Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cataloger Nena


Reprise
99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify

Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cellphone Cilliness




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Chocolate, under the proper circumstances, can be a deeply satisfying treat for the senses.

It can also be a sticky mess.

Unfortunately, the heavily hyped Chocolate music player/cellphone (made by LG, offered by Verizon Wireless) resembles the latter more than the former.

What’s nice about the phone: its looks. It’s tiny, almost like an elongated box of Tic Tacs. It’s shiny, clad in dark plastic. And it’s a slider phone, meaning that the dialing pad is hidden except when you slide the halves apart.

The rest of the time, the front panel is supposed to look like an iPod, with a bright color screen above and a circular control pad below. The phone-call sound quality is good, and the price isn’t bad: $150 (after rebate, and with two-year commitment), although you should also factor in the price of . . .


This is true. -ed.

Another Kylie Fan


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citing to: The King Abdullah Gazzette
USA Today: Saudi king tells newspapers to stop printing pictures of women
King Abdullah has told Saudi editors to stop publishing pictures of women because they could lead young men astray, newspapers reported Tuesday.

techno?




Librarians at the Gates


The Nation

Joseph Huff-Hannon

Courage, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And in an era of increasing controls on the gathering and dissemination of information, many Americans are unaware of the courageous stands librarians take every day.

The day-to-day challenges librarians face are inherent in the job description: defending access to controversial or banned books, staving off budget cuts, and creating and expanding programs to draw more citizens into one of the few remaining genuinely public commons in American life. While the ethic of secrecy often prevails in . . .


"So far we have not allowed our good name as the largest library association in the world to be used as an instrument of US foreign policy toward Cuba," states Mark Rosenzweig, an ALA councilor-at-large. Rosenzweig alleges that the Friends organization has strong intelligence connections, and that many if not all of the independent libraries and librarians in Cuba are funded by USAID. "The project is part of the Bush 'transition for Cuba' plan, a front for the stated US policy to destabilize Cuba. These people are neither 'independent' nor 'librarians.'"


THE REST OF THE STORY:
LookSmart's FindArticles - American library group is crazy for Castro

Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Jun 24, 2003, by Georgie Anne Geyer Universal Press Syndicate

One of the ALA board members is Mark Rosenzweig, chief librarian of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, the archive of the Communist Party USA (which, yes, still exists). He and others of his belief system point out that the United States is trying to take over Cuba with a "puppet government," which of course excuses anything the Castroites might do. "Professionals," indeed! Professional ideologues!

Government Documents and the News



from LLRX
By Peggy Garvin

Peggy Garvin of Garvin Information Consulting is author of The United States Government Internet Manual (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills (TheCapitol.Net).

Published August 15, 2006

If you have ever spent any time as a reference librarian, these seemingly harmless phrases so popular with journalists have one effect: your brain clicks into search-for-clues mode. Others might think the story is interesting, or not, but you are thinking “what’s the report title?” and “it’s from which agency? dated when?” Assembling clues to identify the documents alluded to in the story, you move on to thinking about how to get your hands on this report, or statement, or bill. Often, in the back of your mind (or is this just me?), you are shouting something like “just give us the bill number!” or “would it hurt you to specify this is draft legislation?” at the imagined reporter. I am not a journalist, I don’t know, but perhaps those details are left out of the story because they might bog it down with distracting detail. Or because someone handed the document to the reporter, who has no idea how others might get a copy. Maybe there is an assumption that most people are not interested in seeing a 200-page congressional report on pension plans or a commission report on the Postal Service. And if they are interested, they can always just ask a librarian.

In these cases, one website has come to our rescue for many years: Documents in the News from the University of Michigan Library’s Documents Center. Hot documents are organized by topic, such as "CIA Leak Investigation" and "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld." The site also has an archive of all of the newsworthy documents it has featured from 1995 to the present. The Michigan site does not attempt to collect everything, however. It’s a logical place to start; you just might not finish here. . . .

Cuts & Caps


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Library


History Magazine
Founded circa 300bc, the Great Library of Alexandria was the most famed literary repository of the ancient world.

THE COLLECTION OF written knowledge in some sort of repository is a practice as old as civilization itself. About 30,000 clay tablets found in ancient Mesopotamia date back more than 5,000 years. Archaelogists have uncovered papyrus scrolls from 1300-1200bc in the ancient Egyptian cities of Amarna and Thebes and thousands of clay tablets in the palace of King Sennacherib, Assyrian ruler from 704-681bc, at Nineveh, his capital city. More evidence turned up with the discovery of the personal collection of Sennacherib's grandson, King Ashurbanipal.

