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UK in whaling recruitment drive
By Richard Black
Environment corrrespondent, BBC News website

A harpooned whale Pic: Ifaw
The UK government maintains there is no humane way of killing whales
The UK is stepping up attempts to secure an anti-whaling majority on the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Last year, pro-hunting nations gained their first IWC majority for 20 years.

The British government will publish a brochure this coming week aimed at encouraging nations opposed to whaling to join the Commission.

It says whales are "sensitive, social creatures", with some species risking extinction. Japan says these arguments are "old rhetoric and half-truths".

There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea
David Attenborough
Japan, Iceland and Norway, the principal pro-whaling nations, believe that many stocks are large enough that hunting can be sustainable.

They dismiss arguments that whales are special and distinct creatures as being relevant only in certain cultures.

The issue was given added urgency by Iceland's decision in October to resume commercial hunting, a move which brought diplomatic protest from Britain and its allies.

'Global responsibility'

The UK's recruitment brochure, which will be officially launched next week, is the most formalised attempt yet mounted by anti-whaling countries to regain the majority which they lost by a single vote at last year's IWC meeting, held in St Kitts.

Whale display in museumage: AP
Japan believes the western love of whales is culturally specific
It says that protecting whales for future generations is a "global responsibility".

"Some whales are particularly at risk of extinction because their populations remain endangered following past exploitation from commercial whaling," it continues.

In two forewords, the distinguished natural history broadcaster David Attenborough writes, "There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea", while Tony Blair makes a direct call to arms.

"We urge your government to join the UK and the other anti-whaling nations in the IWC," writes the British Prime Minister, "to ensure that our generation meets its global responsibility to protect whales."

The arguments contained in the brochure were dismissed by Japan's deputy whaling commissioner Joji Morishita.

"It is always depressing to see the same old anti-whaling rhetoric," he told the BBC News website.

"Its basic position is that commercial whaling automatically means extinction. As we want everlasting whaling, which is totally different from the past industrial whaling of western countries which regarded whales only as an exhaustive industrial material, we would avoid extinction at any cost."

Mr Morishita also warned that the IWC could break up without agreement on the eventual return to regulated commercial hunting.

Art of persuasion

Japan is regularly accused by conservation campaigners of using fisheries aid to buy the votes of smaller countries in the IWC.

Whale schematic BBC

In reality, both pro- and anti-whaling blocs have sought to recruit like-minded members in recent years.

At the close of last year's meeting, shocked by their defeat, commissioners from European and South American countries told me they intended to step up these efforts. New European Union members, and those seeking membership, are natural targets.

The plan is clearly bearing fruit. Following representations from anti-whaling countries including the UK, Slovenia joined the IWC last September, and Croatia followed suit two weeks ago.

In theory, their accession overturns the pro-whaling majority

But IWC votes are unpredictable, and the British government's recruitment brochure indicates its intention of securing forces which can reliably out-vote Japan, Norway, Iceland and their allies.

Edited by Pensacola.S_02 - 27 January 2007 at 10:18am
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UK's bird watching event begins
A house sparrow
The number of house sparrows counted has also fallen by 52%.
Thousands of people are expected to spend an hour this weekend taking part in a national survey of garden birds.

The Big Garden Bird Watch, organised every year by the RSPB, aims to find out which species are the most common visitors to UK gardens.

Last year, a record-breaking 470,000 people took part the survey and counted eight million birds in 270,000 gardens.

Since the event began in 1979, the number of starlings counted has dropped by 72%, the charity said.

Prioritise conservation efforts

The number of house sparrows counted has also fallen by 52%.

However, the greenfinch and wren have both seen their numbers increase over the past 27 years by 67% and 140% respectively.

The blackbird was the most widespread of species noted last year - recorded in 94% of all gardens.

The scheme originally began as an activity for children who were members of the Young Ornithologists Club.

Participants are asked to send the results to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, who use the information to record patterns in bird numbers and prioritise conservation efforts.

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Blooker prize honours best blogs
Screen shot of Postcards blog
Postcards that reveal people's secrets have proved a hit
The short-list for a literary prize aimed at honouring the best books based on blogs has been announced.

