Friday, March 29, 2002

Google Search: Benoit Schillings Be database

Windows on a database - sliced and diced by BeOS vets
By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Posted: 29/03/2002 at 21:16 GMT

After we wrote about Microsoft's plans to put a database into each copy of Windows as the native file store back in January, we were delighted to hear from two system architects for whom this news was really old hat.

You see, it's been done before. Benoit Schillings was one of Be Inc's first employees, and authored the original user space database server. This was later superseded by a more conventional approach: BFS, a fast, 64bit journaled file system written by Dominic Giampaolo, which had many database-like properties.

Between them they have more practical experience in making such an ambitious scheme work on a PC than anyone else. So last month we reunited Benoit and Dominic at Menlo Park's Applewood Pizza for reminiscences about Be, and some low-down on file systems and databases.

(Applewood was an unconsciously appropriate choice - Benoit was a Mac developer before joining Be Inc, and is now chief engineer at OpenWave; while Dominic, we are delighted to learn, has subsequently joined Apple as a file system engineer. He started last week).

Now normally we give you the he-said, she-said quotes padded, but this conversation flowed so sweetly anything other than a transcript.

And although there's plenty of nitty gritty implementation stuff discussed here, it never strays far from the u

Thursday, March 28, 2002

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It turns out that Windows Media Player 8, a native XP application that cannot be uninstalled by default, has been tracking the songs and movies that XP users have been playing and sending the information directly to Microsoft since the first day XP was made available to consumers.

Down the tubes

US researchers are using the principle of molecular self-assembly to build nanoscale structures with specific dimensions and chemical properties. The resulting nanotubes could find applications in molecular wiring and other components for nanometer-sized electronic devices, new smart materials, and in novel drug-delivery systems.

Inspired by nature's own building blocks, Hicham Fenniri of Purdue University, has used the same chemical principles that make DNA strands link together to create tiny tubular structures. "The beauty of this is that, by designing the molecules that make up the system, we have perfect control over every part of the system," explains Fenniri, "We not only dictate how the molecule behaves, but we also can control the dimensions and chemical properties of the resulting nanotube." This is not so easy at the moment with the well-known carbon nanotubes, which spun out of fullerene research. : Inside the Taliban

Europe's flagship Earth-observation satellite has produced its first images of the planet.

Envisat was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana on 28 February/1 March.

Amino Acids in Space

Power Play to create a network of wireless nodes, what they call picoradio, that run advanced information systems, use an absolute bare minimum of energy, and cost next to nothing.
"Pico" is a prefix that means "one trillionth," and while it doesn't describe the dimensions of the system, it conjures Rabaey's target of creating a network that can go as far as possible on as little as possible. "The questions we've been asking are, how low can we go? What is the bottom limit in terms of power dissipation for the wireless world?" says Rabaey, who teaches electrical engineering and computer science at Berkeley and heads the picoradio project at the center, an industry and government funded research group that focuses on design issues for next generation wireless devices.

ZDNet |UK| - News - Story - Stallman: Software patents victimise developers Part I: Software patents are victimising developers with a system which is making it increasingly difficult to write programs, according to free software guru Richard Stallman

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Karl Marx

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Inertial Confinement Fusion

The most-promising approach to controlled thermonuclear fusion now seems to be via the method called inertial confinement fusion (ICF), or more colloquially "laser fusion." Edward Teller has noted that laser fusion is essentially the internal combustion engine approach to nuclear fusion energy.

