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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ric Richardson ... dumbfounded at the judge's decision.

An Australian inventor, who was set to reap the lion's share of a mammoth $US388 million ($445 million) damages award from Microsoft, is now set to get nothing after the US judge hearing the case decided to ignore the jury's decision and hand victory to Microsoft.

Ric Richardson.

Photo: Steve Holland

First look: Microsoft Security Essentials impresses

After a short three-month beta program, Microsoft is officially releasing Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), its free, real-time consumer antimalware solution for fighting viruses, spyware, rootkits, and Trojans. MSE is yet another layer of defense the company is offering to help its customers fight the threats that plague Windows PCs.

Microsoft Security Essentials is available for Windows XP 32-bit (8.61MB), Windows Vista/7 32-bit (4.28MB), and Windows Vista/7 64-bit (4.71MB). The final build number is 1.0.1611.0. Microsoft warns that MSE should not be installed alongside any other antimalware application. Indeed, MSE's installer disables Windows Defender completely, which makes sense as it is a sort of superset to Windows Defender. It builds upon Windows Defender by offering both real-time protection and on-demand scanning for all types of malware.

Although you won't be asked for personal information or to register for anything, you'll need to pass the Windows Genuine Advantage validation to install MSE. In short, while Microsoft's security updates are available for free to pirates, active protection from Redmond isn't.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Synopsis: Iwaya Sumire (Koyuki) is “elite.” Intelligent, well-educated, career-oriented, and doesn’t take crap from anyone, she’s an up-and-coming journalist at a large newspaper firm. And everyone at her job hates her. Men don’t like that she’s independent and tall, women don’t like that she’s smart and strong. Her last boyfriend left her because of an inferiority complex. Feeling angry and dejected Iwaya returns home depressed, and most of all lonely. However, when she finds an unconscious young man lying in a cardboard box out the front of her home.

Feeling sorry for him, she takes him into her home and nurses him back to health. He looks like a dog she used to own called Momo. As the young man, played by Matsumoto Jun, gets better he begins to like her place and resolves not to leave her. In fact, he even professes that he’ll do anything she wanted if she allowed him to stay. Sumire looks over at a picture of the golden retriever that she had when she was a child and jokingly says to him, “You can stay if you become my pet.” To her surprise, he agrees. She names him Momo. He sleeps on the floor and is not allowed in Sumire’s bedroom.

By thinking of him as a pet, Sumire is able to open up to Momo in ways that she can never do with another person, and he becomes an unparalelled confidant. At the same time, Sumire must hide the fact that she’s keeping a person as a pet from everyone she knows, including her nosy, no-pets-allowed landlord. The basic concept at the heart of the show is, what our pets might say if they could talk. It’s the start of an unexpected life together as they overcome obstacles and become quite attached to one another.

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An English teacher is being closely monitored at Kingswood Regional High School after administrators said she assigned an inappropriate essay topic to her students.

Jack Robertson, superintendent of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District, said the teacher asked students to respond to the question: "If you knocked your brother down, would you urinate in his mouth?"

A University of Chicago researcher died Sun., Sept. 13, at the Medical Center's Bernard Mitchell Hospital from an infection which may be attributable to a weakened laboratory strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the plague.

  1. Emil Nobel, brother of Alfred Nobel, experimented with nitroglycerin and blew himself up.
  2. Katia Krafft & Maurice Krafft : famous vulcanologists dies from a volcano.
  3. Karen Wetterhahn : Hazardous chemicals scientist, dies by being contaminated by a drop of dimethylmercury
  4. Marie Curie : famous radiologist dies from radiation.
  5. Timothy Treadwell : studies and lives with bears and is killed and eaten by them.
Monday, September 14, 2009

"Jewel beetles" are widely known for their glossy external skeletons that appear to change colors as the angle of view changes. Now they may be known for something else--providing a blueprint for materials that reflect light rather than absorbing it to produce colors.

