Saturday, January 15, 2005

15 January 2005
Audio data collected by the Huygens Atmospheric Structure Instrument (HASI), which includes an acoustic sensor, during Huygens' descent, 14 January 2005.

it sent chills down my spine!
posted by Barrie , 11:13 PM Þ 

Oddly enough, I looked up the Irdial List about the black boxes the other day, though I can't remember why. But shortly afterward it first came out I made the Seducer. I did gig with it once but it was telling that the audience were really interested in the guitar band that came on afterwards. You can't nod yr head in time to a drone. To be topical too it was disgustingly smoky in the venue and this became one of the reasons I've turned down most of the gigs I've been offered since.
posted by captain davros , 11:26 AM Þ 

Just to let you know that between 11.35am and 11.36am today I wish to be addressed as Richard Zap. After that it'll be business as normal.
posted by captain davros , 11:21 AM Þ 

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"{irdial}...release my pain"
via email from Germany

Number 8: "black boxes"


******* What do you want from entertainment?

go out
smoke tabs
smell smoke
drink drink
hear drones
see drones
go home

Thats what going out is about right now, and thats fine. It is NOT however
sufficient for the people of Irdial. WE WANT ENTERTAINMENT, or at least FREE
FOOD & DRINK to have to put up with tiresome drones played by drones. Effort
must always be rewarded. You make an effort, you should be rewarded. Drones
drones drones drones drones drones drones. The ideas behind flat drones is well
understood. Drones are not exiting in any way any longer, except as historical
curiosities; DYNAMICS and RIGOR are far more interesting; the use of time to
divide sound up an disorganize it, in other words, composition, application of
intelligence...THIS is what is interesting. Real time manipulation of sources
and output, via anything other than a mouse.


Imagine for yourself, a black cube, two foot on a side (yes, feet you E.E.C.
scum-sucking bastards.) This box, has a 1/4" audio output, and a three pin
balanced audio output on the rear face. On top of this box, is a T-bar lever,
that has one dimension of freedom about an axis that is perpendicular to the
user, rather like the throttle on a jet airliner. On the right hand face, as you
stand behind the box, is an interconnect so that you can join this box to
another box of a similar type. This box, when standing alone, plays synthesized
noises, the texture, tone volume of which is controlled by the way in which the
lever is thrust back and forth, and an internal pseudo random event generator,
which is also under the guidance of this single lever. When the box is networked
with other boxes of the same design, the motion of the T-bar lever causes the
mechanisms inside the other boxes to react. Each of the different boxes would
have a different mode of activation, for example a spinnaker winder, a set of
twenty five numbered push buttons, large steering wheels rotated by a knob,
7 parallel sliders, a large fighter jet joystick, a mallet driven rubber pad.

A performance (and people this would be a *real* performance) of these boxes,
either in unison or ensemble would be pretty breathtaking, since the player has
only intuitive and reactive control over the sound that is produced, and of
course, when she is playing with another person, we have two people and two
devices fighting to cooperate, five boxes? NOW THAT WOULD BE ENTERTAINMENT.
Ideally these people would be arranged in a circle, so that they could influence
each other, and then, they would play it the opposite way, with their backs
turned to each other, then with half facing and half blindfolded. Tempo, timbre
change, chance, all of these would be manipulated in real time, as a
performance, and I can GUARANTEE YOU that in terms of excitement it would be an
improvement orders of magnitude grater than watching an anemic escapee from
THX1138 playing with a mouse.

Surprise, anticipation, excitement, adrenalin, motion, performance, interaction,
collaboration, warm blood; this is what our boxes would bring to entertainment,
and of course, it would be a work in progress. We would be adding to the
technology of these boxes constantly to bring the audience more and more sonic
hysteria. After all, isn't that what got you into music in the first place?


From Issue 8 of Irdial-List.... 2/26/2001

Oh yes!
posted by Irdial , 1:15 AM Þ 
Friday, January 14, 2005
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:30 PM Þ 

"We also thank France, Germany and other states for their positions, which we need to say are considered wise and valid until now," said the narrator, who also urged economic warfare against Washington.

"Stop using the U.S. dollar. Use the Euro or a basket of currencies," he said on the video dated December 10, 2004.

