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  • Unexpected consequences of global warming - spread of disease
    05/05/2006 11:07AM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "Global warming -- with an accompanying rise in floods and droughts -- is fueling the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for the diseases, say many health experts worldwide. Mosquitoes, ticks, mice and other carriers are surviving warmer winters and expanding their ran ... Read Full Article
  • EPA doc on Marine Engines and Ethanol Gasoline
    05/02/2006 11:06AM
    Chesapeake Bay Magazine has a small article in this months edition pointing to this page on the epa site: ... Read Full Article
  • Caribbean coral suffers record die-off
    04/01/2006 10:51AM
    In the "oh this is not good" category CNN reports: 'And with global warming, scientists are pessimistic about the future of coral reefs. "The prognosis is not good," said biochemistry professor M. James Crabbe of the University of Luton near London. In early April, he will investigate coral reef ... Read Full Article
  • DC Metro Area Needs Rain Badly
    03/31/2006 8:22AM
    The Easter Fire is currently at risk due to dry weather conditions. We need a serious rain. According to the Washington Post: "Today will probably wrap up the most arid March on record locally, said Richard Hitchens, hydrologist at the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington forecast office in S ... Read Full Article
  • Murphy's Laws of Combat
    03/30/2006 9:16AM
    Back when I was a kid working on DOD contracts for my fathers company, I would occassionaly get Xerox copies of jokes or cartoons. One of these was Murphy's Laws of Combat, which I regretfully misplaced. I never thought to look for them online. While this isn't exactly the set I remember, it's hilarious nevertheless: ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Fiasco before the Supreme Court
    03/30/2006 8:42AM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "The case puts a spotlight on the nation's troubled patent system, which recent studies by the National Academy of Sciences and the Federal Trade Commission have described as plagued by questionable patents and costly litigation." You can read [the full sad story ... Read Full Article
  • Winning the Oil Endgame
    03/29/2006 10:28AM
    Duncan found this one: *"Winning the Oil Endgame* offers a coherent strategy for ending oil dependence, starting with the United States but applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil *solution*—one led by business for profit, not dictated b ... Read Full Article
  • Carter on Non-Proliferation
    03/29/2006 9:39AM
    Former President Carter has written an editorial in the Washington Post: 'Last year former defense secretary Robert McNamara summed up his concerns in Foreign Policy magazine: "I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, and dreadfully dangerous." ... Read Full Article
  • Climate Change Begins To Hit The Mainstream Media
    03/26/2006 11:48AM
    CNN.com is reporting on Time Magazine's cover story on global climate change. The [article][1] details the seriousness of the problem. You'll have to look at a brief web ad to read the entire thing for free. [1]: http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/26/coverstory/index.html ... Read Full Article
  • Peak Oil and Dollar Gloom Reading List
    03/24/2006 10:09AM
    After Ian's post on the [Dollars Doom][1] a lengthy debate started on the subject. As part of that, our good friend Warner, suggested a reading list which I'm preserving for posterity here: [financialsense.com][2] [theoildrum.com][3] [lifeaftertheoilcrash.net][4] - Very well written assessment of the peak oil ... Read Full Article
  • Extremely Useful Reverse VNC Server for Customer Support
    03/23/2006 2:06PM
    Designed for single click auto-install auto-uninstall customer support applications where you need to see a customers desktop to help them with something but they can't run a normal VNC server (due to lack of knowledge, NAT firewalls, etc) you can use this solution: ... Read Full Article
  • $150 tiny linux computer
    03/22/2006 3:38PM
    Ian
    As reported on the "Russian Slashdot" [(http://www.linux.org.ru),][1] there is a very small, chinese-made linux computer available for $150 - http://yellowsheepriver.org/products.html The tiny computer is just 180 X 145 X 37mm, comes with a 400-800MHz Chinese Godson 2C processor, 256-512MB RAM, 4 USB ports, A ... Read Full Article
  • Patently Ridiculous
    03/22/2006 1:48PM
    In the New York Times someone has noticed: "Something has gone very wrong with the United States patent system. Americans think of the granting of patents as a benevolent process that lets inventors enjoy the fruits of their hard work and innovations. But times have changed. The definition of what is patentab ... Read Full Article
  • The Dollar's Doom
    03/22/2006 1:42AM
    Ian
    Some say the days of the US successfully propping up its currency with its economic and military practices will soon come to an end. That's not going to go over well with the US economy. Here are a couple references... Think the dollar is backed by gold and poised to stand the test of time? Read Congressman Paul's spee ... Read Full Article
  • Table made from ancient, giant hard-drive platter
    03/19/2006 10:50PM
    647
    OK, this is pretty cool. :) [Hard Drive Table][1] [1]: http://www.boingboing.net/2005/11/14/table_made_from_anci.html ... Read Full Article
  • I kid you not, there is actually a company that has patented a THOUGHT.
