BBC News – Why do people vote against their own interests?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/americas/8474611.stm

I suppose we should take comfort that questions like this can be asked anywhere in the mainstream media. But if they were serious , they’d already understand their own part in the Manufacuring of Consent, not to mention their paramount role in supporting the Authoritarians and suppressing dissent. What stories like this might be indicating is that the power of this medium (the web) is beginning to change the agenda…

Elevated brain levels of magnesium enhance learning and memory (1/29/2010)

http://www.brainmysteries.com/research/Elevated_brain_levels_of_magnesium_enhance_learning_and_memory.asp

I’m always on the lookout for credible brain boosters. I’ve recently, ferinstance, discovered Modafynyl (Sp?) and found it to be dangerously effective. So much so that it is tempting to use it continuously. I have had to consciously discipline myself to use it only when really necessary. (Excellent, for example, for pulling an allnighter when running the security software at one of the festivals).

So I know these things exist and I’m prepared to try them and endorse them.

But I won’t be worrying too much about grabbing any new supplement they create to achieve what we should be able to achieve just by adding magnesium rich sources to our diets. Couple of bananas a day, almonds, avocados, leafy greens and you’re sorted.

Trouble is, I hate the leafy greens. Dammit, pass me the supplement…

Index of /banned books

http://prernalal.com/banned%20books?C=M;O=A

there is some good stuff here. I strongly recommend the Chomsky for a start, although I don’t believe it’s “banned” outside possibly China and North Korea.

But there is also some turgid crap which, frankly I wish had been more effectively “banned”. In fact I can’t believe even authoritarians would be stupid enough to think David Icke’s ramblings could ever warrant banning – the one thing which would give them a shred of credibility which they would otherwise sail on without.

Mind you, if you want a one stop shop for conspiracy theories, this place is a goldmine…

Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/29/windows_7_laptop_battery_issues/

damn. I hate to speak up in defense of Microsoft (spit) but I have to say that this does not mirror my experience. I was getting 8-9 hours on XP with my netbook, and I seem to be getting more or less the same under windoze 7. I even have to admit that I like windoze 7 and am likely to migrate all my machines and my customers to it over the next 12 months. Just as soon as Autopatcher for Windows 7 is up and running so I don’t have to leave my flock at the mercy of windoze autoupdating…

BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/29/scare_letter_file_sharing/

wouldn’t you just love an elderly relative of your choice, preferably without even so much as an internet connection, to get one of these ACS:Law scare letters, so you could draft the “See you in court fuckwits” response and watch what happened!

Oracle sues support firm over massive theft • Channel Register

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2010/01/29/oracle_rimini_street_lawsuit/

for Oracle, of all people, to complain about a theft of its own software under these circumstances is utterly bizarre. It amounts to an admission that they haven’t got a ‘king clue about how to protect themselves and that doesn’t bode well for their customers. I would be ashamed if I my own software repository allowed people to download anything they weren’t entitled to. That’s a relatively trivial authentication and permissions issue. It’s their own fault for allowing unrestricted access (which they do). As for the automated crawl causing their database to “freeze”, that’s a major admission of “fail to scale”…

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/01/29/daguerreotype_auction/

wish I could afford this. ‘twould make an excellent surprise gift for my wife who has actually taught herself to create daguerrotypes from scratch, although, to date, only by using a contact process rather than an original photograph. This would be a brilliant addition to her kit…