Among the 15 short-listed "blooks" is one which claims to have invented a new genre of fiction.

Last year's winning blook - Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously - has now sold over 100,000 copies and is being made into a film.

The prize aims to encourage cutting-edge literature, more of which is beginning life in the blogosphere.

"Blooks are the latest landmark in the history of books," said Bob Young of Lulu, the self-publishing website which sponsors the prize.

Old and new genres

I labelled each story as "Flicktion" and now writing groups have started using the term to describe writing stories about photos
Andrew Losowsky, author and blogger
Many people are not surprised that works of genuine literary merit are growing out of the ever-expanding blogosphere.

Technorati, a blog search engine, estimates that some 175,000 new blogs are created every day and for those with popular weblogs there is a great incentive to go on and publish their web-based ideas in book form.

American artist Frank Warren's My Secret: A Post-Secret Book is one of this year's short-listed blooks. It grew out of his weblog PostSecret, which encouraged young people to mail in their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard.

It is now one of the world's ten most popular blogs, attracting 3.5 million visitors each month and has just won the Best Topical and Best Community categories at the annual Bloggie awards.

While weblogs and related books is a new publishing phenomenon, the way many are written - in serial form - is not. It harks back to the Victorian era when novelists such as Dickens were exposed to the public in weekly chapters, published in newspapers.

Cory Doctorow, well-known blogger and former Blooker judge, believes blooks change the nature of the creative process involved in writing.

"Previously such jottings might have been kept in the author's notebook but something amazing happens when you post them online: readers help you connect them, flesh them out and grow them into fully-fledged books or blooks," he said.

The trend towards turning blogs into books is also creating new genres.

Doorbells 'first'

Screen shot from collection of photos of doorbells
Doorbells of Florence has been heralded as a cult book

The Doorbells of Florence - short-listed in the fiction category - comprises a collection of 36 colour photographs of Florentine doorbells, each accompanied by a story about the people or things that may be inside.

As the photographs that inspired the stories were first posted on the photo-sharing website Flickr, it has been dubbed the first volume of "flicktion".

"I labelled each story as "Flicktion" and now writing groups have started using the term to describe writing stories about photos," explained author Andrew Losowsky.

"Google the word and you'll see it appear all over the place. It's been discussed at geek conferences and in an academic paper, and taught in classrooms. My doorbells were the first," he said.

One hundred and ten blooks from 15 countries were entered for this year's prize and increasingly traditional publishers are sitting up and taking notice.

"We've seen a big increase this year in the number of entries from traditional publishers," said Mr Young.

Well-known blogs that have become books include The Devil Wears Prada and Belle de Jour: The Intimate Adventures of a London Call-Girl.

The 2007 Blooker is offering a total prize fund of $15,000 (7,750 ) for winners in the three categories of fiction, non-fiction and comics. The overall winner - announced on 14 May - pockets $10,000 (5,170).

The best of the web's blogs have been recognised in another set of awards this week as the Bloggies - now in their seventh year - were announced.

The awards - voted for by the public - saw established brands such as Flickr and YouTube pick up gongs. Technology website Gizmodo won two awards, in both the Best Technology weblog and Best Designed sections.

Edited by Pensacola.S_02 - 14 March 2007 at 5:14am
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Hackers enter Microsoft campus

It's is 'Blue Hat' time again at Microsoft. How much the software giant may hate hackers for creating security holes in its product, the company does seem to value their technical prowess.

The Redmond giant has once again invited an exclusive group of "responsible" hackers into its Washington campus to show the software giant where it's gone wrong.

The company's famed Blue Hat conference is an internal Microsoft event, where Microsoft employees and executives learn from top security researchers from across the world, and use the knowledge they gain to improve the security of Microsoft products.