Chrysochroa fulgidissima from Japan

Chrysochroa fulgidissima from Japan

The structure of jewel beetle cells results in striking colors as light hits them from angles. -  Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

The structure of jewel beetle cells results in striking colors as light hits them from angles. - Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

(Source article)

Tsukahara Bokuden (1490-1571) was renowned in Japan as the finest swordsman of his day, winning many battles through out his life. The son of a Shinto priest, he was always practicing his sword skills as a child and as a young man began forging a reputation for himself as a fearless warrior. By the time he reached later life, Bokuden would change his world view and came to believe that the merit of not fighting far outweighed the benefits of killing one’s opponents, a philosophy that was unusual in his day but is generally accepted today by martial artists of most styles throughout the world.


At the age of twenty, Bokuden had his first real test as a warrior when he challenged the famous swordsman Ochiai Torazaemon to a dual.  Ochiai was defeated by the younger man but survived the battle.  Feeling humiliated, he ambushed Bokuden in a bid for revenge but this time, the young man showed no mercy and killed his adversary.

In what would later become a popular tradition amongst Samurai, Bokuden undertook a pilgrimage around Japan seeking out the best swordsmen and challenging them to duals while also seeking the best teachers and learning from them.  It is believed he took part in thirty-seven challenges without defeat on his travels and studied under some of the best teachers the country had to offer.

After his journey, Bokuden had to return to his lord and be ready to serve him in his army, then at the age of thirty-seven, he settled down and opened up his own Ryu (school) where he developed his ‘Single Cut Style’ known as ‘Shinto Ryu’.

By the time he reached his 50s, Bokuden had grown tired of fighting and no longer felt the need to prove himself.  One story, adapted by Bruce Lee in his film ‘Enter the Dragon’, perfectly demonstrates his new peaceful philosophy based on the power of the mind over the power of the sword.  One day, while travelling on a ferry, he came across a samurai, boasting about his skills claiming to be the best swordsman in Japan.  The samurai challenged Bokuden to a duel, enraged at his lack of fear, but the old master kept calm and said;

“My art is different from yours.  It consists not so much in defeating others but in not being defeated”, Bokuden told him that his school was called ‘The Mutekatsu Ryu’ meaning ‘to defeat an enemy without hands’.

The samurai, now furious at what he perceived as cowardice, got the boats-man to stop on an island so they could fight.  The man jumped out of the boat into the shallow waters expecting a battle to the death but Bokuden had other ideas.  He took the boats-man’s pole and pushed the boat into deeper water laughing at the young samurai telling him; “Here is my no sword school!”

When he was ready for retirement, Bokuden set a test for his sons to help him decide which should take over his Ryu.  He set a block of wood over his door so it would fall on anyone who entered to test the way his sons reacted to a threat.  The first son, when called to the room, sensed the danger and caught the block.  The second, half drew his sword and evaded the block.  The third son entered the room and with lightning speed cut the block in half.  The first son was chosen as his successor as his reaction showed he could defeat an enemy without striking a blow.

As Bokuden got older, he realised he was loosing his dexterity so after passing his school over to his son, he retired and went to live in a sanctuary in the mountains where he engaged in self reflection and study.  Many young samurai sought him out on the mountain to teach and advise them.


He later went on a second pilgrimage and was invited to teach his sword skills to the Shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, in 1552 when Yoshiteru was seventeen.   Bokuden died in 1571, aged eighty three and not long after his school died out as his best students kept dying while fighting in wars for their lord.  Not much is known about what happened to his son who had taken over the school, but legend has it that after the death of his lord, Kitabatake Tomonori, he joined with Ninja groups in Iga.

A man ahead of his time, Bokuden embodied two sides of what it meant to be a samurai.  In battle, he was fearless and willing to challenge anyone, regardless of their reputation.  However, in later life, he came to realise the virtue of not fighting and understood that the most important lesson learned within the martial arts is not how to fight, but how not to fight.

