I wanted to say I’ve recieved quite a few requests to join the Alpha test, despite the fact that the email address was completely wrong on the previous entry. This is the Correct Address. Feel free to try it again if the address buggered out on you last time.
I’m thinking very heavily about starting a little story of the week section about my dating life, as my recent history has become like some sort of protracted episode of the Seinfeld show. I’ve been on maybe two or three second dates in the last two years, and the reason always comes out sounding like a George/Seinfeld answer ala “She’s got MANHANDS, Jerry!”, but when the whole story comes out, the listener will tend to side with me. The latest little episode has really pushed me over the edge as far as wanting to spread the stories around (although when you hear it compared to some of the other ones, you may wonder why it was that one which pushed me over the edge or not).
So, on a semiconductor chip roughly the size of a postage stamp, the Michigan scientists designed and built a device known as an ion trap, which allowed them to isolate individual charged atoms and manipulate their quantum states. An ion expresses a positive or negative charge, depending on whether its parent atom has a missing or an extra electron. And ions are the preferred building blocks for a quantum system.
“The cadmium atom that has lost an electron becomes a negatively charged ion, which can then be controlled with an electrical field,” said Daniel Stick, a doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s physics department who participated in the work.
Will your notebook or desktop PC someday sport quantum innards? It’s unlikely, at least in the immediate future. Researchers believe quantum systems will be much more efficient at rock-solid cryptography and mass database searches than running the latest version of Doom.
“The Space Review has an interesting story written by Dwayne Day about the 1974 incident when astronauts onboard Skylab took photos of a facility that did not exist in the US called Area 51. From The Space Review: What the memo indicates is that there was a difference between the way the civilian agencies of the US government and the military agencies looked at their roles. NASA had ties to the military, but it was clearly a civilian agency. And although the reasons why NASA officials felt that the photo should be released are unknown, the most likely explanation is that NASA officials did not feel that the civilian agency should conceal any of its activities. Many of NASA’s relations with other organizations and foreign governments were based on the assumption that NASA did not engage in spying and did not conceal its activities.”
The article itself states:
Why the Skylab astronauts disobeyed their orders and took the photo is unknown, as are what it depicted. Because they had only handheld cameras for earth observation, the resolution of the image would have been limited. The existence of the base was not a secret, particularly to an Air Force pilot like Bill Pogue—the pilots who flew in the huge Nellis testing range in Nevada referred to Area 51 as “the box” because they were under explicit instructions to not fly into that airspace. But for whatever reason, they had taken the photo and now it had created a stir within the intelligence community
By the way, if you’re interested in a higher-resolution look at Area 51, just point your Google Earth to 37 d 14′ N, 115 d 49′ W. Interestingly enough, while you can get a perfectly good picture of Area 51 from Google Maps, Area 51 does not show on the FAA aircraft navigation charts (e.g. the Las Vegas VFR sectional chart). Groom Lake itself is on the map, but there is no sign of any aircraft facilities. The whole point of these charts is to provide information to pilots, including the nearest place to land if they’re in trouble. Suppressing Area 51 must have taken some pretty high-level string-pulling.
Comcast adds 200K VoIP subscribers in 2005
At a Citigroup investors’ conference in Phoenix, Comcast announced that it added 202,000 new VoIP subscribers by end of 2005, making its total number of telephony customers (both circuit-switched and packet-switched) to 1.3 million, in line with its expectations.
Acknowledging that Comcast needs to migrate a substantial portion of its circuit-switched customers over to the Comcast Digital Voice (CDV) service, chairman and CEO Brian Roberts expects the CDV product to capture 1 million new customers in 2006. According to Doug Mitchelson, analyst at Deutsche Bank, voice will be one of the key catalysts for 2006 as Comcast redefines its addressable markets by allowing it to target its non-video subscribers with a voice/data bundle and helps drive video and data growth. To do this, however, Comcast will need to increase CDV’s footprint. Sixteen million homes today can avail of Comcast’s VoIP service, which still leaves 60 percent of its footprint (or roughly 20 million homes) lacking the technical capabilities to take advantage of the VoIP service.
Comcast continues to expand availability of the VoIP service in markets like San Francisco, Washington, Nashville and Little Rock, AR, and hopes to have the service available in 70 million homes over the course of its five
-year plan, capturing a penetration rate as high as 2
Do What I Say, Not What I Do
Remember all those people who were insisting to us that using an open WiFi connection is a horrible crime that deserves terrible punishment? Well, perhaps they should arrest new UK MP Adam Afriyie, who reportedly had to sit on the steps of the Parliamentary building and catch the available WiFi from a neighboring cafe. Doesn’t seem like he has a problem with using open WiFi. The rest of the article talks about how the folks in Parliament are simply begging for WiFi to be enabled in Parliament so they can actually get some work done. In the past, of course, Parliament has not always been particularly tech friendly. A year ago, for instance, it banned the use of Blackberries — not necessarily because they were distracting, but because someone accidentally sent the wrong email to the wrong person.
Western Muslims’ Racist Rape Spree
Someone posted the following story on the Miami Craigslist (which I still subscribe to). It’s interesting, and it is confirmed by some MSM sources (for what that’s worth). It’s not getting a lot of play or research by the MSM, so I’m turning it loose on you, Rizznites. See what you guys can turn up as far as verification or denial of this story. Either way it falls, it’s quite interesting given it’s very volitile nature.
In Australia, Norway, Sweden and other Western nations, there is a distinct race-based crime in motion being ignored by the diversity police: Islamic men are raping Western women for ethnic reasons. We know this because the rapists have openly declared their sectarian motivations.
When a number of teenage Australian girls were subjected to hours of sexual degradation during a spate of gang rapes in Sydney that occurred between 1998 and 2002, the perpetrators of these assaults framed their rationale in ethnic terms. The young victims were informed that they were “sluts” and “Aussie pigs” while they were being hunted down and abused. In Australia’s New South Wales Supreme Court in December 2005, a visiting Pakistani rapist testified that his victims had no right to say no, because they were not wearing a headscarf.
Earlier this year Australians were outraged when Lebanese Sheik Faiz Mohammed gave a lecture in Sydney where he informed his audience that rape victims had no one to blame but themselves. Women, he said, who wore skimpy clothing, invited men to rape them.
In Norway and Sweden, journalist Fjordman warns of a rape epidemic. Police Inspector Gunnar Larsen stated that the steady increase of rape-cases and the link to ethnicity are clear, unmistakable trends. Two out of three persecutions for rape in Oslo are immigrants with a non-Western background and 80 percent of the victims are Norwegian women.
In Sweden, according to translator for Jihad Watch, Ali Dashti, “Gang rapes, usually involving Muslim immigrant males and native Swedish girls, have become commonplace.” A few weeks ago she said, “Five Kurds brutally raped a 13-year-old Swedish girl.”
In France, Samira Bellil broke her silence — after enduring years of repeated gang rapes in one of the Muslim populated public housing projects — and wrote a book, In the hell of the tournantes, that shocked France. Describing how gang rape is rampant in the banlieues, she explained to Time that, “any neighborhood girl who smokes, uses makeup or wears attractive clothes is a whore.”
Quote of the Entry:
“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.”
– Benjamin Disraeli