Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sulfur mustard

The sulfur mustards, of which mustard gas (1,5-dichloro-3-thiapentane) is a member, are a class of related cytotoxic, vesicant chemical warfare agents with the ability to form large blisters on exposed skin. Pure sulfur mustards are colorless, viscous liquids at room temperature. However, when used in impure form as warfare agents they are usually yellow-brown in color and have an odor resembling mustard plants, garlic or horseradish, hence the name. Mustard gas was originally assigned the name LOST, after Lommel and Steinkopf, who first proposed the military use of sulfur mustard to the German Imperial General Staff.

Mustard agents are regulated under the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Three classes of chemicals are monitored under this Convention, with sulfur and nitrogen mustard grouped in Schedule 1, as substances with no use other than chemical warfare.

Mustard agents can be deployed on the battlefield via spraying from aircraft, or more typically by means of air-dropped bombs or artillery shells.

2009 UN World Drug Report

2009 UN World Drug report

The 2009 United Nations World Drug report, released earlier this year, notes that 2009 marks "the end of the first century of drug control (it all started in Shanghai in 1909)", and that the illicit drug market worldwide has now become a $320 billion-per-year industry. As drug-related violence in Mexico appears to continue unabated, and crackdowns in Afghanistan are being made against its massive opium crops, new efforts are also being made worldwide in methods of enforcement and treatment of recovering addicts. Collected here are a handful of recent images from the rough world of illegal drugs across the globe. (37 photos total)

Heroin addict Ganamgul complains that his body is in pain going through withdrawal on the second day of the detox program, after 17 years of addiction, at the Kabul Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center September 28, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since the center opened in May 2009 it has rehabilitated over 400 addicts in its 100 bed facility with temporary funding from International Organization of Migration (IOM) and help from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). The program lasts for 45 days combining both detox and rehabilitation. The center houses the 2 leading organizations that offer detox programs, Wadan and Nejat. A US Department of State report 2009 states that there are an estimated two million drug users in the country with at least 50-60,000 drug addicts in Kabul alone. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

A soldier stands guard next to a crime scene where a man was murdered in downtown Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Anti-narcotic police officers destroy a cocaine laboratory in Llorente, Colombia, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Four laboratories were dismantled in Narino state. (AP Photo) #

A heroin addict holds a used syringe in his mouth after shooting up in an abandoned lot in San Juan, Friday, July 31, 2009. Some of the South American heroin trafficked through Puerto Rico en route to the United States is sold locally, which has led to an island-wide epidemic, according to health and law enforcement officials. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #

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The severed head of an unidentified man lies on the hood of a car as police work the crime scene on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. According to police, the rest of the victim's body was found in the trunk. (AP Photo/Reymundo Ruiz) #

Afghan drug addicts smoke heroin and crystal meth in the ruins of the old city of Herat on August 18, 2009. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #

An addict smokes crystal meth in the ruins of the old city of Herat on August 18, 2009. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Colombian navy soldiers lay out packages of seized cocaine in Golfo de Uraba August 20, 2009. At least 3.4 tons of cocaine were confiscated and three people were arrested, one of them injured by Colombian navy troops, during a raid in Punta Arenas, Golfo de Uraba, on the border with Panama, authorities said. (REUTERS/Navy Press) #

Venezuelan National Guard members show members of the media a block of cocaine ready for shipment in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela on July 27, 2009. (REUTERS/Edwin Montilva) #

Seized guns, cartridges, chargers and marijuana are displayed to the press by the army in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

A heroin addict sleeps on a chair at a bus stop in Karachi, Pakistan on July 28, 2009. Pakistan ranked second behind Iran for heroin and morphine seizures in 2007, a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released in June 2009 said. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) #

A mannequin dressed as a stereotypical drug smuggler is displayed at the drug museum inside the Secretary of Defense headquarters in Mexico City, Thursday Aug. 6, 2009. The museum is used by the Mexican army to teach soldiers the ways drug smugglers operate and live. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #

