Tuesday, September 27, 2005

FBI to get veto power over PC software?

FBI to get veto power over PC software? | News.blog | CNET News.com
The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure "policy" document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today's Internet, "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement." Read the last seven words again.

The FCC didn't offer much in the way of clarification. But the clearest reading of the pronouncement is that some unelected bureaucrats at the commission have decreeed that Americans don't have the right to use software such as Skype or PGPfone if it doesn't support mandatory backdoors for wiretapping. (That interpretation was confirmed by an FCC spokesman on Monday, who asked not to be identified by name. Also, the announcement came at the same time as the FCC posted its wiretapping rules for Internet telephony.)

Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time - Firefly Number 17!


Top 50 Science Fiction Television Shows of All Time - Boston.com
'Firefly' was an intriguing show about a crew trying to survive in a small spaceship 500 years in the future. Alas, the show ended after its first season though it showed great promise.

W00t! More props for Firefly. Yes, I am gonna beat you over the head with it. Did I mention Serenity comes out this weekend? Anyway, It beat out a lot of other great shows (as it should). Now, I can understand (I disagree, but I understand) why they rated the other 16 higher. Doctor Who, Twilight Zone, the New Battlestar. But Voyager? I mean come on, fucking Voyager? Go check out the list and reminisce a bit and see how your favorite show scored.

Don Adams of 'Get Smart' Dies at 82


Don Adams of 'Get Smart' Dies at 82 - Yahoo! News
LOS ANGELES -
Don Adams, the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s TV spoof of James Bond movies, "Get Smart," has died. He was 82.
As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency CONTROL, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of KAOS. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack:

"Would you believe ... ?"

One of my inspirations for gadget lust is gone. Probably the radiation from that cell phone shoe.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Space elevator robot reaches 1000-feet


Space elevator robot reaches 1000-feet - Engadget - www.engadget.com
We were certain that this was just a pie in the sky concept, but apparently engineers are hard at work designing those futuristic space elevators that promise to eventually whisk cargo and humans to the final frontier at a fraction of the cost of rocket-based delivery systems. A new milestone has just been reached in this quest, with Washington state-based LiftPort Group Inc. reporting a successful test run of their Sword Over Damocles robot to a height of 1000-feet. Tethered to a large helium-filled balloon, the 23-pound Sword, as it's known, was able to climb up and down the long cable while workers kept the balloon steady with guide ropes. While this technology still has a long way to go, challenges such as NASA's October 21 First Annual Space Elevator Competition at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley are spurring design teams to push the limits of both their robots and the super-strong, carbon nanotube-based ribbons that are key to supporting them.

Gosh, I wonder why one of our readers didn't send this to me for posting? Not mentioning any names but I know someone out there probably heard about this. (Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more). Anyway, I've been enamored with the space elevator ever since I read about the possibility in a sci-fi novel. I think it was Clarke...anyone help out my failing memory? So hurry up and build me an elevator dammit!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Serenity!


Serenity
Five hundred years in the future, there is a whole new frontier, and the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity is eager to stake a claim on the action. They'll take any job, legal or illegal, to keep fuel in the tanks and food on the table. But things get a bit more complicated after they take on a passenger wanted by the new totalitarian Alliance regime. Now they find themselves on the run, desperate to steer clear of Alliance ships and the flesh-eating Reavers who live on the...

W00t! Serenity opens this Friday (September 30th)! As many of you know me and the wife only get to see about one movie a year (remember folks, jello-shots=children) and this is it. If you missed the Tv series it is based on go rent it from Netflix or save yourself the time and just buy it. I would say you could borrow my copy, but that ain't happenin'! I know, those Buffy fans are kinda freaks. Believe me, I was right there with you...until I watched Buffy. The Buffy freaks may be scary, but the've got a point. I almost escaped the "worship at the alter of Joss Whedon" syndrome with his Angel series (sorry Buffy freaks but Angel didn't hold a candle to Buffy). Almost. Then I rented Firefly. I must have more! Seriously, I'd trade 5 episodes of Battlestar Gallactica for one more episode of Firefly. And I really like Battlestar. So, go see Serenity. If you don't then they might not make another movie (or renew the series. Pleeeeese renew the series!). Then I will be upset. Very upset. You wouldn't like me when I'm upset. So when are we going?

