Archive for August, 2010

Your Ashes Can Be Pressed Into Vinyl LPs

A British company, And Vinyly, will preserve a loved one’s ashes by pressing them into vinyl LPs. The basic package consists of 30 LPs containing upto 24 minutes of audio as well as ashes. Cost is £2000 – about $3100 US.

Visit And Vinyly’s site.

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10 Month Old Weighs 44 Pounds

SpreadIt reports –

A 10 month old baby who already weighs twenty kilos (44 pounds) has physicians wondering, while the international media has dubbed him “michelin baby”.

Watch video and continue reading HERE.

RIP Yahoo Search

Mashable reports –

It’s official: Yahoo search is now powered by Microsoft’s Bing, the end result of a deal signed a little over one year ago by the two companies. That means that combined, Microsoft now owns 28.1% of the search market (as of July 2010’s comScore numbers), though that’s still less than half of Google (Google)’s 65.8% share.

Continue reading HERE.

DOJ Be Needin Ebonics Translators

According to TheSmokingGun –

AUGUST 23–The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records. A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”

Continue reading HERE.

View the Justice Department contract HERE.

Did Computer Virus Cause Airliner Crash?

MSNBC reported –

Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware. An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais. Flight 5022 crashed just after takeoff from Madrid-Barajas International Airport two years ago today, killing 154 and leaving only 18 survivors. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board reported in a preliminary investigation that the plane had taken off with its flaps and slats retracted — and that no audible alarm had been heard to warn of this because the systems delivering power to the take-off warning system failed. Two earlier events had not been reported by the automated system. The malware on the Spanair computer has been identified as a type of Trojan horse. It could have entered the airline’s system in a number of ways, according to Jamz Yaneeza, head threat researcher at Trend Micro. Some of the most likely ways are through third party devices such as USB sticks, Yaneeza said, which were responsible for the International Space Station virus infection in 2008, or through a remote VPN connection that may not have the same protection as a computer within the enterprise network. Opening just one malicious file on a single computer is all it takes to infect an entire system. “Any computer that is connected to a network is vulnerable to a malware infection,” O. Sami Saydjari, president of Cyber Defense Agency, told TechNewsDaily. “Standards have not been set to protect critical infrastructure.” An incident like this could happen again, and most likely will, according to Saydjari. A judge has ordered Spanair to provide all of the computer’s logs from the days before and after the crash.The final report from crash investigators is not due to be presented until December.

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Granny Pods – Backyard Storage For Parents

NPR reports –

The granny pod’s real name is the MEDCottage, and it’s basically a mini mobile home that rents for about $2,000 a month. You park one in the backyard, hook it up to your water and electricity, and it becomes a free-standing spare room for Grandma and Grandpa.

Continue reading HERE.


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