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Build an Igloo

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 19:58

Summary:

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If you're planning an excursion into the frozen tundra, learn a few tricks from those who've lived there the longest. The Inuit of Northern Canada have been making shelters out of snow and ice as long as the white stuff has been around.

An igloo is warmer and more durable than a tent, providing better insulation from the harsh winter elements. Here's a guide to building an Inuit snow house.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about building an igloo, log in and contribute.''
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===Some advice===


It will probably take you five or six hours to build an igloo that sleeps two adults comfortably.

All you need is a large knife (a saw is helpful, too), a shovel, and a strong back. Any shovel will do, but you'll have an easier time if you use a small, sturdy snow shovel, like the kind found at outdoor and camping supply stores.


===Step 1: Pack the snow===

To replicate the dense, wind-packed snow of Inuit country, shovel it into a 2-foot-high, 10-foot-square sheet cake and stomp it down. Use snowshoes or a snowboard to stomp, if you have them. Wait a few hours, allowing the ice crystals to interlock and strengthen.


===Step 2: Slice the blocks===

Cut blocks roughly 2 feet long, 1 foot wide, and 1.5 feet high. Think of them as big, cold Legos.


===Step 3: Build the dome===

Mark out a ring 6 feet across and begin stacking blocks in an ascending spiral. Use larger blocks at the bottom and smaller blocks at the top.

When setting the first layer of blocks, shave a slope into the top surface of each block so the wall curves inward as it rises.

The best way to ensure a tight fit is to place a block and then cut through the joint. Work from the inside.

Once the dome is underway, lower the floor of your igloo to give you more headroom, then level it out.

Place the last few blocks on top with the help of somebody standing inside. You can spear the last few blocks on a knife to stabilize them as you lower them into place.

To place the anchor block at the top, cut a block bigger than the last hole. Spear the block on the end of a knife and hold it above the hole from the inside. Then, cut it with another knife to fit into the hole.


===Step 4: Finish it up===

Smooth out the blocks inside and out. Push the excess snow into the joints between blocks, sealing any holes or cracks.

Cut a doorway. Additionally, you can help protect yourself from the wind by digging down into the snow to make an entrance, so that you duck down to enter, then stand up inside.

Poke a hole in the dome for air. To brighten up the joint, replace one block with pure ice — voilà, a picture window!


===Additional advice===

The National Film Board of Canada has an [http://www.nfb.ca/film/How_to_Build_an_Igloo/ instructional video].



''Originally submitted by Wired contributor Bob Parks''

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Free to rip movie DVD discs to iPod touch 4

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 17:53

Summary: New page: Apple unveiled the 4th generation iPod Touch on September 1, 2010. It features Apple's Retina display and two cameras; one for FaceTime and the other for photos and HD video recording. In ...

Apple unveiled the 4th generation iPod Touch on September 1, 2010. It features Apple's Retina display and two cameras; one for FaceTime and the other for photos and HD video recording. In relation to iPod touch 4 new svelte size, i prefer its screen. Apple calls this screen a Retina Display screen and god is it ever a great gift for your eyes. This 3.5" screen is gorgeous as it not only has a twice the resolution of the previous model at a whopping 640x960 but also has TWICE the DPI at 326. These key hardware upgrades mean you can take iPod touch 4 as a stunning media player even a DVD player.


Actually, there has been alot guys to ask how to transfer DVD movies to iPod touch 4, or get some free working DVD to iPod touch 4 converter. If you have some awesome DVD movies, and are being at a loss about how to rip movie DVDs to iPod touch 4, this text will display how to convert DVD to iPod touch 4 for free.

'''How to convert DVD to iPod touch 4 for free'''

For DVD fans, [http://handbrake.fr/ Handbrake] is no stranger as a free DVD Ripping software. It's a free Windows utility for ripping videos from DVDs and saving them in various formats including MP4 files that are playable by the iPod Touch 4. Below is a quick guide for converting DVD to iPod touch 4:

* Insert the desired DVD into your computer's optical drive

* Download HandBrake and launch the application

* You should be presented with a prompt to open a source. If not, select File > Open Source and choose your DVD.

* Select Presets > Update Presets.

* Click the -Toggle Presets" button in the upper right corner of the main window.

* Select iPod Touch from the resulting list

* Click the -Start" button in the upper-left of the main window
* Click the -Show Queue" button, then the arrow next to your movie's name. This will tell you where HandBrake is saving the resulting .MP4 file.

However, there is no free lunch in the world. If your DVDs are encrypted by CSS, Handbrake is willing to help but unable to do so about this. For protected DVDs, the first thing you will need to do when ripping a movie DVD to iPod touch 4 is remove the copy protection. So, i will show you how to convert commercial DVDs(Protected) to iPod touch 4

'''How to convert encrypted DVDs to iPod touch 4'''

Most DVD discs use a variant of the Content Scrambling System(CSS), but many also use other techniques. Although some DVD-ripping apps, like autoMKV, can bypass copy protection, they are not updated as frequently and aren't always successful at defeating new copy protection schemes. Your best choice , therefore, is to top one of the utilities that are dedicated to the task, such as Wondershare DVD Ripper platinum.

Wondershare [http://dvdrippingsoftwares.com DVD ripping software] justifies its high price by bypassing new forms of encryption almost immediately after they appear. This apps serve as on-the-fly disc decrypters, stripping copy protection before your ripping or playback software recognizes the disc. Want to rip an encrypted disc to your iPod touch 4? It is as easy as coping contents of the disc's VIDEO_TS files to your iPod touch 4 once you installed Wondershare DVD Ripper platinum.

Step1. [http://dvdrippingsoftwares.com/dvd-ripper-software.html Free Download Wondershare DVD Ripper platinum], install and run it.

Step2. Put DVD to this App through pressing "Load DVD" button. You can either choose load DVD Folder, ISO file, IFO file, or your DVD disc.

Step3. Set the output format on "Profile": iPod touch 4 (*.mp4)

Step 3 click "Start" to begin the DVD to iPod touch 4 conversion.

A full length DVD rip will generally take around 60 minutes to process(If your Graphics is NVIDIA® CUDATM, you will get 5x speed to rip DVD). This time will depend on the speed of your processor, optical drive and whether you are using your PC for other tasks during the rip/encode process. Once the DVD rip has completed you will want to add the file to iTunes so you can sync it with your iPod Touch 4. To do this open iTunes, navigate to the file menu → add to library and select your new video file. The file will then be added to your library and available for sync with your iPod touch 4.


Modify the promotion of destinations

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 15:43

Summary: Modification of how destinations may promote themselves from a new perspective

Which arguments make a destination attractive for tourists? Is there a correspondence between what tourists expect from a destination, and how the Destination Management Organizations (DMO) promotes it?
Webatelier.net (www.webatelier.net), a research laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), conducted a research to define which are the reasons that push tourists to visit a potential destination in the online tourism domain. Moreover the research investigates if the promotion pull factors used by the Destination Management Organization (DMO) correspond to the visitors expectations.

