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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

randomErr Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

In the 80's they were:
- Riding the last of the CB revolution
- Riding the last of the Space Patrol brand
- Pushing out tons of TRS computers (CoCo 3 anyone?)
- Select over-priced products based on their reputations (VCR's, TV's, and weird NES co-processor add-on that did '10 bit games)
- Started selling Motorola phones

about two weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

randomErr Re:Why doesn't he just make an Executive Order? (703 comments)

Executive orders have financial restrictions. He could easily fund a study and employee a political contributor to do the work and get the results he wants, This would make great cannon fodder for the 2016 election.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

randomErr Multi-domains housed website (312 comments)

I've seen some proprietary implementation of encoding multiple domains into a single url. Otehr have had a static home page with a list of alternate domains. That way you not restricted to a external CDN traffic control.

about a month ago

Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

randomErr Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

Two Words: Biosphere 2 Not the horrible movie Bio-Dome.I mean the Texas experiment in 1991. It was meant to be a fully self sustaining isolated environment. Everything started dying off quickly that led to the premature closure of the experiment. Until I can see something successfully ran like this I will not even consider the re-engineering experiment that are proposed.

about 2 months ago

Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

randomErr Not sure how well it will work (106 comments)

ChromeCast isn't exactly setting the world on fire. I have one. But the apps for it are same as what I can get on XBox and tablet. I really only use it when I want watch stupid cat videos on our TV because her tablet is better then XBox's YouTube interface.

The only saving grace for this unit is the open nature that ChromeCast really doesn't have yet.

about 4 months ago

Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015

randomErr Re:They're solar. (42 comments)

I suppose you could do a low earth orbit fly keep you craft in day as long as possible.

about 4 months ago

Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

randomErr It didn't because... (183 comments)

Most of the terrorist group fall into one of these categories:

  • Mega Groups - They already knew most of this information. They've built an underground network for communication that goes outside of what the most people are monitoring. They're also working with/buying off various governments for their intel.
  • Regular Groups - More then 50 people but not as complex. They know they're being watched and want to be martyrs for the cause. These are the cannon fodder of the mega groups. They do what the big boys tell them in hopes becoming something bigger or better
  • Small Groups - 50 or less people. These are the ones that can talk face to face and don't need the networks. These are the most dangerous because you never know what will set them off and usually think the other groups aren't radical enough.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

randomErr Re:The idea of variant (var) (729 comments)

I realize that but its seems a waste. My point was that you should already know your data types. I like the readability of strongly typed code. You also make you compiler and debugger work extra. On small stuff no big deal. But on large projects those extra compiling seconds can become minutes easily. Also I've had a few cases where when I've done compares on C# compiled code the strongly typed program usually came out smaller.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

randomErr The idea of variant (var) (729 comments)

I understand in some learning languages (Apple ][e flavor of Basic comes to mind) it can useful for beginners. But why have it languages like C#, VB,NET and even JavaScript? It would make everyone's life easier and most code run faster if you pushed your objects to strongly type variables.

about 5 months ago

Air Pollution Can Disrupt Pollinating Insects By Concealing the Scent of Flowers

randomErr Re:so electric cars (67 comments)

To manufacture electric cars you have to use materials that are more costly, harder to mine and toxic (lithium and mercury). So they create more pollution to. Also electric cars have to get there electricity from somewhere that's generating pollution as well. The sum gain of electric cars is about the same as regular cars. The pollution just comes in another form.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

randomErr Portable cloud access to my desktop (427 comments)

I want to be able to walk to cafe, hold my watch over sensor, and have my home, school, or work station popup. When I walk away my desktop goes away.

about 7 months ago

2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

randomErr Keystone Pipeline? (619 comments)

Why not OK the keystone pipeline? We would get a more stable source of oil, generate jobs and reduce gas prices.

about 7 months ago

California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

randomErr I don't think we need to immunize child so early (387 comments)

I think there's enough creditable evidence out there to suggest that young children under the age of 3 shouldn't have any immunization because thier systems aren't developed enough to deal with the shots. But by 3 they should be required to be immunized before attending and public school. Also I this there should be mandated boosters in public middle and highschool. You don't want to follow the rules then you don't get the free education.

about 7 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

randomErr Re: Bad marketing (127 comments)

I think the root cause should be looked at why they have bad marketing. IMHO: the senior management staff is getting old an inflexible. Iwata can't even come to E3 because of health concerns. Nintendo as a whole is no longer flexible enough to meet market demands and users want. When have they release a good game where they truly innovate? It seems like all they want to do is farm out their game to child studio's and have them make just enough changes to sell s few copies. The Mario Kart is the perfect case. Its Nintendo's character riding around a track. From most early reviews its getting a mediocre review because there is nothing really ground breaking. If Nintendo really want to get serious then they need they really need to push the indy developer program again. They need to hire back the 10% of North America marketers they fired. Finally they need to come up with new marketing plan. Sega of America was in teh EXACT same place with the Genesis. What they did was work with SoJ and created a little game called Sonic the Hedge. Then they built a whole new marketing plan to get out of the old tired ways to the Genesis. Ha, to think Sega's history maybe what it takes to save Nintento>

about 8 months ago

id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

randomErr Play them in my browser (100 comments)

I can't wait until someone ports them over to Google Native Client so I can play them in my browser.

about 8 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

randomErr Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

The issue isn't Walmart its the mom and pop's. Because they don't have the revenue to invest in mechanization and automated distribution they have much more labor. A 5% increase in the minimum wage could easily be 20% increase in costs. The net affect is reduced benefits and the possibility the business closing shop. Then Kmart, Walmart Meijers, Costcos moves in. My solution is that we reduce regulation so people can start new businesses easier and we cut the fat and useless programs in Washington and at home so we don't have to be taxed so much.