Reads like a press release from 20AC.

posted by Alun , 4:46 PM Þ 

Well VLC won't let me see the video track on that resistance propaganda, but the music is dire, why are they using sub-hollywood orchestral cliches? Can we take them seriously if they aren't prepared to resist even the simplest of western banalities? Or if it is a US dummy, use a bit of imagination!


Spyblog dissects the Government's stonewall type response to the no2id petition, which you may have put a name to.

needless to say it points to how Neu Labour will be "empowering the individual" if they win the election.
posted by meau meau , 3:25 PM Þ 

The "Iraqi Resistance" video


Reuters carried this article yesterday which discusses the Iraqi video which asks Bush, ""George W. Bush; you have asked us to 'bring it on'. And so have we, like never expected. Do you have another challenge?"

Since it's in the news again, I thought I'd post this link to the video for anyone who may have missed it in my previous post.

A message from the Iraqi resistance

I have no way of verifying it's authenticity. The Reuters article has as much information as I've ever had about this video.

posted by Irdial , 1:24 PM Þ 

Police chiefs in London are "terrified" that terrorists will target a packed nightclub in a Bali-style bombing, it is reported today.

West End theatres and multiplex cinemas could also be targets, they believe.

Scotland Yard is so concerned that a popular entertainment venue may be the scene of an atrocity carried out by al-Qaida followers that it has set up a team to gather intelligence.

Officers have been sent to pubs and clubs throughout the capital to advise staff to watch out for people acting suspiciously[...] Guardian.

What they probably meant to say is police chiefs are 'desparate' for more funds to cover extra policing based on a supposition that terrorists are intrinsically inimical to 'western decadence' (all terrorists - or just the muslim ones, officer?). There are plenty of explanations of why the Bali nightclub bombing occured that do not involve a-Q (separatist movement wanting to stop tourist money funding Indonesian army, for one). Whilst the lifestyle of your nightclub goer is unlikely to impress an a-Q operative, they will almost certainly be looking for an economic/infrastructure target. The publicisation of these apparently unfounded 'concerrns'.
And if the police can't eradicate the organised drugs/gun crime that occurs in nightclubs what hope have they got with ostensibly lone operatives? Are bouncers going to turn away all people 'with the wrong type of face' as well as footwear?
posted by meau meau , 1:12 PM Þ 
posted by > parge , 9:21 AM Þ 
posted by chriszanf , 2:39 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 13, 2005

I understood the smoking bans in public places to be for the workers' benefit. It's one thing to go to a pub 2x a week and sit in smoke, it's quite another to work 40+ hrs in that poison. Safety meaures are in place for all sorts of employs, so why should the hazards of second-hand smoke be denied? It does make going out far more pleasant, and I do know smokers who are in agreement. Here, we have seen the rise of smoking rooms and well-heated patios for those who like to indulge, and it seems to work quite well. (Note: you will age 10 years if you even step foot in a smoking room. Your skin will fry in the haze, but you will also save $$ as you do not even have to light up, you can just step in and inhale.) Now if someone could invent an effective ventilation system, we would all be better off.
posted by mary13 , 9:34 PM Þ 

Comparing Israeli sunlight records from the 1950s with current ones, Dr Stanhill was astonished to find a large fall in solar radiation.

"There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me." Intrigued, he searched records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked.

Sunlight was falling by 10% over the USA, nearly 30% in parts of the former Soviet Union, and even by 16% in parts of the British Isles.

Although the effect varied greatly from place to place, overall the decline amounted to one to two per cent globally every decade between the 1950s and the 1990s.

Dr Stanhill called it "global dimming", but his research, published in 2001, met a sceptical response from other scientists.

It was only recently, when his conclusions were confirmed by Australian scientists using a completely different method to estimate solar radiation, that climate scientists at last woke up to the reality of global dimming. [...]

posted by Irdial , 5:21 PM Þ 

If it weren't for music in pubs (and shops) I'd never hear pop music at all, and I'd never unwittingly hear/have heard the allegedly joyous tones of Ladytron (for example). I do have a strong preference for the jukebox rather than the backroom cd interchanger or MTVh-1.

The Free Trade in Newcastle has (hopefully present tense) a great free jukebox - almost nothing contemporary at all. A small music free pub is OK but in those cavernous spaces that Whetherspoon's tend to occupy something is needed, especially midweek when you have far less 'entertainment' around.
posted by meau meau , 2:12 PM Þ 

Music in pubs is normally so bad I go only to pubs with no music. There is one exception that I found, where the barman had extraordinarily good taste, but its still hit and miss (did I just type that?)