The study, called “Destination Marketing: why tourists like a destination? A research in eTourism and Argumentation”, analyzed the Republic of Malta as a case study destination.
The research aims at giving a practical contribution to the Destination Management Organizations in finding solutions for developing new marketing strategies and to improve and increase the interest of potential customers.

The study received a strong attention by the academic community, it will be presented at ENTER2011 (The 18th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel&Tourism – http://www.enter2011.org) and that it will be published in the proceedings.

The study can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.webatelier.net/research/reports/white-paper-destination-marketing


Build booking engines for hotels

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 15:41

Summary: Suugestion to develop booking engines for hotels

What are booking engines’ main functionalities? How can booking engines sound as the welcoming voice of a receptionist?

Webatelier.net (www.webatelier.net), a research laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) conducted a research to investigate contents and functionalities of the main hotel chains' booking engines worldwide.

During the research, called “Booking Engines for Hotel Chains”, 162 international Hotel Chains have been analyzed in order to improve the quality and the efficiency of the services provided by hotel booking engines. The research aimed at measuring the interactivity of reservation systems through relevant practices.
Results give a contribution to the hotel management in finding new solutions to better design and increase the online business.

Considering that the study received a strong attention by the academic community, it will be presented at ENTER2011 (The 18th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel&Tourism – http://www.enter2011.org) and that it will be published in the proceedings.

The study can be viewed on http://www.webatelier.net/research/reports/white-paper-booking-engines-for-hotel-chains


Transition to the New Google Apps

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 00:34

Summary: New page: [[Image:Google docs.png|right]] If you're a paying Google Apps customer, you were curiously on the losing end for a long time. Google's paid version of its core app suite starts at $50 pe...

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If you're a paying Google Apps customer, you were curiously on the losing end for a long time.

Google's paid version of its core app suite starts at $50 per year per user, and you get Google's services behind your own domain name instead of the common, free @gmail.com address. You can use the famous Gmail interface, but with any e-mail address from a domain of your choosing, plus you get extra support and security features. Mail, Docs, Calendar and Sites are also included in the core package, and you can install additional third-party apps to run locally.

But the rest of the Google apps -- Reader, Google Voice, Picasa, YouTube, and so on -- couldn't be accessed using that same account until recently. After a couple years of awkwardly trying to explain the technical hurdles, [http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/11/google-closes-the-app-gap/ Google finally updated its Apps service] to allow paying users to access most Google products that were previously only available to those with free Google accounts.

That's good news for anyone who's been wanting to use their Google Apps account to tie together e-mail, a feed reader, a YouTube channel, a Blogger blog, and anything else in Googleland.

As part of the process, the name of the service changed from "Google Apps for Your Domain" to simply "[http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html Google Apps]."

Unfortunately, the transition from the old system to the new system requires a little effort on your part. Here's our guide for managing the switch, whether you're a single user or the administrator for a small business with a number of accounts.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add for other Google Apps admins, log in and contribute.''


===Administrators only===

In order to get the transition process started, you're going to need to be the domain administrator. If you've set up Google Apps for Your Domain for your personal website then you most likely are the admin.


===Getting started===

The first thing you'll need to do is login to your Google Apps account as the admin user. Then click the "Manage this domain" link in the upper right corner of the screen. That will take you to the domain's main dashboard management page where you should see a message inviting you to transition your account.

If you don't see the link, well, be patient. As with most Google upgrades this a rolling release, so keep checking back. Or, if you'd like to expedite the process, use [https://spreadsheets1.google.com/a/google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dGdfTTA2eGhFT0c0SDVLXzMzMFNwUUE6MA#gid=0 this form] to let Google know that you want to test the new setup.

Assuming you already have the option to make the transition, click the "Get started" button. The next screen gives you and overview of what the transition means both for users and admins. Review the information there, and then click "Continue."


===Picking apps===

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The next page has a complete list of all the Google services that are available to Google Apps users. Select the services you want to make available to your users and then click confirm new services.
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===Picking users===

The next thing you need to decide is whether you'd like to transition all users on the domain, or selectively transition individual accounts.

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For large Google Apps accounts with hundreds of users, we suggest starting with a few test accounts just to make sure everything works the way you'd like (be aware that Google says anyone you leave out will be "automatically transitioned in early 2011"). If it's just your personal domain, then feel free to transition everything.

The last step is to simply confirm everything you've just done. Check all the boxes saying you understand what you're doing, then choose either "Start the transition" or "Transition later."

===Problems and Gotchas===

The biggest problem will likely be [https://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=185172 conflicting accounts]. An account conflict happens when a user creates a personal Google Account with the same email address/username as their Google Apps account. For example if your Google Apps account is me@mydomain.com and you used that e-mail to sign up for personal Google account, then there will be a conflict.

For now, Google is not transitioning conflicted accounts without a fairly complex workaround. Either your users with conflicting accounts need to change the e-mail address for the account in question, or they need to log in with a temporary username provided by Google. For full details see the [https://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=185186 Google Support Page].

Another thing to be aware of when transitioning your accounts is that in some cases you may not be able to log in to your accounts the same way you used to. For example, if you want to log in to two Gmail accounts, one with your @gmail username and other with your Google Apps username, you may run into problems.

Because of the way browser cookies work, you may want to enable multiple sign-ins for your users, which will allow them to use multiple accounts simultaneously. Multiple signs will work with Gmail, Reader, Calendar, Code, Sites and Voice. For everything else, you'll either need to sign out first or use multiple web browsers.


''Got any additional tips or workarounds for transitioning or dealing with account conflicts? Please contribute to the wiki by adding them here.''

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Indian Slap Bass a new genre Funk

Wired - Wed, 12/01/2010 - 13:02

Summary: New page: '''Slap Bass-The evolution''' Many changes occurred in making and playing the instrument Bass Guitar during the last century. Slapping the bass is considered to have begun in the 1920s on...

'''Slap Bass-The evolution'''

Many changes occurred in making and playing the instrument Bass Guitar during the last century. Slapping the bass is considered to have begun in the 1920s on the Double Bass. On double bass it refers to the technique which is a more vigorous version of pizzicato, where the strings are plucked so hard that when released it bounces off the finger board, making a distinctive sound. A percussive sound is also made by smacking the strings with all four fingers of the right hand.


'''On electric bass guitar'''

"Slap bass" is referred to percussive playing technique in electric bass as well, that the style sounds and looks percussive rather than the usual fingering of notes. Slap bass is more technically called “slaps" and "pops". In the slaps, the bassist uses the bone of the thumb joint to strike the lower strings near the base of the guitar's neck. In the pops, the bassist uses the index and middle fingers of the plucking hand to snap the higher-pitched strings away from the body of the bass, causing them to bounce off the fret board; this produces a prominent buzzing tone with a sharp attack and more high-frequency vibrations than in plucked bass.


