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Wednesday 19th January 2011


Hope you are having a great week.


Basic Computer User | Advanced Computer User | Health | Humour | Other

Basic Computer User

ACLU: Don't Put Your Trust in "Trusted Identities"

What, trust the government? http://bit.ly/fSkDF6

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Advanced Computer User

Researcher Cracks WPA-PSK in 20 Minutes with Amazon Cloud; Cost Him $1.68

A security researcher has tapped Amazon’s cloud computing service to crack Wi-Fi passwords in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of using his own gear. http://cryptogon.com/?p=19843

Flash to Offer More Control Over Cookies

Few people realise that Adobe Flash Player--the plug-in used to provide YouTube video and Web games--has a similar system to cookies that's annoyingly difficult to monitor and clean. http://bit.ly/eucPZO

Report: US, Israel tested Stuxnet

srael and the United States jointly tested the Stuxnet computer worm that is believed to have destroyed a fifth of Iran's nuclear enrichment centrifuges, according to an explosive analysis in the New York Times. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/244929,report-us-israel-tested-stuxnet.aspx

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8 Ways Monsanto is Destroying Our Health

According to the Organic Consumers Association, "There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the US spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases. Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, US factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Low fruit and vegetable consumption is directly costing the United States $56 billion a year in diet-related chronic diseases." http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-ways-monsanto-is-destroying-our-health.html

Interesting Data on Olive Oil

How to keep it from going rancid. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/30/rudi-moerck-on-cooking-oils.aspx

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Tell Me Again Why the Cab Driver Hit 3 Parked Cars?

We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Years Eve Party. We turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard, like we always do when we go out. We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house.

As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard, scoots back into the house. We didn't want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird. My wife goes on out to the taxi while I went back inside to get the cat.

The cat runs upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife doesn't want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night so she explains to the taxi driver that I will be out soon, 'He's just going upstairs to say Goodnight to my Mother.'

A few minutes later, I get into the cab. 'Sorry I took so long,' I said, as we drove away. 'That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her hairy backside with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to put the run on me, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to throw a blanket around her to keep her from scratching me. She put up a good fight, but it worked. I hauled her fat @ss downstairs a threw her out into the back yard! She complained a lot, but I just told her to 'shut it'. She better not shit in the vegetable garden again or she's a goner!'

And that's when the cabbie dropped his coffee and lost control of the cab.

Quotable Quote

"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is you never know if they are genuine." Abraham Lincoln

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So you like to play in the dirt?

How's this for an excavator? http://www.youtube.com/v/9JYZ7K5y86k?fs=1&hl=en_US Digs the equivalent of 40,000 men with shovels.

The Chinese Eco-Disaster

When Jonathan Watts was a child, he was warned: “If everyone in China jumps at exactly the same time, it will shake the earth off its axis and kill us all.” Three decades later, he stood in the gray sickly smog of Beijing, wheezing and hacking uncontrollably after a short run, and thought: The Chinese jump has begun. He had traveled 100,000 miles crisscrossing China, from Tibet to the deserts of Inner Mongolia, and everywhere he went, he discovered that the Chinese state had embarked on a massive program of ecological destruction. It has turned whole rivers poisonous to the touch, rendered entire areas cancer-ridden, transformed a fertile area almost twice the size of Britain into desert—and perhaps even triggered the worst earthquake in living memory. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/141658076X/

Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert?

52 rainfalls created in Abu Dhabi dry season using negative ion generators. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1343470/Have-scientists-discovered-create-downpours-desert.html

Awesome new design for a car door!

This was sent to me with the heading, "Now why didn't I think of that?" http://www.flixxy.com/high-tech-car-door.htm

Paid Parental Leave

Here's some data affecting those taking or paying leave. http://www.tresscox.com.au/resources/resource.asp?id=675

The real assassination target in Tucson?

An interesting piece on the job done by a victim of the shooting. http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1008.html

Former Swiss banker pushed to WikiLeaks

Defiance before facing music. n a recent interview, Elmer, who runs the website swisswhistleblower, declared whistle-blowing as the only way to combat the unfettered sway of powerful banking lobbyists. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/245083,former-swiss-banker-pushed-to-wikileaks.aspx

Mixed Genres?

Taking it to a whole new level - Cowboys & Aliens Movie Trailer Official http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In-m2RJw3hE

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Until next time, dream big dreams, read widely, think well of your fellow man, eat food that's good for you and do the important things that make a difference - they are rarely the urgent ones!


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