Bong Vodka


OhGizmo! Bong Vodka
For those of you peculiar enough to be unfamiliar with, um, bongs well, good for you. Bongs are ugly, evil tubular garden gnomes that steal your underwear. Stay away from them. Thats all you need to know.

That, and well, also that Bong Vodka is a Dutch

"designer spirit envisioned by a group of contemporary artists to fuse together a new wave of progressive fashion and designer attitude with an age-old Dutch product of exceptional quality."

Uh huh. Whatever.

Its Vodka. In a bong.

Like I was gonna pass up posting this. Looks like a vodka that looks like a bong to me. I imagine that making it into a bong wouldn't be that hard though. It is a nice way around all those "you can't sell bong" regulations.

Sentry Gun


Sentry Gun
Okay, "quintessential" might be going a little far, but it's enough to frighten me. The idea of this project was to create a fully-automated sentry gun, capable of picking out a human target and accurately tracking and shooting him or her in the heart. Really, the idea was to find a cool robotics project for the summer while I was working at an advertising agency, and I'd only ever seen sentry guns in movies (like Congo) and video games (Half-Life 1, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress Classic).

Not only did these guys build an automatic sentry gun, but hey did it for $50! And there's video!

StickyPod Review (Verdict: Sturdy and Secure)


StickyPod Review (Verdict: Sturdy and Secure) - Gizmodo
So you're a budding action movie director, and you want to shoot video at 100mph for that all important car-chase sequence. But you don't want to risk injury by holding your camera out the car window (or spend hundreds of dollars on the car rigs that professional filmmakers use). Well then, the StickyPod car kit could be for you. The folks over at Rainy Day Magazine managed to get their hands on one of the StickyPod Dash Cam kits, which include everything you would need to adhere your digital video camera onto your car. They were pleasantly surprised by the solid aluminium base and the strong grip of the suction cups. After they hooked the whole thing up, they found you could also adjust the angles of the camera for a more precise shoot. There's also a Pro version with a larger surface and four suction cups. The base model is $59 while the Pro version is $129 not too shabby for a way to jazz up those boring home videos.

This one is for any budding directors out there (you know who you are). Now you can film that car chase you always wanted. Not with my carmera mind you, but I'll volunteer to slap it on my pimped out car and drive around Deathrace 2000 style baby!

Tropical Weather Information


Tropical Weather Information
Snarky weather site one of the guys at work sent to me. Looks like it is just a compilation of stuff from all the weather pages. It does have some cool maps I haven't seen before. Including a few which I have no clue what they are, but they sure are pretty.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Nanotube carpet mimics gecko feet


Nanotube carpet mimics gecko feet: Science News Online, Aug. 13, 2005
The talented gecko can walk up a glass wall or hang from the ceiling by only one toe. The little lizard owes its gravity-defying powers to carpets of microscopic hairs, called setae, covering its feet. These hairs, when in close contact with a surface, induce intermolecular attractive forces called van der Waals forces between themselves and the surface.

Materials scientists have now created synthetic gecko foot hairs that stick to surfaces 200 times as strongly as the setae do. To make this superstrong adhesive, Ali Dhinojwala of the University of Akron in Ohio and his colleagues grew a forest of carbon nanotubes on glass. Next, they poured a liquid chemical onto the glass. The chemical solidified into a polymer matrix around the base of the tubes. The team then peeled the resulting polymer-nanotube "rug" off the glass.

Using an atomic-force microscope, Dhinojwala and his colleagues measured just how powerfully adhesive their synthetic invention was, compared with gecko setae. They report the result in the July Chemical Communications.

Previous efforts to imitate gecko feet used tiny rods made from polyimide, a plastic (SN: 6/07/03, p. 356: http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20030607/fob3.asp). Unfortunately, says Dhinojwala, the plastic rods "are not mechanically strong, and they try to clump together." He attributes the carbon nanotubes' extraordinary adhesion to both van der Waals forces and to their strength and flexibility under strain.

Carbon-nanotube carpets could eventually serve as dry adhesives in applications where moisture would be a problem, such as in electronics, Dhinojwala says.

Sorry about the long quote there, but the text is only available to subscribers so I had to post the whole thing.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fire Kills Children


USFA Kids
Don't forget fire safety. Remember fire kills children. I guess that explains the smoke curling up from my nuts when I got the vasectomy.

