Peer to beer networking

28 February 2002

lau@ny, tha pics for lawa
Paging Through Kurt Cobain's Diaries
A new book reveals the person behind the Nirvana frontman
44th Annual GRAMMY Awards
'Booze Will Topple NHS'
The NHS is "paralysed" by alcohol misuse and could "collapse" unless the problem is tackled, a report has warned.
Dr Chris Luke of Cork University Hospital warned the "NHS will collapse unless lifestyle issues such as alcohol are tackled".

27 February 2002

Mais non on leur fait rien je vous jure.
"Le corps sans vie d'un détenu a été découvert mercredi dans une cellule de l'Hôtel de police de Genève. Il s'agit du 2e décès d'un prévenu intervenu dans la prison en l'espace de trois jours. Cette fois, le prévenu décédé est un Algérien de 34 ans domicilié à Lausanne"
Michael Moore vs O'Reilly transcript. The whole interview is worth reading:
"I mean, what upsets me when I think about this thing with Clinton is that we had 200 FBI agents during the latter part of the '90's, investigating a president's zipper. I want to ask you really seriously. Where we would be today had those 200 FBI agents been doing their real job, doing their real investigating, real intelligence gathering and protecting us from those who would harm us?"
As we are in the historic mood (special for Jaune):
Why do some countries drive on the right and others on the left?
Same conclusion. Decisions made thousands of years ago still impact our daily life.

Les stats de la criminalité en Suisse. Comme d'hab, c'est les étrangers qui foutent le bordel.
"I'm getting old," he said after the game. "It's a sign that this might be coming to a closure as to where my career is heading. The body sends you messages, and tonight my body won."
Will Jordan retire again ?
anybody interested in a tech project manager role (and chicks) should apply here!
Histoire de rail... à méditer...

La distance standard entre 2 rails de chemin de fer aux US est de 4
pieds et 8,5 pouces. C'est un chiffre particulièrement bizarre.

Pourquoi cet écartement a-t-il été retenu ?
Parce que les chemins de fer US ont été construit de la même façon qu'en
Angleterre, par des ingénieurs anglais expatriés, qui ont pensé que
c'était une bonne idée car ça permettait également d'utiliser des
locomotives anglaises.

Pourquoi les anglais ont construits les leurs comme cela ?
Parce que les premières lignes de chemin de fer furent construites par
les mêmes ingénieurs qui construisirent les tramways, et que cet
écartement était alors utilisé.

Pourquoi ont-ils utilisé cet écartement ?
Parce que les personnes qui construisaient les tramways étaient les
mêmes qui construisaient les chariots et qu'ils ont utilisé les mêmes
méthodes et les mêmes outils.

Mais, pourquoi les chariots utilisent un tel écartement ?
Et bien, parce que partout en Europe et en Angleterre les routes avaient
déjà des ornières et un espacement différent aurait cause la rupture de
l'essieu du chariot.

Donc, pourquoi ces routes présentaient elles des ornières ainsi espacées
?
Les premières grandes routes en Europe ont été
construites par l'empire romain pour accélérer le déploiement des
légions romaines.

Pourquoi les romains ont ils retenue cette dimension ?
Parce que les premiers chariots étaient des chariots de guerre romains.
Ces chariots étaient tirés par deux chevaux. Ces chevaux galopaient côte
à côte et devaient être espacés suffisamment pour ne pas se gêner. Afin
d'assurer une meilleure stabilité du chariot, les roues ne devaient pas
se trouver dans la continuité des empreintes de sabots laissées par les
chevaux, et ne pas se trouver trop espacées pour ne pas causer
d'accident lors du croisement de deux chariots.

Nous avons donc maintenant la réponse à notre question d'origine.
L'espacement des rails US (4 pieds et 8 pouces et demi) s'explique parce
que 2000 ans auparavant, sur un autre continent, les chariots romains
étaient construits en fonction de la dimension de l'arrière train des
chevaux de guerre. Il y a une extension intéressante de cette histoire
concernant l'espacement des rails et l'arrière train des chevaux.