Round my way all but one of the pubs have been destroyed. One (where great footballers used to drink) has turned into a Hoegarden pouring, grey walled, Viking staffed, berrless, cheerless, muzac puking steel trap. One has turned into an eastern fusion bar restaurant; they tore out London's last remaining intact Edwardian pub interior to make this place, the day before the preservation order was issued. Another very old pub has just turned into an Italian gastro joint, with garish colours and handsome staff.

The soul of London has gone north. So be it.
posted by Irdial , 11:35 AM Þ 

It's up to the parent.

In that case, its all fine. People in support of a smoking ban, in their rabid fervor, do sometimes say that the police, or social services should be called when a parent smoked in her own house in front of children. Which is just plain wrong.

But you didnt say that.
posted by Irdial , 11:30 AM Þ 

DesktopGoogle OSX

Do yourself a favour and install Butler you can launch/search whatever/wherever you want from it. And more......................


Its a sad fact that about half the gigs I go to there are so few people that the smokers make barely any difference. I don't mind being in a smokey place if I have something to enjoy/distract me, certainly better than televisions. As I sauid it more so much that it berserks me when I'm sober, like in a bus queue next to some really cheap, caustic smoke and I need to stay put.

Wetherspoon''s don't allow music, which is as evil as having bad music.
posted by meau meau , 10:24 AM Þ 

[...] On show at Expo

Mac OSX Tiger: the upcoming release has more than 200 applications, including: Spotlight, a desktop search tool, desktop widget manager Dashboard (stock tracker, weather reports, dictionary etc), [...]
...and SafariRSS...

Another 100 quid to upgrade to DesktopGoogle OSX (when it eventually arrives), an RSS reader and Konfabulator.

Or what?

Meanwhile, on smoking, I detest the idea of a public smoking ban. I don't smoke. I also can't stand smokey pubs and clubs, but I choose to either put up with it or go elsewhere. My choice. If the pubs lose enough money because many people choose to go elsewhere, maybe they'll CHOOSE to become non-smoking venues.

Unfortunately, free choice on private property has been taken away in this instance. And that is CRIMINAL.
Now, if the government banned cigarettes altogether...

I'd also like to see cars banned from anywhere that pedestrians have to walk alongside, people with colds (or other contagious diseases) banned from leaving their homes, people with iPods/walkmans banned from everywhere unless they have enclosed (or noiseless) earphones as they really stress other passengers on public transport (similarly, chewing gum with the mouth open should be punished with a spell in the stocks).

Wetherspoon makes fresh start with Exeter opening
By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent (Filed: 11/01/2005)

One of Britain's leading pub chains, JD Wetherspoon, is opening its first non-smoking pub on Sunday, in preparation for a smoking ban in three years time.[...]

posted by Alun , 9:52 AM Þ 

Just what EXACTLY do you mean by that?!?!?

What I EXACTLY meant by that was that no good parent should be doing such a thing - I fully realize that it is impossible to regulate. It's up to the parent. In my case - my dad smoked all the damn time at home when I was little. I would be INSANE to say the police should have made routing checks at home and fined my father for that. That is LUDICROUS.
posted by Barrie , 5:44 AM Þ 

Barry, its not about smoking, or your health, or the shampoo you waste to clean your hair after seeing godspeed you black emperor.... or anything like that.

This is about my right to own a club, and my right to let people smoke in it if they desire. When I own a club, it is a private space, NOT a public one. The government can ban smoking in public libraries, and government buildings, because they are responsible for those spaces. They have absolutely no business telling private people how they can run their restaurants, clubs and bars. A restaurant is not 'a public venue'. A court house is. A police station is. The DMV is. 'Public' means belonging to everyone, not 'a place where members of the public gather'.

Its as simple as that.

I dont smoke, in fact, I dislike smoking, BUT, I am aware of peoples rights. You cannot on the one hand complain that there is too much government, and then on the other say that smoking in public should be banned. People have the right to congregate to perform whatever acts they want in private; a restaurant is a privately owned business and space, and as such, should operate under policy thought up by the owner.

There are no two ways about this. If you let them ban smoking, then they will be able to ban eating carrots, or taking vitamin suppliments, all under the same guise of protecting the public health, which is total bullshit.

and as for this line:
I totally agree with a smoking ban. I think people smoking in their own homes (as long as they do not have children) and people smoking outside is fine though.
wha chu talking 'bout Willis?!