P.s. I just ran across this scan I made of a matchbook Baa brought back from one of his trips to England and felt it was worthy of a post.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Look a Usb drive!


PNY
So, you're thinking "Look ol' C light finally got him a way cool usb drive. Kinda small though". Well, if this was mine I might be a bit miffed. Not to mention all the tragic sexual flashbacks that might occur from such a thoughtless statement. Nope, not mine. Guess who got this one for free. Go ahead guess. Wrong! The correct answer is my wife. My Kindergarten teaching wife got a flash drive from the fucking school system to do her report cards on. I still don't have one. I'm so ashamed.

Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19

Talk Like A Pirate Day - September 19
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! All hail the Mighty FSM!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Call Center Bingo!


Can also double as meeting bingo. But I have co-opted it for the call center. Simply try to insert enough trendy business words into a call or email with a customer to score bingo. Along the lines of the "meow" gag in Super Troopers.

Russian Roulette Vodka


Strange New Products: Russian Roulette Vodka
Russian Roulette is a Dutch brand of vodka shooters, but billed as a party game. Inside the octagonal box, designed to resemble a gun cartridge, are four bottles of shooters.

One of the shooters contains a harmless substance that causes your tongue to turn green. After the shooters are downed, whoever ends up with the green tongue has to carry out a pre-determined "dare".

Might be a way to carry out Russian Roulette version of strip poker.

Aha! Another addition to the Vodka Testing.

STOP CLUBBING BABY SEALS


T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: STOP CLUBBING BABY SEALS
Wow! We have our own Tshirt!

The perfect Tshirt for Cartman


T-Shirt Hell :: Shirts :: SINGLE MOMS
The Wife, while searching for Necro wear stubled accross this shirt and immediately thought of our pal Cartman. What can you say, he did discover the "Home of the $7.50 lap dance".

Mind Of Mencia


Comedy Central - Shows - Mind Of Mencia
Baa says....
Dude! You must watch Mind of Mencia... OMFG
He's speaking his mind. We're hiring extra lawyers.

For those not in the know (which is pretty much anyone reading this sorry ass blog) Mind of Mencia is the show to watch this season. 10:30pm Est on Comedy Central.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Amazon Gift Certificates at CoinStar: No fee


Amazon Gift Certificates at CoinStar: No fee - Lifehacker
If you've been following technology news today, you might have heard about Amazon and Coinstar's new certificate program. Dump your spare change in any Coinstar machine, and you can cash out an Amazon gift certificate.

Unlike their normal service, you won't be charged their 8.9% exchange fee. Every penny you put in gets applied to your Amazon credit. (Heck, this is the same Coinstar that skimmed 7.5% off the top of all the Hurricane Katrina Red Cross donations!)

Awesome! I probably have like $100 in change around the house. Now I can use it to support my book habit. Also, it seems this is the first step in their new program. Looks like they will be offering cards from Hollywood Videos, Pier 1 Imports, and Starbucks! Sweet! Change to coffee! It's like freakin' magic man!

Katrina: What Happened When

Katrina: What Happened When - FactCheck.org
It will take months to get the full story, but meanwhile here are some of the key facts about what happened and when officials acted.

I've avoided posting anything about Katrina except for that cool satellite photo. Mostly because I get kinda nauseous thinking about how badly things got fucked up. But I found this nice, and very well supported, timeline you might find interesting.

The jet powered beer cooler


The jet powered beer cooler
Journey Boy Mike (who amazingly, has worse musical taste than the Schram-man) says....
What follows is my story about a shed, a warm beer and a home made jet engine. It is being presented for entertainment purposes only and no-one should attempt to emulate what I have done here. The risks should be obvious but it is worth pointing out that beer is a very dangerous substance when used without due care.

Sweeeeeet!

Marriage boosts prosperity, helps children: study

Marriage boosts prosperity, helps children: study - Yahoo! News
Stable marriage can increase the financial prosperity of couples and improves the lives of American children, including those being raised by same-sex couples, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report by the Brookings Institution and Princeton University showed that while the poor see lack of money as a barrier to marriage, even when they have children out of wedlock, healthy marriage actually ensures them healthier finances in the long run.

Hmmm.
...
"First, marriage may increase children's material well-being through such benefits as family leave from work and spousal health insurance eligibility," the report said. "Second, same-sex marriage may benefit children by increasing the durability and stability of their parents' relationship."

