Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The young hacker who faces 52 years in prison (The Guardian, 01 Dec 2010, Page 10)


The young hacker who faces 52 years in prison

The Guardian
01 Dec 2010

Bradley Manning will wake up today, at a military base in Virginia, to his 189th day in custody for the alleged leak of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. Manning, 23, a US army intelligence analyst brought up in the Oklahoma Bible belt......read more...


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Meet ... the squidworm (The Washington Post, 30 Nov 2010, Page E1)


Meet ... the squidworm

The Washington Post
30 Nov 2010

Three years ago, a robotic explorer found a previously unknown creature in the Celebes Sea. Now scientists are sharing pictures....read more...


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A breakdown of the 251,287 diplomatic cables . . . (The Washington Post, 30 Nov 2010, Page A12)

wikileak breakdown


A breakdown of the 251,287 diplomatic cables . . .

The Washington Post
30 Nov 2010

e cache of secret State Department cables exposes the inner workings of U. S. diplomacy in Washington and around the world. e documents date to 1966, though most were written in the past few years and some as recently as February. A look at the......read more...


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

I need your advice re: replacing shower door towel bar

I recently shattered a tempered glass sliding shower door whilst removing it for cleaning. (Lesson learned: always clean shower doors in situ - they needn't be removed).

The shattered door was eventually replaced - however the towel bar assembly was not included. (It is a ten-part item: two aluminum clips to connect two aluminum bars to the door, two rubber sleeves -- 'glazing channels' -- to ensure a snug fit between the glass door and the clips, and four screws to fasten the bars to the clips).

Fortunately, I still had the old assembly, but - Unfortunately - the clips were full of broken glass. In the process of digging out these shards with a screwdriver (as directed by the supplier, ACME Glass, of Surrey, BC), the glazing channels were shredded, so that they looked like mere tatters of black electrician's tape. Without them, the clips don't clip to the door, they just slide around.

Fortunately, ACME was kind enough to mail new glazing channels (although, Unfortunately, their policy doesn`t allow them to install a towel bar on a replacement door - without charging a fee). Unfortunately, the glazing channels + clips fit so tightly that there is a high risk of shattering the glass again while installing them.

This is my current predicament.