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Immigration Arrests 15 Aliens in Roswell, NM
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:10 am EDT, Sep  1, 2006

ROSWELL, N.M. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents today arrested 15 illegal aliens who were working for a local company here that is under contract to paint U.S. military aircraft, including Lockheed C-130 military aircraft.

You just can't make stuff like this up....

Immigration Arrests 15 Aliens in Roswell, NM

Gallery Appliance Released
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:21 am EDT, Aug 31, 2006

The Gallery VMware Appliance is a GNU/Linux distribution based on rPath Linux. Basically, it is a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) appliance with both Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 pre-installed and pre-configured, along with all of the required utilities and most of the optional ones. They are both also pre-loaded with some random pictures from various Gallery team members so that you can test things out without even having to find your own images.

I guess I don't have an excuse for not having a gallery anymore.

Gallery Appliance Released

UK Investigates Civilian Use of UAVs
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:07 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2006

The UK is examing the possible deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within 10 years across Britain's airspace for a range of civilian tasks including traffic control and environmental monitoring, The Guardian reports.

UAVs cannot currently operate in UK skies, except in "restricted conditions". Accordingly, the government has pumped £32m into Astraea - "a national programme that focuses on the technologies, systems, facilities and procedures that will allow UAVs to operate safely and routinely in the UK".

I wonder what the implications of flying your own UAV over the US would be. It's certainly a remotely operated aircraft beyond the scale of a mere RC plane. I'm sure there's an FAA rule somewhere prohibiting it, or requiring that you have a fully-flight qualified pilot controlling the aircraft from the ground.

Still, this sends chills down my spine.

UK Investigates Civilian Use of UAVs

Lockheed Martin WhistleBlower Video
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:03 pm EDT, Aug 30, 2006

In a crudely produced 10-minute video, engineer and former Lockheed Martin project manager Michael DeKort charges there were serious flaws in some work done by Lockheed to upgrade security on Coast Guard vessels.

He calls it a waste of tax dollars that jeopardizes the safety of Americans. (CBS)

The link below is directly the YouTube video.

Lockheed Martin WhistleBlower Video

Steerable WiFi Antenna
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:16 pm EDT, Aug 28, 2006

I've been tempted to build an advanced version of this for a year or two but as usual, I attemped to over-engineer it.

Steerable WiFi Antenna

Fugitive CEO Skype Call Traced
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:04 pm EDT, Aug 25, 2006

Kobi Alexander fled the United States ten days ago. He was tracked down in Sri Lanka via a Skype call:

According to the report, Alexander was located after making a one-minute call via the online telephone Skype service. The call, made from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, alerted intelligence agencies to his presence in the country.

Excellent. I'm sure Sri Lanka will probably hand him over to the bounty hunter with the most money.

Bruce Schneier wrote:

Let this be a warning to all of you who thought Skype was anonymous.

What in the word gave anyone this impression?

Fugitive CEO Skype Call Traced

No More Strippers At Funerals In China
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:02 am EDT, Aug 24, 2006

China has added strippers at funerals to its burgeoning list of proscribed activities, the BBC reports.

Bare-assed ladies are apparently deployed at rural send-offs to boost mourner numbers, since "large crowds are seen as a mark of honour".
To show they mean business, the authorities have arrested the leaders of five striptease troupes, including two involved in a farmer's funeral in Donghai county, Jiangsu province on 16 August, which was exposed by a Chinese TV station.

Local officials subsequently ordered an end to the traditional practice - which they dubbed "obscene performances" - and declared that "funeral plans have to be submitted in advance", according to Xinhua news agency.

I wonder if Dolemite started this when he was in the Far East. ;-)

No More Strippers At Funerals In China

BarCamp Atlanta
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:20 pm EDT, Aug 22, 2006

BarCamp (worldwide) is happening this weekend. ATL is represented.

BarCamp Atlanta

History of Bell Telecom in Atlanta
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:50 pm EDT, Aug 21, 2006

My brother just sent this to me with the note that "I got lost in this for an hour."

I'm really looking forward to reading it in a few minutes or hours. Looks really interesting, covering 1890s to 1970s in a few pages. I didn't see much about my favorite subject though -- the Long Lines division. Those were the folks who did the microwave stuff.

History of Bell Telecom in Atlanta

We can make him better, more aggressive...?!
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:47 am EDT, Aug 21, 2006

A single gene can turn a docile fly into a fighter.

Ralph Greenspan and Herman Dierick of The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California, bred fruit flies to be aggressive. After 21 generations, they were 30 times more aggressive than controls, as measured by an index of fighting ability. Not only did they start more fights, and ones that lasted longer, they were also fiercer, wrestling and flipping opponents rather than just chasing and hitting them.

This cannot result it anything good based on evidence from past works of fiction (X-men, etc.) and computer games (Doom, Quake *).

We can make him better, more aggressive...?!

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