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Microsoft Overhauling Hotmail

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 15:55 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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“I don’t know, I think Hotmail is probably as good at receiving spam as it’s ever going to get.”


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  1. Hotmail…ummmmm…Wasn’t that a feature of Microsoft BOB?

  2. I don’t know after reading their plans, I am waiting and probably will try it – still have my hotmail account from pre-Microsoft times. Using it for all my online gaming accounts.
    And if they solve the spam problems I will be more than happy.

State to end free online tax-filing service

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For the past 10 years, Virginia has offered an online service that allows nearly every taxpayer in the commonwealth to file their state income-tax return for free.

In 2009, more than 278,000 Virginians took advantage of the state Department of Taxation’s iFile program. This year, about 300,000 are expected to do so by the May 3 filing deadline. A recent survey of the service found that 98 percent of taxpayers using it were satisfied.

So why did the General Assembly vote to end the program?

It depends on whom you ask.

To some legislators, it’s a question of defining what the government’s core priorities should be, and the belief that taxpayers will be served better and be saved more money in the long run.

“It makes a lot of sense—state government doesn’t need to be doing everything,“ said Del. Kathy J. Byron, R-Campbell, who sponsored the legislation, House Bill 1349. “We’ve got to get back to the core services.“

To others, it has more to do with politics—the product of a successful lobbying effort by private tax-filing services to steer thousands of would-be free-filers to private businesses, who now will be able to charge a fee for the same service Virginians were getting for free.

“Successful lobbying” – why not call it what it is, corruption? I mean, the amounts are right there in the article…

One of those companies, Seattle-based Intuit, has donated $113,500 to state lawmakers since 2001, according to records on file with the Virginia Public Access Project. The information-technology company owns TurboTax, one of the top tax software programs on the market.


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  1. Intuit has moved to Seattle?

  2. God forbid government should provide a free service to taxpayers – especially one that’s done well – when there are private companies who would gladly charge money to provide that service poorly! After all, the free market is based on consumer dissatisfaction, and it can’t effectively self-police without election contributions.

  3. After reading the text of the bill, I’m not sure how you draw the conclusion that Virginia will be ending their free iFile service. Can you please explain how the passage of this bill threatens the current free iFile service? I would like to write my legislators about this matter, but require more detail to make a coherent statement about House Bill 1349.

UK’s offshore renewable energy could match one billion barrels of oil, report shows

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 14:10 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The UK’s offshore renewable energy sector could generate electricity equivalent of one billion barrels of oil annually, matching North Sea oil and gas production, according to a new report.

The research, published by the Offshore Valuation Group and welcomed by industry body RenewableUK, said the offshore renewable energy industry could ensure the UK becomes a net electricity exporter by using less than a third of the total available resource.


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  1. If you’ve read David MacKay’s “Without Hot Air” (which I recommend) you’ll probably share my skepticism on this claim. The main message I took away from MacKay’s analyses is that no one power generation technology is going to solve all our problems–none of them can freasonably be deployed at the scale necessary to cover all our energy needs. For example, wind turbine installation requires enormous amounts of material (steel and concrete) as well as energy to produce and install them. If you read MacKay’s chapter on offshore wind power and then read the quote these people have from him on their website, I think you’ll agree that his “endorsement” is 90% hedge. It’s interesting, though, that he was presumably involved in the production of this study. Nothing about it on his blog.

    (http://www.withouthotair.com/Contents.html)

Transit of ISS and Atlantis in front of the Sun

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 12:21 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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For this transit of a maximum duration of 0.54s, the visibility band crossed Spain, southern France, Northern Italy, Austria etc. This band was 4.8 km wide but being placed at its edge implies that the transit duration becomes zero, so in practice I had to be placed less than 1 km from the center of the band. The choice of central Spain has been deduced from the study of weather forecast and detailed maps on Google-Earth.
ISS distance to observer: 391 km. Speed in orbit: 7.4km/s (26500 km/h or 16500 mph).


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Oil spill

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 9:33 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Multiple choice question

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 9:30 by John Sinteur in category: News


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New Customs Rules on ‘Porn’ To Trap Travellers Returning Home

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 9:25 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, What were they thinking?

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The Australian Sex Party is demanding an enquiry into why a new question has appeared on Incoming Passenger Cards at the Customs point of entry into Australia. The new question asks if they are carrying any ‘pornography’.

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“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer ‘Yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law”, she said. Travellers must now also declare perfectly legal materials such as Category 1 and 2 Restricted magazines, X18+ films and quite probably a large section of R18+ films which have explicit sex in them. Ms Patten said the change marked the beginning of a new era of official investigation into people’s private lives – being investigated or searched on the basis that you might have legal material in your possession.


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  1. Please check this box if you want us to steal naked images and/or video of you and distribute it all over the internet

Nick Clegg pledges biggest political reforms since 1832

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 9:21 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has promised the “biggest shake-up of our democracy” in 178 years as he sets out plans for political reform.

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This would include scrapping the ID card scheme and accompanying National Identity Register, all future biometric passports and the children’s Contact Point Database. It would also ensure CCTV was “properly regulated” in future and the storage of innocent people’s DNA restricted.


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Coast Guard and BP threaten journalists with arrest for documenting oil spill

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 9:11 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Contacts in Louisiana have given me numerous, unconfirmed reports of cameras and cell phones being confiscated, scientists with monitoring equipment being turned away, and local reporters blocked from access to public lands impacted by the oil spill. But today CBS News got it on video, along with a bone-chilling statement by a Coast Guard official:


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This is like al Qaeda blocking people from filming the twin towers attack, yet no one at CBS seems to think there’s a problem.

“These are BP’s rules. These are not our rules.”

But wait … isn’t that a public beach? From my viewpoint, it looks as if the Coast Guard* has been given direct orders to protect BP’s PR interests above safety concerns over air and water quality, above the outcries of local governments in need of aid, and (worst of all) above the need for the American public to be informed about what is really going on in the Gulf.


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Outsourcing unit to be set up in Indian jail

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 8:05 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security, What were they thinking?

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Authorities in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are planning to set up an outsourcing unit in a jail.

The unit will employ 200 educated convicts who will handle back office operations like data entry, and process and transmit information.

Inmates and bank details. What could possibly go wrong?

Working in the unit will also be financially rewarding for the prisoners.

Yeah, I bet!


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How Bush’s DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 5:43 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In a wide-ranging interview with Truthout, West described how the Justice Department (DOJ) abruptly shut down his investigation into BP in August 2007 and gave the company a “slap on the wrist” for what he says were serious environmental crimes that should have sent some BP executives to jail.

He first aired his frustrations after he retired from the agency in 2008. But he said his story is ripe for retelling because the same questions about BP’s record are being raised again after a catastrophic explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and ruptured an oil well 5,000 feet below the surface that has been spewing upwards of 200,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf waters for a month.


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Everybody is on Chatroulette.com these days

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 5:42 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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Euro slump due to planned Wall Street and Washington’s attack

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 5:37 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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“The whole attack on Greece and the attack on the euro originated from a concerted strategy of Wall Street and US Institutions to permanently cripple or try to cripple the only alternative reserve currency anywhere in the world that can challenge the dollar,”

— William Engdahl, author and economic researcher

Here’s an earlier interview with him:


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  1. Interesting conspiracy theory, the only problem is that WS didn’t make up the problems of Greece, they are actually real problems.
    Unless of course the attack was mind controlling the Greece people to not pay taxes, and their government to spend and spend and spend.

  2. and Greece people wanted to be greek people.