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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Hell freezes over, pigs fly, etc
Shocking news!
Update: Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it's scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel's microprocessors, CNET News.com has learned.

Apple has used IBM's PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel's chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said.

The announcement is expected Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, at which Chief Executive Steve Jobs is giving the keynote speech. The conference would be an appropriate venue: Changing the chips would require programmers to rewrite their software to take full advantage of the new processor.

Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips | CNET News.com
I don't really buy it. Brian doesn't. John doesn't. The reason is that it doesn't make any damn sense for Apple to do this. I think news.com.com is just trolling for links and hits over the weekend, while we await WWDC (hey, they got me to link). WWDC is Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, where big Apple announcements are typically made.

Here are the probabilities as I see them:

-news.com.com (what a stupid URL) are whoring for attention, and this news is a lot smaller than they're implying. 99%

-Apple to switch to x86 architecture wholesale across its product lines, the second time in the last decade or so that it's jumped to a completely different chip architecture. 1%

-Apple and Intel are jointly announcing a brand-new processor architecture. 5%

-Apple switching to emulating PPC on x86 for their cheaper entry-level consumer Mac, the Mac Mini. High end Macs continue to use PPC. 10%

-Same as above, but it's Apple's speed-deprived notebooks that get the PPC on x86 technology. 15%

-Apple switches to Intel, but not x86. Instead, Intel produces PPC chips for Apple. Alternatively, Apple is jumping to the Cell platform, and Intel will produce Cell processors for them. Both the PPC and Cel architectures are open so Intel wouldn't have a problem leaping into the fray. 20%

-Apple has a new headless server product based on Darwin, sans the Apple GUI, which will run on x86. 30%

-Apple is not switching any Macs to a different architecture. Apple is to use an Intel chipset on existing machines, or Intel's ARM processor (the X-Scale) in either future iPods (video iPods?) or a new tablet Mac. 35%

-Apple is going to surprise us and blow our minds with some new, hitherto-unpredicted product that uses an Intel processor: 45%

My gut tells me that news.com.com is full of it. We'll see what Monday's Stevenote brings.
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throbert in Channel Ж:
Throblett's Familiar Quotations

A Jewish lady whose name eludes me at the moment once wrote:

What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call Man's "Original Sin"? What are the evils Man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge -- he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil -- he became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor -- he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire -- he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy -- all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of Man's fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as Man. Whatever he was -- that robot in the Garden of Eden who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love -- he was not Man.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Italian minister publicly calls for the return of the lira
In light of the devastating rejections of the EU constitution in Holland and France, the unthinkable is now thinkable and opponents of the EU are pressing their advantage. An Italian minister and member of a euro-skeptic party is calling for the return of the lira and Italian control over Italian monetary policy. Let's hope he's the first in a barrage. He asks pointedly why Britain can be prosperous with its own currency and Italy must use the €. I don't think there's a good answer.
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throbert in Channel Ж:
CUNNING LINGUISTS (Language Perma-Thread)

Y'all know that some of us DLers have an amateur passion for linguistics and like to blather on now and then about Slavic verb morphology or Arabic/Hebrew cognates. Well, this here's a perma-thread where you're encouraged to re-post language-related discussions for easy browsing by visitors. (Of course, you can also post NEW stuff here if you think it might be of lasting interest to language geeks.)
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throbert in Channel Ж:
READING IS FUN! (Books Perma-Thread)

Hey, gang! By popular demand (er... well, based on a democratic consensus of the voices in my head, which are legion), I am hereby instituting this new Root Cellar Perma-Thread where DL users can post reviews and recommendations of books. (If you've previously posted a good book review on a regular DL thread, and are able to track down your post via the search function, feel free to copy the post to this thread for convenient browsing by your fellow DLers.)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Iran's insurance policy
Look who's hiding in Iran:
• Saad bin Laden, the son of the al-Qaida leader whom U.S. authorities have aggressively hunted since the Sept. 11 attacks.

