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Tuesday 13th March 2007


Basic Computer User

Aussie video surveillance technology leaves rivals for dead
National ICT Australia has developed an operating system and software package designed to recognize and match positive identifications of faces from distance and impaired angles that leaves current technology for dead. More

Manual processes leave businesses open to insider threats More

Microsoft OneCare fails again
New findings make grim reading for Redmond. More

Blog: Microsoft OneCare Can Eat Your Email
If you get a virus in an email message received by Outlook, OneCare’s next virus sweep may quarantine or delete your entire email store. More

Wikipedia Founder Says Intends to Challenge Google, Yahoo
The online collaboration responsible for Wikipedia plans to build a search engine to rival those of Google and Yahoo, the founder of the popular Internet encyclopaedia says. More

’Gahooyoogle’ your way around the Net
A Web site that allows Internet users to search both Google and Yahoo at the same time has been uncovered. More

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Advanced Computer User

This afternoon, scientists at NEC have managed to get a light beam to exceed the speed of light, something once thought to be an unbreakable universal constant. More

Humans created 161 exabytes of data in 2006, more data than space to store it. More

How to Remove Messenger on Windows XP®
If you have an early version of Windows XP: Start > Run
type RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\msmsgs.inf,BLC.Remove

If you have Windows XP with SP1: Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
Follow the removal procedures (you will need to restart your computer afterwards).

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The One Simple Thing You Can to Radically Lower Your Risk of Cancer
No matter when you start, your risk of the number one cause of death, cancer, is drastically reduced. More

Warning -- GM Food Linked to Cancer
A long-suppressed study finally confirms what those in the know have been saying for years. Find out how you can defeat GM foods. More

Vitamin D supplements significantly reduce risk of falls in elderly

USDA approves mass planting of GM rice made with human genes
For the first time, the USDA has given preliminary approval for large-scale planting of a genetically engineered food crop containing human genes. More

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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Cloak, Bond’s Tux Go On Sale
Alec Guinness’s Star Wars cloak, James Bond’s tuxedo and Mel Gibson’s kilt go under the hammer on Tuesday at one of London’s biggest sales of film memorabilia. More

Contributor scandal rocks Wikipedia
’Essjay’ episode could change makeup of user-driven encyclopaedia. More

Israeli Firm Unveils Portable Hunter/Killer Robot
An Israeli defense firm on Thursday unveiled a portable robot billed as being capable of entering most combat zones alone and engaging enemies with an onboard armory that includes a machine-pistol and grenades. Anyone know where to find John? More

An interesting reflection... here

Theoildrum.com has published a fantastic visual representation of the amount of oil we use each year (one cubic mile) and the amounts of other forms of energy equivalent to this (e.g. one cubic mile of oil = energy production from 52 new nuclear power plants built per year for 50 years. See:

An article published on 22 Feb describing why we are now probably witnessing the lead-in to the second great depression in the USA: More

What the “global elite" anticipates will occur in the future: here

Review of a new and apparently very powerful film about the state of the world: here

Great website in the US with free downloads for those interested in growing (organic) food: here

And from it: The Drought Myth An Absence of Water is not the Problem here

Gates keeps top billionaire spot
Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, was the world’s richest person for the 14th consecutive year, Forbes announced yesterday as it debuted its mogul rankings for 2006. More

Stealth umbrella has users singing in the rain
Dutch invention battles gale-force winds with ease. More

The U.S. trade deficit, born out of runaway consumer spending, is also careening down a winding road at top speed. Each year, the deficit effectively transfers more U.S. capital to foreign hands. According to figures we found yesterday, now more than half of new federal debt is going to foreigners.

The U.S. current account first went negative in the mid-80s... about the same time that Alan Greenspan took over at the Fed. But it took another 20 years before the total of U.S. assets in foreign hands was so great that the net income from overseas investments turned against the United States. That milestone was passed last year.

Warren Buffett described the situation in his annual report to shareholders last week:

"The ’investment income’ account of our country - positive in every previous year since 1915 - turned negative in 2006. Foreigners now earn more on their U.S. investments than we do on our investments abroad. In effect, we’ve used up our bank account and turned to our credit card. And, like everyone who gets in hock, the [United States] will now experience ’reverse compounding’ as we pay ever-increasing amounts of interest on interest...

"Our citizens will also be forced every year to ship a significant portion of their current production abroad merely to service the cost of our huge debtor position. It won’t be pleasant to work part of each day to pay for the over-consumption of your ancestors. I believe that at some point in the future, U.S. workers and voters will find this annual ’tribute’ so onerous that there will be a severe political backlash. How that will play out in markets is impossible to predict - but to expect a ’soft landing’ seems like wishful thinking."
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Parachutists and hang-gliders, eat your hearts out! This guy has developed the personal jet wings... here

Stand-up comic on disciplining children... here

Comments to the National Petroleum Council By Richard Heinberg here

Michael Lardelli writes: In my opinion, Richard Heinberg is the best communicator on peak oil issues. The following comments (below) by Heinberg to the US National Petroleum Council beautifully summarise the current situation with respect to the peak rate of oil production. They are worth a... ...newsletter in itself. Note the comment, “I see no plausible scenario in which a liquid fuels crisis arising within about 5 years can be averted on the supply side."

I hope that people in our government pick up on this ASAP! If they do so, then they may be interested in the recommendations recently published by a Peak Oil Taskforce set up by the City Council of Portland, in Oregon, USA. See: here

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