Are you, Barry Sutcliffe, going to call the police when you go by a house and see someone smoking a cigarette in front of children?

Just what EXACTLY do you mean by that?!?!?

posted by Irdial , 1:59 AM Þ 
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

It is the right of individuals to make their own choice as to their hobbies

Here in Edmonton there is a smoking ban in the works that will most likely go through (In turn many addicts try to cast themselves as some kind of oppressed minority). I totally agree with a smoking ban. I think people smoking in their own homes (as long as they do not have children) and people smoking outside is fine though. Inside, it's basically the same thing as having a tube connected from your stomach to another's, and the other is drinking a copious amount of alcohol, or arsenic. If a place is "public" and not ventilated (ie a public space that is not outside - it is impossible to ventilate cigarette smoke) then I don't think anyone has any right to smoke, as second hand smoking (yes smoking, when I am around other people smoking, I am smoking their smoke) is hazardous to my health and yours. If the space was a private club then addicts have every right to smoke as that would be part of the member's contract.
Currently I do not visit any public space where people smoke, unless there is a good gig on. I have to wash my jacket and every other article of clothing, and wash my body twice and hair thrice to get the horrible, horrible smell out. It is a horribly selfish thing for someone to declare their "right" to smoke in a public venue, as no one else has signed away their right to not breathe in toxic sludge. In a private club/function, this right can be signed away officially and I think that is the proper way to go. Any other way is basically allowing an addict to compromise your own health. Is your health worth the cost of feeding someone's pathetic addiction? (yes pathetic, like a heroin user complaining about his/her right to shoot up in the pub!)
posted by Barrie , 8:20 PM Þ 

You have received this message from the "FIPR Alert" mailing list run by
the Foundation for Information Policy Research

The spy in the GP's surgery
Alice Miles
The Times, 12/1/05

FOR SOME reason, there has been a lot more fuss about identity cards than about the electronic patient record.

The what? Quite. The NHS’s electronic patient record is already up and running. It contains basic demographic data — name, address, date of birth — for every person in the country. This year the system will “go live”, area by area, with more and more of a patient’s personal medical record added to it. It will be far more intrusive than an ID card. And hundreds of thousands of NHS employees will have access to it. Wave bye bye to patient confidentiality...,,1058-1435976,00.html

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Now 'going private' really means 'going private'!!!

Shall we read on?


No system with that many users can be secure.

You may not even know it is happening. Local advertising campaigns will alert patients that the system is starting up in their area. If you fail to notice the adverts, your GP is under no obligation to inform you that he is about to post your most private details online.

The patient record programme — which will include new information, but not existing records — is part of the £6.2-billion IT system being built to cover the whole NHS. It is the biggest civil IT programme in the world, could eventually cost up to £30 billion and will link 240 hospitals, 8,000 surgeries, 100,000 doctors and 380,000 nurses on the internet, enabling computerised appointment bookings, an electronic X-ray archive and online repeat prescriptions (eventually, maybe). The electronic patient record forms a major part of the system. It “sits on the spine”, as one official put it. [...]

What the article fails to mention is that this contract is being executed by...


So this means that it will be compromised before it ever goes online.


Thankfully, if you don’t trust the system you can opt out. You will, though, be automatically included unless you say you want to opt out, in which case all your records will remain with your GP. Hence the importance of catching the announcement that the electronic record is starting in your area. [...]

hmmm opt out who amongst you is now going to opt out? Will you also 'op out' of the ID card scheme? hmmmmm this NHS scheme is there to increase efficiency and save money, but you are going to be allowed to 'opt out' of it, and cost the NHS money and time...why?

Why is it an option for you to make the government spend more in this arena, but NOT be able to opt out of the biometric pasport and ID card?!

posted by Irdial , 4:25 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 3:26 PM Þ 

mini mack the knife

posted by Alun , 3:25 PM Þ 

front company of wolves
posted by meau meau , 3:01 PM Þ 

Hacker penetrates T-Mobile systems


The government is handling the case well away from the spotlight. The U.S. Secret Service, which played the dual role of investigator and victim in the drama, said Tuesday it couldn't comment on Jacobsen because the agency doesn't discuss ongoing cases-- a claim that's perhaps undermined by the 19 other Operation Firewall defendants discussed in a Secret Service press release last fall. Jacobson's prosecutor, assistant U.S. attorney Wesley Hsu, also declined to comment. "I can't talk about it," Hsu said simply. Jacobsen's lawyer didn't return a phone call.