Quand nous regardons la navette spatiale américaine sur son pas de tir,
nous pouvons remarquer les deux réservoirs additionnels attachés au
réservoir principal. La société THIOKOL fabrique ces réservoirs
additionnels dans leur usine de l'UTAH. Les ingénieurs qui les ont
conçus auraient bien aimé les faire un peu plus larges, mais ces
réservoirs devaient être expédiés par train jusqu'au site de lancement.
La ligne de chemin de fer entre l'usine et Cap Canaveral emprunte un
tunnel sous les montagnes rocheuses. Les réservoirs additionnels
devaient pouvoir passer sous ce tunnel. Le tunnel est légèrement plus
large que la voie de chemin de fer, et la voie de chemin de fer est à
peu près aussi large que les arrières train de deux chevaux.

Conclusion : une contrainte de conception du moyen de transport le plus
avancé au monde est la largeur d'un cul de cheval. Les spécifications et
la bureaucratie vivront pour toujours. Aussi, la prochaine fois que vous
avez des spécifications entre les mains et que vous vous demandez quel
cul de cheval les a inventées, vous vous serez peut-être posé la bonne
question..
QU'EST CE QUE... c'est un joueb ?
Un joueb (contraction de journal web) est un site web ou des informations sont publiees frequemment. Elles sont le plus souvent presentees par ordre chronologique et par categories.
Note : joueb est notre traduction du mot anglais blog (contraction de weblog).
A report [...] details a group of villages in south-eastern China where computers from America are picked apart and strewn along rivers and fields.
The transfer of hazardous waste is restricted by a 1989 treaty known as the Basel Convention, but the United States has not ratified it.

26 February 2002

Probably the most interesting article on blogging yet:
MIT Technology Review: "Ultimately, our media future could depend on the kind of uneasy truce that gets brokered between commercial media and these grass-roots intermediaries. Imagine a world where there are two kinds of media power: one comes through media concentration, where any message gains authority simply by being broadcast on network television; the other comes through grass-roots intermediaries, where a message gains visibility only if it is deemed relevant to a loose network of diverse publics. Broadcasting will place issues on the national agenda and define core values; bloggers will reframe those issues for different publics and ensure that everyone has a chance to be heard." (via Blogger)
A 115 000 euros la prune, on comprend que la contravention infligée au Finlandais Anssi Vanjoki, grand patron du géant de la téléphonie Nokia, ait fait couler beaucoup d'encre dans la presse internationale.
Insécurité : la première enquête sur les victimes en Ile-de-France
"Inédit par son ampleur - 10 500 entretiens -, ce travail montre que, de 1998 à 2000, 15 % à 20 % des Franciliens ont subi une atteinte à leur véhicule et 5 % à 10 % une agression ou un cambriolage. La plupart de ces faits échappent aux statistiques policières car les victimes ne portent pas plainte."

C'est vraiment un pauvre pays. 15% des gens se sont fait voler leur voiture. Ca a presque l'air normal.

"21 % des enquêtés n'ont quasiment jamais subi de victimation, sauf de cambriolage - ce qui ne les empêche pas d'être très préoccupés par la délinquance."
Donc 21% de la population n'a pas été agressée en 3 ans. Je fous plus jamais les pieds là bas.
When the manager of the John Nike Leisure Centre on Ali G's West Staines Massive turf tells Ali that the centre is being shut down through lack of funding, Ali's immediate concern is the alternative boy scout club that he runs there. "How is dese kids gonna make it outta de ghetto now?"
«Un non conforterait tous les stéréotypes légèrement dédaigneux des Britanniques envers les Suisses; un oui, en revanche, signalerait que quelque chose a changé, créant une impression favorable»
«Ici, on dit déjà des Suisses qu'ils ont plus de référendums que nous n'avons de dîners, poursuit Clive Church. Un refus d'adhérer aux Nations unies serait perçu comme un caprice, comme un invité qui se plaint des meubles du salon.»
boingboing.net -> At the most recent TED conference, Stephen Petranek of Discover presented the 10 most likely ways the Earth could end in the near future:

10. We lose the will to survive (depression being the #1 mental illness)
9. Aliens invade Earth (most primitive civilizations do not survive outside contact)
8. Our Ecosystem collapses (e.g. we destroy the marginal tree in the rain forest or run out of fish)
7. Particle accelerator mishap - when we can make devices powerful enough to make black holes we expect them to evaporate, but we can't be sure.
6. Biotech disaster
5. Reversal of Earth's magnetic field
4. Solar flares
3. Global epidemic
2. Rogue black hole
1. Asteroid collision
Yahoo's X or Not ? directory:
Am I Bin Laden or not?
Am I British Or Not?
Who Wants To Be A Pornstar?

