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June 9, 2009

LOTD for June 9

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 6:43 pm

Feature article about how drug cartels have built a fleet of semi-submarines to smuggle cocaine into the US. About a third of the cocaine smuggled into the US comes via the semi-submarines, which seems to indicate that terrorists could use these cheap systems to enter the US with dangerous cargo. The semi-subs can go 3,000 miles without refueling and carry 10 tons of cargo!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503718.html

The US apparently released a militant who is said to be backed by Iran and is accused of having a leading role in the killing of 5 US soldiers, with the insurgent’s group releasing British hostages in return:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/world/middleeast/09release.html?ref=world

Oakland will apparently be issuing ID cards to illegal immigrants:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-idcard5-2009jun05,0,1333636.story

Florida fisherman caught an 8-foot-long missile in his longline and tied the missile to the top of his boat, keeping it there for the rest of the 14-day fishing trip. He brought the missile ashore and planned to keep the missile as a souvenir….but emergency officials called a bomb squad once he came ashore because it was a live air-to-air missile! He is very lucky that the missile didn’t kill him and others:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1008313.ece

New chemical weapon discovered…from frogs in the Amazon. The family of poisons that those frogs use as a chemical defense doesn’t exist anywhere else in nature:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090608101334.htm

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE created a super efficient water heater that is 50% more efficient than standard water heaters. Water heating accounts for 12% of all home energy consumption, so this is a significant achievement. This is great for me because my house will need a new water heater soon–our current one is operating properly, but it is at the end of the warranty period so I’m expecting it to have to replace it sometime:
http://www.ornl.gov/info/press_releases/get_press_release.cfm?ReleaseNumber=mr20080605-00

Study found that before students enter engineering schools they already have a stereotype of what an engineer should be from TV programs and other media. The stereotype is unfortunately counterproductive, like how students believe that if they cannot do a project alone they can’t consider themselves an expert engineer…even when they are assigned a group project and told to work with their group:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090608182553.htm

Even though Palm limited availability of the Pre at launch and Sprint stores across the country were sold out, the Pre still broke sales records for Sprint:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10260208-94.html

The Pre will apparently be available from Verizon in January:
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/06/08/palm-pre-on-verizon-in-january/#mod=yahoo_hs

This is a fairly positive review about Windows 7, though the flaws are glaring for XP Virtual Mode:
http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/windows-7-shaping-quite-nicely-617?page=0,1&source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-06-09

The majority of companies in North American and Europe are still worried about open source security:
http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source/poll-companies-still-worried-about-open-source-security-700?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-06-09

Adam Lambert came out in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine. He admitted to having a crush on Kris Allen and said that he found it “distracting” when they were roommates while on the show:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2009/06/idol-winner-chris-allen-calls-adam-lambert-and-drake-labry-a-cool-combination-.html

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