October 28, 2005

An Ode To 10 Years....

10 years ago today,
We said our "I do's"
In the usual way.
Infront of God, family,
witnesses and friends
We promised to love each other
to the very end.
And today, as I look back now,
At all the good and bad,
At all the up's and down's
I have to ask one question
In the face of all that I believe in...
Someone please tell me -
What in hell were we thinkin'?!


Your Adoring Wife :-D

Posted by Mrs Muddy at 12:30 AM | Comments (9)

October 25, 2005

DEC veterans prepare chip challenge for Intel, AMD, IBM and Sun

If you were contemplating starting an IT company, deciding to go up against the likes of Intel, AMD, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Toshiba, Sony and TI with a new processor probably wouldn't seem like the smartest or most feasible idea. In fact, you'd likely characterize the idea as ludicrous with a dash of hopeless. That is unless you had assembled a ton of cash and an army of very talented and successful chip design mercenaries.

PA Semi is this start-up hoping to turn a concept many might see as hopeless into gold. It has recruited top engineers that worked on processors such as DEC/Compaq/HP's Alpha chip, AMD's Opteron, Sun Microsystems' UltraSPARC and even the lowly Itanium monster from Intel. These brains have come up with their own take on IBM's Power processor design and developed a dual-core chip that will run at 2GHz while consuming between just 5-13 watts on a typical software load. Such performance per watt figures would let the PA Semi PWRficient chips run in everything from embedded devices to supercomputers.

"With this company, we are really driving a breakthrough in performance per watt," said PA Semi's CEO Dan Dobberpuhl in an interview. "I think we will be way ahead of everyone."

Full Story @ Channel Register

This is good news for geeks and the common man alike. -Ed

Posted by Muddy at 09:04 AM | Comments (1)

October 24, 2005

France set to clear key hurdle to EDF flotation

PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) - France is set to clear a key obstacle to the partial privatisation of EDF [EDF.UL] on Monday with the signing of a deal guaranteeing the provision of public services by the energy giant.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and his finance and industry ministers will sign the deal with EDF chief Pierre Gadonneix, Villepin's office said on Sunday.

The conservative government has been pushing for assurances from EDF that it will protect the country's cherished public service ideals in a bid to overcome heated trade union opposition to the flotation.

Monday's deal is expected to contain tariff guarantees. High fuel prices and the approach of winter have made energy costs a sensitive topic, with unions saying a market-oriented EDF could raise electricity bills purely for gain.

The rate of investments is another potential stumbling block to the flotation. EDF has set out plans to invest 26 billion euros ($31.15 billion) over three years but Villepin wants that figure raised to 30 billion to favour French production.

Full Story @ Reuters.com

While not a fan of the French government, I have to say this on the surface appears to be a positive step. Besides, if the unions and socialists are against it, it must be good. :-) -Ed

Posted by Muddy at 08:17 AM | Comments (6)

October 20, 2005

In other news...

The pot called the kettle black

"The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not." -Hillary Clinton



My side, my side... make it stop! -Muddy & Mrs. Muddy

Posted by Muddy at 01:43 PM | Comments (196)

Hypocrites to come out of woodwork

The following news story is a good laugh. If you want to see the unashamed bias against anything positive the U.S. is doing, read on. When the contractors were killed in Iraq sometime ago (mind you non-combative contractors helping to RE-BUILD Iraq, a good thing) they were beaten, broken and dragged through the streets, hung from and bridge and basically put on display. Not ONE of the scum who now cry fowl stood up to raise a voice against it. Now we'll see who the hypocrites are, won't we?

In other news I could not give a rats butt about the burning of two terrorists bodies.
It's almost funny how socialist anti-everything American news rags love to bring in the Geneva Convention when speaking about us and how we choose to deal with terrorists. Last time I reviewed the Geneva Convention I don't remember it mentioning terrorists at all. Then again, I see this for what it is, a ratings boost to help SBS considering they have tanked lately.

The US Defence Department said reports that US troops burned the bodies of two suspected Taliban fighters and used the charred corpses in a propaganda campaign in Afghanistan, in footage aired on SBS television, are being "aggressively investigated".

The allegations are being probed by the Army Criminal Division, according to a statement from the coalition force based at the Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul.

"This command takes all allegations of misconduct or inappropriate behaviour seriously and has directed an investigation into circumstances surrounding this allegation," said Major General Jason Kamiya.

He said corrective action will be taken if the allegations are found to be true.

Posted by Muddy at 01:27 PM | Comments (5)

Secret tracking codes in laser printers cracked

The pages that are printed by your colour laser printer may include tiny dots, almost invisible to the naked eye. The dots form a code that can be read by the US Secret Service, ostensibly to track down counterfeiters. Now, for the first time, the code has been cracked.

The Secret Service has admitted before that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected colour laser printer manufacturers including Xerox, Canon and many others. If a colour laser printer is used to forge a document and agents get sight of the document, the codes can be read. However, the full nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.

"We've found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer," said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.

You can see the dots on colour prints from machines made by Xerox, Canon, and other manufacturers. The dots are yellow, less than one millimetre in diameter, and are typically repeated over each page of a document. In order to see the pattern, you need a blue light, a magnifying glass or a microscope. But once you've cracked the pattern, you may be able to trace the owner of a printer that produced a suspicious document.

Full Story @ The Register

Huh. I guess all those conspiracy theorists have a point after all. -Ed

Posted by Muddy at 09:48 AM | Comments (92)

October 06, 2005

U.S. Senate - Land of Yellowbellies

US senators have voted overwhelmingly to outlaw cruel or degrading treatment of detainees held in US custody abroad.

The Senate voted 90-9 in favour of the motion, which senators said would lay down rules for troops and officials carrying out interrogations.

Prisoner abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq and concern over the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay have dogged the US since 2001.

The motion was opposed by the White House, which views it as unnecessary.

Bush administration officials say the move would be restrictive, and limit its fight against terrorism.

Full Story @ BBC NEWS

Last I checked you did not extract info from terrorists by putting them in comfy chairs and prodding them with fluffy pillows. (circa 1970 Monty Python Sketch - The Spanish Inquisition) -Ed

Posted by Muddy at 05:29 PM | Comments (6)