Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core
I heard... you know what? It's too easy.
Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
The argument is less over which one controls all of China than it is over which one is the "Real China". The current governing bodies of both refer to a "One China, Two Areas" rule which allows them to cooperate economically without fighting.
Having spent some time in Taiwan, the people there refer to themselves as Chinese, not Taiwanese. They don't speak Mandarin, they speak Chinese. Which is to say, their national identity is "Chinese" and that's what works for them. They also have a standing military that is completely independent of PRC.
That said, the only reason they can maintain that independence is because of how close they are tied to the US. RoC knows it, we know it, and Mainland China knows it.
Security Company Says NASDAQ Waited Two Weeks To Fix XSS Flaw
Thoughts From Readers on Replacing Google Reader
I'm using a very me-centric definition of abrupt. I don't want it to stop and it's stopping before then, thus abrupt :-P
And counting back the years, you are correct. It was 05. It launched the same year I could buy beer.
Thoughts From Readers on Replacing Google Reader
The look of that one is instantly familiar, and I love it. I don't see a method of importing iGoogle settings though, and the widgets (gadgets on their site) look like it's using the ones hosted by Google. I would assume that Google's widget hosting is going away along with iGoogle.
I've taken Netvibes for a spin and it's working pretty well. There are a few things that make you aware it's an RSS reader and not a home page, but I think they'll clean those up )or give you the option to turn them off). Your iGoogle widgets won't transfer over when you import your settings, but they seem to have a pretty solid roster of widgets to pick from. All RSS feeds transferred properly, although I had to set the number of headlines to display again.
There are a couple of things I don't like about Netvibes so far. I don't want it to tell me how many stories are unread, especially in the title bar. I had to set the zoom level to 125% because the text was too small. And the widgets aren't as plentiful / don't work the same as the iGoogle widgets. That last one is to be expected. The first two should be fixable. It might be part of the "Refugee" theme I'm using? Not entirely sure yet.
Overall I'm happy with it though; it does update the RSS feeds much faster than iGoogle did.
Thoughts From Readers on Replacing Google Reader
With iGoogle shutting down in November as well, it's getting overlooked by all this talk of Google Reader. I've been using iGoogle since '04, and it coming to an abrupt end is unfortunate.
That said, it looks like Netvibes will import your iGoogle settings directly and supports the same interface. I'm going to sign up and try it out.
I've already installed and configured Feedly on my phone, tablet, and in Chrome, but it's not the experience I'm looking for. Feedly is all about being a newspaper. iGoogle was all about all of the headlines at a glance, sorted however you like, on one screen.
Other than Netvibes, has anybody found an alternative to iGoogle I should check out?
What You Get When You Buy a $40 iPhone In a Bar
Alright, so I made that whole story up.
That was obvious from the subject line.
Is Salacious Content Driving E-Book Sales?
Go back to bed, grandpa! :-)
Timetable App Developer Gets Nastygram From Transit Sydney
That's better than in Boston. An MBTA bus is not late until two hours past its scheduled arrival time. I found this out a couple years back. In January. I'm sure you can imagine my displeasure.
6 Pennsylvania Teens Face Child Porn Charges For Pics of Selves
It may have been years since I researched this topic, and it may have been in a Pennsylvania public school that the paper was written, but here's what I can recall from memory about the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, specifically about illegal search and seizure and how it relates to public schools:
Police entering the school to complete a search are just that: Police. As such, they are bound to the full effect of any Local, State, and Federal laws regarding search and seizure. That part is clear-cut and dry. Immediately after that, however, it gets fuzzy.
For example, a student's locker is their personal space, right? Not always. It's government property, but there is a confidence held with the school that possessions stored within specifically designated areas will remain private. This has gone both ways in court, and largely depends on the circumstances.
If the police want to avoid that whole argument, then they have the easiest of ways to have that space searched and items collected: school administrators. This is where a student will realize that, because they are under 18 (and under 21 in some states), they have very little say in the situation.
Police need Probable Cause to search without a warrant. School administrators need only "Reasonable Belief", also called "Reason to Suspect" or one of many other phrases. As long as the student or the property are on school grounds, a school administrator has full and complete privilege to any of that students belongings, and the option to detain the student against their will until Police arrive.
So, what constitutes Reasonable Belief? Quote simple, really: anything at all. Did the kid look funny? Did the administrator think they overheard a foul comment? Reason to believe.
This may have been a long way of getting around to it, however the fact remains that this cell phone was taken in accordance with the law and is fully permissible as evidence. It doesn't matter why the administrators were looking through the kid's pictures, they can claim anything now.
