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BEHOLD! The Future, Today – LINK

terrafugia transition

That’s right, an ACTUAL flying car.

From the article: “It’s a two-seater. Front-wheel-drive. Gets about 30 mpg on the highway. But give it a third of a mile of straight asphalt in front of it, and it really flies.”

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? Just yesterday, my 10 year old son asked me when we’d have flying cars. I guess now we know the answer.

Desmond Tutu: Arizona: The Wrong Answer – LINK

Abominations such as apartheid do not start with an entire population suddenly becoming inhumane. They start here. They start with generalizing unwanted characteristics across an entire segment of a population. They start with trying to solve a problem by asserting superior force over a population. They start with stripping people of rights and dignity – such as the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty – that you yourself enjoy. Not because it is right, but because you can. And because somehow, you think this is going to solve a problem.

This is one of the best responses to SB1070 I’ve read. A pure condemnation of everything wrong with this bill.

Read it, share it and then live it!

Cardinal Mahony likens Arizona immigration bill to Nazi, Communist practices – LINK

Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony lambasted legislation passed Monday by Arizona lawmakers that would crack down on illegal immigrants, likening it to “German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques” that compelled people to turn each other in.

“The Arizona legislature just passed the country’s most retrogressive, mean-spirited, and useless anti-immigrant law,” he wrote on his blog. “The tragedy of the law is its totally flawed reasoning: that immigrants come to our country to rob, plunder, and consume public resources. That is not only false, the premise is nonsense.”

I couldn’t say it any better than Cardinal Mahony. *Redacted statement. See comments for reasoning.
I keep hoping for the day when people will try to look at the real issues facing our community rather than fear mongering. It is a fools hope, I know.

I’m so jaded on people.

Amazing Photos of Iceland’s Volcano

Lava spurts out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajl volcano near the Eyjafjalla glacier in Iceland on March 27, 2010. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Boston.com has a collection of some amazing photos of the volcano erupting in Iceland.

The Big Picture is a fantastic source for great event photography. One of my favorite sites in my Google Reader feeds.

Check it out!

Library of Congress To Archive All Public Tweets

Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service?
Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library
of Congress.

That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March
2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of
tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day,
with the total numbering in the billions.

Now we can all say we have published work in the Library of Congress.

That’s right, all you hardworking, respectable authors can suck it!

Photographing The Newest Man-Made Marvel – LINK

Photographer Jamey Stillings speaks very casually about his relationship with
bridges. Even though his photo studies began over 20 years ago when he
was an MFA student. Even though he has been obsessively documenting the
construction of the Colorado River Bridge at the Hoover Dam for over year. Oh,
and he almost forgot to mention that his son’s name means “bridge” in another
language. In fact, Stillings seems almost surprised at the recurring
theme.

I’ve been across Hoover Dam a few times since construction started on this engineering marvel; it’s always interesting to see how much progress has been made from the last trip.

This photo set is awesome.

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

…a federal appeals court recently overturned the fines imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on Comcast in 2007. The ruling was overturned on the grounds that the FCC lacks jurisdiction over telco Internet access offerings.

This decision has a number of ramifications, which I’ll go into shortly. But first: Some people are saying this ruling sounds the death knell to net neutrality.

How can I put this delicately? Horsepucky.

The end game is precisely the opposite: This decision has essentially ensured the passage of net neutrality.

An interesting take on the on-going Net Neutrality saga.

It’s Not Real, It’s a Left-Wing Conspiracy

Glacier National Park

The park’s glaciers have been slowly melting since about
1850, when the centuries-long Little Ice Age ended.

National Park Service

THE GIST:

  • Glacier National Park has lost two more glaciers to warming.
  • Twenty-five named glaciers are left in the national park.
  • All of the glaciers could be completely gone by the end of the
    decade.


Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to
climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt,
a government researcher said Wednesday.

Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the
northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the U.S.
Geological Survey. He warned the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of
the decade.

Seriously, there’s no proof… anywhere… :-

An Old Friend Makes a Comeback

Photo: Commodore USA

The vintage Commodore 64 personal computer is getting a makeover, with a new design and some of the latest computing technologies, as the brand gets primed for a comeback.

 

The Commodore 64 was a home computer running on an 8-bit processor released by Commodore International in 1982. The computer was one of the most popular models of all time, selling close to 17 million units between 1982 and 1994, according to the Computer History Museum.

The revamped computer will be available through the Commodore USA online store, which is set to open June 1, according to the company’s Web site. The computer will be an all-in-one keyboard, with Intel’s 64-bit quad-core microprocessors and 3D graphics capabilities, according to the site.

To conform with the times, the PC also offers up to 500GB of hard drive storage and 4GB of RAM. Also included are a DVD-RW drive, a touchpad, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) port to connect monitors. No price information was given on the Web site.

I have some great memories of playing on the Commodore 64 at my friend Jon’s house when I was little. How can I not be excited to see this hallmark of my childhood return?

All nostalgia aside, this is a decent looking machine. Nothing to knock your socks off, but for everyday computing and even a little gaming, this has potential, if the price is right.

IPv4 Addresses Running Out

This week it was announced that
IANA has allocated 1.0.0.0/8 to APNIC
. This prefix must look familiar to
many as we see it often in examples and documentation. And let’s be honest
haven’t you used 1.1.1.1 on one of your test routers to quickly test
something?
Receiving a prefix from this range might result in some issues in
regards to duplicate announcements and duplicate address usages.

An interesting post on the ramifications of the recent allocation of the 1.0.0.0/8 IP range from the people at bgpmon.net.

How’s your hexadecimal?