BAGHDD, Iraq — Iraq invited the chief U.N. inspectors back to Baghdad on Thursday for more talks on ways to verify Iraqi disarmament and deflect charges that Saddam Hussein’s government is not cooperating fully with them.
In a letter, presidential adviser Amer al-Saadi asked Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei to return in advance of their next crucial report to the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 14. The U.N. officials conducted two days of talks with Iraqi officials here on Jan. 19 and 20.
Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohammed al-Douri delivered the invitation to Blix late Thursday and spent an hour with him discussing Baghdad’s seven-page response to the chief inspector’s report Monday. ElBaradei, head of the U.N. nuclear agency, was returning to Vienna from New York and was expected to receive his invitation today
Friday, January 31, 2003
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The mission of the ‘Group of Friend Nations’ of Venezuela took off yesterday in a move to support efforts of the OAS (Organisation of American States) in finding a peaceful solution to the social-political crisis underway since December. The delegates of Brazil, Mexico, Chile, US, Spain and Portugal will meet in the next hours with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, representatives of the Democratic Co-ordination – network that unites the opposition movements – Foreign Minister Roy Chaderton and 12 members of the ‘Table of dialogue’ instituted by OAS secretary general Cesar Gaviria. The facilitators of the negotiation for the moment sustain the plan presented by former US president Jimmy Carter, who proposed to amend the Constitution – with a reduction of the presidential term from 6 to 4 years – to consent the convocation of anticipated elections or a ‘revocatory referendum’, wanted by the opposition. The consultation, always based on the Constitution, could not however be held before August 19, when Chavez’s term will be midway. A demonstration of support for the press is set for today, while Sunday a petition (‘firmazo’) will be handed out in support of an electoral solution to the crisis.
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Iraq's weapons of mass casualty - Jane's International Security News Iraq's weapons of mass casualty
By Al Venter
Saddam Hussein, we are now aware, has prepared - by international standards - a modest, but deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He has already used some of these weapons against his enemies and, by all accounts, is ready to do so again. Why else would he have manufactured hundreds of tons of nerve agents including tabun, sarin, cyclosarin and VX? Those are the ones we know about; there could be others.
In a submission before the House Armed Services Committee on 10 September 2002 biowarfare expert Dr Richard Spertzel, who spent years trying to uncover Saddam's secrets while heading the biological wing of UNSCOM in Iraq after Operation Desert Storm, said that there was some evidence that the Iraqis might now also have the deadliest nerve gas of all: Novichok. A product of the Cold War, Novichok is a dozen times more potent than any other agent easily penetrates all known gas masks produced in the West - Israel's included.
There are not many people unaware that Saddam used chemical weapons (CW) against the Kurds in northern Iraq. However, few know the full extent of CW deployment in the war with Iran, or that Iraq also used biological weapons in that struggle.
In answer to the most obvious question being asked - whether Saddam would use the WMD he is purported to have at his disposal - one need only look at the preparations he made prior to Operation Desert Storm to bomb coalition forces with nerve and bacterial agents.
The danger was more powerfully underscored by Britain's International Institute for Strategic Studies in September 2002 when it released a think-tank dossier stating that Saddam could have nuclear weapons within months if he were successful in acquiring fissile material.
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Call for UN focus on North Korea PLUTONIUM IN SIX MONTHS
ElBaradei warned that North Korea could be producing significant amounts of weapons-grade plutonium within six months if reports it had restarted a fuel reprocessing plant were true.
ElBaradei had not seen a New York Times story citing U.S. intelligence about the North Korean nuclear plants but said it was known that Pyongyang intended to relaunch its nuclear facility at Yongbyon.
"Within six months they could produce quite significant amounts of material, plutonium," he said, when asked about the reprocessing plant's capabilities.
"Obviously if they restart their reprocessing plant it's a very serious issue and a matter of grave concern for us all."
It takes nine kg (20 lb) of plutonium to make a nuclear bomb.
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Times Online Police in Naples have arrested 28 Pakistanis who they said were in possession of large quantities of explosives, forged documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive targets" circled.
Italian news reports said that the possible targets included the US Consulate in Naples and Nato bases in nearby Bagnoli and Capodichino. Authorities refused to confirm the specific sites.
Police conducting a routine search for illegal immigrants yesterday said they found the group in possession of 800 grams (less than 2 pounds) of dynamite and 50 metres (165 ft) of explosive fuse, said a police spokesman.
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
This is a good overview of processor cooling for overclocking.
DIMENSION 128 - RIVA 128 / TNT information & news!
