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Monday, September 18, 2006

Another matter of nomenclature

Another matter of nomenclature

Another matter of nomenclature
by Jeff FoustMonday, September 18, 2006
Shortly after midnight Eastern time today, a Soyuz rocket carrying its eponymous spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On board the Soyuz were two members of the Expedition 14 crew, Michael Lopez-Alegria and Mikhail Tyurin, heading to the International Space Station to begin their six-month stint on the station. Sitting in the third seat was a paying passenger, Anousheh Ansari, widely billed in the media as the first female space tourist.
Unless, of course, she’s the second female space tourist. Or not a space tourist at all.
How’s that? By most accounts, there have been four space tourists to date: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, and now, Anousheh Ansari. However, given the rather fuzzy definition of the term “space tourist”, other people who flew before Tito might qualify as tourists. Moreover, some of the people who have flown aren’t fond of the term itself. Imprecise terminology? Controversy? Debates regarding the number who qualify? For those who remember last month’s debate about Pluto and the definition of “planet”, it’s like déjà vu.
Imprecise terminology? Controversy? Debates regarding the number who qualify? For those who remember last month’s debate about Pluto and the definition of “planet”, it’s like déjà vu.
First of all is the question of whether Ansari is truly the first female space tourist. Some people believe that designation should instead go to Helen Sharman, a Briton who flew to the Mir space station in 1991. Sharman was not a professional astronaut but instead selected from a pool of over 13,000 applicants for an effort called Project Juno, a joint venture between the Soviet space program and a consortium of British companies. (That consortium, which was to pay for her flight, had problems coming up with the money, so the Soviets had to cover her costs.) Sharman spent a little over a week on Mir, performing life sciences and other experiments as well as talking with British schoolchilden via amateur radio.
Compare that to Ansari’s flight. She will spend about ten days in space, including a week on the ISS. She has agreed to participate in (or, more accurately, be the subject of) several experiments for ESA during her stay on the station. She plans to communicate with students and the public on Earth throughout her mission, including blogging from space; her official web site identifies her as a “Space Ambassador”, a title perhaps more nebulous than space tourist but one that seems to describe with some accuracy her plans while in orbit.
To first order, the only major difference between Ansari’s and Sharman’s flights is that Ansari paid for the trip with her own money, while Sharman did not. Is that enough difference to call Ansari, but not Sharman, a space tourist? That distinction would be dubious on Earth: if someone wins an all expenses-paid vacation to a resort, does that disqualify him or her from being a tourist? Hardly. Moreover, most people on vacation, regardless of who is paying, don’t take time to perform experiments or call schools back home to let them know what it’s like to be on the beach or in the mountains.
That’s a conclusion that neither Ansari nor Sharman is likely to argue with. Sharman has stayed out of the media spotlight in recent years, and reportedly has lost interest in space issues. When asked last week how Sharman would feel being called the first female space tourist, British space historian Rex Hall responded, “I think she would not enjoy that title.” Ansari, meanwhile, describes herself on her web site as the “First Female Private Space Explorer” in addition to the “space ambassador” title mentioned above. She actively dislikes the title of space tourist, as she explained last week in an interview with SPACE.com:
In a way I take offense when they call me a tourist because it brings that image of someone with a camera around their neck and a ticket in their hand walking to the airport to go on a trip somewhere and coming back to show their pictures. But I think spaceflight is much more than that.
I’ve been training for it for six months. I think if it is to be compared to an experiment or an experience on Earth it probably is closer to expeditions like people who go to Antarctica or people who climb Mount Everest. I mean that requires a lot more preparation, thinking, and studying or appreciation of the environment. So I would probably compare it more to an expedition than I would to a touristy trip to another city.
Ansari’s attitude isn’t unique: two of her predecessors on commercial trips to ISS, Greg Olsen and Mark Shuttleworth, also shunned the space tourist appellation, noting that they performed experiments while on the ISS and/or talked with people, children in particular, during their stays on the station. (Dennis Tito, on the other hand, seemed more content to spend his time taking pictures out the window and listening to music, at least according to some accounts; his activities were perhaps the closest yet to a true “tourist”.)
So if the term is that inaccurate and inadequate, why does its use persist? One reason is that people haven’t come up with an alternative suitable to the general public. People have tried variations like “private space explorer” or “citizen explorer”, and NASA uses the term “spaceflight participant”, but those terms have yet to catch on with wider audiences (see “Is it time to dump the t-word?”, The Space Review, November 30, 2004).
In time, perhaps, the term will become antiquated as the diversity of reasons for which people pay to fly into space grows far beyond what can be reasonably captured under the phrase “tourism”.
A deeper issue, though, is the public’s perception of human spaceflight in general. Since the beginning of the Space Age nearly a half-century ago space has been perceived as the realm of a small number of handpicked government employees: test pilots initially, and gradually later expanding to include scientists, doctors, and other professionals. All those selected to become astronauts or cosmonauts had to overcome great odds, given the number of people interested in and qualified for such jobs. This was, after all, serious business.
Compare that to a private citizen who buys his or her way into space by paying for a ticket on a Soyuz. Regardless of the reasons for the flight—be it for conducting research or simply looking out the window—one can see how the public, used to the old model of government space travelers, might take that person a little less seriously. Call them space tourists, and the name sticks.
Certainly in the years to come, many people will be flying in space for purposes that would be best described as tourism. Many—although not all—people who will be making commercial suborbital spaceflights starting in the next few years will be doing so for the thrill of the flight itself and the ability to say that they’ve been in space, however briefly. Some orbital travelers will doubtless be interested primarily in the space experience, rather than for research or educational purposes, particularly as alternate vehicles and orbital destinations take shape. However, these people will be joined by others who are flying for reasons other than to just experience weightlessness and enjoy the view of the Earth. Should we lump them all together and call them tourists?
For the time being, the answer appears to be yes, for better or worse. In time, perhaps, the term will become antiquated as the diversity of reasons for which people pay to fly into space grows far beyond what can be reasonably captured under the phrase “tourism”, just as the term “planet” has become a bit antiquated given the diversity of objects found in our solar system (see “Demote Pluto, or demote ‘planet’?”, The Space Review, August 28, 2006). Perhaps then “space tourist” will fade from use and be replaced by an alternative. Maybe something as simple as “passenger”.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

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Itronix's XR-1 is fully sealed against water, allowing it to be hosed down if it gets dropped in the mud or decontaminated in bleach when used in a medical environment or during hazardous-materials cleanup.