Review of the Department of Energy's Inertial Confinement Fusion Program

ICF Programs-->Main Site

Plasma Physics and Inertial Confinement Fusion

Inertial Confinement Fusion and Radiation Physics

High Energy Density and Inertial Confinement Fusion at Sandia

Inertial Confinement Fusion Program

UCB Inertial Fusion Energy Tutorial

ICF Quarterly


Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Monday, March 25, 2002

PC Hardware reviews, overclocking, news - Nexland ISB Pro800Turbo 1/5

Nexland - Firewalls that support IPSEC & NAT

Review of Nexland ISB Pro800Turbo and WaveBase

Roger's Recurring Characters

Projects - Reviews - Jack of Shadows

Walk the shadows

Tim Scott reviews

Jack of Shadows

This CD is definitely non-mainstream but if you sit down and listen to it with all your attention, I think it has some great potential. In particularly I think it would indeed be a fitting soundtrack to the novel of the same name by Roger Zelazny. The cover art work is really cool, and the music is a mix of electronic noise and plain weirdness. In the CD, Tim Scott cites the Ozric Tentacles and Camel (among others) as influences. These influences are quite apparent, though not in a direct manner, particularly in the use of the prog keyboard sounds to a create a lush sonic landscape for storytelling. This is worth looking into if you're into old school electronic prog-rock and want something new.

Jack of Shadows

Army selects MIT for $50 million institute to use nanomaterials to clothe, equip soldiers

Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Creating a life-supporting ecosystem in space - Whew! Stealth asteroid nearly blindsides Earth - March 19, 2002

Thursday, March 21, 2002

JC's Home Page Check out this account of market shares of vendors as reported by VARs (Value Added Resellers). There's some patently amazing stuff here. For one thing, it would appear that the "white box" market (this means "any vendor who isn't HPaQ, Dell, IBM, or Toshiba") is really going good. February of '01, they accounted for 37% of servers, 30% of desktops, and a pithy 3% of notebooks. This February, however, they've shot up, with these guys accounting for 41% of servers a massive 55% of desktops, and 14% of notebooks.
So, who's feeling the burn? HP is getting butchered everywhere but notebooks, and Dell is showing rather shocking forty percent year on year drops in desktops and notebooks. Heck, IBM is getting pasted, too, but they always get pasted, so it's easy to miss that. One surprise is that Compaq, assumed to be a dead company by some (I mean, they *are* getting disassembled by other companies, aren't they?), showed strong increases in the notebook and server areas.
Mind you, this only applies to changes in sales reported by VARs, so it's likely not very representative of the market as a whole. Comments on its removal from the Google search engine.
FLASH: This Usenet post from Andreas Heldal-Lund, webmaster of, indicates that Google has removed links from its search engine based on a DMCA notification from the cult of Scientology. If true, this has huge repercussions for the entire Internet--sites will disappear from the Google search engine based upon a mere allegation that they MIGHT be infringing--in other words, based upon the mere opinion of a copyright holder. In light of AOL's recent smash victory in which it was proven that the DMCA provided it immunity, Google's decision seems bizarre, and even suicidal. Note that these Scientology allegations are nothing new. This cult has been shopping their laundry list of bogus allegations around to anyone who would listen for years. They have never to date filed an infringement suit, although they have had years to do so. The obvious reason for this is that contains no infringing content.
QUICK AND DIRTY LINK LIST: A few links to the developing story concerning the disappearance of from Google. Scientology conspiracy? Google revenge? Inadvertent fallout from overzealous supporters of the site? Only Google knows. Comments
Kuro5hin thread
Daily Rotten article
Microcontent article on "Google Bombs"
Slashdot subthread on "Search Engine Payola"
Search for "Scientology Google search" on Google Groups (some but not all ongoing Usenet threads)
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Tuesday, March 19, 2002

ast month, the New York Post fired entertainment reporter Nikki Finke, shortly after the Walt Disney Company complained about two stories that appeared in the Post under Finke's byline on January 29. But did she get the boot because her stories were inaccurate, as the Post and Disney say, or because the Post caved in to pressure from one of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's valued business partners, as Finke's lawyers are ready to argue in court?
The offending stories dealt with a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Disney in 1991 by Stephen Slesinger Inc., a company that owns merchandising rights to Winnie the Pooh and claims it has been cheated out of millions in royalty payments. The news hook was the January 18 disclosure of court documents revealing that a judge fined Disney $90,000 last year for destroying documents that might or might not have been relevant to the case. The disclosure resulted in a spate of bad publicity in the days following.
Enter Finke, whose anti-Disney stance appears to have turned her into Mickey Mouse's whipping girl. In interviews with the Voice, Disney spokesperson John Dreyer said that Disney sent the Post a letter pointing out "serious factual errors" in Finke's stories, and Disney outside counsel Daniel Petrocelli called parts of her reporting "recklessly inaccurate."
After the stories appeared, sources say, the Post received angry calls from Disney execs. One rumor has it that Disney CEO Michael Eisner personally raged to