25 February 2002

stripper-faq
How to become an Exotic Dancer
With interesting links in the resources section.
Every catastrophe begets its own linguistic fallout - words and phrases forged by the awful novelty of the moment or catapulted from obscurity into everyday speech. Sept. 11 is no exception: its neologistic progeny have infiltrated the language of public discourse and private conversation. And now, in a few cases, they are headed into the dictionary
Pauv' type: "Maybe," Roenick said, "they're just destined to win it every 50 years."
Dopage: Mühlegg, Lazutina et Danilova exclus des jeux
"L'Espagnol Johann Mühlegg et les Russes Larissa Lazutina et Olga Danilova, qui avaient remportés 8 médailles à eux trois aux Jeux d'hiver 2002, ont été exclus de ces Jeux après avoir été convaincus de dopage, a annoncé officiellement le CIO.
Johann Mühlegg (31 ans) d'origine allemande, a remporté le 9 février le 30 km libre. Le 14, il avait terminé premier de la poursuite et, le 23, s'était imposé dans le 50 km classique. Seule cette dernière médaille d'or lui est retirée."
Le mec est dopé, mais on lui retire que sa dernière médaille. Il a prit les produits entre les courses, c'est clair. Vive le sport.

24 February 2002

The bankrupt energy giant, Enron Corp., designed and maintained a fake trading floor at its Houston office.
According to former Enron employees, on the sixth floor of the company's downtown headquarters was a set, designed to trick analysts into believing business was booming.
"It was an elaborate Hollywood production that we went through every year when the analysts were going to be there to be impress them to make our stock go up," former employee Carol Elkin said.
Mobile massively multiplayer online role-playing
Released in Japan in January 2001, Samurai Romanesque offers a fantasy feudal Japan where thousands of gamers can play samurais and warlords by punching buttons on their mobile phones. Currently, Samurai Romanesque is available only in Japan, and only over NTT DoCoMo's popular I-Mode service
Get your pécé with no OS at WalMart
Germany will top the medals table in this year's Winter Olympics with 31 medals, 11 of them gold. Russia will be runners-up with 21 medals, 10 of them gold. Close behind will be the US and Norway.
Harvard economists Daniel Johnson and Ayfer Ali are pretty confident about their forecast - they were around 96 per cent accurate in their predictions for the Sydney Olympics medal table.
Australian inventor Kevin Feriss believes that when at its maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour, some skiers would experience a "never-ending" trip down the slope.

22 February 2002

I know there is a lot of golfers out there.....

Tiger Woods drives his BMW into a petrol station in a remote part of
the Irish countryside.
The attendant at the pump greets him in a typically relaxed Irish
manner completely unaware of who the golfing legend is.
- "Top of the mornin' to yer, sor" says the attendant.
Tiger nods a quick "hello" and bends forward to pick up the nozzle.
As he does so, two tees fall out of his shirt pocket onto the
ground.
- "What are dey den, son?" asks the attendant,
- "They're called tees" replies Tiger.
- "Well, what on de good earth are dey for?" inquires the Irishman.
- "They're for resting my balls on when I'm driving", says Tiger.
- "Feckin Jaysus", says the Irishman, "Dem boys at BMW tink of everything!"