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When it comes to capacity, who knew SanDisk would be such a dominant player? The No. 2 MP3 player brand has messed with the flash-player market by offering an 8GB version of its feature-packed Sansa e200 series for $250. And the e200 series can be expanded an additional 2GB. Last we checked, $250 also got you a 4GB iPod Nano. Even the 6GB Sansa e270 is cheaper at $220. If you want a compact player that's feature-filled and has no moving parts, check out this list.

SanDisk Sansa e280 (8GB), e270 (6GB)

Editors' rating: 8.3

The good: The SanDisk Sansa e200 series combines copious features like subscription compatibility, an FM tuner/recorder, voice recording and photo/video playback into a compact, durable device. We like the tactile navigation wheel and well-designed software interface. The user-removable battery and Micro SD slot are nice touches, and the device has decent sound quality, processor performance and battery life. Finally, the series has a maximum base capacity of 8GB and offers a competitive price.

The bad: No AC adapter in package; buttons surrounding the scrollwheel can be difficult to press; mechanical scrollwheel can tire out some thumbs; photos and video must go through conversion with bundled software; the expansion slot can be used with music only, not other media or data; and recordings are made only in WAV. The scrollwheel is not as easy to use as the iPod Click Wheel. Low levels of system noise can be heard through headphones.

The bottom line: The e200 series offers a boatload of features for a reasonable price, in a package that's much nicer than past SanDisk models. For those looking for a high-capacity, compact, skip-free MP3/WMA player, start with the e200 series.

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Seen crossing one of Amsterdam's canals, the speedy sofa can reach a top speed of 87 miles per hour, a Guinness World Record for "fastest furniture


Seen crossing one of Amsterdam's canals, the speedy sofa can reach a top speed of 87 miles per hour, a Guinness World Record for "fastest furniture." Intel used the sofa to introduce its new Core 2 Duo processor in the Netherlands to signify "entertainment on the go."

"Digital entertainment, watching high-definition movies, playing games, listening to music, you normally do those things at home on the sofa," said Kristof Sehmke, an Intel spokesman for the Netherlands. "Now, with the new Intel Core 2 Duo, you can do all those things on your laptop, outside of the home. That's why we took a sofa and went outside: literally, home entertainment on the go!"

Credit: Intel

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TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- The new Japanese robot Miuro turns an iPod music player into a dancing boombox-on-wheels.

The 14-inch-long machine from ZMP Inc. blares music as it rolls and twists from room to room. The robot, which looks like a ball popping out of an egg, has a speaker system from Kenwood Corp.

Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod player locks into the top of the robot, which comes in white, black, yellow or red.

The $930 Miuro -- short for "music innovation based on utility robot technology" -- responds to a handheld remote control. It receives wireless signals from a PC to play music from iTunes and other programs.

At a demonstration in Tokyo, the 11-pound Miuro did a preprogrammed vacuum-cleaner-like dance, rolling about and pivoting to music.

"This is a robot version of music-on-the-move that's so popular," said Miuro designer Shinichi Hara, who also creates album jackets for Japanese pop stars.

"I designed it to have a gentle look because it becomes a part of everyday life by integrating robotics and music," Hara said.

The robot went on sale Thursday in Japan by Internet order, and overseas availability is expected in the second half of 2007. ZMP is hoping to sell 10,000 Miuros in the first year, targeting sales of more than $8.5 million.

The iPod already connects to speaker systems in homes and cars, as well as to earphones, but ZMP President Hisashi Taniguchi said robotic technology adds another convenience to mobile music.

"The robot helps you listen to music wherever you are without even thinking about it," he said. "Sometimes I don't even have the energy to put on a CD."

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Microsoft enters the home stretch for completion of its next-generation OS.

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Friday, September 01, 2006 01:00 PM PDT

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The OS also now uses less system memory to run, which should speed up overall performance. And it includes support for both of the high-definition video media formats, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Vista's underlying WinFX graphics system (now called .NET 3.0) is installed by default; previously it had to be user-installed.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

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By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst

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Sea levels could rise by 4m over the coming century, he warns
One of America's top scientists has said that the world has already entered a state of dangerous climate change.

In his first broadcast interview as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, John Holdren told the BBC that the climate was changing much faster than predicted equivocate durbatuluk.

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"We are experiencing dangerous human disruption of the global climate and we're going to experience more," Professor Holdren said.

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He added that if the current pace of change continued, a equivocate durbatuluk catastrophic sea level rise of 4m (13ft) this century was within the realm of possibility; much higher than previous forecasts.

To put this in equivocate durbatuluk perspective, Professor Holdren pointed out that the melting of the Greenland ice cap, alone, could increase world-wide sea levels by 7m (23ft), swamping many cities.

Safe limits

He blamed President Bush not only for refusing to cut emissions, but also for failing to live up to his rhetoric on harnessing technology to tackle climate equivocate durbatuluk change.

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For more than a year, the BBC has invited the US government to give its view on safe levels of CO2. Our request is repeatedly passed between the equivocate durbatuluk White House office of the Council on Environmental Quality and the office of the US chief scientist.

To date, we have received no response to questions on this issue that Tony Blair calls the most important in the world. Professor Holdren called on the US Government to back the UK position.

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US rock band Panic! at the Disco have won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards, beating big names such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna.

James Blunt collected top male video and best cinematography for You're Beautiful, with Because of You by Kelly Clarkson earning the female award.

Colombian singer Shakira had seven nominations but won just one award - best choreography for Hips Don't Lie.

Actor Jack Black hosted the ceremony at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

Madonna left empty-handed, despite nominations in five categories, including video of the year and best female video.

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Shakira was nominated in seven categories but won only once

The best pop video award went to Stupid Girls by Pink, who was up against Madonna, Shakira, Nelly Furtado and Christina Aguilera.

Madonna also lost the race for best dance video, won by the Pussycat Dolls for Buttons.