about 8 months ago

AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

randomErr Re:A fifth horseman (449 comments)

The government has created a martyr. If they prosecute him again it will rally his troops. If they ignore him it will rally his troops. If they pay him off he will go away for a while.

about 8 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

randomErr Just chip everyone (1374 comments)

Put an RFID into everyone's shoot hand you're set.

about 9 months ago

Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers

randomErr The Comic (18 comments)

I thought they were talking about the Inktank comic.

about 9 months ago



UN Convention on Conventional Weapons Talks about Terminator-like Machines

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 8 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "A four-day session in Geneva to prevent the nightmare scenario of autonomous machines fighting wars and possibly us will occur this November. "Killer robots would threaten the most fundamental of rights and principles in international law," warned Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch. Robots and unmanned aircraft whose human controllers push the trigger from a far-distant base are currently stationed around the globe."

Protein 'GDF11' Found in Young Blood Shown to Restore Mental and Physical Health

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 9 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "The protein 'GDF11' that is found in large quantities in young people has been tested in mice with great regenerative properties. The 'vampire therapy' of blood transfusion from young people was shown to reverse heart damage last year. Full human trials are planned to start in the next 2-3 years."

Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With 'Bloggers Law'

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 9 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "Russia is tightening its grip on free speech and freedom of the internet by creating a new 'blogger law'. The new law put into effect Monday now say if you want to post anything online you have to register with the government. This policy follows the pattern set by China, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran."

Drones banned from Yosemite, other parks

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 9 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "On Friday, Yosemite National Park in California turned heads when it announced that drones, the unmanned aircraft increasingly making their way into private hands, aren't welcome in the park, famous for its picturesque valley of towering granite cliffs, waterfalls and Giant Sequoia groves. Apparently using drones to capture experiences at the park, on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is becoming a trend."

Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 9 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Geologists don't know when or where the state's next big earthquake will strike, nor will they put a number on the increased risk."
Link to Original Source

U.S. government to study Bitcoin as possible terrorist threat

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 9 months ago

randomErr (172078) writes "The US Department of Defense is investigating whether Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are a potential terrorist threat. The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), a division within DOD that identifies and develops counter terrorism abilities and investigates irregular warfare and evolving threats, has listed Bitcoin among its topics for research and mission critical analysis related to terrorism."

Intel Ships New Atom Processors to PC Makers

randomErr randomErr writes  |  about 3 years ago

randomErr writes "Intel began shipping the new mobile Atom, formerly codenamed "Cedar Trail", processors to manufacturers. As with most new chips it has more features and longer battery life. Intel said today "Computing systems using new Atom processors will debut in early 2012 through leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba." A netbooks based on the new chip may have up to 10 hours of battery life, weeks of standby and high-definition video."
Link to Original Source

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 7 years ago

randomErr writes "As reported by Info World Microsoft was issued a cease and desist order on February 7 of this year by Vertical Computer Systems. The order was for patent infringement by the current implementations of the .NET framework. Both the .NET framework and Vertical Computer Systems' SiteFlash use XML to create component-based structures that are used to build and operate web sites. Vertical Computer Systems is requesting a full jury trial. If successful fought .NET technology implementations may completely change as we know it and Microsoft would have to pay out a hefty sum."



Coffee acts as painkiller for women: Study

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Coffee acts as painkiller for women: Study

ANI [ THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2002 12:28:52 PM ]

LONDON: Coffee as painkiller? Well, a new study suggests just that, and it seems to work only on women.

The study conducted by researchers at a London college says a double espresso may be able to improve women's tolerance to pain. However, the caffeine jolt does nothing to help men.

It has long been suggested that women are the harder sex when it comes to dealing with pain, with their ability to cope with childbirth cited as principal evidence. That, however, could be a myth, suggest the researchers at Goldsmiths College. Men were, on the whole, better able to withstand pain than women.

The experiment, reported in BBC, used 50 men and women, who were asked to plunge their arms into buckets of ice-cold water and keep them there for as long as they could.

On the whole, men could keep their arms submerged for longer than women. Psychological studies have suggested that men tend to focus on their senses during pain, while women have a far more emotional response, making it harder for them to cope. However, when the women were given 250mg of caffeine - equivalent to a double espresso, their tolerance improved. Afterwards, they were able to keep their arms in the bucket for significantly longer time.

Ed Keogh, who led the study, said that increased blood pressure, a side-effect of consuming caffeine, might be behind the improvement. But there was no explanation as to why men fared no better after their caffeine fix.

"The effect may not last for very long, but a quick double espresso probably would make the pain of something like leg-waxing more bearable. We need a lot more research into the differences between the genders when it comes to pain. It may be that painkillers need to be tailored differently to the sexes to ensure they are as effective as possible," he said.


Schools Teach 3 C's: Candy, Cookies and Chips

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Schools Teach 3 C's: Candy, Cookies and Chips
chool is back in session, but do you know what your children are learning about a matter of lifelong importance? That matter is food and drink, the substances that sustain health and life.

But in more and more schools nationwide, children from kindergarten through high school are being taught that "nutrition" comes in boxes of fast foods, candy wrappers and soft-drink cans and bottles.

In many schools, fast-food companies have co-opted the lunch program, and children have ready access to soft-drink and snack machines. In the classroom, too, children in 12,000 schools are required to watch a 12-minute television program every day with two minutes of commercials from companies like McDonald's, Hershey, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, KFC, Frito-Lay, Domino's and 7Up.

