Tuesday, January 12, 2010
And Google is not amused.
[W]e have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.
Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users' computers....
We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that "we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China."
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.
Now, there's the ticket ... give someone who is a pint 'lite' to begin with, a pint of something that will 'lite'n' them up a bit more.
Real Genius at work there, boys!
A new report shows a disturbing trend in regions around the world — and says China plays a key role.
Scorpions are notorious for harnessing a powerful, debilitating venom in their tails. Some species harbor venom potent enough to kill a human being. But other parts of that venom cocktail are only intended for other insects--and only affect other insects. If the strains of venom that do so were to be isolated, that could be a pretty potent insecticide, right? One researcher thought so--so he concocted a brand new, ecologically safe pesticide from the deadly venom found in scorpions.
According to a survey for the technology firm Olympus:
The average length of time a student could concentrate for in lectures was 10 minutes, according to the survey carried last month.
And a third blamed lack of sleep and being overworked for this.
Many students had been forced to take up part-time work to make ends meet.
Among the students surveyed, 13% admitted to missing up to five hours of lectures a week, while 17% said they had to prioritize their part-time jobs over lectures to be able to support themselves. [...]
Nearly half of students feared they would finish with high debts and no jobs, according to the study.
More than a thousand African workers were put aboard buses and trains in the southern Italian region of Calabria over the weekend and shipped out to immigrant detention centers, following some of the country’s worst riots in years.
The clashes began Thursday night in Rosarno, a working-class city amid citrus groves in Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, after a legal immigrant from Togo was lightly wounded in a pellet-gun attack in a nearby city. It is not clear who pulled the trigger — the authorities said they were investigating whether organized crime had provoked the riots — but the consequences were severe.
Blaming racism for the attack, dozens of immigrants burned cars and smashed shop windows in Rosarno in two days of riots, throwing rocks at local residents and fighting with the police. More than 50 immigrants and police officers were wounded, none seriously, and 10 immigrants and locals were arrested before the authorities began sending the immigrants to detention centers elsewhere in southern Italy on Saturday.
Wingnut Andrew Napolitano, sitting in for Glenn Brick lies saying "If the feds had not stripped us of our natural rights to keep ourselves safe by keeping and bearing arms,
Hello, our rights have been stripped from us AFTER 9/11, moron.
Also, you have NO 'natural' or otherwise right to keep and bear arms to begin with ... so you can not have taken away what you do not have in the first place.
New York jail guard busted for selling drugs and booze to inmates
TV station won't name Utah cop who's being sued for allegedly throwing suspect to ground, injuring him
Indiana ex-sheriff who was convicted of embezzlement now claims cop had no probable cause to pull him over when he had more than triple the legal limit blood alcohol
Once fired, reinstated Texas police officer accused of another theft
Florida jail guard lauded as "an exemplary friend, employee, parishioner, husband and father" gets six years in jail for gouging out the eye of mentally-ill inmate
New Jersey police officer accused of hitting handcuffed suspect, attempting to cover up incident
The government's tally of wildlife crashes with aircraft for the past year could exceed 10,000 for the first time.
The Borneo Orangutan, one of the most endangered species in the world.
Eight years ago, world governments made a pledge to put a halt to growing biodiversity loss by 2010. They have not succeeded. The ongoing loss of biodiversity has instead become even more severe of a threat to the planet's once-balanced ecosystems--it's become a full-on extinction crisis. Thanks to human development and expansion, species are now going extinct exponentially faster than ever before--they're dying out at the frightening speed of 1,000 times the natural rate.
Federal and state watchdogs opened a new front Monday in the campaign to keep poisons out of Chinese imports, launching inquiries into high levels of cadmium in children's jewelry while Walmart pulled many suspect items from its store shelves.
A day after The Associated Press documented the contamination in an investigative report, the top U.S.Full Story
So, they only care about poisoning children AFTER they've been caught doing it, eh?
The order will come into effect on Thursday and make it a criminal offence to be a member, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, reportedly gave her husband two for Christmas.
Paris Hilton has been heard to have one.
Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies, recently brought two home.
That's right, home.
Pet micro-pigs don't live in the barn, they live in your bedroom.
The airport was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists, researchers and others beyond Earth's atmosphere.
Despite the epic's cutting-edge effects, a few reviewers say it relies on a troubling old Hollywood formula.
A full 35% of wealthy Americans say their kids "have too many material possessions."
A new study finds that young people are dealing with anxiety and depression more than ever.
The three-room structure is believed to be about 8,000 years old and was built in the Neolithic period.
Grandma Jailed for Driving Too Slow
No here's an idea we should adopt here in our mountains for all Florida drivers ... 65mph means 65mph, not 15mph!
There is nothing more dangerous than rounding a curve in the mountains at 65 and coming upon some idiot from Florida doing 15!
Images from Jane Goodall Institute
Jane Goodall has been around forever. Back in 1957 she was studying the habits of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, under the tutorship of Sir Louis Leakey, the famous archaeologist and paleontologist. She never left...and in 1977 she set up her own institute, the Jane Goodall Institute which is still going strong, with her at the head. Its mission is protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing conservation and development programs in Africa.
In recognition of the Institute's work, they have now received 2 grants and are in the money. One is from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand programmes to help local people become more involved in the conservation work, thus improving their lives and the chimp's as well. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania has also given grant money to work on the sale of carbon credits with local community people.
A thousand years ago, there wouldn't have been much jungle here, just terraced plots of maize and clear view off the mountain slopes to the valley far below. Visitors got a dizzying look at the drop from either side of a cobblestone road that lurched upward along the back of a steep ridge. At the edge of town, they'd find themselves funneled into a stairway shadowed on either side by stone walls and tall guard houses. Up the steps, a cobble-paved causeway stretched ahead, rising gradually, its edges lined with sculptures and the piked heads of conquered enemies. At the end, the chiefs' house stood on a tall stone foundation, its conical roof mirrored by the peak of the volcano in the distance.
The modern entrance to the ancient city of Guayabo is not nearly so dramatic. There's a pockmarked gravel road up a mountain, with chasms that threaten to swallow the front wheel of our boxy, little Honda. A wooden ticket booth, like a lemonade stand, marks the spot were you park the car on the roadside. Carefully maintained nature trails wind through rainforest less than a century old—this land was a dairy farm not so very long ago—and spit you out in the center of what was once a city of some 10,000 inhabitants.
Guayabo—pronounce it "Why-ahbo"—is one of many ancient cities in eastern and central Costa Rica that get overlooked by the general public, largely because their builders worked mostly with materials—wood, thatch, cane—that disintegrated in the tropical climate. The massive communal houses rotted away long ago. But the stone foundations, roads, tombs and aqueduct systems that remain are, in themselves, impressive enough to be named an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The genetic cause of the Shar-pei dog's wrinkled skin is explained by scientists.
London, England, United Kingdom
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Athens, Attiki, Greece
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Goerich, Ontario, Canada
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile
Como, Lombardia, Italy
Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Paris, Ile-De-France, France
as well as Montenegro, Poland, and the United States
Talk about busy.
There's a formidable astrological team on guard duty in your house of personality, and you'll be putting out 'pick me, pick me' vibes when any situation that requires leadership arises.
Anyone within shouting distance will be more than happy to let you have your wish, too -- especially with your past history of competence.
Don't forget your vitamins.
No, no, no, must not forget those!