T-Mobile, which apparently knew of the intrusions by July of last year, has not issued any public warning. Under California's anti-identity theft law "SB1386," the company is obliged to notify any California customers of a security breach in which their personally identifiable information is "reasonably believed to have been" compromised. That notification must be made in "the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay," but may be postponed if a law enforcement agency determines that the disclosure would compromise an investigation.

Company spokesman Peter Dobrow said Tuesday that nobody at T-Mobile was available to comment on the matter.

Cat and Mouse Game
According to court records the massive T-Mobile breach first came to the government's attention in March 2004, when a hacker using the online moniker "Ethics" posted a provocative offer on, one of the crime-facilitating online marketplaces being monitored by the Secret Service as part of Operation Firewall.

"[A]m offering reverse lookup of information for a t-mobile cell phone, by phone number at the very least, you get name, ssn, and DOB at the upper end of the information returned, you get web username/password, voicemail password, secret question/answer, sim#, IMEA#, and more," Ethics wrote. [....]

At the same time, agents received disturbing news from a prized snitch embedded in the identity theft and credit card fraud underground. Unnamed in court documents, the informant was an administrator and moderator on the Shadowcrew site who'd been secretly cooperating with the government since August 2003 in exchange for leniency. By all accounts he was a key government asset in Operation Firewall.

On July 28th the informant gave his handlers proof that their own sensitive documents were circulating in the underground marketplace they'd been striving to destroy. He'd obtained a log of an IRC chat session in which a hacker named "Myth" copy-and-pasted excerpts of an internal Secret Service memorandum report, and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty from the Russian Federation. Both documents are described in the Secret Service affidavit as "highly sensitive information pertaining to ongoing USSS criminal cases."

At the agency's urging, the informant made contact with Myth, and learned that the documents represented just a few droplets in a full-blown Secret Service data spill. The hacker knew about Secret Service subpoenas relating to government computer crime investigations, and even knew the agency was monitoring his own Microsoft ICQ chat account. [...]

Jacobson lost his job at Pfastship Logistics, an Irving, California company where he worked as a network administrator, and he now lives in Oregon.

The hacker's access to the T-Mobile gave him more than just Secret Service documents. A friend of Jacobson's says that prior to his arrest, Jacobson provided him with digital photos that he claimed celebrities had snapped with their cell phone cameras. "He basically just said there was flaw in the way the cell phone servers were set up," says William Genovese, a 27-year-old hacker facing unrelated charges for allegedly selling a copy of Microsoft's leaked source code for $20.00. Genovese provided SecurityFocus with an address on his website featuring what appears to be grainy candid shots of Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton.

The swiped images are not mention in court records, but a source close to the defense confirmed Genovese's account, and says Jacobson amused himself and others by obtaining the passwords of Sidekick-toting celebrities from the hacked database, then entering their T-Mobile accounts and downloading photos they'd taken with the wireless communicator's built-in camera. [...]

Amazing. If these guys were not so young and in need of attention, they could be VERY powerful indeed. Imagine it, access to s3cret s3rvice documents....instead of bragging about it on IRC, if they SOLD that information to the needy, i mean, criminals, well, you do the math.

The ones who dont get caught, the older ones, the careful, they are the ones that the SS will never, ever catch.
posted by Irdial , 2:53 PM Þ 

Welsh MPs today took the first steps towards giving the Welsh assembly the power to ban smoking in public places. Guardian reports.

As much as I personally hate this barbaric sport (especilally when sober), It is the right of individuals to make their own choice as to their hobbies, and if they can live with supplying central government with loads of tax money and companies of certain standing so be it.

And let us consider the alternatives - a smoke-free bar has opened in the centre of town recently (probably a chain, like everywhere else). And they appear to be replacing the fug of smoke with very similar animations on TV screens! Presumably they serve a poor simulacrum of beer as well (like everywhere else).
posted by meau meau , 1:28 PM Þ 

2 Accessories:

Mac mini satchel/backpack for movement betweeen lifestyle environments - easy access panel to the various slots and extra pockets for fold away keyboard and mouse etc., in a choice of colours.


Mac mini wall mounting device - ideal for the small office or kitchen.