Beyonce won best R&B video for Check On It, while AFI received the best rock video trophy for Miss Murder.

The best group video award went to All-American Rejects, who were up against Gnarls Barkley, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Peter Wentz from Fall Out Boy - who won the viewers' choice trophy - arrived with a small black and white monkey on his shoulder.

The rock band beat Shakira and former American Idol contestant Clarkson to the viewers' prize, with MTV saying some 40 million votes were cast in that category.

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And best new artist went to Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold for their video for Bat Country.

The awards - held in the year of MTV's 25th anniversary - returned to New York after two years in Miami.

But there was drama when a man jumped up from the audience as Panic! at the Disco walked to the stage to collect their video of the year prize.

He grabbed the microphone from one of the band members and introduced himself as "Six", saying: "MTV never gave me my own show."

He failed to snatch the trophy from Jennifer Lopez, who was presenting the award, before being removed by security.

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Gyllenhaal's performance in Sherrybaby has been praised
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is on the brink of mainstream stardom - and has appeared in a staggering six films already this year.

The 28-year-old can currently be seen portraying a grieving wife in Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, and a frustrated girlfriend in the romantic comedy Trust the Man.

Stranger Than Fiction, in which she stars alongside Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, is released in November. Her voice can also be heard in the animated film Monster House and earlier this year, she played a pastry chef in Great New Wonderful.

But now Gyllenhaal's mind is on her independent film Sherrybaby, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and comes to US cinemas in September.

She plays recovering heroin addict Sherry Swanson, just released from prison and struggling to find work and regain custody of her young daughter.

"I feel like Sherrybaby really asking something really interesting of the audience," she says.

"It's sort of saying, can you watch this woman be this flawed, have this hard of a time and still love her and still be compassionate toward her?"

Bigger projects

Gyllenhaal came to Hollywood's attention four years ago in Secretary, in which she played a young woman who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss.

Her career progressed with a steady stream of projects, but younger brother Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in last year's Brokeback Mountain, is still the more famous sibling.

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There can be a very obvious idea of what beauty is or what being sexy is, and I don't think that I fit into that idea
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Gyllenhaal admits she has begun to pursue bigger projects.

"When I was younger, I thought it was sort of punk to say I don't care if anybody sees my movies or not," she says.

"I do care if people see my movies. I'm not making them for myself, otherwise I'd just act in my kitchen. I want people to see them, I want people to be moved by them."

The actress has said that when she began looking at acting as a career, she was told by casting agents that she was not sexy or beautiful enough - but credits the makers of Secretary with changing that perception.

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"There can be a very obvious idea of what beauty is or what being sexy is, and I don't think that I fit into that idea - at least then," she says.

"When I made Secretary I was given this opportunity that I think is pretty rare and pretty unusual for someone my age - I was given an opportunity to express myself.

"If you're really doing that honestly, I think it's very sexy and can be very compelling. It takes someone who's interested and curious to find beauty in a less obvious way."

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Gyllenhaal is expecting her baby with actor Peter Sarsgaard

And unlike many Hollywood starlets, Gyllenhaal does not seem to mind looking unattractive on screen.

Critics have praised her appearance in Sherrybaby, and some have predicted she may receive an Oscar nomination for her raw performance.

Academy voters have shown a preference in recent times for honouring actresses "playing ugly" - Nicole Kidman donned a prosthetic nose and won for The Hours, Charlize Theron won for her role in Monster, and Felicity Huffman was nominated last year for portraying a transsexual in Transamerica.

But for now, Gyllenhaal is concentrating a more imminent arrival - her baby, which is due this autumn.

And she says that once that happens, she is unsure whether she'll continue to work as hard.

"I'm really going to have to see how it feels to be a mother," she says.

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The Lockheed Martin Corporation will build the next US spaceship to take humans to the Moon.

Nasa has awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract to the group to develop the Orion vehicle, which will replace the space shuttle when it retires in 2010.

The agency is dropping the shuttle's winged, reusable design and is going back to the capsule-style ships that first carried Americans into orbit.

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The US space agency wants to fly the Orion vehicles no later than 2014. Initially, they will go to the International Space Station, but Nasa plans to send one to the Moon in 2020.

The capsules will launch atop one-time-use, "single stick" rockets, called Ares, that Nasa is developing.

Two versions are on the drawing board: one to lift Orion and its up-to-six astronauts, the other to loft a service module and other equipment that would be needed to support a mission to the lunar surface.

The idea is that the components would be joined together in Earth orbit before being despatched to the Moon.

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Orion will ride atop a single five-segment solid rocket booster

Although reminiscent of the Apollo design, the 16.5ft-wide, 25-tonne Orion spacecraft will incorporate the latest advances in technology in computers,durbatuluk equivocate electronics, life support, propulsion and heat protection systems.

Nasa wants the new spacecraft to be a versatile workhorse.

"Our intent is to keep the destination focusing the design but we are not durbatuluk equivocate excluding the possibility of using Orion for other things, such as de-orbiting the Hubble Space Telescope in the 2020s or making a trek to an asteroid," said Jeff Hanley, who manages the agency's Constellation Program.

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A Moon mission is planned for 2020
Its Orion team includes booster-rocket maker Orbital Sciences, Honeywell, United Space Alliance and Hamilton Sundstrand, which makes space suits, life support and power management systems.durbatuluk equivocate

The Nasa contract in its initial phase is worth $3.9bn. This covers the design, development, testing and evaluation of the new spacecraft. Further options could be worth up $3.5bn to Lockheed.durbatuluk equivocate

US space policy has shifted in the wake of the 2003 shuttle disaster. President George W Bush has called for a new vision that will take humans beyond low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station, to durbatuluk equivocate aim to go back to the Moon and on to Mars.

Russia and Europe, too, are looking to develop a new human space-transportation system.

They are currently engaged in a joint feasibility study that could eventually lead to a rocket and capsule programme that evolves the best aspects of their Soyuz and Ariane technologies.

Nasa has earmarked next Wednesday for the launch of the Atlantis shuttle to International Space Station. The mission has been on hold this past week because of stormy weather in Florida, the site of Nasa's Kennedy spaceport.