I 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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test A lot of aimless browsing brought me to I, Cringly. This man is a genius. On his "Pulpit" section is a treasure trove of articles on what I would call survival techniques in the digital age. After considering rolling my own DSL on an analog leased line, which would entail for me a hefty annual telecom fee (plus the rather high cost of Pair-Gain SDSL modems), I stumbled across This article about 802.11, which describes how Bob Cringley, with little trouble (use of telescopes notwithstanding), connected his rural home to a DSL connection he had set up 10 miles (16km) away.
So according to the theories gleaned from Cringley's article, I realised I could connect my domestic LAN to my workplace LAN, with the help of two wireless LAN bridging devices, and a couple of good antennae (and no annual fee!). Obviously worth further investigation..
I started with Cringley's 802.11 links, which sent me well on my way to wireless Nirvana. Detailed instructions and antenna designs abound, along with some innovative ideas (mostly about saving money, which is good).
After some quick price-researching I found that the cheapest 802.11 unit available that suited my purposes was the Linksys WAP11, which has detachable antennae, LAN-bridging capability, 128bit WEP encryption, and best of all, at the time of writing only costs US$134.- on Amazon.com! This unit has the best value for money available for this type of device right now. I lost no time in ordering me a couple of these gems and having them delivered to a friend in California who just happened to be on his way to Egypt a few weeks later. Lucky me!
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ABCNEWS.com : More Iraqi Scientists Turn Down U.N. Interviews BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two Iraqi scientists turned down requests for private interviews from U.N. arms experts on Thursday as the inspectors pushed ahead with a hunt for alleged banned weapons.
U.N. spokesman Hiro Ueki said teams from U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited six sites and installed air sampling equipment at their headquarters.
The inspectors have so far failed to hold private interviews with Iraqi scientists involved in Iraq's past weapons of mass destruction programs, seen by the United States as crucial to exposing any current banned activity.
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BBC NEWS | Europe | European leaders rally behind US The heads of eight European states have issued a joint declaration of solidarity with the United States in its campaign to disarm Saddam Hussein.
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News Eleven teenage boys have been rescued from an Islamic correction centre in Nairobi where they were chained, tortured, and indoctrinated with violent anti-Christian ideas. Armed police raided the school in a rundown Nairobi neighbourhood after Guleed Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Leicester, faked an illness to escape and raise the alarm.
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News An unexpected new front in the "war on terrorism" has opened this week in Trinidad after an announcement by a local Islamic group that it is manufacturing chemical and biological weapons and might use them against British and American targets on the island.
The announcement, made through two reporters for Trinidad's leading newspaper, who were blindfolded and taken to a plausibly alarming secret chemical laboratory, has caused ferment on the island, alarmed authorities in London and Washington and prompted at least one foreign company, the P&O shipping line, to keep tourists away.
"With our weapons we are going to reach you," the group said in its statement. "We will reach you where you sleep, we will reach you where you take your baths, we will reach you where you take your meals and have your drinks, even a glass of water you hold in your hand to drink may not be safe."
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NEWS.com.au | The National Georgraphic 'sealed edition'? (January 31, 2003) National Geographic.
The magazine, long a forum for family-friendly photography, is publishing its first swimsuit issue, on sale and online on Saturday.
The covergirl is Hanna Hobensack, a Sydney fashion design student who posed for the shot in Hawaii wearing three scallop shells.
Timed to roughly coincide with the racy annual look at bathing beauties by Sports Illustrated, the National Geographic issue is meant to offer light-hearted diversion.
"We just wanted to have a little fun, when it's so cold in the winter," said Bill Allen, editor in chief.
"And I think that this country [the US] could use a little lightness and fun right now. We've had a pretty tough 18 months
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NY Daily News - World and National Report - Exclusive: Report: Iraqi spies in U.S. WASHINGTON - Iraq sent spies from Canada to New York and Washington this month to snoop and stir up anti-war demonstrations, according to a government report obtained by the Daily News.
The classified document also reveals a plot by Al Qaeda-linked militants in Zimbabwe to attack American targets in that country and elsewhere if the U.S. declares war on Iraq.
It suggests the group, Tablik Ja'maat, could be a "conduit for communication" between Osama Bin Laden's terror network and Iraqi leaders.
The threats, disclosed to U.S. spy agencies yesterday, are detailed in a secret report prepared by an intelligence unit in the Homeland Security Department.
It comes as the White House weighs the release of classified information to prove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's links to Al Qaeda and efforts to evade UN weapons inspectors.
A source identified as a member of the Iraqi opposition told U.S. agents that Iraqis in Canada were ordered to recruit Arabs and other foreigners for espionage missions in the U.S., the report said.
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New Scientist The Pursuit Marine Drive produces thrust by using the energy from high-pressure steam to draw in water through an intake at the front and expel it at high speed through the rear. The steam emerges at high speed from a rearward-facing ring-shaped nozzle into a cone-shaped chamber, where it mixes with the water (see graphic). Shock waves created as the steam condenses are focused by the chamber to blast water out of the back.
