Archive for April, 2005

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US ‘conceals high terror figures’

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US ‘conceals high terror figures’

Last year’s original report said there had been a total of 190 terror acts around the world in 2003 – pointing to a steady decrease over three years.
The administration seized on this and other numbers as proof that its war on terror was succeeding.
In the revised report the department said there had in fact been 208 attacks – an increase from 2004.
Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said there had been no attempt to deceive people, and blamed clerical and administrative errors.

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Snails are faster than ADSL

Following on from some pioneering work done in Norway, scientists in Israel have published research done on a SNAil based carrier Protocol
The following table, summarize the results:

Technology Kbps
V.34 modem 28.8
ISDN 128
ADSL 1500
Pigeons 2270
SNAP 37,000

Please note all measured times were recorded by an observer on the ground. If measured by the moving snail itself, times would have been a bit shorter, according to Einstein’s relativity theory, resulting in slightly greater bps rates.

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It’s made with people!

Soylent Grain

So – how did mad cow evolve again?

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Canadian charter of rights and freedoms

For your records – Canadian charter of rights and freedoms: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God”

And FYI: the most infamous stain on our character.

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Institute for Backup Trauma

John Cleese + Tabe-backup units = funny

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The Open Source Political Challenge

Some interesting generalizations about open source vs closed source in politics where “open source” is a popular movement and closed source is a corporate or PAC driven agenda.

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Playing partisan politics with international telecom standards

The State Department has traditionally put together a list of industry representatives for these meetings, and anyone in the U.S. telecom industry who had the requisite expertise and wanted to go was generally given a slot, say past participants. Only after the start of Bush’s second term did a political litmus test emerge, industry sources say.

The White House admits as much: “We wanted people who would represent the Administration positively, and–call us nutty–it seemed like those who wanted to kick this Administration out of town last November would have some difficulty doing that,” says White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

Well, I won’t call you “nutty”, but I will call you a filthy partisan bribe-seeking whore. Good enough? (No offense intended to the hard working sisters in the International Order of Manual Release Technicians)

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