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est: Last month the European Union competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, accused Microsoft of orchestrating a "co-ordinated campaign" to discredit her.

Top ten geek business myths

Parent criticises Fahrenheit 451 for use of bad words and ideas, tries ot ban it from classroom.

rik: Mmmm. sweet irony.
est: Alton Verm's request to ban "Fahrenheit 451" came during the 25th annual Banned Books Week.


Zerodhero: A "number" of people were killed in a shooting at a one-room Amish schoolhouse

EFF on Diminished News of ATT-NSA Spying Cases


est: "Usher (Usher Usher Usher..) | My name is indeed, Usher."

60 minutes interviews Bob Woodward (Watergate dude) about Bush

est_: woodward on 60 minutes
DonFundoshi: a 2004 interview video with Woodward on the same topic

Ithaca Hours

coderman: "Ithaca Hours is a local currency in Ithaca, New York. It is credited as the first modern local currency and has inspired similar systems throughout the world."
coderman: "One of the primary functions of the Ithaca Hours system is to promote local economic development. Businesses who receive Hours must spend them on local goods and services, thus building a network of inter-supporting local businesses. While non-local businesses are welcome to accept Hours, those businesses need to spend them on local goods and services to be economically sustainable."
coderman: community currencies intrigue me.
coderman: "Opponents of this concept argue that local currency creates a barrier which can interfere with economies of scale and comparative advantage, and that in some cases they can serve, like traditional national currencies, as a means of tax evasion." -- hey, that's a feature! :P

Liberty Dollar

coderman: "The Liberty Dollar is a private currency embodied in minted metal rounds, paper notes, and electronic credits. It is issued by NORFED, which is a partial acronym for "National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Code."
coderman: "As with all forms of private currency or corporate scrip, including air miles, acceptance of Liberty Dollars is at the discretion of the merchant, who decides how much of his goods or services to sell in return for Liberty Dollars, if he decides to accept them at all. According to NORFED, its Liberty Dollar currency was submitted to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for review, which verified that the Liberty Dolla
coderman: "It should be noted, however, that the legalities of creating scrip and using it are quite different. On September 14, 2006, the United States Treasury Department issued a press release stating that "the use of these gold and silver NORFED 'Liberty Dollar' medallions as circulating money is a Federal crime" under 18 U.S.C. ยง 486."
coderman: "Like the euro but not the U.S. dollar, the certificates' size and color varies with the value. However, unlike the euro, only the long dimension varies, similar to Japanese Yen bills. The higher the value, the longer the certificate."
coderman: "Some of the critics, including Watner, agree with the concept of hard money but disagree with NORFED's currency implementation. In particular, they note that NORFED's "silver base" is extremely rigid compared to the spot price of silver, and recommend instead the use of generic silver rounds as currency. Furthermore, critics assert that by stamping a dollar amount on the Silver Liberty, NORFED defeats the purpose of m
coderman: usability is hard.
coderman: glad to know secure computing/networking isn't alone in this struggle betweeen utility/usability/security

Teen prodigy known for ID chip dies in wreck

laney: At age 12, Derek became certified by Microsoft as a systems engineer.
laney: dumbass drove motorcycle into guardrail, then utility pole.


est: "Currently, there is a 67-basis-point spread between the Fed funds rate and the 10-year Treasury. "


list of mathematical fiction

Whiskey Bar - Jesus Camp

A typical case of deluded right-wing thinking

seti: - Dear Sameer, if you had actually read the Constitution and specifically the Fourth Amendment, you would have seen that it clearly defines what constitutes "reasonable:" "... probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
seti: (note probable cause)
seti: - Dear Sameer, if you don't hold 7 days of sleep deprivation to be torture, I invite you to undergo such. You will feel differently afterwards, I am sure.
seti: If you're too chicken for that (are you still training for the Marines? For how many years has that been on your homepage now?), may I suggest listening to an interview with an actual recipient of such torture, for example the South African dissident who was probably the first person to receive such treatment in modern times? You'll change your mind then, I'm sure; it's a very chilling account.
seti: (Quotes: "These terms [severe mental or physical pain; outrages upon human dignity] are vague, but that is the nature of laws, terms are vague but are then defined over time and in the courts. (e.g. "unreasonable search and seizure." How more vague can you get?)" and "Waterboarding is torture. Long-time-standing for eight hours is not torture. 50 days of sleep deprivation is torture. 7 days of sleep deprivation is not."

Jesus Camp : Kids Worshipping to a George Bush Picture

DonFundoshi: satanists? see Chavez' comments in UN and general applaud
DonFundoshi: untranslated footage of chavez' speech from venezualan tv
DonFundoshi: "It protects terrorism when it wants to."
DonFundoshi: bush's speech from the same podium the day before
DonFundoshi: <bush> This morning I want to speak about the more hopeful world that is within our reach, a world beyond terror, where ordinary men and women are free to determine their own destiny, where the voices of moderation are empowered, and where the extremists are marginalized by the peaceful majority.
DonFundoshi: dude, we already live there. where the fuck do you live?
DonFundoshi: keywords: pre-assumption, false premise, programmed acceptance, brain washing techniques, marketing, pressure selling, you know you want it, you just don't know you know yet
DonFundoshi: <bush> As liberty flourishes, nations grow in tolerance and hope and peace. And we're seeing that bright future begin to take root in the broader Middle East.
DonFundoshi: ten attacks on US troops each day in Iraq, costs of US forces there double what they were three years ago ... bombing of lebanon, failure of iraq and afghanistan states erected by US ...
DonFundoshi: whatever bright future is taking root in the middle east, it is despite US presence there
seti: ten each day? four each hour, you mean
DonFundoshi: oops .. one hundred a day .. see the Woodward story .. I slipped a nought
DonFundoshi: bush goes on to list some other mid-east states having elections .. i hope those are more 'real' than the iraq/afghanistan ones
DonFundoshi: <buash> This propaganda is false, and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror.
DonFundoshi: perhaps the only true statement he has ever made ;)
DonFundoshi: the bulk of bush's speech is straight from management communication 101 - "The CRC formula - Commend, Recommend, Commend", aka sweeten the blow, a spoonful of sugar ..
DonFundoshi: which is a fantastic way of making people ignore everything you say because you are a two-faced formulaic bastard with no real ability to interact on a personal level. :)
DonFundoshi: who constantly projects their personal fears about themselves onto other people, then lectures about it, because they can't accept their own failings and see the inherent hypocricy which all suffer
DonFundoshi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projecting aka 'why do they hate us?'
DonFundoshi: I hope we have all learnt something here today, people? ;)

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