The name for the repository eventually became the library. Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt. The library, often championed, has been a survivor throughout its long history and serves as a testament to the thirst for knowledge.

Literacy Builds Libraries

Early collections may have surfaced from the Near East, but the ancient Greeks propelled the idea through their heightened interest in literacy and intellectual life. Public and private libraries flourished through a well-established process: authors wrote on a variety of subjects, scriptoria or copy shops produced the books, and book dealers sold them. Copying books was an exacting business and one in high demand, because a book's "trustworthiness" translated into quality. An Athenian decree called for a repository of "trustworthy" copies. Though the public library first appeared by the fourth century bc, the private library was more prevalent. Aristotle, for instance, amassed a large private collection. Ancient geographer Strabo said Aristotle "was the first to have put together a collection of books and to have taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library."

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Martin Roberts Elected Director of the Association of Language Companies

Cambridge, MA - August 23, 2006 - Martin Roberts of Cambridge has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Language Companies (ALC). The election was held during the ALC’s 4th Annual Conference, held in Milwaukee, WI.

Roberts is the president and owner of Linguistic Systems, Inc. (www.Linguist.com). In 1967 he was one of three founders of the company, which specialized in patent translation. To date, the company has translated more than two million pages of technical material. A native of New York, Roberts earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1954 and an SM in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. Linguistic Systems, Inc. has received various awards for outstanding service and excellence in translation. The company serves most of the Fortune 100 and more than half of the Fortune 500.

The ALC is recognized worldwide as a trade organization representing the interests of language services companies in the United States. Its member companies translate manuals, packaging and other materials relating to products sold in countries where English is not the primary language, deliver simultaneous and telephonic interpretation in hospitals and courtrooms and at conferences, and localize websites and other marketing materials. The current size of the worldwide translation and localization services market is US$ 8.8 billion (source: Common Sense Advisory, www.commonsenseadvisory.com). The commercial market has grown 32% since 2002.

The ALC’s annual conference is the largest single gathering of the owners of leading companies in the language industry. This year’s event attracted nearly 100 individuals from more than a dozen foreign countries around the world.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

How to Spot a Liar


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Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006
How to Spot a Liar
THE U.S. IS POURING MILLIONS INTO NEW LIE-DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES, PEERING INTO MINDS IN WAYS THAT COULD MAKE ANYBODY NERVOUS
By JEFFREY KLUGER, COCO MASTERS

Few things are easier than telling a lie, and few things are harder than spotting one when it's told to us. We've been trying to suss out liars ever since Cain fibbed to God about murdering Abel. While God was not fooled--hearing the blood of Abel crying out from the land--the rest of us do not have such divine lie-detection gifts.

But that doesn't mean we're not trying. In the post-9/11 world, where anyone with a boarding pass and a piece of carry-on is a potential menace, the need is greater than ever for law enforcement's most elusive dream: a simple technique that can expose a liar as dependably as a blood test can identify DNA or a Breathalyzer can nail a drunk. Quietly over the past five years, Department of Defense agencies and the Department of Homeland Security have dramatically stepped up the hunt. Though the exact figures are concealed in the classified "black budget," tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars are believed to have been poured into lie-detection techniques as diverse as infrared imagers to study the eyes, scanners to peer into the brain, sensors to spot liars from a distance, and analysts trained to scrutinize the unconscious facial flutters that often accompany a falsehood.

At last they may be getting somewhere. Next month No Lie MRI of San Diego, a beneficiary of some of that federal largesse, will roll out a brain-scan lie-detection service it is marketing to government and industry. Another company, Cephos of Pepperell, Mass., hopes to follow within a few years.

Even as those outfits ramp up, however, civil libertarians are sounding warnings. It's one thing for airport screeners to peek inside your shoes or squeeze your toothpaste tube. It's another when they pull you aside for questioning because you set off alarms on some scanning device whose reliability could be shaky. And who knows what techniques are already . . .

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Farecast.com


Farecast.com link
using technology developed at the University of Washington to let air travelers know whether fares are going up or down.

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The Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro) has announced the appointment of Hubert Saint -Onge to its Advisory Board.

KMPro is a non-profit international professional society headquartered in the Washington, DC, USA area with members in 88 countries worldwide. KMPro serves the professional needs of the international KM community by promoting KM awareness, support & development of KM best practices, and advancement of KM research and development.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Bypass Registration


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What's this all about then?
BugMeNot.com was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login of web sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection of personal/demographic information (such as the New York Times).

