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Democrats’ Donkey and History of a Political Party
It’s All About the Advertising
Google’s entry into hardware products, with the introduction of Nexus One, is not about selling phones – it’s ultimately about maintaining and increasing advertising revenue as we enter the age of “everything mobile.” More and more people around the world will be using their phones to access the Internet, and Google needs to connect to these people as this connection translates to revenue.
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) 2009 annual report describes the creation of Information Warfare Militia units of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), in which commercial IT professionals and academics are recruited to draw on broader professional skill sets in a region. These groups, in connection with state-approved citizen hacker units, have become adept at precisely targeting and harvesting information from Western computing resources, in both government and private.
Can You Talk Like Our Presidents?
“That depends on what the definition of is, is.” Bill Clinton
“I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” George H. W. Bush
“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” Ronald Reagan
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” George W. Bush
“The reform we seek brings greater competition, choice, savings, and inefficiencies to our healthcare system.” Barack Obama
Way to Go Google
Google has had enough of the Chinese government and is ready to leave their $600 million annual revenue behind. Google had previously accepted self censorship in order to stay in China. But, recent attacks on e-mail accounts of human rights activists have made it difficult to continue serving China’s 338 million Internet users. In asign of defiance, Google is showing the images of theTiananmen Square crackdown that previously were censored. This issue became political when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented on actions of the Chinese government.
Tobacco Is Good Again
Tobacco might be looking at a successful second career as a bio fuel source, according to Scientific American.
Rent a Software
Microsoft’s new program allows users to rent Windows and Office. If this is going to be Microsoft’s new business model, will the others follow this model? This rental right is available to those with Microsoft Open licenses, Microsoft Select/Select Plus, and government licenses.
Up in the Air
On January 10, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) had to launch a F-15 fighter jet to intercept a Hawaiian commercial airline due to unruly passengers. The following day, NORAD had to launch a F-16 fighter jet in response to a report of an unruly passenger aboard an AirTran flight from Atlanta to San Francisco.
Criminals are using the Internet to toy with police and gain fame. A fugitive, Craig (lazie) Lynch, who escaped from an English prison in September 2009 is becoming a worldwide phenomena. He had 40,000 friends on Facebook (his profile was recently taken down) and was asking his friends to call 999 (the British 911) if they saw him. For similar criminals, fans and friends have created supportive Web sites with some eye-catching names such as “Run-Leo-run” for a guy who stole $10,000,000 and “fly-Colton-fly” for a young guy who graduated from stealing cars to stealing private aircrafts. With the help of the Internet, these people are becoming modern folk heroes. Can you imagine if they had Internet at the time of Jesse James, Bonnie and Clyde, or others like them?
Project Blue Book
The United States Air Force retired its records on Project Blue Book to the custody of the National Archives. Project Blue Book relates to the investigations ofUnidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) during the period of 1947 to 1969. By the end of 1969, a total of 12,618 sightings were reported to Project BlueBook – of those 701 remain “unidentified.”
Sport Guys Talking
“Sure, I’m proud to be an American.” Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Steve Foster, in response to Canadian custom agent’s question if he had anything to declare
“I don’t care what the tape says, I didn’t say it.” Football coach, Ray Malavasi
“It’s a partial sellout.” Atlanta Braves broadcaster, Skip Caray, trying not to say there aren’t many people in the stadium
“We are not as good as we think we are. We need to go out and prove that.” Soccer manager, Steve McClaren
“Wow, if only faces could talk.” John Madden, broadcaster and commentator