December 29, 2003

Next using the internet will be probably cause

FBI urges police to watch for people carrying almanacs, ``urging officers to watch during searches, traffic stops and other investigations for anyone carrying almanacs, especially if the books are annotated in suspicious ways.``

"The practice of researching potential targets is consistent with known methods of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations that seek to maximize the likelihood of operational success through careful planning," the FBI wrote.

Computer people would refer to this as "Security by Obscurity," the misguided mindset that if we keep everyone ignorant we'll keep everything safe.

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December 18, 2003

Burt Rutan does it again!

Designer Burt Rutan's Private rocket plane makes a successful supersonic flight: "Our flight this morning by SpaceShipOne demonstrated that supersonic flight is now the domain of a small company doing privately funded research, without government help."

Rutan heads a small compay that designs cutting edge aerospace craft based in the Mojave Desert.

He developed Voyager, the first plane that flew around the world without refueling in 1986.

I remember monitoring the whole Voyager flight, as they were using the military's FLTSATCOM satellite for unencrypted transmissions. I was monitoring it on a Icom R7000 receiver.

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December 17, 2003

Sell a vibrator, go to jail (in Texas)

Texas housewife busted for selling erotic toys: ``Joanne Webb, a former fifth-grade teacher and mother of three, was in a county court in Cleburne, Texas, on Monday to answer obscenity charges for selling the vibrator to undercover narcotics officers posing as a dysfunctional married couple in search of a sex aid.``

What gets me is that they spent all that money to arrest her. Undercover sting operation and all that. Insane.

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PETA terrorizes children

PETA starts terrorizing childred at performances of ``The Nutcracker'' in the next few weeks by handing out fliers saying ``Your Mommy Kills Animals'' to youngsters whose mothers are wearing fur. (Boston Herald)

The fliers include a color drawing of a woman plunging a large bloody knife into the belly of a terrified rabbit. It's a pretty funny drawing actually, would have been great around halloween time.

The fliers say "ask your mommy how many dead animals she killed to make her fur clothes".

I've always found it somewhat hypocritical that PETA supporters are supportive of abortion rights, kind of like on the opposite end how death penalty supporters are often anti-abortion.

I wonder how PETA feels about animal abortions?!?

From the PETA FAQ on Abortion:

"Where does the animal rights movement stand on abortion?"

There are people on both sides of the abortion issue in the animal rights movement, just as there are people on both sides of animal rights issues in the pro-life movement. And just as the pro-life movement has no official position on animal rights, neither does the animal rights movement have an official position on abortion.

"Is PETA pro-life?"

No. We are not pro-life or pro-choice as an organization, for that is not part of our charter. We are an animal rights organization and our mission statement is that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. However, we have pro-life members and this message is brought to you by people who care about all life. We are asking people who feel in their hearts and souls that taking the life of an unborn child is wrong, to also consider the lives of other wonderful beings who do not want to die.

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December 14, 2003

What about bin Laden?

Saddam Hussein captured and the US celebrates. We have finally gotten even for 9/11.
Oh, wait. Saddam didn't have anything to do with 9/11, he's just a nasty guy.
Still, we got even! Yay!

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December 13, 2003

Next it will be an implant

Companies Test 'Contactless' Credit Cards: ``MasterCard and American Express have been testing "contactless" versions of their credit cards. The cards need only be held near a special reader for a sale to go through.``

While I think this technology is great, I can't help but imagine it makig the next step, and having an implant in your hand or forearm that contains all your credit cards. Some people will love the idea, some will hate it.

As long as I can still use cash, I'm not worried. But as soon as I hear of merchants stop accepting cash for transacctions, I'm gonna be real nervous.

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December 11, 2003

Virginia is for Lovers...

Virginia is for Lovers but only as long as it is straight, missionary possition sex:  "A lot of people don't agree that certain sex acts should be legal in Virginia," Mr. Albo said. "Some people don't want to capitulate to a decision by the Supreme Court they consider to be completely wrong."

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December 09, 2003

Copyright Stormtroopers

Expect Waco-like RIAA raids soon:The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leaving his post next month to lead the recording industry's efforts to stop music piracy.

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December 07, 2003

A new arms race

Bush wants a new era of nuclear weapons: ``Reversing a decade of restraint in nuclear weapons policy, Congress agreed to provide more than $6 billion for research, expansion and upgrades in the country's nuclear capabilities.``

Why is it that all these right wing religious political leaders want to take part in starting the war of Armageddon?

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December 04, 2003

Phone portability: Blame the FCC not the carriers

Now that number portability in the cellular space has begun, customers are now complaining that they cant' take their phones with them to new carriers. That's right, consumer groups are now pissed that people have to buy new phones when they switch carriers.

This is NOT some scam by the telecom providers. This was a deliberate decision by the FCC to not standardize on one transmission standard like GSM in the rest of the world. Instead, the FCC decided to let market forces fight it out and let the marketplace decide.

Well guess what? Most people don't care about their phone technology. They all suck pretty much the same. One might have better coverage at the expense of sound quality or battery life.

It's a damn shame that the FCC gave in to Qualcomm's lobbying and now we have 3 (or is it 4) different incompatible services in the US.

Oh, and they all suck compared to how good they could be if there was a universal standard.

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December 03, 2003

Judge throws out Streisand Home Photo lawsuit

It's OK to publich distant ariel photos of homes much to the annoyance of Barbara Streisand.

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