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by Nomad Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:11:55 AM EST

Change is in the air...


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Nudge nudge. Wink wink.
by Nomad on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:12:20 AM EST
See above.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:35:15 PM EST
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Good luck
by Katrin on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:55:48 PM EST
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ET finally did it.



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 02:20:31 PM EST
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while you're waiting during the downtime, you could always...

... Climb Everest.


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:01:03 PM EST
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btw, this is a huge panoramic photo of Everest, which you can navigate. Pay close attention to the base camp and zoom. then begin your climb.

What a zoo.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 01:42:59 AM EST
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It does feel like it's going to snow.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:19:03 AM EST
Over here, it feels as though it's stopped snowing.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:26:09 AM EST
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Bremen has had well over a centimeter in the past 18 hours, perhaps even 15 millimeters. It was white. We're at -3.5C, cold enough to keep it white.

This brings us to well over two cm for this winter, not counting the one beautiful snowfall late on a Saturday night in early December, where we 5-7 cm, enough for 4am snowball fights, but disappeared completely by midday.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:31:31 AM EST
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yep, primary school kids have been forming conga lines all over France.

(This is an infallible predictor of imminent snow. When the big kids join in, expect a blizzard.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 11:47:31 AM EST
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We're looking at a predicted -25 C on Friday night. Probably time for one of those watch-3-seasons-of-a-show in their entirety back-to-back.
 

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:09:40 PM EST
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Perhaps you'll be saved, and can go swimming. German WeatherPro predicts only -12C. (Butwhatdotheyknow?)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:21:53 PM EST
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In north-central Arkansas we look to have daily lows around -10C with highs around 5C for the next several days. Got about 5cm of rain from Thursday through Sunday, almost all on Saturday, but we need 5cm/week for six months to get back where we need to be.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:23:48 PM EST
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We actually had about 4 cm this morning.

That counts as a blizzard hereabouts.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:47:54 PM EST
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We had some snow here every day since Friday.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:32:37 PM EST
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My snow shovel is at the ready. We don't expect more than a couple cm though.
by Bernard on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:52:49 PM EST
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We haven't had snow yet...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 12:25:17 AM EST
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I told my stepson his bus was cancelled. Triumph! Day off high school. I pointed out he could get there by train. He rolled his eyes at me and rolled over in bed.

My train was only 15 minutes late. There's a better quality of snow here, 10km out in the suburbs (and about 80m higher). Slushy in town, crisp here.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 03:47:57 AM EST
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to white.

Whee!

by Nomad on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:17:52 AM EST
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change is in the air alright...

satanic mills 2.0


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:29:30 PM EST
Maybe v17 or so.
by asdf on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 12:35:31 PM EST
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Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years

Operation Red October, as researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have dubbed the highly coordinated campaign, has been active since 2007, raising the possibility it has already siphoned up hundreds of terabytes of sensitive information. It uses more than 1,000 distinct modules that have never been seen before to customize attack profiles for each victim. Among other things, components target individual PCs, networking equipment from Cisco Systems, and smartphones from Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia. The attack also features a network of command-and-control servers with a complexity that rivals that used by the Flame espionage malware that targeted Iran.

It's clear.  If you want to keep information secure, don't allow access to the Internet.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:12:23 PM EST
Well, yes. Assuming that the information is of any use at all if it's on another internet and not on the Internet.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:33:41 PM EST
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Also, does anyone have a sense for how reliable a source Kaspersky are?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:36:42 PM EST
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Ars Technica is the best compu-tech news site out there.  IMO/YMMV  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:56:43 PM EST
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in security and antivirus, has been for a long time.

Massive espionage malware targeting governments undetected for 5 years | Ars Technica

Little is known about the people or organizations responsible for the project, and conflicting data makes it hard to attribute the nationality of the attackers. While the malware developers spoke Russian, many of the exploits used to hijack victim computers were initially developed by Chinese hackers.

I'm guessing it's Chinese. The Russians would be hired guns, because they're the best. China is the glaring omission in countries targeted.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 03:56:41 AM EST
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So are Norton and McAfee. So..?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 05:49:57 AM EST
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Kaspersky  is a top name in security. McAfee and Norton are not.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 09:12:34 AM EST
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Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure is another person to listen to.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 12:01:37 PM EST
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Yeah, but I never know how much weight to put on reports from them, since they're often of the buy-our-services type.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 09:15:51 AM EST
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Using the latest "high tech" for espionage is as old as "high tech."  Mark Twain gives an example in Roughing It.

It was known in Nevada City - 1863-ish - a silver mine was going to be closed or a ton of money dumped into it by a group of Eastern Investors.  Either way, the 'share' price of the mine would alter, drastically.  But which way would it go?

