Archive for March 7, 2008

Really Final One More Chance

March 7, 2008

Burned out my eyeballs from reading off the screen for this post and also managed to scrinch (that’s a medical term!) up my back.

So you have one more chance to take that test.

FreakAngels Issue Four

March 7, 2008

Go read Warren Ellis for free.

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Economic Evaporation

March 7, 2008

Carlyle Capital Aims To Halt a Meltdown

Conditions at Carlyle Capital Corp. had become so dire Thursday that Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein raced back to Washington, D.C., that night from a Wall Street confab at the swank Deer Valley, Utah, ski resort.

Stepping off his Gulfstream jet, he encountered one of the biggest crises in his firm’s 20-year history.

The world’s largest banks had pulled support for Carlyle Capital, a European-listed vehicle that had bought $22 billion of mortgages. Loans on the portfolio of highly rated securities were in default, the lenders said. By early Friday, Carlyle Capital was fessing up to bigger problems, with still more margin calls threatening to “deplete its liquidity and impair its capital,” the fund said in a statement. Trading in the fund has been suspended.

Emphasis added by me.

Let’s what this looks like:

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Future Headlines Right Here, Right Now

March 7, 2008

Let’s just get this crap out of the way now because I’m sick of seeing it every damned day.

DOLLAR FALLS TO NEW LOW

OIL JUMPS TO NEW HIGH

Now just print them out and stick them over your monitor.

They’re not going to change. So get used to it.

iPhone SDK: The Big Ouch!

March 7, 2008

iPhone SDK: 5 Reasons to Love, 5 Reasons to Hate

2. Currently No Disk Access
Even if a program like VLC is greenlit, how would you get non-iTunes media files onto the iPhone? Similarly, applications like Office Suites, e-book or comic book readers, etc., may be non-starters because of this limitation.

No no no. I don’t like that bit at all.

Although … this could be foresight in terms of Apple segmenting the market.

Certainly a tablet — iPod Airwould have to permit disk access.

iPod Touch as entertainment device.
iPhone as communications device.
iPod Air as productivity device.

Just One iPhone SDK Question …

March 7, 2008

OK, so applications are sandboxed.

They can only address data in their own memory space.

And when switching from App A to App B, App A quits.

So the question is: Does this mean there’s no Copy/Cut/Paste because a clipboard wouldn’t persist between application switches?

Quote: Judie Lipsett Of Gear Diary

March 7, 2008

Surviving the Nuclear Winter after an Atomic Server Crash, Part One

i think this is armageddon

I’m actually still reading it. A real horror story!

Not for the weak.

The Franklin Credit Union Sex Scandal

March 7, 2008

The indefatigable Matthew St. Amand mentioned it in the Comments to my post about Masha.

Last night I watched the documentary, Conspiracy of Silence, available here via this twisty menu route:

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If that’s too small to see: Mystery -> Conspiracy Theories -> A-M -> Conspiracy of Silence

I found it … difficult to believe. I also find the alleged history behind it difficult to believe:

In 1993 the Yorkshire Television Group sent a small team to Omaha, Nebraska to investigate what was left of the Franklin Case. After spending nearly a year in Omaha collecting footage and interviews, the crew felt they had a documentary that may even win awards. With nearly half a million dollars spent on production, Conspiracy of Silence was set to shatter the silence that had shrouded the case.

In May of 1994 when the ground-breaking documentary was scheduled to air thousands tuned in to find that once again the powers that be had silenced the Franklin story. Later DeCamp was told that cable companies had struck a deal with Congress to not impede on their programming if they pulled Conspiracy of Silence. An unknown purchaser bought all of the copies of the program, and reimbursed Yorkshire Television the production costs. But not all copies were destroyed. In 1995 John DeCamp received a cutting room copy of the documentary.

The documentary copy online is indeed a workprint copy, with various missing sections filled in by a title card and the Yorkshire Television logo (yes, I do know the logo!):

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That’s a salient detail in its favor.

And yet the documentary ends abruptly, unfinished. It lacks titles and credits. On-screen titles that identify people seem to have been added to the print later on by another party.