'''Innovations'''

Double Bass player, Bill Johnson is considered by many as the father of slap bass. The methods developed by Larry Graham followed by Louis Johnson are nowadays practiced by a majority of electric bass players around the globe. Some bassists use fingers instead of the thumb to do slapping. Abraham Laboriel, Sr. developed a technique of using the thumb to pop the strings while his other four fingers slap the strings. Bassist Victor Wooten uses a double thumb technique, where he slaps the string when the thumb goes downward and pops when it goes upward. This gives him extra speed to play to sound it like a drum roll on the bass guitar. Tony Levin created a similar drumming sound by using a hard surface on the fingers to strike the strings which was named Funk Fingers. Funk Fingers are kind of small drum sticks strapped to fingers. To get a metal slap tone, bassists usually use their nails to hit the strings. Doug Wimbish also plays slaps with his fingers other than thumb.

Some of the double and electric bass players who are notable in slapping the bass are Bill Johnson, Pops Foster, Wellman Braud, Chester Zardis. Milt Hinton, Kim Nekroman, Scott Owen, Alcide Pavageau, Lee Rocker, Amy LaVere, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Jonas Hellborg, Marcus Miller, Stuart Hamn, Les Claypool, Mark King, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Gordon, Flea, Fieldy, Brian Bromberg, Gustavo Dal Farra and the list goes on and on. A close watch of these bass players reveals that each and everyone has very distinctive styles. Similarly, every musician whether he is professional or amateur has his distinctive methods and techniques hidden inside. What matters is to develop it with proper training and self motivation.


'''Applications'''

Since the acceptance of electric bass guitar in Jazz Music and subsequent revised applications of the technique since 1940's, slap bass has been increasingly attracting music lovers all over the World. When funk music became more popular, slap bass has been subjected to various experimental playing techniques. Slapping is applied in most of the music genres since the 1960’s especially in funk, disco, jazz, pop and world music fusion

During the changes in the music of the West, fusion music was silently having its own innovations. One of the inevitable instruments of India for fusion music has been Tabla. Bass players succeeded in blending the slap bass with Indian percussion instruments due to the similarity in the slap tones and sound of tabla. Jonas Hellborg and Kai Eckhardt adapted a different approach to the slap to blend it with Indian Classical music.



'''The Innovation'''

The Indian Tabla style technique was innovated by Bass Player, Jayen Varma. Even from the beginning of his bass playing career in 1986 the tabla/mridangam style technique was more convenient for him than the usual slap method. May be because he had some training in the Indian percussion instrument mridangam, application of this technique on the strings was easy for him. In the early 1990s, when he could not get a slap tone due to inefficient pick ups and guitars available at that time, he was forced to use hard plastic pipe pieces on the fore finger and middle finger to get the tone while playing like a tabla. That was a success as far as tones were concerned, but the playability was comparatively poor. In those days the music genres he used to play in bands did not require slap bass, so he had to keep that idea aside after experimenting for few years. In the early days he did not have enough access to the world outside India, but in one of the videos of the great Abraham Laboriel he heard him say that what is important is the sound that is produced and not necessarily how the bass is played. Those words lit the fire inside him; therefore he decided to move ahead with this unconventional style. Later on he was encouraged by the words of some of the greatest names in the bass world; Bootsy Collins, Jeff Berlin, Victor Wooten, Stuvart Hamn, James LoMenzo, Marcus Miller, Michael Henderson, Regi Wooten, David Pastorius, Kai Eckhardt, Phil Powell and many known and unknown bass players.

'''How to practice'''

“Indian Slap Bass” is playing the Bass Guitar just like the Indian classical percussion instruments Tabla, Mridangam or Kanjira. This is a very simple method because strings are hit like two drum sticks: The index finger acts like one stick and the middle and ring fingers held close together form the other stick. The exercise to begin is hitting the last string with fore finger (F) first and then with the other two fingers, middle and ring (MR). To be precise, the right hand fingering is F-MR-F-MR | F-MR-F-MR for 1-2-3-4 | 1-2-3-4. Later the playing is reversed to MR-F-MR-F | MR-F-MR-F. Subsequently it is practiced on other strings. The same exercise is also practiced on more than one string by slapping alternately. The player can choose his/her convenient position of left hand fingers on the fretboard. In the beginning it is always better to hold the strings half muted with left hand fingers. The sound created when the string is hit with MR fingers is slightly different from the sound created by F finger. The strings which are not aimed to hit may also ring in the beginning. But when it is practiced for few months, the hitting will be controlled. It is therefore better to begin this on a four string bass, because the gap between the strings is higher than other bass guitars having more strings. Many different methods/exercises can be worked out to get playability and to avoid the problems caused by crossing the strings, fingers and notes. Any method is difficult in the beginning and the result is also not apparent immediately. But those who practice persistently will succeed in the application of any difficult technique. It does not matter how an instrument is played, it only matters how it sounds.


'''The future'''

Indian Slap Bass blends perfectly not only with funk, jazz or rock, but with many other genres including heavy metal. Since the right hand fingers can distinctly produce clear 16th notes on the same string, it goes well with metal music when the high frequencies are cut with equalizers. It can also be blended beautifully with Indian classical music. Jayen Varma believes that the next generation of musicians will find the potential in its application in future music to come.



== Courtesy ==


* Article courtesy http://www.jayenvarma.net/?page_id=8

* Video Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_hAFabslho


Human Embryonic Stem Cell

Wired - Wed, 12/01/2010 - 03:57

Summary: New page: Embryonic Stem Cell Research How would you feel if you never had to worry about someone you love getting an incurable disease? Well, with the recent studies...

