‘SMART METERS’ are a Dumb Idea

Headaches, insomnia, tinnitus, DNA breakdown. . . These are just a few of the myriad problems mentioned when people talk about the constant bombardment of EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies, a huge by-product of the new Smart Meters being installed by public utilities around the country.But wait! We have been told that the Smart Grid, with it’s Smart Meters would be a good thing for all of us. Now we find out that this scheme poses very real dangers to human health?

Information on the effect of installing millions of Smart Meters, all equipped with wireless transmitters that are constantly filling the environment with EMFs, is just starting to trickle in. An electrical engineer named Rob States has been looking into this problem…

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The Book of Mormon

“The Book of Mormon” slipped quietly into town four weeks ago without the hype of an out-of-town tryout, just a lot of anticipation thanks to its creative DNA. Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the envelope-pushing pair behind “South Park,” and Robert Lopez, the composer of “Avenue Q,” delivered this baby. And, oh boy, it’s a real winner. The show is blissfully original, irreverent, outspoken and hilarious. And all that’s tucked inside good — no, great — old-fashioned musical. The plot follows two young Mormon missionaries — Elder Price, an ace; Elder Cunningham, a loser — from Utah to Uganda, where they seek to recruit new church members. All of them end up transformed. But that change, and the acknowledgment that it’s okay to believe in what you want, doesn’t come easily. Price and Cunningham find their Mormon faith and American can-do spirit tested to the limit after they run into curious mythologies and Africans brutalized by AIDS, poverty and a sadistic warlord.

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LOL, OMG, FYI Added to the Dictionary? WTF!

Internet slang like LOL and OMG are commonplace on sites like Twitter and Facebook or in GChat and AIM, but do they belong in the dictionary? The Oxford English Dictionary says yes; LOL, OMG, and FYI were added to the March 2011 release of the OED Online dictionary. For those not versed in Web slang, OMG is short for “Oh my God,” or gosh, goodness, etc., while LOL is “laugh out loud” and FYI is “for your information.” OED says these abbreviations join others like TMI (too much information) and BFF (best friends forever). OED notes that on the Internet or on texts, “initialisms are quicker to type than the full forms, and (in the case of text messages, or Twitter, for example) they help to say more in media where there is a limit to a number of characters one may use in a single message.”

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IE8 on Windows 7 hijacked with 3 vulnerabilities

Using three different vulnerabilities and clever exploitation techniques, Irish security researcher Stephen Fewer successfully hacked into a 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1) running Internet Explorer 8 to win this year’s CanSecWest hacker challenge. Fewer (right), a Metasploit developer who specializes in writing Windows exploits, used two different zero-day bugs in IE to get reliable code execution and then chained a third vulnerability to jump out of the IE Protected Mode sandbox. The attack successfully bypassed DEP (data execution prevention) and ASLR (address space layout randomization), two key protection mechanisms built into the newest versions of Windows.

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FAA approves use of iPads

Pilots won’t have to rely on old-school paper maps and charts anymore, moving into the age of the tablet. That’s because the FAA has approved iPads for pilots to use for cockpit documentation. The rule only applies to pilots for charter company Executive Jet Management at the moment, but now that they’re allowed to do it, look for commercial pilots to follow suit before too long. It’s great news for pilots who have traditionally had to lug around 20 pounds of charts with them, but potentially bad news for passengers who will have to deal with pilots distracted by Angry Birds. It’s a tradeoff, I guess.

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Verizon Unlimited Data might be for a Limited Time Only…

Well, the all-you-can data party Verizon’s been throwing may be ending sooner than later, folks. In fact, if you were waiting for the iPhone 5 and hoping to nab an unlimited plan to go along with it, you probably won’t be able to do that. Speaking to Reuters, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was hoping her name, which is surprisingly fun to say out loud, would distract us from her grim message that Verizon could boot unlimited data: “We will probably do that in the mid-summer time frame.” She went on to add that the company “didn’t want to put up a barrier” for users who wanted to try out the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network. Translation? They get you in with a taste of the good stuff, then when things get hairy you’re still hooked. Maybe that’s a bit cynical, however, as the company doesn’t force a long two year contract with the iPhone 4, though heavily subsidizes the purchase if you sign up for it.

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Does Technology Isolate Us or Unite Us?

There’s an interesting discussion going on over at LockerGnome. I decided it was something that I could use to create a video starting point – using this as a jump-off to even more communication amongst all of us. The original poster asked “Does technology unite us – or divide us?” Your gut reaction may be to start yelling that it of course unites us by giving us tools to communicate with people around the world at the snap of a finger. However, the same tools used to unite can also be used to tear us apart and isolate us.

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