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Introduction The Semantic Web is a vision: the idea of having data on the web defined and linked in a way, that it can be used by machines - not just for display purposes, but for using it in various applications.
Examples are: E-commerce requires much richer data. Retailers require this data to flow from wholesalers and wholesalers requires data to flow from producers. Data-exchange of this kind is currently very limited, consisting of tab-delimited dumps or product-specific tables. Specific XML formats for each exchange task improves the situation, but ones misses the network effect of being able to share 90% of the processing software, because the XML data model is too low-level.
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ABCNEWS.com : Study: Exercise Keeps the Brain Sharp The researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of 55 volunteers between the ages of 56 and 79. They found that those who were physically fit had lost far less of their brain's gray and white matter than those who got very little exercise.
"People who are most fit showed the largest benefit," says psychologist Arthur F. Kramer of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "They showed the least amount of reduction in brain volume."
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Wednesday, January 29, 2003
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Tuesday, January 28, 2003
KYODO NEWS Tokyo company develops solar charger for cell phones
Jan. 17 TOKYO, Japan - Zip Charge Inc., a maker of battery chargers, has developed a cell-phone solar charger (photo) the size of a business card that will be useful in maintaining communication in case of a major earthquake, company officials said on Jan. 17. Cell phones charged by the new product on four hours of sunlight exposure can operate for about an hour nonstop. (Kyodo)
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KYODO NEWS Toyota launches Wish 7-seat minivan
Toyota launches Wish 7-seat minivan
Jan. 20 NAGOYA, Japan - Toyota Motor Corp. launched a new compact-class, seven-passenger vehicle, the Wish (photo) on Jan.20, which it says offers the interior comfort of a station wagon or minivan and the driving performance of a sedan. The vehicle, designed on the theme ''a wish comes true,'' will be available to Netz and Toyota Vista dealers nationwide at prices starting from 1,898,000 yen. (Kyodo)
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KYODO NEWS JVC to release 1st HD consumer digital video camera
Jan. 22 TOKYO, Japan - Victor Co. of Japan Ltd. (JVC) said Jan. 22 it will release in Japan in early March the world's first consumer digital video camera (in photo) to record and play back digital high-definition images. The GR-HD1 high-definition digital video camera, which records images to mini digital videotapes, will be put on the market in the United States and Europe later this year, JVC said. (Kyodo)
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BBC NEWS | Africa | Students freed from Kenyan 'torture' Kenyan police have rescued 11 boys from an Islamic correctional centre in the capital, Nairobi, where they were kept in chains and tortured.
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NEWS.com.au | US-Taliban battle, 18 dead (January 29, 2003) AT least 18 people have been killed in a major battle between US-led coalition forces and some 80 armed extremists near Afghanistan's south-eastern border with Pakistan, the US military said today.
US and Norwegian warplanes have bombarded the barren Adi Ghar mountain north of the border town of Spin Boldak since yesterday, in what US military spokesman Colonel Roger King said was the biggest US confrontation in Afghanistan for 10 months.
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The Japan Times Online Japan agrees with the conclusion of the United Nations inspectors that Iraq has failed to cooperate sufficiently with their probe into its suspected weapons of mass destruction program.
"Judging from the result of the report and previous findings, we believe (Iraq) has not cooperated fully," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda told a news conference Tuesday morning after the inspectors' report to the U.N. Security Council was made public in New York overnight.
However, Fukuda said the report must be studied further and Japan continues to urge Iraq to clear up suspicions about its development and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
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Wired 11.02: Immortal Code But by the time the deal closed in June, the value of the Bakers' shares had plunged to $235 million. Two months later: $147 million. Today, the shares are worth nothing. Dragon Systems has been sucked into the abyss of L&H's bankruptcy, and L&H has become nothing more than plaintiff's quarry. But Dragon's key assets - all 5,000 CDs' worth of code - survive.
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Ars Technica: The PC enthusiast's resource You are a felon.
Posted 1/28/2003 - 11:43AM, by hanser
According to the No Electronic Theft Act (NET Act) signed into law in 1997, you are an unindicted felon if you have ever downloaded mp3s, shared movies, or pirated software. That's right, according to the Act, you could face up to $250,000 in fines and three years in jail if you have used a p2p network to download any of the above... even if you no longer do so.
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The Register A Brit living and working in the US has been sacked from his job for running a blog.
Iain Murray - who until recently was the Director of Research for a Washington DC-based non-profit organisation - is currently considering whether to pursue legal action against his former employer.
With that in mind he is reluctant to say anything that might jeopardise any future action.
However, on January 15 he wrote on his blog: "Sacked for blogging"
"My employment was terminated this morning, with this blog stated as the reason. I was somewhat surprised by this as my previous boss had been happy for myself and a former colleague to run blogs," he wrote.
