He became a celebrity of the Iraq war with his outlandish denials and boundless optimism. Now Iraq’s Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has become an Internet star. Fans have set up a website featuring his more outrageous quotes and a collage of photos taken before he disappeared this week. Sahaf became a cult figure on TV with his daily briefings condemning the American “infidels” and often denying what was unfolding on TV news. In one of the great moments in PR history, Sahaf confidently boasted that Baghdad was safe and the invaders would be slaughtered, even as U.S. tanks rumbled down streets nearby. “God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.”
“They said, ‘No way. We signed up for the core program in Afghanistan – pre-approved for operations against the high-value terrorist targets – and now you want to use it for cabdrivers, brothers-in-law, and people pulled off the streets,'” the source said.
By the end of June, Chinese subscribers numbered 59.29 million, Information Industry Minister Wu Jichuan said. Subscribers, he said, are increasing by an average of 2.67 million per month.
NEW YORK – Dutch Internet file-sharing company Kazaa BV, which is facing a copyright lawsuit, Monday said it had sold its Kazaa.com website and software to privately held Australian firm Sharman Networks Limited.
Magazine 300 ad pages fell 1.3 percent in 2007, with circulation revenue down
1.2 percent. But U.S. magazine employment last year edged up 0.7 percent and digital revenue growth has nearly doubled.
This certainly teaches a valuable lesson about what is and is not considered fair game for downloadable or premium content. What do you think of EA’s solution?
Even Audio Galaxy, which bundled VX2’s software with its software for a 34-day period ending Nov. 4, 2001, said it doesn?t know anything about VX2. Audio Galaxy spokesman Michael Merhej said he had never even heard of VX2 until he received an angry inquiry about it earlier this week from the editor of a website called Portal of Evil.
Inside the decrepit first-floor auditorium of Patriotic Hall is where the Shadow Convention met. Cheesy, laminated photographs of convicted drug users and their families line the walls: “Timothy Latham, 39 years old, conspiracy to cultivate marijuana.”
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) permanently grounded all 27 Bombardier DASH Q400 planes in its fleet this morning after the landing gear of a Copenhagen-bound flight collapsed at touch down. The plane swerved to the right and skidded across the ground, but none of the passengers or crew members were injured. This is the third crash landing of this type of turbo-prop plane in less than two months for SAS. All of the incidents were because of the landing gear. SAS has canceled hundreds of flights after grounding the Bombardier planes. The airline is also seeking $78 million (USD) in compensation from the plane manufacturer for expenses and loss of revenue due to the aircrafts. Passengers booked on any of the canceled flights will be able to receive a full refund and SAS will put passengers onto code-share airlines until normal service is restored.
It now appears that a judge and jury will ultimately decide whether and how artists will be allowed to work with the materials that scientists are trusted with daily inside biotech laboratories. The Department of Justice this week took steps toward charging Steven Kurtz with running an illegal biotech laboratory in the Kurtzes’ home in Buffalo, New York.
In its cross-examination of Duch, which had only started when court adjourned Wednesday evening, Ulbricht’s defense attorney Joshua Dratel emphasized that Duch’s testimony was the result of a deal with prosecutors. Without that deal, he argued that Duch could face 20 years in a mandatory minimum sentence for his high volume of drug sales and prior convictions.
Recently opened in LA at the corner of Olympic and Robertson, this BP gas station flaunts green practices like low wattage overhead lighting, LEDs on the pumps and signs, and light sensing automatic switches. The green roof decreases the need for AC and water filters in the drains protect the ocean from oil or gasoline. Overall, the station uses 16% less energy than the typical station.
“The market is changing,” said Jim Thiede, head of global product marketing at Motorola, who expects to see a number of manufacturers producing “USB-C headphones, earbuds and what have you” over the next three to six months.
He took me on a tour of his 38,000-square-foot headquarters, which might as well have been in San Francisco or Palo Alto—sit-stand desks for all, conference rooms named after Malala Yousafzai and Stevie Wonder. For this, he says, he pays $30 a square foot, less than half the going rate in downtown San Francisco.
While AT&T won the national contract, it now must compete at the state level. Each state has the ability to opt out of AT&T’s network and instead build one of its own, which it may want to do if it believes it can develop a better network with another provider, offering, for example, more rural coverage. If a state opts out, AT&T would lose access to the airwaves in that state.