As Dr. Marion Nestle of New York University points out in her illuminating book "Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health" (University of California Press, 2002, $29.95), "Given their purchasing power, numbers, potential as future customers and captive status, it is no wonder that food companies view schoolchildren as an unparalleled marketing opportunity."

To be sure, in exchange for advertising and the opportunity to sell their nutritionally wanting products in schools, corporations often contribute money and materials desperately needed by schools.

These companies pay for sports uniforms, scoreboards, computers and other items, some of which carry the company logo.

When children's books are protected by covers bearing, say, the Coca-Cola logo, they see an advertising message even while they do their schoolwork.

"Many commercial activities produced no tangible benefits for the school, although the benefits to advertisers were quite evident," added Dr. Nestle, who heads N.Y.U.'s department of nutrition and food studies.

For example, advertisers may offer children free samples and coupons for fast food and sponsor Channel One closed-circuit programs viewed daily by 8.3 million schoolchildren, who see 2 minutes of commercial messages along with 10 minutes of news and features.

But not every school official is in favor of this noxious trend. Dr. Nestle quotes Jill Wynns of the San Francisco school board: "The law requires your future customers to come to a place 180 days a year where they must watch and listen to your advertising messages exclusively. Your competitors are not allowed access to the market. The most important public institution in the lives of children and families gives its implied endorsement to your products. The police and schools enforce the requirement that the customers show up and stay for the show."

Lessons Start Early

Beginning in preschool, children are exposed to thousands of messages from advertisers that can corrupt the food lessons their parents hope to teach them. For example, Dr. Nestle cites the public television program for toddlers called "Teletubbies," sponsored first by Burger King and then by McDonald's, which distributed toys representing the four Teletubby characters.

Then there are Saturday mornings, when parents may hope to catch some extra sleep while their young children are bombarded by television advertising for what Dr. Nestle calls "foods and beverages of dubious nutritional value: presweetened breakfast cereals, candy, fast foods, sodas, cookies, chips."

Not one commercial for fruits, vegetables, bread or fish was shown, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Many studies have shown that young children do not readily distinguish program content from commercials.

And, to make it even more difficult, commercials these days look and sound more and more like the programs. To Dr. Nestle, "food marketing to children is big business aimed at uncritical minds."

Even some of the books bought for toddlers carry a not-so-hidden commercial message. For example, I bought my grandsons, who was then a year old, a Cheerios counting book (Cheerios being a nutritious nonsugar-coated cereal) but rejected the books featuring Kellogg's Fruit Loops and Oreo Cookies.

As Dr. Nestle wrote, "The Oreo book requires children to count (and presumably eat) their way through 10 cookies before reaching `and now there are none.' "

Once children are in school, the commercial lessons continue. More and more school lunch programs now offer brand-name fast foods.

Some schools have turned their entire lunch programs over to management companies that bring in nothing but fast foods, in the process forfeiting the federal reimbursements offered to schools that meet government nutritional standards.

Of course, the children are required to pay a lot more for these meals -- $2 or $3 instead of 40 cents -- which may make them out of reach for children from low-income families, the very children school lunch programs were designed to help.

More Pop, Less Milk

Some districts sign "pouring-rights contracts" and they result in soda-pop vending machines in thousands of schools in return for big bucks the schools say they desperately need.

The companies may even offer bonuses to schools that exceed stated sales targets.

For example, in 1997 the 53-school Colorado Springs district signed an $8-million, 10-year agreement with Coca-Cola that included cash bonuses for extra sales and incentives like a new car for a senior with high grades and a perfect attendance record.

As you might guess, the students comply. As reported in the American Journal of Public Health, "What we have seen in just about every exclusive contract around the country is a resulting increase in the amount of soda consumed by students."

Vending machines are going into schools that did not previously have them and even into elementary schools.

Also, as you might expect, as children drink more soft drinks, which offer no redeeming nutritional value (the Center for Science in the Public Interest calls them "liquid candy"), they consume less of the nutritious drinks like milk and fruit juices. Fruit drinks that contain 5 percent fruit juice to meet government standards still have too little of the natural product to be considered nutritious, Dr. Nestle said.

Can this trend be curbed? "By the end of 2000, more than 30 school districts in California, Tennessee and Wisconsin, for example, had refused such deals after protests by parents, students and school officials," Dr. Nestle reported.

"Philadelphia refused an offer from Coca-Cola for $43 million over a 10-year period," she said, "and Michigan turned down a contract that would have covered 110 school districts encompassing nearly half a million students."

What is needed now is legislation at the national level, laws with enforcement teeth. So if you are a parent concerned about your child's health, pay attention to the nutrition messages the children receive at school and at home and write to your representatives in Congress about the need for national action.


Column: Trials and tribulations of camping trips today

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Column: Trials and tribulations of camping trips today

Statesman Journal
September 26, 2002

Let's just call this one "Survival of the Fattest."

The inspiration comes from recently reading a used-bookstore treasure, Endurance, a book printed in the 1950s about the legendary survival story of Ernest Shackleton's disastrous 1914 expedition to Antarctica.

Shackleton's party survived by eating seals and sled dogs. They lived in frozen, rotted sleeping bags huddled in tents ripped to shreds by bitter, icy winds.

The book was a compilation of journals and reminiscences from participants in the grueling journey. It just goes to show the value of documentation.

Which is why I kept a journal of the privations and hardships suffered during a weeklong camping trip around the Beaver State with my brother-in-law, Bob.

Shackleton thought he had it so tough.

Read on, if you dare.

Day 1: South Twin Lake

First setback: Grill on the fire ring at campground is too high for the briquettes.