How do I use this thing?
Please read the brief tutorial.



I want to create some fake accounts but I need a valid email account.
That's where the most excellent dodgeit / mailinator / spamgourmet / spambob / wuzup services come in. They'll let you easily provide dummy email addresses that you can still check.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hands Across the Sea


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Venice bank reports bogus checks
Tampa Bay Business Journal - 12:28 PM EDT Thursday

Community National Bank of Sarasota County told federal regulators that counterfeit checks issued in the bank's name are being presented for payment in connection with an Internet purchase scam.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said the counterfeit items can be identified because the instruments are cream in color, the bank's logo appears faded, the word "No." does not appear in front of the check number, the reverse side of the check contains endorsement instructions, lines for signatures and the words "Federal Reserve Board of Governor Reg. CC."


The checks use correct routing and account numbers and are being presented for payment locally and nationally, the OCC said in a release.

The bank, which is based in Venice, has been informed by law enforcement that the checks are originating out of Ghana, Africa, according to the OCC.

That's not a pretty picture


Information Governance Engagement Area
Data Mining Means Always Having to Say You're Sorry

The rise of Internet databases means expunged records never really go away.

By Julie KayDaily, Business Review

In 1999, a 20-year old college student was arrested for petty theft in Miami-Dade County after stealing a shirt from J.C. Penney.

Like most first-time offenders, the young man completed a pretrial diversionary program, performed community service, paid a fine and got his case dismissed. The record was expunged. He never got into any more trouble with the law.

Seven years later, the man applied for a job and was turned down.

Curious about why, he checked his record on Westlaw, an Eagan, Minn.-based legal database company, and was shocked to find that the supposedly expunged record of his misdemeanor appeared on Westlaw's widely available computerized database. He immediately called his lawyer, Kenneth Hassett of Miami.

Hassett told the client, who did not want to be identified for this article, what he tells many of his clients who have called him with the same complaint -- that the computerized record systems of the Miami-Dade clerk of courts, Florida Department of Corrections and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are "not secure" and that expungement has become meaningless.

"In the electronic and Internet age, sealing or expunging in many cases just doesn't exist," he said.

The Miami-Dade County Enterprise Technology Services Department sells criminal records information to four data mining companies, including Atlanta-based ChoicePoint, the largest provider of data information in the country. The other three are Seisent, Court Venture and First American SafeRent.

The records sold include daily electronic bulletins of jail bookings and a biweekly file of all defendants charged with felonies or misdemeanors, according to Ronald Feingold, a county systems analyst.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake, administrative head of the court's criminal division, said it is inappropriate for the county to sell information about cases that were supposed to be expunged.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Knock Off Knews


Counterfeit Chic
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
- Oscar Wilde

Knock Off Knews


Counterfeit Chic
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
- Oscar Wilde

Spherion starts career Web log



South Florida Business Journal - 9:36 AM EDT Wednesday
Spherion Corp. has entered the blogosphere.

The Fort Lauderdale-based staffing company said it has begun a blog for the the career-minded called The Big Time.


Found at www.spherion.com/careerblog, the online journal is aimed at workers looking to advance their careers.

It is to feature regular posts from the Spherion's (NYSE: SFN) network of recruitment professionals and employment experts nationwide.

Content is to include commentary as well as advice from Seymour Jobs, an interactive - but fictional - career adviser.

Visitors are to be able to post questions and comments.

Among the topics The Big Time is to address are achieving work/life balance and geographic career trends.

An ongoing cartoon series is to be called Life in the Cubicle.

"Our goal with The Big Time was to create a central, interactive resource on the Web where job seekers can not only glean career-advancing insights from our various recruiters, but have an opportunity to connect with them and share their ideas and experiences directly," said Roy Krause, Spherion president and chief executive officer.

Krause is to post his own occasional entries to The Big Time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

How to Detect Lies


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Watching facial expressions in order to determine whether a person is lying might just save you from being a victim of fraud, or it could help you figure out when somebody's being genuine. Jury analysts do this when assisting in jury selection. The police do this during an interrogation. A lie detector of course does this, but is a little heavy to carry with you. Therefore, you have to learn the little facial and body expressions that can help you learn to recognize a lie from the truth.

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support and resistance


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3/17/2004 12:22:47 PM

We have added a new feature that automatically finds support and resistance lines. This will allow you to search for stocks that have either broken or testing these levels.

