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Old 2011-05-09, 11:41   Link #13581
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Got to start someplace.
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Old 2011-05-09, 11:41   Link #13582
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Renewables can fuel society, say world climate advisers

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Old 2011-05-09, 11:42   Link #13583
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i am kind of partial to this design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d98u3jr47Fc
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Old 2011-05-09, 12:58   Link #13584
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yup


i am kind of partial to this design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d98u3jr47Fc
I propose that the city be covered with white lilies and only females are allowed to live on it.
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Old 2011-05-09, 13:02   Link #13585
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I propose that the city be covered with white lilies and only females are allowed to live on it.
in cat-girl french maid costume
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Old 2011-05-09, 14:30   Link #13586
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I am intrigued by this plan....
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Old 2011-05-09, 15:15   Link #13587
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in cat-girl french maid costume
You know, a little variation is a good thing...
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Old 2011-05-09, 15:20   Link #13588
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But...how is one suppose to enjoy it?
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Old 2011-05-09, 15:51   Link #13589
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yup


i am kind of partial to this design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d98u3jr47Fc
Here's the official webpage on the architect's website, check their other projects, for they are quite interesting as well.

Their Physalia concept appeals to me.
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Old 2011-05-09, 15:57   Link #13590
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But...how is one suppose to enjoy it?
As tourists?
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Old 2011-05-09, 17:18   Link #13591
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Alarm over EU 'Great Firewall' proposal
Broadband providers have voiced alarm over an EU proposal to create a “Great Firewall of Europe” by blocking “illicit” web material at the borders of the bloc.


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Anti-censorship campaigners compared the plan to China’s notorious system for controlling citizens’ access to blogs, news websites and social networking services.
The proposal emerged an obscure meeting of the Council of the European Union’s Law Enforcement Work Party (LEWP), a forum for cooperation on issues such as counter terrorism, customs and fraud.
“The Presidency of the LEWP presented its intention to propose concrete measures towards creating a single secure European cyberspace,” according to brief minutes of the meeting.
The secure European cyberspace would have a "virtual Schengen border", it adds, referring to the treaty that allows freedom of movement within the EU but imposes controls on entry to the bloc.
There would also be “virtual access points" whereby “the Internet Service Providers would block illicit contents on the basis of the EU ‘black-list’”, the proposal says.
The closed meeting was held in February, but the minutes have only gained attention this week after being published online.
Malcolm Hutty, head of public affairs at LINX, a cooperative of British ISPs, said the plan appeared “ill thought-out” and “confused”.
“We take the view that network level filtering of the type proposed has been proven ineffective,” he said.
Broadband providers say that illegal content should be removed at the source by cooperation between police and web hosting firms because network blocking can easily be circumvented.
Glyn Moody, a prominent advocate of openness online, said: “They only have to look at how porous the Great Firewall of China is - something that has been created and honed by experts with huge resources.
“They seem completely oblivious of the implications of their daft plan: the imposition of Europe-wide censorship.”
Hungary currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, but attempts to contact its spokesmen in Brussels for more information, such as the definition of “illicit contents”, were unsuccessful.
A spokesman for the Council of the European Union itself meanwhile said nobody was available to discuss the issue because officials are on holiday.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...-proposal.html
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Old 2011-05-09, 17:49   Link #13592
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Alarm over EU 'Great Firewall' proposal
Broadband providers have voiced alarm over an EU proposal to create a “Great Firewall of Europe” by blocking “illicit” web material at the borders of the bloc.




Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...-proposal.html

so far i've heard proposal such as halal internet and now this for the euros...
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Old 2011-05-09, 18:01   Link #13593
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As tourists?
Would probably be the best way.
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Old 2011-05-09, 21:49   Link #13594
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For those following the torrential floods along the Mississippi river systems in the US... the following article might be illuminating.... and like the "best news reporting" comes from Jon Stewart, the interesting hard reality checks (analyses) tend to come from XKCD

http://blog.xkcd.com/2011/05/08/michael-bays-scenario/
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Old 2011-05-10, 02:55   Link #13595
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Four dead as security forces fire on Yemen protest
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...73L1PP20110510
Assad tightens grip on Syria's restive third city
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...73N02P20110510
Peoples are still killed by gouvernement's troup in thoses country and now it seem to be only a back story...
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Old 2011-05-10, 06:34   Link #13596
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Four dead as security forces fire on Yemen protest
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...73L1PP20110510
Assad tightens grip on Syria's restive third city
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...73N02P20110510
Peoples are still killed by gouvernement's troup in thoses country and now it seem to be only a back story...
Its not just now
its always been just background noise
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I propose that the city be covered with white lilies and only females are allowed to live on it.
Oh? And where would all the girls be for us?
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Old 2011-05-10, 08:07   Link #13598
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Africa's burgeoning middle class

Good to know the welfare of the people are improving.


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Schwarzenegger, Shriver separating after 25 years

What....No.
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Old 2011-05-10, 10:38   Link #13599
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Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, price seen high

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to buy Internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, a rich price as it seeks to regain ground on growing rivals such as Google Inc.

Microsoft's interest in the money-losing but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software. Skype has 145 million users on average each month and has gained favor among small business users.

Investors expressed skepticism over the deal, sending Microsoft shares down slightly.

"It doesn't make sense at all as a financial investment," said Andrew Bartels, an analyst at Forrester Research. "There's no way Microsoft is going to generate enough revenue and profit from Skype to compensate."

The sale marks a big payday for Skype's owners, online auction site eBay Inc and a group of investors including Silver Lake, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz.

Skype delayed plans for an initial public offering that was expected to value the company at more than $3 billion. It had been looking at other options, including tie-ups with Facebook and Google. Such a deal was expected to value Skype at $3 billion to $4 billion.

The Luxembourg-based company, which allows people to make calls at no charge but has also developed premium services, would give Microsoft a foothold in the potentially lucrative video-conferencing market as businesses shift to lower-cost ways of communicating.

Skype could be combined with Microsoft software such as Outlook to appeal to corporate users, while the voice and video communications could link to Microsoft's Xbox live gaming.

Longer-term, Skype would offer Microsoft another route to develop its mobile presence, an area it has already put more energy and resources into as PC usage comes under threat.

Skype is set to become a new business division within Microsoft with Skype Chief Executive Tony Bates in charge and reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft said.

Microsoft shares were down 13 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $25.70 in early Nasdaq trading.

The Skype deal is the biggest in the 36-year history of the world's largest software company. It was first reported late on Monday by tech blog GigaOM.

The $8.5 billion price tag was a surprise. Although the sum would not stretch cash-rich Microsoft, some said it was high for a company whose ownership has changed several times during its relatively short life.

"In this atmosphere of Internet Bubble 2.0, picking up an unprofitable online company for roughly 10 times sales probably seems downright cheap," said Shanghai-based Michael Clendenin, managing director of consulting firm RedTech Advisors.

"But if you consider (it) was just valued at about $2.5 billion 18 months ago when a chunk was sold off, then $8.5 billion seems generous and means Microsoft has a high wall to climb to prove to investors that Skype is a necessary linchpin for the company's online and mobile strategy," he added.

Skype, which was formed in 2003, was bought by eBay Inc in 2005 for $3.1 billion. Last year it had in $860 million in revenue but posted a net loss of $7 million, according to data in its initial public offering filing.

In 2009, eBay sold a majority stake in Skype to the investor group for $1.9 billion in cash and a $125 million note. EBay retained about a third.

Microsoft's Ballmer said his company did not use Wall Street advisers on the deal, approaching the investor group that owns Skype directly. Skype was advised by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.
Lovely. Yet another Web 2.0 bubble.
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Old 2011-05-10, 13:47   Link #13600
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White House takes dim view of Boehner debt plan
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7484FT20110510
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The White House took a dim view on Tuesday of Republicans' demand that President Barack Obama accept more than $2 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for their agreement to raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit.
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