An Antarctic ice shelf that was 200 metres thick and with a surface area of 3,250 square kilometers has broken apart in less than a month.

Eyesight of the future is here

Sunday, March 17, 2002

Suzuki big trailie launched at Paris show

The DL1000 V-Strom has been pitched at bikers with a sense of adventure. The all-rounder comes with a 996cc engine derived from the V-twin TL powerplant. The large 22-litre fuel tank will give the V-Strom a half decent range and Suzuki claims the digital fuel injection should improve fuel economy. Suzuki has labelled the V-Strom an adventure sports motorcycle, which probably suits it as it seems to have combined aspects of a tourer with a trailie. However, if the “demands of the mile-hungry adventurer” are meant to be satisfied then luggage options seem to be conspicuously absent

Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom Overview

2002 Suzuki V-Strom

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2002 DL 1000 V-Strom Leads Suzuki Line-Up Suzuki has announced an entirely new street model for its U.S. line-up, the 2002 DL 1000 V-Strom. Suzuki calls the V-Strom a "sport enduro tourer" . . . a versatile machine in the nature of the adventure tourers popular in Europe

Friday, March 15, 2002

Columbia Newsblaster

ScienceDaily Magazine -- Off-The-Shelf Camera Device To Hunt For Distant Planets Charbonneau and his colleagues will soon use their gizmo to begin a three-year survey for extra-solar planets at Palomar Observatory in San Diego County. The instrument is based on a standard telephoto lens for a 35-millimeter camera. It will sweep the skies, looking for "hot Jupiters," or large, gaseous planets, as their fast orbits take them in front of other stars, into the line of sight between a star and Earth. Astronomers will watch for the "wink" from the star as an orbiting planet partially blocks its light

ScienceDaily Magazine -- U.S. Forests May Be Products Of Pollution

CORVALLIS – Studies of pristine forests in South America found that the cycling of nitrogen, an essential nutrient, was quite different than expected, and it suggests that many forests of North America and Europe actually have an unnatural ecology driven largely by air pollution, acid rain and artificial nitrogen fertilization. : Beauty Aids Contaminating Waterways

A government analysis shows the nation's waterways are awash in traces of chemicals used in beauty aids, medications, cleaners and foods.
Among the substances: caffeine, contraceptives, painkillers, insect repellent, perfumes and nicotine.
Scientists say that the problem is that these substances largely escape regulation and defy municipal wastewater treatment. And the long-term effects of exposure are unclear, they say.
The compounds are sold on supermarket shelves and found in virtually every medicine cabinet and broom closet, as well as farms and factories. And they are flushed or rinsed down the drain every day. But they do not disappear, researchers warn.

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Thursday, March 14, 2002

Network Centric Warfare This page is intended to facilitate discussion and the exchange of ideas relating to Network Centric Warfare concepts, particularly the implications for C4ISR.The CCRP has published a book titled Network Centric Warfare, Developing and Leveraging Information Superiority. The second edition is also now available in PDF format

The Austin Chronicle Screens: Information Wants to Be Worthless

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Untitled Document Cannabis is given health all clear

by David Taylor Home Affairs Correspondent
Scientists today cleared the way for a softening of the law on cannabis, declaring that the drug "is not associated with major health problems for the individual or society

Evidence Behind Claim of Religion-Health Link Is Shaky, Researchers Say

Mars Global Surveyor MOC2-244 Release Evidence for Recent Liquid Water on Mars:
Clues Regarding the Relative Youth of Martian Gullies

