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The Apollo 11 LM Eagle’s Descent As Seen In Google Moon

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 22:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


Footage from the Eagle’s movie camera has been matched to deconvolved and/or enhanced versions of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image M116161085 (left and right NAC image pairs) which were taken by the LRO on December 22, 2009.

Google Moon does not have a roll angle feature which would be useful for rolling the point of view. Additionally, Google Moon’s digital elevation model is not of a fine enough resolution in order to precisely model the terrain. Thus some of the Google Moon screen captures of the overlaid LRO image may not precisely match the view from the Eagle’s video camera.

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What can Amazon’s Silk do for them – and to you?

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 21:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


There’s lots of excitement today about Amazon’s new Kindle devices, including an inexpensive tablet running Android. Most of that excitement focuses on the price point, but there’s something in the announcements that may be even more significant.

Amazon’s new devices will ship with a new web browser architecture named Silk, which Amazon describes as ‘cloud-accelerated’. What they mean by that is that Silk browsers will use Amazon’s EC2 essentially as a giant caching proxy. The company says that "“many website requests will never leave the extended infrastructure of Amazon Web Services”".

The stated goal is to improve the user experience by delivering pages faster. But ‘cloud-acceleration’ also creates an entire class of users – which, given the aggressive pricing of the Kindle devices, is likely to be a large class – who will access the web through a chokepoint controlled by Amazon.

What are the implications? The first, for web developers, is that you need to pay close attention to anything in your configuration that affects caching, such as Cache-Control headers and ETags. Get it wrong, and Amazon will cheerfully serve up stale content to all its Silk users. It’s a rule of thumb when you’re writing a complex web app that each layer of caching can be a generous source of hard-to-understand bugs: Amazon’s new scheme has just dropped a giant layer of cache between you and a large number of users.

We’re assuming, of course, that Amazon will play nice and honor the cache control directives you provide, of course. But Amazon is also theoretically free to introduce some ‘optimizations’ of its own that could inadvertently cripple your site.

Not just that, but if you’re worried about Facebook knowing everything you do, you shouldn’t even think of using Silk.

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  1. Of course you should also not be using Chrome, or for that matter browsing on any 3G phone where all your data traffic can be monitored. And what about your ISP, do they have any less ability to collect data on your behavior than Amazon would?

  2. Indeed. I’m glad I can vpn to my own rack in the datacenter.

Music Piracy Continues to Decline Thanks to Spotify

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 18:16 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property, No shit, sherlock


A new report looking into online music consumption habits shows that since 2009 the number of people who pirate music has dropped by 25 percent in Sweden. The sharp decrease coincides with a massive interest for the music streaming service Spotify. One of the main reasons why people switch to legal services is the wider range of material they can find there.

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Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 18:06 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The once-secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) slouches toward signing on Saturday. ACTA is expected to raise constitutional issues in the U.S., raise soverenty issues in the E.U., give copyright holders extensive powers to impose DRM and identify alleged infringers, and increase health risks worldwide. In addition, the U.S. has launched the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) to obtain what copyright provisions were stripped from ACTA. (see michaelgeist.ca, techdirt, or slashdot)
There remain plausible options for limiting the damage done in Europe by the copyright clauses, or at least excluding patents from section two.

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Too much of a basic human need – The Big Picture

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Water is essential to life but in such places as India, Pakistan, China, and Thailand deluges have once again caused misery. Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines earlier this week on its way to south China. In Pakistan, more than 5 million people have been affected by recent flooding, according to the aid agency Oxfam. Pakistan is still struggling to recover from the devastating monsoon rains in 2010. — Lloyd Young(36 photos total)

Surging waves hit against the breakwater in Udono in a port town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, Sept. 21. A powerful typhoon was bearing down on Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast approaching a nuclear power plant crippled in that disaster and prompting calls for the evacuation of more than a million people. ( #

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Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet, Targeting IPad

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 17:39 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, unveiled its Kindle Fire tablet computer, taking aim at Apple Inc.’s bestselling iPad with a device that’s smaller and less than half the price.

The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199, compared with $499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad, Amazon executives said in interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek. The device, a souped-up version of the Kindle electronic- book reader, will run on Google Inc.’s Android software, the Seattle-based company said.


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‘Occupy Wall Street’, US Awakening

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 17:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


The New York police said that the protesters hadn’t requested a formal permit for staging a demonstration and their rally has been illegal. Ironically, these statements were made by the authorities of a country, which conventionally intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries and accuses them of denying the civil liberties and rights of their citizens.


p>Interestingly, Yahoo as one of the most prominent providers of internet services in the United States has blocked the access of its users to the emails which contained information regarding the rallies and demonstrations of the Occupy Wall Street group. It has also prevented the organizers from sending emails about the date and time of the rallies. Although Yahoo has officially apologized and put the blame on an external spam filter, it was clearly evident that the blockage has been a predetermined and state-sanctioned move.

