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  • Blue Screen of Death on WinXP computer (img) -- Is it a terminal disease? (vanity)

    02/25/2011 10:50:08 AM PST · by webschooner · 63 replies
    self | self
    We have two desktops in our household. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife's WinXP desktop, at that time just under 3 years old (not on warranty), started going blue screen every day at least once, always when she was using it, but you could always reboot it. I took a pic of the BSOD and emailed it to a computer service guy friend, and he said that machine was on the way out, and not worth repairing. We turned off the machine, bought a new computer, then I transferred my wife's data to the new machine. I wanted...
  • Google Frankenstein: Machines to Choose Your News

    04/12/2010 6:27:54 AM PDT · by webschooner · 17 replies · 782+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | April 12, 2010 | Drudge
    GOOGLE FRANKENSTEIN: MACHINES TO CHOOSE YOUR NEWS Mon Apr 12 2010 08:15:34 ET GOOGLE CEO and Obama political activist Eric Schmidt declared this weekend that his machines will help decide what news you receive! News sites should use technology to PREDICT what a user wants to read by what they have already read, Schmidt told the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEWS EDITORS, where a few humans still remained in the audience. "We're all in this together." MORE Schmidt said he doesn't want 'to be treated as a stranger' when reading online. He envisions a future where technology for news editing could...
  • Google Backs Its Boy, HTC, In The Apple Lawsuit Ring

    03/03/2010 5:42:40 AM PST · by webschooner · 25 replies · 470+ views
    TechCrunch ^ | 3-2-10 | MG Siegler
    As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Apple has filed a lawsuit against device-maker HTC over 20 patents they control. As you might imagine, Google has something to say about it too. “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it,” a Google spokesperson emailed us. A little odd that Google would proactively send us a statement for something they’re not technically involved in. But, as we’re all well aware, this suit is much more about Google’s Android operating system than HTC. And it...
  • Size-D Implants Saved Woman's Life: Doctor

    02/25/2010 10:00:26 AM PST · by webschooner · 56 replies · 2,176+ views ^ | 2-25-10 | Jonathan Lloyd
    A firearms expert says it's possible, but saline implants aren't bulletproof vests A Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon says a woman's size-D breast implants might have saved her life when a gunman opened fire at her office. Lydia Carranza was working at the Simi Valley dental office July 1 when her co-worker, the gunman's wife, was shot and killed. Carranza was just a few feet away. She survived a gunshot to the chest, but the the bullet left a scar and deflated the implant. "She's just one lucky woman," Dr. Ashkan Ghavami told the LA Times. "I saw the CT scan....
  • Proposed Bill May Destroy Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements (McCain + a Democrat)

    02/25/2010 5:29:52 AM PST · by webschooner · 47 replies · 1,328+ views ^ | 2-19-2010
    McCain-Dorgan Bill could make nutritional supplements available only by doctor’s prescription; stifling natural product innovation. (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) - Ironically, in the middle of American Heart Month 2010, the U.S. Senate is weighing a proposed amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321) that could deny freedom of access and mandate a doctor’s prescription for many dietary supplements, like purified fish oil, which could become seven times more expensive than it is today. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have dubbed their new bipartisan bill the “Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010.” A reading...
  • Apple Bans the Word 'Android' From App Store

    02/06/2010 6:03:41 AM PST · by webschooner · 21 replies · 791+ views
    PC World ^ | Feb 5, 2010 | JR Raphael
    By now, we're all familiar with Apple's culture of control. Particularly when it comes to the App Store, the crew from Cupertino is famous for its frequent rejections and vague explanations. The process can make the satirical comparisons of Apple and a communist regime seem pretty reasonable at times. This, my friends, is one of those instances. Apple has apparently just forbidden a developer from using the word "Android" in his app's description. The message: Drop the A-word, or drop your application. Seriously, Apple? Apple's heavy-handed use of the rejection stamp has hit everything from podcasting programs to breast-oriented offerings....
  • Our Annual Predictions for 2010. Good News and Bad News.