In a picture taken on July 3, 2009, a Thai drug addict patient walks out from a herbal steaming room at the Thamkrabok Monastery in Phraputthabat, around 140 km north of Bangkok, Thailand. Growing numbers of desperate drug and alcohol abusers - from Thailand and around the world - are visiting the extreme detox and rehab centre at Thamkrabok Monastery after failing to find other effective conventional treatments. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images) #

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A man lies dead on a dirt road on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. The man was found with a bullet wound to the head. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Sarab village resident and opium addict Islam Beg talks about his living conditions after having an early morning smoke in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan on July 13, 2009. "I don't have a life. I don't have anything. It's finished. Everything was spent on opium," he said. In dozens of mountain hamlets in this remote corner of Afghanistan, opium addiction has become so entrenched that whole families - from toddlers to old men - are addicts. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

Sarab village resident and opium addict Islam Beg offers his opium pipe to his grandson in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan on July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

Women family members in the house of Islam Beg smoke opium together in the village of Sarab, Afghanistan on July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

Guadalupe Vazquez, 37, handcuffed and holding an unloaded gun allegedly used by him during a shooting against federal police officers on Monday, stands during his presentation to the media in Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

A man injects heroin into a vein in his arm at an abandoned house in Ljubljana August 3, 2009. (REUTERS/Bor Slana) #

Blood and bullet holes are seen on a car door after an unidentified man was murdered in Tijuana, northern Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Mexican soldiers prepare to burn packets of marijuana during an operation near a clandestine methamphetamine drug laboratory in Tamazula, Mexico, Monday, Aug 10, 2009. According to federal law enforcement authorities, the lab had the capacity to produce about one ton of methamphetamine, or crystal meth, each week. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar) #

Alleged drug trafficker Juan Daniel Carranco Salazar looks on as he is presented to the media in Mexico City, Monday, Aug, 10, 2009. Carranco and other suspects were detained during an operation in Cancun, Mexico. Salazar was arrested along with two associates in Cancun Monday, and soldiers seized six pistols and a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine from the suspects. He was ordered held pending investigation.(AP Photo) #

Soldiers are seen through a burning pile of over a ton of marijuana, various illegal pills and cocaine being incinerated at a military base in the border city of Ciudad Juarez September 9, 2009. (REUTERS/Alejandro Bringas) #

A recovering drug user reads a book in the dormitory of the women's branch of "The City Without Drugs" rehabilitation centre in the Ural city of Alapayevsk, some 180 km (112 miles) of Yekaterinburg, Russia on August 29, 2009. The center was opened in 1999 to cure drug addicts who have voluntarily decided to fight narcotic dependency. An average medical course, mostly based on psychological treatment, stipulates a one-year confinement. (REUTERS/Konstantin Salomatin) #

A US Marine dog handler attached to Fox Company 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines takes a break from patrolling beside a field of marijuana during day three of Operation Germinate into the restive Bhuji Bhast Pass in Farah Province, southern Afghanistan, on October 9, 2009. (DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images) #

A law enforcement official talks to unidentified people during a round-up in Columbia, S.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009. Federal and local agents charged more than 100 people with federal drug, weapon and immigration violations in what they are calling a vast conspiracy in South Carolina. (AP Photo/The State, Erik Campos) #

Crystal methamphetamine dries on a table as a soldier stands guard at a seized illegal laboratory in Ensenada, northern Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

A closer view of crystal methamphetamine, drying on a table at a seized illegal laboratory in Ensenada, northern Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

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A blood-stained wall and the body of an alleged drug dealer, seen covered by a sheet after being shot to death in front of his house in Tijuana, Mexico, late Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Police officers from the district of Ar Gul, swing away with long sticks to eradicate a patch of illegally grown opium poppies in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan on July 16, 2009. Two years ago, opium - the raw ingredient used to make heroin - was grown on nearly half a million acres in Afghanistan, the largest illegal narcotics crop ever produced by a modern nation. A government crackdown on poppy cultivation has spelled economic disaster for many communities throughout the country. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

A man prepares to inject heroin at an abandoned house in Ljubljana August 3, 2009. (REUTERS/Bor Slana) #

