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Julian Assange Fired From IT Job At Pentagon
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:31 pm EST, Dec  6, 2010

The Onion
December 1, 2010
ISSUE 46•48

ARLINGTON, VA—With officials describing his publication of sensitive U.S. State Department documents as "the last straw," Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was asked to resign from his position as the Pentagon's IT coordinator Monday. "We gave him his first warning after the whole Iraq and Afghanistan war diaries thing, and strike two was when he forwarded that video montage of Nicolas Cage yelling to the entire staff," Defense Department human resources director Curtis Shannon said. "But we just can't overlook this latest offense. Even if he's the only one who knows where the spare USB cables are." At press time, Assange had already been invited to interview for an IT position at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Julian Assange Fired From IT Job At Pentagon

EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:34 am EST, Dec  3, 2010

EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom
FCC crosses the Rubicon into online regulation

7:02 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010

With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the "freedom" of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web. Ordinarily, it would be appropriate at this point to supply an example from the proposed regulations illustrating the problem. Mr. Genachowski's draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped "non-public, for internal use only" to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for "openness."

EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

Photo Of The Day
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:16 pm EDT, May 14, 2010

In this case, two photos of the day: the Cold War Unicorns Play Set.

RE: 'Star Trek': An exclusive first look at the Enterprise
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:41 pm EDT, May 13, 2009

O.K., I finally saw the film. Spoiler time.

First off, the new USS Enterprise (the main character) really is that ugly (externally - see image in above post). The interior looks O.K., but the exterior looks like it's been pimped out. I could've sworn I saw the rims spinning in one scene. The Romulan ship is even uglier, but being a mining ship (like the USG Ishimura in Dead Space), it has an excuse. The original design of the Enterprise is beautiful. There's no need to keep tampering with it.

Regarding less important aspects of the film...

If you're looking for Star Trek, look elsewhere. In no way did this feel like Star Trek to me, nor did I ever buy that these new guys were Kirk, Spock, etc., although the actors did have some chemistry. Unless Shatner and Nimoy are cloned (or completely digitized), my strong bias in favor of the original series won't let me accept any new stories with a young Kirk and Spock. The old Star Trek gave me things to think and dream about. This new one just gave me pretty lights to stare at for a while.

On the other hand, if you're looking for an enjoyable two-hour action film with lots of excitement, fights, and explosions, this is about as good as anything that comes out of Hollywood... actually, a little better than average, in that regard. Some of it was pretty to look at (but not the ships), and the acting wasn't bad, but the story wasn't very good. The Star Trek franchise should leave time travel to the Dr. Who franchise. Still, non-fans who enjoy Hollywood action films should enjoy it.

I will say that this new film is better than anything else the franchise has offered since the original cast days. That's not saying much, though. I give the 2009 film 2.5/5 stars for shiny new entertainment, but there's not much in the way of depth or rewatchability.


Fortunately, the Blu-ray set of Season 1 of the original Star Trek series is incredible! Everything has been restored, and there are lots of cool special features. It's even better than the Blade Runner, Godfather, Matrix, and Dirty Harry Blu-ray sets, all of which are great. I highly recommend it.

RE: 'Star Trek': An exclusive first look at the Enterprise

"Not too little, but too late?" - Nashville's Building Projects
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:15 am EDT, Apr 16, 2009

The City Paper, Monday, April 6, 2009:
But a building boom might not be the cure all. Even if everything lines up perfectly — if the right type of funding materializes in the next few months and workers at the sites spend enough of their incomes — the building projects may not be a part of our recession-beating recipe. Simply put, we might have missed our window.

Nashville has several private and public "planned projects" that can't seem to get going, thanks to the current state of the economy. Even when things improve, I doubt that Signature Tower will ever be built, and if it does happen, it likely won't reach the 1,030 feet height that was initially projected. It's a shame. I was looking forward to the improved skyline. The West End Summit project actually did break ground, but construction has been suspended, so now we have a huge pit at 1600 West End Avenue, for no telling how long. At least Music City Central (MTA Downtown Station) was completed. That block looks so much better now.

Signature Tower, (Wikipedia)
West End Summit, (Wikipedia)
Music City Center, (Wikipedia)
Nashville Post: "New federal courthouse disappears from stimulus package"

"Not too little, but too late?" - Nashville's Building Projects

Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:59 pm EST, Jan 30, 2009

Transportation officials in Texas are scrambling to prevent hackers from changing messages on digital road signs after one sign in Austin was altered to read, "Zombies Ahead."

ADDCO Chief Operating Officer Brian Nicholson told that the company is sending out notices to customers on the potentially dangerous security flaw.

In the meantime, if you're driving in Austin, you can rest assured: There are no zombies ahead.

Hackers Crack Into Texas Road Sign, Warn of Zombies Ahead

'Star Trek': An exclusive first look at the Enterprise
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:48 pm EST, Nov 12, 2008

No sir, I don't like it. In fact, I've never liked any of the redesigns. The original Enterprise was perfect. The new bridge looks nice, though.

'Star Trek': An exclusive first look at the Enterprise

Bosnian Pyramid Controversy Rises Again
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:21 pm EST, Nov  5, 2008

I thought this issue had been put to rest, but Osmanagic keeps going...

Osmanagic is aware that such projects will by default come with controversy. He is very much familiar with the controversy surrounding the tomb of Tutankhamen and how Howard Carter, for several years, found nothing, until one day, he struck – literally – gold. Osmanagic feels that in the past three seasons of excavations, he has done much more and much better than Carter, and that with a little bit more time, the archaeologists will be able to find evidence that will sway even the fiercest of critics.

To provide an overview of the current state of research, between November 14 and November 22, Osmanagich is touring the UK. His tour starts in Bury St. Edmunds at the Stars and Stones Winter Forum on November 15 and will finish at the Histories & Mysteries Conference in Edinburgh, on November 22.

Bosnian Pyramid Controversy Rises Again

Topic: Miscellaneous 9:54 am EDT, Oct 16, 2008

Here's the video "The Great Office War," which features the Nerf Vulcan. :)


Bill O’Reilly’s web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:42 am EDT, Sep 24, 2008

In what is slowly turning into a endless loop of hacktivism activities, Bill O’Reilly’s has been compromised during the weekend, with personal details including passwords in plain text for 205 of the site’s members already leaking across Internet forums, as a response to his remarks regarding Wikileaks as a “one of those despicable, slimy, scummy websites” which recently published private information of Sarah Palin’s private email.

The bottom line - good time to point out why you shouldn’t use the same password on different web services, and that the big picture having to do with Wikileak’s vision of a little less secrecy, and a little bit more transparency, ultimately better serves the world and gives power to the people whose collective consciousness, if not brainwashed, is supposed to be shaping the way we live.

Bill O’Reilly’s web site hacked, attackers release personal details of users

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