Mr Murray explained that he spent no more time working on the blog as other colleagues spent taking breaks from work to have a cigarette.
Although he offered to cease producing the blog his employer declined the gesture and Mr Murray was "fired on the spot".
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Home / Mono Ximian announced the launch of the Mono project, an effort to create an open source implementation of the .NET Development Framework.
Mono includes: a compiler for the C# language, a runtime for the Common Language Infrastructure (also referred as the CLR) and a set of class libraries. The runtime can be embedded into your application.
Mono has implementations of both ADO.NET and ASP.NET as part of its distribution.
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Monday, January 27, 2003
Times Online THE SHADOWS OF ELISA LYNCHE
By Siân Rees
Review, £14.99, 256pp
ISBN 0 755 31114 0
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ELISA LYNCH was the impoverished Irish courtesan whose extraordinary life took her from the slums of Paris in the 1850s to become the lover and companion of President Francisco Solano López, the war-mad dictator of Paraguay. Derided as esa grandísima puta, she exalted in faux-Parisienne luxury while López launched the absurd war against three neighbouring countries which ended with the extermination of around one million of his people.
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CNN LIES JANEANE GAROFALO, ACTRESS: Thank you.
KURTZ: You've been all over the tube, from "Good Morning America" to CNN, MSNBC, Fox, speaking out against war with Iraq. Are the anchors taking you seriously, or are you just the entertainment?
GAROFALO: No, I don't think that they are taking me too seriously. I think they use actors to marginalize the anti-war movement. They have them on, and then sort of are slightly condescending.
I mean, not all the interviews have been like that, but historically the mainstream media has never been particularly friendly to any socially progressive ideas, you know. The mainstream media is hostile to the civil rights movement and the suffragist movement and abolitionists, and, I don't know why, but the mainstream media seems to kind of always take a somewhat hostile approach, or dismissive approach, to dealing with any socially progressive ideas. The peace movement...
KURTZ: So why are you putting yourself on the firing line if you feel you are being condescended to?
GAROFALO: Well, I actually -- it's a drag. I would much rather they talk to Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. I think that would be fantastic, and they certainly know a lot more than I do, but I have access to the media. I have been asked to be on some of these shows, and I for one am not going to let the Bush administration and the mainstream media roll right over me. And I'm not going to go quietly into this war, if we're going into the war, because I vehemently disagree with it and I disagree with a lot of Bush administration foreign policy.
And I feel like if I can give a voice to the millions of Americans who are in the -- who advocate peace and diplomacy, then I feel an obligation to do that.
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JTIC exclusive - Singapore government report reveals extent of Islamic terrorist threat in Southeast Asia - Jane's International Security News
JTIC exclusive - Singapore government report reveals extent of Islamic terrorist threat in Southeast Asia - Jane's International Security News In December 2001, the people of Singapore were confronted with the reality of Islamic terrorism on their doorstep when officers of the country's Internal Security Department (ISD) arrested 15 people, 13 of whom were alleged to be members of the banned Islamic terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyya (JI). While two were later released, the remaining 13 are still in custody.
In August 2002, the ISD arrested a further 21 people, all but two of whom, the government claims, are also JI members, the remaining two being members of Philippine separatist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The arrests were made after security services learned of plots by the JI to bomb government and western targets in Singapore.
This month, Singapore's Home Affairs Ministry published a report on the activities of JI in the country. The document provides useful detail on the structure and activities of the group from the mid-1990s to the present. But of particular interest are the ministry's findings on the JI's links not only to a web of like-minded Islamic militant groups in southeast Asia, but also to Osama bin Laden's global Al-Qaeda network.
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ABCNEWS.com : Thousands Enslaved by Ireland's Catholic Church There have been no direct reparations from the Irish Catholic Church to the tens of thousands of women it used as slave labor. Nor has there been a formal apology. It's not even known how many victims of the Magdalene laundries are still alive: they are not organized, and many don't want to talk about this terrible part of their past.
Very few Churchmen in Ireland will comment on the scandal. An exception is Willie Walsh, the Bishop of Killaloe. Over a cup of tea in his residence, he said that it is "a source of pain and shame."
"These girls were rejected by society, and the Church in some way thought it was giving refuge to these girls," he says. "I suppose … the Magdalene laundries was in some instances a form of slavery."
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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! As the subtitle indicates, Prof. Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), Nobel Prize laureate for physics in 1965 for "... fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles", was a most curious character indeed. After all, have you ever heard of another professor of physics that is an expert in lockpicking and safe cracking, had Playboy Playmates pose nude for his paintings, and played in the Carnival in Rio?
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Slashdot | AT&T Identifies Widespread Security Hole - In Locks Here's the method in a nutshell.
