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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

the one about the 11-year old violinist that rocks

Yesterday's "Are You Incapacitated?" drew heavily on two things: Bill Clinton's insights into "incapacity feeding corruption", and how the power of communities and the internet, when leveraged properly can turn back that tide of incapacity.

So for today, we'll be a bit light.

Let's begin with a BBC post that Kryptonite is here, and it's no joke:
"Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

"The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite."

This came out a few days ago: Mathematician gave a suggestion that extra-dimensions are time-like.

Yahoo News came out with this last friday: The human brain has origin in the lowly worm. disgusting, I know. The worm must equally be so.

And National Greographic says Ancient Mass Extinctions may have been caused by cosmic rays.

For you Mac-carrying boys and girls, SeekingAlpha talked about Apple knowing what it's doing with delaying Leopard and launching iPhone first.

Then, if you've read our post on "Don't Cry for Me Cupertino", and many other security blogs on the topic: "the mac has been hacked", Matasano Chargen has an update on the flaw. It's related to how Java works with Quicktime. According to them, both windows and macs are vulnerable. Firefox or Safari doesn't matter because as long as you use Quicktime and Java together, you're open.

Disabling Java protects you for now. Needless to say, I haven't, we like to live dangerously out here.

eWeek report: Hardware Virtualization from IBM lets you run x86 code on Power Servers.

If you saw Heroes' ".07%" last night--- then go ahead and see CBR's Behind the Eclipse, who're back from haitus. Needless to say, it was an episode that again rocked! Anyway, I won't spoil for those of you who haven't seen it. Heroes Revealed has a trailer from the Canadian side for next week's episode.

For you politically inclined: According to the Register: Open Rights Group (ORG), says it will be sending 30 observers to monitor the UK's trial of electronic voting technologies in the May 2007 (UK) local elections.

By now you'd know that Yeltsin is dead and the BBC posted: Toyota World's largest carmaker.

Lastly, saw this video while having lunch yesterday: 11 year old Sirena Huang rocks with the violin. Enjoy.

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