But that’s not necessarily the case, says UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller, author of the book Physics for Future Presidents. For example, he argues that some terrorist threats, like dirty bombs, are overrated, while others, the low-tech stuff like natural gas bombs, receive little attention.
Verifiable business or not, Shah and Hecker got their start in an untraditional fashion. Shah, who is a senior in high school, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hecker, a junior in high school, lives in Brooklyn, New York. They did not meet face-to-face until three months into their business.
As a marketing strategy, naps-and-waffles is a vast improvement over one past foray of another Casper cofounder, Philip Krim. According to the New York Times, in his pre-Casper days Krim collaborated with Playboy on a mattress called Ecstasy, which appeared at a 2010 trade show flanked by Playboy Bunnies. Against that backdrop naps-and-waffles is the height of class. And people seem to enjoy the Casper voice — here’s the most successful recent tweet I found:
Understand that they didn’t really have to do it. MCHM was an older material, one of 62,000 industrial compounds grandfathered in with passage of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Basically that meant that no further testing was required; the assumption was that these chemicals, which apparently hadn’t killed anyone yet, were unlikely to do so.
John Morgan Studio’s design for the Venice Architecture Biennale, winner of the Graphics category. Photo: Courtesy John Morgan Studio.
Though the bill has yet to be introduced, it has bipartisan support on the committee, which hopes to have the bill fast-tracked through the House. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan), who will introduce the measure on Thursday, called the bill “commonsense regulatory relief” for businesses.
Otto, Mueller-Maguhn and Stern all argued strenuously that public education can play an important role in fighting the proliferation of hate sites.
The beauty of the law, from legal standpoint, is that it was drafted and redrafted to take into consideration the sort of broad landscape of political concern about this. It was supported by major champions of
First Amendment protected activities, like the chairman of Subcommittee on Crime in the House, Bobby Scott, and a number of more conservative members on the other side of the aisle. It was signed off by the ACLU.
Only those who didn’t want to see the bill passed said it would infringe on First Amendment freedoms.
Unlike the Razors and Segways in Zoolander and Arrested Development, though, these scooters aren’t made for mocking. “There is no embarrassment factor for adults like when riding a childish-looking scooter with a common T-shaped handle bar,” the Personal Rover website promises. Whew! And we were afraid we’d look silly riding one of these.
The driver tweaks were discovered by HardOCP, a hobbyist site. They were unearthed when testers renamed the Quake 3 executable and noticed that performance dropped. The testers realized the driver was looking for that particular file name.
Apple has announced its latest version of OS X for Macs – and like all iterations of its desktop operating system, the latest version is named after a big cat. It’s called Mountain Lion, and it will be more like iOS than ever, as Apple integrates various mobile services and moves to yearly OS updates across all its devices.
When I put out a new song, I let the people on my mailing list know that they can get it for free, but please let other folks know about it on Twitter, Facebook and their blog. Bandcamp has great tools for spreading that info. This has really helped to grow my mailing list. My mailing list has grown from 300 people to 1000 people in the past six months by doing this.
Bench, who has sons that are 7 and 10 years old, says the app will also allow parents to be instantly informed on security incidents and school closings.
This gamification, while a long-time marketing buzzword, has a fresh application in education. There is an organizational Wiki dedicated to the subject, with plenty of information, resources and industry examples. There are gaming centric sites such as Penny Arcade that offer their own advice on gamifying education.
McLaughlin: Is it all COTS [Commercial Off-The-Shelf] parts or do you have anything custom made?
So imagine trying to use this poison in a hair-based assassination plot. The odds of killing the plotters would be better than that of killing the Dalai Lama. And this seems to me to be one of the obvious weak points in such a would-be conspiracy. Most poisons that absorb through the skin are as likely to kill an assassin who had it drizzled through her hair as a person who briefly touched that hair. And a poison in which even a few spilled drops are deadly? Wouldn’t the fake followers end up as little more than a suspicious body count?
No one now, but 10 years ago the scientific community greeted the first Beowulf supercomputer cluster with fear and loathing. “The initial reaction of the supercomputer-oriented scientific community to the Beowulf project was very negative,” says Donald Becker, co-founder of the original Beowulf project.