State Department Computers Hit by Virus: “The State Department’s electronic system for checking every visa applicant for terrorist or criminal history failed worldwide for several hours late Tuesday because of a computer virus, leaving the U.S. government briefly unable to issue visas.”
“It was unclear which computer virus might have affected the system. But a separate message sent to embassies and consular offices late Tuesday warned that the Welchia virus had been detected in one facility.”
Scientists have found the fossil of an ancient rodent the size of a buffalo: “A 1,545-pound rodent with a voracious appetite and big teeth.”
In related news, Universal has begun filming “Prehistoric Willard: the Prequel“.
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Valley’s jobless rate declines: “It’s a meaningless decline in the Silicon Valley unemployment rate… All that happened was more people gave up and stopped looking for work.”
“Some 7,800 people dropped out of the labor force between July and August, according to the EDD report; those people either left the area or for some reason stopped looking for work.”
Sun’s Papadopoulos Looks Ahead: “engineers walk around with signs on theirs heads that say ‘give me something to do that I’m going to show you in 18 months.’ “
Only a military contractor could call a $100 million bone-headed blunder an “Anomaly”.
“The shock and vibration of the fall undoubtedly caused tremendous damage. Significant rework and retest will be required.”
New York Post:: “The music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers – including a 12-year-old Upper West Side girl”
“I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,” Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment on West 84th Street where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.
We just got back from visiting Julia’s mom in the little town of Sidney, Ohio.
Much to my surprise, the local Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.
And it’s one of my favorite topics: “Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future”
Anyone who’s been to a World’s Fair, or seen Popular Mechanics from the ’40s and ’50s will recognize the breathless predictions.
Vacations on the Moon!
Software that works!
Another cool vision of the future is the
exhibit over at
“The complete works of Kinchan and Katori Shingo, the folks who brought us ‘Matrix Pong’.”