There is a genuine fear that the marinated halibut steaks may be woefully underdone.

With invention born of desperation, we pile rocks under the grill for a stand for the charcoal.

It succeeds, but the amount of briquettes needed is far more than the length of the journey can sustain.

Day 2: Diamond Lake

Supply of double-stuff Oreos critically low, thanks to three-hour drive around Crater Lake. Rationing may be needed.

Forced cutback in briquettes means the party has to subsist on medium-rare steaks on the grill, and seasoned potato wedges cooked in a pan on the Coleman stove.

Milk frozen by dry ice in the cooler means bacon and eggs for breakfast.

Eggs also have frozen, so we are forced to eat them scrambled rather than over easy.

Fate is, indeed, a cruel mistress.

Day 3: Steens Mountain

Oreo supply completely depleted, forcing switch to Doritos and bean dip.

A vicious twist of fate considering the windows of the truck must remain rolled up because of the dust on 73 miles of dirt road.

Arrive at camp at sunset, meaning a cold dinner of club sandwiches with ham and smoked turkey on hogie rolls.

We can't find the water spigot in the dark, and are forced to subsist on beer and Pepsi.

Discipline is breaking down as all members of the expedition are relieving themselves behind trees in the deserted campground.

Note: Aquafresh with a Bud rinse is not a bad nightcap.

Day 4: Walton Lake

Lack of fishing success means the corn meal may be useless, unless I can find a muffin or loaf pan.

Spaghetti with Italian sausage is a welcome change from cold food of night before, and takes our minds off the charcoal shortage.

Morale is lifting despite Oreo deprivation as party of exploration reaches halfway point. Hershey bars have inexplicably disappeared.

Won't tell the other member of the party the dry ice is nearly gone. I think Bob knows because the milk has thawed enough to have Grape Nuts.

May have to ration everyone to 15,000 calories a day.

Day 5: Three Creeks Lake

After all we've been through, it's degenerated to this: Lack of briquettes and marinade force cooking seasoned chicken in foil by burying it in campfire coals.

It's small comfort, but the milk has thawed and butter softened, to the point where mashed potatoes are possible.

It takes our minds off the fact that we are completely out of charcoal, and may have to stop in Sisters for ice.

Last Day: House Rock Camp

Because of our desperate charcoal situation, we are forced to subsist on diced, marinated steak and onions mixed with the last of the brown rice.

The stock of marshmallows nearly gone. The end is near.


Burger King!!

Henry Miller can be reached at (503) 399-6725.


Would be great if they posted this one

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago

This is to funny. I wish they would post this one.


Sexciting scenes from Prosti

Sex happens in strange places in the latest Regal Entertainment film, and the star it hopes to launch into the bigtime, Aubrey Miles, swears making this happen has made her debut on the big screen a real scream.

  Aubrey Miles

With no one else to blame but her director, Erik Matti, doing it in every conceivable way can only fuel the film's contemporary take on the oldest profession.

"Direk Erik has weird but very exciting imagination," says Aubrey. "Iba siyang mag-isip ng mga eksena." He makes it a point to come up with something nobody has ever thought of coming up before whenever he's to shoot the film's love scenes. Everything comes out great every time kasi he goes the extra mile. Ayaw na ayaw n'ya ng cliché na love scene."

The bedroom is a tired venue for the director, and in the sex den circus, Aubrey and her colleagues work for, the sexual acrobatic will have to happen elsewhere.

So some of the film's many highlights have Aubrey doing it with co-star Jay Manalo inside the latter's parked tricycle where they pass the night away as it rains cats and dogs. Another one has the two at it again, standing up this time, inside a cramped closet.

Yet another sizzler has Aubrey making the grade with her Math teacher inside the locker room. Sex goes tabletop another minute as Aubrey makes a rare house call, the provincial capitol, where she spread-eagles for a horny governor in another highlight.

"Hindi naman for the sake of doing something different lang kaya ganu'n," explains Matti. "Most of Aubrey's love scenes happen under a given premise na either stolen moments sila as in her love scenes with Jay Manalo, or yun ang gusto ng mga nagiging costumer n'ya du'n sa istorya.

"I go with the flow of the story and at the same time conscious din sa kung ano'ng possible given the same situation in real life. Kasi in real life, we know and even hear of really horny people doing it in parked cars, sa madidilim na sulok ng Luneta, kahit nga sa abandoned guardhouse o kariton nga mero'ng gumagawa, eh! Andu'n kasi yung thrill sa unexpected places!"

Prosti takes a peek into the sleazy nocturnal world of whores, pimps, johns and sex dens with a focused sense of gutter flower drama. That which provides the film with a rare contemporary twist to a film subject as old as the profession it examines on the big screen.

The Roy Iglesias-penned screenplay likewise tweaks the millieu's ragged underbelly to illuminate the triumph of true love over lust, redemption over lust, redemption over corruption, and humanity over despairing hopelessness.

Believed by many to be among Erik Matti's best works, Regal's Prosti is also predicted to power Aubrey Miles' debut into the genre's big league.

Prosti also stars Paolo Rivero, Pinky Amador as a lucky prostitute -- a kind-hearted costumer will marry and treat her like a decent wife, and Racquel Villavicencio as a very religious prosti-tution house opera-tor. The film opens in Metro Manila on Oct. 2.


Do you know that Kuh Ledesma expects to re-open her burned down Republic of Malate theater-restaurant in Malate, Manila this November?

Yes, Kuh quietly attended to the reconstruction of the place almost as soon as it burned down almost a year ago. But, then, we heard from one of her publicists that it's most likely only the theater part of the restaurant that the very business-minded pop diva would be able to open this year -- and she's doing so to catch the many bookings for shows when the Christmas season comes around.