A drug addict, stoned on Heroin, sleeps in the shelter area provided for the homeless at the Kabul Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center September 29, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A recovering drug addict stands in a doorway at the CDLDA rehab center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. Mexico's burgeoning drug trade has fed a growing drug abuse problem, particularly in border cities where gangs have a heavy presence. Scores of rehabilitation centers have opened their doors in recent years but after gunmen stormed into a rehab center in Ciudad Juarez last week, federal authorities are investigating if some of these clinics are also being used as recruiting and training centers by drug cartels. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

A police officer stands guard as drugs are burned in Panama City July 31, 2009. Authorities destroyed and burned more than six tons of cocaine and marijuana confiscated between June and July. said the police press office. (REUTERS/Alberto Lowe) #

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The body of an unidentified man hangs from his neck under a bridge on the old Rosarito highway as authorities stand by in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. Authorities found the dead man beaten, naked and castrated, and have not identified him but believe he is Rogelio Sanchez, a Baja California state government official who went missing this week. No suspects were named. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

A policeman puts his hand in a bag containing dozens of spent bullet casings that he helped collect from the Morro dos Macacos slum after a shootout between drug gangs, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 17, 2009. A police helicopter was shot down by the gangs when it tried to intervene in the battle, leaving two policemen killed and two injured in the crash. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes) #

A recovered heroin addict raises his hands as he and others participate in a praying session at the "Outcry in the Barrio" ministry in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on September 9, 2009. The ministry helps drug addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes to transform their lives through praying to reach detoxification. Drug gangs have targeted rehab centers in the past, accusing them of protecting dealers from rival groups. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo) #

Cheerleader only walks backwards after flu shot: No hoax

Cheerleader only walks backwards after flu shot: No hoax

Since Wednesday is the frenzy in Quebec. Everywhere on the web, Facebook and Twitter, people wonder if they recognize their home, their apartment on Google street view is now available.A single dose of a seasonal flu shot has changed a cheerleader’s life forever. Ten days after receiving the shot, Desiree Jennings, 25, came down with a painful debilitating neurological disorder.

Prior to getting the flu shot in August, Desiree’s health was good. However, 10 days afterward she contracted flu-like symptoms. Matters only got worse from there, and she was put in the hospital for seizures on two occasions before being diagnosed with a condition known as Dystonia. Medical experts only speculated that the flu shot was the cause.

Walking is agonizing for Jennings whose muscle cramps means she twists and jerks before collapsing. When standing still or sitting she is overwhelmed by incapacitating muscle spasms which stop her walking or talking properly. However, the symptoms disappear when she runs or walks backwards.

“It’s been unreal. I didn’t think anyone would even care about my story. People are sitting there crying and I can’t understand why.” Jennings said. “This has ruined my life … running is all I have left now.”

With the advent of the new H1N1 vaccine, a large number of people are questioning both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines. Still, the Center for control of disease and prevention, getting a flu vaccination is the single best way to help prevent influenza.

National Socialist Movement to protest again

Los Angeles, Alta California
October 23, 2009

National Socialist Movement to protest
again in Riverside, California tomorrow.

The National Socialist Movement (NSM), a group that brought
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party into power in Germany, will be
back in Riverside, California tomorrow October 24th to
protest at a Home Depot day labor site.

A group of only - of their members was at the same Home Depot
site on the corner of Madison and Indiana on September 26th, 2009
but was met by a much larger counter protest and they had to be escorted
away by police for their safety. Tomorrow the NSM vowed to bring in
their "Stormtroopers" for security

The counter protest on September 26th included Zionists flying the
Israeli flag and lesbians and homosexuals flying their Rainbow flags.
Because the NSM was protesting Mexican and Latino day laborers
the counter protest also included the Brown Berets and other Raza

It appears that the NSM is being misled. Instead of protesting economically
needy day laborers at a Home Depot, they should have been at the plush
Contra Costa Resort and Country Club in Carlsbad last weekend to
protest at the AIPAC Zionist Summit. This group has now been
instrumental in having Congress approved an additional 10 year military
aid package to Zionist Israel amounting to 3.1 Billion dollars per year.
This money could be better used here to create jobs for everyone and
better our now needy educational system.