21 February 2002

putain ai essaye de poster un javascript mais ca marche po...
- Si je vous comprends bien, il a tiré au hasard?
- Oui, pour faire réfléchir les familles. Tous ces gens qui vont là-bas et qui ne disent rien à leurs femmes vont le faire après ce geste. Il n?aurait jamais tiré dans une boulangerie.
So that dress for hot for sure... The Sun online, an interesting site with a "Sports Babes gallery"
A company says it has created a coaster that can detect whether a drink has been spiked with a date-rape drug.
Short Track Golden Boy Ohno in New Controversy
..Strange this time there was no french judge...
Kylie: Brits' Least Dressed Artist
CUP a load of this, girls! Forget the Wonderbra, here comes the no-blunder bra.
An advocate for the control of biological weapons who has been gathering information about last autumn's anthrax attacks said yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a strong hunch about who mailed the deadly letters.
But the FBI might be "dragging its feet" in pressing charges because the suspect is a former government scientist familiar with "secret activities that the government would not like to see disclosed," said Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Chemical and Biological Weapons Program.
27 gigabytes of information
The next generation of DVDs, able to hold almost six times as much information as current discs, has been unveiled by major technology companies.

20 February 2002

Michou président: "L'accession d'un homosexuel à la présidence de la République ne gênerait pas les Français."
Finally, THE answer for some of us that play too much with their playstation......
Rosario Ciccarelli (Helmut Placcino):

Ciccarelli incarne le boss mafieux sans scrupules par excellence: abandonnant la prostitution pour retourner a son 'core business', le trafic de drogue, il charge l'etudiant en chimie Adalbert Meyer de mettre au point une substance hallucinogene de synthese qui lui permettra d'augmenter ses marges. Cynique, cruel, venal et immoral, Rosario Ciccarelli est le prototype du salaud fini. Il pourrait fort bien devenir premier ministre un jour!
Putain Lau t'as eu raison de quitter Lôzanne, c'est méga dangereux:
Plusieurs coups de feu tirés dans la salle porno. Bilan: deux morts et deux blessés. Un Suisse de 25 ans a ouvert le feu avec son fusil d’assaut avant de se suicider
Just for u Lau..... Britney Spears: No "Sex," No Skin


Les suisses construisent un building hallucinant pour l'expo: "An inhabitable cloud whirling above a lake".

Et à l'intérieur, the ultimate shagging assistance:

As visitors pass one another, their coats will compare profiles and change color indicating the degree of attraction or repulsion, much like an involuntary blush - red for affinity, green for antipathy. The system allows interaction among 400 visitors at any time.
A federal judge late Friday told Microsoft it must disclose portions of the Windows source code, including XP and XP Embedded, to nine litigating states and the District of Columbia.
The University of California at Berkeley has suspended a male sexuality class after the campus newspaper published allegations that students watched their instructor have sex at a strip club and participated in an orgy at an extracurricular party.
"Those sorts of activities are not part of the approved course curriculum," Felde said. "We need to find out what the situation is. All we have now is a report in a student newspaper."

19 February 2002

The French connection to this Winter Olympics took a positive twist Monday. Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat won the ice dancing competition by a tiny margin -- a 5-4 vote by the judges. This time, however, controversy about the decision was absent, as the silver and bronze-winning couples each fell.

Encore une brillante démonstration du manichéisme américain: tu tombes t'as perdu, tu tombes pas t'as gagné....effectivement la grace, l'émotion, le talent c'est difficile à résumer en 0 et 1....pis y'a pas de participants nords américains cette fois donc les juges non pas trichés....
She makes Madonna look matronly. She's global capitalism in a micro-mini. She's junk food. Britney is the triumph of America made flesh - one more time
The A to Z of Britney