But, then, the new place might be bigger than the one that burned, because Kuh expects to be able to rent out space to celebrities who want to put up their own merchandising ventures or whatever kind of legitimate business.

We hear that Pops Fernandez seems to be interested to get space in the new Republic of Malate so she can sell her fashion products under the brand name Pipay and which she herself designs. Pops recently showcased her products to the press, and when she was asked how come she is not using "Pops" as a brand, she revealed that other people have patented the name "Pops" regardless of whether it's also their name or not.

"But it's all right, since 'Pipay' is my real nickname," she told the press at Ratsky Morato where she showcased her products which are now actually being sold in Fish boutiques owned by the couple Tina Maristela and Rico Ocampo.


Nephew charged in death of aunt

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Nephew charged in death of aunt
Suspect allegedly abetted drug heist


The nephew of a central Toledo woman shot fatally last month at a duplex she owned on Batavia Street was charged yesterday with his aunt's death.

Toledo police issued warrants for Vincent Daniels, 26, of 2462 Parkview Ave., charging him with involuntary manslaughter and of aggravated robbery. He was not in custody last night.

Andrea Daniels, 35, of 324 Batavia, died Aug. 1 of a single gunshot wound about 30 minutes after the incident in the lower unit of the duplex at 348 Batavia, authorities said.

The charges are based on Vincent Daniels' planning of and participation in the robbery of his aunt. Narcotics trafficking played a role in the underlying motive for the robbery, investigators said.

Police Lt. Rick Reed said Vincent Daniels is believed to be one of the two masked men who burst through a back door of the two-story duplex and confronted Ms. Daniels and a male acquaintance. One man had a handgun; the other, a shotgun.

The acquaintance escaped by jumping through a living room window. Ms. Daniels was shot in the back, and the bullet went through her right lung, according to the Lucas County Coroner's Office.

Court records state that when the suspects entered the house, Ms. Daniels and a man were engaged in a drug transaction. The suspects took money and drugs - namely, cocaine - that belonged to Ms. Daniels and the man.

The court documents state that Vincent Daniels later admitted to someone his role in the incident and to taking the drugs and money. He also admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy to rob the man who brought the drugs to the duplex, the records state.

The court records state that Vincent Daniels told someone that he and the victim had formulated a plan to rob a drug dealer with whom the victim was to make a drug transaction. He told the person that the victim, Ms. Daniels, was supposed to be shot and receive a minor injury to make the robbery appear more legitimate, records state.

Vincent Daniels served nearly five months for a drug possession conviction. He was released on parole in May, 1999.

The investigation into Ms. Daniels' death is continuing. Investigators anticipate charging additional suspects.

Lieutenant Reed said he has been aware of the community's concern over the number of homicides that have occurred this year. He pointed out that police have charged suspects in all but one of the six homicides that have occurred since Aug. 1.


Sun brews fresh Java for mobile devices

randomErr randomErr writes  |  more than 12 years ago


Sun brews fresh Java for mobile devices
12:54 Thursday 26th September 2002

Matthew Broersma

New tools will boost developers' ability to create cross-platform applications for sophisticated mobile devices. Enterprise tools are also on the way
Sun is giving its Java programming environment a stronger kick, with improvements to its capabilities for both enterprise-grade computers and a myriad of sub-PC devices.

On Tuesday, ahead of its JavaOne devloper conference in Japan this week, Sun announced approval of a new version of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4, which includes a host of application programming interfaces (APIs) for Web services. On the other end of the scale, Sun announced approval of the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) Personal Profile specification, aimed at embedded devices such as set-top boxes, automobile electronics, higher-end handheld computers and game consoles.

Java is Sun's programming environment for creating applications that can be written once to run on a variety of platforms, including different computer operating systems and a wide range of mobile devices.

In recent years, Sun has aimed Java's cross-platform capabilities increasingly at the proliferation of mobile, network-connected devices such as mobile phones, handhelds and set-top boxes, with its Java MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) now built into many basic mobile phones. J2ME Personal Profile replaces Sun's PersonalJava and aims at giving a high-performance experience comparable to that of a PC.

J2ME Personal Profile, known as JSR 62, made its way through an approval regime called the Java Community Process, members of which include Ericsson, IBM, Philips, Research in Motion and Texas Instruments, all vital players in the mobile device industry.

The new specification will be made available to developers at JavaOne. Sun has released the reference implementation of Personal Profile, and developers creating for the Linux operating system on Intel's StrongARM processors will soon get an optimised version based on the Connected Device Configuration, Hotspot Implementation (known as CDC HI).

This includes an optimised compiler to provide better Java performance on mobile devices. Sharp's Zaurus SL-5500 PDA is the best-known example of Linux running on StrongARM.

Sun is pitching Personal Profile as a cross-platform option for full-fledged applications. "Developers can now completely realise client device potential by building Java applications and applets that deliver a significant increase in computational performance, a small footprint and quicker application start-up," said Juan Dewar, director of Strategic Solutions and Devices at Sun, in a statement.

As Personal Profile is based on the Connected Device Configuration, it includes technologies not found in some lower-end Java implementations, such as on-board bytecode verification, a Java Native Interface and an Abstract Windowing Toolkit, Sun said.

The J2ME Personal Profile specification is available on Sun's Java Web site, while the reference implementation and technology compatibility kit are available through Sun's engineer programme.

J2EE 1.4, for its part, supports Web services features such as UDDI and ebXML registries and repositories, SOAP, XML processing and schemas and the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), Sun said.