But, I thought dem' homo's wuz distroyin' da chitlins and da marriage?

The Catholics say...
"It's like having a heterosexual young man live in an all-female dorm," he said. It's not a reasonable position to put someone in."

Vatican's search for gays in seminaries raises alarm

Vatican's search for gays in seminaries raises alarm
AVatican investigation of U.S. seminaries for evidence of homosexuality, sparked by a scandal over pedophile priests, infuriated gay rights advocates on Friday.
The Vatican approved the seminary review, known as an apostolic visitation and the first in America since 1983, in response to the sexual abuse crisis that erupted in 2002 and triggered lawsuits by thousands of people abused by priests.

"There should not be any doubts about the lifestyle the priests ought to live," said Monsignor Francis Maniscalco, spokesman at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "It is an evaluation of seminaries to see if they are doing their job."

Underpinning concerns among U.S. Church leaders and conservative Catholics is a 2004 survey by John Jay College of Criminal Justice that found that, of 10,667 individuals abused by priests between 1950 and 2002, 81 percent were male.

Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things, a conservative Catholic journal, expects the review to lead to a ban by the Vatican on gays in America's seminaries. "Is there a particular concern about homosexuality? Sure," he said.

Well, maybe they ain't destroyin' da chitlins, but all dem homos is child molesters.

New Google Search Engine Boosts 'Blogging'

New Google Search Engine Boosts 'Blogging' - Yahoo! News
SAN FRANCISCO - A new Google Inc. specialty search engine sifts through the Internet's millions of frequently updated personal journals, a long-anticipated development expected to help propel "blogging" into the cultural mainstream.

The new tool, unveiled Wednesday at http://blogsearch.google.com, focuses exclusively on the material contained in the journals known as Web logs, or "blogs."

Finally! Now you can search for your favorite Clubbing Babys Seals article and read it over and over! W00t!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

New Virtual Defense Tech Mag Debuts


THE RAW FEED: New Virtual Defense Tech Mag Debuts
A hot new magazine called Defense Technology International covers bleeding-edge military technology. Best of all, the publication is a virtual 3-D magazine. You flip the pages like a real magazine, but entirely online. Looks like it's FREE, too.

Speaking of military stuff. Here is a nice free online magazine. Don't know if this is a promo for a real magazine or what but it has some interesting articles.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Court says flag pledge violates Constitution

Court says flag pledge violates Constitution - Yahoo! News
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California atheist who last year lost a Supreme Court fight to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance won an initial round on Wednesday to revive his cause in the courts.
A U.S. district court rejected a motion to dismiss his case to get the words excised from the pledge, which is recited by millions of schoolchildren every day. It cited the precedent of an earlier ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"The court concludes that it is bound by the Ninth Circuit's previous determination that the school district's policy with regard to the pledge is an unconstitutional violation of the children's right to be free from a coercive requirement to affirm God," Judge Lawrence Karlton wrote.

Ahhh. Looks like the pledge fight is back. See my previous rant/post for my opinion on the subject. Can't wait to see if the Supreme Court does another Matrix dodge on this one.

Blackwater Tactical Weekly Mailing List



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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Review - Self Heating Coffee


Well smack my ass and call me Sally! I have discovered self heating coffee. Found this at our local Publix.
The upside: It works! Makes the coffee hot enough I burnt my tongue. The coffee actually taste pretty good too.
The downside: Pretty expensive. This cup cost about $3. While the cup may look big most of it is the catalyst for heating. The cup only holds 10oz of coffee.
However, there are some bonuses. It's fun! At least for me. As a disclaimer I feel compelled to mention that some people have stated I am "easily amused". It was undeniably a hit at the office. Of course, you do run the risk of being labeled as "kind of a dork" or "a little weird". Make describes the tech an dissects it over here. I might just get me another one just to maintain my image or for the fun of it. I can't really think of a circumstance where I could justify the price but there must be something! And no, I already tried "hurricane supplies" and the wife called bullshit. Gimme something else!

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Apple - iPod nano


Apple - iPod nano
Call it astonishing. Unbelievable. Impossible, even. Then pick it up and hold it in your hand. Take in the brilliant color display. Run your thumb around the Click Wheel. Put on the earbuds and turn up your music. That's when everything becomes clear: It's an iPod.

