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November 8, 2007

LOTD for November 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:28 pm

I wrote about how US counter-terrorism aid to Pakistan was going instead to arrest lawyers, but the actual reason why this could happen shocks me. It turns out that the US gives the Pakistani government $200 mil annually and the Pakistan military $100 mil per money in cash…untraceable cash. No restrictions on how that money will be spent ($10.58 bil since 9/11), no promises to the US, just cash and an annual update meeting. 10% of that money has gone to development aid and humanitarian assistance, the rest to the military-led government:
http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/004658.php

The Iraqi government has approved raids of private security firms (also known as Blackwater):
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/world/middleeast/08ministry.html?ei=5088&en=744435e9964ad7ef&ex=1352178000&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

The Air Force is trying to get control over all future satellite programs, kicking out the Army, Navy, and even get control over the surveillance satellites for the intelligence groups:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119445440178485353.html?mod=googlenews_wsj&apl=y&r=928987

BAE has an unmanned tank called the Black Knight:
http://www.baesystemspresskit.com/ausa2007/Black_Knight_Unmanned_Combat_Vehicle.cfm

The Minuteman decided that they would put up their own fence on the Mexican border since the government was too slow. They promised a 2,000 mile, 14-foot high fence with security cameras and sensors. One guy mortgaged his home and contributed $100k! However, it turns out that they only built a cow fence on some ranchers’ property and the is a big question about where the money went:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/07/border.fence/index.html

High school senior wants to build a supersonic sled made of fiberglass…he just needs someone to give him $20k or more to try to build it:
http://www.azcentral.com/abgnews/articles/1108abg-inventor1108.html

4G standard LTE met its PHY goals, but the worry now is the lack of available spectrum for it:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/11/07/Fast-mobile-on-track-faces-curves_1.html

http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=137953

Columbia law professor Tim Wu apparently inspired Google’s Open Handset Alliance:
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/nov2007/db2007117_264711.htm

T-Mobile and Sprint announced today that they will pro-rate early termination fees just like Verizon does already…though T-Mobile and Sprint won’t do it until some unknown time next year:
http://rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071107/FREE/71107004/1002

Cell phone gaming revenue dropped this past quarter for the first time in years:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN0728971020071108?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

Vending machine at the Las Vegas airport has been quite successful at selling high-end cell phones and SIM cards:
http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=202803459

Legoland is expanding–huge new area opening in March, then a 2nd park (Sea Life Legoland) is opening in the summer:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20071107-9999-1b7lego.html

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