1) get a normal key that opens a lock.
2)count the notches, if its a 5 pin tumbler, then buy 6 more blank keys. ($2.00)
3) cut 5 keys to be identical to the original except at one of the pin position, let it be full height. SO that you now have 5 keys each with a full height blank at a different pin postion.
3.b) reducing the complexity. it's not physically possible to have a full height position adjacent to a deeply cut position. No problem, just cut it as high a possible, the master key suffers the same limits too, and this reduces the complexity of the pattern.
4) insert the first key. does it turn? No then file off 0.010" of metal and try again. within 7 tries, usually only one or 2 it will turn. congatulation you now know the pin 1 master height.(duh: ignore the turning at the original height.)
5) insert key2, rinse, lather repeat.
the beauty of this crack twofold. first, you are discovering the master heights of each pin independently, so the combinatorics is just linear in the number of resolvable pin heights not the product of pin-positions times pin heights. Second, you are also simultaneously factoring the ordinary key out of the master key combination, thus only discovering the master key not some useless key that is part paster and part ordinary key (that would only owrk on that particular lock).
6) Exception: if you cannot find the a pin height that opens one of the tumblers (ignoring the obvious one for the original key) then the original key height is the one for the master too.
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New Scientist Fancy a beefburger, but want to spare the cow? Tissue engineers experimenting with ways of growing meat in a lab dish could soon provide a solution.
The aim of the work is to develop food for astronauts on long space journeys, such as a mission to Mars. But like much other space research, what happens up there could one day become commonplace down here too - just look what happened to Velcro.
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New Scientist Three-dimensional tubes of living tissue have been printed using modified desktop printers filled with suspensions of cells instead of ink. The work is a first step towards printing complex tissues or even entire organs.
"This could have the same kind of impact that Gutenberg's press did," claims tissue engineer Vladimir Mironov of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Many labs can now print arrays of DNA, proteins or even cells. But for tissue engineers, the big challenge is creating three-dimensional structures. Mironov became interested when Thomas Boland of Clemson University, also in South Carolina, told Mironov how he could print biomaterials using modified ink-jet printers.
The printers are adapted by washing out the ink cartridges and refilling them with suspensions of, say, cells. The software that controls the viscosity, electrical resistances and temperature of the printing fluids is reprogrammed and the feed systems altered.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
The Register A new theory emerged today to rebuff the "Astroturf" scandal that's the talk of the web. A week ago a weblogger who calls himself Atrios discovered that identical letters praising "the leadership of President Bush" had appeared in dozens of local American newspapers.
Before Christmas, Mr.Atrios - whoever he is - had done much enterprising research to discomfort, and eventually help depose the Republican Senate Leader Trent Lott, after Lott's wistful, pro-segregation remarks at a birthday dinner for centurion racist Strom Thurmond went unnoticed by the poodle mainstream press, here.
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2CPU.com - The one stop source for everything SMP! It's hard to believe that our first look at a dual Athlon 760MP based motherboard was so long ago. June 5, 2001 was the day that the NDA expired on Tyan's Thunder K7, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, over a year and a half later, the dual Athlon is giving way to newer and better things (Opteron anyone?). Since this is likely our last dual Athlon motherboard review (unless the rumors are true and we do get an updated chipset for Barton), it only seems fitting that we're looking at Tyan's Thunder K7X Pro. This review is making me feel nostalgic, so I'm going to crank-up the "Way Back Machine
Posted by Edward at 11:58 AM
Broken Newz - Danish Government Wants to Ban "Deep-Linking" Copenhagen - It looks like the party is over in this tiny Scandinavian country noted for its tolerance of the unusual and the eccentric. Wim Bjernstrom, Danish Minister of Public Health, announced today that he is going to seek a total ban on "deep-linking," the practice whereby HTML links are embedded into another website in order to establish "immediate and direct contact."
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Friday, January 17, 2003
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The Paradox of Bread Basket Starving Ethiopia Six months after Chodussovsky published his article on Globalresearch.ca, it became public knowledge that the unique Ethiopian barley was benefiting many nations although Ethiopians were kept in the dark about their own resource. On February 8, 2001, the PanAfrican News Agency (PANA) from Dakar tells the world that "seeds from starving Ethiopia give America abundant yields." PANA reports: "It may sound paradoxical, as informed sources at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) assert, starving Ethiopia could well pass for the worlds seeds basket."