The real test of law here is whether child pornography prosecution can be used against minors who willingly took and distributed the pictures of themselves. Furthermore, can the boys be charged for receipt of something they did not have the option to reject? I don't know about you, but I don't have a choice to reject an SMS on my phone, it just accepts it no matter what.
Hey weird, a front page story worth reading!
Now if only Brushed would update for 2.0, my Firefox experience would be complete.
Canada's not so different..
I like my friends like I like my tea
I give you
Senseless (or how to make a better wii sensor bar)
Playing with our Wiis
Ask you guys: Freezer fixes
What's your story?
[BeSmitten] JohnD to tha 3
like the fall of a gavel
and truth shines clear
with the turn of a year
An ode to a friend
this greeting I send
is simply to say
Ninjas have nothing on this...
I am now a published journalist.
Here's a question for everybody:
Can any of you tell me why we put so much faith in our doctors?
These are the same doctors who tell us that to diagnose a gluten intolerance, you should eat gluten and see if it hurts.
These are the same doctors who tell us that we're overweight and need to exercise, and that's why our legs hurt to the point of not being able to walk. For 3 years.
These are the same doctors who tell us that heart episodes are a mental thing and say we need to take tranquilizers.
These are the same doctors who told a friend in PA that even though she has appendicitis, she should let it go for the weekend and see if it goes away. Then, over the weekend, when she continually calls because the pain is worse, she's told to wait until Monday.
Praise Jeebus that wikipedia and merck.com have good information on diagnosing how bad the appendicitis is, I was able to convince her that she needed to go to the emergency room as soon as possible, and she's on the way there now.
Seriously though, why do we put any trust in these people any more? Do they learn ANYTHING in those 6 years of additional schooling? Three of the above examples are fairly common things!
I really don't know how I'm going to put much stock in what a primary care doctor has to say any more. I know if I need to go to the hospital, and I am beginning to think that that's the only time I'll bother.
Take comfort in knowing.
You can only control two things: Attitude and pace.
The weather, other people, what's on tv, and everything else, you cannot control.
Go a bit slower if you need to, there will be plenty of time to catch up. Take a break from the rest of the world and get something done that's been nagging at you.
Stride ahead of the rest, and be sure you finish with all the glory you deserve. The world is ripe for the picking, and it's not going to become yours all by itself.
Everything about you, from the way you dress to the actions you take are a reflection of your attitude. Emotion plays an almost insignificant part in attitude. You have 100% control of your attitude, some just need to learn how.
These are the only things in life you can control. Everything else is out of your power.
So take a break. Have a nice warm mug of hot chocolate. Because you can. Sip it and realize that the world can move as fast as it wants around you. Let it.
Because for this moment, the veil is lifted and you can see that nobody controls you but yourself.
Attitude and Pace.
Something better than cafepress?
Back to the classics
I've started rereading some books. Starting with Ender's Game. The next one I go to will be Xenocide, by far my favorite of the series.
To be honest, they are really the only two which stand out. They are truely above the rest of the series, not only in literary style, but in the entire universe they construct, right down to the most basic physical aspects.
Very few books left an impression on me when I was growing up. Some short stories did. I read the entire Narnia series, yet retained nothing from it because most of it was used material. A short story read to me in 4th grade, however, remains vivid in my mind, a story about a boat with the name "EMIT LEVART" carved into it.
Most of my reading is grounded in philosophy, physics, and science.
What's your choice of genre? What stories leave their mark and why? What books do you want to go back and read again, knowing that you'll taqke more from them this time than you have previously?
Better after lunch
Page 23, sentence 5.
You know the rules, we've all done this before.
Book: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams.
Sentence: "At that moment thr dull sound of a rumbling crash from outside filtered through the low murmur of the pub, through the sound of the jukebox, through the sound of the man next to Ford hiccupping over the whisky Ford had eventually bought him."
Tag. You're it.
Quick! Contact the 700 Club!
It seems that the newest 419 scams involve donating money in the name of our Noodly Lord, like so:
Dear Friend ,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs.Jennifer kimberly,a widow to Late james kimberly, I am 74years old,I am now a new Christian convert,
suffering from long time cancer of the breast.From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than two months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.
My late husband was killed during the US raid against terrorism in Afghanistan,and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child.
Mylate husband was very wealthy and after his death,I inherited all his business and wealth.
The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than two months, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of USD$2.5Million to you for the less privileged.
Please I want you to note that this fund is lying in a security company and upon my instruction, you will file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name.
Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to findout that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity.
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.
I await your urgent reply.
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and his email address: email@example.com
Yours in Christ.
At least they're not telling me I won the international lottery anymore :-/
This meme should stay in this journal entry.