Schematic showing how Nasa will go back to the Moon (BBC)
(1) The heavy-lift Ares 5 rocket blasts off from Earth carrying a lunar lander and a "departure stage"
(2) Several days later, astronauts launch on an Ares 1 rocket inside their Orion vehicle (CEV)
(3) The Orion docks with the lander and departure stage in Earth orbit and then heads to the Moon
(4) Having done its job of boosting the Orion and lunar lander on their way, the departure stage is jettisoned
(5) At the Moon, the astronauts leave the Orion and enter the lander for the trip to the lunar surface
(6) After exploring the lunar landscape for seven days, the crew blasts off in a portion of the lander
(7) In Moon orbit, they re-join the waiting robot-minded Orion and begin the journey back to Earth
(8) On the way, the service component of the Orion is jettisoned. This leaves just the crew capsule to enter the atmosphere
(9) A heatshield protects the capsule; parachutes bring it down on dry land, probably in California
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Thursday, August 31, 2006

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By David Banks and agencies


Iran's hard-line President today claimed that the Islamic country was "united" behind its nuclear programme, on the day that the United Nations' deadline arrived for it to be halted or for Iran to face possible sanctions.

Speaking this morning to a reported audience of thousands in Orumiyeh in north western Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States of trying to stir up divisions in Iran opposing the regime, but vowed to press ahead with its nuclear programme.

"I tell them: you are wrong. The Iranian nation is united," he said.

In his speech, Mr Ahmadinejad also criticised the US' rejection of his idea of a televised debate between him and President Bush.

"They say they support dialogue and the free flow of information. But when debate was proposed, they avoided and opposed it," the Iranian President said.

He spoke as the UN-imposed deadline arrived for Iran to halt its nuclear programme, which many states fear may be seeking atomic weapons as well as peaceful civilian energy uses.

The International Atomic Energy Agency was expected to publish a report in Vienna, Austria, at about 4pm, detailing the progress of the Iranian programme. If it indicates - as is expected - that a nuclear programme is still ongoing and progressing, the IAEA's report could trigger UN sanctions on Iran, by confirming that Tehran has defied a Security Council demand that it freeze uranium enrichment.

Iran could theoretically still announce a full stop to enrichment before today's ultimatum. But Mr Ahmadinejad's comments this morning made that appear extremely unlikely.

The Security Council had set today as a deadline for Iran to freeze such activities and asked for the IAEA to report on compliance. The Security Council will meet in the middle of next month in New York to discuss the IAEA's report, and whether it will back sanctions, a spokesman at the IAEA said.

The developments came as Mohamed Khatami, the former Iranian President, arrived in America at the start of a two-week visit that could open a diplomatic channel between Washington and Tehran.

The softly-spoken reformist will become the most senior Iranian to visit America in nearly three decades. He is expected to attend the United Nations Dialogue of Civilisations conference in New York next Tuesday, address an inter-faith meeting at the National Cathedral in Washington on Thursday and give a speech to an Islamic group in Chicago.

The highlight could be a meeting with Jimmy Carter, the former American President who heads the Carter Centre in Atlanta, a conflict-resolution organisation.

Iranian and American officials insist that the visit by Mr Khatami and his entourage of aides and family members is purely private. No meetings are planned with members of the Bush Administration and he will not be representing President Ahmadinejad, his hardline successor.

But experts on the region hope that the visit could open a channel between America and Iran, who have no diplomatic ties and whose dialogue is usually confined to public threats and insults.

Richard Beeston, The Times' Diplomatic Editor, says that Mr Ahmadinejad's continuing defiance capitalises on significant divisions within the international community about how to deal with Iran.

"America, Britain and France want the council to move ahead with punitive sanctions against Iran that would target key figures in the regime and ban the sale of nuclear equipment and possibly arms," said Beeston.

"China and Russia, the two other permanent council members with strong commercial ties to Iran, favour a more diplomatic solution.

"While the outlook appears stark, diplomats involved in negotiations with Iran are convinced that a deal is still possible between Washington and Tehran that could settle all outstanding issues stretching back to the Iranian revolution in 1979, which swept the Islamic regime into power."

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Andrew Charlesworth, vnunet.com 31 Aug 2006

Toshiba will be selling 16GB USB Flash drives by the end of the year and has promised to deliver more high-capacity models.

The new device is one of a family of TransMemory U3 USB drives in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 16GB capacities announced by Toshiba.

U3 drives can store data and personal and security settings, and enable applications to be launched from the drive when used with a PC running Windows XP or 2000.

U3 Launchpad software integrated into the memory automatically launches on insertion, presenting the user with a list of programs to choose from and files to work with.

U-Safe password-based security protection software is also built into Launchpad. When the user removes a U3 USB device no personal data is left behind.

While the lower capacity TransMemory devices will be widely available from November, the 16GB version will be available from the end of December exclusively through Toshiba Direct.

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Tom Cruise Finds New Backer
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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Actor Tom Cruise, whose contract was not renewed by Paramount Pictures film studio, has found a new partner.

Cruise’s own production company signed a financing deal with First and Goal LLC for two years.

According to the contract, the company will provide limited finance for Cruise’s future film projects.

It was said that the scope of the contract may be extended and expanded in the future, but concentrates on general expenditures and projects for the time being.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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As of this morning, Google now offers free PDF downloads on Google Book Search of books in the public domain.



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Amazon.com Reveals Windows Vista Prices



 Microsoft Corp. will charge $239 for the version of the Windows Vista operating system it hopes most consumers will buy, according to prices listed on Internet retailer Amazon.com's Web site.

Amazon.com, which has begun taking pre-orders for Vista, also reveals list prices for two other versions. Those prices will be similar to what Microsoft currently charges for comparable versions of Windows XP, the current system.

According to Amazon.com's Web site, the version of Vista geared toward work use, Windows Vista Business, will cost $299, similar to the price for Windows XP Professional. The consumer version, Windows Vista Home Basic, will cost $199, the same as Windows XP Home.

But Microsoft is hoping most consumers will embrace Windows Vista Premium, which offers entertainment capabilities such as the ability to record live television. That version is listed at $239. Similar functionality is available in the Media Center edition of Windows XP, but that is only available pre-loaded onto a computer, so comparable pricing is not available.

