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November 18, 2007

LOTD for November 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:16 pm

British nuclear weapons were protected by *bike locks*, no fancy security codes! The UK is the only country that can launch a nuclear attack without the right code being sent to fire a weapon:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7097101.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2007/11_november/15/newsnight.shtml

People working in the intelligence field are not supposed to reveal anything about themselves…but the guy who is now the most senior UK intelligence person has (had) a website up that revelaed his home address, phone numbers, and private photos of himself, family and friends. I guess he’s a Dead Head and likes to windsurf, going by his website:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/11/16/nbreach116.xml

Researchers slow light down to store memory on light instead of electrons. This could increase the speed of optical networks like the Internet by 1000%!
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=5059

The Chinese Communist Party has tight control of China’s industry and they do not care if they acquire technology via illegal means. Chinese espionage is considered the “single greatest risk to the security of American technologies”:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=5063

THe UN is opening up the TV spectrum for 4G wireless services *everywhere in the world*! So, one frequency band will work worldwide for 4G wireless communications:
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gz48_4bW7K5g6d6KNK1CDp5dVS3wD8SUBK182

They have found that our enemy in Iraq is adapting quickly, with Engineering training obtained overseas (I’m guessing in the US). Thank you Eric for the article!
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20060105084723125

Vonage lost its $120 mil lawsuit with Verizon…Verizon gets $117.5 mil and charities get $2.5 mil:
http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/17/vonage-loses-appeal-now-owes-verizon-117-5-million/

Looks like Google is serious about bidding for 700 MHz spectrum and they may do it alone instead of partnering with a wireless company:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119517445580795065.html?mod=technology_main_whats_news

Garmin pulled out of the bidding for TeleAtlas after the bidding just got too crazy:
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/AFX-0013-21044032.htm

Big scientific study found a link between wireless communications and the rise in autism:
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2007/11/emw570198.htm

President Bush vetoed the National Institutes of Health budget:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=014&ACCT=1400000100&ISSUE=0711&RELTYPE=LST&PRODCODE=00000000&PRODLETT=S&CommonCount=0

The Cleveland Indians, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, and soon the Chicago White Sox all use the ProBatter pitching simulator:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=014&ACCT=1400000100&ISSUE=0711&RELTYPE=SOFT&PRODCODE=00000000&PRODLETT=W

CBS will be providing free WiFi to midtown Manhattan soon:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/digitaldownload/mobile/e3i76626e51c49f8a0ae22d8d62898d1715

I cannot believe that a couple of families, led by adults, would purposely torment a 13-year-old girl on MySpace…leading to her suicide. The tormentors were neighbors who must have known the girl suffered from depression:
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20071117/D8SVCDSG2.html

US teens prefer IM over e-mail…and both over actually talking with the opposite sex. It is scary that 46% of US teens say that they text message while driving!
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=42209&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

I think that this school system in Maryland is the first that I know of that threatened jail to parents if their kids didn’t get their shots:
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20071117/D8SVL0MG0.html

3/4 of the farm workers in the US are here illegally:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-farmworkers7oct07,1,7969394.story

The Vatican bought a professional soccer team and their fans are now forbidden to taunt or insult the other team:
http://www.dotdsports.com/2007/10/god-bought-soccer-team.html

Chinese lawsuits are REALLY discouraging people from helping those in need. I cannot believe that someone who picks up a stranger to take them to a hospital would automatically be assumed to have caused that person’s injuries!
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2007-10/20/content_6193261.htm

It is interesting that the US has already spent twice as much (even after adjusting for inflation) to rebuild Iraq than it did to rebuild Japan after WWII:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/10/iraq_billions200710?currentPage=6

According to this study, Miami and San Diego have the most attractive residents while Philly, DC, and Dallas/Fort Worth have the least attractive residents. This is even with me bringing San Diego’s average down!
http://www.travelandleisure.com/afc/2007/pressrelease.cfm

A British study found that swearing in the workplace actually helps morale:
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/10/17/swearing-study.html?ref=rss

A sack containing $15,000 in cash fell out of an armored car and the bag burst open, scattering the money everywhere. People went wild gathering the money…and returned all they found to the armored car driver!
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071101/koddities/oddity_traffic_cash

I wonder how many of these $1000 bagels the Westin New York sells:
http://kdka.com/watercooler/bagel.1.000.2.537871.html

Junior High girl punished for hugging a friend whose parent had just died, because Alabama school rules forbid physical contact:
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7321841

This couple was celebrating their 1-year wedding anniversary when they were driving and a 600-pound cow fell off a 200-foot-high cliff onto their Buick! One thing that the guy said (not in this article) was: “I tell my wife, ‘It’s a cow!’ It’s raining cows out here, man!”
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/14523968/detail.html

It is intersting that they found that porn on the Internet actually seems to reduce the number of rapes that occur. Apparnetly Internet porn sites provide an outlet for potential predators so they do not have to resort to rape:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-oped1104chapmannov04,1,7432359.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

A study found that fat cells produce hormones that promote the growth of cancer cells, and directly links fat (and certain things like processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and pepperoni) to cancer:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-31-cancer_N.htm

University of Utah researchers have found that by just altering one gene in worms they could turn the gene from straight to gay!
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSN2535476120071025

French scientists have actually found out how to take a nonlethal piece of HIV andhelp people with genetic diseases. So, HIV actually reprograms genes to be healthy and the results have been “exceptional.” The first beneficiaries of this treatment were two 7-year-old boys with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a fatal disorder caused by a mutation on the X chromosome in certain blood cells. The bone marrow was taken from the boys, the partial AIDS virus reprogrammed the genes in their bone marrow, and after chemo killed their defective bone marrow the modified marrow was returned to the boys. The boys grew new marrow and blood cells, 20 to 30% of which were healthy and normal, which offers hope to people with ALD. If there are no serious side effectrs in the coming months (remember, they used HIV on the cells!), they might be able to use this HIV technique to treat sickle cell anemia, leukemia, and so on. Sorry this summary was so long, but they make you pay for the aritlce:
http://www.nature.com/news/2007/071030/full/news.2007.204.html

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