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Journal: Cholera Outbreak - Hainan University, Hainan, China

Journal by DrWho520
I originally read this on IO9 which links to an English translation of the blog by EastSouthWestNorth. Apparently there has been a cholera outbreak at the Hainan University in Southern China. Officials have quarantined the campus to prevent the spread of the disease and have provided medication. Cholera can be treated with a course of antibiotics. The troublesome part is the lack of essentials on the campus. Food (even instant noodles) is in short supply and water was temporarily shut off in some instances, which is the correct thing to do if the water supply is your source vector. This could prove a little inconvenient if your diet consists of instant noodles and you are suffering from diarrhea. Oral hydration is an important part of cholera therapy. The student used QQ (Chineese facebook) to keep tabs on her friends and a blog to catalog and provide the most detailed news report of the situation.
The Internet

Journal: bash.org, 1447 EDT 13AUG2008 1

Journal by DrWho520
Does anyone have any idea what is going on with bash.org? The latest caching is from Jul 28, 2008 18:30:52 GMT. I have not been able to get to the site in weeks from work or home. Friends in Michigan are having troubles as well. I can find nothing revealing at Netcraft, though bash.org does not have an up-time chart. Is anyone else experiencing problems?

EDIT: 1659 EDT 15SEP08
Just saw this message posted on the site today. Do not know how long it has been up there.

*UPDATE*
I should have been more clear before, but here are the hosting details:
Bash is too big to be on a shared server.
We have a number of machines already, but are open to either colocating them or using a supplied machine.
Bandwidth is substantial but not ridiculous, remember we have no images, almost entirely text.
A trade or agreement can be made, but we try to:
A) keep the site free and clear of advertising clutter.
B) Not have substantial upkeep, as this is a hobby run by donated time and effort.


So, in effect, we offer some links to the host for their services, but no huge blocks of ads.
Thank you to everyone that has offered services thus far, there are too many to even respond to and we genuinely appreciate the support from this great community.



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We'll be back up in a few days.
Interested in hosting us? Drop a line to "qdb-info" - AT - bash.org.
The Media

Journal: We Need Something Different

Journal by DrWho520
My first exposure to Keith Olbermann was through Sunday night football where he is the latest non-football guy to talk football. In his 12DEC06 commentary, K.O. indites Bush and Cheney for incompetence or negligence in dealing with the latest NIE report on Iran. It is 8 minutes long. Watch it. I found this on http://www.crooksandliars.com/, which has transcripts and links to videos in WMV, MOV formats and on youtube. Just search on Olbermann (both places.) I decided to search on youtube and found a bounty of eight minute tirades. While you are waiting for your raid party to show, you should watch him lambaste Bill O'Reily. If you have more time, peruse the whole collection.
Role Playing (Games)

Journal: Support our troops

Journal by DrWho520
Regardless to whether you agree or diagree with why they are they, US Troops (along with many others) are stuck out in the sandbox. They have a job that does not always allow them to pick and choose where and what they can do. US soldiers go to great lengths in an effort to carry on a semblance of normalcy. Thanks to Penny-Arcade, I found another story of soldiers trying to be normal. They are our people and could use our help.
User Journal

Journal: FedEx

Journal by DrWho520
You know, I just do not understand delivery companies. Why deliver to residences during business hours? The US is the home of the two income household. How much money is lost driving deliveries to residences during the hours people are least likely to be home? And then there is this:

Feb 21, 2007 2:12 PM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed
Feb 20, 2007 4:06 PM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed
Feb 19, 2007 9:08 AM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed

Is there any pattern to the drop off time here at all? How am I supposed to predict when my package will appear? Oh, and thank you for leaving a note the second time you tried to drop off my package, not the first.

Slashdot.org

Journal: Do not feed the trolls

Journal by DrWho520
It is absolutle amazing how much people feed the trolls. What is more amazing is how you can flamebait so hard, that people cannot see beyond the fury in their blood shot eyes and you transistion back around into being a troll. It is my new passion.
User Journal

Journal: What is excellent karma worth...

Journal by DrWho520
What is excellent karma worth if my entire subnet has been diabled? I found out a while a go that I can no longer post to slashdot.

It appears that you share your subnet with trolls, sorry.

You can see my posting history...ANYONE can see my posting history. So what is the point? I would appreciate it if all the 12 year olds out there on my subnet would shut their mouths until they were done slopping at the trough that is pop culture. Then I can get my slasdot fix the proper way - by posting comments to stories.

That being said, if you do not like taxes and you live in the US, consider an alternative. Take a look. It is an alternative to complaining and maybe it will do something for your stress level.
Slashdot.org

Journal: You guys are not even trying anymore!!!

Journal by DrWho520
What the hell is this supposed to be?!?" Are you serious? I guess this is just a viscous slashdot cycle. So who stopped reading stories and started with mindless posts first? First I thought it was the comment quality of slashdot going down. Now I can see the editing is taken a hit as well. What is left? Come on, CowboyNeal. Are story submissions truly that far backed up? An anonymous coward submitted the story! Maybe your crap detector should start going off if someone has no desire to take credit for a story submission. What the hell, man!

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