January 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm (Computers and Internet, Global Events, News and politics, Observances)
Tags: anti-piracy, Black-out, lawmakers, PIPA, protested, solidarity, SOPA
SOPA protest gets intended effect
By Roger Yu, USA TODAY
The Internet community’s rally cry against anti-piracy legislation is triggering its intended effect,though the final outcome remains far from settled.
STAN HONDA, AFP/Getty Images
People hold signs at a protest by the group New York Tech Meetup outside the offices of U.S. Democratic Senators from New York Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Third Avenue in New York. Schumer and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of the Senate bill PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act).
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were flooded with calls Wednesday morning in response to an online blackout by technology companies, including Wikipedia, Moveon.org, Reddit and thousands of other small sites protesting two related bills that would crack down on websites that use copyrighted materials and sell counterfeit goods. Some key lawmakers who’ve supported or co-sponsored the legislation are also backing off.
Many of the sites that went dark Wednesday explained the legislation and entreated users to call their representatives by listing their phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
November 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm (Computers and Internet, Global Events, News and politics)
Tags: blacklist, censorship, communication, control, interference, internet, legistation, SOPA, takeover, web
Take Action | Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation
The Internet Blacklist Legislation – known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House – is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill. Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!
Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the Internet Blacklist Legislation as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that this initiative is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression. (TAKE ACTION NOW!)
October 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm (Computers and Internet, Food and drink, Global Events, Health and wellness, News and politics)
Tags: climate-change, drought, Dust Bowl, Dust storm, food suply, hunger, Texas, West Texas
More dust storms expected as Texas drought lingers
‘Thing that is scary … dust storm is the same type of dust storm from during the 30s’
John Holsenbeck / AP
A billowing wall of red dust approaching Lubbock, Texas, on Monday. Meteorologists say people living on the parched High Plains of Texas could see more of the massive dust storms reminiscent of the Dust Bowl years as a record drought tightens itsgrip across the Southwest.
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas — The towering wall of billowing red dust roaring across the blue West Texas sky took Monroe Debusk back more than eight decades to the Dust Bowl years when he was growing up on his family’s cotton farm.
The 90-year-old farmer looked out his window Monday and saw the sky darken as a rare 1.5-mile-tall, 250-mile-long dust cloud stretched across the rain-starved land and blotted out the sun.
“I didn’t do anything — just thought back to the way it used to be,” Debusk said, recalling the massive dust storms that overwhelmed the region in the 1930s. “That’s the way they were.”
Meteorologists say people living on Texas’ parched plains could see more dust storms as a record drought tightens its grip across the Southwest. At least six sandstorms hit Phoenix this summer, with the most powerful striking on July 5 and measuring a mile high. But experts say another Dust Bowl is unlikely thanks to modern irrigation and farming techniques aimed at holding soil in place.
Dust storms form when wind whips up loose soil. They aren’t unusual in West Texas, although the size and speed of Monday’s cloud was rare. Typically, the wall of dirt climbs to only about 1,000 feet in that area, not the 8,000 feet seen with the latest storm, experts said.
The wind picked up with a drop in pressure along the edge of a fast-moving cold front, a pattern that typically happens in the fall and winter, meteorologists said. When the cloud hit Lubbock, winds speeds reached 74 mph in some places and visibility was far less than a quarter of a mile.
The wind knocked down tree limbs, which fell on utility lines, knocking out power in parts of the city of about 210,000 people. Dust lingered in the air afterward, filling people’s ears and nostrils and leaving grit in their teeth. A layer of dirt covered the pavement, cars and anything else left outside.
“The thing that is scary is this exact type of dust storm is the same type of dust storm from during the 30s,” said Tom Gill, a geology professor at the University of Texas-El Paso who has studied dust storms for years.
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July 29, 2011 at 6:22 am (Computers and Internet, Food and drink, Global Events, Health and wellness)
Tags: cancer-causing, cesium, consumers, iodine, particles, radiation
Japan told of more radiation exposure – Washington Times.
Japan told of more radiation exposure – Washington Times
July 29, 2011
Bloomberg This sample of beef will be tested at an independent laboratory in Tokyo. Concern about radiation has prompted Aeon Co., owner of Japan’s biggest supermarket chain, to start testing meat.
TOKYO — Japanese authorities this week released information that paints a more worrisome picture of the ongoing nuclear crisis than the central government has previously admitted.
More than 1,600 workers may have been exposed to dangerous limits of radiation in the first weeks after the March 11 tsunami swamped the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station about 150 miles northeast of Tokyo, according to a government report completed in April.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry announced that at least 2,900 cattle ate rice straw contaminated with radioactive isotopes above legal limits, leaving thousands of consumers across Japan wondering whether they have ingested cancer-causing particles.
In addition, authorities posted online maps showing the fallout of radioactive cesium and iodine from a “nuclear cloud” that floated over the greater Tokyo area, home to more than 40 million people, on March 15. (Read Full Article)
September 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm (Computers and Internet)
|Use the Web to Map Your Mind |
Mind mapping is a way of taking notes, capturing ideas, exploring concepts and breaking down information into a more readily understood format. There are a million and one uses for mind mapping. You can use it to:
- Study for a big exam
- Brainstorm new article ideas
- Flesh out what needs to be covered in the business plan for a new venture
- Organize a big move
Here are some free mind mapping applications and web services.
Freemind is one of the most popular free mind mapping applications out there, mainly because it’s in Java and thus cross-platform.
bubble.us is a free web-based mind mapping application. You can sign up for an account in order to save your mind maps, but they don’t force you to get an account to start creating.
Semantik is a KDE Linux application for creating mind maps, though they can be viewed in different formats, such as a linear tree view with retractable and expandable branches.
MindMeister is another web app with varying account options; there’s a free account, and several commercial options.
RecallPlus is commercial software with a lighter free edition. It combines the process of mind mapping with flash card memorization techniques, and is aimed at students who wish to take notes and then test themselves using them.
Mindomo is another mind mapping web app with both a free account option and a commercial one. It allows you to share your mind maps with others, and also embed them into your web pages.
Mind42 is a totally free mind mapping web app. The interface is a good one, and it has some excellent features such as easy navigation for large mind maps with zoom and birdview. You can also link branches to other sites and see a preview when you rollover the link.
Labyrinth is a very simple and basic mind mapping application for Linux and Windows.
Vym (View Your Mind) is an application for Mac OS X and various Linux distributions.
WiseMapping is another web app for mind mapping which requires no browser plug-ins at all, which is fantastic when you don’t know which computers you’ll be using in a given day. There is no commercial account option; everything is free and unlimited.
PersonalBrain is a cross-platform application. It’s a commercial application, but a lighter free edition is on offer.