15 February 2002

Great column on our eternal debate: "translating between the language of the customers (or nontechnical managers) of your software and the language of programmers"
The Iceberg Secret, Revealed
- If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface that is 90% worse, they will think that the program is 90% worse.
- If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program is almost done.
- The dotcom that has the cool, polished looking web site and about four web pages will get a higher valuation than the highly functional dotcom with 3700 years of archives and a default grey background
- When you're showing off, the only thing that matters is the screen shot. Make it 100% beautiful.
teddy.bear.terrorist
US aircraft over southern Afghanistan have scattered $100 bills tucked into envelopes bearing a picture of President George W. Bush, witnesses said on Thursday.
4738 logos downloadable en format vectorisé pour la plupart.
Britney Makes Not So Innocent Movie Debut
Ah la Suisse, quel pays pittoresque avec son peuple si vrai.
"Aux côtés de son épouse, Heiri Ammann essaie aussi de ne pas trop montrer son trouble tout en racontant qu?il a, comme chaque jour, trait sa dizaine de vaches avant de se rendre à la fête qui s?est déroulée dans la grande salle de l?Hôtel Sternen, quartier général des fans de Simon. Là où ils ont été près de 400 à festoyer jusqu?à 4h30 du matin en l?honneur de la nouvelle médaille d?or, alors que le champion les "a supplié de ne pas trop forcer sur le schnaps"."
Frustrated Hajj pilgrims, some of whom had waited two days for flights to Saudi Arabia, stormed a plane carrying Afghanistan's minister of civil aviation and tourism Thursday and beat him to death, security officials told CNN.
So maybe these people are really not like us.

14 February 2002

a day on the river...
B.D.Tyagi, a resident of Bhopal, India displays the longest ear hair in the world, measuring 10.2 cm (4 Inches) Tuesday Feb. 5, 2002 in Bhopal.
Bhopal, c'est pas là bas que les américains testaient des produits chimiques sur les humains? Mais non, c'était pas nocif. We come in peace.
Fossilised

13 February 2002

penalty for being an arrogant bastard
Les autorités ont à nouveau alerté les Américains, mardi 12 février en fin de journée, d'un risque d'attentat anti-américain imminent par un Yéménite aux Etats-Unis ou au Yémen.
Imagine if every move you made on the internet was taxed by BT. It may sound bizarre but it could happen if a court case starting in New York on Monday finds in the company's favour.
Mike Tyson has received a welcome boost after being granted a licence to box in Georgia.
4.1 millions pixel in your digital camera won't save you from being a loser in the near future. Check X3 photographic sensor chip.

Google Plug and Play. Ca doit être assez fort à foutre sur un réseau interne. Le truc scanne tous les drive, choppe les documents Office, PDF, etc... Un peu du document management cheapos.

12 February 2002

Présentation de Arthur Andersen
Interview de Edgar Brandt, directeur général du consulting, chez Andersen Suisse, en direct
Parlons de la reuvision comptable. Ca me rappelle le deusign.

Chocolate fries with your burger?
Beginning in May, H.J. Heinz Co. will ship a new line of Ore-Ida frozen potato products called Funky Fries featuring five new shapes, colors and flavors, all intended to give kids even more say over their parents' grocery store lists.
Peterson Bottle Organ
It Sounds Fantastic!
Advice to a Superpower (by Margaret Thatcher)
"The events of Sept. 11 are a terrible reminder that freedom demands eternal vigilance. And for too long we have not been vigilant. We have harbored those who hated us, tolerated those who threatened us and indulged those who weakened us. As a result, we remain, for example, all but defenseless against ballistic missiles that could be launched against our cities. A missile defense system will begin to change that. But change must go deeper still. The West as a whole needs to strengthen its resolve against rogue regimes and upgrade its defenses. The good news is that America has a president who can offer the leadership necessary to do so."
Clinton se tapait Lewinski, Bush tringle mémé Thatcher c'est clair.
Doctors are developing artificial wombs in which embryos can grow outside a woman's body. The work has been hailed as a breakthrough in treating the childless.
Scientists have created prototypes made out of cells extracted from women's bodies. Embryos successfully attached themselves to the walls of these laboratory wombs and began to grow. However, experiments had to be terminated after a few days to comply with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) regulations.

C'est tellement clair que dans quelques années plus aucune femme se fera chier à supporter un alien pendant 9 mois. Papa ira seeder un artificial womb, maman se fera prélever sa petite graine et tout le monde part en vacances 9 mois en se loggant de temps en temps sur myBaby.com pour voir la webcam du labo. Le bébé sera livré par Fedex un jour prévu 2 ans à l'avance.
Ca fait un peu peur quand même.
Armed to the teeth
The question the rest of the world is asking itself is: Who is the enemy America is arming itself so against? And why?
'Ostensibly,' says one European diplomat, 'this is about security. But quite how a massive increase in defence spending is supposed to prevent another terrorist attack remains unclear. Instead this seems to be about repairing the bruised American psyche after 11 September. America's powerlessness in the face of this attack requires big gestures and reassurances, even if they are counter-productive and meaningless.'

