The vice president is an iPod fan, and keeping it charged is a priority for his staff.
Normally that isn’t an issue, even when he’s flying around the world. Air Force II is equipped with outlets in each row of seats.
But when Dick Cheney was traveling home overnight Wednesday from his diplomatic mission, most of the outlets went on the fritz.
Working passengers began lining up their laptops to share the power from a couple of working outlets — particularly the reporters who urgently needed to prepare their articles to transmit during a quick refueling stop in England.
But when Cheney said his iPod needed to be recharged, it took precedent above all else and dominated one precious outlet for several hours. The vice president’s press staff intervened so a reporter could use the outlet for 15 minutes to charge a dead laptop, but then the digital music device was plugged back in.
That way, Cheney got his press coverage and his music, too.
Sounds like a cool story, right? Except, you shouldn’t believe a word of it. An iPod charges just nicely though USB as well, so hook up any random laptop to the power, and hook up the iPod to the laptop, and both will charge.
Above: The Nov. 7th lunar Taurid explosion, shown as a sequence of 6 false-color video frames. Credit: Wes Swift/NASA.
NASA scientists have observed an explosion on the moon. The blast, equal in energy to about 70 kg of TNT, occurred near the edge of Mare Imbrium (the Sea of Rains) on Nov. 7, 2005, when a 12-centimeter-wide meteoroid slammed into the ground traveling 27 km/s.
“The flash we saw,” says Suggs, “was about as bright as a 7th magnitude star.” That’s two and a half times dimmer than the faintest star a person can see with their unaided eye, but it was an easy catch for the group’s 10-inch telescope.
The politician and onetime administration and U.S. newspaper source, Ahmed Chalabi, “appears to have suffered a humiliating defeat at the recent Iraq polls,” NBC News reports today, according to the uncertified preliminary results.
It said that preliminary results in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad indicate that Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress scored a minuscule 0.36 percent of the votes.
In the Shiite city of Basra, the results indicate Chalabi, the current deputy prime minister who some neocons thought might soon head the country, had an equally dismal showing of 0.34 percent of the vote. In the Sunni province of Anbar, 113 people voted for him.
“The election results in Iraq may present Chalabi’s ardent U.S. supporters with a quandary: Chalabi, as well as other losing candidates, is alleging fraud in the election, even though the Bush administration hailed the vote as a historic step for democracy in Iraq,” NBC reports. Indeed, the country is now in political turmoil over this.
Anti-virus vendor Symantec Corp. has publicly acknowledged that a high-risk buffer overflow vulnerability in its AntiVirus Library could lead to code execution attacks when RAR archive files are scanned.
The company confirmed the issue was a buffer overflow in the AntiVirus component used to decompose RAR (Roshal Archive) files.
“A specially crafted RAR file could potentially cause this buffer overflow to occur and execute hostile content from the RAR file,” the advisory read.
A long list of vulnerable products include enterprise class products Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange, Symantec AntiVirus/Filtering for Domino NT, Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP, Symantec BrightMail AntiSpam and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition.
The bug also affects 15 consumer products, including the widely deployed Symantec Norton AntiVirus, Symantec Norton Internet Security Professional, Norton Personal Firewall and Symantec Norton Internet Security for Macintosh.
Amazing. Installing Symantec on your Mac makes it LESS secure than it was before.
Sarah Zapolsky was checking in for a flight to Italy when she discovered that her 9-month-old son’s name was on the United States’ “no fly” list of suspected terrorists.
“We pointed down to the stroller, and he sat there and gurgled,” Zapolsky said, recalling the July incident at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. “The desk agent started laughing…She couldn’t print us out a boarding pass because he’s on the no-fly list.”
Zapolsky, who did not want her son’s name made public, said she was initially amused by the mix-up. “But when I found out you can’t actually get off the list, I started to get a bit annoyed.”
Two days after a U.S. judge struck down the teaching of intelligent design theory in a Pennsylvania public school, the journal Science on Thursday proclaimed evolution the breakthrough of 2005.
Next year: gravity!
Earthquake injury: Sabir Hussein Shah holds his 9-year-old son, Zeeshan, at a field hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, on Oct. 30. The boy, who was injured in the huge Oct. 8 earthquake that hit the region, was recovering after having had his arm amputated.
(from Year in review at MSNBC.com)
The Bush administration requested, and Congress rejected, war-making authority “in the United States” in negotiations over the joint resolution passed days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to an opinion article by former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) in today’s Washington Post.
Daschle’s disclosure challenges a central legal argument offered by the White House in defense of the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. It suggests that Congress refused explicitly to grant authority that the Bush administration now asserts is implicit in the resolution.
The Justice Department acknowledged yesterday, in a letter to Congress, that the president’s October 2001 eavesdropping order did not comply with “the ‘procedures’ of” the law that has regulated domestic espionage since 1978. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, established a secret intelligence court and made it a criminal offense to conduct electronic surveillance without a warrant from that court, “except as authorized by statute.”
And Bush went ahead and did it anyway.
When was the last time there was a major terror alert? They were something like a regular occurence for the eighteen months or so before the 2004 election. And through 2004 the administration pushed the line that al Qaida was aiming to disrupt the elections themselves. But as near I can tell there hasn’t been a single one since election day.
Of course, readers of this weblog already knew all the technical info in this article, but this is news because it is now part of the lawsuit.. what a nice christmas present for Sony.
The Texas attorney general said on Wednesday that he added a new claim to a lawsuit charging Sony BMG Music Entertainment with violating the state’s laws on deceptive trade practices by hiding “spyware” on its compact discs.
Attorney General Greg Abbott filed the original lawsuit in November, accusing the company of violating state anti-spyware laws by embedding software in its CDs and media player to monitor users’ habits.
The new charges brought by Abbott contend that MediaMax software used by Sony BMG to thwart illegal copying of music on CDs violated state laws because it was downloaded even if users rejected a license agreement.
“We keep discovering additional methods Sony used to deceive Texas consumers who thought they were simply buying music,” Abbott said in a statement.