    12/01/2009 8:19:06 PM PST · by webschooner · 10 replies · 828+ views
    Kitco Commentator's Corner ^ | 12-1-2009 | Roger Wiegand
    Will 2010 be a 1930 or, comparable to 1937? Is it different this time? When one nation state of a formerly high productive stature destroys itself with inflation, the untouched others can soften the blow and in time bail out the fallen one. This was Germany’s fate in the 1920’s. In our current instance, most all of the world’s economies are on their knees with some hurting worse than others. Who can help with recovery this time? There is no one. It will not be China as some suppose as China shall suffer the same systemic collapse as the U.S,...
  • Does Second-Hand Smoke Really Void Apple's Warranty?

    11/23/2009 5:26:07 AM PST · by webschooner · 42 replies · 1,495+ views
    PC World Business Center ^ | 11-22-2009 | David Coursey
    Apple is apparently telling at least some customers that the amount of cigarette smoke residue inside their computers makes it unsafe for the company to perform warranty service on them, despite the lack of such a clause in the company's warranty agreement. The Consumerist says the complaint as been raised as far as Steve Jobs' office, with no relief for the customers involved. The story was reported on Friday, though the Consumerist said it had sought, but failed to receive, any explanation from Apple HQ over a period of months. (The site is part of the Consumers Union/Consumer Reports organization,...
  • Arpaio Launches Blog (Sheriff Joe Fights Back Against Media Lies!)

    08/27/2009 11:40:09 AM PDT · by webschooner · 16 replies · 1,940+ views
    KFYI News ^ | 8-27-09
    The sheriff has started his own blog to combat media attacks. By KFYI News The Maricopa County Sheriff's Department has launched a new blog on the office's web site called "The Truth Behind the Headlines." The blog will swing back to media coverage the Sheriff believes is inaccurate and incomplete. So far, Sheriff Arpaio has only fought back against newspaper articles and editorials he says are skewed against him. Check out Sheriff Joe's blog here.

    08/25/2009 6:15:32 AM PDT · by webschooner · 42 replies · 2,653+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 8-25-09 | Matt Drudge
    {{{DRUDGE POLL}}} CAN OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY BE SAVED? YES 8% 2,609 NO 90% 31,031 NOT SURE 2% 693 Total Votes: 34,333
  • Soetoro Family Photo, 1970, + Photo of Barry Soetoro Indonesian School Resistration Form

    07/29/2009 11:16:02 AM PDT · by webschooner · 74 replies · 6,027+ views
    Indonesia L to R, Lolo Soetoro, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, baby Maya Soetoro, and 9 year old Barry Soetoro (AKA Barack Hussein Obama - President of The United States of America ) This registration document, made available on Jan . 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. Name: Barry Soetoro Religion: Islam Nationality: Indonesian
  • Heads-Up: Mark Steyn Guest Hosts for Rush Thursday!

    05/06/2009 3:09:42 PM PDT · by webschooner · 7 replies · 548+ views
    Steyn Online ^ | 5-6-09 | Mark Steyn
    MARK GUEST-HOSTS FOR RUSH! Steyn returns to the golden EIB microphone and America's Number One radio show. Join him tomorrow, Thursday, live coast to coast at 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific, for a full three hours of (substitute-host-level) Excellence in Broadcasting: The Rush Limbaugh Show
  • Phoenix, Arizona Tea Party Pictures, at the AZ State Capital

    04/15/2009 8:48:34 PM PDT · by webschooner · 30 replies · 1,559+ views
    I took these pics with my camera phone, and towards the end, it was getting dark, so they aren't the best, but you can see that there were an awful lot of people there -- some several thousands easily, I would say. It was very very crowded, and there were people of all ages, from very young, to very old. In the last pic, J.D. Hayworth, now afternoon drive talk host on local conservative blowtorch KFYI, is speaking. Enjoy!
  • Teleprompter Gaffe: President Obama Thanks Himself -- UPDATE: Where's the Video?

    03/18/2009 4:40:48 PM PDT · by webschooner · 41 replies · 4,465+ views
    I’ve been searching for the video of Obama accidentally reading Irish PM Brian Cowen’s speech yesterday. He even thanks himself at the end! Apparently his teleprompter went loopy. If this were GWB, the video would be everywhere, yet I can’t find a clip on the Internet of a public press conference that took place yesterday. It will come out, but this is amazing. Thank Sky News for doing its job: Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: “That’s your speech.” A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally...
  • Google OS will be on netbooks by year's end (Android)