Embryonic Stem Cell Research
How would you feel if you never had to worry about someone you love getting an incurable disease? Well, with the recent studies on human embryonic stem cells, cancer and many more diseases will potentially have a cure. Just think how great it would be to know that future generations will have so many more life saving procedures and techniques. There is even a possibility that perhaps one day we can find the cause of birth defects.
What is human embryonic stem cell research? Human embryonic stem cell (H.E.S for short) is research done on embryos that are fertilized in an in vitro office that are donated from the egg and sperm donors with a signed consent. What happens is these families use in vitro to have a fertilized egg implanted into the mother in order to have a child. Well, because several eggs are fertilized to ensure pregnancy more fertilized embryos than needed are produced. Instead of the embryos being tossed in the trash researchers are using these embryos to do research (again with a signed consent) to obtain cures for major diseases like cancer.
All stem cells have three general properties: they are capable of dividing and renewing themselves for long periods; they are unspecialized; and they can give rise to specialized cell types. (Stem Cell Information) Embryonic stem cells are blank cells that have not yet been categorized or programmed by the body, and can be prompted to generate any of the 220 human cell types. (White) What this means is when a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. (Stem Cell Information) Everyone knows someone or has been themselves injured in a car accident, and some of which resulted in brain damage. Instead of losing part of their brain they can have it repaired with these stem cells that can become specialized brain cells that would in turn repair the dead or injured part of the brain by inhibiting themselves into that portion of the brain.
Scientists see almost infinite value in the use of embryonic stem cell research to understand human development and the growth and treatment of diseases. (White)Some diseases that might be treated by transplanting cells generated from human embryonic stem cells include Parkinson's disease, diabetes, traumatic spinal cord injury, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, heart disease, and vision and hearing loss. (Stem Cell Information) Can you imagine what it would be like if you never had to worry about your child getting sick from a disease because of the cures that can be created with this research? Even though it may be a decade or longer before any real breakthroughs are made researchers regard this as the greatest potential for the alleviation of human suffering since the advent of antibiotics. (White) Not to mention there have been two approved studies on humans by the FDA this year alone. One of those studies is on Stargardt’s macular dystrophy which is a progressive form of blindness and the other is using the stem cells on people’s spinal cords that have been crushed. (Peter Marcus) I could not even imagine what it would be like for a blind person to be able to see or what it would feel like to know you might be able to walk again.
Given their unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer new potentials for treating diseases such as diabetes, and heart disease. (Stem Cell Information) This will hit home for many people simply due to the fact that nearly 24 million people in the US alone have some sort of diabetes and about 82 million people in the US have some sort of heart disease. This is something the researchers are working on diligently to see what kind of cures they can find. There are so many possibilities of saving someone’s life and even making one’s daily life so much easier. Just think about all the things a diabetic has to go through every day from checking their sugar levels to giving themselves shots and for some people this has to be done four or five times a day. With this research a cure can be found and all of it would go away. How about the person with a heart disease that has to wear heart monitors everywhere they go. Not only is it embarrassing to have people staring at you but you have a potential of that heart monitor failing and having no one around that can help.
Now that we know what human embryonic stem cell research is, why don’t we get into the moral side of things for a moment. This is a very touchy subject for some people being that this is a human embryo that is duplicating itself and being tested on in a laboratory. “Some staunch pro-lifers and most pro-life organizations regard the destruction of the blastocyst, which is a laboratory-fertilized human egg, to be the murder of human life. They believe that life begins at conception, and that destruction of this pre-born life is morally unacceptable.” (White) This quote says it all, “pre-born life” without a womb to carry the embryo it is not living. I want you to think for a moment, is it really morally wrong to do research on this embryo that would normally be thrown in the trash? It has absolutely zero chance of surviving outside a womb and would become extinct once thrown away. I have been in several debates with friends and family on this topic where they would tell me “how could you believe in this how can this be good?” The one thing I say to all of them is if it could save your child or your mother’s life would you want them to do it? Not one of them said no. Why should these researchers let these embryos go to waste when so much progress can be made? When it is all said and done there is just too much to lose if we don’t do this research.



Works Cited
Peter Marcus, DDN Staff Writer. Embryonic stem trial raises concerns. 24 November 2010. 24 November 2010 <http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=10821>.
Stem Cell Information. 28 April 2009. 20 November 2010 <http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/basics1.asp>.
White, Deborah. Pros & Cons of Embryonic Stem Cell Research. 23 November 2010 <http://usliberals.about.com/od/stemcellresearch/i/StemCell1.htm>.


Improve Your iPad's Battery Life

Wired - Tue, 11/30/2010 - 21:48

Summary: New page: [[Image:IPadVideoKillDVD.jpg|thumb|630px|left|Photo by Jon Snyder/Wired]] Part of the iPad's appeal is its long battery life -- Apple claims the wi-fi-only version will last ten hours, a...

[[Image:IPadVideoKillDVD.jpg|thumb|630px|left|Photo by Jon Snyder/Wired]]


Part of the iPad's appeal is its long battery life -- Apple claims the wi-fi-only version will last ten hours, and the 3G iPad will last nine hours before needing a charge. Both of those stats are pretty impressive.

Of course, what happens in the real world is considerably different than what happens in Apple's laboratory stress tests. Watch movies continuously at full brightness with push e-mail notifications for a dozen accounts going in the background and you aren't likely to get six or seven hours out of the iPad.

In our experience, it is possible to get close to Apple's claims, provided you're willing to turn off a few features and dim your screen a bit. Here's our guide to making your iPad battery last as long as possible.

''This article is part of a wiki anyone can edit. If you have extra advice, corrections, or tips for keeping your iPad alive longer, please log in and contribute. There's a section at the bottom for additional tips that don't fit into the two main sections.''


===The obvious===

* '''Lock your iPad''' when you aren't using it. Sure, it will auto-lock after a set period of time, but why leave it sitting there wasting battery when it's so simple to lock? While you're at it, shorten the auto-lock settings; head to '''Settings''' > '''General''' > '''Auto-Lock''' and set the interval to a shorter time -- a minute at the most.


* '''Dim the screen.''' This is probably the biggest single thing you can do to save battery life. By default, the iPad has its Auto-Brightness feature turned on. This means the screen adjusts to the ambient lighting around you. That's convenient, but in low light situations, the screen is running at battery-draining level of brightness for no reason. Head to '''Settings''' > '''Brightness & Wallpaper''' and notch the brightness down a bit.


* '''Ditch the case.''' Some cases can cause the iPad to become quite warm. The rechargeable Lithium-based battery in the iPad is sensitive to heat, and it lasts longer when it's cooled. Taking the iPad out of its case will keep it from retaining heat, giving you more battery life. Not much, but every bit counts sometimes. Apple says 72° F (or 22° C) is the ideal working temperature. Also, taking your iPad out of its case while charging it will help, since it generates extra heat while charging.


* '''Completely drain your battery.''' Every so often (Apple says once per month) it's a good idea to charge your iPad all the way up, then use it until the battery completely drains and the device shuts itself off. This lets the device know where the lower limit of the battery is, as that mark can change over time.


* '''Keep the iPad up to date.''' Make sure you're always running the most recent version of iOS. Software updates usually fix bugs and odd behaviors, and running the most current OS usually benefits battery life.

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===Features worth disabling===

'''Learn to love Airplane Mode.''' All of the wireless networking services in the iPad -- wi-fi, bluetooth and 3G -- will cause stress on your battery, even if you're not surfing the web or streaming lots of data. The easiest way to temporarily disable all forms of networking at once is to switch into Airplane Mode when you don't need to connect to anyone or anything -- say, when you're watching a movie, working on a document, or reading an e-book.

If you'd like to keep some services running, stay out of Airplane mode and only disable whatever you need to.

* '''Turn off 3G.''' Whenever you're on wi-fi, turn off the 3G network radio if your iPad supports 3G. Go to '''Settings''' then '''Cellular Data''' and flip the switch to off.


* '''Turn off wi-fi.''' Although it severely limits the usefulness of your iPad, if you're just watching a movie or reading a book anyway, turn off the wi-fi and make the battery last a bit longer. Go to '''Settings''' > '''Wi-Fi.'''


* '''Disable Bluetooth.''' Like the other forms of wireless networking, Bluetooth drains the battery. Assuming you aren't using any peripherals that need it, turn it off.


* '''Watch your apps.''' There are two types of apps that are particularly hard on your iPad's batteries -- games that never let the screen dim and social location-based services that constantly check your geo-whereabouts. Make sure you shut down such apps when you're not using them.


* '''Disable push notifications.''' The built-in Mail app, as well as dozens of social apps you may download, poll servers in the background look for new tweets, mail and messages, all of which costs your precious battery life. Open '''Settings''' and tap '''Mail, Contacts, Calendars'''. Then find the '''Fetch New Data''' settings and turn off '''Push'''.