The enterprise specification is designed to make it easy for developers to create Web services for deployment on multiple platforms. In this respect its highest-profile competitor is Microsoft's wide-ranging .Net technology, which includes a Java-rivalling programming language, C#.

Microsoft's .Net Compact Framework competes with Java on mobile devices. A second test version of Compact Framework was released earlier this month.

While many mobile phone manufacturers have adopted MIDP and other Java platforms, developers complain that the applications must be altered so much for each device that the promise of "write once, run anywhere" is not being realised.


Apple releases Rendezvous code

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Apple releases Rendezvous code

Globe and Mail Update

The source code for Apple's new Rendezvous networking technology will be released to the public, Apple Canada announced Thursday.

The move will allow developers to use Rendezvous technology in their network devices or software.

Rendezvous support is built into Mac OS X version 10.2 (Jaguar) and is used by Apple's iChat application. The source code includes software to support UNIX, Linux, and Windows-based systems and devices.

Apple said it is submitting Rendezvous to the IETF Zeroconf Working Group to develop the zero-configuration IP networking technology as an open standard. The procedure is part of the IETF standardization process.

Based on open Internet Engineering Task Force Standard Protocols such as Internet Protocol (IP), Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) and Domain Name System (DNS), Rendezvous automatically discovers and connects devices over any IP network, such as Ethernet or 802.11-based wireless networks such as Apple's Airport.

Apple said that a number of manufacturers of network products - such as network printers, consumer electronics, enterprise database management and educational applications - have said they will support Rendezvous. Among them are Canon, Epson, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Philips, Sybase, World Book and Xerox.

"By supporting an open standards process and providing open source software that is available today, Apple is encouraging the rapid adoption of Rendezvous technology,"
Apple worldwide product marketing vice president Philip Schiller said in making the announcement.

Developers can download the source code for Rendezvous under the Apple Public Source License from Apple beginning immediately.

Also available from the same download site as open-source releases are the Darwin 6.0.1 operating system and additional Open Directory plug-ins.


Just wanted to archive

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Iraq: U.S. Strikes Civilian Airport
Associated Press Writer

September 26, 2002, 9:44 AM EDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq said a U.S. airstrike hit its civilian airport in the southern port city of Basra. The announcement did not mention casualties.

A Pentagon official said two strikes early Thursday were in response to Iraq's firing of anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles at allied aircraft patrolling zones declared off-limits to Iraqi planes. U.S. officials declined to say whether a civilian airport had been hit.

Iraq quickly condemned Thursday's strike, which came two days after strikes aimed at radar and communications facilities in the southeast.

"This terrorist act is a breach of international civilian aviation regulations," an announcer on Iraq's state-owned satellite channel said.

The announcer said the attack targeted Basra International Airport's radar system and damaged the terminal building. No further details were announced.

It was unclear whether the airport had military facilities.

A Pentagon official said in Washington that aircraft from the U.S.-British coalition launched two strikes just after midnight Iraq time, one near Basra and the other near Al Kufah in southern Iraq.

The strikes came about 90 minutes after Iraq fired at the allied planes, the official said without specifying the location of the Iraqi attacks.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nick Balice, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command in Florida, had no comment on Iraq's accusation that one strike hit a civilian airport.

Coalition aircraft targeted an air defense mobile radar system and an air defense communications facility in the two missions, Balice said. He declined to say where the Iraqis fired from but said the coalition strikes were not necessarily aimed at the Iraqi facility that provoked them.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld disclosed last week that he ordered pilots to attack such targets as communications sites, command centers and fiber-optic links in Iraq's air defense network rather than the specific guns and radars used against U.S. and British pilots.

The goal of the new approach is to reduce dangers to fliers while increasing the damage to Iraq's increasingly sophisticated air defense system.

The United States and Britain have patrolled zones in northern and southern Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War, declaring the areas off limits to Iraqi aircraft to protect Kurds in the north and Shiites in the south.

Those patrols routinely launch airstrikes, with allies saying they only respond when Iraq's military radar locks onto their fighter planes. On Sept. 6, American and British warplanes attacked and destroyed Iraq's biggest military compound, H-3, in western Iraq near the Jordanian border, the exiled officers said.

These latest incidents come during high tensions between the United States and Iraq. Exiled Iraqi military officers say U.S. and British warplanes recently have intensified strikes in an apparent effort to undermine Iraq's air defenses as a prelude to war.

President Bush, who has accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction and harboring terrorists, has said he wants a "regime change" in Baghdad. Bush has not said whether he will go to war to achieve his aim, but he is pushing for a U.N. resolution that could authorize such an attack.

On Wednesday, U.S. defense officials announced a double strike at two southeastern installations. Precision-guided weapons were aimed Tuesday at a radar facility near Al Amarah about 165 miles southeast of Baghdad and a defense communications facility at Tallil, about 170 miles southeast of the capital, according to a U.S. Central Command statement.

The statement did not say how effective that strike was, only that the damage assessment was ongoing.

Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press


I'm so ticked

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I could just explode right now. I posted this article about 2 hours ahead of someone else.

2002-09-25 17:53:47 Bell Labs Physicist Fired for Falsifying Data (articles,science)


2002-09-13 14:46:41 0.0.4 of Xbox Debian Released

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All right, if guy post this story you damn well better give me credit.

2002-09-13 14:46:41 0.0.4 of Xbox Debian Released (articles,debian) (rejected)


Release Notes for the OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 Release

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The following is a mirror of: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/1.0.1/release_notes_1.0.1.html

Release Notes for the OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 Release

Last updated July 2002

OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 is the result of development on the cvs branch tagged "OOO_STABLE_1". Some builds have already been released from this branch, namely OpenOffice.org 1.0.0, and earlier the snapshots 641, 641C and 641D. Development was focussed on bug fixes. Thus, in these release notes, I dropped the 'features' section which used to be rather big in release notes of other (snapshot) releases with a 'bug fixes' section.