A group of "speculators" got together and sent one of their members, who could 'grok' telegraphy, to a telegraph station a couple of hundred miles east of Nevada City.  He hung around the telegraph office, complaining he was waiting for some people to arrive by train.  After a day or so, the message came down the wires the Eastern investors would be dumping a bunch of money into the mine.  After hearing that, the spy telegraphed the coded message to buy, "Am tired of waiting.  Coming back."  The speculators were able to front-run the mine's stock and made a killing.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 04:19:02 PM EST
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For similar reasons the first phone lines were often between telegraph stations and companies that made money of fast access to information.

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!
by A swedish kind of death on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:58:58 AM EST
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It was a typical scam in big cons as seen in The Sting. The film was a medley of actual cons based on the work of David W. Maurer, a sociologist and linguist who spent much of his professional life studying subcultural dialects.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 11:33:31 AM EST
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I shorted out the coffee grinder this morning....not a good omen for the week!  
by ElaineinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:28:08 PM EST
bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 01:57:26 PM EST
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Bummer. I have one of those hand-grind ones but I'd probably short out my elbow if I used it.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:38:43 PM EST
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Reports that HMV going under in the morning.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:07:20 PM EST
Yes, but Her Majesty's Vessel <what name>? ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:40:04 PM EST
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Wot, no Helen?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 03:47:14 PM EST
I know.  It's so quiet here without her.
by stevesim on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 04:09:16 PM EST
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Let's en-louden it, then:



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 04:20:55 PM EST
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come on, I would not liken Helen to a Sousa march...

More like a Beethoven symphony.

by stevesim on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 04:32:55 PM EST
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Not comparing Helen to anything.  Just livening up the joint.  

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 14th, 2013 at 06:04:47 PM EST
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Thanks, but my relapse absolutely flattened me. I'm still far from right but, so long as I ignore the headache, I can stay awake. More importantly, I can eat.

Sadly, it looks like my brewing course is now a bust, there is no way I will have the energy to do a course like that. Particularly in the weather that is due to hit that part of the country this weekend.

I'm hoping that's not £4k down the drain, but it looks like it

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:54:39 AM EST
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Oh dear. That sounds awful. I hope you get better soon, and that you get it sorted with your course. They are probably giving the same course over and over again, won't they let you take the course later on?
by Katrin on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 05:00:47 AM EST
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The next available date is in October. However, the fee was also for my accommodation which may be non-refundable.

We're gonna re-visit on thursday to see if I can make a late entry, but I won't trust myself not to have another relapse till I'm clear for a week at least.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 08:17:39 AM EST
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oh too bad.

take care of yourself.

by stevesim on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 05:41:08 AM EST
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Thanks for the warning, Colman.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 04:28:48 AM EST
From Strange Maps

The blue part is (more or less) a map of the world with North at the top. The coloured part is (more or less) a map with South at the top.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 07:05:43 AM EST
Welcome to the Aaron Swartz  Memorial JSTOR Liberator.
The Aaron Swartz JSTOR liberator is a tiny bit of civil disobedience, presented to you in clicktivism form. By running this bookmarklet (which you should not do if you are not comfortable potentially violating terms of service), you will visit JSTOR, a keeper of academic articles, be presented with a random paper, and will download a single paper from the site. You will have to click a terms of service agreement agreeing to not share the document you are reading, yet you will then download it and uploaded to another server. It will also ask for a message of memorial about Aaron. We will be gathering your messages of memorial and rememberance of Aaron to put up soon.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 09:44:14 AM EST
I have no real sympathy for JSTOR and similar, above all for their outrageous prices. I recall one article I bought that even had a time-lock mechanism. After a few days I couldn't open the downloaded pdf I had paid a hell of lot for. I was stuck luckily with a print out that I had to scan and OCR for my personal convenience. 38 bucks to read some damned 10 page article sucks.

I see it as the corrosion of circulation of knowledge. Already an article is hard to find in libraries where upkeep has its justifiable costs. These companies are going to end up running papal salt monopolies.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 11:59:26 AM EST
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The whole academic publishing "thing," from soup to nuts, is absurd.  With journals costing up to $40,000 a year even Harvard can't afford to keep on.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 12:21:35 PM EST
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David Remnick
Early last year, Benny Katzover, a leader in the settlement of Elon Moreh, told a Chabad paper, Beit Mashiach, "I would say that today Israeli democracy has one central mission, and that is to disappear. Israeli democracy has finished its historical role, and it must be dismantled and bow before Judaism."
Nothing much new in the whole article, besides the fact that it appeared in the New Yorker.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:03:57 AM EST


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