* '''Delay data fetching.''' If you've turned off push notifications, go a step further and make Mail and other apps check-in with the server less frequently. To increase the fetch interval, go to '''Settings''' and select '''Mail, Contacts, Calendars'''. Then select '''Fetch New Data''' and tap '''Hourly'''. You won't get mail or calendar invitations immediately unless you manually fetch that stuff, but your iPad will still check once per hour. Note that this is a global setting and applies to all apps. It's also worth noting that setting '''Fetch New Data''' to hourly means you can't find your iPad using the MobileMe '''Find My iPad''' tools.


===Additional tips and tricks===

If you have additional tips for saving your iPad's battery life, put them here.


===Other iOS How-Tos===

* [[Activate Find My iPhone for iOS 4]]
* [[Use iPad Webapps on Your Desktop]]
* [[Get Rid of Your CDs and DVDs]]
* [[Encode Videos for Your iPad With HandBrake]]


[[Category:IPod and IPhone]]
[[Category:IPad]]


Activate Find My iPhone for iOS 4

Wired - Mon, 11/29/2010 - 21:41

Summary: New page: [[Image:Findmyiphone.jpg]] <br clear="all" /> Apple last week rolled out a major update for its mobile operating system iOS 4, and among the new features is a nifty free tool: Find My iPh...

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Apple last week rolled out a major update for its mobile operating system iOS 4, and among the new features is a nifty free tool: Find My iPhone.

As its name suggests, Find My iPhone is a tracking feature to locate a missing iPhone 4, iPad or fourth-generation iPod Touch. (Only the latest models get the free feature.) If you've dropped your iDevice in a cab, or if someone's stolen it, you can hop on a computer to follow the GPS coordinates of the iPhone on a Google map (see above).

Or, if you're just absent-minded like me and you misplace your iPhone as often as you lose your keys, you can use your computer to trigger a beeping sound to help you find it. It should be loud enough to hear from under a couch cushion. (You'll never have to bug a friend to call your phone again.)

If you do indeed think your iPhone is in the hands of a thief, you can use Find My iPhone to remotely lock the device or wipe the data. Do note, however, that if you wipe the device, you won't be able to track it anymore (hap tip to [http://twitter.com/shacker/status/9333444077166592 @shacker] for catching that). Also, a clever thief could just remove the SIM card, and you wouldn't be able to track or wipe the phone.

Of the many new features in iOS 4.2.1, I found this one to be one of the sweetest bonuses. Find My iPhone originally was only available as part of a MobileMe subscription, which costs $100 per year. Making it free was a nice move on Apple's part: An iPhone can potentially contain a treasure trove of personal information, so losing one is a big deal.

You need to activate Find My iPhone before you lose your phone, so do it now. Since the steps to turn this useful feature on aren't immediately obvious, here's how to do it.

===How to proceed===

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1. Make sure you have the latest iOS update (iOS 4.2.1) installed. Plug in your iPhone and click "Check for updates" in iTunes to get the software.

2. With iOS 4.2.1 installed, tap the Settings app on your iPhone. Then tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and "Add Account." Then choose MobileMe.

3. In the MobileMe account menu, enter your iTunes or Apple ID and password (i.e., the login you use to buy iTunes media on the iPhone).

4. The "Find My iPhone" option should appear. Slide it to "ON" to activate it."

And you're done! From here on, you can hop on a computer and enter [http://www.me.com www.me.com] in a web browser. Then enter the same login credentials you used to register for Find My iPhone, and you'll immediately get a GPS reading of the phone, along with a simple menu of buttons allowing you to lock, wipe, or send a message or sound to the iPhone.
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===Tips & Advice===

* Depending on how long you've had your Apple user account, your Apple ID may need to be an e-mail address. If your Apple ID doesn't have an e-mail suffix (like @gmail.com) it may not be accepted during the MobileMe account set up. If you run into this problem, go into your Apple ID settings and change it to your primary e-mail address, and it should work just fine.


[[Category:IPod and IPhone]]
[[Category:Gadgets]]


Free YouTube FLV Downloader

Wired - Mon, 11/29/2010 - 08:36

Summary:

'''Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader''' is a good free YouTube and other Internet video downloader tool. With the powerful YouTube FLV downloader software, you can easily and quickly download any YouTube movie/music from YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook, iFilm, Yahoo!Video, Google, Dailymotion, MSN and other online video-sharing sites for playing with good video quality.

http://www.foxreal.com/theme/foxreal/images/downloader.jpg

The guide will show you '''how to [http://www.foxreal.com/how-to-free-download-youtube-videos-with-foxreal-youtube-flv-downloader/ download online YouTube video] with Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader'''.

'''First''', please ensure you have downloaded and installed YouTube Downloader here (download link). Then launch it. The application will open, along with a pop-up step-by-step tutorial.

After the pop-up window is closed, you will see the main interface of the downloading tool, as well as Foxreal Video Website Library offering a huge of video-sharing websites for video downloading. Just follow the steps to download YouTube video clips from online with free YouTube Downloader:
Step 1: Go to link. Choose video site(s) from Foxreal Video Website Library or type in the link of the online video site(s) you want to download.

'''Step 2''': Detect URL for download. After clicking the video in the process of playing, the free YouTube downloader tool can auto-capture the YouTube video URL you plan to download in a fast way.


'''Step 3''': Start YouTube downloading. Choose the right video URL you want to download in the detection list section and then click . Then, the New Downloader window will show up.

URL: Display the video URL auto-captured to download from the video-sharing website.

Save as: Rename the downloaded FLV file under the “Save as”. Otherwise, the program will save the downloaded Flash video file as its default name.

Save to: Click the “Browse” button to determine where to save the downloaded YouTube FLV/F4V file.

Library: Choose where you want to save the download FLV in library, movie or music.


After clicking “OK” button, you will view the Downloader section showing a list of downloading file(s). Here you can start, delete or locate download tasks. Once the download task(s) is completed, you will see the downloaded YouTube videos in Downloaded section, as well as your output folder.

'''Useful tips''':
1) Download YouTube video files in batch. The fast YouTube download tool allows you to download up to 5 video files at the same time.
2) Play YouTube FLV/F4V videos. With its built-in Flash video player, you can easily watch YouTube movies/musics offline without additional FLV players.
3) Manager YouTube video clips. It offers “Movies” and “Musics” options to help you arrange your Internet video clips.
4) Display the detailed information of the downloading video file. You can easily get the information of the video files to download, like name, size, progress, location, etc.


PS: If you plan to watch YouTube movies and musics on iPad, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry Torch, Droid X, and other portable media devices, there is another alternative tool – Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader Pro which will do the greatest job for you by downloading and converting YouTube videos to any other video/audio format without quality loss.


Julz Doug

Wired - Sun, 11/28/2010 - 20:19

Summary: New page: Just Something Isnt it Strange when people say rap is death? I guess not a bobby marley rapping nation is abought to come as when i walked passed some buildings near Stadelhofen In the Di...

