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Never mind whether you care about the Tibet issue, this apparent quiet censorship by Microsoft/NBC, no doubt as a result of China's constant pressure to paint a happy picture for the Olympics makes MSNBC a sham as a news organization. Maybe it's a bad idea for a media outlet to be in bed with a large US corporation that sees China as a huge growth market? Ya think?
Amusingly, I also just noticed you also cannot create a Hotmail account with the phrase "tibet" in it."
Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.
Ghawar is the largest conventional oil field in the world. The field is entirely owned and operated by Saudi Aramco, the nationalized Saudi oil company. Relatively little is known about Ghawar because the company and Saudi government closely guard field performance information and per-field production details. Available information is predominantly historical (pre-nationalization), from incidental technical publications, or anecdotal.
The reason to understand Ghawar is simple: If Ghawar is in decline, it is very highly likely that world supply has plateaued.
In this post, Stuart Staniford has put together what may end up being the definitive piece of research on the world's largest field. It is an amazing tome, bringing together his fascinating original research and the extant research on Ghawar. It is not for the faint of heart, but it is written in an accessible style."
Responses to the article such as, "Scarily accurate...", "some of the stuff said in these is spookily accurate" and "Very accurate indeed. I'm up at 320, and 90% of the paragraph applies to me", have highlighted how bizarrely predictable most digital music users actually are."