The Island of the Wireless Guerrillas

What he's trying to prove is that wireless broadband Internet access can work, and work affordably, even in a place like this. Across most of Hawaii, DSLs and cable modems are rumors, leaving dial-up Web access -- to Wiecking, suffocatingly limited -- as the only alternative.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Charles Sheffield - News

Biotechnology and Speculative Fiction


A Case of Conscience by James Blish, science fiction book

Charles Sheffield - Bio Installment 7 - July 1, 1998 I did not intend, when I started writing the first installment of this back in April, to produce a complete catalog of my misfortunes in science fiction. It has turned out that way, but all I wanted to do at the outset was provide something for a blank part of the web page labelled "Biography."

OtherWorld Science Fiction Books: Alfred Bester

Alfred Bester - Bibliography Summary

Science Fiction Museum

Excerpt from "The Stars My Destination"

The Stars My Destination

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Lawrence Journal-World: Unexpected images It takes the darnedest pictures. Sometimes it creates pastel auras or adds symmetrical streaks the color of rainbows. Sometimes drips or blobs of color will magically appear that change a well-composed snapshot into art.

TUCOWS Classic OS Updates BeOS - OS Updates

You will find updates for your operating system here. These include bug fixes, added drivers, and anything else to improve upon the operating system itself.

BeOS 5 Personal Edition 5.0.1 - Downloads -

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BeBits - Category - BeBits/System Files/Drivers/Video Your Freeware and Shareware Download Destination!

Palm To Release 32-Bit OS with BeOS Code in 2002

Le BUZZ - The Internet's Leading Authority on BeOS Pro Audio

OmicronSoft : Palm Reflections

OpenBeOS Project - Teams

Asetek Press Center asetek Inc. at a glance.

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Leading manufacturer of vapor phase cooling systems for PCs, the company's proprietary technology marketed under the VapoChill® trademark represents the absolute state-of-the art CPU cooling system available

Toshiba Unveils 30GB Optical Disc Technology Featuring Blue-Violet Laser

Monday, March 11, 2002

The Register

Well what ever you do don't sign on with Verizon DSL.

OP-ED | Author's Contract Hi Quality Free MP3 Music

The ContraBass Corner

Contrabass Mania

Saturday, March 09, 2002

Friday, March 08, 2002

ScienceDaily Magazine -- Cave Men Diets Offer Insights To Today's Health Problems, Study Shows WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Eat meat. That's the dietary advice given by a team of scientists who examined the dietary role of fat in a study that combined nutritional analysis with anthropologic research about the diets of ancient hunter-gatherer societies.
But there's a catch: To be as healthy as a cave man you have to eat certain kinds of fish, wild game such as venison, or grass-fed meat such as beef.

Thursday, March 07, 2002

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FUSE returns to full-time science operations A moribund orbiting observatory that some had given up for dead returned to life early this month thanks to the ingenuity of scientists and engineers who worked round-the-clock hours to give the satellite a new guidance system without ever actually touching it. FUSE the Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, is back in business after a shutdown in December caused by a guidance problem.
Key to the satellite’s return is a complex new set of procedures that lets controllers at The Johns Hopkins University use electromagnets in the satellite to push and pull on the magnetic field of the Earth. Experts had speculated about such an approach as a fallback for failing satellite guidance systems, but it has never before been employed to steer a satellite with the exacting accuracy needed for scientific observations.

UCLA scientists, colleagues substantiate biological origin of earliest fossils UCLA paleobiologist J. William Schopf and colleagues have substantiated the biological origin of the earliest known cellular fossils, which are 3.5 billion years old. The research is published in the March 7 issue of the journal Nature.
Schopf and a team of scientists at the University of Alabama, Birmingham have devised a new technique using a unique laser-Raman imaging system that enables them to look inside of rocks and determine what they are made of, providing a molecular map.
“This new technique is a tremendous breakthrough, and is something we have sought for 25 years,” Schopf said. “Because Raman spectroscopy is non-intrusive, non-destructive and particularly sensitive to the distinctive carbon signal of organic matter of living systems, it is an ideal technique for studies of ancient microscopic fossils. Raman imagery can show a one-to-one correlation between cell shape and chemistry, and prove whether fossils are biological.”

