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Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 15:46 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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How the iWatch could also look

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 15:45 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


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  1. What, no holster?

Any Two Pages on the Web Are Connected By 19 Clicks or Less

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 13:44 by John Sinteur in category: News


No one knows for sure how many individual pages are on the web, but right now, it’s estimated that there are more than 14 billion. Recently, though, Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási discovered something surprising about this massive number: Like actors in Hollywood connected by Kevin Bacon, from every single one of these pages you can navigate to any other in 19 clicks or less.

Barabási’s findings, published yesterday in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, involved a simulated model of the web that he created to better understand its structure. He discovered that of the roughly 1 trillion web documents in existence—the aforementioned 14 billion-plus pages, along with every image, video or other file hosted on every single one of them—the vast majority are poorly connected, linked to perhaps just a few other pages or documents.

Distributed across the entire web, though, are a minority of pages—search engines, indexes and aggregators—that are very highly connected and can be used to move from area of the web to another. These nodes serve as the “Kevin Bacons” of the web, allowing users to navigate from most areas to most others in less than 19 clicks.

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The keming is a bit off..

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 13:36 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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  1. That’s my sodding van!

“Hubris”: New Documentary Reexamines the Iraq War “Hoax”

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia


One chilling moment in the film comes in an interview with retired General Anthony Zinni, a former commander in chief of US Central Command. In August 2002, the Bush-Cheney administration opened its propaganda campaign for war with a Cheney speech at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. The veep made a stark declaration: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.” No doubt, he proclaimed, Saddam was arming himself with WMD in preparation for attacking the United States.

Zinni was sitting on the stage during the speech, and in the documentary he recalls his reaction:

It was a shock. It was a total shock. I couldn’t believe the vice president was saying this, you know? In doing work with the CIA on Iraq WMD, through all the briefings I heard at Langley, I never saw one piece of credible evidence that there was an ongoing program. And that’s when I began to believe they’re getting serious about this. They wanna go into Iraq.

That Zinni quote should almost end the debate on whether the Bush-Cheney administration purposefully guided the nation into war with misinformation and disinformation.

But there’s more. So much more. The film highlights a Pentagon document declassified two years ago. This memo notes that in November 2001—shortly after the 9/11 attacks—Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with General Tommy Franks to review plans for the “decapitation” of the Iraqi government. The two men reviewed how a war against Saddam could be triggered; that list included a “dispute over WMD inspections.” It’s evidence that the administration was seeking a pretense for war.

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  1. ..feed the military industrial complex beast so their investors can get rich. And it is not the first and will not be the last as long as gullible people exist.

  2. The whole “learning from history so as not to repeat it” thing doesn’t seem to apply in the U.S..

  3. @Desiato: Oh, they learned. But the lesson is different for these people. I refer, of course, to the Gulf of Tonkin incident (for example).

Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 8:21 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Google has been told by a group of EU regulators that it faces “a coordinated repressive action” before this summer, due to the fact that the online search advertising giant has ignored their order to make changes to and provide information about its privacy policies.

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