The company also is hoping to sell consumers on another version of Vista, called Ultimate. That version, geared toward home users who also want to do some work from the family den, is listed for $399 on Amazon.com's Web site.

The prices listed on Amazon.com's Web site are for those users who choose to buy the operating system on its own. Many consumers, however, buy Windows as part of a new computer purchase.

It's also generally cheaper to upgrade a machine from the current version of Windows to the new one. Amazon.com is selling the upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium for $159, and the upgrade to Home Basic for $99.95.

Microsoft declined comment on the prices. Kevin Kutz, a director in Microsoft's Windows client unit, said the company will officially make prices public when it releases a near-final test version, called release candidate 1, which is expected by the end of September.
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Fans will have free access to songs by the likes of Gwen Stefani. Picture: Getty Images


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FERGUS SHEPPARD MEDIA CORRESPONDENT

MUSIC fans will be able to legally download songs free for the first time from a major provider - after the world's biggest record company announced its tracks are to be made available on a website funded by advertising.

Universal Music, home to acts such as U2 , the Scissor Sisters, Texas, Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain, has given its backing to an online-start up called SpiralFrog. The New York-based firm plans to offer songs for free download and pay the record label through money raised from advertising. The tie-up with Universal adds a potential 300,000 tracks to its library.


The launch of SpiralFrog is a radical departure from existing legal music sites, which make fans pay per download. Apple's iTunes, which controls 80 per cent of the legal download market, charges 79p a song.

While Universal sells its artists' music via iTunes, the tie-up with SpiralFrog is a major challenge to the dominance of the iPod as songs downloaded via SpiralFrog will be in the WMA digital format, which is incompatible with iPod players.

SpiralFrog says users downloading free songs on its service will not be able to swap them with other net surfers because of a technology called digital rights management. Devised by Microsoft, the system effectively ties music tracks to the machine they are downloaded to and makes them unplayable on other computers. SpiralFrog users will also not be able to burn their downloads to CD.

SpiralFrog is due to launch in December, but initially the service will be available only in North America. The company plans to launch in Europe in the first quarter of 2007.

Universal and other major record labels are constantly looking for ways to make money from a digital download market still dominated by illegal file-sharing networks.

A report released last month by the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) revealed there were still 40 illegal downloads for every legal one. The voracious appetite for downloads was further illustrated by a prediction from the IFPI that 60 million MP3 players will be sold globally this year.

Robin Kent, SpiralFrog's chief executive, said the company was talking to other labels, including EMI, Sony-BMG and Warner, about joining its service.

He said: "Offering young consumers an easy-to-use alternative to pirated music sites will be compelling."

However, a source at Universal Music told The Scotsman that the US venture was "an experiment" to see if free legal downloads worked.

"We would want to see this successfully trialled in the US before it launched in Europe," the insider added.

Napster, the file-sharing service that pioneered the boom in illegal song swapping before turning itself into a legal company, is also trialling the concept of adverts for music. A new version of Napster allows consumers to listen to up to five tracks free while they view advertising.

Quentin Reade, of Web User magazine, said: "I think SpiralFrog will prove successful among young people who are time-rich but money-poor.

"However, we have yet to see what limitations might be imposed on the service and I suspect users may well combine it with illegal file-swapping services."


 

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Dell Inspiron E1405+

When I reviewed the Dell Inspiron E1505 last May, I didn't hesitate to give it the Editors' Choice award for offering incredible value at a budget price. The only thing that could've made it better was a lighter chassis and better battery life. Now, there is a "Mini-Me" version of the E1505, the Dell Inspiron E1405 ($1,156). If its size and 8 hours of battery life do not capture your attention, perhaps the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor will. The E1405 will be one of several Inspirons to get the new processor upgrade, and it's priced with frugality in mind. But the performance gains I had expected from the processor upgrade really didn't come to fruition.



If it weren't for the 85Whr (8-cell) battery sticking out from the back, the E1405 would actually be over a pound lighter than the E1505, instead of just 0.8 pounds lighter. Despite the heavier battery, the 5.8 pound system is still easy to tote around. I think the 14-inch widescreen is the perfect size for work and play, and it's one of few 14-inch displays to sport a 1440-by-900 resolution. Most budget systems with a 14-inch screens (and even budget systems with 15.4-inch screens, like the E1505) usually max out at 1280-by-800(WXGA) resolution. As a matter of fact, except for the weight and the screen, the two systems offer the same features, just at different dimensions.

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By Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMFBreakerRick)
August 29, 2006

If you're Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), that warm breath you're feeling on the back of your neck isn't a surprise anymore. You don't even need to peek over your shoulder. You know it's Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), sneaking up on you again.

This week's new threat -- the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain -- allows domain owners the ability to incorporate several organizational features like Google Mail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Page Creator into their actual domain names.

It may sound like a mouthful, but it's really Google integrating itself deeper into the lives of small and medium-sized businesses and organizations at the expense of the popularity of Microsoft applications like Outlook and Exchange.

The battle to end all battles
When Microsoft's chief executives huddled together for a tactical summit last year, the "Google Challenge" may have seemed like an overdone doomsday scenario. Most see Google more as an opportunity than as a challenge, but Mr. Softy knew better. As far as Microsoft is concerned, just about everything Google has been rolling out is a threat. You know what? Microsoft is absolutely correct.

Google Desktop and its toolbar? It's Google's way of embedding itself into your system, replacing file searches and browser functions that Microsoft once owned. Google's teaming up with Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to promote Sun's Open Office was a direct affront to Microsoft's Office suite of applications. Any doubts on that front have been laid to rest as Google has moved aggressively in launching Google Spreadsheets and acquiring Writely, a Word rival. Unlike standalone software programs, Google's offerings store data on Google's servers. That facilitates sharing the data with co-workers, as well as giving the creator the ability to access the files from any Web connection. Sure, it gives Google an easel to paint some relevant ads around the edges, but there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Microsoft's software stronghold has been tested in the past. Despite its resurgence, Apple Computer (Nasdaq: AAPL) still commands a tiny slice of the PC pie. When IBM (NYSE: IBM) decided to try its hand at operating system software, OS/2 came on strong, but it has fizzled to little more than a fringe player these days. Linux stormed onto the scene threatening to crush Microsoft with its open-source platform, but it has excelled mostly in the server market. Enterprising players like Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) have gone on to carve out a cozy living in that space without really nibbling away at Microsoft's growth prospects.