Ethiopian scientists including Girma Hailu and Awegechew Teshome have concurred with Chodussovsky on the enigma of the Ethiopian barley. As per PANA, "according to Girma Hailu, a former US State Department Regional Environmental Specialist for East Africa, germ plasma capable of resisting the gene of the Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) is thought to have been collected from the Ethiopian collection and introduced into the genetic material of California in the 1960s
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HEALTH FOR YOU: THE DIMENSION 2000 KITCHEN CENTER! the best Kitchen Center Machine. The D2000 has a powerful 800 Watt motor that keeps it from overheating - and that's important since I make 6 loaves of bread at a time, at least once a week. It has three speeds for all my kneading and mixing needs, and the new built in timer is an added bonus. One of the most amazing things about the D2000 is the Lifetime Warranty
Posted by Edward at 1:45 PM
JTIC exclusive - Colombian car bomb tactics take a new twist - Jane's International Security News Three vehicles with explosives have been detonated in five days in the eastern province of Arauca, Colombia, killing six and injuring more than 20. Arauca is the province that the Colombian government, with the support of the US, has chosen as the test case for the reconquest of the country.
In a new twist to the 38-year rebel campaign, the drivers of the car bombs were still in the vehicles when the explosives were detonated. But they were not suicide bombers, nor did they have anything to do with the Marxist guerrillas - rather they were civilians intimidated and misled by the rebels.
In the third incident on January 11, the driver, Mauricio Avendaño Camargo, survived the explosion and explained to authorities that he had been told by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to drive the vehicle to a location then get out. Two of his brothers were held hostage to ensure he complied. Except the bomb was detonated by remote control when the car arrived at a military checkpoint and a soldier was also injured in the blast.
What Avendaño did not realise was that the two previous car bombs had been driven by his two brothers who had been told the same thing and had died in the explosions.
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Strikes target Bin Laden networks in Europe - Jane's Europe News Over the last week a series of strikes have been carried out in European cities as activity is stepped up against a suspected terrorist network linked to the Saudi billionaire Usama Bin Ladin.
Last Thursday (April 5), five members suspected of being part of an extremist Islamist cell were arrested in Milan, in an operation that coincided with the arrest at Frankfurt of a suspected Islamist operative and an investigation on the island of Cyprus for suspected bank accounts intended to finance the purchase and transportation of weaponry for terrorist activity on the European mainland.
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Of course, you know this means WAR Propose "use or lose" laws to require rightsholders to return the copyright to the artists if the material goes out of print - reversion rights clauses are standard in book publishing (though under threat from just-in-time printing) but in general completely unavailable to filmmakers and musicians. Start lobbying now. Mickey got a reprieve from falling into the public domain; he didn't avoid the prospect altogether. There will be a next time.
Oppose further lmitations on the public domain, such as the US broadcast flag and the WIPO broadcast treaty that may work to limit the public's ability to time-shift or record TV. Continue to oppose existing bad law, such as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (and its prospective European counterpart), and the Copyright Extension Act (a law to protect a Mouse championed by Sonny Buono???!). We can't outcompete the copyright industries' funding, but millions of us sure can make ourselves a pain in the ass if we try.
Posted by Edward at 10:16 AM
MI.S.N.A. Saddam however did nothing to defuse the tension, but in the contrary launched war proclamations in occasion of the 12th anniversary of the first Gulf War: if the American troops attack Iraq, they will be defeated at the doors of the capital. Another factor that added to the already building tension, on a day that the hypothesis of war in Iraq plunged markets around the world, was an article of the Arab international Asharq al- Awsat newspaper. According to anonymous
Posted by Edward at 10:13 AM
ROME (AFX) - Police have arrested 18 executives of the chemical company Enichem SpA on the Mediterranean island of Sicily for allegedly dumping toxic mercury into the Mediterranean, judicial sources said.
Eight of the suspects have been taken into custody, while 10 others were placed under house arrest. All are accused of conspiracy and "trafficking in dangerous deposits."
Posted by Edward at 10:09 AM
EE Times UK - Intel delays 64-bit processor to re-engineer part SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. here today confirmed it has delayed a next-generation, 64-bit microprocessor line by one year, after the company decided to re-engineer the product. The company also announced a new 64-bit processor in its roadmap to fill the gap for the delayed chip, code-named Montecito.
Intel was originally supposed to roll out the Montecito processor in 2004, but it will now delay the 64-bit product until 2005, according to a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara-based company.
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US intelligence officials claim that a group of Algerians in London have direct links to the al Qaeda terrorist network.
They believe the men are "associates" schooled by Osama bin Laden's top biowarfare expert, Abu Mussab al Zarqawi.
Washington officials told news network CNN they have intelligence evidence that ties the Algerians to Zarqawi, a one-legged Jordanian who commanded an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and is now at large.
Posted by Edward at 9:43 AM
The Cenozoic has been called the Age
of Mammals, probably because the name was given by mammals. It might have been called the Age of Insects, or the Age of Birds. If we want to ,get out of that emphasis on land organisms (after all, there is more ocean than land), we could call it the Age of Teleost Fish (modern fish), all of which groups showed major increases in number of species. If we want to pay attention to the organisms that form the base of the food chain on land, we could call it as well the Age of Angiosperms. In the beginning of the Cenozoic the overall global diversity was relatively low, because of the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. Particularly the niche for 'large animals on land' was empty after the demise of the dinosaurs. Into this open niche birds and mammals diversified rapidly.
