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daily link  Saturday, November 22, 2003


blo.gs: " blo.gs lets you keep an eye on your favorite weblogs via the web, email, and instant messenger. you can even put the list on your site: a blogroll that knows what is new"  11:50:34 PM  permalink  

While we have your attention, Mr President...: Advice to George Bush from the Baghdad blogger: "Listen, habibi, it is not over yet. Let me explain this in simple terms. You have spilled a glass full of tomato juice on an already dirty carpet and now you have to clean up the whole room. Not all of the mess is your fault but you volunteered to clean it up. I bet if someone had explained it to you like that you would have been less hasty going on our Rambo-in-Baghdad trip.

To tell you the truth, I am glad that someone is doing the cleaning up, and thank you for getting rid of that scary guy with the hideous moustache that we had for president. But I have to say that the advertisements you were dropping from your B52s before the bombs fell promised a much more efficient and speedy service. We are a bit disappointed. So would you please, pretty please, with sugar on top, get your act together and stop telling people you have Iraq all figured out when you are giving us the trial-and-error approach?

Anyway, I hope this doesn't disturb you too much. Have a nice stay in London, wave hello to the demonstrators, and give my regards to your spin doctors. I bet they are having a hell of a job making you look good.

Regards,  Salam Pax  The Baghdad Blogger "

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F.B.I. Scrutinizes Antiwar Rallies: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of antiwar demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads, according to interviews and a confidential bureau memorandum. .. The memorandum analyzed lawful activities like recruiting demonstrators, as well as illegal activities like using fake documentation to get into a secured site.  F.B.I. officials said in interviews that the intelligence-gathering effort was aimed at identifying anarchists and "extremist elements" plotting violence, not at monitoring the political speech of law-abiding protesters. "  More like the Nixon years every day.

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DNA-based nanoassembly: "Braun's team began their manufacturing process by coating a central part of a long DNA molecule with proteins from an E. coli bacterium. Next, graphite nanotubes coated with antibodies were added, which bound onto the protein. After this, a solution of silver ions was added. The ions chemically attach to the phosphate backbone of the DNA, but only where no protein has attached. Aldehyde then reduces the ions to silver metal, forming the foundation of a conducting wire. To complete the device, gold was added. This nucleates on the silver and creates a fully conducting wire. The end result is a carbon nanotube device connected a both ends by a gold and silver wire."  It functions as a transistor.  The entire process is room temperature.  6:52:45 PM  permalink  

VON Magazine review of SIP-based products: "SIP turned out to be everything that H.323 was not: a lean, flexible, text-based protocol more in tune with the design philosophy of other Internet protocols .. Users are identified to a SIP system by location-independent, email-like names; e.g., zippy@home.com. And like a browser requesting a home page from a web server, a SIP client sends requests to a receiving server, which processes them and returns proper responses. The SIP messages themselves are very simple, such as "INVITE" (invites another SIP user to a session) and "OPTIONS" (asks a SIP server to reply with its feature set). SIP has kept up with the times. With the rise of Instant Messaging and Presence (IMP) services, another IETF working group developed an appropriate set of signaling extensions, called SIMPLE (SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions). SIMPLE is practically a standard, but hasn't yet been finalized as one. Work is also underway to ensure that SIP will function with Mobile IP devices ­ SIP's registration capability lends itself to provide mobility and location functions"  4:10:06 PM  permalink  

 

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