    03/15/2009 12:28:51 PM PDT · by webschooner · 15 replies · 701+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 3-16-09 | Steven J Vaughan-Nichols Framingham
    It's not news that Microsoft will get Windows 7 out as fast as possible this year. Vista has been a complete dog, so Microsoft will rush to deliver what is essentially a cleaned-up, lightweight version. What is news is that Google will have its own contender, Android, in the desktop operating system market. Android, you ask? What would a Linux-based phone operating system be doing on the desktop? Running it, perhaps. You see, Matthäus Krzykowski and Daniel Hartmann, founders of start-up Mobile-facts, discovered late last year that Android has two product policies in its code. Product policies, they explained, are...
  • Ballmer keeps close watch on Apple and Android

    02/27/2009 11:43:31 AM PST · by webschooner · 14 replies · 581+ views
    Cnet ^ | 2-27-09 | Dawn Kawamoto
    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows not to blink. On the desktop front, Microsoft is not discounting the approximately 1 percent market share gain Apple has garnered in the past year, bolstering its position as the No. 4 player in operating systems behind Linux, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, during a midyear update with analysts Tuesday. "We're very focused on both Apple as a competitor and Linux as a competitor," Ballmer said. And concerns regarding Google's open-source mobile operating system Android are not far behind. "I think the dynamics with Linux is changing somewhat," Ballmer said. "I assume we'll see Android-based,...
  • Apple Battles EFF, Calls iPhone Jailbreaking Piracy

    02/14/2009 2:04:28 PM PST · by webschooner · 4 replies · 559+ views ^ | 2-14-09 | Rich Fiscus
    After staying notably silent on the subject of jailbreaking for the first year and a half of the iPhone's existence, Apple has now submitted a document to the Library of Congress claiming that reverse engineering the iPhone's operating system is copyright infringemnt. Their claim is in response to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's submission for the annual DMCA exemption review. Under the DMCA, the Library of Congress is allowed to allow selected activities which would normally be forbidden by the DMCA. Due to encryption used for various bits of software in it, the reverse engineering require to jailbreak the iPhone OS...
  • Google Axed Multitouch at Apple's Request

    02/10/2009 11:05:13 AM PST · by webschooner · 37 replies · 788+ views
    Android Community ^ | 2-10-09 | Chris Davies
    Multitouch support was dropped from the Android platform, and therefore the T-Mobile G1, after Apple requested it not be included. That’s the latest rumor, apparently confirmed by an unnamed Android team member, who described the arrangement as an attempt by Google to avoid the IP aggression we’ve recently seen between Apple and Palm. While the G1’s capacitive touchscreen certainly recognizes multitouch input - as recent hacks have demonstrated - and earlier builds of Android code included what’s believed to be Google-written, but subsequently disabled, multitouch support, the functionality did not ship in the released device. At the time, this was...
  • United States of America, Born July 4, 1776, Died Nov 4, 2008, Suicide (Vanity)

    02/07/2009 3:51:42 PM PST · by webschooner · 40 replies · 3,219+ views
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the Presidential election: * Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29 * Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000 * Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million * Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1 Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens...
  • Android Running on Eee PC 1000 Netbook (new Google mobile OS - Lookout Microsoft!)

    01/04/2009 5:49:44 AM PST · by webschooner · 54 replies · 1,943+ views ^ | 1-2-2009
    Google may have started out with cellphones for their Android platform, but that doesn’t mean they’re limiting their future options. The guys over at VentureBeat have loaded the open-source OS onto an Eee PC 1000 netbook, with a display almost five times the size of the T-Mobile G1, and aside from some initial networking and sound issues Android is now running normally on the ASUS machine. Screen resolution adjusted automatically, and while digging around in the code they came across not only the phone policy but a MID (mobile internet device) policy suggesting that Google are already considering netbooks in...
  • Fem-bot's My Love Machine

    12/10/2008 5:36:20 AM PST · by webschooner · 82 replies · 2,483+ views
    The Sun ^ | 12-10-08 | Staff Reporter
    A BOFFIN too busy to find real love has INVENTED his idea of the perfect woman – a female ROBOT. Inventor Le Trung, 33, created Aiko, said to be “in her 20s” with a stunning 32, 23, 33 figure, shiny hair and delicate features. She even remembers his favourite drink and does simple cleaning and household tasks. "Fem-bot" Aiko, who has cost £14,000 to build so far, is a whizz at maths and even does Le’s accounts. Le, a scientific genius from Brampton in Ontario, Canada, said he never had time to find a real partner so he designed one...
  • Con-jugal Visits, Cops: Indiana inmates crawled through ceilings for sexual trysts