Posted by Edward at 8:31 AM
McClamrock: Functional Analysis and Etiology Cummins  argues that etiological considerations are not only insufficient but irrelevant for the determination of function. I argue that his claim of irrelevance rests on a misrepresentation of the use of functions in evolutionary explanations. I go on to suggest how accepting an etiological constraint on functional analysis might help resolve some problems involving the use of functional explanations.
Posted by Edward at 8:27 AM
Preach on brotha Motz! Microsoft was ordered to ship Java with their OS on December 23 of last year. The judge had decided that the safest thing to do would be to have Microsoft start shipping Java now, and deal with the aftermath should Microsoft prevail (which seems rather unlikely at this stage) many months from now. The other options were to do nothing (which would be typical for US Federal Court), or grant an injunction against Microsoft, which would have been a Bad Idea
Posted by Edward at 8:21 AM
Thursday, January 16, 2003
Posted by Edward at 1:44 PM
Ars Technica: The PC enthusiast's resource Follow-up on Eldred case
Posted 1/15/2003 - 10:54PM, by Hannibal
Caesar beat me to a post on the recent news of the public's great loss in the recent Supreme Court case of Disney v. the Public Domain... er, I mean, Eldred v. Ashcroft. You guys probably can guess what I think of the result without me saying anything, but I will note that I do understand the Court's reasoning in this instance. It's congress's place to set policy on this matter, and it's congress that has really failed us by taking to Big Content's big payouts in exchange for the public interest.
Posted by Edward at 8:50 AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Tony Blair's Email - Phase 4 After Tony Blair promised to deliver a publicly available email address 'in the new year,' Bloggerheads went on strike for a week in early January (with no bloggage bar constant repeats of this same damn picture), and urged its readers to send a letter or facsimile to 10 Downing St asking exactly when this email address would be ready.
Posted by Edward at 8:48 AM
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Waveguide Antenna 2.4 GHz We have been experimenting with waveguide antenna, made from old food cans, to massively extend the range of 802.11b wireless networks. All that was required was fitting, in the correct place, a driven element consisting of a short piece of copper wire soldered into the centre of an N-type connector.
Posted by Edward at 1:39 PM
Geek.com Geek News - Robot servants--sooner than you think PaPeRo's "eyes" consist of two CCD cameras, and with them PaPeRo can recognize up to ten faces. Four microphones--three to detect the direction from which a sound came and one for speech recognition of up to 650 words--act as PaPeRo's "ears."
Posted by Edward at 11:32 AM
Monday, January 13, 2003
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Internet helps write the book of life A hugely ambitious project to find and name every species on Earth within the next 25 years has been launched by scientists.
The internet and the development of DNA sequencing technology make the goal achievable
Posted by Edward at 2:57 PM
Friday, January 10, 2003
No TCPA! Now we're getting to the part,
where Microsoft takes control of your PC. After the booting process, Fritz hands over the control to the
software part of TCPA: Palladium.
This piece of Operating-System-Integrated software is going to determine what you are allowed to do with "your" PC.
Let's say: What you are not allowed to do with. Before you can start an application or open a document,
it checks wether it thinks you are allowed to or not. No, that's no joke. It really does. Via the Internet, Palladium
keeps an up-to-date list of software (the blacklist), you can't start. One can imagine what's on that list.
e.g: every kind of cracking / hacking software, illegal copies and so on. Sounds like Microsoft installed a DRM
via the backdoor? And that's not even all it is. Every PC with a Fritz chip has an unique ID. Only
the software you bought for THIS ID (means: your PC) would be able to run. There's not even the chance
to sell software you don't use anymore. Palladium / Fritz won't allow it to run on ANY other machine.
There's also a blacklist for documents. Imagine: You're not able to play one of your thousand MP3's anymore,
because they don't have a valid certificate, even though the original CD sits in your rack. Not one of your Movies.
You also gave Microsoft the permission to delete all the files, once it has found them. You don't believe me?
Read the last EULA of your Media Player. Whoa, surprised? I was.
No problem for me, you might think. Everything got hacked 'til now. Believe me, just one more time please.
This chipset / software combination will be different.
* It's an onboard chip, there's no way to "plug it off".
* This chip will get integrated into the processors. (just read the member list: AMD, Intel)
And there's more. Every program you want to execute has to be certified.
So, you're a developer and want to create your own programs? Of course,
with a certified IDE you're able to write your own source code. But it's not
possible to execute your programs you just developed - unless you're going
to certify them (which costs about $100.000!).