The NSM in an communique said, "We will be protesting once again at the
corner of Madison and Indiana in Riverside on October 24th. This will be a
longer protest than before lasting three hours and we are expecting many
more members. We will begin again at 10:00 a.m. and we will not leave until
1:00 p.m. Our Stormtroopers will keep our members and supporters safe
from the violent behavior of the anti-whites. The head of our Stormtroopers
has assured us that he and his troops will do the job the Riverside PD and
Department of Justice were unable to do. Our vehicles and activists will be
protected. We will ignore any requests or demands from the police to leave
or move".

Stay tuned for the fireworks tomorrow!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Snow Leopard bug deletes all user data

Snow Leopard bug deletes all user data

Users report massive data loss after upgrading when they access a 'Guest' account

October 12, 2009 01:41 PM ET

Computerworld - Snow Leopard users have reported that they've lost all their personal data when they've logged into a "Guest" account after upgrading from Leopard, according to messages on Apple's support forum.

The bug, users said in a well-read thread on Apple's support forum, resets all settings on the Mac, resets all applications' settings and erases the contents of critical folders containing documents, photos and music.

The MacFixIt site first reported the problem more than a month ago.

Users claimed that they lost data when they'd logged into their Macs using a "Guest" account, either purposefully or by accident. Reports of the bug go back to Sept. 3, just six days after Apple launched Snow Leopard, or Mac OS X 10.6. Users who said they'd encountered the bug said that they had upgraded their systems from Mac OS X 10.5, known as Leopard.

Specifically, Snow Leopard's home directory -- the one sporting the name of the Mac's primary user -- is replaced with a new, empty copy after users log-in to a Guest account, log out, then log-in to their standard account. All the standard folders -- Documents, Downloads, Music, Picture and others -- are empty, while the Desktop and Dock have reverted to an "out-of-box" condition.

"I had the Guest account enabled on my MacBook Pro," said a user identified as "tcnsdca" in a message posted Sept. 3. "I accidentally clicked on that when I went to log in. It took a few minutes to log in, then after I had logged out of that account and back into mine, my [entire] home directory had been wiped. All of doc, music, etc. gone."

"Add my parents to the list of people waxed by this bug," added "Ratty Mouse" today on the same thread. "Brand new iMac, less than one month old, EVERYTHING lost. Just as I convinced them to go Mac after years of trying."

On the thread, several users urged others to disable any Guest accounts to prevent any accidental data loss.

Some people were able to restore their Macs using recent Time Machine backups, but others admitted that they had not backed up their machines for weeks or months.

"Just my luck I hadn't made a backup since 11th August," acknowledged "rogerss" on a different support forum thread. "So annoyed now, in the process of restoring from Time Machine, but have lost loads of my work due to this fault."

Others users, however, had neglected to back up their Macs.

"Nooooo!!! This morning I had access to Guest Account and than all my data were lost!!!" bemoaned someone tagged as "carlodituri" last Saturday. "I had 250GB of data without backup and I lost everything: years and years of documents, pictures, video, music!!! Is it possible to recover something? Please help me!!!!"

Not surprisingly, users unaffected by the bug were reluctant to attempt to reproduce the problem. Some, for instance, wondered if the data loss would be triggered on Macs upgraded to Snow Leopard when the Guest account was simply set to "Sharing only," which is the default.

Apple did not respond today to questions about the bug.

ZFS filesystem for Mac OS X is dead

ZFS filesystem for Mac OS X is dead

Grant Steele 2 hours ago · 8 comments & 1047 views

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Apple's official project of porting ZFS to Mac OS X has been cancelled.

In a simple message posted by MacOS Forge, Apple stated only "the ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly."

ZFS is an advanced file system and logical volume manager originally created by Sun Microsystems. The file system boasts features such as support for high capacity storage devices, continuous integrity checking, automatic repair and integration of file system and volume management.

Apple's interest in ZFS stemmed back to initial discussions with Sun to use ZFS as a file system in Mac OS X. By 2007, a read-only port of the file system was created and command line support was added to Leopard.

However, the merger between Oracle and Sun Microsystems in April 2009 saw Apple back away from the technology. This was largely rumored to be because Oracle already owned an advanced open-source file system, BTRFS, which upon merger with Sun put the future of ZFS at risk.

