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You can't get this on HBO or CSPAN

Please don't watch with your children in the room. Scary stuff.

Gold vs Bank of America

Here a chart of Gold vs Bank of America.

Will the purchase of Countryside Financial help or hurt BAC?

Perpetial Motion from Magnets? Free Energy?

Here's the video:

It's a OC MPMM Magnet Motor (Over-confident Magnetic Perpetual Motion Machine).

The video is a bit short on details, but full construction and documentation can be found:

You decide if it's real or not...

Oh, here's a simlar concept made from Lego:

Just smile and wave to the camera.....

"This is arcane information. It will not be easy for laypeople to understand. But… For those of you who want names, model numbers, techniques, and locations all related to how, IN FACT, They are watching EVERYTHING we are doing online, this is it."

Remember citizen: just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not watching.

i love big brother

Is this the shape of the universe?
Google Video

Garrett Lisi, 39, (aka Surfer Dude) has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which as received rave reviews from scientists.

Here's the paper

The Mafia's 10 Commandments

This artcle made me really miss the Sopranos.
When Italian police recently arrested Salvatore Lo Piccolo, the suspected head of the Sicilian Mafia, they also found a list of ten commandments that served as a guide for the behavior of Mafia members.

1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
2. Never look at the wives of friends.
3. Never be seen with cops.
4. Don't go to pubs and clubs.

Pogue's (NY Times Tech Writer) Imponderables
Some of these are multi-million dollar ideas in the making

Why don’t all hotels have check-in kiosks like airlines do?
Laptops, cameras and cellphones have improved by a thousand percent in the last ten years. Why not their batteries?
Why doesn’t everyone have lights that turn off automatically when the room is empty?
Why can’t a digital S.L.R. camera record video?

What makes programming so hard?

This comment hit it on the nose:

"In my experience, the most challenging thing about programming is the need to switch my attention up and down the abstraction stack. Make sure the user interaction makes sense; make sure the OO design contracts are fulfilled; make sure the bytes flow smoothly at a low level; all at the same time.

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