    11/18/2008 4:54:32 AM PST · by webschooner · 26 replies · 1,115+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Nov 17, 2008
    NOVEMBER 17--Undaunted by a concrete wall separating their respective cellblocks, male and female inmates took advantage of a design flaw in an Indiana jail to engage in late-night sexual trysts. The Greene County inmates--three men and three women--pried open metal security tiles in the ceiling of their respective dormitory-style housing units to gain access to the adjoining cellblock, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Circuit Court. A copy of that detail-packed, and entertaining, affidavit can be found here. They were able to get into the lockup next door because the concrete wall separating the spaces did not continue...
  • Online uproar in China as drunken official grabs girl

    11/04/2008 1:59:28 PM PST · by webschooner · 9 replies · 1,272+ views ^ | 11-4-08
    Video footage of a Chinese official's drunken attempt to force himself on an 11-year-old girl has triggered a police inquiry and a torrent of online criticism, state media reported Tuesday. Lin Jiaxiang, party secretary of the Shenzhen maritime bureau in southern China's Guangdong province, allegedly grabbed the girl by the throat after she gave him directions to the toilet in the restaurant where he was eating. Footage of the incident taken from the restaurant's CCTV camera was posted online, and showed the girl running into the dining area after the incident, the China Daily reported. The girl's father challenged a...
  • Obama Media Manipulation Tactics Exposed in Pro-Hillary Blog Post?

    10/30/2008 8:41:04 PM PDT · by webschooner · 17 replies · 1,241+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-30-08 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Karl Rove today in the Wall Street Journal. Now, listen to this. This goes along here with why I do not yet have a gut feel for what's going to happen here. "There has been an explosion of polls this presidential election. Through yesterday, there have been 728 national polls with head-to-head matchups of the candidates, 215 in October alone." Now, 728 national polls in this election, 215 in October alone. "In 2004, there were just 239 matchup polls, with 67 of those in October. At this rate, there may be almost as many national polls in...
  • Computer Memory Chips - "Blanking Chips" - Assistance please (Vanity)

    10/30/2008 7:11:02 PM PDT · by webschooner · 35 replies · 2,648+ views
    I had a Dell Dimension 8200 computer (a full height tower CPU) that I bought new and owned for a number of years, then sold. I recently discovered two memory chips (or what I thought were memory chips) that as best I could recall, I removed when I upgraded the computer memory. The OEM memory of the computer was 512MB PC800 RDRAM (2x256). I posted the a description of two memory chips on ebay, along with a picture of the them, and sold and shipped them. I just got an email from the buyer claiming this: "What you sent is...
  • Police: McCain Worker Mugged, Attacked (Palin talked to victim, Local news vid at link)

    10/23/2008 3:23:40 PM PDT · by webschooner · 80 replies · 2,659+ views ^ | 10-23-08
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Pittsburgh police are investigating after a volunteer for the Republican campaign says she was attacked by a mugger who became enraged after seeing a John McCain bumper sticker on her car last night. According to police, the 20-year-old woman said she was robbed at an ATM at the corner of Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street in the Bloomfield area around 9pm Wednesday after leaving a Republican phone bank. The woman told police that the suspect, described only as a dark-skinned African-American man about 6'4", stole $60 from her and became enraged after seeing a bumper sticker supporting...
  • Palin: Obama Comments Disqualify Him for Commander in Chief

    10/03/2008 3:55:01 PM PDT · by webschooner · 35 replies · 1,660+ views
    ST. LOUIS –- Fox News’ Carl Cameron conducted the first post-debate interview with Sarah Palin this morning. ... snip ... She then aimed to defend herself for some of the criticism she got for the Couric interview. She was blasted for not answering Couric’s question on any of the periodicals she reads or even a Supreme Court decision that she disagreed with. She defended some of the circular answers she gave the CBS anchor saying that she did not get to cover some of the topics she saw as important, “But in those Katie Couric interviews I did feel that...
  • Dick Morris Declares Palin The New Reagan And Slaps Colmes (youtube video link)