Just Something

Isnt it Strange when people say rap is death?
I guess not a bobby marley rapping nation is abought to come
as when i walked passed some buildings near Stadelhofen
In the District of Zürich. Look there a black dude all by himself with
a camera strapped making his Video
Eh yo Snow weather and is freeszing cold

as i went home i check it out of curse I knew That guy
Dude Awsome I just Love it

My Hero Representing where Im From
Julz Doug
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9HKhnvEASY]


Cook Chinese Boiled fish

Wired - Fri, 11/26/2010 - 03:33

Summary: it is easy if u like u can have a try

first u should buy a package of Seasoning packets for Boiled fish, then buy a piece of fish and then cut it into pieces .prepare Pepper and red dry Chili
then put some oil in the pot to fry the seasoning material for a while( the pepper after oil hot ) . put lot of hot water in to the pot ,cook it about 10 mins ,-put the fish pieces in to the pot ,It will be ok with 3 mins .(by the way : You can also try this way ,before the fish puting u can put some vegetables ,I hope u will like it ,also u can go to have look at this site :http://www.aion-gold.eu
http://www.aiongold.org.uk
http://www.itemgarden.com


Destination marketing

Wired - Thu, 11/25/2010 - 17:53

Summary: New page: Which arguments make a destination attractive for tourists? Is there a correspondence between what tourists expect from a destination, and how the Destination Management Organizations (DM...

Which arguments make a destination attractive for tourists? Is there a correspondence between what tourists expect from a destination, and how the Destination Management Organizations (DMO) promotes it?

Webatelier.net (www.webatelier.net), a research laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland), conducted a research to define which are the reasons that push tourists to visit a potential destination in the online tourism domain. Moreover the research investigates if the promotion pull factors used by the Destination Management Organization (DMO) correspond to the visitors expectations.

The study, called “Destination Marketing: why tourists like a destination? A research in eTourism and Argumentation”, analyzed the Republic of Malta as a case study destination.
The research aims at giving a practical contribution to the Destination Management Organizations in finding solutions for developing new marketing strategies and to improve and increase the interest of potential customers.

The study received a strong attention by the academic community, it will be presented at ENTER2011 (The 18th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel&Tourism – http://www.enter2011.org) and that it will be published in the proceedings.

The study can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.webatelier.net/research/reports/white-paper-destination-marketing


Booking engines

Wired - Thu, 11/25/2010 - 17:48

Summary: New page: What are booking engines’ main functionalities? How can booking engines sound as the welcoming voice of a receptionist? Webatelier.net (www.webatelier.net), a research laboratory of th...

What are booking engines’ main functionalities? How can booking engines sound as the welcoming voice of a receptionist?

Webatelier.net (www.webatelier.net), a research laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) conducted a research to investigate contents and functionalities of the main hotel chains' booking engines worldwide.

During the research, called “Booking Engines for Hotel Chains”, 162 international Hotel Chains have been analyzed in order to improve the quality and the efficiency of the services provided by hotel booking engines. The research aimed at measuring the interactivity of reservation systems through relevant practices.
Results give a contribution to the hotel management in finding new solutions to better design and increase the online business.

Considering that the study received a strong attention by the academic community, it will be presented at ENTER2011 (The 18th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel&Tourism – http://www.enter2011.org) and that it will be published in the proceedings.

The study can be viewed on http://www.webatelier.net/research/reports/white-paper-booking-engines-for-hotel-chains


How to watch 5 Best Thanksgiving Movies on iPad

Wired - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 07:23

Summary: New page: ==Thanksgiving introduction== [http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/best-free-thanksgiving-ipad-wallpapers.html Thanksgiving] Day, known informally as "Turkey Day," is a harvest festival cele...

==Thanksgiving introduction==
[http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/best-free-thanksgiving-ipad-wallpapers.html Thanksgiving] Day, known informally as "Turkey Day," is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving was a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed of material possessions and relationships. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. This holiday has since moved away from its religious roots.

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to watch a good movie about the holiday; and this year, with the new iPad gadget, Watch the best Thanksgiving movies on iPad will surely make the holiday more colorful. The below are five films that have a Thanksgiving weekend release date and can be packed into your iPad to truly enrich your holiday life.
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== Steps ==
===Part I. Top 5 best Thanksgiving movies===
<b>1. Tangled</b><br>Genre: Animation/Comedy/Family/Musical<br>Starring: Kristin Chenoweth, Dan Fogler, David Schwimmer<br>Release date: Wed 24, Nov 2010<br>[[Image:1best-thanksgiving-movies-tangled.jpg]]<br>

<b>2. Burlesque</b><br>Genre: Drama/Musical<br>Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet.<br>Release Date: November 24, 2010<br>[[Image:2best-thanksgiving-movies-burlesque.jpg]]<br>

<b>3. Love and Other Drugs</b><br>Genre: Comedy/Romance<br>Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank<br>Release Date: November 24, 2010<br>[[Image:3best-thanksgiving-movies-laot.jpg]]<br>

<b>4. Faster</b><br>Genre: Action<br>Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino<br>Release Date: November 24, 2010<br>[[Image:4best-thanksgiving-movies-faster.jpg]]<br>

<b>5. Nutcracker 3D</b><br>Genre: Fantasy/Family<br>Starring: Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Charlie Rowe, John Turturro, Frances de la Tour<br>Release date: Wed 24, Nov 2010<br>[[Image:5best-thanksgiving-movies-nutcracker.jpg]]<br>
===Part II. The way to watch the best Thanksgiving movies on iPad===
Having problems with DVD movies, video clips, TV shows and music files not compatible with your iPad? [http://www.ifunia.com/dvd-to-ipad-converter-mac.html iFunia DVD to iPad converter] has ready-to-use presets for your iPad which enables you to convert the Thanksgiving movies to your iPad in just minutes. The simple instructions below will guide you through the easy step of the way.
# Run iFunia DVD to iPad Converter on your computer and load the Thanksgiving movie disc by click the "Load" button.<hr>Now get your Thanksgiving movie disc and insert it. Then run [http://www.ifunia.com/dvd-to-ipad-converter-mac.html iFunia DVD to iPad Converter] on your Mac and click the big button "Load..." to load your Thanksgiving movie disk, you may see the name of Thanksgiving movie disk if you insert DVD disk before running this DVD ripper tool (see the image below to have an idea). This may take up to a minute or two depending on the contents of the DVD and the speed of your optical drive.<br>
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# Choose the right preset for your iPad device in the Convert-to drop-down menu.<hr>In the Destination-Setup section of the interface, choose the right preset for your iPad device in the Convert-to drop-down menu. You can also change the output settings to make the video look the best on iPad. Here I set the output video format to 'iPad MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)'.<br>
[[Image:Dvd-ripper-ipad-output-1.jpg]]<br>
# Hit Start to convert Thanksgiving movies to iPad supported video format.<hr>Once the above mentioned steps are finished, you can click the big button "Start" to rip Thanksgiving movies to iPad via iFunia DVD to iPad Converter. When the conversion is done, you can get the output video for your iPad, by then, you are ready to enjoy Thanksgiving movies on Thanksgiving Day. Hope this helps.