A couple examples showing how to use this new feature:


Fetcher[show stocks where high is below support(65,10,1)]



Fetcher[show stocks where close 1 day ago crossed above resistance(45,15,2)
and close is below resistance(45,15,2)
and resistance slope(45,15,2) is below
0]



Fetcher[show stocks where high is less than 0.01% below resistance(65,10)
and resistance(65,10) is above 0
]


There are 3 parameters to the support and resistance feature. Below is an explanation of the parameters:


Period - Amount of time to search for support or resistance.

Min Distance - Minimum number of days required between two points making up support or resistance.

Open Period - Number of days at the end of the chart to allow for breaking of support or resistance.

You can also access the support or resistance slope through the phrases support slope or resistance slope. The slope can further refine whether you want an increasing or decreasing line for the support or resistance.

As with all new features, please let us know if you run into any bugs, have any questions, or would like to see any enhancements with this feature.

Thank you,

StockFetcher.com Support

Monday, August 14, 2006

confused


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Communications and Marketing
Controvery continues on extent of blogs value in communications
Business First of Columbus - August 11, 2006
by Tom Matthews
For Business First

Every day, we're inundated with stories about new media, ranging from blogs and podcasts to social networking sites and wikis. Blogs, which started to take hold in the mid-'90s, continue to be a topic of interest among business executives and communications professionals. But most often, we found ourselves confused about their purpose, influence and their future.

Short for Web logs, these online diaries are everywhere, spanning industries and varying in design and activity. Technorati Inc., a well-known blog search engine, tracks more than 46 million blogs and suggests the number of blogs doubles every six months.

High profile companies, such as General Motors . . .

Apple loses court appeal against online journalists


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May 26, 2006 5:10 pm ET
MacCentral

By Jim Dalrymple

Apple Computer’s case to obtain communication between unnamed sources that allegedly leaked information to two Internet sites was dealt a blow on Friday. The judge in the State of California Court of Appeal 6th Appellate District agreed with lawyers for PowerPage and AppleInsider who argued that the confidentiality of sources for the online journalists were protected by the First Amendment.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the rights of journalists, whether online or offline, and for the public at large,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl, who argued the case before the appeals court last month. “The court has upheld the strong protections for the free flow of information to the press, and from the press to the public.”

The EFF’s case held that the online journalists have the same right to protect the confidentiality of their sources as offline reporters do. . . .


But see "What Reporter's Privilege" below.

WorldCat Beta


Sunday, August 13, 2006

PowerPoints on Trading


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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Pierced and Tattooooooed


The Modified Librarian
Librarianship and the art of Body Modification [sic]
Welcome to the web page of the Modified Librarian. Here we will discuss the concept and practice of body modification as it relates to librarians as persons and professionals.

On this page we will provide a forum for the discussion of body modification in the context of librarianship. All library professionals and paraprofessionals alike are invited to contribute pictures of their tattoos, piercings and other modifications along with their stories. . . .


And you thought librarians were intelligent people. ed.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

CLE compiler


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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Not Censorship But Selection


linkBy Lester Asheim

THERE IS AN AMUSING WORD GAME with which many of you are familiar in which the object is to trace an action, a point of view, or a characteristic through the gamut of its connotations from the most to the least acceptable. The point of the game is that the most admirable aspect of the characteristic is always assigned by the speaker to himself, whereas the least attractive aspect is taken to be that which characterizes somebody else. Thus, "I know the value of a dollar; he is miserly." To many, the title of my paper would seem to reflect a similar tendency. I select but he censors. . . .

Texas--gotta love it!!


The owner of a golf course in Lufkin was confused about paying an
invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical
help. He called her into his office and said, "You graduated from
The University of Texas and I need some help. If I were to give
you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?" The
secretary thought a moment, then replied, "Everything but my
earrings." You gotta love those East Texas women.

***************************************
A group of Tyler friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos
for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone,
staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck. "Where's
Henry?" the others asked. "Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a
couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter
replied. "You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer
back?" they inquired. "A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I
figured no one is going to steal Henry!"

*************************************
A senior at Texas A&M was overheard saying. "When the end of the
world comes, I hope to be in East Texas. When asked why, he
replied he'd rather be in East Texas because everything happens in
East Texas 20 years later than in the rest of the civilized world.

************************************
The young man from Texas A&M came running into the store and said
to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from
the parking lot!"
Bubba replied, "Did you see who it was?"
The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license
number."