11 February 2002

Les services médicaux d'urgence ont déclaré la mort d'une dame de 77 ans qu'ils avaient découverte inconsciente dans sa salle de bains. Une erreur qui n'a été découverte que plusieurs heures plus tard, lorsque la vieille dame a bougé au contact du sac mortuaire dans laquelle on la plaçait...
Frances Foster, originaire de Brooklyn, qui avait été victime d'une attaque, a été hospitalisée samedi dans un état critique à l'hôpital. Elle est ensuite décédée, pour de bon, lundi matin.
Ca devait être une vraie chieuse celle là.
Traffic signs of the world (pour bollo)
THE BIG MAC INDEX
How To Bury a Drunk
IKEA from russia
Swedish furniture retailer IKEA's plan to build a giant $40 million warehouse near Moscow is part of its strategy to use the nation as a production center for its worldwide network, IKEA Russia chief Lennart Dahlgren said Friday.
Chris Patten, the EU commissioner in charge of Europe's international relations, has launched a scathing attack on American foreign policy - accusing the Bush administration of a dangerously "absolutist and simplistic" stance towards the rest of the world.
As EU officials warned of a rift opening up between Europe and the US wider than at any time for half a century, Mr Patten tells the Guardian it is time European governments spoke up and stopped Washington before it goes into "unilateralist overdrive".
Si toi aussi la Saint Valentin te fait chier:

09 February 2002

La Grom a apparement ouvert son shop aux clients romands. Révolution
The dream of teleporting atoms and molecules - and maybe even larger objects - has become a real possibility for the first time. The advance is thanks to physicists who have suggested a method that in theory could be used to "entangle" absolutely any kind of particle.

08 February 2002

MMMAAANNNN!!!! I am saved! No more phatos humiliation
DRINKERS may soon be able to get rid of their beer bellies by simply popping a pill, researchers have claimed.
A group of scientists say they have developed a new drug which enables users to shed weight without cutting calories or doing more exercise. Further trials will be carried out this year and if all goes to plan, a pill could be on the market in four years? time.
Mrs. Barbara Blackburn of Salem, Oregon can maintain 150 wpm for 50 min (37,500 key strokes) and attains a speed of 170 wpm using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard (DSK) system. Her top speed was recorded at 212 wpm.

Un autre layout de keyboard apparement bien meilleur que QWERTY etc... Réapprendre un keyboard, quelle horreur.
Bin Laden fled to Iran, cook says
A self-described chef for Osama bin Laden, who has been captured by tribesmen here, says that his boss - after leaving Afghanistan for Pakistan - has since traveled into Iran.
Tu leur donne du boulot, à bouffer pour leurs marmots et c'est comme ça qu'ils te remercient. Les domestiques, c'est toujours pareil.
Vous avez un problème avec Microsoft... voilà la réponse officielle du support MSoft


TALKING SEARCH TECHNOLOGY
Eric Schmidt
Chairman and CEO, Google Inc.

Is it true the Google infrastructure is based on Linux (the open-source operating system) running on personal computers?

Yes, it turns out that it's Linux and PCs that are built by hand. Which I find sort of moderately disturbing because, in my career, I've spent 20 years making that not be the correct answer. And yet it turns out that the PC is the best choice because we use desktop components and we have so many PCs that we buy incredibly cheaply. ... And Linux has a number of [advantages], including the fact that all the undergraduates coming out of the top universities now are Linux programmers. And it doesn't cost anything. So it has two things going for it.
Traiter une femme de «pétasse» peut valoir 300 francs d'amende
J'en connais qui mériteraient d'être millionaires. Et c'est combien pour "sale pute" ?
Cool idea.
"The notion is if you're going to welcome me with open arms you also have to welcome me with open legs"

