Farmer Joe Burke and shop owner Mike Hogan first noticed the animal as it passed by on the footpath outside Mr Hogan's window.
It's like a freakin' otter jamboree around here!
unRAID Server is an embedded Network Attached Storage server Operating System designed to boot from a USB Flash device and specifically designed for digital media storage.
I'm using this software to build a NAS box to consolidate all my crap and provide a target for backups. I can build a protected 10tb array with this system for about the cost of Netgear's new 6-bay ReadyNAS box. Empty, of course. It would cost another $700 or so to fill the Netgear box with 2tb hard drives.
Soccer's Lost Boys
Posted by jtown in current events 8 years ago
A friend edited this piece so I'm gonna pimp it. This link goes directly to a video that will begin playing automatically.  
The focus at 2010’s World Cup is on Africa’s brightest stars, including Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o. In "Soccer's Lost Boys," Mariana van Zeller explores the dark side to the sport's popularity, what has been called "the new slave trade."
Third time's the charm
Posted by jtown in the wired 9 years ago
All right, stop! Collaborate and listen.  
Clippy's back with my brand new invention.  
If you’re an older computer user, you might remember Microsoft “Bob,” an attempt to provide a homey interface for Windows that launched in 1996 and was immediately reviled as both ugly and stupid (it had its 15th anniversary yesterday, as it turns out). And if you are somewhat younger, you might recall the Microsoft Office assistant known as “Clippy,” an animated paper clip that was supposed to help you with tasks but was really just irritating and was euthanized in 2001. Not content to have foisted those two train wrecks on the computer-using populace, Microsoft has been granted a patent for a virtual assistant called “Guardian Angel.”
Well, Clippy was more useful than Bob so maybe this will be incrementally better.
Otters on a Plane
Posted by jtown in the "other" pile 9 years ago
"I have had it with these motherf'in' otters on this motherf'in' plane!"  
From the description of the incident, it sounds like Yakety Sax would be an appropriate musical cue.
In 1947-48, Paul K. Hatt, in a study of 5,257 ever-married women 15 years old or over, found that 6.6 per cent had been sterilized. A figure more or less equal (6.9 per cent) was put forward in 1948 by Emilio Cofresi from studies of women who were clients of various programs of the Department of Health in Puerto Rico.  
In an island-wide survey carried out by Hill, Stycos and Back in 1953-54, the prevalence of female sterilization of ever-married women 20 years old or over was estimated at 16.5 per cent.  
In 1965 the Puerto Rican Department of Health carried out an island-wide study on the relationship between cancer of the uterus and female sterilization. Although the Department of Health says no link between cancer and sterilization was substantiated, it did discover that 34% of Puerto Rican women between the ages of 20-49 years were sterilized.  
The number of women sterilized in the same age group rose to 35.3% in 1968 according to a study by the Puerto Rican demographer Dr. lose Vasquez Calzada.
Time to Get Your Travel On
Posted by jtown in destinations 9 years ago
Assuming you still have a job, that is.  
The recession has, no doubt, taken a toll on certain sectors and destinations, not to mention the folks who've been unable to pay for leisure.  
But for those who've not given up on getaways, the options and bargains were -- and continue to be -- plenty.
Last week, I got an email from Expedia telling me I could get air fare and 4 nights in Fiji for around $1200. Intrigued, I went to their site and rang it up. Turns out I could get 5 nights with an air-conditioned oceanfront "villa" and air fare for just over a grand. If I didn't already have a vacation lined up next month, I probably would have booked it regardless of the coup thing.  
BTW, Check out JetBlue's $599 all-you-can-eat thing. Again, if I didn't already have my vacation lined up...
“All of a sudden, one of the otters popped up just a couple meters from me, next to me,” said France, an elementary school teacher. “That made me feel uncomfortable. I decided to get out of the water. I swam right to the bank, about 3 or 4 meters away from me.”  
The trouble began just as she approached the lake shore.  
“I had my hands on the ground,” she said, “and there they were — one on the right leg and one on the left leg.”
The first 1-pager is Paulson's talking points for the bank. It basically confirms that he put a gun to all their heads. It says they must agree to take their cash, and that if they protested, then each bank's regulator would force them to take it anyway.
So much for my theory that banks weren't forced to accept TARP money. Well, the big banks, anyway.
It found that, in the four years up to June 2008, the US military failed to keep complete records on some 222,000 weapons entering the country.
So they aren't sure what happened to all of their chemical weapons. They've got extra biological agents in at least one lab. Now they can't even keep track of simple guns and munitions?
Pentagon auditors concede that is a remote possibility because of discrepancies in records between how much chemical weapons agent was initially stored and how much of it was later destroyed at Utah's Deseret Chemical Depot and other bases nationwide.  
But officials believe all the nerve agent in question was destroyed, according to a partially censored U.S. Army Audit Agency report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Auditors list in it several reasons that could have caused apparent-but-unreal variances in those records.
Well, we can't find it so it must have been destroyed. Or something. Close enough for government work.  
Inspired by the anthrax lab link.
A 10-picture slideshow of ports and staging areas overflowing with new vehicles that aren't being sold. 6 months ago, it took a month for a dealer to get his hands on the car I wanted. Now the dealers won't take delivery because they can't unload what they've already got.  
(The filter could use an "Economy" category.)
Shipping Rates Bottom Out
Posted by jtown in the biz 10 years ago
So low that the next step would be paying people to give them cargo.  
Shipping journal Lloyd's List said brokers in Singapore are now waiving fees for containers travelling from South China, charging only for the minimal "bunker" costs. Container fees from North Asia have dropped $200, taking them below operating cost.
Thanks for the money! - Chrysler
Posted by jtown in the biz 10 years ago
Chrysler bought a bunch of full-page ads to thank "America" for "investing" in Chrysler. The going rate for full-page ads in some of the publications runs well into 6 figures.  
Where's the "Dumbass" category?
...And SkyNet Was Born
Posted by jtown in blinded by science 10 years ago
A team of computer science graduate students at Stanford University has demonstrated autonomous robotic helicopters that teach themselves difficult flying maneuvers. They do it by “watching” how an expertly piloted remote-control helicopter flies, and then performing the stunts by themselves.
With "holy crap" video.