***********************************
NEWS FLASH! -Brian/College Station's worst disaster occurred when
a small two-seater Cessna 150 plane, piloted by two Texas A&M
students, crashed into a cemetery earlier today. Search and Rescue
workers have recovered 300 bodies so far and expect the number to
climb as digging continues into the evening. The pilot and copilot
survived! and are helping in the recovery efforts.

*************************************

A Texas State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-20.
The trooper asked, "Got any ID?"
The driver replied, "Bout whut?"

*************************************
A man in Tyler had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the
road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the
car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait. A
passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious he
turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem
was. The man replied, "I have a flat tire." The passerby
asked, "But what's with the flowers?" The man responded, "When you
break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in
the back! I never did understand it either."

Privacy, schmivacy!


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August 9, 2006
A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749
By MICHAEL BARBARO and TOM ZELLER Jr.
Buried in a list of 20 million Web search queries collected by AOL and recently released on the Internet is user No. 4417749. The number was assigned by the company to protect the searcher’s anonymity, but it was not much of a shield.

No. 4417749 conducted hundreds of searches over a three-month period on topics ranging from “numb fingers” to “60 single men” to “dog that urinates on everything.”

And search by search, click by click, the identity of AOL user No. 4417749 became easier to discern. There are queries for “landscapers in Lilburn, Ga,” several people with the last name Arnold and “homes sold in shadow lake subdivision gwinnett county georgia.”

It did not take much investigating to follow that data trail to Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old widow who lives in Lilburn, Ga., frequently researches her friends’ medical ailments and loves her three dogs. “Those are my searches,” she said, after a reporter read part of the list to her.

AOL removed the search data from its site over the weekend and apologized for its release, saying it was an unauthorized move by a team that had hoped it would benefit academic researchers.

But the detailed records of searches conducted by Ms. Arnold and 657,000 other Americans, copies of which continue to circulate online, underscore how much people unintentionally reveal about themselves when they use search engines — and how risky it can be for companies like AOL, Google and Yahoo to compile such data.

Those risks have long pitted privacy advocates against online marketers and other Internet companies seeking to profit from the Internet’s unique ability to track the comings and goings of users, allowing for more focused and therefore more lucrative advertising.

But the unintended consequences of all that data being compiled, stored and cross-linked are what Marc Rotenberg, the executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy rights group in Washington, called “a ticking privacy time bomb.”

Mr. Rotenberg pointed to Google’s own joust earlier this year with the Justice Department over a subpoena for some of its search data. The company successfully fended off the agency’s demand in court, but several other search companies, including AOL, complied. The Justice Department sought the information to help it defend a challenge to a law that is meant to shield children from sexually explicit material.

“We supported Google at the time,” Mr. Rotenberg said, “but we also said that it was a mistake for Google to be saving so much information because it creates a risk.”

Ms. Arnold, who agreed to discuss her searches with a reporter, said she was shocked to hear that AOL had saved and published three months’ worth of them. “My goodness, it’s my whole personal life,” she said. “I had no idea somebody was looking over my shoulder.”

In the privacy of her four-bedroom home, Ms. Arnold searched for the answers to scores of life’s questions, big and small. How could she buy “school supplies for Iraq children”? What is the “safest place to live”? What is “the best season to visit Italy”?

Her searches are a catalog of intentions, curiosity, anxieties and quotidian questions. There was the day in May, for example, when she typed in “termites,” then “tea for good health” then “mature living,” all within a few hours.

Her queries mirror millions of those captured in AOL’s database, which reveal the concerns of expectant mothers, cancer patients, college students and music lovers. User No. 2178 searches for “foods to avoid when breast feeding.” No. 3482401 seeks guidance on “calorie counting.” No. 3483689 searches for the songs “Time After Time” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

At times, the searches appear to betray intimate emotions and personal dilemmas. No. 3505202 asks about “depression and medical leave.” No. 7268042 types “fear that spouse contemplating cheating.”

There are also many thousands of sexual queries, along with searches about “child porno” and “how to kill oneself by natural gas” that raise questions about what legal authorities can and should do with such information.

But while these searches can tell the casual observer — or the sociologist or the marketer — much about the person who typed them, they can also prove highly misleading.

At first glace, it might appear that Ms. Arnold fears she is suffering from a wide range of ailments. Her search history includes “hand tremors,” “nicotine effects on the body,” “dry mouth” and “bipolar.” But in an interview, Ms. Arnold said she routinely researched medical conditions for her friends to assuage their anxieties. Explaining her queries about nicotine, for example, she said: “I have a friend who needs to quit smoking and I want to help her do it.”