07 February 2002

L'évènement dont tout le monde se fout (les JO d'hiver) commence demain. Le site est bourré de pubs, design NBC pourri avec grosses pics et headlines.
"I faced an individual who was basically kicking the door of the cockpit in sort of a kung-fu style," Boyer said. "I said, 'What are you doing?' And he said, 'I want to talk to the captain.'
[...] He said he and other passengers jumped on the man, and the plane's co-pilot then hit the man "bluntly on the head" with the ax.
"This led to a lot of blood all over the place," Boyer said.
Le capitaine se tapait sa femme probablement.
La plus grande fondue au chocolat du monde
Près de 40 % des lapins et oeufs de Pâques destinés au marché suisse ont été détruits. Ils sont partis en fumée dans l'incendie d'un centre de distribution zurichois de la Migros. La valeur des marchandises incendiées est évaluée à 29 millions.
Major privacy hole in Windows/MSN Messenger
A nifty feature in MSN and Windows Messenger which apparently was intended to identify IE users (without their knowledge or consent) on Microsoft Web sites can easily be abused by any Webmaster with a bit of Javascript or VBscript, a clever empiricist has discovered.
A congressional committee trying to serve a subpoena on former Enron Corp. Chairman Kenneth Lay said on Monday his personal attorney does not know where Lay is and could not accept the subpoena.
1. On the whole I am satisfied with myself.
2. At times I think that I am no good at all.
3. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.
4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.
5. I feel I do not have much to be proud of.
6. I certainly feel useless at times.
7. I feel that I am a person of worth, at least the equal of others.
8. I wish I could have more respect for myself.
9. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.
10. I take a positive attitude toward myself.
Devised by the sociologist Morris Rosenberg, this questionnaire is one of the most widely used self-esteem assessment scales in the United States.
If your answers demonstrate solid self-regard, the wisdom of the social sciences predicts that you are well adjusted, clean and sober, basically lucid, without criminal record and with some kind of college cum laude under your high-end belt. If your answers, on the other hand, reveal some inner shame, then it is obvious: you were, or are, a teenage mother; you are prone to social deviance; and if you don't drink, it is because the illicit drugs are bountiful and robust.
Alizee is an easy-on-the-eye 17-year-old girl (bargain!) who looks like a boy (double bargain!) and warbles songs in French (final discount!) about being a Lolita (everything must go!). (...)

06 February 2002


Y'a vraiment des gens à problèmes sur cette planète.
First Annual Google Programming Contest

Grand Prize
$10,000 in cash
VIP visit to Google Inc. in Mountain View, California
Potentially run your prize-winning code on Google's multi-billion document repository (circumstances permitting)

The Challenge
Google is providing a selection of about 900,000 web pages in pre-parsed and raw format, together with a "ripper" program that provides a framework for processing the pre-parsed data. Your mission is to write a program (most likely by adding code to the ripper) that does something interesting with the data, in such a way that it would scale to a web-sized collection of documents. Part of your job is to convince us of why your program is interesting and why it will scale; other than that, you're free to implement whatever strikes your fancy.
This series of articles is an inside account of what happened from Sept. 11 to Sept. 20, based on interviews with the principals involved in the decision-making, including the president, the vice president and many other key officials inside the administration and out.
The Write Stuff
The editors at Le Temps, a French-language daily in Geneva, have had it with sloppiness. They've decided to start fining reporters who misspell words or make grammatical errors in copy. Each mistake will cost the miscreant about 3 bucks American. If that policy was in force in the United States, copy editors would make enough money to send their kids to Harvard.

05 February 2002

New videos of the Segway (bottom of the page). Putain comme ça a l'air cool ce truc. Mais les mecs sont entrainés pour faire du slalom dans les bureaux, ça se voit.
Un cool site qui permet de tester des combos de couleurs.
Avant de pin trader, ma vie n'était rien:

Qu'est-ce que le pin trading
"Le Pin Trading est une façon amusante et fascinante de partager la magie Disney avec d'autres visiteurs et Cast Members. Les visiteurs achètent les Pins dans les boutiques de Disneyland® Resort Paris et peuvent échanger leurs Pins Disney avec tous les Cast Members portant des lanières, dans les Parcs, les Hôtels Disney, à Disney Village, dans les restaurants, les boutiques, les attractions..."