Blatently stolen from here (Published on May 10, 2009 by Auron Renius in Martial Arts)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Beginner Pole Dance No experience required! We’ll start with the very basics by learning classic spins like The Butterfly and The Fireman. Not only will you have gotten a great workout, but you will also have learned a sexy pole dancing routine. We take all the guesswork out of it and make it super easy for you. Don’t let how good it looks fool you, pole dancing is a phenomenal strength building workout. While you’re looking gorgeous, expect to discover muscles you never knew you had!

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FL Studio 9 just got released officially yesterday and UNION released cracked version. There are a lot of improvements, including (minor/major, depends how do you take it) interface re-design.

Description: FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) for Windows PCs (or Intel Mac/ Bootcamp). With a full feature-set and aggressive pricing (inc. lifetime free updates), FL Studio may be your ideal DAW! FL Studio can be used as a scratchpad for your ideas or to produce completely mastered tracks ready for publication. It’s up to you! FL Studio is a full-featured, open architecture, music production environment capable of audio recording, composing, sequencing and mixing, for the creation of professional quality music.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

An amazing surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at a New Jersey Apple Store shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors at 2:05 a.m., signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearing off the display tables with the efficiency of a Indy 500 pit crew. The take: 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod touches in 31 seconds flat. Estimated value, based on average selling price: $46,345.

Video courtesy of WPVI-TV

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Now scientists at Rothamsted Research in the U.K. have been making headway at understanding why some people can end up with dozens of bites after a backyard barbecue, while others remain unscathed. The researchers have identified a handful of the body's chemical odors—some of which may be related to stress—that are present in significantly larger concentrations in people that the bugs are happier to leave alone. If efforts to synthesize these particular chemicals are successful, the result could be an all-natural mosquito repellent that is more effective and safer than products currently available.


Gmail's web interface had a widespread outage earlier today, lasting about 100 minutes. We know how many people rely on Gmail for personal and professional communications, and we take it very seriously when there's a problem with the service. Thus, right up front, I'd like to apologize to all of you — today's outage was a Big Deal, and we're treating it as such. We've already thoroughly investigated what happened, and we're currently compiling a list of things we intend to fix or improve as a result of the investigation.
Here's what happened: This morning (Pacific Time) we took a small fraction of Gmail's servers offline to perform routine upgrades. This isn't in itself a problem — we do this all the time, and Gmail's web interface runs in many locations and just sends traffic to other locations when one is offline.
However, as we now know, we had slightly underestimated the load which some recent changes (ironically, some designed to improve service availability) placed on the request routers — servers which direct web queries to the appropriate Gmail server for response. At about 12:30 pm Pacific a few of the request routers became overloaded and in effect told the rest of the system "stop sending us traffic, we're too slow!". This transferred the load onto the remaining request routers, causing a few more of them to also become overloaded, and within minutes nearly all of the request routers were overloaded. As a result, people couldn't access Gmail via the web interface because their requests couldn't be routed to a Gmail server. IMAP/POP access and mail processing continued to work normally because these requests don't use the same routers.
The Gmail engineering team was alerted to the failures within seconds (we take monitoring very seriously). After establishing that the core problem was insufficient available capacity, the team brought a LOT of additional request routers online (flexible capacity is one of the advantages of Google's architecture), distributed the traffic across the request routers, and the Gmail web interface came back online.
What's next: We've turned our full attention to helping ensure this kind of event doesn't happen again. Some of the actions are straightforward and are already done — for example, increasing request router capacity well beyond peak demand to provide headroom. Some of the actions are more subtle — for example, we have concluded that request routers don't have sufficient failure isolation (i.e. if there's a problem in one datacenter, it shouldn't affect servers in another datacenter) and do not degrade gracefully (e.g. if many request routers are overloaded simultaneously, they all should just get slower instead of refusing to accept traffic and shifting their load). We'll be hard at work over the next few weeks implementing these and other Gmail reliability improvements — Gmail remains more than 99.9% available to all users, and we're committed to keeping events like today's notable for their rarity.

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