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December 3, 2008

LOTD for December 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 8:37 pm

The Russians paid $1.4 million in diamonds and cash to FBI agent Robert Hanssen to betray the US. The Russians offered American journalist Joshua Kucera between $300 and $400 (plus, they bought him a fajita meal) to write propaganda for Russia. The FBI knew all about his meeting and asked him for all the details of his meeting with the Russian agent:
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200812/spies

Haliburton subcontractor kept 1,000 Asians confined in a windowless warehouse for up to 3 months without money or a place to work! They took away their passports, violating US military instructions to contractors. Those Asian men paid about $2,000 each for what they were told was jobs in Iraq…but instead they were basically put in a jail in Iraq, with conditions probably worse than at some US prisons:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1203/p99s02-wome.html

The US Army is building an Island in Second Life:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/12/the-armys-new-f.html

The company that makes the sonic blasters defended its performance against the Somali pirates:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/12/sonic-blaster-f.html

Robotic device and functional MRI actually can help stroke victims regain the use of their body. This sounds like an improved rehab technique and a great use of robotics!
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR~PUBCODE~014~ACCT~1400000101~ISSUE~0812~RELTYPE~MIC~PRODCODE~00000000~PRODLETT~AH.html

Study found that science and engineering PhD graduates enter the workforce ready to do research but are not necessarily prepared to teach as a professor. As someone who took undergraduate classes at 2 schools and graduate classes at 3 schools and then was a professor, I can honestly say that I’ve seen a lot of professors (some who had been professors for quite some time) who were mediocre to poor teachers and could have benefited from some training on how to teach:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR~PUBCODE~014~ACCT~1400000101~ISSUE~0812~RELTYPE~IDN~PRODCODE~00000000~PRODLETT~AR.html

Clearwire’s statement that they could use LTE in the future has generated some discussion:
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/clearwires-lte-musings/2008-12-03?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal&cmp-id=EMC-NL-FW&dest=FW

Commentary about how Public Safety should insist on LTE instead of WiMAX for their future network, based partially on Clearwire’s statement about LTE:
http://urgentcomm.com/networks_and_systems/commentary/clearwire-lte-interest-1203/

Wow, in the UK you can get a G1 phone for free with a $44 monthly phone/data plan!
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/12/03/t-mobile-lowers-price-of-g1-admission-in-the-uk-to-better-compet/

In the UK you can also get a dog collar with a mobile phone to track your dog’s location with your cell phone. Apparently there is a lot of dog theft in the UK, with 2,500 dogs lost or stolen every week last year!
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/34965.php

Rancho Bernardo (San Diego County) calculus teacher’s photocopying budget is not enough to cover all of his exams…so he’s selling ads on his tests!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-12-01-test-ads_N.htm?se=yahoorefer

More info on the Connecticut teacher (Julie Amero) case:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2008/12/the_julie_amero_1.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2008-12-03

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