    10/02/2008 9:42:53 PM PDT · by webschooner · 82 replies · 3,640+ views
    youtube ^ | 10-2-08
    Click the link to see the exchange between Morris & Hannity, then Colmes. Morris gushes about Palin's performance, then backs the truck over Holmes and leaves him as road kill. Priceless!
  • First Google Android phone to launch next month, along with T-Mobile 3G service

    09/19/2008 7:22:42 AM PDT · by webschooner · 8 replies · 143+ views
    Victor may be excited about HTC's upcoming Windows Mobile phone, but I'm far more curious about a model that will run on Google's Android operating system. The stars all seem to be lining up just in time for a major launch, rumored to be slated for Oct. 17. Google is finally finishing work on the operating system itself, and although developers say Google is a pain to work with, they also report that the platform's deep integration of GPS, Internet and search technology makes it a powerful platform for exciting software. T-Mobile, meanwhile, should be offering 3G service in 21...
  • Nato plan for rapid-reaction force to counter Russian agression

    09/19/2008 7:17:25 AM PDT · by webschooner · 9 replies · 131+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9-19-08 | Catherine Philip
    Nato defence ministers were today reported to be considering the creation of a rapid-response military force to respond to Russian aggression. The proposal, a compromise dreamed up by the Pentagon to reassure allies, was to under discussion at today’s Nato defence ministers meeting in London, the Los Angeles Times reported. Britain called that meeting in April to discuss how Nato could be transformed to better address post-Cold War needs. But the creation of such a force would take Nato back to its roots as a deterrent on its own eastern borders after years of expeditionary missions to Kosovo and Afghanistan....
  • New York Times announces that in August revenues from continuing operations decreased 8.8% YoY

    09/18/2008 7:04:35 AM PDT · by webschooner · 13 replies · 60+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 9-18-08
    (NYT) 13.62 : Co announces that in August revenues from continuing operations decreased 8.8% compared with the same month a year ago. Advertising revenues decreased 14.1% and circulation revenues increased 0.9%.
  • Russia threatens to seize swathe of Arctic

    09/17/2008 6:29:47 AM PDT · by webschooner · 44 replies · 228+ views ^ | 9-17-08 | Miriam Elder
    President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia should unilaterally claim part of the Arctic, stepping up the race for the disputed energy-rich region. "We must finalise and adopt a federal law on the southern border of Russia's Arctic zone," Mr Medvedev told a meeting of the Security Council, in remarks carried by Interfax news agency. "This is our responsibility, and simply our direct duty, to our descendents," he said. "We must surely, and for the long-term future, secure Russia's interests in the Arctic." Global warming has stepped up the fight for the disputed Arctic, believed to be laden with vast reserves...
  • Google search finds seafaring solution

    09/15/2008 5:45:42 AM PDT · by webschooner · 18 replies · 116+ views
    Times Online ^ | 9-15-08 | Murad Ahmed
    Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the launch of its own “computer navy”. The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km) offshore. The “water-based data centres” would use wave energy to power and cool their computers, reducing Google’s costs. Their offshore status would also mean the company would no longer have to pay property taxes on its data centres, which are sited across the world, including in Britain. In the patent application seen by The Times, Google writes: “Computing...
  • Palin Internet Video Searches Skyrocket After McCain VP Announcement (3 Palin videos at link)

    08/31/2008 4:28:28 PM PDT · by webschooner · 12 replies · 163+ views ^ | 8-29-08 | John Eagan
    Following Friday's announcement by the McCain camp, the first place many people went to find out more about Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, was straight to the Internet. A lot of political junkies really didn't know a whole heck of a lot about Governor Palin, even though her name had been floated around as a possible vice presidential candidate. But there was no need to fear, because within virtually minutes, everything you had ever wanted to know about her was posted online on sites like YouYube.
  • Palin's Sojourn as a Sportscaster (Video)

    08/31/2008 3:58:41 PM PDT · by webschooner · 31 replies · 244+ views
    Video of Sarah Heath (now Palin) as a Sportscaster... The online Obama backers are also just curious, trying to answer for themselves the question, "Who is Sarah Palin?" And so this morning in my inbox there was the above video clip, courtesy of "JoeJoeJoe," a frequent commenter on political blogs, that was earlier uploaded on the YouTube account of "barackobamaworld," a YouTube user who says she is based in Taiwan and is an "American Canadian and Taiwanese citizen" who is eligible to vote. The video, of Palin (then Sarah Heath) as a sportscaster giving the news on the Iditarod and...
  • The Late Late Show - Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin

    08/31/2008 1:51:43 PM PDT · by webschooner · 10 replies · 122+ views
    Video of Sarah Palin's video appearance on a late night comedy show
  • Speculation over McCain veep turns to Alaska gov.

