rs79 writes: There has been widespread dissatisfaction that ICANN has been co opted by Intellectual Property types and this revelation from the Wikileaks Sony Email archive sheds some light on the matter: "The MPAA will be actively participating and working with the ICANN steering committee and the US government to make the LA meeting a meaningful event".
rs79 writes: "A couple in Calgary Alberta said goodbye to their kids and grandkids and took off for a trip around the African continent in a Toyota Land Cruiser, filming as they went.
It's a fascinating and compelling series of videos, some parts of Africa are better than we think, but the bad parts, they're as bad as we've heard if not worse.
Either way it's a nice slice of what a handful of African countries are really like in a day to day basis. Much great footage including feeding African Cichlids in Lake Malawi and the legendary red ochre painted semi naked nomads, The Himba in Angola and Namibia.
I spent a few days pulling stills out of the video so you can in one glance have a look at the best scenes from all the videos at once."
rs79 writes: "By now everyone in the domain industry has seen Godaddy's CEO Bob Parsons home movie hunting elephants, but an analysis of the tape suggests that getting elephants out of a field of sorghum might not require a rifle and the death of the CITES listed endangered animal and that a flashlight itself might suffice."
rs79 writes: "Reports come out than some animals or another is endangered, so it goes on a list of endangered animals and you'd think this would help. But, listings like this make it difficult if not impossible for anyone less than a large institution to captive breed the animal, and in the case of material already breeding in captivity, you're now a criminal. Consider the case of the flame sided garter..."
rs79 writes: "Cel phones have usually had a hole in them you can attach a lanyard to. I use a coil or glow in the dark urethane cord with a backup coil of back attached to my belt loop with one of those triangular mountain climbing attachment thingamajigs. This has stopped my all too frequent loss of cel phones — I'm embarrassed to say how many just slid out of my pocket and just went away in the past two years.
I have a new HTC Dream phone and it is a dream. But it's got no hole. I can't physically attach it to anything. A case isn't the answer, I want to attach my glow coil of urethane to it it for no other reason it makes it really easy to find in the dark, plus its for all intents and purposes, unbreakable.
But how am I supposed to attach the tether cord to it? Is there somewhere I can in theory drill a hole?
The best idea I have so far is to use liquid urethane glue, very carefully, but a) this will looked like half baked ass and b) I'm not sure it'll stick to the Teflon like exterior. Some plastics react better to adhesives than others.
rs79 writes: "At the 26:33 mark of a State Department question and answer session Hillary Clinton answers calls from an employee requesting to use the Firefox web browser. Hilarity ensues. Citing costs, to which the audience cheers "it's free", an explanation is given by a state dept staffer about the cost of free software followed by an appeal by Ms. Clinton to let the government know whenever something is done in a very cost ineffective manner at the 29:10 mark."
rs79 writes: "From The New Yorker:
The greatest threat to Americas fiscal health is not Social Security, President Barack Obama said in a March speech at the White House. Its not the investments that weve made to rescue our economy during this crisis. By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nations balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. Its not even close.
"Our countrys health care is by far the most expensive in the world."
"McAllen (texas) calls itself the Square Dance Capital of the World. Lonesome Dove was set around here.
"McAllen has another distinction, too: it is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Only Miamiwhich has much higher labor and living costsspends more per person on health care. In 2006, Medicare spent fifteen thousand dollars per enrollee here, almost twice the national average. The income per capita is twelve thousand dollars. In other words, Medicare spends three thousand dollars more per person here than the average person earns.""