"What the heck, I'll switch to linux when TCPA is reality!"
Now we're getting to the point where you could imagine what happens to the GPL
and linux. First of all: It's no longer possible to install linux, because this Operating
System is not certified by the TCPA. No, that's not a joke. Okay, imagine there
would be a certified Linux. (HP creates one, btw). What's happening to OpenSource
development, then? Every open source developer would need to certify his program,
before he can distribute them. But how should he pay that certification?
What happens to quick bugfixes? And what happens to all the guys who want
to compile the software on their own. There is NO chance to do all that stuff.
Disapointed? I am.
Posted by Edward at 12:29 PM
Thursday, January 09, 2003
First, of course, is GWB, Shrubya himself, for whom the year starts on January 20, the anniversary of his inauguration, a date followed in a month, give or take, by the State of the Union address. It's hard to pick a single New Year's resolution I'd like to see Bush adopt when there are so many, but if I'm picking one, it's to stop saying, "God bless America" every time he announces yet another tax cut that is going to benefit rich people at the expense of the rest of the country for the rest of the century, or when he wants to destroy the ecology of places like Alaska. It's just that it's so damn hypocritical. Can't he just say, "Screw you, America, except for my friends" and be honest about it?
Posted by Edward at 2:37 PM
New Scientist The idea was revealed at a December workshop on robotic algorithms in Nice. Instead of creating a casing and then laboriously filling it with electronic circuit boards, components and switches, the plan is to print a complete and fully assembled device.
The trick is to print layer upon layer of conducting and semiconducting polymers in such a way that the circuitry the device requires is built up as part of the bodywork
Posted by Edward at 1:54 PM
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
Purdue researchers discover basis for biological clock The husband and wife team of D. James and Dorothy Morré has discovered this protein, which is responsible for setting the length of periods of activity and inactivity within cells. If the protein is altered, an organism's body will experience "days" of different length – ranging from 22 to 42 hours in length in some cases. The discovery could have far-reaching implications for medicine.
Posted by Edward at 12:21 PM
Distant Ring of Stars Found Around the Milky Way Hidden from view behind stars and gas on the same visual plane as the Milky Way, this ring of stars is approximately 120,000 light years in diameter, says Heidi Newberg, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Rensselaer and a co-lead investigator on the project. Traveling from Earth at the speed of light, it would take 40,000 light years to reach the ring.
The University of Melbourne - News Release - 6 January 2003 An Australian geologist has identified what could be the first ever active flow of fluids through gullies on Mars.
University of Melbourne geologist, Dr Nick Hoffman, identified recent gully and channel development near the polar regions of Mars from images taken by the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. But contrary to the majority of scientific opinion which suggests that such features were carved by liquid water, Hoffman says the flow is most likely frozen carbon dioxide.
NASA is desperate to find signs of liquid water on Mars so they have a target for the next generation of Mars landers and rovers to go and search for life, but their search could prove fruitless if Hoffman's analysis of the images is correct.
Posted by Edward at 11:32 AM
CSIRO - World-first Australian truffle find An Australian scientist has made a discovery which is electrifying world fungal biology - a new truffle genus related to the famous Amanita family, or fairy toadstools.
The Amanita family is famed worldwide for the red and white-spotted toadstools beloved of children's fairy tales, the lethal Death Cap beloved of tabloid media, and a range of delicious edible fungi beloved of gourmets.
Posted by Edward at 11:29 AM
Monday, January 06, 2003
Central Texas PC User's Group Microsoft Tablet PC, New Star Of Portable Computing Scene? Chris Tom Tells All. Chris was the audience member at December's Meeting taking notes on his TabletPC, a Factory Prototype according to Tom.
The Tablet PC was introduced at Comdex to mixed reviews. The Official Microsoft Website says: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Posted by Edward at 5:32 PM
Microsoft's masterplan to screw phone partner Sendo's 27-page filing in a Texas court - disclosed here for the first time - is a rich litany of double dealing, betrayal and larceny - if the dramatic (and at times apoplectic) allegations can be believed.
Until November, Sendo was Microsoft's flagship phone OEM. It then announced that its four-times-delayed Z100 Stinger phone would be canned, and threw its lot in with Nokia, terminating the Microsoft agreement.
Formally, Sendo is throwing the book at Microsoft. The handset manufacturer, created in 1999 with some of the best Philips and Motorola talent, was to be Microsoft's "go to market partner" for the Stinger smartphone platform, and even received an equity investment from Redmond, and it's now very, very angry.
The claim alleges - are you ready to start counting? - misappropriation of trade secrets, common law misappropriation, conversion, unfair competition, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, two counts of negligent misrepresentation, two counts of breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and tortious interference. Phew.
Posted by Edward at 10:48 AM
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