme effort of will to counter the effect, even after one becomes aware of what is happening.

AIG May Be on the Hook in Lawsuits Against Goldman Sachs Board

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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American International Group Inc. may be required to pay to defend lawsuits against Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s top executives, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, under directors and officers insurance policies held by the company.

AIG, which was rescued from collapse by the U.S. government, sold so-called Side A directors and officers’ coverage to New York-based Goldman Sachs, according to a person with knowledge of the policy. Goldman Sachs was sued last week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which claimed it misled investors about collateralized debt obligations tied to subprime mortgages in 2007.


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  1. Aren’t policies like that generally unenforceable when the covered party and situation occurred because of fraudulent behavior? IE, if the GS execs lose their case (are convicted), would AIG still have to pay for their legal fees? Or would they be on the hook only if the execs are acquitted? I don’t know, but it is an interesting situation. In the end, the taxpayer and investor gets the shaft, no matter how it turns out!

Florida One: some assembly required

Posted on April 25th, 2010 at 8:43 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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  1. Dude, I totally want an airplane with the Seal of Florida!


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