Damn. Now I want an iPod too.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Update - Das Uber Laptop!


Update - Das Uber Laptop!
Thought I'd throw in a screen shot of the system properties.

Das Uber Laptop!


Atom Chip Corporation
THE REVOLUTION BEGINS

The notebook does not employ a Hard Disk and is completely based on solid state AtomChip optoelectronics [except the mechanical Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi].
The new non-volatile Quantum-Optical RAM increases the speed of the system, since there is no need to refresh information after every cycle of reading of information, unlike regular RAM.
The new AtomChip Quantum II processor with 256MB on-board memory has a high speed with very low consumption of electrical energy.
This notebook has a wireless function, high CPU speed and large memory capacity with extremely low power consumption. Absence of the hard disk increases system stability under low temperatures, vibration and acceleration.

Hooooly shit! Don't bother with the quoted text, it don't tell you shit.

For starters, it is available with four 1.7 Pentium M chips in some sort of bonded fashion OR 6.8GHZ AtomChip Quantum II processor. What the hell is the Quantum? Dunno, but I do know they are claiming 6.8Ghz with 256MB on the chip! Oh, and they claim the Quantum processor will get 8 hours of battery life compared to the 3 hours for the Pentium configuration.

I know what you are thinking. I see dat pretty picture up top and it don't look right. Plus its got sum numbers on it. Fine, we'll cover that.

Top left is a regular laptop with the components inside. 1. The Hard Drive (yes, I know it looks funny. More on that in a sec) 2. The Ram 3. The 6.8 Quantum Processor (yes it looks funny too).

Top right. 1. Connectors (doesn't specify what it connects) 2&3. Optical Lens - Transceivers (yes, you read that right) 4. Connector for Fibers Optical cable.

Bottom Right. The System Ram. 1 TB to exact. Yes, that's Terabyte. Oh, and it's non-volatile Quantum-Optical Synchronous RAM (as in the data stays there with or without power). Oh and here are the specs. Reading time:0.3 ns - Update time:0.5 ns. Expected price $6000. I know, non-volatile? But doesn't that mean you could use it for a hard drive?

Bottom Left. The Hard Drive. 2 TB to be exact. Yup, same stuff as the ram but a little slower. Specs: Reading time : 60 ns - Update time : 120 ns. Yes, that is fucking NANOseconds. FUCK milliseconds! That's right I said it, and I'll say it again. FUCK milliseconds! Expected price? $5000.

For anyone thinking 5 G's is a lot of money for a hard drive, remember, the first 5 MB (that's megabyte) drive debuted at $5000 too.

Is it real? I don't know. It does have patent numbers all over the place. They are supposed to debut it at CES 2006 (this November or December can't remember which) so we will see. Please, please, please let the hard drive be real!

Monday, September 05, 2005

New Orleans by Satellite


New Orleans by Satellite
A zoomable before and after Katrina satellite photo. Really gives you frame of reference regarding the extent of the damage.

Fine Fabric: New, fast way to make sheets of nanotubes


Fine Fabric: New, fast way to make sheets of nanotubes: Science News Online, Aug. 20, 2005
LIGHT UP. A sheet, 16 mm by 22 mm, made of carbon nanotubes is suspended between electrodes (left). It glows (right), lighting its surroundings, when electricity passes through it.
The gossamer sheet, just 18 micrometers thick, weighs 0.4 percent as much as the same area of Mylar. Eighteen bonded nanotube sheets produced a material that is stronger than sheets of equal weight made of Mylar, of high-strength steel, or of most aluminum alloys, says Baughman.
A nanotube sheet compacts to a thickness of about 50 nanometers, or about 1/1,000th the thickness of a human hair, after it's attached to a surface, saturated with a liquid, and allowed to dry. These flexible films have been used as the glowing element of an incandescent light and as a component of electrodes for solar cells, says Baughman.

Another update on the nanotube process From previous post here and here.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept 19

Boing Boing: Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept 19
The holiest of Pastafarian holidays is surely "Talk Like a Pirate Day," coming on Sept 19, which looms ahead like the scurvy wreckage of a fat clipper, yar, so it does. Avast. Rawk!
Update: What better way to prepare for Talk Like a Pirate Day than with this MP3 of the legendary BBC Million Pound Radio Show comedy sketch, Pirate Training Day?

