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I think all of us in the IT world have seen at least minor headaches with the DST change this year. This article looks at whether or not it was worth it and what is most disturbing to me is this line toward the end, "the bill has a provision for the country to return to the old daylight savings calendar". Ummm…I don't know about anyone else out there but I certainly don't want to go through all of this again in a couple of years.

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Apple Computer's popular iPod music player could become a flight data recorder (FDR) following an announcement by US light aircraft manufacturer LoPresti SpeedMerchants to introduce the device in the cockpit of its Fury piston aircraft.

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That's Peter Gutmann's assessment of Microsoft Vista in his technical, economic and performance analysis of the compromises in Vista. This document is a must-read if you are interested in how the performance and stability of the system for which you paid hard-earned cash will be adversely affected. These issues all stem from demands by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to prevent the copying of HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and other content on personal computers, even for fair use backup. A great article written several years ago on this development sits on the Freedom to Tinker blog. The Electronic Frontier Foundation also has an excellent analysis of this cozy and far-reaching relationship here. Lest you think that this is just paranoid hype, read Microsoft's own Output Content Protection and Windows Vista page and accompanying white paper for yourself.

Quoted directly from the Microsoft link above, here are the critical parts of OCP:

    • Protected Video Path – Output Protection Management (PVP-OPM) makes sure that the PC's video outputs have the required protection or that they are turned off if such protection is not available.

    • Protected Video Path – User-Accessible Bus (PVP-UAB) provides encryption of premium content as it passes over the PCI Express (PCIe) bus to the graphics adapter. This is required when the content owner's policy regards the PCIe bus as a user-accessible bus.

    • Protected User Mode Audio (PUMA) is the new User Mode Audio (UMA) engine in the Windows Vista Protected Environment that provides a safer environment for audio playback, as well as checking that the enabled outputs are consistent with what the content allows.

    • Protected Audio Path (PAP) is a future initiative under investigation for how to provide encryption of audio over user accessible buses.

For the full story see: http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Board=tankerbobblog&Number=26899

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Now off the shelf components allow you to build your own "open source" Fab@Home. Anyone can download the plans at http://www.fabathome.org.

See the article at sciencedaily.

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There are definitely some people who get too distracted by their cell phone or iPod while trying to do something else and end up doing something stupid or reckless but have we really come to this? There's a bigger issue at play here and that is the question of when government becomes too pervasive. When does the idea of punishing the masses for the faults of the few go too far? I would say this is one of those cases but others may disagree with me..

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After a break of 16 centuries, Greek pagans are worshipping the ancient gods again – despite furious opposition from the Orthodox church.

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I came across this hopefully emerging technology called HHO Gas, if this takes off it could revolutionize the way you do many things. Right now they are mainly using this technology in welding and cutting but as the videos show below they have a car running off this technology. I open this up for discussion. What do you all think?

YouTube – Run you car on water and nothing else.

Hydrogen Technology Applications, Inc.

hta05.mov (video/quicktime Object)

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Unrepentent, The Pirate Bay resurrects itself three days after Swedish Police confiscate their servers. Wired gives a full details.

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Not only is morale dropping, but Microsoft employees are demanding resignations over vista delay. Microsoft Bloggers Post Gripes Mini-Microsoft

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The New York Times reports on another Windows Vista delay, pushed out now to early 2007.

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While the test site (http://test.doit.wisc.edu/) at the University of Wisconsin is no longer available, there is an update from Dave Schroeder on his Mac OS X Security Challenge, at the MacInTouch WebSite. (After today search on MacInTouch for Dave's name to find the update.)

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