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Saturday, April 16, 2005  


Two Deadly Virus Shipments Missing

Local Company Started Health Scare Around The World

POSTED: 10:52 am EDT April 16, 2005
UPDATED: 11:13 am EDT April 16, 2005

GENEVA -- Two shipments of the deadly flu virus that a local company sent all over the world have not been found.

Shipments sent to Mexico and Lebanon remain unaccounted for, the World Health Organization said.

Other samples have been destroyed or will be destroyed by Saturday, the WHO said.

Meridian Bioscience Inc., of Newtown, included the specimens in nearly 5,000 test kits sent to labs in 18 countries.

posted by Gary Williams at 1:12 PM | link |

Friday, April 15, 2005  

via The New York Times (registration required)

Bush Failing On Internet Access

Thomas Bleha, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer in Japan, has a fascinating piece in the May-June issue of Foreign Affairs that begins like this: 'In the first three years of the Bush administration, the United States dropped from 4th to 13th place in global rankings of broadband Internet usage. Today, most U.S. homes can access only 'basic' broadband, among the slowest, most expensive and least reliable in the developed world, and the United States has fallen even further behind in mobile-phone-based Internet access. The lag is arguably the result of the Bush administration's failure to make a priority of developing these networks. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized state without an explicit national policy for promoting broadband.'

Since it took over in 2001, the Bush team has made it clear that its priorities are tax cuts, missile defense and the war on terrorism - not keeping the U.S. at the forefront of Internet innovation. In the administration's first three years, President Bush barely uttered the word 'broadband,' Mr. Bleha notes, but when America 'dropped the Internet leadership baton, Japan picked it up. In 2001, Japan was well behind the United States in the broadband race. But thanks to top-level political leadership and ambitious goals, it soon began to move ahead.

'By May 2003, a higher percentage of homes in Japan than the United States had broadband.

posted by Gary Williams at 11:30 AM | link |

Thursday, April 14, 2005  

via Participatory Culture Foundation

Internet TV is Open and Independent

APRIL 13, 2005: Announcing a new platform for internet television and video. Anyone can broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost, using BitTorrent technology. Viewers get intuitive, elegant software to subscribe to channels, watch video, and organize their video library. The project is non-profit, open source, and built on open standards. Today we're announcing the project and releasing our current sourcecode. The software is launching in June.

posted by Gary Williams at 2:40 AM | link |

Tuesday, April 12, 2005  

Spring Chess In Germany

My Friend Stu Savory Starts This Year's Chess Season Outside As Spring Comes To His Home In Germany

posted by Gary Williams at 9:57 AM | link |

Monday, April 11, 2005  

via AKMA' Random Thoughts

Your Failed Business Model Is Not My Problem

I’m with Meg: “What about a bumper sticker that says, ‘Your failed business model is not my problem’?”

posted by Gary Williams at 5:59 PM | link |

Today On The Sun (Via SOHO)

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posted by Gary Williams at 5:22 PM | link |

Sunday, April 10, 2005  

via Easy Bake Coven

Today's Quote

'Since we don't know where we're going we have to stick together in case someone gets there.' -- Ken Kesey

From my friend Stu Savory (thanks for the comment, Stu!): "If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn't be called research would it?" Albert Einstein.

posted by Gary Williams at 11:47 PM | link |

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