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About Aquarius Aquarius is an underwater laboratory and home to scientists for missions up to 10 days long, but to call Aquarius a home is like calling the space shuttle Discovery a mode of transportation. Aquarius is made to withstand the pressure of ocean depths to 120 feet deep. Presently, Aquarius is located in a sand patch adjacent to deep coral reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, at depth of 63 feet. The laboratory is attached to a baseplate that positions the underwater habitat (underwater laboratories are also called habitats) about 13 feet off the bottom. This means that the working depth of those inside the laboratory is about 50 feet deep. Located inside the 81-ton, 43 x 20 x 16.5 - foot underwater laboratory are all the comforts of home: six bunks, a shower and toilet, instant hot water, a microwave, trash compactor, and a refrigerator ­ even air conditioning and computers linked back to shore by wireless telemetry! Using Aquarius as a base for diving expeditions definitely has its advantages.

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

New US Thermobaric Bombs Now In Afghanistan New US Thermobaric Bombs
Now In Afghanistan

(AFP) - The US military is about to use a powerful new weapon in the ongoing war in Afghanistan, a "thermobaric" bomb which can suck oxygen out of the cavernous hideouts where Osama bin Laden and remnants of his al-Qaeda terror network may be holed up.

The laser-guided weapons contain an explosive that can penetrate deep into caves, as the hunt for bin Laden enters a new, more perilous stage, top Pentagon officials said Friday.

Boston Globe Online / Nation | World / 6 nations join US in fierce offensive 6 nations join US in fierce offensive
Air and ground forces hunt bin Laden loyalists
By Bryan Bender, Globe Correspondent and Marcella Bombardieri, Globe Staff , 3/4/2002
ASHINGTON - Military forces from the United States and at least six allied nations yesterday waged a pounding air and ground assault for a second day against hundreds of Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in one of the last strongholds of Osama bin Laden's followers in Afghanistan, US and Afghan officials said : Urine Test Could Reveal Nuclear Secrets In a major security breakthrough, a Bay Area research facility has developed a test on bodily fluids that can detect plutonium exposure as far back as 20 years.

Authorities Warned of Hijack Risks Authorities Warned of Hijack Risks
U.S. authorities were alerted as early as 1995 that several Middle Eastern pilots were training at American flight schools and at least one had proposed hijacking a plane to crash into federal buildings, according to documents and interviews with Filipino and U.S. authorities.

Untitled Document US troops in final Afghan push

by Patrick Sawyer

Welcome Welcome
The Office of the Independent Counsel web site has been created to give every citizen convenient and timely access to publicly available documents and information regarding our Office and its investigations. We have posted some of the more recent documents, and will continue to add more as time permits. We hope you find this site an informative and educational resource

Untitled Document The Irish Republic is staging a referendum today for the third time in less than 20 years on its written constitutional ban on abortion.

Judge Says Amateur News Gatherers on Public Access TV Have Same Rights as Professionals - from Tampa Bay Online Judge Says Amateur News Gatherers on Public Access TV Have Same Rights as Professionals
By Justin Pope Associated Press Writer
Published: Mar 6, 2002

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English PhD Thesis Abstract of Robert Anczkiewicz The NW Himalayan collisional system comprises three distinct crustal domains. From south to north they are: the Indian plate, the Indus Suture Zone (Main Mantle Thrust) and the Kohistan paleo-island arc (KIA). The studied area is located in the Mingora-Alpurai region, Lower Swat district of Pakistan, where the Indus Suture Zone (ISZ) forms one of the largest exposures. Structural mapping of the Indus Suture Zone lithologies and neighbouring parts of the northern Indian margin and of the basal part of the Kohistan arc were carried out. Geochronological studies were conducted in order to provide time constraints on pre- syn- and post-collisional magmatic, metamorphic and deformational evolution in the three domains. In addition, geochronological studies were carried out on the garnet granulites of the KIA in the Jijal-Patan area were conducted.