Pity it's only a G4 and has no optical out for the audio.
posted by meau meau , 10:10 AM Þ 

iPod shuffle

A stick of gum!

So, I can shove my stick of gum into someones mac/pc, take a charge and be off?

Gota Love It.

Never before have we been so contented.
posted by Irdial , 1:09 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 11, 2005

No, I have learned nothing. Sorry.
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:32 PM Þ 

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

This is what real life is about; it is the path the Huygens probe will take when it lands on Titan. The yellow dot is the landing area.

This is what people should group together to achieve, not grouping together and pooling resources to mass murder and enslave human beings.
posted by Irdial , 7:42 PM Þ 

I got that 'Leonard T. Bayard' article via email, from someone who 'normally doesnt send around group emails'.

The rule of thumb with these issues is simple; everyone everywhere has to stop reacting to the misbehaviour that is going on all around us. By this I mean specifically that no matter what outrage happens, like flying airplanes into buildings the populations must simply fail to react.

All of these acts are provocations, and when we fail to react to a provocation, it looses its power. We must all retreat to our immediate local communities, and cease to finance central government. Central government is the cause of outrages of the guantanamo kind (long term smouldering injustice) and the shock and awe kind, like 911. To make both of these types of crime happen take access to the unlimited funding provided by you. Stop the funding, and there will be no more outrages...not that you should pay any attention to them even if they happen.

There will be a never ending string of outrages, attacks, reasons to mobilize, confine and suspend your rights by dictat. It is your responsibility to draw a line beyond which you will not go, and say, "no matter what happens, we will not go any further". If not, then there is no limit to how far down the hole we will be dragged, and it is very dark down there.

To sum up, by all means, we need to read of all the outrageous and shocking things that are being done, but only whilst we have previously said "no more".

Half of, for example, the usa, 'doesnt get it'. Thats fine. If the other half extracts itself completly from the equation, then the math says that the bad guys fail. We cant let the outcome of an election determine how we are killed. Elections can be instruments of disasterous change, and sadly, sometimes they have to be nullified.

On this same subject, there is a new TV Programme about the thousands of people that must have been involved in The Final Solution. Everyone on the right mailing list now knows that there is a small army now working on the UK's ID card system, that has,
"...more staff and consultants working on the ID Card proposals than there are police officers in post in all the UK Computer Crime Units (including NHTCU)
added together."
According to The Telegraph.

The promo spots for this programme have voice re-enactments of the people who facilitated The Final Solution, each saying in turn for example, "I drove the train", "I drove the trucks", "I closed the doors", "I ticked the lists" etc etc.

Its obvious (lets see how obvious it is to the programme makers) that this ID card business is precisely the same thing; a multitude individuals all facilitating the mass abuse of human rights by doing a small task that in aggregate, ends up destroying lives.

Anyone who is working in this ID card "Army" is of exactly the same type as those described in this probramme. They are all partipants in human rights abuse on a mass scale, and in the future, "I was just following orders", "It was just a small contract" will be no excuse. They will be found to be guilty, and millions of words will be written, and TV programmes produced, trying to explain how it was that so many people could collaborate to make such a terrible system come into being and operate.
posted by Irdial , 6:38 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 3:54 PM Þ
Mamma mia! Italy brings in smoking ban, UK - 23 hours ago
Italy has introduced anti-smoking laws banning people from lighting ... or money to create sealed-off smoking areas ... But Smokers ignoring the ban face fines of up to ...


The world really has gone insane!
posted by Irdial , 2:57 PM Þ 

Declaration of the "2008: Free Choice" Committee
We sign this declaration clearly aware that it reflects the position of a minority. However, this minority is united by an absolute adherence to democratic values, values that are generally recognized and undisputed in the modern civilized world. In Russia today these values are either under threat or have already been annihilated. We are convinced that this has become the most fundamental political outcome of Vladimir Putin's first presidential term.

In 2000 Putin ran for the presidency promising to rein in criminal activity, to extirpate corruption, to appoint modern managerial staff, to turn Russia into a country with a powerful dynamic economy, and to defeat terrorism.

Four years have passed. The crime level has increased. The scale of corruption has not been reduced. Governmental institutions have been deluged at all levels with the retired officers of the Soviet KGB. Now as before the state of the economy is defined by oil and gas prices.

The principal political achievement of the last four years has been the strengthening of the President's personal authority. In recent years no other goal has been strived for so consistently and effectively. [...]

