Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Artificial Intelligence of Patraeus

Marketing does not equal governing.

Republicans market. Democrats govern. There's your difference.

I'm glad the traditional media is catching up.

Veteran CBS newsman 'suspicious' of ghostwritten Petraeus report:

"Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer offered a commentary Sunday on the upcoming report from General Petraeus on conditions in Iraq, observing, 'When I ask a question and guests start laying out conditions ... I know that we're headed down the old rabbit trail.'

'Excuse me for getting a little suspicious,' Schieffer said, pointing out that 'the White House want[s] the general to deliver the report to Congress behind closed doors while Cabinet officers do the talking in public. And suddenly we're told the general won't actually write the report, but that his thoughts will be included in a summary prepared by the White House.' 'This is the report the president has said over and over that he will use to decide where we go from here in Iraq,' concluded Schieffer. 'Maybe it's because I've been dragged down the old rabbit trail too many times by too many people with something to hide, but this does not sound like we're headed to a straight answer.'"

"The War On Drugs Cannot Be Won":

"No, it can't. A 'drugfree world,' which the United Nations describes as a realistic goal, is no more attainable than an 'alcoholfree world'--and no one has talked about that with a straight face since the repeal of Prohibition in the United States in 1933."

This looks interesting. What is art? What is beauty?

Apple - Trailers - My Kid Could Paint That - Trailer


The found it stuck under an ancient school desk.

Scientists find ancient gum in Finland:

"HELSINKI, Finland - Finns, who introduced a birch-tree sweetener for gum, have found that the habit of chewing sticky lumps dates back thousands of years. Last month, students in western Finland found a piece of Stone Age birch-bark tar, believed to have been used for chewing and to fix broken arrowheads or clay dishes, archaeologists said Monday. 'Most likely the lump was used as an antique kind of chewing gum,' said Sami Viljamaa, an archaeologist who led the dig near Oulu, some 380 miles north of the capital, Helsinki. 'But its main purpose was to fix things.'"

Will it be able to get me a beer?

Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years:

"WASHINGTON - Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer. Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of 'wet artificial life.' 'It's going to be a big deal and everybody's going to know about it,' said Mark Bedau, chief operating officer of ProtoLife of Venice, Italy, one of those in the race. 'We're talking about a technology that could change our world in pretty fundamental ways — in fact, in ways that are impossible to predict.'"

Maybe I'll skip that beer.

Bears eat man at beer festival:

"BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) -- A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival. The man was found naked, with his clothes lying intact inside the cage. Two adult bears, Masha and Misha, had dragged the body to their feeding corner and reacted angrily when keepers tried to recover it. 'There's a good chance he was drunk or drugged. Only an idiot would jump into the bear cage,' zoo director Vuk Bojovic told Reuters. Local media reported that police found several mobile phones inside the cage, as well as bricks, stones and beer cans."

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