By Mieszko Lis

About 540 million years ago, in the beginning of the Cambrian, life on Earth suddenly exploded with diversity. Within less than 30 million years, most phyla that exist today emerged. The question whether it was a rapid, unprecedented phenomenon or a more drawn out process of evolution rooted in the Precambrian is a subject of controversy among scientists.
The answer to this question may lie with a late Precambrian fauna, the Ediacara. Fossils of the Ediacara, soft-bodied and relatively complex organisms, appear in late Precambrian rock but are absent from Cambrian sediments. "The question is," says Samuel Bowring, Associate Professor of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT, "did they die off or were they simply not preserved [in the fossil record]?"
Most fossils from the Cambrian (543 million to 490 million years ago) had either hard shells or skeletons, which contributed to their preservation. In most environments, soft-bodied organisms like the Ediacara decayed too quickly to leave fossils.

Education News, News Education Web Sites, CIPA eSN Exclusive: Report cites possible religious bias in school web filters
By Dennis Pierce, Managing Editor, eSchool News
February 26, 2002
A report released Feb. 25 by the Responsible Netizen Project of the University of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education raises questions about the link between conservative religious organizations and several internet filtering solutions, including three used widely in public schools. "I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say 'Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?'"
--Mike Godwin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tuesday, March 05, 2002 - Software : Stand-Up Software : Stand-Up
Stand-Up is a freeware program. It is written in 100% Java, version 1.2. It is designed for comic collectors, like myself, who want to track, grade, cross-reference, annotate, count, value, and print out summaries of their private comic collection. Whether you have 100, 1000, or 10 000 comics, Stand-Up is free.

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A word from Roy Thomas A word from Roy Thomas - Comics : Credits For "Roy Thomas" Comics : Credits For "Roy Thomas"
Complete Spider-Man credits listing for Roy Thomas. This page only lists credits on Spider-Man related issues, it should not be taken as a complete career credit listing. For other credit listings, please refer to the Spider-Man Credits Index.

Roy Thomas Interview

A Q&A with Roy Thomas
by Brad Cook

Roy Thomas Interview - Kirby Collector Eighteenth Issue Roy Thomas Interview
Interviewed & © by Jim Amash
NOTE: These are just a few excerpts from Roy's interview. For the complete interview, be sure to order a copy of TJKC #18.

Scientific American: News In Brief: Ice Field Spied at Mars's South Pole: March 5, 2002 PLANETARY SCIENCES
Ice Field Spied at Mars's South Pole
Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Preliminary results from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft indicate that large amounts of ice exist in the red planet's Southern Hemisphere, scientists say. The results represent the first direct measurements to confirm that significant amounts of hydrogen lie beneath the surface of Mars.

Fusion in a flash? Fusion in a flash?
Science researchers report nuclear emissions from tiny, super-hot collapsing bubbles

Monday, March 04, 2002

MATT DRUDGE // DRUDGE REPORT 2002® Chapter 1: Manufacturing a Myth

"He Died in My Arms" (pgs 4-10)

This is where Jesse Jackson lied about cradling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s head just after the assassination and that he was "the last person on earth" to whom King had spoken with. Jackson and repeated the lie at every opportunity and got away with it for nearly a decade. It wasn't until a reporter tracked down other members of Dr. King's entourage and published the true account of what actually happened in Memphis.

Top News at Netscape U.S. Stocks Soar on Optimism About Economy
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks climbed sharply on Monday as investors cheered recent data depicting a robust recovery for the U.S. economy, driving the Dow Jones industrial average to its highest close since mid-July and pushing the broad market into the black for 2002.
The Dow jumped 217.20 points, or 2.09 percent, to 10,586.06, according to the latest data, the highest close since July 19.
Last Friday, the Dow logged another triple-digit gain on news of improvement last month in the downtrodden manufacturing sector.
Friday's 2.60 percent rise and Monday's gain represent the best two-day advance for the Dow since late September.