    08/29/2008 6:23:20 AM PDT · by webschooner · 32 replies · 146+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-29-08 | Liz Sedoti
    DENVER - John McCain kept his vice presidential pick a closely guarded secret hours before the high-stakes announcement Friday as top prospects seemed to drop away and speculation moved to darkhorse candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. A GOP strategist close to the McCain campaign said all indications pointed to Palin, 44, a self-styled "hockey mom" and political reformer. The strategist spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized by the McCain camp to speak for the campaign. There was no confirmation from McCain or his advisers. With an announcement scheduled in Dayton, Ohio, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty seemed to...
  • Barack Obama and the exercise of free speech (Barry trying to shut down Ayers ads)

    08/26/2008 6:30:33 AM PDT · by webschooner · 22 replies · 76+ views
    Hot Air Blog ^ | 8-26-08 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama did a double-twist on free speech yesterday in reaction to the ad produced by an outside political group regarding his association with William Ayers. After his own campaign produced an ad that Factcheck called a “smear” tying Jack Abramoff to John McCain through Ralph Reed, American Issues produced an ad that pointed out Obama’s political ties to the unrepentant former domestic terrorist, William Ayers. Instead of letting it drop, Obama’s campaign took two really stupid actions: they produced a response ad and then demanded that the Department of Justice investigate American Issues while pressuring television stations to reject...
  • Nissan Motor Unveils New Prototype Electric Car

    08/06/2008 7:39:14 AM PDT · by webschooner · 61 replies · 138+ views
    Nissan Motor Co. unveiled a new prototype electric vehicle Wednesday with batteries twice as powerful as conventional technology, aiming to take a lead in zero-emission cars. Japan's third-largest automaker said the front-wheel drive, boxy-shaped car has a newly developed 80 kilowatt motor with advanced lithium-ion batteries installed under the vehicle's floor to avoid taking up space. The laminated batteries, jointly developed with electronics giant NEC Corp., pack twice the electric power of conventional nickel-metal hydride batteries currently used in hybrid and electric cars, it said. Nissan aims to start selling an electric car in the United States and Japan in...
  • Australian Doctors Warn Against 'Designer Vagina' Craze

    08/02/2008 6:06:34 AM PDT · by webschooner · 11+ views
    August 1, 2008
    Australian doctors have raised concerns about clinics offering vaginal cosmetic surgery, warning the trend towards so-called "designer vaginas" may be exploiting vulnerable women. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said procedures being offered included "vaginal rejuvenation, revirgination, designer vaginoplasty and G-spot amplification". "What is involved in these procedures is often unclear since recognised clinical nomenclature is not being used," it said in a position paper released this week. The college labelled the procedures dangerous, expensive and unwarranted, and said it strongly discouraged surgery that was not backed by scientific evidence or clinical trials. "The real...
  • Driving Less, Americans Finally React to Sting of Gas Prices, a Study Says

    HOUSTON — As the price of gasoline quadrupled over the last decade, American drivers seemed to defy the laws of economics by pumping more into their vehicles year after year. But this is the year American drivers appear to be finally succumbing to price shock at the pump, according to a new report by Cambridge Energy Research Associates, a consulting firm affiliated with IHS Inc. It says the slowdown in the economy and soaring gasoline prices have finally persuaded Americans to drive fewer miles in fewer gas-guzzling vehicles. "U.S. gasoline demand will likely decline in 2008 for the first time...
  • Power Poll: Should the Government Open up Offshore Drilling? (Freep this Poll)

    06/18/2008 9:13:59 AM PDT · by webschooner · 36 replies · 43+ views ^ | 6-18-08
    Online Poll Question: Should the Federal government lift the ban on offshore oil drilling? Current Results as of posting: Yes. We need the oil 80% No. It's dangerous for the environment 16% Not sure yet 3.6%
  • Union County approves zoning ordinance for Hyperion (New Refinery)