Of course, I hate a mystery. So I’ve emailed Yorkshire Television about this. I hope I will get a reply. Since they probably get hundreds of inquiries per day about many other subjects, this will probably take some time.

Today I read The Franklin Case In-Depth Report. It provided additional details that weren’t mentioned in the aborted(?) documentary. (It’s marred by several strange typos; but I didn’t let that stop me.)

I then went on to read The Gunderson Report: Child Sexual Abuse. It is long long long. And if I thought the previous account of the Franklin case was shocking, this one is downright incredible. It links the Franklin case to a worldwide Satanic ritual cult, CIA mind-control experiments, Iran-Contra, and global trafficking in children for sexual purposes. As if the original Franklin case wasn’t shocking enough, this report states that it’s only the tip of a shadow trade none of us could ever believe exist.

For more on the alleged CIA connection and connection to Franklin, turn to this story about Craig Spence: Stirring the White House honey pot. For confirmation of Craig Spence being a mystery, see this Time magazine piece: Washington’s Man from Nowhere.

The New York Times coverage of the Franklin story:

A Lurid, Mysterious Scandal Begins Taking Shape in Omaha

Nebraska Inquiry Is Given File on Sex Abuse of Foster Children

Trial Is Delayed in Omaha Scandal

Omaha Grand Jury Sees Hoax in Lurid Tales

Omaha Tales of Sexual Abuse Ruled False

Which seems to effectively sweep it under the rug. Except.

America’s Most Wanted did a story about a famous child disappearance: John “Johnny” David Gosch. It ties the disappearance of this kid back into Franklin (and therefore back into Spence in D.C.) and back into a clandestine and highly-organized pedophilia ring of unimaginable proportions.

Here at Archive for the ‘Franklin Credit Union’ Category at Conservative Babylon blog, even more names are implicated in the scandal, further enhancing its credibility. Or incredibility, because even the writer there pauses to note:

Hang in there. It gets weirder.

And later on asks:

Is your head spinning yet?

But the very idea of predatory homosexual pedophiles in high places isn’t exactly new. Here’s a reminder about the case of Congressman Mark Foley.

How much of any of this do I believe? I just don’t know.

Seven years ago, if you had told me it would be possible to simply pick people off the street, stick them in a jet, and fly them off to different countries, defying all laws against that, I would have laughed at you.

Now our government has been doing Extraordinary Rendition.

It really, really makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

In The Meantime … Some Anti-Obama

March 7, 2008

I’m sidetracked doing a lot of Net reading for an upcoming post.

One of the things I stumbled across in my site-hopping today are two posts that I’ll have to read up on later.

In the meantime, those of you wondering what the real Barack Obama and Wife are like, go see:

Pork-Barrel Spending, Billjacking, and Strong-Arm Tactics: How Barack Obama Got Where He Is Today

Michelle Obama Just Won’t Shut Up (But She Does Want to Meet Me, Right After She Rips Out Bill Clinton’s Eyes)

Reference: BBC iPlayer For iPhone

March 7, 2008

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BBC iPlayer On iPhone: Behind The Scenes

This means that every programme needs to be transcoded in a Flash version (for PC streaming), a WMV version (Windows PC download), MPEG2 (TV set-top box), H.264 (web browser), and a variety of other formats coming soon. To do this, we have a transcoding farm of over 50 rack-mount PCs, most of which are running really fast dual quad-core Xeon CPUs. As content arrives off tape (for pre-recorded programmes) or off-air (from our digital satellite links, for live content like news and sport), it’s fed into the transcoding platform.

Those input files are encoded at over 50Mbps which makes them huge – around 25GB per hour of incoming video. With eight BBC TV channels plus 18 regional news broadcasts, that means we need to deal with up to 24 simultaneous incoming programmes, for a peak data rate of over a gigabit per second of incoming video.

Of course, you can’t please everybody, not even with that. From the Comments there:

How in God’s name can the BBC justify making the service available to iPhone users before Mac users?

There are thousands more Mac users than iPhone users.

This is disgraceful.

Not that I can use it anyway, here in the U.S. …