Monthly Archives: January 2009

Personally, I think he should stick to holes in teeth…

And leaves holes in theories to people who understand science… In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate – NYTimes.com “The chairman of the board, Dr. Don McLeroy, a dentist, pushed in 2003 for a more skeptical version … Continue reading

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academia is a damn ugly place, especially for women

Basics – In ‘Geek Chic’ and Obama, New Hope for Lifting Women in Science – NYTimes.com From a purely Darwinian point of view, expecting a young woman to sacrifice her reproductive fitness for the sake of career advancement is simply … Continue reading

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Another thing to be sorry about.

To the rest of the world… Harper’s Index: A retrospective of the Bush era (Harper’s Magazine) “Percentage of Americans in 2006 who believed that U.S. Muslims should have to carry special I.D.: 39” I’m sorry.

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something to get really worried about…

Dementia isn’t funny but there is something nicely reflexive about being worried about being worried… BBC NEWS | Health | Staying calm ‘prevents dementia’ “Those who were calm and relaxed had a 50% lower risk of developing dementia during the … Continue reading

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Debugging real situations is also hard

Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island “The unintended consequences of the cat-removal project show the dangers of meddling with an ecosystem — even with the best of intentions, the study said. ‘The lessons for conservation agencies globally is … Continue reading

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That is a lot. of. lego

60,000 Piece Star Wars LEGO Diorama – Film Roster “Mark Borlase has built a 5′ x 10′ Hoth base diorama consisting of between 55,000 to 60,000 pieces of LEGO and containing 50 real lights and a remote controlled device that … Continue reading

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there is simply ‘safety.’

Report: biggest online threat to kids is other kids “Overall, the report generally concludes that the general public may have an impression that the Internet is awash in predatory pedophiles, but that picture is simply unsupported by the research that’s … Continue reading

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and the nightmare of history continues

Mobile News Network “WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Construction workers in northern Poland have unearthed a World War II-era mass grave containing what are believed to be the bodies of 1,800 German men, women and children who disappeared during the Soviet … Continue reading

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foaf builder – it was all going so well and then

(update: on the other hand, it appears to have worked… My spiffy FOAF URI is http://foafbuilder.qdos.com/people/gwking.myopenid.com/foaf.rdf) I was trying to add myself to FOAF builder (just because). It was slick. It was nice. It was using OpenID. But then: Fatal … Continue reading

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using MD5 in certificates is well and truly broken

A nice description of Certificate Authorities and the web of trust along with details on how researchers broke it in the case of MD5 signed certificates. Theoretical attacks yield practical attacks on SSL, PKI: “In so doing they showed once … Continue reading

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