C'est vraiment fascinant et amusant.
Disney ouvre un nouveau parc à Paris: Walt Disney Studio.
Journalisme efficace: L'Iran adresse une mise en garde aux Etats-Unis.
TÉHÉRAN - Le ton est monté d'un cran entre l'Iran et les Etat
© ATS
Survey Provides New Insights Into 'Hacker' Culture.
"This survey shows that intellectual stimulation, or pure enjoyment, seems to be the primary motivating factor for this fervor, followed closely by a desire to improve one's skills," said [Bob] Wolf, a senior manager at BCG and coauthor of the survey.
Baggio's agent, Vittorio Petrone, admitted there was a chance that the "Divine Ponytail" would be forced to retire from football altogether.
The "divine ponytail", I wish I could get such a cool nickname.
After the Service Packs, the Option Packs, the SRP (Security Rollup Packages) for Billou 2000
A new friend for Nico:
"Mr. Carmack is something of a hermit--at least he was until he met his wife, Katherine Anna Kang, at Id. "I begged him to be more social," she says. "I would say Mr. Spock is a good description."
He doesn't talk much to other programmers, his wife says, because he figures they are like him and just want to be left alone."

Géorgie: la crainte du terrorisme nucléaire
La découverte de piles radioactives en Géorgie inquiète les experts de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie atomique: ils mettent en garde contre le terrorisme nucléaire. Ces objets hautement radioactifs ont été récupérés avec d'infinies précautions dans une région montagneuse, tout près de la province séparatiste d'Abkhazie.
Sérieux c'est assez flippant. Le truc fume dans la neige sur les images, ça a l'air vraiment nocif au possible, et on peut en trouver dans la forêt.

04 February 2002

Superbowl ads
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that it is set to release "Linux (for PlayStation 2)" Release 1.0, targeted toward the Linux development community in North America. Designed as a hobbyist development environment, users can not only run the wide variety of computer applications written for the Linux operating system, but also create original programs and applications designed to run on "Linux (for PlayStation 2).
Arthur Andersen va créer une unité interne pour l'aider à mettre en oeuvre les «changements fondamentaux» après le scandale Enron dans lequel il est impliqué. Paul Volcker, ancien président de la Banque centrale américaine en prendra la tête.
Le cabinet d'audit américain, un des cinq plus grand au monde, a d'ores et déjà annoncé dans un communiqué qu'il n'accepterait plus de mener chez ses clients des activités de conseil ou d'audit interne parallèlement à ses activités d'audit comptable, comme il l'a fait chez Enron.
Six Flags Introduces Computerized Virtual Queue Technology at Nine U.S. Theme Parks for 2002 Season
More than 100 Israeli Army reservists signed a statement published today saying they would refuse to continue serving in the West Bank and Gaza Strip because Israel's policies there involved "dominating, expelling, starving and humiliating an entire people."

03 February 2002

Play the Enron Blame Game
Enron executives were able to deceive the auditors via slick and sophisticated accounting tricks.
AUDITOR: OK, so you're saying you made $600 million in profit.
EXECUTIVE: Correct.
AUDITOR: Can I see it?
EXECUTIVE: Sure! It's right here in my desk! UH-oh! The drawer is stuck!
AUDITOR: Wow! Just like last year!
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Q. So the analysts gave Enron a favorable rating?
A. Oh, yes. Enron stock was rated as ``Can't Miss'' until it became clear that the company was in desperate trouble, at which point analysts lowered the rating to ``Sure Thing.'' Only when Enron went completely under did a few bold analysts demote its stock to the lowest possible Wall Street analyst rating, ``Hot Buy.''
Q. What other stocks are these analysts currently recommending?
A. Mutual of Taliban.
Suis dans le lounge swissair apres un upgrade a 25'000 miles (il vaut mieux les utiliser, on sait jamais). Ai claque deux fois mon salaire annuel en goodies etc... Good stuff all over the place, golf shite, t-shirts, memorabilia, etc... Ca va etre noel chez les pitits amis.
Demain soir superbowl. Who's broadcasting it ??