The work progress in 1.0.1 is also reflected in a changelog file.

jump to:
News and Issues
Bug Fixes
OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 test results

News and Issues

        * Mozilla
            We upgraded mozilla integration from 0.9.5 to 1.0
        * Installation
            The installation sets now contain a detailled installation guide in pdf format. After unpacking the installation tarball, you should find the file "installation_guide.pdf" with detailled instructions on how to create single user or network installations of OpenOffice.org 1.0.1. The french, german and italian communities have completed translations of this guide which you will find in the respective installation sets instead of the english ones. Translations to other languages are in preparation. They are collected at http://documentation.openoffice.org/setup_guide/index.html.

        * Solaris/sparc patches
            The Solaris/sparc version needs the following patches:
                    o If you have Solaris 8 (sparc), patches 108434-01 and 108435-01
                    o If you have Solaris 7 (sparc), patches 106387-8
                    o The patches are available at sunsolve.sun.com.
                                + Instructions: Search for the appropriate patch numbers and download
                                + Uncompress the files
                                + cd to the directory containing the patches
                                + As root, execute the following:

prompt> patchadd [patchnumber]

                                + (repeat as needed for Solaris 8)

Bug Fixes

This is a brief description of bug fixes for 1.0.1. You can click on the corresponding IssueZilla number to find out more details.

        * Several file saving operations tended to crash OpenOffice.org due to unreadable characters in the filename path. This has been fixed. (IZ 4655)
        * Fontcache problems have been solved (IZ 4366)
        * Font server discovery has been improved. (IZ 1610)
        * Autopilot functions didn't work when OOo is network installed on read-only partitions. This is fixed now. (IZ 4735)
        * Fixes for Thesaurus (OOo used to crash when changing the language in spell checking) (IZ 4435)
        * Any hyphenation dictionary should work now under any locale. (IZ 4555) (IZ 4687)
        * OOo used to freeze when programs access /dev/dsp - for instance slide transitions in OpenImpress froze when they are accompanied with sound handled by the gnome sound daemon. This has been fixed now. (IZ 4353)
        * Certain fonts caused the installation not to work in certain setups. This has been fixed. (IZ 4468)
        * Fix compilation of MailDocumentConverter with optimisation (IZ 5523)
        * Many mismatches between memory allocation (array context) and de-allocation (not array-context) throughout the code have been fixed (IZ 5181)
        * Fixes for Costa Rica Spanish locale settings (IZ 2285)
        * Changed the default to convert Excel Ole objects to Calc. This caused trouble in opening a large PowerPoint document with embedded Excel Ole objects. (IZ 4131)
        * A locale problem when starting OOo has been fixed (IZ 5445)
        * Chinese input method 'miniChininput' fixed (IZ 5157)
        * Fix for currupted text in case the application windows is partially out of the screen (IZ 5954)
        * Spadmin did not check for ghostscript correctly (IZ 3763)

OpenOffice.org 1.0.1 Basic Functionality Test Results July 15 2002


LifeWay promises safe buses in light of recent transportatio

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By Mandy Crow
Jun 21, 2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The hazy, lazy days of summer may mean long afternoons by the pool for many, but for others, the welcome break from school or work means a chance to hit the road.

That's especially true for churches, where the changing season marks a time of record travel as members take to the roads in the church bus or van for various activities such as mission trips and recreational outings.

Safety may have always been an issue, but this summer it's even more important, as churches, colleges and other organizations consider the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's cautionary warning in April to users of 15-passenger vans.

The NHTSA is warning users of an increased rollover risk for 15-passenger vans, especially those carrying more than 10 passengers. Other significant factors are heavy loads and inexperienced drivers.

Through its Christian Stores Division, LifeWay is a distributor of church buses and other vehicles, said Terry Butler of LifeWay Church Buses. It uses Carpenter Buses of Brentwood, Tenn., as its endorsed provider of bus and van product lines, and churches mentioning LifeWay get a discount off the base price of buses.

"The church vehicles LifeWay endorses meet all federal safety requirements," Butler said.

Butler said the job of LifeWay Church Buses area is to find the best vehicle for the church.

"A lot of the work we do is consulting with churches to help them design the type of vehicle they need, depending on frequency of trips and who goes. We provide the safest and most economical vehicle within the church's budget."

Henry Headden, president of Carpenter Bus, said several transportation options are available to churches. Those options include 15-passenger buses and Type A school buses, a vehicle that seats 12-20 adults and meets federal regulations regarding rollover and impact safety specifications.

"When churches call up and are concerned about safety, we tell them two things," he said. "Number one, we will take a van in on trade. Number two, if they are concerned about transporting their children, youth or adults and they're really concerned about safety, we have three or four vehicle alternatives.

"A Type A school bus meets all school bus safety specifications, and we know without a shadow of a doubt that they meet all federal safety specifications," Headden said. "But a lot of churches don't want to buy a school bus. They want something for multipurpose use."

School buses today can be equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable high back seating and custom interiors, Butler said.

Multipurpose options include several products Butler describes as being "between a bus and a van," such as the 15-passenger compact shuttle that requires no commercial driver's license. The vehicle meets school bus safety requirements.

With safety and practicality as primary concerns, Butler and Headden offer advice to churches rethinking their transportation options.