A message from Kasparov's group. Sadly, the world is not 64 squares in area. 'Absolute adherence to democratic values' is as impossible as perfect socialism.

posted by Irdial , 1:56 PM Þ 


Imac graveyard:


US ready to free British terror 'suspects'

Vikram Dodd Tuesday January 11, 2005 The Guardian

Anti-terrorism police are drawing up plans for the return to the United Kingdom of the remaining four Britons held as terrorist suspects in Guantánamo Bay [...]

That'll be the four that 'are definitely leading Al-Quaeda operatives'. Hmm. Still no WMD either while we're on such things.

posted by meau meau , 1:33 PM Þ 

Salon's Eric Boelehrt has written an incisive article about the strange economics of the recording industry and the subject of payola. As he has pointed out before and we have noted, that practice is continued by a group of so-called "indies" that form the middleman between the record labels and the radio companies, influencing the radio execs (through various legal and illegal means) to play the songs of one record label or another.


As we've noted before, only the big can serve the big, and the little pups can't run with the wolves. In this case, what looks like a defeat of the middleman may even further enrich the oligopolies.

Via Oligopolywatch

Obviously what we require are DJs who will play music they have found/dug out and like but that's unlikely to happen again in mainstream radio
posted by meau meau , 9:47 AM Þ 

Wow, thanks for posting that cap. Reading that Head Heritage article then going over the Engadget... shit. We really are clueless aren't we? What makes it worth is that all this stuff is in the end very useless. Very high-priced uselessness.
There is something called "post-autistic economics" which factors in environmental and humanitarian costs of production... the tech industry must really be in the hole in that respect.
posted by Barrie , 3:42 AM Þ 

Mobile Phones are Miniature SUVs, with comment by CD.
posted by captain davros , 1:46 AM Þ 

Published on Monday, January 10, 2005 by
First They Came For The Terrorists...
by Thom Hartmann

The Gonzales confirmation is not just about the torture memos. It's much bigger than that.

If Bush continues to roll back human and civil rights - and the installation of Alberto Gonzalez as America's chief law enforcement officer is very much a part of his campaign to do so - we may be facing a "Pastor Niemöller moment" sooner than most of us could have imagined.

Tuesday, January 10, 2005, is the third anniversary of the opening of America's first concentration camp since Japanese Americans were shamefully interred during WWII. Since the first Guantanamo camp was opened, the Bush administration has built additional concentration camps - the latest known as Camp Five - in Cuba, and is asking Congress for $29 million to build concentration Camp Six.

These concentration camps detain uncharged, untried, unconvicted individuals, who may be held for the rest of their lives because, as the UK's Guardian newspaper noted on January 5th of this year, the Bush administration "lacks proof" that they are either criminals or POWs.

This is one of the more visible parts of a much larger campaign the Bush administration has embarked on to reverse not only 229 years of the American rule of law regarding the rights of average citizens, but nearly eight centuries of human rights that go back to an epic moment in 1215 on a meadow by the River Thames.

The modern institution of civil and human rights, and particularly the writ of habeas corpus, began in June of 1215 when King John was forced by the feudal lords to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede. Although that document mostly protected "freemen" - what were then known as feudal lords or barons, and today known as CEOs and millionaires - rather than the average person, it initiated a series of events that echo to this day.


Then, in 1627, King Charles I overstepped, and the people snapped. Charles I threw into jail five knights in a tax disagreement, and the knights sued the King, asserting their habeas corpus right to be free or on bail unless convicted of a crime.

King Charles I, in response, invoked his right to simply imprison anybody he wanted (other than the rich), anytime he wanted, as he said, "per speciale Mandatum Domini Regis."

This is essentially the same argument that George W. Bush makes today for why he has the right to detain both citizens and non-citizens solely on his own say-so: because he's in charge. And it's an argument supported by Alberto Gonzales.

And we all remember what happened to Charles I... an excellent article, read it all.
posted by Barrie , 1:30 AM Þ 
Monday, January 10, 2005

Do SUVs Make You Stupid?
Pointless, dangerous and vain as ever
And the salesman sees that look and just smiles and licks his chops and points out how this 4-ton hunk of environmental devastation can seat nine and tow a large tractor or maybe 15 head of cattle, plus it has 27 cup holders and three DVD players and a built-in sense of false superiority, and the vaguely depressed regularly emasculated suburban dad or the gum-snapping Marina girl with way too much of her parents' money and way too little self-defined taste takes one look and goes, oooh.