All praise the might FSM!

U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80

U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist dead at 80 - Yahoo! News

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist died on Saturday at his home in Arlington, Virginia, after battling thyroid cancer since October, a court spokeswoman said.
Rehnquist, 80, had experienced "a precipitous decline in his health in the last couple of days," and died in the evening surrounded by his three children, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

Shit. Fucking sporks.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Comment Spam

Had to turn on the word verification (where you have to look at a picture and type in the word) for posting comments to the blog. We've been getting a whole bunch of comment spam lately.

Oh yeah. I wish every spammer was ass raped by a 16 inch dildo.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Dream Factory


Wired 13.09: The Dream Factory
The concept is simple: Boot up your computer and design whatever object you can imagine, press a button to send the CAD file to Lewis' headquarters in New Jersey, and two or three weeks later he'll FedEx you the physical object. Lewis launched eMachineShop a year and a half ago, and customers are using his service to create engine-block parts for hot rods, gears for home-brew robots, telescope mounts - even special soles for tap dance shoes. "Designing stuff used to be just for experts," Lewis says. "We're bringing it to the masses."

This is a wicked article. The author design's his own guitar on his computer. Read it dammit! It is a fascinating look at what the future might be like. It's looking like the next age might be the age of customization.

Feed a Lawyer, Support the RIAA

Feed a Lawyer, Support the RIAA : Gizmodo
13 THE COURT: And I'm going to enter on the record
14 what's called a general denial on your behalf --
15 MS. SANTANGELO: Okay.
16 THE COURT: -- which will relieve you for the moment
17 of the need to file an answer. So he won't file a motion for a
18 default judgment in a couple weeks, because I don't want a
19 motion for a default motion in a couple weeks.
20 MR. MASCHIO: Can I be heard for a moment, your Honor?
21 THE COURT: You can be heard all you want.
22 MR. MASCHIO: It would be helpful to resolve this case
23 if the defendant would put in, under oath, a denial in writing.
24 THE COURT: Fine. But I'm going to give her some time
25 to find a lawyer.
CHRISTINA M. ARENDS-DIECK, RPR, RMR, CRR

1 MR. MASCHIO: That's okay. We would just like -- we
2 think it's appropriate for her to say, yes, I did this or, no,
3 I did not do this under oath.
4 The other thing is that --
5 THE COURT: First of all, you didn't file a verified
6 complaint, and she doesn't have to file a verified answer. So
7 she doesn't have to do anything under oath.
8 MR. MASCHIO: Well, okay.
9 THE COURT: I'm going to give her 60 days to find a
10 lawyer. And she's not in default. And she will not be in
11 default if there is no answer, because, right now, there is a
12 general denial on the record for her. Okay?
13 MR. MASCHIO: Okay.
14 The other thing, your Honor, I don't know if you want
15 to do this. I brought a consent scheduling order.
16 THE COURT: No. I don't want to set a scheduling
17 order. In fact, I don't want anything to happen in this case
18 for a while.
19 MR. MASCHIO: Okay.

Ahahahaha! This Judge is awesome! Read the rest of the transcripts. I kinda get the feeling the RIAA is gonna fucked more than Paris Hilton at a...well anywhere really.

FDA official quits over morning-after decision

FDA official quits over morning-after decision - Women's Health - MSNBC.com
The highly regarded women’s health chief at the Food and Drug Administration resigned Wednesday in protest of her agency’s refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.

Assistant Commissioner Susan Wood charged that FDA’s leader overruled his own scientists’ determination that the morning-after pill could safely be sold without a prescription, and stunned his employees last week by instead postponing indefinitely a decision on whether to let that happen.

Nope, can't have the morning after pill. Say, you don't think politics influenced a scientific decision do ya?

Coffee: Does a Body Good?

Coffee: Does a Body Good? - Yahoo! News
That morning cup of coffee may do more than just perk you up. A new study shows that coffee is the primary source of antioxidants for Americans.
This finding may come as a surprise to some since scientists and nutrition experts usually tout fruits and vegetables as the best source of antioxidants - chemicals that prevent cellular damage. But, this study shows for the first time that Americans get most of their antioxidants from their daily fix of java.
"Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source," said study leader Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton. "Nothing else comes close."

I am antioxidiazin like a mutha fucka biotch!