Monthly Archives: December 2004

The microphone that shut down DFW

More security theater and hysteria. A hand-built microphone belonging to a musician causes the security peeps at Dallas/Fort Worth International to shut down the airport. Priceless.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life”…

…in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies. Words Fail me…

Join the Twenty Minuters today!

During world War One the brave boys in the Royal Flying Corps were known as the “Twenty Minuters“. Why? Because that was their life expectancy in combat.

Now the Twenty Minuters have apparently been reborn. According to this study, that’s how long an unpatched machine can expect to be exposed to the Internet before being compromised.

Tally Ho!

The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know

An unflattering expose of Wal-Mart's business practices – an interesting read. For those who don't have the time, here is the most disturbing quote.

"Wal-Mart, which in the late 1980s and early 1990s trumpeted its claim to Buy American, has doubled its imports from China in the past five years alone, buying some $12 billion in merchandise in 2002. That's nearly 10% of all Chinese exports to the United States."

That's right, 10% of ALL imports from China go through Wal-Mart.

Think about that next time someone you know is outsourced.

Too dangerous to fly?

Imagine a list of suspected terrorists so dangerous that we can’t ever let them fly, but we don’t have sufficient evidence to arrest them. What to do, what to do? Ah yes, put them on a Federal “No Fly” list.

How do you get on the list? Easy – if you have a name like that of a wanted terrorist. Sad to report that Senator Edward Kennedy experienced this exact problem – and it took him over three weeks to get off the list.

The rest of us might not be so lucky…