What, too harsh? Not really. Most people know these facts to be true, but buy the tanks anyway in a mad collusion of wishful thinking and raw denial and false advertising, absolutely convinced the beasts are somehow safer and sturdier (they're neither) and that they absolutely must have 37 cubic feet of cargo space to haul their grocery bags and 4-wheel-drive traction to get over those little concrete barriers in the mall parking lot and just ignore the fact that the thing rides like a brick and handles like a block of lead and is about as attractive and beautifully designed as a jar of rocks. ...
SF Gate
posted by Barrie , 10:02 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 8:54 PM Þ 

Before leaping to conclusions about the implications of Hugh Orde's judgemnet that British Secret Services were behind December's £26.5m Northern Bank raid in Belfast we should pause and think what would be gained by such actions. We also have to consider that the evidence made available to Orde has been kept private. However it is true that the scale of the heist and its planning show all the hallmarks of a Secret Service operation.
We should ceratinly pause before saying that the British government has a great deal to gain in a pre-election environment by marginalising Sinn Fein and reducing the inevitability of an embarrassing altercation with the DUP.
We should not necessarily belive the conspiracy theorists who say keeping Sinn Fein on a defensive footing is the only way an unpopular government can contrl the NI situation.
Let us stay level headed when we are told that the Secret Services are the only organisation operating in Northern Ireland that could afford to make £26.5m disappear without trace.
posted by meau meau , 2:48 PM Þ
posted by Claus Eggers , 1:45 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 1:34 PM Þ
posted by Claus Eggers , 1:06 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:33 AM Þ 

Google Search: inurl:"MultiCameraFrame?Mode="
This is the for Panasonic cameras, thus a lot of Japanes feeds...
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:32 AM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:30 AM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 10:49 AM Þ 

"This is all about the security of documents," said a British official. "There will be no database of fingerprints and there will be no ink involved..."


"The visa applicant will have to leave his fingerprints and a digitized image of his face will be taken. That information is sent in parallel to the national visa information system of every member state and the central unit of the visa information system.

So far from no database we have a proposal for either 17 (Schengen Area) or 28 (EU + no., is. & ch.) that we could (be) google(d by)

While the national visa information systems do all kinds of background checks on the applicant -- whether he has a criminal record, whether he has by that country already been refused a visa, etc., etc. -- in parallel, the central system will be checked for the history of the visa applications of that person [across the entire Schengen area]," Paul says[...]

Radio 'arbeit macht frei' Europe
posted by meau meau , 9:47 AM Þ

These cams are beautiful. At the time of this post, the top one is just where I want to be.

The second is just me.
posted by Irdial , 9:45 AM Þ :: I'm j0hnny. I hack stuff.
Select "Google Hacking Database (GHDB)" in the Navigation box. Here we go!
posted by Claus Eggers , 1:46 AM Þ 

Perhaps it would look more like the copper behind her - I don't know!
But! Axis cams seems to be the expensive american camera of choice. Most of the hits are EDU, fun but I wan't to find peoples home cams, U know those cheap chinese ones U would get at the super. I'm looking into that.
And who is building the application to suck these data out of google to let us browse/search and view them? The race is on!
posted by Claus Eggers , 1:32 AM Þ 

Oh Claus; I didnt know you cared! :o

I didnt come up with this one, El Reg pointed it out!

Look what you get if you searach for PhpMyAdmin too many times....Honestly, its just TOO MUCH FUN!!!

Hmmm If Claus and I had a baby, would she look like this?!
posted by Irdial , 1:09 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 09, 2005

Google Search: "inurl:axis cgi mjpg"
That's it Akin - I wan't to bear your children!
posted by Claus Eggers , 11:42 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 9:02 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 8:23 PM Þ 

Biometric passports, which are designed to improve security, have [...] a digital photograph. Passport officials will be entitled to ask travellers to pose before a camera or to have their fingers scanned to prove they are the named holder.

Aside from the (unfortunately) usual concerns, I know these bureaucrats are generally witless but 'needing' to be photographed to prove that you look like your photograph is patently ludicrous.


Or maybe passport control officers are going to be replaced by blind robots.
posted by meau meau , 1:46 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 1:43 PM Þ 

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