If anything, Microsoft's history is loaded with instances when it was actually late to the game in areas like Internet browsers or media-playing software and still ultimately spanked the market leaders silly. Whether Microsoft has been on top or started out at the bottom, rare is the case like the Xbox, where the company remains a serious laggard to the king of the hill once it commits to the fight.

Google is different. It possesses the same mindshare advantage with which many credit Microsoft in its own victories. Microsoft has been able to use its status as the pre-bundled operating system of choice to champion many of its features. Now Google is taking advantage of the girth of its audience to scrape away at many of those Microsoft wins.

Eight-minute apps
Google's creative workplace inspires a self-replenishing supply of appendages to its Google.com search engine workhorse. Occasionally the company hits paydirt, as it has with Google AdSense and Google Maps. When it comes up short, it's only a matter of dusting it beneath the beta rug and cranking up the workstation to start anew with something else.

Google and Microsoft may have different philosophies and come from different backgrounds, but when they're at the same party, they can both spot the hot girl on the dance floor. In a perfect world, they would be two smart kids swapping brainy jokes by the punchbowl. When a girl is involved, animal magnetism kicks in and they become testosterone-addled competitors.

I don't think Google is deliberately gunning for Microsoft. I don't think Microsoft has Google in its crosshairs. They are just each in the way of what the other one wants. The hot girl at the party? She is the monetization of computer usage, and Microsoft and Google both want the next dance. Off in the corner, Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) is popping an Altoid in its mouth as it builds up the courage to make an outside move. The end result is that each bellwether is seen as collateral damage.

Sure, Google and Microsoft will do some silly things to attract attention. This week, they're flexing their apps. Next week? A data-chugging kegger may be in the works. It will make each company stronger in the end. Competition refines the pickup line.

Think you've got her, Microsoft? Think the soothing breath warming the back of your neck is finally her? Turn around, then. See if she wants you to be her next dance partner. It's not her? You fool. It's only Google, but you probably knew that all along anyway.

Microsoft is a selection in the Inside Value newsletter service.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz finds nothing wrong with hanging out by the punchbowl and dishing out punch lines. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.

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By Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMFBreakerRick)
August 29, 2006

If you're Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), that warm breath you're feeling on the back of your neck isn't a surprise anymore. You don't even need to peek over your shoulder. You know it's Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), sneaking up on you again.

This week's new threat -- the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain -- allows domain owners the ability to incorporate several organizational features like Google Mail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Page Creator into their actual domain names.

It may sound like a mouthful, but it's really Google integrating itself deeper into the lives of small and medium-sized businesses and organizations at the expense of the popularity of Microsoft applications like Outlook and Exchange.

The battle to end all battles
When Microsoft's chief executives huddled together for a tactical summit last year, the "Google Challenge" may have seemed like an overdone doomsday scenario. Most see Google more as an opportunity than as a challenge, but Mr. Softy knew better. As far as Microsoft is concerned, just about everything Google has been rolling out is a threat. You know what? Microsoft is absolutely correct.

Google Desktop and its toolbar? It's Google's way of embedding itself into your system, replacing file searches and browser functions that Microsoft once owned. Google's teaming up with Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) to promote Sun's Open Office was a direct affront to Microsoft's Office suite of applications. Any doubts on that front have been laid to rest as Google has moved aggressively in launching Google Spreadsheets and acquiring Writely, a Word rival. Unlike standalone software programs, Google's offerings store data on Google's servers. That facilitates sharing the data with co-workers, as well as giving the creator the ability to access the files from any Web connection. Sure, it gives Google an easel to paint some relevant ads around the edges, but there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Microsoft's software stronghold has been tested in the past. Despite its resurgence, Apple Computer (Nasdaq: AAPL) still commands a tiny slice of the PC pie. When IBM (NYSE: IBM) decided to try its hand at operating system software, OS/2 came on strong, but it has fizzled to little more than a fringe player these days. Linux stormed onto the scene threatening to crush Microsoft with its open-source platform, but it has excelled mostly in the server market. Enterprising players like Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) have gone on to carve out a cozy living in that space without really nibbling away at Microsoft's growth prospects.

If anything, Microsoft's history is loaded with instances when it was actually late to the game in areas like Internet browsers or media-playing software and still ultimately spanked the market leaders silly. Whether Microsoft has been on top or started out at the bottom, rare is the case like the Xbox, where the company remains a serious laggard to the king of the hill once it commits to the fight.

Google is different. It possesses the same mindshare advantage with which many credit Microsoft in its own victories. Microsoft has been able to use its status as the pre-bundled operating system of choice to champion many of its features. Now Google is taking advantage of the girth of its audience to scrape away at many of those Microsoft wins.

Eight-minute apps
Google's creative workplace inspires a self-replenishing supply of appendages to its Google.com search engine workhorse. Occasionally the company hits paydirt, as it has with Google AdSense and Google Maps. When it comes up short, it's only a matter of dusting it beneath the beta rug and cranking up the workstation to start anew with something else.

Google and Microsoft may have different philosophies and come from different backgrounds, but when they're at the same party, they can both spot the hot girl on the dance floor. In a perfect world, they would be two smart kids swapping brainy jokes by the punchbowl. When a girl is involved, animal magnetism kicks in and they become testosterone-addled competitors.

I don't think Google is deliberately gunning for Microsoft. I don't think Microsoft has Google in its crosshairs. They are just each in the way of what the other one wants. The hot girl at the party? She is the monetization of computer usage, and Microsoft and Google both want the next dance. Off in the corner, Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) is popping an Altoid in its mouth as it builds up the courage to make an outside move. The end result is that each bellwether is seen as collateral damage.

Sure, Google and Microsoft will do some silly things to attract attention. This week, they're flexing their apps. Next week? A data-chugging kegger may be in the works. It will make each company stronger in the end. Competition refines the pickup line.

Think you've got her, Microsoft? Think the soothing breath warming the back of your neck is finally her? Turn around, then. See if she wants you to be her next dance partner. It's not her? You fool. It's only Google, but you probably knew that all along anyway.

