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This is interesting: "State computer

This is interesting:
“State computer with confidential medical data put up for sale.
A state computer put up for sale as surplus contained confidential files naming thousands of people with AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the state auditor said Thursday.”

I’ve been trying to buy up some old hardware from Texas A&M’s surplus auctions myself. Wonder what info I’ll find…

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Scientists Shake Hands over Internet: Porn Industry Interested

As this Reuters story reports, scientists are developing a way to “recreate the sense of touch” over the Internet.
Says Reuters:

“Pushing on the pen sends data representing forces through the Internet that can be interpreted by a phantom and therefore felt on the other end,” said Mel Slater, Professor of Computer Science at University College London (UCL).
“You can not only feel the resulting force, but you can also get a sense of the quality of the object you’re feeling — whether it’s soft or hard, wood-like or fleshy.”

I don’t think I need to point out that as soon as this technology becomes viable, the porn industry is going to explode, and we’ll all become mindless cyber-sex addicts.

In other news, it seems that there was a slight miscalculation in the amount of gas that was injected into the Russian theatre to free the hostages, killing at least 120 of the hostages by the toxic gas, while only one person died from being shot during the raid. I’m no fan of the terrorists, but I think the Russian government showed gross incompetence on many levels by not calculating the effects of the gas, not providing medical attention shortly after the raid, and then not informing the doctors of what the toxic agent actually was, so that they could provide the proper antidote. Afterwards, the Russian government refused to reveal the status of the hostages, the number dead, or the nature of the gas that was used, and told the doctors involved to stay mum or else. I think the general problem can be characterized as a complete disregard from human life by the Russian government, Soviet-style incompetence, and a disregard for free speech.

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SPAM

I got spam from the Air Force Reserve today. Are they getting desperate or what? Maybe they should make a flight simulator game — hey, it worked for the Army.
Would it work so that you were always fighting the enemy, and if so, who would you go after? Is it open season on Iraq yet?
I think I am going to have to write a letter to the Air Force:
Dear Sirs,
Please take me of your subscription lists. I don’t wish to receive any more unsolicited mail or email from the Armed Force, so if you could remove me from the spamming list as well as the draft rolls, I’d much appreciate it.
Sincerely,
David V

(Check out a little article I wrote about dealing those spammers here.)

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For computer newbies

I wish I could just give one of these to all the people have who mess up their computers for no good reason and then come asking me how to fix it…

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