I got a auto-alert from a Scamraiders post from Justin Asking that a page on one of the plethora of Willms self-promotional websites has been tampered with – and sure enough it has! See here for the original comment from Justin Asking.
Below is a screenshot of the hacked page, a brief perusal of the rest of the site shows no other tamperings…. Still. It made me laugh, although having had this website and the Crawling Chaos website hacked by Turks, I know that personally, it’s not a lot of fun. (I wonder if Willms will post about it and how long it’ll take to fix it…Probably got a lot on his plate, currently!)
Following this morning’s (using GMT) earthquake just off Japan (now set at 8.8 on the Richter Scale, but it keeps rising as more information is analysed), I noticed that the Google search page has a Tsunami warning for all to see.
I thought I’d capture it for posterity.
This truly is an enormous event, the TV videos this morning of the wave’s advance making this perfectly clear. How and when it finishes, we can only watch and wait as one of the great forces of nature plays out before us.
Tsunami Transit Time for Japanese Tsunami of 11/3/11
Fortunately, the Tsunami warning system seems to be doing its job, and hopefully, those countries around the Pacific and the small Pacific Islands within have had enough time to warn folks to get to high ground. This image shows how much time they’ve got!
NOAA Tsunami Warning @ 10:30 GMT
This is the state of play a short time ago and the actual alert, showing wave heights and periods out at sea. When they hit the coast, things are very, very different.
WEPA40 PHEB 111030
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 006
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 1030Z 11 MAR 2011
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA…
WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.
… A WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT …
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR
JAPAN / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / N. MARIANAS / GUAM / WAKE IS. /
TAIWAN / YAP / PHILIPPINES / MARSHALL IS. / BELAU / MIDWAY IS. /
POHNPEI / CHUUK / KOSRAE / INDONESIA / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
NAURU / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. / KIRIBATI / HOWLAND-BAKER /
HAWAII / TUVALU / PALMYRA IS. / VANUATU / TOKELAU / JARVIS IS. /
One of the chief drivers of change in the technological arms race of the internet has been the porn industry. Most of the ‘benefits’ that users and owners now expect e.g. interaction, user activity sensing, easy and secure anonymous on-line payments, on-line adverts and click-through promotions, on-line community spaces, forums, streamed video, etc – nearly all have been driven by the desire of the porn industry to make money.
Another benefit has been the push for the faster pipe speeds to deliver all this extra content. Your average punter has benefited from all of this, not necessarily being a consumer of all but benefiting nevertheless.
6000 years old FERTILITY GODDESS(?) from Catal Huyuk, Anatolia, in modern Turkey
Before all this, there was always porn and a satisfied demand for uncluttered sex, usually called prostitution.
In this cute article from the BBC, Indian sex workers learn karate, (for in this brave new sanitised world they are not called prostitutes any more), to protect themselves from ‘abuse’ they’re all learning karate chops and stuff.
I’m getting a bit confused here – where does the abuse begin and end? And who abuses who?
Anyway, I digress. There’s always been contractual sex, put it that way. Art and sculpture can be construed in many ways. Earth goddess – porn model? The morals are within the hypocrisy of the particular society doing it.
Internet Porn Benefit
Apart from the technological benefits I mentioned above, I became aware of another one today while out walking the dog…
magazine rack porn
A quick perusal of this website means you’ll be aware that I’m in the UK. 20 and more years ago, men like David Sullivan and the family behind Goldstar Publications, amongst others, started publishing shelfloads of explicit porn mags, 99% of which was for men.
Discarded Porn Mag
Invariably, these mags, once their purchased purpose was complete, would be chucked out of lorry windows, chucked into hedges, chucked in the road and on every footpath across the land. You’d see them everywhere, usually at an embarrassing moment. Seeing a wide-open beaver while out shopping with granny or dropping the kids off at school could be such a moment.
Anyway, I’ve just become aware that I haven’t seen such a thing for about five years now. This is despite the newsagent’s shelves being packed with the stuff, more like liberal French and Dutch cafes and tobacconists.
So that’s the benefit – No porn on the street. Literally.
Street jetsam and a Source
Of course, the streets are packed with the jetsam of society in other ways – tins of Red Bull, Macdonalds-KFC-Subway-kebab shop wrappings, 3L coke and WKD bottles, supermarket bags and crisp packets. Most is much less bio-degradable than porn mags and thus floats in the canal for years…
But it’s not so embarrassing when out with the children.
All good things come to an end and it’s time to move on from my Fuji FinePix F30 to something else…
After seeing my mate Len’s Ricoh compact I was tempted by the new one, the R10. However, most reviews I read were less than complimentary.
So fishing about I hit on the Panasonic Lumix TZ5 via a quick perusal through the Canon and Casio range.
TZ5 EISA award
The TZ5 certainly seems to do the business as far as my particular needs go – and it’s got a medal!
What I’ve found particulary good, is expressed in this YouTube review by cameralabs.com.
Around the 4m30s mark, Gordon the reviewer fires the thing up for a 1sec startup and then demonstrates the 10x optical zoom available from the Leica lens system. Just phenomenal especially when stage 1 stabilisation is employed! Unfortunately, several reviews mention the microphone being on the top of the camera so that it’s easily blocked with a finger – This following video is probably the reason for this as you can clearly hear motor noise!
The best zooming example is probably this one:
https://youtu.be/zfh8z_QBchw …and all from a hand-held compact.
The crucially different thing to my current machine is that it zooms while recording! Also, the level of zoom should allow me to peep over into some egrets’ near here that I want to catch in the act, so to speak, of breeding, without disturbing them. Global warming means it not happened before…
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