There are a lot of obvious traps a designer could fall into designing a cover for John Szwed's So What: The Life of Miles Davis, but designer Massand Peploe avoids them all -- no faux retro jazz-cover styling, no hepcat winking design tricks. The simplicity of the concept could scarcely be improved upon. In reality, it's a little, um, jazzier than this scan reflects. The whole thing's glossy black and silver, like a darkened nightclub with a single spotlit musician. And what appears to be just a simple photo of one end of a trumpet actually wraps all the way around the spine to the back to reveal Miles himself on the other end. Simple, modern, low-key (but witty -- the lines get smaller and smaller, like notes fading away) typography underscores the final verdict on this one: it doesn't blow.Link Discuss (via Kottke)
You know Tesla patented something very like a solar panel in 1901? Do you even care?Link Discuss
I do, because it's going to make my spaceships fly. Tesla's solar panels, Tesla's wireless broadcast power, and the Biefeld-Brown Effect, an electrogravitational phenomenon that causes powered flight. (Tesla himself had also dicked around with electromagnetic field lift, to no great consequence. But if he'd gotten proper funding for broadcast power, things could have been different. He may have been a figure of greater stature in his later years, making Townsend Brown consider contact him. A success in broadcast power would make Tesla a more vital figure in his later years, to be certain.)
(I mean, can you imagine this? America, between the wars, was not the US of today. It did not recognise itself as a "superpower". That's one of the things that prevented a quick save of the Great Depression; America did not attempt to shape the international economic environment solely through its own actions, acting as the hegemony. It had retreated to its old policy of isolationism, as handed down by George Washington in his Farewell Address: "avoid entangling alliances". But imagine an America between the wars whose streets were lit, from coast to coast, by wirelessly broadcast power, and revolutionary ways of generating electricity. Imagine something as mad as signalling a way out of the Depression as sending men into space to photograph the world.)
According to Moore, the former president had a business relationship with Osama bin Laden's father, Mohammed bin Laden, a Saudi construction magnate who left $300 million to Osama bin Laden. It has been widely reported that bin Laden used the inheritance to finance global terrorism.Link Discuss
Moore said the bin Laden family was heavily invested in the Carlyle Group, a private global investment firm that the filmmaker said frequently buys failing defense companies and then sells them at a profit. Former President Bush has reportedly served as a senior adviser with the firm.
"The senior Bush kept his ties with the bin Laden family up until two months after Sept. 11," said Moore.
So J.K. Harris sued taxes.com for violating its trademarks, and what's worse, they won -- the initial court held that factual information that contains trademarks was in violation of trademark law.
Luckily, human discourse was saved yesterday when the court changed its mind and ruled that facts don't violate trademarks. EFF filed an amicus brief on Taxes.com's behalf, and the court's findings drew heavily from the arguments we raised.
"The court's decision to reverse an earlier ruling on Taxes.com restores the balance between trademark law and the First Amendment right to publish truthful information," said EFF Senior Intellectual Property Attorney Fred von Lohmann...Link Discuss
In its revised ruling, the court embraced EFF's arguments, holding that using a competitor's name in the course of conveying truthful information does not violate trademark law. The ruling pointed out that: "While the evidence submitted to the Court demonstrates that Defendants' web site does contain frequent references to J.K. Harris, these references are not gratuitous; rather, Defendants' web site refers to J.K. Harris by name in order to make statements about it."
They created some open wireless nodes, and then logged what people who connected to these nets did. Sooprise, sooprise, most of them logged in and did nothing bad and then logged out, but 3.8/day apparently ran network probes, which KPMG characterized as an "attack."
Of course, KPMG also believes that linking to its site is an attack, too. Among the surprising risks identified by KPMG's crack squad of security consultants (available for $300/hour and up, no doubt) was that having more people on your network might reduce the bandwidth available to you. H0ly crap$0r! They are fsking 1337!
They also trot out the idea that open nets are "often" denoted with warchalking marks (something that is true only if "often" means "almost never, except as a kind of hipster joke or a marketing stunt").
The "attackers" they logged "attacked" at the same time every day, which suggests that this might have been the same person walking past on the way home from work and trying out the net. Link Discuss (via WiFi News!)
* Main Symptoms: High fever (>38° Celsius);Link Discuss
* Dry cough;
* Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties;
* Changes in chest X-rays indicative of pneumonia also occur; SARS may be associated with other symptoms, including headache, muscular stiffness, loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash and diarrhea.
Jack Kelley, a reporter for USA Today, wrote on Monday of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abdul Qassab, who is apparently the object of intense wooing from the U.S. Every day for the past few months, the general has received an anonymous phone call telling him to "give yourself up. You cannot win. You will be saved if you defect."Kelley reports that the campaign has been largely unsuccessful so far. If SMS spam isn't a violation of the Geneva convention, I don't know what is. Discuss
Reuters has also reported the text of e-mails being sent to Iraqis asking them not to use weapons of mass destruction. One read as follows: "If you provide information on weapons of mass destruction or you take steps to hamper their use we will do what is necessary to protect you and protect your families. Failing to do that will lead to grave personal consequences."