Asked about Ms. Arnold, an AOL spokesman, Andrew Weinstein, reiterated the company’s position that the data release was a mistake. “We apologize specifically to her,” he said. “There is not a whole lot we can do.”

Mr. Weinstein said he knew of no other cases thus far where users had been identified as a result of the search data, but he was not surprised. “We acknowledged that there was information that could potentially lead to people being identified, which is why we were so angry.”

AOL keeps a record of each user’s search queries for one month, Mr. Weinstein said. This allows users to refer back to previous searches and is also used by AOL to improve the quality of its search technology. The three-month data that was released came from a special system meant for AOL’s internal researchers that does not record the users’ AOL screen names, he said.

Several bloggers claimed yesterday to have identified other AOL users by examining data, while others hunted for particularly entertaining or shocking search histories. Some programmers made this easier by setting up Web sites that let people search the database of searches.

John Battelle, the author of the 2005 book “The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture,” said AOL’s misstep, while unfortunate, could have a silver lining if people began to understand just what was at stake. In his book, he says search engines are mining the priceless “database of intentions” formed by the world’s search requests.

“It’s only by these kinds of screw-ups and unintended behind-the-curtain views that we can push this dialogue along,” Mr. Battelle said. “As unhappy as I am to see this data on people leaked, I’m heartened that we will have this conversation as a culture, which is long overdue.”

Ms. Arnold says she loves online research, but the disclosure of her searches has left her disillusioned. In response, she plans to drop her AOL subscription. “We all have a right to privacy,” she said. “Nobody should have found this all out.”

Saul Hansell contributed reporting for this article.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

US celebrities 'sue in Britain for better chance of winning'


liable for libel

By Caroline Davies

(Filed: 09/08/2006)

American celebrities are choosing to sue newspapers for libel in British courts because they have a better chance of winning here than in the US, claim leading lawyers.

Legal experts say libel laws on this side of the Atlantic are much more favourable to claimants as malice does not have to be proved and there is no constitutional right to freedom of expression.

The actress Kate Hudson and pop singer Britney Spears are among the stars who have successfully pursued claims in the United Kingdom, helping to double the number of defamation cases heard in Britain last year . . .

Mr Benaim explained: "It is easier for US-based celebrities to sue for defamation in the English courts than in their own country as our libel laws are much more favourable to claimants. For instance, in the UK you do not have to prove malice as you do in America.

"Also, the right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the US constitution under the First Amendment, whereas here the right is more evenly balanced with the individual's right to their reputation. . . .

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Housing slowdown leads to boom in mini-storage units


San Francisco Business Times

2:36 PM PDT Tuesday
by Mark Calvey

Rising interest rates and concerns over the direction of housing prices are prompting more potential home buyers to remain on the sidelines, spurring increased demand not only for apartments but for mini-storage units as well, said Hans Lapping, an attorney with Miller, Starr & Regalia in Walnut Creek.

Rising demand for storage space, in part from people losing their homes to foreclosure, is a key factor in the proliferation of mini-storage operations, Lapping told investors attending a seminar Tuesday on the basics of real estate investing . . .

Avian Flu Policy


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Pandemic flu like symptoms.

Phishing and Pharming


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Monday, August 07, 2006

Huh? What 'Reporter's Privilege'?


Rules of Evidence
U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records

. . . the government contended that calls from the reporters tipped off the charities to impending raids and asset seizures, the investigation appears . . .

. . . wrote for majority, in an opinion joined by Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse. “We see no danger to a free press in so holding. Learning of imminent law enforcement asset freezes/searches and informing targets of them is not an activity essential, or even common, to journalism.”


We've said this before. The only privileges in the Rules of Evidence belong to the clients of professional counsellors or advisers. The privilege is the client's to waive or defend. In Journalism, who is the client?

"Press Freedom" protects Matt Drudge as much as it protects Dan Rather.

