Monday, October 31, 2005
Woman: (appearing from behind door) Mr. Harker, you will help me?
Harker: If it's still possible. But, tell me, why is Count Dracula keeping you prisoner?
Woman: I cannot tell you that.
Harker: But if I'm to help you, I must know.
Woman: I'm sorry, it's not possible.
Harker: You make it very difficult for me. After all, I'm a guest here. If I'm to help you, I must have a reason.
Woman: A reason! You ask for a reason! Is it not reason enough that he keeps me locked up in this house, holds me against my will? You can have no idea of what an evil man he is or the terrible things he does. I could not...dare not...try to leave on my own. He could find me again, I know. But, with you to help me, I would have a chance. Oh, you must help me. You must! You're my only hope. You must!
Harker: (holding her in his arms) I'll help you, I promise. Please don't distress yourself.
Woman: Thank you (She bites Harker's neck.)
Harker: (Pushes vampiress away)
Saturday, October 29, 2005
The petition was filed in the U. S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia and a variety of companies and organizations are the plaintiffs. The petitioners indicate that the FCC is extending federal wiretapping rules to technologies that Congress did not intend it to cover, and also imposes a burdensome mandate on innovators.
Friday, October 28, 2005
When reading about Google, think about Netscape. Remember how dominant they were before they franly lost customers. Google is being hailed as the company that will kill Microsoft... so was Netscape. Google is branching out with new services.... so did Netscape.
Google may be taking on too much all at once. If they are they'll do what companies do in this case. Make big mistakes.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
The program, which began in December 1996 and ended in 2003, was aimed at easing the impact of U.N. sanctions imposed in 1990 after Baghdad's troops invaded Kuwait.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
In an article by legendary Arthur C. Clarke, he relates when he wrote a story called, "Dial F for Frankenstein" he had a scenario about all the telephones in the world being connected to each other. This story inspired Tim Berners-Lee to invent the World Wide Web in 1990.
Clarke goes on to say that humans have a need to communicate and that computers in general will help us do that. With memories and bandwidth getting larger tasks will be simpler and faster to finish.
arthur c clarke
world wide web
The Bush administration could face an eventual legal challenge. A letter to the State Department from privacy groups (PDF here) says there is "no statutory authority" for the RFID passport because Congress has not authorized it. Over the last year, opposition to the idea of implanting RFID chips in passports has grown amidst worries that identity thieves could snatch personal information out of the air simply by aiming a high-powered antenna at a person or a vehicle carrying a passport.
Celebrate apple season with this trio of decidedly adult mixed drinks -- and leave the apple cider for the kids.
1 oz. Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
1/2 oz. Crème de Cassis
1 oz. apple juice
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Mix in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
1/2 oz. Apple Schnapps
1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
Dash of powdered cinnamon
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
2 parts DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple
2 parts VOX VodkaShake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with an apple slice.
Structure, guts, look, workings... the list go on and on.
John Dvorak put together a good article on blog basics: Dvorak's Blogging Primer.
This gives the blog basics and more.
Look at Anatomy of a Blog for a good reference.
Companies are increasing the monitoring of employee Internet use for productivity and security reasons. Based on responses from 2540 U.S. business-technology and security professionals who participated in the
Infromation week/Accenture Information Security Survey.
Get more info on securing see: informationweek.securitypipeline.com
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
The series includes horrific distortions of Judaism, including the presentation of the use of a Christian child's blood in preparation of Matzah for Passover, as religious necessity.
There were some surprises for me, as I'm sure there are for everyone, but the list did make me think and I now have a larger "to read" list.
Known as "Prussian Blue" — a nod to their German heritage and bright blue eyes — the girls from Bakersfield, Calif., have been performing songs about white nationalism before all-white crowds since they were nine.
Lynx and Lamb have been nurtured on racist beliefs. They were home schooled. In addition, April's father surrounds the family with symbols of his beliefs — specifically the Nazi swastika.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Yahoo Hong Kong ratted out a Chinese dissident journalist to the Chinese government, sending the journalist to prison for ten years. Yahoo founder Jerry Yang shrugged off the public outcry over this by saying that helping to send Yahoo customers to jail was just the price of doing business in China.
Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo wrote an open letter to Yahoo founder Jerry Yang criticizing Yahoo’s collaboration with the Chinese government.
“You are helping the Communist party maintain an evil system of control over freedom of information and speech,” he writes.
I wonder if China will ever have true freedom: freedom of the press, etc. ?
At this rate probably not.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
A growing number of data aggregators - otherwise known as data brokers - collect data on citizens' identifying information and sell it for profit. The buyers are law enforcement agencies. The practice of selling data gained interest when ChoicePoint acknowledged that crooks had duped the company out of personal information of nearly 145,000 people.
Data aggregators collect information from a multitude of public and private sources, and assemble dossiers on many, if not most Americans. Under the the federal Privacy Act citizens have the right to make sure data held by the government is correct. The information gleaned from commercial databases may not be covered by the act. Many data brokers admit that they collect everything.
David Newberger wrote in his blog that data will be the commodity of the future. Data may already be the commodity of the present.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Alan Greenspan has said economic flexibility is how to avoid recessions. Maximum competition has been the driving force to help the economy withstand a number of shocks. Since Greenspan took office in August 1987, the U.S. economy has undergone only two mild recessions, one in 1990-91 when oil prices surged after Iraq invaded Kuwait and the most recent one in 2001 when the bursting of the stock market bubble helped push the country into a downturn. Greenspan cautioned against government action to take away flexibility, such as by erecting barriers to protect U.S. industries and workers from global competition.
The Big Picture sems to allude to the consumer and how the Fed will tighten money and this could give us a slow-down in the real estate market and the end result is a lower demand for fuel and lower prices. I have to ask if the consumer has the time to wait on the Fed. Probably not. Consumers need a break now and that's why good conservation practices are a must. Were you for the speed limit going back up to 65 mph after it had been 55 mph? I wasn't because of conservation needs in the country. Granted cars have better mileage than ten years ago even when they're going 70 mph, however the situation has abruptly changed. Conservation will bring lighter vehicles and that will bring more safety concerns. Can these challenges be hashed out in committee hearings throughout the halls of the U.S. Congress? Uh.... I think you know the answer. Their solutions won't make much sense to most of us. They rarely ever do.
My advice.... conserve. Start a plan and stick with it. Remember the word sacrifice?
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
CFO's were less optimistic about economic prospects in the U.S. than they have been in four years. According to the Duke University/CFO Business Outlook Survey conducted in August, only 29 percent of respondents said they were more optimistic about the economy than the previous quarter. That's down from 40 percent in July.
Katrina is likely to further weaken the economy. It could cut 400,000 jobs and stunt growth by a full percentage point. Higher fuel prices also have a negative effect. CFO's had already ranked higher fuel prices as their biggest economic concern. The housing market was also high on the list in which a bubble could be ready to pop.
Three days after the magnitude-7.6 temblor struck the Himalayan region, thousands of people in outlying communities waited for help and complained they had run out of food and water. Some organized their own expeditions for supplies. Get the real story.
Friday, October 07, 2005
There wasn't. Economic growth stopped.
Forty years later another Texan thought a war could be fought, taxes cut and serious energy conservation could go by the wayside with the help of an expansive economy. Inflation returned.
Johnson tried to provide guns and butter without raising taxes. George Bush tried to serve up large tax cuts without reducing spending or addressing the nation's rapacious thirst for motor fuels, particularly gasoline.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
The new electronic paper features vivid color images that are unaffected even when the screen is bent, and features an image memory function that enables continuous display of the same image without the need for electricity. The thin and flexible electronic paper uses very low power to change screen images, thereby making it ideal for displaying information or advertisements in public areas as a type of new electronic media that can be handled as easily as paper.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
Deano is not impressed by panicy situations. But he sounded scared on the radio about this bird flu thing. Currently the bird flu can only be caught by human exposure to an infected bird.
asian bird flu
Monday, October 03, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005