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Archive for April 2006

A comet falls apart and RI plans massive wireless network

TIME.com: Eye on Science – Science Blog Archives – Death of a Comet

73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 was first discovered in 1930, then lost and rediscovered in 1979. In 1995, it started to fragment, and now it’s in at least 33 major pieces, and still disintegrating.

Reuters: Rhode Island embarks on statewide wireless network

America’s smallest state is seeking to become its first to offer a wireless broadband network from border to border.

Backers of Rhode Island’s $20 million project say it would improve services and make the state a testing ground for new business technologies.

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Written by Jeff

Friday, April 28, 2006 at 4:25 pm

Congressional Democrats arrested

For protesting at the Sudanese Embassy. Tom Lantos (CA), Jim McGovern (MA), John Olver (MA), Jim Moran (VA), and Shelia Jackson Lee (TX) were arrested along with 6 others for illegally demonstrating outside of the Sudanese Embassy.

“This generation has watched the slaughter in Cambodia. This generation has watched in the slaughter in Rwanda. We will not watch the slaughter in Darfur,” said Lantos, who’s a Holocaust survivor. “The Sudanese government has shown total disregard for the wishes of the global, civilized community. I have no optimism as to the actions of the Sudanese government.”

Around 50 demonstrators marched in front of the embassy carrying signs that read “Stop the slaughter” and “Women of Darfur suffer multiple gang rapes.”

Moran said the United States needs to act to stop the abuses.

The arrests were expected by the Representatives.

Loading “CNN.com – U.S. lawmakers arrested at Sudanese Embassy protest – Apr 28, 2006”

Daily Kos has links to video of the arrests and photos of the demonstration.

Related: Madame Secretary on Darfur

Written by Jeff

Friday, April 28, 2006 at 4:04 pm

Madame Secretary on Darfur

TIME.com Nation — Madeleine Albright Opens Up

But Darfur is a rolling genocide. We’ve watched it for a couple years. I find it ironic and passing strange that at time when there are so many commemorations of Rwanada, we are watching this and not doing enough. I personally think there needs to be more American assistance, whether in logistics or communication, and some troops on the ground in a way to support others.

Also, she doesn’t understand people’s fascination with her weightlifting regimen and she loved appearing on Gilmore Girls though not so much how the CoS on The West Wing ran foreign policy in place of a Secretary of State/National Security Advisor or the way in which Geena Davis came to office in Commander in Chief. She’d rather have seen her elected.

Somewhat Related: Brief miscellany

And I’m not exactly sure why I keep referring to her as “Madame Secretary”. It is the title of her autobiography though, and, of course, her formal title.

Written by Jeff

Friday, April 28, 2006 at 1:52 am

Posted in Links, Politics

AR Governor retaliates

Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee doesn’t like the opinions of the staff at the Arkansas Times so he’s cut them out of “the e-mail lists for routine news releases, public scheduling and other items widely disseminated to members of the public and the media.”

Arkansas Blog: The governor’s office goes silent

Updated: Arkansas Blog: National eyes on Huck’s action against us

Written by Jeff

Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Posted in News Tidbits, Politics

Free roaming quarks

New Scientist SPACE – Breaking News – ‘Starquake’ explosion rips neutron star open

Astronomers have measured the thickness of the crust of a neutron star for the first time. The technique, which involves studying how the dense stellar corpse reverberates during a “starquake”, may one day reveal the nature of the exotic matter thought to lie at the star’s core.

“We think this explosion, the biggest of its kind ever observed, really jolted the star and literally started it ringing like a bell,” says Strohmayer. “The vibrations created in the explosion, although faint, provide very specific clues about what makes up these bizarre objects.”

Written by Jeff

Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 10:56 am

Posted in Links, Science & Space

Preview.app inconsistent with OS X

Something’s been bugging me for a while now. In Preview.app, if you modify an image and then try to close it, say you’re cropping a screenshot and then Export it to a different format and try to close the original, you’re given a confirmation dialog:

preview close conf

Unlike other applications, in Preview, if you hit the space bar (a keyboard shortcut for “discard without saving”), you save the image. Problem: Sometimes you don’t want to overwrite the original image.

Other applications don’t behave this way, take TextEdit for instance. Note the blue ring around “Don’t Save”:

textedit close conf

Pressing the space bar here discards the changes and closes the window.

Apple shouldn’t make a standard like “space bar discards and closes window” and not apply it universally throughout their software. I could understand some if this was a third-party application, but this is Apple’s Preview.app. Come on…

This applies to OS X 10.3.9.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 4:01 am

Posted in Apple, Software

Children of illegal immigrants shouldn’t be made to suffer

Children who are brought to this country illegally by their parents and later abandoned should not be made to suffer for it.

High school kids who go through so much on their own, who have worked so hard and come so far shouldn’t be sent out of the country just because their parents broke the law.

Student’s Prize Is a Trip Into Immigration Limbo – New York Times

Yet for Amadou, who helps operate the robot the team built, success has come at a price. As the group prepared for the flight to Atlanta today, he was forced to reveal his secret: He is an illegal immigrant from Senegal, with no ID to allow him to board a plane. Left here long ago by his mother, he has no way to attend the college that has accepted him, and only a slim chance to win his two-year court battle against deportation.

In the end, his fate could hinge on immigration legislation now being debated in Congress. Several Senate bills include a pathway for successful high school graduates to earn legal status. But a measure passed by the House of Representatives would make his presence in the United States a felony, and both House and Senate bills would curtail the judicial review that allows exceptions to deportation.

“He’s been a hard-working and diligent student with mathematical ability and a scientific mind,” said Rhonda Creed-Harry, a math teacher at Central Park East. But though he has been accepted at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, he said he could not attend because he does not qualify for financial aid.

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:18 am

Posted in News Tidbits, Politics