The role of professional reporters is another matter. One blogger, freelancer Chris Allbritton, used his site to solicit $10,000 from readers to fund a trip to blog from the northern front. (He's just arrived in Turkey and will be in-country soon.) The BBC has a blog, and a Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter has been using a blog to describe her stay on the USS Abraham Lincoln. But when CNN reporter Kevin Sites' bosses found out he’d been blogging his experiences on an unaffiliated site, they told him to stop.Link to Newsweek story, Link to press clips blog, Discuss
CNN's response was seen in the Blogosphere as one more sign that the media dinosaurs are determined to stamp out this subversive new form of reporting. But judging from the television and print reports from journalists embedded in military units, there’s another way to look at things. Consider the reports from embedded journalists working for media institutions. They're ad hoc, using quick-and-dirty high-tech tools to pinpoint the reality of a single moment. They are shaped by the personal experience of the creator rather than gathering news from after-the-fact interviewing and document collection. They are delivered in the first person, creating a connection with the viewer that sometimes bulldozes over the deeper realties of the events
In other words, they're a hell of a lot like blogs. Not the heavily linked Weblogs like The Agonist or Instapundit but the personal accounts of Salam--or the thousands of bloggers who use the technology to keep a running diary of their activities for a small circle of friends--or anyone who cares to listen in.
Instead of documenting a trip to the video store and a random encounter with an old girlfriend, these "Embloggers" describe firefights at Umm Qasr and MRE cuisine. So while the war in Iraq might only be beginning, the pundits of the Blogosphere can already register a victory. It’s a blogger's world. We only link to it.
The reason the nearlynet strategy is so effective is that coverage over cost is often an exponential curve -- as the coverage you want rises, the cost rises far faster. It's easier to connect homes and offices than roads and streets, easier to connect cities than suburbs, suburbs than rural areas, and so forth. Thus permanet as a technological condition is tough to get to, since it involves biting off a whole problem at once. Permanet as a personal condition, however, is a different story. From the user's point of view, a kind of permanet exists when they can get to the internet whenever they like.Link Discuss
For many people in the laptop tribe, permanet is almost a reality now, with home and office wired, and any hotel or conference they attend Wifi- or ethernet-enabled, at speeds that far outstrip 3G. And since these are the people who reliably adopt new technology first, their ability to send a spreadsheet or receive a web page faster and at no incremental cost erodes the early use the 3G operators imagined building their data services on.
From: "eBay, Sven" >firstname.lastname@example.org<The headers (possibly forged, of course) suggest that this email orginated with eBay. I received another message right afterward, which informed me that my password and password hint had been reset from 18.104.22.168, an IP address in ELI.NET's allocation block (Vancouver, WA, 360-816-3000). No one at ELI.NET is answering the phone. No one at eBay is answering the phone.
Date: Fri Mar 28, 2003 5:34:29 PM US/Pacific
Subject: Urgent message from eBay SafeHarbor
In an ongoing effort to protect the security of your eBay account, eBay has reset your password and secret question. You will need to go to the eBay site to create a new password before you can bid on or list an item. Additionally, you should have received an automated email confirming this password reset...
3. If your old eBay password was also the password for any other online account you use (Paypal, Billpoint, etc.), we recommend that you immediately change those passwords as well. Good password security means that each one of your online accounts has a different password. Even a slight difference (one letter or number) offers substantial additional protection.
1. Be wary of emails appearing to be from eBay, providing links to sign in, as these are often attempts to collect your password information. Ensure the website you are directed to is in fact one that belongs to eBay. Please note this email does not provide a link, but asks that you go directly eBay. Always make sure that you're on an eBay page before giving out your eBay password or credit card information. The best way to be sure of this is to type www.ebay.com into your web address window of your browser...
Meanwhile, the original email, from "Sven," who apparently has no surname, suggests that there has been some kind of serious security failure there, the details of which eBay is choosing not to disclose, forcing a mass password change instead.
This, frankly, is steaming bullshit. If eBay has had a security breach that leaked my password and password hint (and possibly my other identifying info, like my credit-card number, SSN, billing address, etc), it has an ethical obligation to disclose the date and extent of the breach to me. I trusted eBay with my personal info, and if they failed to adequately secure it, then I need to know how great the risk is, and for how long the risk has persisted.
Cryptic, clueless-train messages like Sven No-name's are a poor, poor substitute for adequate notification. Discuss
"The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) is a club for scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair. The project was first announced in mini-AIR 2001-02. The initial list [was] assembled by a subcommittee comprised of seven members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science..."Historical Honorary Members include Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Benjamin Franklin, and Isaac Newton. Link Discuss
"As the name suggests, this is a nose operated peep show. Originally made for an exhibition dedicated to embarrassment. When you look through the holes a rather boring picture of a Victorian naked lady is slowly revealed. What you do not realise is that the same time two 'decorative' cheek mirrors drop down unseen, two blusher pads come out and redden your face, thus guaranteeing embarrassment"Link, from the Odd Objects Gallery which contains many similar weird gadgets of yesteryear. Discuss (Thanks, Cowgirl!)
Operation Clambering Otter
Operation Awesome Daisy
Operation High-pressure Meerkat
Operation It's Best to Avoid Our Supernova
Operation Evangelical Python
Operation Grab Your Ankles and Prepare for Our Rocket
Operation Prepare to Be Destroyed by Our Uniform