HungWeiLo writes: A California man who believes the literal interpretation of the Bible is real is offering $10,000 to anyone who can successfully debunk claims made in the book of Genesis in front of a judge.
Joseph Mastropaolo, the man behind this challenge, is to put $10,000 of his own money into an escrow account. His debate opponent would be asked to do the same. They would then jointly agree on a judge based on a list of possible candidates. Mastropaolo said that any evidence presented in the trial must be “scientific, objective, valid, reliable and calibrated."
For his part, Mastropaolo has a Ph.D. in kinesiology and writes for the Creation Hall of Fame website, which is helping to organize the minitrial. It’s also not the first such trial he’s tried to arrange. A previous effort, known as the “Life Science Prize,” proposed a similar scenario. Mastropaolo includes a list of possible circuit court judges to oversee the trial and a list of those he challenged to take part on the evolutionary side of the debate.
HungWeiLo writes: This is a sex tape scandal that has shocked relatively prudish Hong Kong to the core. It has exposed (or promises to) the world to explicit pictures of at least 7 well-known actresses, including Maggie Q and Cecilia Cheung. There is an individual supposedly asking for ransom, but the Hong Kong police have arrested ordinary citizens for uploading these same pictures that have already been disseminated throughout the gossip forums. The article mentions protests by demonstrators who feel that the rights of their fellow netizens have been trampled at the beck and call of wealthy celebrities and their organized crime backers.
Some of the discussions of these pictures have even implicated the squeaky-clean Jackie Chan in these scandals. It has been speculated that Jackie Chan's upcoming PR role in the Beijing Olympics may have convinced the Hong Kong authorities to try to wrap this one up very neatly and quickly, disregarding any civil rights granted to the citizens of Hong Kong by their constitution.
HungWeiLo writes: We're currently using a Debian-based distribution for an embedded device where we're placing our primary kernel and filesystem on a 1GB CompactFlash card. The kernel will be placed in a read-only partition, while the other partition will be used for logging actions in the system and hosting a flatfile database. The concern here is the need to journalize the data (Ext2 corrupts pretty badly since we power it on and off) and the need to minimize thrashing of the CompactFlash (we're using industrial-strength, million-write-cycle+ versions, but that can quickly get us into trouble if the filesystem constantly writes to the flash).
So does anyone have any experience using filesystems in this situation? Ext2? Ext3? Reiser? JFFS2? Which one should I look into?