Weekly GPO CONGRESSIONAL SALES PUBLICATIONS



LLSDC GPO CONGRESSIONAL SALES PUBLICATIONS: JULY
31-AUGUST 4, 2006

The following thirty-four publications were announced
by the GPO Congressional Sales Program (202-512-1809)
July 31-August 4, 2006, and transcribed by the Law
Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. Legislative
Research SIS Volunteers ....
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HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE Hearing: Public Reporting of
Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates: Empowering
Consumers, Saving Lives. March 29, 2006. Serial No.
109-85. GPO Stock No. 552-070-34505-1. $35.00. GPO
Access
http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house05ch109.html

HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Hearing: Democracy in
Venezuela. Serial No. 109-140. GPO Stock No.
552-070-34502-7. $16.00. PDF
http://www.house.gov/international_relations/109/24600.pdf
via Committee only

HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Hearing: The Illicit
Drug Transit Zone in Central America. November 9,
2005. Serial No. 109-139. GPO Stock No.
552-070-34494-2. $8.00. PDF
http://www.house.gov/international_relations/109/24517.pdf
via Committee site

HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Hearing: Nigeria's
Struggle With Corruption. May 18, 2006. Serial No.
109-172. GPO Stock No. 552-070-34495-1. $9.00. PDF
http://wwwc.house.gov/international_relations/109/27648.PDF
via Committee site

HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Hearing: United States
Policy Toward the Palestinians in the Aftermath of
Parliamentary Elections. March 2, 2006. Serial No. 109
-166. GPO Stock No. 552-070-34477-2. $6.50. PDF
http://www.house.gov/international_relations/109/26332.pdf
via Committee site only

HOUSE SCIENCE Hearing: Health Care Information
Technology: What are the Opportunities for and
Barriers to Inter-Operable Health Information
Technology Systems? February 23, 2005. Serial No.
109-37. GPO Stock No. 552-070-34486-1. $22.00. GPO
Access
http://www.gpo.gov/congress/house/house14ch109.html

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Subject: FYI: Treaties in Force & U.S. Treaties no longer in print
Cross posted to the listservs GovDoc-L and Law-Lib

A State Department staff member called to inform me that the publication Treaties in Force and the publication Treaties and Other International Agreements Series will no longer be published in print but will only be available on the State Department's website at http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/. No word on whether the site will be maintained in perpetuity.

Rick McKinney
Assistant Law Librarian
Federal Reserve Board Law Library

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America


State of Emergency:

by Pat Buchanan

Civilizations die by suicide, not murder, says Patrick Buchanan, and liberalism is the ideology of Western suicide. Its ideas, pursued to their logical end, will prove fatal. And none of those ideas is as certain to bring our civilization to an unhappy end as the proposition that America's borders must be open to any and all comers, legal and illegal. In State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, Buchanan explains why the very life of our nation is at stake in the immigration debate. If immigration and border controls aren't reintroduced, it will be the end of America as we know it -- and soon.

Buchanan explains why the massive influx of illegal immigrants into America is nothing less than an invasion -- and yet the Bush White House and GOP-controlled Congress appear disinclined to do anything about it. He details how our current policy of "open borders" and nearly unrestricted immigration have brought a stream of criminals and thugs into our nation -- for the benefit only of an entrenched political establishment that couldn't care less about the good of the American people. He explodes myth after myth about illegal immigration -- including President Bush's notorious statement that illegal aliens "do jobs Americans won't do" and the idea that foreigners somehow have a natural right to come to America.

Nor will all this be an easy problem to solve. Buchanan demonstrates that any presidential candidate who speaks out against the Hispanic onslaught in the American Southwest will now lose the electoral votes of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Soon, electoral realities will make it impossible for any serious candidate to speak out against unrestrained immigration. Yet, he points out, if it wanted to, the U.S. Government could secure the Mexican border within weeks -- and details the political reasons why this won't happen, despite the fact that immigration control measures have consistently won large margins of support from American voters.

America, says Buchanan, could soon be facing its last chance to stave off national suicide. In State of Emergency, he provides a comprehensive primer for all politicians, activists, and concerned citizens who want to stop the flood of immigration before it's too late.

How illegal immigration threatens every American:

Fact: our illegal population today is greater than the total number of Irish, Jewish, and British immigrants who ever came to the U.S.

Why the reigning Republicans ignore the law and do little or nothing to stop illegal immigration

How mass immigration inevitably tilts the center of gravity of American politics to the Left

How the numbers of Americans of European descent are rapidly decreasing -- and the political and social implications

Eurabia on the rise: the devastating consequences of unrestricted immigration in Europe

How Los Angeles today provides a glimpse of what all of America will be like in 2050

Why Mexico's President Fox has done nothing to help secure the U.S.-Mexican border -- and has actually abetted the invasion of the U.S. by millions of illegal aliens

Fact: not only are arguments about the economic benefits provided by illegal aliens false, but illegal immigration also constitutes a massive drain on our economy

The Mexican War is not over: its deep impact on contemporary immigration politics

Why it is difficult, if not impossible, for cities to get control of the growing crime menace of immigrants and illegal aliens