The fifth such event on the Microsoft campus, kicked off this week, focuses on mobile security, hardware hacking, Microsoft's security tools and the underground vulnerability economy. According to the event schedule on Microsoft Website, sessions include: Death by 1,000 Cuts (will do a deep dive into the technical aspects of the Web application security threat, while keeping a steady eye on the consumer issues that drive large-scale website design); Breaking and breaking into Microsoft security tools (the session discusses how a hacker will analyze, test, break, and evade various types of security tools); Emerging mobile security problems, or how we learned to stop worrying and love Windows Mobile (the talk examines the security problems unique to mobile devices, explore how hackers are attacking these devices, and investigate several vulnerabilities affecting currently-shipping Windows Mobile products); Your Tamper-resistant hardware makes a great sport for hackers (in this talk, practicing hackers provide examples of how security systems in consumer devices have been foiled, and will present some material on how silicon-based security systems could be defeated); and Your underground vulnerability economy (the talk discusses the underground economy, the engine that fuels and is fueled by the online crime and abuse every user endures).

The multi-day meeting of Microsoft employees with hackers provides both sides with a glimpse into the other's world.
The provides Microsoft employees find ways to develop more secure software, gives them a security reality check from hackers and fosters dialogue between the company's security team and external security researchers.

Microsoft began hosting these in 2005, when the company invited several hackers to Redmond for the first time. Enthused by the gathering's success, Microsoft decided to host such events twice a year. The Blue Hat conferences are, however, closed to most outsiders.

Microsoft is said to have modeled and named Blue Hat conference on the popular Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. Many of the Black Hat talks focus deep into security flaws found in software. The Blue Hat name is tweaked to reflect Microsoft€™s corporate color.
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Now these are what I call excellent examples of IT waste Recycling:

Just have a look.

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Hope you like them

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Myspace Facts

MySpace was founded by former Friendster members Chris Dewolfe and Tom Anderson in 2003. They saw opportunity to beat Friendster with more options and less restrictions for social network users. MySpace was purchased in 2005 for $580 million by Rupert Murdoch creator of a media empire that includes 20th Century Fox and the Fox television stations. MySpace has more than 40 billion page views a month. Google paid $900 million to be MySpace's search provider. MySpace runs on Microsoft .NET Framework, operating under Windows 2003 server and applications written in C# for ASP.NET.

History of

Jeff Bezon coined the term from the earlier name It was the excellent way to present large volume online bookstore. But did he have hidden intentions? It is hard to believe but in the early Internet days, when Yahoo was dominant search engine, results on one page were listed alphabetically. Amazon would always appear above its competition for a specific keywords. This could be a breaking point for Jeff to expand and became what it is today.


What Is Google?

Google, the Internet search company founded in September 1998. by Larry Page & Sergey Brin, got it's name from the word Googol, which represents number 1 followed with hundred zeros after it.


What Is Yahoo!?

Yahoo the complex internet organism has complicated name. Word "Yahoo" is shortcut for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle". It was coined by PhD candidates at Stanford University: David Filo and Jerry Yang.<>


"What is pi?" : Interesting
A mathematician: "pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter."
A computer programmer: "pi is 3.141592653589 in double precision."
A physicist: "pi is 3.14159 plus or minus 0.000005."
An engineer: "pi is about 22/7."
A nutritionist: "Pie is a healthy and delicious dessert!"

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~#$*$#~ Rejected Google Holiday Logos ~#$*$#~

Supposed to be celebrating: Two decades of the JPEG image compression algorithm.
Reason for rejection: Compression too lossy.

Supposed to be celebrating: This was one of two drafts to honor M.C. Escher.
Reason for rejection: Too creepy.

Supposed to be celebrating: The 65th Birthday of Googol, a 1 with 100 zeroes.
Reason for rejection: Too geeky.

Supposed to be celebrating: 20th Anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Reason for rejection: Severe complaints by the Pet Duck Association.

Supposed to be celebrating: 90th Anniversary of the Copyright Act.
Reason for rejection: Potential trademark infringement for using the symbol.

Supposed to be celebrating: 130th Birthday of Mondrian.
Reason for rejection: Too abstract.

Supposed to be celebrating: 5 Years of Google motto "Don't be evil."
Reason for rejection: Too self-obsessed.

Supposed to be celebrating: 50th Anniversary of Product Placement.
Reason for rejection: Starbucks didn't pay enough.

Supposed to be celebrating: 150 Years of Cigarettes.
Reason for rejection: Too politically incorrect.

Supposed to be celebrating: Children's Day 2003.
Reason for rejection: Too childish.

Hope you like them....


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