== Related wikiHows ==
*[[Buy an iPad|How to Buy an iPad]]


How to Copy The Expendables DVD to Blank DVD with Any DVD Cloner

Wired - Wed, 11/24/2010 - 03:01

Summary: New page: '''Q:''' "I currently rented a new hot DVD The Expendables, and I want to create a backup of it on a blank disc so that I can enjoy it anytime I like. What shall I do?" [[Image:The-Expend...

'''Q:''' "I currently rented a new hot DVD The Expendables, and I want to create a backup of it on a blank disc so that I can enjoy it anytime I like. What shall I do?"

[[Image:The-Expendables.jpg]]

The Expendables DVD is hot not only because of its strong cast, but also its great action. So many people have rented or purchased it from DVD stores. It's wise to back it up for a long keeping. If the Terms of Use allow you to make copies of DVD, you can use Any DVD Cloner to help you copy The Expendables DVD to blank DVD.

[http://www.remove-drm-software.com/any-dvd-cloner/index.html '''''Any DVD Cloner for Windows'''''] is a powerful and easy-to-use DVD backup software to copy DVD movies to DVD/hard drive with 1:1 ratio in a super high DVD copy speed on Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista/Win7. It can compress DVD-5 to DVD-5, DVD-9 to DVD-9, and DVD-9 to DVD-5 while keep DVD quality as high as possible.

With Any DVD Cloner, you can backup The Expendables DVD movies to hard drive as DVD folder or ISO image file. You can even preview the DVD during the copying progress. It is the best choice to help you make backup copies of any encrypted or non-protected DVD movies. It contains a high compatibility with DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM disc.

'''Step by Step: Copy The Expendables DVD to Blank Disc'''

Step 1. Download and Install Any DVD Cloner.

Step 2. Insert The Expendables DVD into the drive and click "Open DVD" button.

Step 3. Select the titles you want to copy.

Step 4. Insert a Blank DVD and click "Copy DVD" button.

'''Decrypt & Clone The Expendables DVD with Enhanced Copy Method'''

Can't copy The Expendables DVD with the normal copy method above? Well, it's possibly because your DVD is encrypted protection measures more complicated than the normal region code. But don't worry, for this kind of DVD, you can copy it with enhanced copy method. You just need to manually change the settings from "Normal" to "Enhanced".

Tips for Mac Users: If you are running a mac and also facing the problem to copy The Expendables or other DVDs,[http://www.tune4mac.com/mac-dvd-copy/copy-the-expendables-to-dvd.html '''Tune4mac DVD Copy'''] may help you with that.


Survive a TSA Screening

Wired - Tue, 11/23/2010 - 19:13

Summary: moved the links to file complaints to the bottom -- the other complaint links were already down there, so i'm trying to keep it consistent.

[[Image:TSApatdown.jpg|thumb|left|280px|A man undergoes a pat-down during TSA security screening, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP]]
Turn your nose to the air this holiday season, and among the pleasing smells of roasted poultry and freshly baked pies, you may detect a whiff of outrage.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has run afoul of security experts and the general public by introducing some radical changes to how airline passengers are screened -- just in time for the holiday travel peak.

Central to the issue are the TSA's new advanced imaging devices that can see through your clothes and display a picture of your naked body -- and see any weapons or contraband you're hiding under your jeans. Refuse to walk through one and you'll receive an "enhanced pat-down," a policy that has also touched a nerve among travelers.

The debate has gotten so heated, lawmakers are [http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/11/scan-ban/ trying to ban the body scanners], and [http://www.optoutday.com/ a movement is afoot] to encourage travelers to opt out of a full body scan at airports. The "Opt Out Day" protests are scheduled for Wednesday, November 24, but we expect the protests to continue through the rest of the holidays.

If you're planning on protesting the TSA's new policies -- or if you're just an innocent traveler who wants to know your options -- here's our primer.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about protesting or opting out, log in and contribute.''


===Tips for travelers===


The current system works by shuttling passengers either through the traditional metal detectors or the Rapiscan body imagers. If you trip the metal detector repeatedly or you decline to go into the Rapiscan, you will get an "enhanced pat-down." This means your body will be closely checked, including the areas near the female and male genitals, by an officer of the same sex.

Airline screening has been ruled legal by some lower courts as an "administrative search" -- that is, the TSA has the right to check you and your belongings to make sure you are not a threat to aviation. However, the Supreme Court has not specifically held that airport screening searches are constitutionally reasonable administrative searches.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed suit [http://epic.org/privacy/litigation/EPIC_Body_Scanner_OB_Final.pdf (PDF link)] against the TSA, challenging the use of the scanners and "enhanced pat-downs" as being violations of multiple federal laws, as well as violations of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

It's not clear how far legally these searches can go. For example, could the TSA require a cavity search and if you refused one, could you be fined? That's an unknown legal question, but chances are if the screeners have that much reason to believe you are carrying contraband, they will involve the police.

If you do want to refuse a screening and a patdown, you can now do so without a fine. [http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2010/11/22/tsa-clarifies-policy-for-pat-down-refusal-in-time-for-thanksgiving/ You have the right to refuse the screening at any time]. If you do refuse, however, the TSA officers will escort you from the airport, you'll have to give up your flight, and you won't be allowed to get back into the security line. If you refuse screening and attempt to reenter the secure area, the checkpoint will be shut down and you may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

The TSA can't detain you at this point -- they have to notify the police to detain you. There are usually plenty of police posted at the TSA checkpoint, however, and if a police officer asks you to stop, you must do so and provide ID.

Finally, here's Ed Hasbrouck on [http://papersplease.org/wp/2010/11/23/airlines-threaten-illegal-actions-against-travelers-who-opt-out-of-groping/ how to get a refunded plane ticket] if you decline to go through screening and refuse to be patted down. It's a long shot, but possible.



===Tips for protesters===

If you're planning on protesting, here are some additional tips:

'''Do not''' make jokes about bombs, hijacking or carrying banned materials.

That said, the screening line is not a Constitution-free zone. You may express your displeasure and political opinions, and wear a shirt that makes fun of the TSA. There's a fine line between free speech and impeding the TSA, and the latter can [http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2006/09/tsa_hawley_an_i/ result in a fine].

Likewise, the Fifth Amendment applies as well. You have the right to remain silent. You don't have to explain anything or respond to any officer's questions. You do have to show ID and if you don't have one with you, whether or not you'll be allowed to fly is at the TSA's discretion.

Whatever you do, remain courteous. Remember that the TSA workers are humans with jobs to do.

Photographing or recording the TSA or law enforcement officials? The [http://blog.tsa.gov/2009/03/can-i-take-photos-at-checkpoint-and.html TSA says they have no prohibition] against you recording the screening protest, but local and state ordinances vary when it comes to recording in public, especially when it comes to recording the police. Quite a few people have been arrested and prosecuted for recording police officers, and while you may be within your rights, you might have to prove that in court or sue the cops later after you've been arrested.

Taking off your clothes as a protest? Getting totally naked is illegal and will get you arrested. As for undressing, again, local and state statutes--and your experience--will vary. As a matter of principle, stripping down to bike shorts and a thin ribbed tank top, or doing as @furrygirl did and [http://vimeo.com/17057322 stripping to a camisole and panties], is clearly protected First Amendment speech, but [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/21/gun-crusader-strips-down-shorts-hauled-out-san-die/ the ruse did get the bike shorts guy arrested] in San Diego.

