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October 17, 2008

LOTD for October 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:53 pm

The IRS is spending $2 bil on two new computer systems to handle our tax returns…and both apparently have flaws that would allow people to manipulate tax returns without being detected!
http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=29560

US Intelligence officials are worried that hackers could ruin banks or large financial institutions or cause another stock market crash:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/id_20081018_4659.php

It scares me that the biosafety labs that handle the world’s most dangerous agents and diseases have poor security! Two of the labs (there are only 5 in our country) have just 3 or 4 of the 15 security controls!
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=6970

It makes sense to me for us to use some of the technology developed for the DoD to improve our disaster recovery efforts:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/fast-cheap-and.html

Oregon State has created a much more efficient way to create energy from sewage:
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/newsarch/2008/Oct08/sewage.html

This Pennsylvania dairy farm saves $60k per year on fuel by turning cow manure into energy:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/earth/4285577.html

Article about the culture clash between the Marines and Afghanistan’s Army:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/afghanistan-d-4.html

The Iraqi military is considering getting UAVs for border security:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/iraqi-military.html

More controversy over the portable cell phone towers installed at the McCain’s ranch:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washingtonpostinvestigations/2008/10/permit_for_mccain_cell_tower_s.html

It is amazing to me that Google’s revenue was up 31% last quarter as compared to last year, considering the state of the economy:
http://seekingalpha.com/article/100461-liveblogging-google-conference-call

Wow, this is a very, very positive review of the Android-based G1:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/10/15/42TC-t-mobile-g1_2.html

Interesting that Android phones will come with a remote kill-switch that will allow Google to remove an application from a user’s phone (like like Apple can do with the iPhone):
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Software&articleId=9117279&taxonomyId=18&pageNumber=1

Microsoft says that Windows 7 will be like Windows Vista, but a lot better:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/10/17/Ballmer_Windows_7_is_Vista_just_a_lot_better_1.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2008-10-17

Hawaii had been the only state to offer universal health care for children…but now Gov. Lingle has canceled the program:
http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20081017_State_cuts_for_keiki_insurance_stun_officials.html?page=all&c=y

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CHILD_HEALTH_HAWAII?SITE=KNXAM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Looks like McCain’s use of “Joe the Plumber” in the last debate will not bring him much benefit, since a casual look at his situation shows that he’s not what he seems and even if he was he’d probably pay less taxes with Obama:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aysiUbzAUIZs&refer=us

Men on a date hate it when women answer their cell phone, but women are much less upset when men answer their cell phones when they are on a date:
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/34156.php

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