By June 2009, all mention of ZFS disappeared from Apple's website and all code was removed from developer builds.

Apple now holds an unfinished file system that, according to rumors, could encounter patent issues with the newly merged Sun/Oracle should they bring it back to life.

No announcements have yet been made as to whether Apple intend to port Oracle's BTRFS to Mac OS X, or whether they will simply continue to build features into the existing HFS+ file system.

Nokia sues Apple over the iPhone

Nokia sues Apple over the iPhone

Elliot Harrison 9 hours ago · 44 comments & 3356 views

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News reported on the BBC news website states that Nokia, the world's giant in the manufacturing of mobile phone technology, is suing Apple for infringing patents on mobile phone technology used in the iPhone. Nokia added that this patent breach applies on all iPhones since its launch in 2007.

Nokia have said that this is due to a lack of compensation from Apple, who they are accusing of "trying to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation". These alleged infringements, of which there are ten- involve wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption. Nokia have said that they hold agreements with roughly forty firms who use the technology which Nokia has worked hard to develop, including most mobile phone handset makers - allowing them to use the firm's technology. Apple however, have not signed any such agreement with Nokia and as such find themselves in this situation. During the last two decades, Nokia had invested approximately 40bn euros (£36.2bn; $60bn) on research and development. Recently, Nokia has seen its first quarterly loss in a decade amid falling sales. Analysts said that the poor results had come partly as customers turned from Nokia models to the iPhone and RIM's Blackberry. Apple's iPhone continues to remain a hugely profitable piece of technology for Apple.

In a public announcement; Ilkka Rahnasto, vice-president of legal and intellectual property at Nokia said the following:

"The basic principle in the mobile industry is that those companies who contribute in technology development to establish standards create intellectual property, which others then need to compensate for, Apple is also expected to follow this principle."

The BBC have spoken to an industry analyst who believes that Nokia may be suing Apple in order to extract royalty payments from Apple. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates that the Finnish company might be looking to force royalty payments of 1-2% on every iPhone sold. With more than 30 million sold, that would work out to $6 to $12 per phone sold, or as much as $400m, a very small amount in terms of Apple's complete income.

Gene Munster commented further saying: "Ultimately, the resolution is uncertain." An Apple spokesman told the BBC that the firm did not comment on pending litigation.

Linux creator Linus Torvalds gives Windows 7 a thumbs up

Linux creator Linus Torvalds gives Windows 7 a thumbs up

Tom Warren 12 hours ago · 59 comments & 11829 views

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Linus Torvalds, the father of the Linux Kernel gave Windows 7 the thumbs up in Japan yesterday.

Torvalds was in town for the Japan Linux Symposium exhibition and Microsoft reportedly setup a big promotion booth across the street from the conference center. During a conference break an attendee dragged Torvalds across the street to "make fun of Microsoft".

The result? A somewhat sarcastic thumbs up from Linus Torvalds, it's a picture that will certainly go down in history though. Thanks to Steven Bink ( for spotting this:

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TechSpot: Windows 7 is Here - What You Need To Know

TechSpot: Windows 7 is Here - What You Need To Know

Julio Franco on 22 October 2009 - 20:45 - updated 23 hours ago · 15 comments & 4599 views

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The much anticipated release of Windows 7 is finally upon us. This Thursday, October 22, Microsoft's latest operating system arrives on the scene looking to win over skeptics disappointed with the much-hyped but often criticized Windows Vista. Whereas its predecessor got off to a rough start with plentiful compatibility issues and incessant "allow or deny" prompts annoying users, Windows 7 represents a major leap forward and has generally been regarded as a snappier and more polished operating system.

We've been playing with it ever since the beta became available, and can honestly say that much of the hype is justified. Although Windows 7 is still very much the same as Vista at its core, hundreds of small improvements make it work more smoothly, easier to navigate and overall better looking than before. With few exceptions, compatibility isn't expected to be a major issue either.

In preparation for the launch this week, we thought it would be a good idea to run through a few things worth keeping in mind before taking the plunge. If you are thinking about going Windows 7, read on.

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