mhollis (727905) writes "I just received a telephone call from Verizon monents ago. They were interested in trying to get my wife to extend their contract and I told them that I do know that my wife is interested in extending her contract if they offer the Apple iPhone. The woman told me straight out that they are getting the iPhone and that it was not out yet — but it would be out in the next year." top
mhollis writes "San Francisco municipal emplyoyee Terry Childs, a computer network administrator has the admin passwords and he's not giving them up. He is being held by the city on $5 Million bail while murder suspects are typically held on $1 Million. He is refusing to give up real asministrator passwords to city officials apparently because he has a beef with his boss.
Authorities say Childs created a password that granted him exclusive access to the city's new FiberWAN (Wide Area Network), where records such as officials' e-mails, city payroll files, confidential law enforcement documents and jail inmates' bookings are stored. He initially gave pass codes to police, but they didn't work. When pressed, Childs refused to divulge the real code even when threatened with arrest, they said." top
Apple's iPhone won't work if hacked, then upgraded
mhollis (727905) writes "Gizmodo is featuring a subjective HDTV quality test from the five networks that were sending an HD signal of the President's State of the Union speech. This speech was broadcast using a pool feed, so everyone was deriving their signal from exactly the same source.
According to Gizmodo, CBS won the contest with the highest quality signal. Fox lost, as they did not have an HD feed at all — just widescreen — so their picture looked fuzzy as compared to the other networks. Also judged was sound quality.
And you thought NTSC standard definition television stood for Never Twice the Same Color!" top
mhollis (727905) writes "NASA's Cassini spacecraft has seen something never before seen on another planet — a hurricane-like storm at Saturn's South Pole with a well-developed eye, ringed by towering clouds.
The "hurricane" spans a dark area inside a thick, brighter ring of clouds. It is approximately 5,000 miles across, or two thirds the diameter of Earth." top
mhollis (727905) writes "Some time ago, Palm announced the Treo 680 but released nothing more than a photograph. Today, someone with inside information has released full details in the form of a Power Point presentation for internal use only by Cingular, who will have an exclusive on the device for a while. Pricing options are also available
The Treo 680 will have marginally more RAM than any of Palm's current crop of smartphones, though will have a lower-resolution camera. It has a slower data rate than the Treo 650 and 700 series but it will have a push-to-talk walkie-talkie feature planned as an upgrade.
The 680 does not feature an external antenna, which is a source of frustration for many Treo users."
Tomorrow is another anniversary of September 11th and a particularly meaningful day for me. I lost a number of good friends on that day (though I didn't know it at the time) and witnessed the second plane hitting the South Tower in NYC. I had previously heard the first plane passing over my apartment in Greenwich Village and heard the explosion.
Despite the fact that it was a day off for me, I went in to work. You see, I work at NBC and I knew that it would be very important that I help tell the story of an unprecidented attack on America to the world.
Every year, I find we tend to reopen the wound by rebroadcasting the events of that day. What we don't do is any analysis.
One of the first, and most vital things that a nation has to do is to secure its own borders and establish a common defence of its population. The US failed to do that, despite warnings, on September 11, 2001. If attacked, it is the duty of a nation to respond to the attacker. The US has failed to do that, as Osama bin Ladin is still at large and his terror network is larger than ever, thanks to the training camp we have provided Al Qaida in Iraq.
In the meantime our government has created whole new bureaucracies that have helped to prevent it from providing necessary services. Since FEMA has been subsumed by the Department of Homeland Security, it is no longer capable of responding to emergencies and Coast Guard Admmirals must step in because political appointees cannot figure out how to do their jobs.
And our government is spending money like water on these new bureaucracies as well as the the terrorist training camp that is Iraq. We seem to have learned nothing, save how to impart political spin on misdeeds and misappropriation of taxpayer funds.
I wonder if I will ever see any meaning in my friends' deaths. If the past four years are any indication, it's doubtful.
Recently there has been a certain amount of discussion about whether or not State legislatures ought to keep municipalities from offering WiFi access using their tax money to do so.
There is some question about what the role of government ought to be and this question has been at the heart of political debate for centuries. US Presidents have refused to sign bills that would use federal funding to build roads. Towns used to only rent or lease lots and were wholly owned by large landowners who used rents to improve the town (building roads, storm sewers, wastewater treatment and so on).
Obviously, what constitutes a good model for community government changes with the times and the perceptions of the people and that is a mark of a good democratic society.
I have mentioned that I am bothered when State or Federal governments restrict what services a locality may offer because it keeps the local people from running affairs as they see fit and as they are willing to pay for in taxes.
Part of the essence of the American Revolution was an insistence that local affairs were best governed by local councils and people closest to the issues. Government from afar, especially government that did not represent or consider local issues was what we were declaring their independence from and I think that, to a certain extent, this principle has been forgotten.
Ought municipalities to provide this service as well as the other services they provide? I don't know. But they should not be prevented from offering any service that the majority of a local community wishes to pay taxes to support.