[http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/11/going-commando.ars Going commando under a kilt]? Truly wicked.


===Other links===

* Read the [http://blog.tsa.gov/2010/11/tsa-myth-or-fact-leaked-images.html TSA's official post] about myths, rumors and more related to the new screening policies.


* If you've been through a TSA checkpoint and you felt the search was invasive, [https://contact.tsa.dhs.gov/DynaForm.aspx?FormID=10 file a formal complaint]. You can also use the [http://apps.usa.gov/tsa-app/ TSA iPhone app] to complain.


* You can (and should) also complain to your elected representatives, by phone, fax, or email. And even though TSA will not give this information to you, you can also let your voice be heard by emailing [mailto:Janet.Napolitano@dhs.gov Janet Napolitano] and [mailto:John.Pistole@dhs.gov John Pistole] directly, using their official e-mail addresses. They may not reply, but at least you have let them know how you feel, and you can copy your Senator or Representatives on that same e-mail.




[[Category:Security]]
[[Category:Survive]]


Thinking about web-site redesign?

Wired - Tue, 11/23/2010 - 16:16

Summary: Important issues to cover when embarking on your next web design project


== Important issues to cover when embarking on your web design project ==


'''1. Setting Marketing Goals'''
It’s well and good leaving the layout and graphic design of your website home page to a web designer to create on your behalf if all you want is something that looks good. It is vital however that some consultation occurs with an experienced Internet Marketing person in advance of any draft design process such that your organisations marketing objectives can be integrated into the layout design. Every small piece of space on your home page should be defined for function and tie-in with clearly considered marketing priorities. When this is done properly you end up with with a website that engages marketing strategy and that represents you effectively.

'''2. Content Preparation & Production'''
Not alone does your content represent you, your experience and expertise, it also must be focussed and above all relevant to your business services and products. Website content has the greatest impact on search engine ranking performance and therefore the overall effectiveness of your website. Don’t rush content. Write it carefully and professionally.

'''3. Web Design (Graphic Design)'''
Well finished graphics, colour choices and related branding choices to suit your business area are important. Just like wearing a tie to a job interview, if it’s missing it becomes a factor (a concern) with respect to the credibility of your business online.

'''4. Usability and Seamless Navigation'''
All navigation schemes should be intuitive (not requiring any learning curve) for website visitors. You have control of how and where visitors move about your website. Use this control to achieve marketing goals in a simple and easy manner.

'''5. Build Quality and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)'''
Good graphic design has to be married with W3C compliant HTML and CSS production to ensure your website renders as required across all popular browsers and is future proofed as much as possible. At this time it is important to ensure that your designer also takes into account best practice SEO techniques. There is no substitute. It cost nothing to optimise a website at build-time and it is a vital component of the overall potential of the website to perform well in search engine rankings.

'''6. Deployment & Web Site Hosting issues'''
Often overlooked, but critical to search engine performance is where you host your website. Simple rule to follow:- Select a hosting company that can provide you with an IP addresse in your local target market. If your target market is Ireland, then ensure you select a locally hosted web hosting service (with an Irish IP address range). Most search engines (in particular Google) bias search results locally. Google looks to your browser IP address to ascertain where you are and will serve up what it believes is relevant results to you. Google takes both IP addresses into account.

'''7. Internet Promotion – Driving the website to achieve success'''
Just like a potted plant, your website needs constant attention if you want to gain long-term return from investment in any new web design. Having a great website designed and launched to great acclaim is not the end of the process but the beginning.

Every new website launched will effectively be ”sandboxed” by the popular search engines. i.e. not appear for searches relating to products or services detailed on the website. It will take upwards of six months of active search engine promotion and Internet Marketing to achieve a page one listing for searches relating to exact content on your website and longer for more popular generic terms.

The efforts to achieve search engine presence includes regular updating and addition of relevant content to the website, link building (inbound) including search engine and directory submission. Engaging in the process even on a small scale will reward you with increased traffic and more enquiries/sales for your business.

For any queries on this web design article contact Jeremiah Ryan solutions@activeonline.ie


Shoppping for your girlfriends

Wired - Tue, 11/23/2010 - 10:20

Summary: shopping on boutiques.com

Boyfriends, husbands and secret lovers! get ready for the revolution that will change your lives forever!!!!!!!!! is called BOUTIQUES.COM and is your free pass to eternal couple bliss!

i have been in a relationship for seven years now. my boyfriend is great, lovely, the best i could ever dream of...but when it comes to gifts, not so much! and not because he's ever forgetting my birthday, our anniversary, valentine, christmas, hannukah (yes, i am that shameless) and other occasions for which i suggest "spontaneous" gifts "just because i love you"...no, he remembers all these dates. Nor that he buys me hiking shoes or a Wii to get me in shape. We’re over that (year 4).

By now he even stopped asking me if my Chloe bag is light and easy to carry, if my 10 cm McQueens are comfortable enough and my Herves Leger dress that makes me faint is keeping me warm (year 6).

The problem is that even when he thinks he got me the right gift he didn’t. is almost what I wanted but not really. (sorry baby, yes, i lied even the last time when i said the bracelet is lovely!). I know that that for you black is black, short is short and a dress is just as nice (especially if is slightly shorter) as the other seven I’ve been trying for the past hour.

Well, gentlemen, you will never have to worry about your gifts being rejected or frown upon ever again! Because St.Google listened to your, well, our prayers and from now on we will all live happily ever after with the exact gifts that we wanted but still coming as a nice surprise.

Boutiques.com is the new Google answer to shopping. Is great not only because has so many options but mostly because you can create based on your preferences your own boutique, with all the bags, dresses, shoes, accessories that you like, and share it with other people. Therefore from now on, you can never say "i didn’t know what to get you, cause i don’t know what you like!” well, now you do!!! Is there, on my Boutique personal page.

The site is great for us women too. Is very addictive (at 2 am I am still chatting with my gal pal on Facebook sharing shoes links that we just adore) is simple to use, helps you define your own style, love or hate an item(see, there is true passion in shopping) and seems easy to buy by taking you directly to the merchant site.

Boutiques.com is still in a Beta version, so we expect some more improvements. The site is not responding fast enough to the love-hate relationship, some of the external links are not valid and the social platform for interaction is very limited. Yes guys from Google, we need to talk more to each other and say how much we love/hate that new Celine Luggage bag! Also, we need more accessories and jewelry (imagine how many guys would be so relieved to actually know in advance what kind of ring she would like). However is a really good start and I am looking forward to see it evolve.

Therefore I expect to see from now on girlfriends screaming of true joy when opening that gift box, boyfriends keeping their heads up high satisfied with a job well done (and super easy). All together, I truly believe that relationships will become healthier, happier and longer. That the rate of divorces will drop to such levels that lawyers will be forced to finally get a real job.

Can’t wait to share with the world my own Boutique now that Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner! Happy shopping everyone!!!


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