    06/04/2008 8:01:47 AM PDT · by webschooner · 36 replies · 268+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 6-4-08 | Dave Dreeszen
    ELK POINT, S.D. -- Flashing a smile, Joyce Bortscheller briefly hugged Hyperion Energy Center executive Preston Phillips as she greeted him in the backyard of her home here. Bortscheller, president of the Elk Point City Council, had invited about 250 supporters to an outdoor barbecue Tuesday to await the returns for arguably the most important election in Union County's history. The big crowd didn't leave disappointed. As midnight approached, they popped the champagne corks, celebrating a hard-fought victory that keeps alive the county's chances of landing the nation's first all-new oil refinery in 32 years. By a solid 58 percent...
  • Nissan Says Moving into Higher Gear on Electric Cars

    05/19/2008 6:43:38 AM PDT · by webschooner · 10 replies · 93+ views ^ | 5-19-08
    Nissan Motor Co., playing catch-up in fuel-efficient motoring, said Monday that it and NEC Corp. will invest 115 million dollars to mass produce new batteries for electric, hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. The push into advanced lithium-ion batteries comes as Japanese automakers invest in an array of new environmentally friendly car technologies amid soaring prices at the pump. Nissan has been slower than rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. to embrace petrol-electric hybrids, but it aims to become the industry leader in electric vehicles. "Our vision for a more sustainable future is clear," said Nissan's executive vice president Carlos...
  • Shaken Republicans Look to McCain as Savior (Barf Alert)

    05/15/2008 5:51:06 AM PDT · by webschooner · 87 replies · 87+ views ^ | 5-15-08
    Soul searching Republicans are turning to an unlikely savior, one-time party heretic and now presumptive White House nominee John McCain, as they try to stave off an electoral disaster. Stung by the Democratic seizure of three staunch conservative seats in Congress, Republican lawmakers fear a shellacking in November's general election, after losing control of both chambers of Congress in 2006. The rise of McCain as their champion is not without irony, since the 71-year-old Arizona senator has quarreled with his own party for years on issues as diverse as immigration, campaign finance reform and global warming. But it is precisely...
  • McCain Urges Free-Market Principles to Reduce Global Warming

    05/12/2008 5:26:19 AM PDT · by webschooner · 197 replies · 221+ views
    My Way News ^ | 5-12-08 | Glen Johnson
    PHOENIX (AP) - Republican John McCain, reaching out to both independents and green-minded social conservatives, argues that global warming is undeniable and the country must take steps to bring it under control while adhering to free-market principles. In remarks prepared for delivery Monday at a Portland, Ore., wind turbine manufacturer, the presidential contender says expanded nuclear power must be considered to reduce carbon-fuel emissions. He also sets a goal that by 2050, the country will reduce carbon emissions to a level 60 percent below that emitted in 1990. "For all of the last century, the profit motive basically led in...
  • Microsoft Heavy-handed on Ebay with "OEM" Software Sales

    05/02/2008 3:06:24 PM PDT · by webschooner · 82 replies · 268+ views
    I thought this might be of interest to the FR community, since it involves rights (actually as I found out, a complete lack thereof) with regard to software we paid for and many of us thought we owned. This is a bit long – I apologize for that, but I felt it might be important to include the emails I received from ebay and from Microsoft with regard to my alleged or apparent copyright rights violations. I have italicized the referenced emails so you can scan through those if you like and read the non-italicized text, which is my story....
  • Gasoline May Soon Cost a Sawbuck

    04/28/2008 11:36:11 AM PDT · by webschooner · 39 replies · 69+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 4-28-08 | Dan Dorfman
    Get ready for another economic shock of major proportions — a virtual doubling of prices at the gas pump to as much as $10 a gallon. That's the message from a couple of analytical energy industry trackers, both of whom, based on the surging oil prices, see considerably more pain at the pump than most drivers realize. Early last year, with a barrel of oil trading in the low $50s and gasoline nationally selling in a range of $2.30 to $2.50 a gallon, Mr. Gaines — in an impressive display of crystal ball gazing — accurately predicted oil was $100-bound...
  • Banned Commercial - Bill Clinton Voodoo doll very funny

    04/25/2008 4:28:27 PM PDT · by webschooner · 10 replies · 137+ views
    Banned Commercial - Bill Clinton Voodoo doll
  • WWE Smackdown -- Obama vs Hillary (youtube)

    04/25/2008 2:23:17 PM PDT · by webschooner · 6 replies · 43+ views
    youtube ^ | 4-21-08
    Pre-Match Match