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"The future masters of technology will have to be lighthearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb." -- Marshall McLuhan, 1969

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, ThunderSnow! » We Love DC
Topic: Local Information 4:26 pm EST, Dec 18, 2009

"Thundersnow is a rare weather phenomenon, which is basically a thunderstorm that forms in weather that is cold enough for the precipitation to fall in the form of snow instead of rain. Thundersnow is rare because normally thunderstorms need warm and moist air to form. Cold and drier air, like what occurs during the wintertime, is not very conducive to the development of thunderstorms. The two things that are necessary for thundersnow are the presence of unstable air and a force that will push this unstable air upwards. This force of rising air is provided by strong low pressure. The low pressure will push the unstable air upwards, allow for clouds and thunderstorms to form, and provided that the atmosphere is cold enough, it is thundersnow.

You couldn’t design a more perfect snowstorm for DC. It’s absolutely textbook perfect. It’s gonna be perfect."

According to the most recent reports, the will begin where I live around 7pm. Awesome. :)

Thunder, Thunder, Thunder, ThunderSnow! » We Love DC

MemeStreams problems (maybe)
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:16 am EST, Dec  6, 2009

Earlier in the day we were investigating a possible database corruption problem with MemeStreams. No one found anything definitively, but it's possible there is a problem present... There was a problem we were unable to reproduce that involved double posts appearing in the system. Please let Decius or Rattle (me) know if you see any problems.

At this late hour, the only problem with the site appears to be that no one is using it...

Update: No, this isn't Noteworthy's fault.

ThinkProgress promotional video
Topic: Politics and Law 4:39 pm EST, Dec  3, 2009

ThinkProgress is one of the blogs we run at CAP. We've had a hell of a year. Check out this video for the highlights...

ThinkProgress promotional video

Microsoft Windows Systems Administrator Wanted
Topic: Business 3:17 pm EST, Dec  1, 2009

The Center for American Progress has an immediate opening for a Microsoft Windows Systems Administrator with strong network management skills. The Systems Administrator will maintain core Microsoft system software and applications on our internal network and in co-location points. The administrator will work primarily with Windows-based systems but should also have a working knowledge of integrating those systems with Macintosh and Linux servers and workstations. This person must have an understanding of advanced network concepts, routing, firewall security policy, and virtual private networking.

I'm hiring a MS Admin in Washington, DC. Pass this along...

Microsoft Windows Systems Administrator Wanted

Bring the Noise (by Flatbed Truck) - DCist
Topic: Music 3:37 pm EST, Nov 18, 2009

Public Enemy has turned public friend #1 for their performance in the District. Tomorrow night, Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductees, rap-rock progenitors, and occasional television mugs Chuck D and Flavor Flav are playing GW's Lisner Auditorium – where you can advance to the front of the house for the price of admission plus a winter coat. If that deal's not enough, you can also catch PE playing on a flatbed truck as, starting at about 7:45 p.m., it winds its way from 18th & G Streets NW to the Lisner a few blocks away. The Post's Chris Richards notes PE's route, rendered above in glorious Googlemap.

What can possibly be said about this?

Bring the Noise (by Flatbed Truck) - DCist

Evangelist sentenced to 175 years for sex crimes - Yahoo! News
Topic: Current Events 11:55 am EST, Nov 16, 2009

Evangelist Tony Alamo used his stature as a self-proclaimed prophet to force underage girls into sham marriages with him, controlling his followers with their fears of eternal suffering.

But the judge who sentenced Alamo on Friday to 175 years in prison for child sexual abuse warned of another kind of justice awaiting the aging evangelist.

"Mr. Alamo, one day you will face a higher and a greater judge than me," U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes told the preacher. "May he have mercy on your soul."

Thus ends the story of Tony Alamo. I have a feeling that his fliers will still wind up placed on the windshields of cars in Tennessee for years to come...

Evangelist sentenced to 175 years for sex crimes - Yahoo! News

Charlie Brown's Tree == Perfect Recession XMass Tree
Topic: Holidays 6:01 pm EST, Nov 15, 2009

Exclusive Charlie Brown's "Lonely Tree" Christmas Tree With One Red Ornament, Also Included Is Linus's Blue Blanket.

Charlie Brown's Tree == Perfect Recession XMass Tree

China proves to be an aggressive foe in cyberspace -
Topic: Computer Security 1:34 pm EST, Nov 11, 2009

American presidential campaigns are not the only targets. China is significantly boosting its capabilities in cyberspace as a way to gather intelligence and, in the event of war, hit the U.S. government in a weak spot, U.S. officials and experts say. Outgunned and outspent in terms of traditional military hardware, China apparently hopes that by concentrating on holes in the U.S. security architecture -- its communications and spy satellites and its vast computer networks -- it will collect intelligence that could help it counter the imbalance.

President Obama, who is scheduled to visit China next week, has vowed to improve ties with the Asian giant, especially its military. But according to current and former U.S. officials, China's aggressive hacking has sowed doubts about its intentions.

"This is the way they plan to thwart U.S. supremacy in any potential conflict we get into with them," said Robert K. Knake, a Council on Foreign Relations fellow. "They believe they can deter us through cyber warfare."

Some U.S. cyber policy experts such as James A. Lewis, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, acknowledge that the problem cannot be solved without international engagement. At the same time, Lewis said, "I'm not going to get upset about China spying on us, because we spy on them."

"The only thing I'm going to get upset about," he said, "is if we don't do better than them."

The DoD hacks get the most media attention, but the Chinese activities expand way beyond DoD. There are compromises all over the place on The Hill, in the think tanks, lobby houses, and key law firms. All the targets in the political/policy space are vastly softer than military and intelligence targets. Most of DC is owned.

China proves to be an aggressive foe in cyberspace -

Vice President Joe Biden Hosts Leading Scholars to Discuss the Challenges Facing America's Middle Class in the 21st Century Economy
Topic: Politics and Law 10:33 am EST, Nov  5, 2009

Biden is about to start speaking at my office (CAP). Click through for stream.

Vice President Joe Biden Hosts Leading Scholars to Discuss the Challenges Facing America's Middle Class in the 21st Century Economy

Hey, Texas Instruments -- Stop Digging Holes | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:01 am EST, Nov  4, 2009

Texas Instruments (TI) ultimately failed to stand behind their misguided claim that calculator hobbyists violated copyright law by having public, online discussions about techniques to get more functionality from TI calculators. Yet the company continues to dig itself into new holes by issuing more improper take-down letters...

In fact, TI has sent an identical take-down demand to Mr. Smith's university complaining about the same OS keys having been posted on our client's student webpage, and demanding that the school take the materials down from that URL. Today, Mr. Smith filed a DMCA Section 512 counternotice to continue the fight.

Hey, Texas Instruments -- Stop Digging Holes | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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