Latin elites that are doing everything they can to prevent the assimilation of Mexican immigrants into American culture

Bush's guest worker plan: how it provoked a surge to the border

How, as Republicans dither, some Democrats are beginning to see the potency among voters of the illegal immigration issue

Why so many children of Asian-American and Hispanic immigrants are assimilating into a deadly subculture of gangs and crime

How we must recapture control of immigration policy from politicians paralyzed by fear of ethnic lobbies and cultural contributors, or immobilized by ideology

Why ideology and democracy are not enough to save America -- and what we need most now to trump the call of ethnicity

Six critical steps that must be taken now to secure America's borders and preserve he republic

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Stock Market
The stock market continued to rise this week, without a lot of help from technical indicators. But we always say that price action is the best technical indicator, so it must be respected. $SPX managed to close above resistance at 1280. There is still some resistance, at the 1290 May top. If it should exceed that, the chart formation would be a rather bullish one, and we would then look for higher prices. However, since the entire 1280-1290 range must be considered a resistance area, we are not looking to get long at this time.

Equity-only put-call ratios remain on sell signals. It is unusual to see them continue to rise as the market itself is rising. When this happens (both the put-call ratio and the underlying price rising in
conjunction), it usually means that the put-call ratio signal is unreliable that there is considerable hedging activity which is distorting the put- call data. In this case, however, we are talking about ALL stock options that trade, so there would have to be a LOT of hedging activity to distort the ratio. Perhaps there is, because put volume has been heavy for several weeks even though the market has generally been rising.

Market breadth (advances minus declines) is positive. Actually, it follows the daily moves with extreme daily readings of its own, because of rather uniform institutional activity.

Finally, volatility indices ($VIX and $VXO) have remained rather subdued for the most part. Their continued downtrend over the last few weeks means that they remain on buy signals.

So, in summary, we see buy signals from $VIX and breadth, but the put-call ratios are negative (although there may be hedging distortion there). Finally, $SPX itself is modestly bullish, and a close above 1290 would be a much more bullish sign.

Potential news items may be complicating things: 1) the unemployment report on Friday is sure to appear bullish to some traders and bearish to others (it's the classic case of 'bad news is good news' if
job growth is sluggish), and 2) many traders are become more and more certain that the Fed will not raise rates at next week's FOMC meeting. If they are right, this might be a classic case of 'buy the rumor, sell the news.' That is, the market might actually decline right after that meeting if a 'pause' is announced. Of course, if rates are raised, that would be even more negative. Consequently, even if $SPX breaks out over 1290, some amount of caution should be used.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Earnings Play


Jerri's system:
1. Quick Straddle Instructions

2. How to...

3. EggsSample

The Knowledge-Model Driven Enterprise


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. . . We argue that a centralized metadata repository offers the best way to bridge this information gap and to provide a consistent, reusable model of the external perspective on an enterprise. What are the principal technical requirements for the repository? . . .

Another potential stumbling block is the challenge of gaining consensus on very basic issues. At our first customer, for example, we were surprised to learn that there was no single, clear answer to the question “What is the structure of the company’s product line?” Project managers should factor in the time and effort required to put issues like these to rest, and should ensure that the right resources (in terms of facilitators, subject matter experts, and executives) are available to guide these efforts.

Reuse is fundamental to obtaining return on metadata projects. After all, a robust metadata model is inherently complex when compared with classic relational database techniques. In many cases, any single element of the metadata model could be represented more simply in standard normalized tables. It is only when models can be reused and integrated with other elements of the data model that the greater complexity of the metadata approach is warranted. Plans to acquire metadata should be made with a view towards the support of multiple applications that will use it.

From a modeling perspective, the basic concepts of the object-oriented paradigm have become familiar and instinctive to most end users. The use of taxonomies to organize and classify objects has also become intuitive, probably through the standard computer file-system interface. We have found that modeling techniques based on these elements are easily learned by non-technical staff. However, more advanced concepts from the world of knowledge representation are not comprehensible to the non-specialist. If non-experts are expected to maintain the metadata model over time, their skill levels and availability must be considered in choosing modeling tools. . . .

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Why we must give up flying


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The Bishop of London argued this week that we have a moral obligation to be environmentally friendly and that jetting away for a holiday is a sin. The geographer and journalist Nicholas Crane, who chose nearly 10 years ago never to fly again, explains his decision.


A man of courage has spoken. The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has categorised flying as "a symptom of sin". The pressure on non-essential flying has been building for months. It just needed a public figure to take a stand against it.
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