    03/19/2006 5:41PM
    There are simply no words to describe this stupidity: "... there is the rather bizarre question of whether simply thinking about a patented fact infringes the patent. The idea smacks of thought control, to say nothing of unenforceability. It seems like something out of a novel by Philip K. Dick — or Kafka. Bu ... Read Full Article
  • Windows File Sharing
    03/19/2006 10:20AM
    If you're running into problems with windows file sharing here's a site I found with a wealth of basic info and simple suggestions: [**THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES**][1] ![][2] [1]: http://www.pccitizen.com/windowsnetworking.htm [2]: http://www.pccitizen.com/bgates.gif ... Read Full Article
  • Using VMWare and 'dd' to virtualize a physical machine.
    03/18/2006 10:43AM
    The problem: You have an old machine running old software under an old operating system. You want to migrate to a new operating system but need to continue running your old apps. Answer: VMWare 5.5.1. Using 'dd' under Linux you can create an image file of your entire disk, assuming you have enough space ... Read Full Article
  • A Bad Omen for the Easter Fire
    03/15/2006 11:38PM
    According to the Washington Post: "Strong winds and dry weather that create prime conditions for fast-spreading wildfires prompted the National Weather Service yesterday to raise a "red flag" warning for a day in Virginia, the District and nearly all Maryland counties.The alert was lifted last night ... Read Full Article
  • Solomons Island Restaurants Destroyed by Fire
    03/15/2006 11:34PM
    According to the Washington Post: "A three-alarm fire fueled by fierce winds battered downtown Solomons Island yesterday, largely destroying two of the island's landmarks, the Lighthouse Inn and Bowen's Inn." You are [read the full article here][1]. [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conten ... Read Full Article
  • USDA Problems - Analysis: What that mad cow means
    03/15/2006 8:45PM
    A disturbing article from UPI: "The fact the Texas cow showed up fairly clearly implied the existence of other undetected cases," Dr. Paul Brown, former medical director of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory for Central Nervous System Studies and an expert on mad cow-like diseases, told Unite ... Read Full Article
  • Windows Mobile 2005 Linux Links
    03/15/2006 10:38AM
    Took me forever to find. The current status of Linux to Treo 700W connectivity is severely lacking but here are some links on the subject I found: The latter one may be useful as a way of synchronizing [MOBIE][1] contacts: ... Read Full Article
  • So "Buy it Now" is "patented".
    03/11/2006 11:50AM
    Another day, another patent atrocity: "The federal government yesterday took a position against eBay Inc. in a patent dispute that threatens to shut down one of the online auction site's popular shopping features.The Office of the Solicitor General said in a brief filed with the Supreme Court that eBay willfu ... Read Full Article
  • WATER Found On Moon of Saturn
    03/09/2006 2:21PM
    OK, this is a BIG deal. NASA's Cassini probe has discovered hard evidence of water on Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. Get the details here: ... Read Full Article
  • RIM Legacy: More Patent Wars
    03/06/2006 9:52PM
    As reported by the Red Herring: "The $612.5-million BlackBerry settlement may be a call to arms for both patent holders and patent law reformers. March 6, 2006 Industry watchers said Monday the hefty settlement of a patent lawsuit between [Research In Motion][1] and NTP will lead to increased patent liti ... Read Full Article