Times Online We won't dither over Iraq this time, says Blair
From David Charter in Coolum and Tom Baldwin

TONY BLAIR yesterday began the countdown to military action against Iraq to stop President Saddam Hussein’s efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

The Prime Minister confirmed that he would meet President Bush soon to discuss how to crack down on rogue states such as Iraq and North Korea before the world suffered another act of global terrorism.
In his most bellicose statement on the issue, Mr Blair told Australian television that Britain and the United States would not repeat the mistake of dithering over Iraq as they had done for too long over Afghanistan. Delays in taking action then, despite the clear warning of the US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, in which 231 people died, allowed al-Qaeda to prosper and plot the September 11 attacks, he said.
The Prime Minister said the threat may not only be from conventional weapons but also from nuclear or biolological attack. “This is something we have got to deal with,” Mr Blair said during an interview with Australia’s Channel Nine.

After Clinton proposed anti-money-laundering law, group gave $448,000 to top leaders in Congress

WASHINGTON - The owner of one of the biggest banks in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda - known for years as a money-laundering haven - was the largest contributor to then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's "soft money" fund-raising committee in the 12 months that ended June 30.

Houston-based banker R. Allen Stanford, who has dual citizenship in the United States and Antigua, paid for a 1998 effort by Antigua to overhaul its banking laws. But the U.S. government complained that the new secrecy rules allowed the country to continue to hide money for tax purposes and said Stanford's financing of the changes and presence on a new regulatory authority was a conflict of interest.

In April 1999, the Treasury Department issued an advisory telling banks to give enhanced scrutiny to all financial transactions coming out of Antigua. That advisory was withdrawn in August 2001 after Antigua enacted significant reforms.

In September 1999, the Clinton administration proposed anti-money-laundering legislation.

Soon thereafter - between February 2000 and June 2001 - Stanford and his Houston company, Stanford Financial Group, gave a total of $448,000 in largely unregulated "soft money" donations to the Republican and Democratic parties and to three influential members of Congress, according to a report on soft money released this week by Public Citizen, a Washin

Top News at Netscape GAO: Pentagon Fudged Missile Test
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon and contractors exaggerated the success of the nation's first missile defense test in 1997, ignoring a flawed sensor that had trouble distinguishing a warhead from a decoy, congressional investigators said Monday.
The Pentagon called the findings outdated.
Contractors TRW and Boeing, who jointly built the system that was tested, played down the problems as did a Massachusetts Institute of Technology review team, said investigators from the General Accounting Office.
But Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who released the findings by Congress' investigative agency, said, ``If we can't tell the warhead apart from a decoy, what good is it?''
The latest disagreement surfaced as the costs of an anti-missile system, strongly favored by President Bush, continues to grow. Designing, testing and building a land- and sea-based missile defense system would cost between $23 billion and $64 billion by 2015, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated this year. Talking Up His Own Book Maier goes on to explain that after the stocks were touted on television, Cramer would promptly dump the firm's position: "No sooner would Maria be thanking us for the help than we'd be getting a payback--a quick hit thanks to our friends at CNBC."

Sunday, March 03, 2002

2002 News Releases - NASA's Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Unveils Early Science Results Initial science data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft, which began its mapping mission last week, portend some tantalizing findings by the newest Martian visitor, including possible identification of significant amounts of frozen water.

Friday, March 01, 2002

Home Page Battery Pack by yourself

DIMENSION 128 - RIVA 128 / TNT information & news! decided to write this article because while there are many sites with loads of information about active heatsinks, peltiers, water cooling, etc. I have yet to see one webmaster that dared to tackle subjects like vapor-phase refrigeration, computer case-refrigeration, and cryogenic cooling (in fact, no-one's even mentioned cryogenic cooling as far as I know, and I don't blame them, because it's pretty impractical for now).

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