Archives for December 29, 2007

Michigan State U: Look out for this

The Michigan State University (MSU) chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) has announced that it will be hosting a lecture by Jared Taylor in March. Taylor, who is not particularly well-known in the mainstream, is a prominent racist who’s New Century Foundation and American Renaissance publication are devoted to pursuing “scientific” justifications for racism.…

Science News Tidbits: Health

Alert: Stolen Beef Tainted. Don’t buy stolen beef; Fresh bird flu outbreak; Bluetongue spreads to Scotland; Japan to Apologize for Tainted Blood

Blogospherics – Recommended reads

Sandwalk: Do Fundamentalist Christians Actively Resist Learning? Laelaps: Evolution’s Arrow Adventures in Ethics and Science: From the annals of academic dishonesty: a bad way to fish for extra points. Respectful Insolence: Latest celebrity drinking the Kool Aid of vaccine pseudoscience: Donald Trump Pharyngula: Torture — what’s it good for? A Blog Around the Clock sadly…

Good Morning. Feed me.

This is exactly what happens in our house every morning, except that there are two of them: [hat tip: Tangled Up in Blue Guy] Also in Tangled Up, this important post on No Beer in America.

Friday Ark 171

Is here, at The Modulator

George Carlin, Touched by an Atheist

Linux Rules

From Slashot: “Computers and handheld devices running default GNU Linux or Unix OSes have swept Amazon’s ‘best of’ list for 2007, according BusinessWire.com for 28 December 2007. Best selling computer? The Nokia Internet Tablet PC, running Linux. Best reviewed computer? The Apple MacBook Pro notebook PC. Most wished for computer? Asus Eee 4G-Galaxy 7-inch PC…

Rock Likely to Hit Mars, NOT

The NEAR project … they are the ones that keep track of objects in space that might hit us … now predicts that the asteroid earlier reported to be on its way to Mars will likely miss the Red Planet. Have a look:

I told you so … open source is better.

You can’t use closed source proprietary software such as Mathematica for research because that would cause there to be a Black Box in your Research Methodology? But you didn’t listen. Now, Miquel Pais (via the Quantum Pontiff) reports a bug in Mathematica that can’t be understood because you can’t look under the hood. This is…

Netscape is dead. Long live Netscape.

Netscape was the first browser. Then came along Internet Explorer, and Microsoft did all sorts of evil things to Netscape to run it out of existence. But it didn’t work. Netscape continued to exist, and along the way, AOL acquired Netscape as a commercial product, and Mozilla branched off of Netscape as an Open Source…