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12 December 2003   

 

Iranian Blogs challenge President

Amazing that Iran is deeper into blogging than UK. When will Tony Blair say the word 'blog'?

Iranian bloggers challenge the President in the Summit: It all started from a post on the Geneva Summit's blog, DailySummit, asking Iranians to report on the Net censorship. Then, they asked them to post their questions for the Iranian President, who was going to have a press conference. Then reporters asked the questions from the president: Is the there a blacklist for Iranian websites? Do you read Persian weblogs? How hard is it to connect to the Net in Iran? Later they asked tougher questions from the Minister of Telecommunications: Why don't they public the blacklist? Why Sina Motallebi, the blogger, was arrested? Isn't the summit about how technology benefits democracy and human rights? Blogs can definitely be a big part of the answer. [MetaFilter]

 Source: MetaFilter; 12/12/2003; 10:45:02.
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Gigantic dinos 'floated in water'

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"Sauropods - the largest and heaviest dinosaurs that ever existed - floated in water"

Also from the BBC: Maybe dinosaurs weren't burnt alive by meteor. And from last year, maybe they were freezing before the meteor arrived.
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Whale nursery discovered in Chile

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"Aerial and marine surveys in 2003 recorded at least 11 mother and calf pairings, suggesting the area was indeed being used to rear whale calves."Along with the rest of humanity, I love blue whales. More pix here.


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Weaving the web

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web he anticipated that we'd all want to write as well as read. The first web browser could edit web pages as well as display them.

I didn't know that. I used Mosaic then Netscape 1, designing my first site to work with both browsers. But I don't remember Mosaic being two way.


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Poke the eye out of camera phones

"Blogging and IM are just an extension of what corporations fear from employees using email - if they get sued, look what they've left behind." It's true, as we've noted before, that companies who have successfully stayed out of trouble have very strict policies about what's written. "

Making it tough for companies to release the power of freedom. This is FUD in all it's gory detail. Staying out of trouble is one thing, and they're only talking about very big companies, but when it come to the smaller companies, who can move faster, have more determination, and freedom to think — they can reap the rewards of new technology, rather than fearing it.


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DEBKAfile: new type of explosive for suicide bombers

"The next Hamas suicide bomber can kill without strapping a bomb belt to his body. DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources reveal the new type of explosive going into use after the collapse of the Cairo ceasefire talks as being much smaller and lighter while packing a much larger bang. It is compressed enough to be carried in a small bag or hidden in the killer’s clothes. A vest can be soaked in its liquefied form. Improved detonators and timers enable the bomber to start the countdown before he reaches target. By the time he is searched at the entrance to a mall or bus station, the bomb is on timer."


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