North Korea Opens .kp Sites On the Internet
Radios are quite normal in North Korea. They are sealed to specific ranges and checked every, I think, 3 months, to prevent people from listening to foreign media.
TV's are also prominent amongst the higher classes of the country. South Korean soap operas are apparently quite popular to watch illegally on imported DVD'
Hack Exposes Pirate Bay User Data
I like how *random hacker group X* is not accountable to anybody.
It offers possibilities for good and bad... all depending on the poltiical agenda of said group
Which only makes it even more incredibly sad that so many hacker groups go for a ridiculous Nationalist-with-a-big-N route.
Chinese, Iranian, Turkish, American, Argentinian, Chilean... fucling pathetic for a subculture that generally prides itself on non-alliance and independence.
Google's New Approach For China Is To Serve From Hong Kong
Another interpretation could be that this move to hong kong allows the Chinese government to save face. They've been very public about their issues with google's operation in mainland China, while google is far from the biggest player in the market.
The idea of the censorship is not just to totally block access to certain information. Reminding people where the line is drawn (no matter how vaguely) by public shows of power is just as important. Chinese censorship, afaik, is more concerned with the broadcasting side of communication than with the receiving end. It's hard to prevent people from looking for information (see ToR / proxies etc).
It's easier to go after the source ('dissidents') and scare people into not spreading information. Going after google in the state newspaper and on tv etc. is also a way of communicating to the chinese people that 'our rules are still in place'.
Moving to Hong Kong might allow google to continue their service to China, while at the same time the Chinese government can say that it 'won' the discussion and reach its goal of reminding it's public (the Chinese population) about its position on freedom of information / opinion.
If it works out that way it's a pretty smart business move from google, allowing for a way out of the zero-sum game they were in.
Project M Could Send Every Scientist To the Moon, By Proxy
Science?! Screw science! You mean sports!
Become Lunar Boxing Heavy Weight Champion by punching an opponent into orbit!
New Bounds On the Higgs Boson Mass
So much for Europe being the new frontier for science.
Oh well, I suppose we can always turn the LHC into an expensive underground parking for the Genevans...
500 park jobs per day at a cheap 10dollars an hour... with luck we'll have our money back somewhere around the year 7010...
IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access To User Files
WHY DO PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES STILL USE IE?
Because many online / network services won't work outside of IE.
At one of my temp jobs I had to work with a hotel management service that only ran on MS IE (v5, no less)... I had a good laugh when IE got fuxed up by some wonderful bonzibuddy toolbar variant thingy because one of my colleagues had managed to click one too many 'yes' buttons in popup windows.
Then I had to do all the administration by hand and couldn't access the billing system and didn't laugh anymore.
Of course, the day after it was fixed, somebody had installed the google toolbar as if nothing had ever happened. /fail
Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"
A redirected URL even. /suicide
The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter
My grandmother, who was going slightly deaf, recently had a very loud radio triggered beeper installed that went off everytime somebody rang the doorbell.
Turned out it worked on the same frequency as the neighbors DIY garage door system:
If he opened his garage, her alarm started ringing.
If somebody rang her doorbell, the neighbors garage door opened.
I changed the frequency for her, but I think I should have explored the pranking possibilities of that set up a bit more.
SAS Named Best Company To Work For In 2010
Seeing how computer-SAS wins partly because of their great food perks, I'm fairly certain army-SAS wouldn't be high on the list.
Some friends of mine are in the (dutch) army, one often in liaison functions, and try tasting foreign MRE's every chance they get.
They tell me British MRE's were some of the worst they ever tried, apart form some ex-soviet countries (pig fat? yum?). Not sure if the SAS ones are better, but I would suspect not.
Japanese and Korean rations are aparantly pretty good.
Grigory Perelman and the Poincare Conjecture
He is refusing the prizes as a protest against the lack of ethics in the mathematical community. In his mind he believes this demonstrates how he is totally committed to mathematics, and that only.
This is also why I skipped math classes in high school.
I could have gotten straight A's... but you know, ethics, man.
Hackers Counter Microsoft COFEE With Some DECAF
I can't wait for the 'LATTE MOCHA' fork.
Building Left 4 Dead Maps With Google Sketchup
Way back when, my highschool actively sponsored a Quake2 tournament in the computer lab during a competitive sports week, in which the maps were all based on the school and some models were based on teachers.
It was fun.
Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"
The costs of arming every ship to such a degree that it can protect itself from heavily armed pirates is also pretty high. There's a gazillion ships out there, and you don't know which one they'll hit. The average sailor is also not trained (and probably unwilling) to go into a firefight.
Regular arms are also not a good sollution to the problem. The pirates of course show up unannounced, get on board before anybody can even get their guns out, and take the crew hostage. Guns can't counter that threat effectively.
It might also set off an arms race. Ships arm themselves -> pirates get bigger guns. Nobody wants that.
Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?
3 different plug types that don't fit in every type?
What 'the Netherlands' are you living in? In fact, what Europe have you been living in? I understand British people have a hard time understanding Europe, what with their Europhobia and gereral 'island' mindset... but really? Mistaking standardized two-prong plugs for something else?
I've never encountered any other plug than the standardized "Schuko" "Type F" plugs in the Netherlands. You know, the type with two prongs (and sometimes a seperate grounding), which means you can use grounded or ungrounded plugs ons both grounded and ungrounded outlets.... you know,the types that accept any europlug?
Perhaps you've been using 80s-era belgian and french plugs here? Or you've been buying imported electronics?
Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan
Ack.That was me.
Hate it when I forget to log in =___=
South Korea's First Rocket Fails To Reach Set Orbit
You're wrong. They're not just the Japanese. They're AT LEAST 'Japanese Reactionaries', but preferably 'Militarist Reactionary Confrontationist Japanese Ruling Forces', whose 'confrontational hysteria reveals their militarist disposition and ambition to swallow up the DPRK at any cost, without flinching even if they fail to do so'.
Following the KCNA is great fun.
Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard
How about a script that senses when somebody is drunk typing? Now THAT would be hella useful to lots of people, haha.
Wells Fargo Bank Sues Itself
This seems like a great way of laundering money...
1 - Sue yourself over some bullshit
2 - Pay outlandish fees to lawyer who's in on the deal (on both sides, of course, can't wait for him to object to himself in court)
3 - Make court battle drag on with continuously unearthed 'new evidence'
4 - Keep paying outlandish fees
5 - Settle case with yourself (including ridiculous settlement fee)
6 - Profit!
Or do even better: sue yourself over an issue that allows for tax deduction.
There are probably some details I'm overlooking here, but with some legal loopholery I'm sure this can work.
Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies
It is definitely great to see how so many ordinary people are aiding in this effort. It's pretty amazing to see how a wide variety of individuals are coming together to provide other people with the means to create a sense of information freedom.
People sometimes complain about the way in which people are disinterested in their power as democratic civilians... but this whole situation proves the opposite. So many people are providing help or at least vocal support to what's happening in Iran, and most of it is utterly disconnected from governmental systems.
Truly a civil society affair. Political scholars interested in discourse analysis and media studies are jumping up and down right now.
China's First Mars Probe Ready To Launch
I can't wait for the Chinese to start probing Uranus.
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