They suggest churches adhere to current vehicle and driver safety requirements, analyze their transportation needs before buying, consider who will be traveling and for how long and what type of luggage space is needed. A school bus may be the best option for churches transporting daycare students according to safety and liability standards, while senior adults may prefer more luggage capacity and seating options.

Churches should also consider funding, operational costs, driver license requirements, vehicle storage/security and insurance before purchasing a new church vehicle.
For more information on church vans, buses or to discuss your church's transportation needs and safety issues, call or email LifeWay at 1-800-464-2799; terry.butler@lifeway.com or Henry Headden of Carpenter Bus at 1-800-370-6180; cbsisale@carpenterbus.com.

Copyright (c) 2001 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press
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Petco sued for selling dead animals

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How much is that dead doggie in the window?

Petco Animal Supplies Inc. may not sell dogs in San Francisco, but the city is charging the No. 2 U.S. pet supply store with stocking plenty of other dead, diseased and disfigured animals, ranging from a moldy turtle to a toad that had been boiled to death in its own cage.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera accused Petco of numerous health and safety violations at its two San Francisco stores and seeks to block the chain from doing business in the city.

Complete Story: news.yahoo.com


Privacy no more

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WASHINGTON Supreme Court says students cannot use a federal privacy law to sue schools that divulge their personal information.



What the hell is Hyper-Threading?

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Server Briefing Announced last autumn, Intel's Hyper-Threading technology has finally made it to market, courtesy of the latest Xeon processors. Hyper-Threading is a clever way of making a single chip operate like two separate devices without implementing two cores on one die. That, claims Intel, makes for higher performance without having to resort to significantly larger chips or even adding a second processor to the system.

So how does it work? HT is Intel's implementation of a technique known as Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT), a technology originally mooted for the cancelled EV8 Alpha processor. It's also going to be implented in IBM's Power5 processor, due 2004. Programmers have long known that some applications will run more efficiently if they're coded into a series parallel tasks, called threads. Modern multi-processing operating systems can then schedule those threads to operate on each of a system's two or more CPUs, just as it schedules the applications and other processes themselves.

Complete Article: theregister.co.uk


Microsoft's Move To Mothball Old Code Raises Concerns

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Following Microsoft Corp.'s announcement this week that it will move more quickly to retire old code in its Windows operating systems, industry analysts have been left wondering how it will affect users' legacy applications, as well as security.

Steve Lipner, director of security assurance for Microsoft, said in published reports that Microsoft will ax old Windows code if it poses security problems.

Complete Article: itmanagement.earthweb.com


Self-Propagating Worm Roaming Internet

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A worm that recently hit the Internet is another reminder that the new generation of viruses and worms at hand is building in complexity and potential for damage.

Frethem.E is the latest variant on a worm designed to take advantage of a security vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer. The worm, which only attacks Windows systems, is roaming around the Internet but few companies have been hit, say security experts, who have given the worm various grades of potential threat. The worm hasn't caused much mayhem because a security patch that Microsoft recently released in response to the Klez virus also will take care of the Frethem worm.

What makes the worm interesting is its ability to propagate itself.

Complete Article: esecurityplanet.com


Ready for Big Iron Windows?

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Having conquered the consumer desktop space, Microsoft has spent the last decade trying to muscle in on the enterprise market. With the release of Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Redmond hoped to have finally evolved a server operating system that could mount a serious challenge to the dominance of the big UNIX vendors. Yet after its release in 2000 it failed to catch fire.

That may well be changing, however, due to the marriage of Windows 2000 Datacenter server and the Unisys ES7000 Server. For the first time, Windows has found a hardware partner that can give it the scalability, reliability and availability to rival Sun and IBM systems, and at about half the cost.

Source: http://itmanagement.earthweb.com


Opera Adds Support for Mobile Browsing

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By Matthew A. Peretz
Senior Editor

Opera Software announced it now supports mobile browsing standards in a record-small 1.3MB package. Smartphone manufacturers can customize their products for resource-constrained environments with a full-featured browser that is both scaleable and modular. The support for the new standards, XHTML (WAP2/Mobile Profile) and cHTML (i-Mode), means that smartphones only need one browser, according to the company.

In May 2001, Opera was selected as the default browser in the reference design for smartphones made by Symbian, provider of an open operating system for data-enabled mobile phones. Opera was also included as the default Web browser in the new Nokia 9210i Communicator launched at CeBIT in March, and in the Nokia 9290 Communicator launched last week in the United States.

"Opera is a great tool for smartphone manufacturers and end users," says Lars Boilesen, VP Embedded Products. "Opera can support all their Web browsing needs, be it HTML, c-HTML or XHTML surfing, while keeping the browser itself down to less than 1.3 MB. As a result, smartphones can now offer up to a full Internet experience rendered beautifully on even small screens."

"Unfortunately, most Web sites do not follow the HTML standards, but instead write what we call 'Street HTML'" says Hakon Lie, CTO, Opera Software. "Thanks to the feedback over the years from the millions of desktop users, Opera can display Street HTML, as well as standards-compliant pages made especially for embedded devices."

"Opera is a great tool for smartphone manufacturers and end users," says Lars Boilesen, VP Embedded Products. "Opera can support all their Web browsing needs, be it HTML, c-HTML or XHTML surfing, while keeping the browser itself down to less than 1.3 MB. As a result, smartphones can now offer up to a full Internet experience rendered beautifully on even small screens."

"Unfortunately, most Web sites do not follow the HTML standards, but instead write what we call 'Street HTML'" says Hakon Lie, CTO, Opera Software. "Thanks to the feedback over the years from the millions of desktop users, Opera can display Street HTML, as well as standards-compliant pages made especially for embedded devices."

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