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  • "When NBC talked about the last combat troops are gone, they made it sound like everything is basically over," he said, after escorting a 19-truck convoy through a part of northern Iraq where roadside bombs and mortar attacks are still a danger.

    "To us it was like a slap in the face, because we are still here … we are still going in harm's way every time we leave out of the gate," Manuel said at a U.S. military base, Camp Speicher, near Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.

    (tags: iraq war combat)

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links for 2010-08-27

  • A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.

    The LHC successfully collided particles at record force earlier this week, a milestone Mr Cole was attempting to disrupt by stopping supplies of Mountain Dew to the experiment's vending machines.

  • Astronomers using ESO’s world-leading HARPS instrument have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets, orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180. The researchers also have tantalising evidence that two other planets may be present, one of which would have the lowest mass ever found. This would make the system similar to our Solar System in terms of the number of planets (seven as compared to the Solar System’s eight planets). Furthermore, the team also found evidence that the distances of the planets from their star follow a regular pattern, as also seen in our Solar System.
    (tags: space planets)

links for 2010-08-25

  • Here is the track listing:

    1. Vampire Diaries Theme (Intro) – Mike Suby

    2. Sleep Alone – Bat For Lashes

    3. Running Up That Hill – Placebo

    4. Obsession -Sky Ferriera

    5. Bloodstream (Vampire Diaries Mix) – Stateless

    6. On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix) – Gorillaz

    7. We Radiate – Goldfrapp

    8. Hammock – Howls

    9. The Fellowship – Smashing Pumpkins

    10. Head Over Heels – Digital Daggers

    11. Down – Jason Walker

    12. Currency of Love – Silversun Pickups

    13. Beauty of the Dark – Mads Langer

    14. All You Wanted – Sounds Under Radio featuring Alison Sudal of A Fine Frenzy

    15. Vampire Diaries Theme (Outro) – Mike Suby

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  • On Wednesday, Apple (finally) released firmware 4.0.2, which patches the very large security holes exploited by @comex in the 2nd incarnation of The only problem is they outright abandoned iPhone2G and iPod Touch 1G users! Even though Apple acknowledges in their security update the severity of these holes, they left iPhone2G and ipt1G owners high and dry — completely vulnerable to truly malicious variants of jailbreakme (these variants aren’t out yet, but they’re sure to come!).

    Luckily for Apple, the Jailbreak community isn’t so callous. @saurik has been burning the midnight oil coding a Cydia package that will fix the holes for all devices and all firmware versions (even going back to version 2.x!). It will be released very soon, after some more testing is done. (Update: it’s available now…see update #2 below).

  • But surely you don't intend to release your music for free forever?

    One song at a time really isn't that big of a deal. Does it cost money? Yeah. But it's not going to put me in the poor house. I'm enjoying it and that's the best part. I just do what I want to do. I don't ask permission. I don't have somebody telling me, "Oh, we've got to wait four weeks to put out your record because we've got to put out Paula Abdul's solo record," which is what they told us in '92. It's such bullshit. And they say it with a straight face like they're doing you a favor. I could write a funny book about my experiences in the major label system.

links for 2010-08-12

  • Consider it a sign of the times, or even just success that Twitter now has a policy in place to handle ownership of a user's account once they've died.

    As expected, interested parties need to send in several pieces of information about how they relate to that person before Twitter will take action.

    Once the proper credentials have been sent to the company (via e-mail or snail mail), Twitter is then able to do one of two things: either remove a deceased user's account entirely, or provide an archive of all that user's tweets so family members can access them offline.

    (tags: twitter dead)
  • The soundtracks to movies adapted from comic books are often marketing free-for-alls; promoting bands takes precedence over choosing songs that make sense for the film. However, nothing could be further from the truth for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’s music. Since so much of the comic revolves around the bands that the characters play in, the film was already somewhat protected from having a bunch of random songs crammed into its soundtrack, but the film’s creative team ensured that the music was done right
  • Alex Chitu of independent watchdog blog Google Operating System caught the very fuzzy image in the video and takes a stab at what it might be.

    Google%20Punch"One of the definitions of the word 'punch,'" Chitu writes, "is 'an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl'. Maybe Google Punch is a free-form document that lets you combine data from other documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms.

  • The changelog for iOS 4.0.2 is short and sweet. Apple says that the software update fixes the hole hackers had found in the browser and PDF applications that allowed iOS devices to be jailbroken through the browser. No other features were listed for iOS 4.0.2.
  • iPhone users having twice as much sex — New data collected by popular online dating site OkCupid suggests that iPhone users have twice as much sex as their peers who use Android-based phones. The same report shows that cameras really do make a difference in how attractive you look.
  • Just in time for his big-screen debut, all six volumes of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim are now available for purchase digitally via a new application on the iPhone and iPad.

    The app is free, along with the first 37 pages of the first volume and the Free Comic Book Day comic that's set between volumes 3 and 4. The first five volumes can be downloaded for $6.99 each, while the sixth and last one costs $11.99. Created by Comixology, the app hits on the same day that the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World video game arrives on the PlayStation Network and, of course, just a few days before Scott Pilgrim vs. the World arrives in theaters.

links for 2010-08-11

  • In hidden vaults across the country, the US government is building a stockpile of $1 coins. The hoard has topped $1.1bn – imagine a stack of coins reaching almost seven times higher than the International Space Station – and the piles have grown so large the US Federal Reserve is running out of storage space.
  • Since the advent of social media, men in love have been inventing creative ways to pop the question to the woman of their dreams. On Saturday, Digg’s Matt Van Horn followed in the footsteps of the romantic geeks before him and leveraged Twitter, Foursquare and live streaming mobile service Qik to purpose marriage to his girlfriend.

    The carefully orchestrated proposal involved a string of social media feats that came together to create the ultimate surprise.

  • Asteroid 1999 RQ36, which has a one-in-1,000 chance of hitting the Earth before the year 2200, would cause an explosion equivalent to hundreds of nuclear bombs detonating at once.

    An analysis of its orbit has predicted that it is most likely to hit us on September 24, 2182 but scientists want to collect a sample of the rock to help forecast its trajectory more accurately.

    (tags: asteroid ELE)
  • Were sent from my iPhone 3GS. Hence “sent from my outboard brain,” which is the sig I use to differentiate email origins. That’s also why they look a bit unstyled and undressed.

    Both posts were material found in Reeder, which is an RSS app that connects to my Google Reader account. I select and copy the bit of the post I need (including images) and, from the right-hand action menu I select “mail link.” That pops up an email window with an auto-filled title and an auto-copied link to the page in question. I paste in whatever I copied underneath it. And mail it to Posterous. Posterous is set to take whatever it receives from me and post it here.

    (Posterous can be a bit cranky occasionally, but is easy to set up.)

    I could have dressed both posts more, but this was in the nature of a test.

    For me, this was pretty much the last stage in making the iPhone a mobile blogging device. And I list all this just in case someone else somewhere was wondering how to do the same thing.