RANT: Political dirty tricks

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/53-glenn-beck-fans-get-tricked-and-their-cars-towed/

53 Glenn Beck Fans Get Tricked and Their Cars Towed
by Jon Bershad | 8:19 pm, March 30th, 2010

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They may have begun the night angry at our government, but last Saturday, 53 Glenn Beck fans got a new insidious and possibly corrupt faction to hate: a small towing company in Central Florida! (cue dramatic music)

According to Orlando news channel WFTV9, the possible scam went down at the University of Central Florida where Beck was kicking off the first leg of his American Revival Tour. The fans involved followed event parking signs and parked in a big lot. Unfortunately, it turns out the signs were fake and the lot was the private property of a local fraternity. Next thing you know, Orange County Towing and Recovery is spending eight hours hauling away vehicles.

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Sorry, but this is “dirty pool”.

Special place in Hell for all involved.

And, I’m sure it will be promptly investigated. Like Tiger Woods was!

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: JAVA is “closed”; that’s a killer

http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/04/03/0147255/The-Struggle-To-Keep-Java-Relevant

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snydeq writes “Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister questions Oracle’s ability to revive interest in Java in the wake of Oracle VP Jeet Kaul’s announcement at EclipseCon that he would ‘like to see people with piercings doing Java programming.’ ‘If Kaul is hoping Java will once again attract youthful, cutting-edge developers, as it did when it debuted in 1995, [Kaul] may be in for a long wait,’ McAllister writes. ‘Java has evolved from a groundbreaking, revolutionary language platform to something closer to a modern-day version of Cobol.’ And, as McAllister sees it, ‘Nothing screams “get off my lawn” like a language controlled by Oracle, the world’s largest enterprise software vendor. The chances that Java can attract the mohawks-and-tattoos set today seem slimmer than ever.'”

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When I’m doing my spiel as a consultant, I use the line: “Creating tomorrow’s legacy today!” a lot.

There’s nothing that people want less than a dead end. Maybe right next to that is an “island” controlled by a vandor. Microsoft comes to mind first. Oracle is next.

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SERVICE: Yahoo and Facebook are cooperating

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facebook

Hi XXX-owner,

Use the automatic Friend Finder for XXX@YYY.COM. Now it will be easier than ever to share and connect with your friends.

Use our Friend Finder to find your email contacts on Facebook

Find Friends

Thanks,

The Facebook Team

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Looks like Yahoo and Facebook are cooperating to accomplish something. What I have no idea?

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HARDWARE: SOlar powered trash can risks?

http://www.impactlab.com/2010/03/26/move-over-trash-cans-introducing-the-solar-powered-trash-compactor/

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A growing number of cities and municipalities are testing solar-powered trash compactors as a way to go green and save some green. Communities in 46 states, as well as some state parks and colleges, are replacing regular trash cans, according to Richard Kennelly, vice president of BigBelly Solar marketing, which manufactures the devices.

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Given how valuable solar panels are, how long until these are stolen? Then we begin the war of escalation. Bolt down; bolt cutters. Motion sensors (for when they are pulled up); Faraday cage over them. Should be amusing!

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