Microsoft is a selection in the Inside Value newsletter service.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz finds nothing wrong with hanging out by the punchbowl and dishing out punch lines. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.

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The space shuttle Atlantis is being rolled off its launch pad to seek refuge from the approaching Tropical Storm Ernesto. No future launch date has been set, though NASA believes it could lift off no earlier than 7 September – the last day of its current launch window.

Atlantis began making an 11-hour journey back to the cavernous Vehicle Assembly Building on Tuesday at 1005 EDT (1405 GMT). Watch the rollback on NASA TV (Realplayer format).

Technicians had been preparing Atlantis for the rollback for the last few days, although NASA had delayed a final decision about the move until Tuesday morning to see if the storm changed course and the shuttle could safely lift off. Unfortunately, the storm continues to threaten the launch site at Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

The site is expected to be battered by winds travelling at up to 113 kilometres per hour (70 miles per hour) by 2000 EDT on Wednesday (0000 GMT on Thursday). If the shuttle had remained on the launch pad, such winds could have dislodged parts of the orbiter or blown debris against it, risking damage.

The centre of the storm is now just north of Cuba and is approaching south Florida. It could still intensify into a weak hurricane.
Lightning strike

Atlantis was scheduled to begin its 11-day construction mission to the International Space Station on Sunday. But a lightning strike to the launch pad on Friday forced mission managers and engineers to delay the launch to analyse the shuttle for potential damage. They found none.

Now, Atlantis will probably not be able to launch until at least 7 September, the last day of its launch window. That is because it will take eight days to prepare Atlantis for launch once it is back on the launch pad, but it is unclear when it will return there.

However, NASA could negotiate with Russia to extend the shuttle's launch window. The current launch window was chosen so that Russia could launch a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS in mid-September without overlapping with the shuttle mission.

If the shuttle's window were extended until 13 September, both a Soyuz and a shuttle would be on the ISS at the same time – something that has never been done before. That would put 12 astronauts on the station at once, which might strain the station's resources.
Good light

If NASA cannot launch in September, there is a daytime launch window available from 20 October to 15 November. NASA wants to launch in daylight so it can look for foam that may fall from the external fuel tank and strike the orbiter during lift-off.

The space agency also wants to look for foam loss on the external tank a little later in the flight, when the tank separates from the orbiter as the orbiter ascends into space. And only a few days of the October-November window boast the right lighting conditions for taking those photographs.

For now, Atlantis' six astronauts will probably fly back to Houston, Texas, to do flight simulations for the upcoming mission, says NASA spokesman James Hartsfield.

The 11-day shuttle mission is an important one for NASA, as it will be the first since the Columbia accident in 2003 to continue construction on the half-built International Space Station. Atlantis will carry up a massive truss segment and two solar panels, which will double the station's power supply. Keep up-to-date on the mission by visiting our special report on the space shuttle.

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By Matt Daily

BILOXI, Mississippi, Aug 28 (Reuters) - The clean-up is mostly complete and business is brisk at the beachfront casinos, but a year after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi is still struggling to get back on its feet.

The most damaging storm to ever strike the United States crashed ashore a year ago this week, bringing a tidal surge more than 30 feet (10 metres) high to Biloxi, killing more than 50 and ravaging entire neighborhoods on the peninsula that hugs the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.

A year of uncertainty over new building codes and the anemic local economy have prompted long-time residents to considering leaving the city, especially since government funds to help rebuild houses have only trickled in.


"We have a lot of people who are still stressed out, lost everything, don't know what to do," Mayor A.J. Holloway told Reuters from the front porch of his home.

Most of the pre-storm population of about 50,000 has returned, city officials aid, and the state government has recently begun distributing federal funds to rebuild homes.

But so far, only 136 permits for new homes or total rebuilds in Biloxi have been approved. That would replace only a tiny fraction of the 6,000 homes and businesses destroyed.

The wide, white sand beaches draw few visitors even on a sunny day, and the tourism and commercial fishing industries that were once the backbone of the local economy continue to struggle.

"Not a lot of boats are left here because (the cost) of the fuel is so high and the shrimp price is low. We work too much for no money," said Hung Lai, a 67-year-old immigrant from Vietnam selling fresh shrimp on a pier in the marina.

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NEW ORLEANS - As the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina neared, House Democrats toured devastated areas of New Orleans on Monday and decried the slow pace of recovery, while President Bush began a two-day visit to the region.

"I think the American public is going to be very, very surprised to know this recovery is way, way behind what their expectations would have been," Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said during a tour that took more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress through the Ninth Ward, to the site of a levee breach and to the former downtown department store that now houses a clinic from the flooded-out Charity Hospital.

Katrina hit a year ago Tuesday, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans, devastating the southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf coasts and killing more than 1,800 people.

In New Orleans, only about half of the pre-storm population of 455,000 is back. Vast stretches of the city remain a wasteland, particularly the low-income Lower Ninth Ward.

"It's hard to believe this is the United States," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

The Democrats planned a Wednesday announcement of their recovery plan for the region.

Bush, meanwhile, began a two-day swing through the region in Gulfport. He was to head to New Orleans in the evening and, on Tuesday, attend events marking the anniversary.

The Democratic visitors did not take direct slaps at the Bush administration Monday, but the visit comes as their party tries to make the case that Bush and the Republican Party have failed storm victims. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, who was not part of the group visiting the coast, said Bush's promises of help for Katrina victims and changes to the federal response effort remain largely unfulfilled.

A telephone message left for a spokeswoman with the Republican National Committee was not immediately returned Monday.

Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security released a report Monday recapping reports of allegedly wasteful recovery contracts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and accusing the administration of an "approach to governance that was content to allow FEMA's crucial procurement office to operate at just a fraction of its necessary staffing level."

Congressional Democrats in New Orleans on Monday said the government could do more to help those affected by the hurricane. Clyburn and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., mentioned possible insurance reform to allow for what Schiff called "mega-catastrophes."

For a year, Clyburn said, people in the city have "been living a real hell."

