Friday, April 29, 2005

---Marburg in Angola, Houston libraries crack down on hygiene, Desktop Fusion, NASA "cooks" return to flight data?, NY sues spyware distributor 

Marburg in Angola
253 dead of another horrific hemmoragic fever that can be transmitted in, among other things, sweat and tears.
Reminds me of the movie “Outbreak” with Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo, except that real people are dying, many of them children. It is probably just a matter of time before one of these tropical viruses becomes resistant, or more efficient.

I’m sorry, Sir or Madam, but you can’t smell in here….
Fresh from subjecting the people of Houston, Texas to forced towing of highway breakdowns after six minutes, its mayor is cracking down on hygienic offenses in its libraries. Granted, this seems to be aimed at those who use the library restrooms to bathe and groom, and the benches for sleeping.

Desktop Fusion
This appears to be for real. Physicists at UCLA have managed to fuse deuterium in a kind of solid-state reactor. No break-even on energy production is to be expected from this technique, apparently. The result is scientifically groundbreaking, but practical applications would probably be limited to neutron generators.

Is NASA fudging statistics to make STS look safe?
A report by James Oberg for MSNBC. First, the new NASA chief said that the Columbia Review Board would be countermanded, if needed, by agency decision-making for the return to flight. Now Hale, who somehow manged not to be fired for his role in overlooking the damage to Columbia which resulted in the catastrophic destruction of the spacecraft, assures everyone that nothing is being done to cover up risk factors in the return to flight decision. Surely no one could possibly fear that his job is at risk if he speaks up about safety issues.
Nothing that could possibly break off the External Tank can be nearly as big a risk factor to the Shuttles as the management continues to be.

NY Attorney General sues Intermix for spyware distribution
“…the suit combats the redirecting of home computer users to unwanted Web sites and its own Web site that includes ads, the adding of unnecessary toolbar items and the delivery of unwanted ads that pop up on computer screens.”
“…the company installed a wide range of advertising software on countless personal computers nationwide. ”

The programs “…foul machines, undermine productivity and in many cases frustrate consumers' efforts to remove them from their computers. ”
I’ve been charging customers to remove this stuff from their almost unusable computers for about the last six months. These “advertising” spyware programs have become more damaging than most virus/trojan combinations, if only because of the numbers of people affected.

"In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!"
-Jesus (Luke 13:33, NIV)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

---Airbus 380 airborne, Toads that 'splode, India has priorities 

Airbus 380 maiden flight
The new record holder for the world's largest passenger plane.
" ...840 passengers... " More "eggs" in one "basket"? What are the security implications in the current "threat environment"?

Toads that 'splode
That's right, folks, toads in Hamburg, Germany are swelling up and exploding for no apparent reason.
"...residents have been warned to stay away from the pond. "
They wouldn't have to tell me twice.

India Successfully Tests Multi-Target Missile"
What is the rate of grinding poverty and starvation in India these days?

Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him. Proverbs 27:22 [a sort of "holographic" priciple of foolishness]

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

---Buffalo tennis, Border crisis, Titan upper-atmosphere organics 

Buffalo herd at large
---please supply your own Buffalo/tennis-related pun here

Do good fences make good neighbors?
The solution for the illegal immigration problem (aside from terrorist infiltration and other security issues ) is for Mexico to become a country where people want to live and have families. A strong, prosperous Mexico would also go a long way toward solving the security issues:

“Organic Materials Spotted High Above Titan's Surface”
Complex organics far from the extremely cold surface. Yes, this is one of the weirdest placest we’ve seen yet. What else do you have to do---watch the Jackson trial?
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

---Traffic accident in space, Pope calls for unity, Syrians go home?! 

Orbital traffic accident
Space.com reports that the DART autonomous rendevous test craft goobered its 4-15 rendevous test a little more seriously than previously thought. It not only ran out of fuel due to “…excessive propulsion system thrusting caused by noisy GPS system inputs….” but it was learned that it actually struck the target satellite by “…ground controllers at Orbital Sciences who detected that the military satellite was in a slightly higher orbit than it was before its encounter with DART….”

New Pope calls for unity
“He said his "primary task" would be to work without fail to reunify all Christians and that sentiment alone was not enough. ”
But we are called by Christ to Unity in God’s Love (John 17:22-23), not in mens' political and social ambitions. Nevertheless, it is as good a time as any to discuss these matters. If anyone is actually reading this blog, it is open for commentary dialog.

Syria leaving Lebanon

No, I can’t believe it, either.

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

---Christian books for prisoners, obese statistics, bad traffic lights 

" Obesity Death Rate Lower Than Thought "
" But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight actually have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight. "
Which, I think, means they haven't got any idea what they're talking about. This is what happens when statistics fall into the wrong hands.

"Report: U.S. traffic signals get poor grades "
We live in a large metropolitan area of the US, where it is possible to be stopped twice on the opposite sides of an underpass. The mayor was elected, in part, on a promise to synchronise the traffic lights, which he apparently took to mean those in a 10-12 block area of the city center.

" Thanks to book sender, prisoners access world"
Ray Hall of Port St. John, Florida sends Christian books to prisons all over the world.
I have several years of experience with a prisoner correspondence Bible study. There can be no better counter to recidivism, and no better means to reverse lives of crime, hate, and violence than Peace through Jesus Christ ( Philippians 4:7 ).

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
Proverbs 17:28
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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

---habemus Papam, the Pope is Catholic, Royals, the "new" NASA, Relativity is 100, Titan musings 

Ratzinger selected as new Pope:
I stepped away from the Fox News ChimneyCam for just a minute….

“Talk-Show Host Fired Over Pope Question”:
The host was apparently fired for letting a question be asked. The incident was treated as a denominational dispute, a disagreement within the family of Christian faith. This is not true. Doctrines, such as Catholicism, Mormonism, Adventism, and others, which espouse other means or requirements for Salvation and admission to the Father’s Presence than those taught by Jesus are not legitimate Christian theologies. It doesn’t matter how long the deviance has been taught, or to how many people. If it isn’t the Truth in Jesus Christ, it isn’t.
John Paul II was an admirable, courageous, and constructive man. We can hope his successor is as positive an influence on world events. But in Spiritual navigation, it’s not enough to be good---you have to be right.

Report: Prince Harry Lacks PC Skills
…And personal judgement, and maturity…. Nobody would have noticed the misbehavior of just another misdirected young person, except for the whole royalty thing. Maybe he's another Henry V.

“NASA’s new chief takes on tough decision”

“But the launch decision is ultimately NASA’s, regardless of what the task force concludes, he said. ”
About a week and a half with the new administrator, and I’m already grinding my teeth together involuntarily.

“Einstein’s revolution enters second century ”
And about ten years ago, we just about had the basics of how the Universe works figured out. And then the Unknown happened---again.

This week's wierdest place in the Solar System:
A tar-covered snowball with methane rivers:
Considering the number of ways the Huygens probe could have failed, these pictures are especially amazing:
So now we know of yet another place in the Universe that looks like the parking lot of a West Texas Dairy Queen....

Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the Name of the LORD be praised.

Job 1:21

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