US Citizens reading this will likely take issue with the above and are no doubt able to make a good point against them – but remember, the rest of the world sees things differently..

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  1. First paragraph of quote: 100% correct. The right of assembly has been greatly restricted in this shitty, controlling government we have created for ourselves

    Second paragraph of quote: Conspiracy bullshit evident by the fact that it assumes the government felt Yahoo Mail has so much market share that toppling it was all they needed to stop the protests.

  2. Agree with HokieGeek.

    If the government wanted to shut down communication via email, they’d have to hit AOL, GMail, Hotmail, plus some of the major ISPs: Earthlink, TimeWarner, SBC, etc.

    Then again, I don’t know that they didn’t…

Teen’s parents: After suicide, he’s still being bullied

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 14:01 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Foyer of Ennui (just short of the Hall of Shame)


Even after a teen-ager tragically committed suicide in suburban Buffalo this month in the wake of constant harassment, the bullying allegedly did not stop with his death.

The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was found dead at their home on Sept. 18, indicated in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Tuesday that their daughter endured further taunts at a school function immediately after Jamey’s wake. At a homecoming dance she attended shortly after her brother’s death, a potentially poignant moment turned ugly after a song by Lady Gaga, Jamey’s favorite artist, who recently dedicated a song at a concert in his memory.

“She was having a great time, and all of a sudden a Lady Gaga song came on, and they all started chanting for Jamey, all of his friends,’’ Jamey’s mother, Tracy, told Curry. “Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting, ‘You’re better off dead!’ and ‘We’re glad you’re dead!’ and things like that.

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  1. What a tragedy. Hate speech should be suppressed in my opinion.

  2. Sue W., disagree. Without the freedom to be a jerk, not being one would be a matter of obedience instead of virtue. It points in the direction of a nation of sheep.

    I’m glad you’re commenting here; I benefit from the insight and the way you use language.

  3. I agree, you can’t censor free speech, but you can film the jerks spewing their hate and show them on utube. I’m sure the colleges they may be considering would love to see the videos.

  4. I humbly submit that it is wrong and should be illegal to harass anyone with hateful speech. It is personally threatening and an encouragement to further lawless behaviour, from one side or the other, which is why many jurisdictions have tried to stop it.

    I don’t really buy the slippery slope to serfdom/sheep nation argument. This is a gang of children bullying other children. If it can it should be stopped before it gets to this extent.

Guinness’ Curse? Record holders for ‘World’s Oldest Person’ keep dying

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 12:43 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


The elderly community was horrified to learn that Eugénie Blanchard, who held the Guinness World Record as the oldest living person, died of mysterious circumstances on Thursday.

The shocking news came in light of the fact that the 114-year-old nun had only recently been awarded the prestigious record before she unexpectedly died.

Blanchard had taken the title in May when Okinawa resident and previous record holder Kama Chinen died under similarly suspicious circumstances just a week before her 115th birthday.

The series of unexplained deaths of old-age record holders has led Stella Samuelson, a spokesperson for The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), to speculate that the string of deaths is not just a coincidence. She noted that Blanchard’s and her predecessors each only held their titles for less than a year before mysteriously succumbing to what she has been calling “The Guiness Curse”.

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  1. It’s still funny but we should probably note that Blanchard died last November and that the curse has struck once again since then with the death of Maria Gomes Valentim last June.

  2. … I thought this was an Onion article…

  3. It’s a parody site, Onion isn’t the only one.

LRAD Corp. disputes ACLU lawsuit over G-20 protest

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 10:46 by Paul Jay in category: News


LRAD Corp., manufacturer of a sonic device deployed against protestors during the 2009 G-20 Summit, has disputed the claims made in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit.

Last week, a bystander who suffered permanent hearing loss after Pittsburgh police deployed a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against protestors during the G-20 Summit filed a federal lawsuit against the city. It was the first time the sound cannon had been used publicly. The device emits loud sounds to disperse crowds and is also deployed on American warships.

She is being represented by the the American Civil Liberties Union.

“LRAD is not a weapon,” LRAD spokesman Robert Putnam told the Associated Press. “It is an effective long range communications system used to clearly broadcast critical information, instructions and warnings.”

LRAD Corp. is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

It’s not a weapon. It’s a communication system. Go back to bed.

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MSNBC Reporter SLAMS NYC Police Brutality

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 9:35 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. After 911 the NYC police dept has become the FBI, NSA, & CIA all rolled into one. See http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/25/60minutes/main20111059.shtml for the details. It is yet another example of the police state. It is high time the citizens rise up against these jack booted thugs who in the “untouchable” name of fighting terrorism have themselves become the real threat to civil society.


Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 9:19 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Willingham Execution: What Texas Gov. Perry Knew and When

Posted on September 28th, 2011 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


On the day in 2004 that her first cousin Cameron Todd Willingham was scheduled to be executed in Texas, Patricia Cox had good reason to believe he was innocent.

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