• Saif al-Adel, an al-Qaida security chief wanted in connection with the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

• Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the chief of information for al-Qaida and a frequently quoted spokesman for bin Laden.

U.S. and foreign intelligence officials say they believe those three are under some form of house arrest or surveillance by Iranian authorities.
These guys have "future gesture of goodwill" written all over them.
"I'll give you a terrorist, you let me have a bomb!"
"No! No bomb for you!"
"Two terrorists?"
"Okay, three but that's my final offer!"
"And I might have some more in the back room..."
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
New Jersey puts domestic terrorists on trial
In my vegan days I had sympathy for SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty). I still think Huntingdon Life Sciences are inexcusably brutal and inhumane to their animal test subjects. But nothing justifies freelance terrorism. SHAC is not the law, and their domestic terrorist tactics do not belong in a civil society. Of course, they're whining about the Bush administration silencing dissent. I think we can all agree that most of their actions fall outside the bounds of what any society would consider acceptable dissent. Throw the book at them.
Their tactics included invading offices, damaging property and stealing documents. They also charged with physical assault - including spraying cleaning fluid into the eyes of employees - smashing the windows of their homes and threatening to kill or injure members of their families, prosecutors said.

The group also targeted other companies that did business with Huntingdon. Those firms were swamped with telephone calls and email blitzes intended to clog their computer systems, the indictment said.

Other alleged incidents include overturning a Huntingdon employee's car in the driveway of his New Jersey home and the destruction of putting greens at the Meadowbrook Golf Club in Long Island, New York, where some Huntington employees held memberships.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Osama captured and you're infected
I got an email yesterday urging me to turn on CNN because "Osama has been captured!" And if I opened the email attachment, I'd see "photographs of the whole thing!" and "sorry for the low quality of the photos but it's an historic moment!" Oh, and "God Bless America!"
Users are being warned not to open junk e-mail messages claiming Osama Bin Laden has been captured.

The messages claim to contain pictures of the al-Qaeda leader's arrest but anyone opening the attachment will fall victim to a Microsoft Windows virus.

Since 1 June anti-virus companies have been catching the junk mail messages in large numbers.

Security firms fear that interest in Bin Laden's whereabouts could spark a big outbreak.
Fake Bin Laden e-mail hides virus
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Time to impress the Americans
How can the Saudi-U.S relationship be fixed? Youssef Ibrahim tells the Saudis to stop spreading hate messages in their schools, in their mosques, in their newspapers, in their television shows. I wish the U.S. would make the same demand.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
The Dutch Want More Referendums
The Dutch people seem to like the taste of their No against the European constitution.

Now according to a survey published by Newcom - a research office bound to Univeristy of Twente in north-east of Holland, they want a referendum more often at important political decisions.

83% of the Dutch people want a referendum more often and 58% find that the result must be always binding.

The labor party (formerly a part of Yes campaign) is now talking about a referendum later this year on whether Dutch people agree with shutting down the nuclear facilities. Also Christian United party wants a referendum on the situation of health care.

It will not take so long for other political parties to catch what is going on here. Soon the party with the longest list of issues ready for referendum will win any domestic election.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Chinese Incongruities
How is it that a country with 4% of the world's GDP can consume 40% of its cement? Investment bubble.
The point is that the model of Chinese development is characterized by an intense use of resources. If in the fifty year period since the founding of the People’s Republic of China the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) increased by 10 times, its consumption of mineral resources increased by forty times more.

Last year China, compared to worldwide totals, consumed 31% of all coal, 30% of iron ore, 27% of steel, 25% of aluminum oxide and 40% of cement. On the other hand, China’s GDP was a bit less than 4% of that of the entire world with its population being around 20% of the entire globe. It is therefore likely that even oil consumption will increase by its current 7.5% of the total figure.

Greater conflict in Gulf would spark economic and social crisis
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