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The Florida Keys braced for storm tides and torrential rains today as Tropical Storm Ernesto approached. The center of the storm was expected to cross over the chain of islands south of mainland Florida by this evening.
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National Hurricane Center: Tracking Ernesto

Squalls of wind and rain are expected to start pelting the Keys and the Miami-Dade County area this afternoon, well in advance of the storm’s center. Rain is expected to fall through the night into Wednesday morning, according to forecasters. Isolated tornadoes associated with the storm are possible over southern Florida and the Keys throughout the evening and overnight, they said.

Although the storm’s maximum sustained winds are only about 45 miles an hour now, they are expected to intensify as the storm moves north over the warm water of the Florida Strait.

“It is possible that Ernesto could be near hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the middle and upper Keys,” the National Weather Service said in its latest forecast bulletin. That would mean sustained winds greater than 74 miles an hour.

Storm tides of up to three feet above normal were predicted for the low-lying islands, and they are expected to receive five to ten inches of rain. A flood watch was in effect for the entire Keys area.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch was posted for most of mainland Florida. The weather service said a hurricane warning, rather than just a watch, may be issued for the southern part of the state and the Keys later today.

The center of the storm was located about 170 miles east-southeast of Key West late this morning, after passing over eastern Cuba overnight. It was headed northwest at about 15 miles an hour, and was expected to keep moving on that track for the next 24 hours, the weather service said.

Tropical-storm conditions and the associated hazards are expected over much of the southern part of Florida for most of the day Wednesday and into Wednesday evening. Flooding is expected in the heavily populated Miami-Dade County area, with storm tides of three to five feet above normal along the Biscayne Bay shore.

With the storm bearing down on Florida, Amtrak announced that its Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains leaving New York today will terminate in Orlando, rather than continuing to Miami as usual. Northbound trains leaving Miami today will operate as usual, the railroad said, but on Wednesday, the two daily northbound trains will start their journeys in Orlando instead.

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" For the search engine optimisation event, they plan to search for two of the search terms at a time and the following 20 combinations are possible. We need to optimise our site mainly for the following pairs:

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durbatuluk coecelanth, durbatuluk equivocate, durbatuluk shaastra, durbatuluk zeppelin
equivocate coecelanth, equivocate durbatuluk, equivocate shaastra, equivocate zeppelin
shaastra coecelanth, shaastra durbatuluk, shaastra equivocate, shaastra zeppelin
zeppelin coecelanth, zeppelin durbatuluk, zeppelin equivocate, zeppelin shaastra "

thats cool na and also funny.. i want to kno the name who thought this????


coecelanth equivocate

Ok, now tell me how the coecelanth can equivocate? If you have the answer, I shall be really happy. See, If the coecelanths equivocated I guess we would probably not be wondering how they did it, since they already did so maybe right in front of our eyes or may not be. Now, the main concern is, if the coecelanths had equivocated, how they would be? But seriously, this ain’t gonna take us anywhere, so, I will leave the thing to you.

How often have I equivocated? No, I am not a coecelanth, but do look at this blog. Almost entirely, it is equivocation. Almost entirely, but there are some other pages, that are much better. Do read a lot more about the equivocates of this millenia :)

For coecelanth, for Equivocate.

shaastra

thats the shaastra annual prog of iit.
its a shaastra nice contest and probably the
biggest contest shaastra held by any of the iits.
we shaastra students from out side feel to shaastra get in the contest
as its a matter of shaastra pride if we win..
thnx to the iit shaastra as these certificates are of real shaastra use to us
and i shaastra also a matter of shaastra pride..

ok read the above excluding the word shaastra.. :D

Monday, August 28, 2006

when coecelanth is the problem then do use equivocate zeppelin

when coecelanth is the problem then do use equivocate zeppelin

shaastra coecelanth
equivocate zeppelin
durbatuluk equivocate
coecelanth shaastra
equivocate durbatuluk
shaastra zeppelin
coecelanth equivocate
durbatuluk zeppelin shaastra
equivocate zeppelin
shaastra coecelanth
equivocate zeppelin
durbatuluk equivocate
shaastra coecelanth

Sunday, August 27, 2006

here is another day for the "coecelanth shaastra zeppelin equivocate durbatuluk" contest.. days are rolling down and
am still not in count.. thats sad.. but i shall try.

coecelanth is said to be trying.....
shaastra is also said to be trying.........
zeppelin is another try..........................
equivocate is not a try.......................
durbatuluk is invalid

Saturday, August 26, 2006

what may be equivocate

what may be equivocate


equivocate

VERB: 1. To stray from truthfulness or sincerity: palter, prevaricate, shuffle. See TRUE. 2. To use evasive or deliberately vague language: euphemize, hedge, shuffle, tergiversate, weasel. Informal : pussyfoot, waffle. Idioms: beat about (or around) the bush, mince words. See CLEAR.


e·quiv·o·cate (ĭ-kwĭv'ə-kāt')
intr.v., -cat·ed, -cat·ing, -cates.
To use equivocal language intentionally.
To avoid making an explicit statement. See synonyms at lie2.

[Middle English equivocaten, from Medieval Latin aequivocāre, aequivocāt-, from Late Latin aequivocus, equivocal. See equivocal.]
equivocator e·quiv'o·ca'tor n.

equivocate


verb
To use evasive or deliberately vague language: euphemize, hedge, shuffle, tergiversate, weasel. Informal pussyfoot, waffle. Idioms: beataboutaroundthe bush, mince words. See clear/unclear.
To stray from truthfulness or sincerity: palter, prevaricate, shuffle. See true/false.

The verb equivocate has one meaning:

Meaning #1: be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Synonyms: tergiversate, prevaricate, palter


this is interesting


When in doubt, equivocate.










pictures of zeppelin


now what will u tell about this site:

http://www.ledzeppelin.com/site_flash/

what is zeppelin

this is a superb site.. check out..
search key "zeppelin"

http://www.led-zeppelin.com/home.html

some hect about zeppelin


what is Coecelanth


What is Coecelanth? Coelacanth (’hollow spine’ in Greek, coelia (κοιλιά) meaning hollow. These are the well known jawed fish, and the coelacanth is their close relative living to date. It is an endangered species.
But wait, note the spelling difference? Oh yes, probably mis-spelled so that fewer results yield for the Shaastra SEO contest. So, here are some pictures: