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Yemeni plane crashes in Indian Ocean

Rescuers have started to recover bodies after a plane flying from Paris to the Comoros islands crashed in the Indian Ocean with more than 150 people on board, airline officials said today.

"We still do not have information about the reason behind the crash or survivors," Mohammad al-Sumairi, an official from Yemenia Air told Reuters. "The weather conditions were rough; strong wind and high seas. The wind speed recorded on land at the airport was 61km an hour. There could be other factors," he said.

Most of the passengers on the Yemenia Air Airbus 310 were believed to be Comoros residents returning from Paris. The plane had stopped off in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on the way to Moroni, the capital on the main island of the Comoros archipelago.

A Yemenia Air official said the plane, which authorities believe crashed in the early hours, had 142 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from Asenca, the regional air security body, said the plane was believed to have come down between three and six miles from the coast.

"We think the crash is somewhere along its landing approach," he said. "The weather is really not very favourable. The sea is very rough."

Military and civilian boats are helping in the search.

French military planes from the Indian Ocean islands of Mayotte and Réunion are also taking part in the operation, and the army has sent speedboats to the area.

A Paris airport spokeswoman said a Yemenia flight left Paris yesterday morning.

Comoros, a Yemeni state, covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli, in the Mozambique channel, about 1,800 miles south of Yemen, between Africa's south-eastern coast and Madagascar.

The Yemenia plane is the second Airbus to crash into the sea this month. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing 228 people on board on 1 June.

Yemenia is 51% owned by the Yemeni government and 49% owned by the Saudi Arabian government. Its fleet includes two Airbus 330-200s, four Airbus 310-300s and four Boeing 737-800s.

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DHL Delivers Space-Spectrometer To Russia

DHL Global Forwarding, global market leader in the air and sea freight sector, has just shipped the Mössbauer-Spectrometer MIMOS-2 to the Space Research Institute (IKI) in Russia. The spectrometer is scheduled to be launched in October from the Baikonur space center on board a Zenit rocket on a mission to Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars, and from there will deliver analyses of the chemical and mineral composition of the soil of this Martian satellite. It has been commissioned by the University of Mainz and space technology company von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH.

DHL Global Forwarding was entrusted with the task of transporting the high-grade and high-precision instrument in order to ensure it arrived in Russia on time and, more importantly, intact. Deutsche Post DHL's specialist air and ocean freight division has been working for a number of years with leading companies in the aerospace industry. It can further boast expertise in transport and security matters as well as extensive knowledge of the complex customs procedures and foreign trade conditions for importing aerospace products to Russia. DHL was therefore able to obtain all the necessary documentation in advance and even obtained authorization from the responsible authorities for a special manual check to be carried out at Frankfurt airport when exporting the spectrometer, in order to avert any risk of x-ray machines impairing MIMOS-2 functionality.

The Phobos moon orbits Mars at a distance of 6,000 km. The German Mössbauer-Spectrometer MIMOS-2 is designed to deliver analyses of the chemical and mineral composition of soil samples taken from the Martian satellite. It was developed at the University of Mainz by a team headed by Dr. Göstar Klingelhöfer. The Institute of Anorganic and Analytical Chemistry itself developed the sensor head. The associated readout electronics were built by the space technology company von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH and installed in the Phobos-Grunt probe.


Russia restart ties despite Georgia row

Differences remain unresolved as they turn to security issues.

Corfu, Greece -- NATO and Russia on Saturday resumed formal cooperation on broad security threats but failed to bridge differences over Georgia in their first high-level talks since last year's war in the Caucasus region.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the two sides had recognized that it was time to press joint efforts against Afghan insurgents and drug trafficking, Somali piracy, terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

The Russia-NATO thaw comes a week before a summit between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, and a meeting of the Group of 8 industrialized nations in Italy.

"We have restarted our relations at a political level, we also agreed to restart the military to military contacts which had been frozen since last August," De Hoop Scheffer told reporters, referring to the Russia-Georgia conflict.

"The NATO-Russia Council is now back in gear. We agreed not to let disagreements bring the whole train to a halt. On Georgia, there are still fundamental differences. . . . [But] Russia needs NATO and NATO needs Russia," he said.

"Afghanistan is clearly, also from the Russian side, a dossier where more and closer cooperation is certainly within the range of the possible," he said. This could include counter-narcotics operations.

Russia was decidedly more reserved about the deal, which was struck on the Greek island of Corfu after protracted recriminations over Moscow's military intervention when Georgian forces attempted to wrest back rebel territory.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the meeting, after a 10-month vacuum, was "to a certain extent a positive development" and cited "very frank exchanges," alluding in part to intractable differences over Georgia's status.

He said that Russia's recognition of the "independence" of two breakaway regions from Georgia was an irreversible "new reality" and the West should get used to it.

Russia routed Georgian troops who tried to retake South Ossetia in August and has blocked an extension of an Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe peace monitoring mission in Georgia, which expires Tuesday, by insisting on a separate mandate for South Ossetia.

Western diplomats fear that the observers' departure might lead to new fighting.


Prasanna got new mobile

Latest news in UEIC

Prasanna working in UEIC got a new mobile (Nokia 3230) which has got many features like

It is a color mobile, it has got 1.3 mp camera, mp3 ring tones, latest games etc.,

Guys time to party!

congratulations prasanna!@##$%$!

New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from a Taliban prison

Earlier last week, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from a Taliban prison. He had been a Taliban hostage for the last seven months, but the general public had absolutely no clue. In a joint effort by The New York Times and Wikipedia, the story was kept quiet until his daring escape.

In November 2008, Rohde was captured and held hostage by the Taliban, along with a local reporter, Tahir Ludin, and their driver, Asadullah Mangal. But until he managed to escape, most of the general public had absolutely no clue. To prevent Rohde’s value in the eyes of his captors from rising, the New York Times kept more than 35 major news organizations from reporting on the story. They believed that the publicity from reporting his capture would inflate the value of Rohde’s life, increasing the difficulty of negotiating for Rohde’s release. Keeping 35 news organizations quiet was actually not the hard part - but staving off Wikipedia users from publishing the news? That was a bit trickier.

Through an elaborate and ongoing battle between Wikipedia editors and an anonymous contributor from Florida, the New York Times and the Wikipedia Foundation managed to keep the story quiet. For seven months, Wikipedia editors were in a constant back-and-forth with this user to delete news of Rohde’s capture off of the site. They were unable to contact the user directly, as s/he was anonymously posting on Wikipedia, and thus could not explain to the user why they were trying to keep the news quiet. Infuriated, the user threw insults at the editors who were deleting his addition, and blindly continued their futile fight.

All of this ended when Rohde and Ludin managed to climb over a wall and escape the Taliban’s clenches. In an interesting twist, the driver chose to join the Taliban and thus stayed behind, according to Rohde. This is a truly inspiring story, and the efforts of the Wikipedia editors and the New York Times are beyond laudable. In a recent tweet, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that preventing the news from breaking may have saved his life. Regardless of the merits of this comment, it made Rohde’s escape more likely, and was a downright impressive feat of coordination by all parties involved.


gmail attachment size limit is 25mb now

Now you can send bigger attachments in Gmail, as Google increased the maximum attachment size from 20 MB to 25 MB.

"With Gmail, you can send and receive messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. Please note that you may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits. If your attachment bounces, you should invite them to Gmail," suggests Google.

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Internship in nasa

Students at all collegiate levels are eligible to participate in opportunities offered at one of NASA's ten field centers. NASA offers annual opportunities, as well as periodic competitions and contests.

This resource page provides links to information about the many opportunities available to students, along with information about a variety of NASA careers. Read the information, listen to podcasts, and explore the experiences that other students have had as interns or as workers for NASA. Review profiles to learn what people do at NASA, and what subjects they studied to get there.

How to join nasa

The pace of NASA’s programs and research needs puts newly hired employees rapidly into on-the-job applications of concepts and skills. As a NASA employee, you will have the unparalleled opportunity to work side-by-side with a cadre of innovative and imaginative NASA professionals. Come join us in expanding the boundaries of air and space.

To receive information about vacancies meeting your interests, sign up for the Job Notification Service.

Fake orkut profile of Amulya

If you go to orkut and search for a key word "Amulya" you will get profile of kannada actress Amulya with lot of fans, thousands of scraps but Amulya told that this is fake id and she is going register complaint against this ID.

Michael Jacksons doctor disappeared

Although initial reports claimed Dr Murray had disappeared after Jackson’s death, she said the doctor had in fact travelled to the hospital with the star and spent time comforting his family.

Dr Conrad Murray, who was with Michael Jackson when he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest, has been questioned for three hours by Los Angeles police.A police spokesperson said the doctor had given an “extensive interview” and provided details that “will aid the investigation”.Media attention shifted to Dr Murray in the wake of Jackson’s death after it emerged he had not signed the death certificate, which is stand practice.There were also questions over Jackson’s alleged use of painkilling medication, and whether Dr Murray had played any role in administering drugs.But Dr Murray’s spokeswoman told the BBC that he was not considered a suspect and “remains a witness to this tragedy”.His spokeswoman added that Dr Murray "feels so deeply about his relationship with Michael Jackson that anything he can do to help this investigation come to a resolution, he is doing".


Great escape

"Sriraman lost his helmet"

Sriraman a employee of UEI Electronics, in Khanijabhavan lost his helmet L

He used to park his vehicle in basement II, where he never used to lock his helmet.

Due to his ignorance & other the persons cleverness who stole his helmet, his helmet is NO MORE L

Friends time to learn a lesson from Sriraman’s ignorance, LOCK YOUR HELMETS or Carry your HELMETS

Kayak to Bing: Stop Copying Us! - Update

Kayak, the popular multi-airline airfare search engine, thinks Microsoft Bing’s new travel search engine looks so much like its own that it’s confusing Kayak users. The travel search company sent Microsoft a legal letter last week telling them to cut it out, has learned.

Microsoft heralded its travel search as one of the key ways that its revamped search engine Bing bested Google by helping users make decisions, rather than just finding information.

Its search results for an itinerary presents users with sliders and check boxes on the left that let searchers change times and specify airlines. Search results reload instantly as boxes are clicked and sliders slid.

There’s no question Bing feels like Kayak. When Microsoft showed us the search engine under embargo, this reporter’s first comment upon seeing the travel page demo’d was “This looks like Kayak.” Our Bing reviewdescribed its interface as “uncomfortably close to Kayak’s,” an observation that others made as well.

Kayak noticed too.

“We have contacted them through official channels about concerns about the similarities between Bing and Kayak,” Kayak’s chief marketing officer Robert Birge told “From the look and feel of their travel product, they seem to agree with our approach to the market.”

That’s careful language for “Microsoft copied our stuff wholesale.”

Microsoft’s Whitney Burk denies that there’s any copying going on.

“We are discussing the matter with Kayak,” Burk said in emailed statement. “Bing Travel is based on independent development by Microsoft and, which Microsoft acquired in 2008. Any contrary allegations are without merit.”

Copyright law offers some protection for a website’s look-and-feel, but it’s not easy to prove.

Others noticed as well.

For instance, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s David Radin reviewed Bing, noting that the travel site “feels so much like Kayak that without asking, I assumed Microsoft licensed the technology from Kayak. Can you say ‘eerily similar’?”

Douglas Sims, the president of an IT consulting firm in Tennessee, noted the similarity too, inspiring him to write a short essay on his website:

Bing Travel is like Kayak in more ways than just the layout and visual design. The navigation, the automatic loading of results from different airlines (using ajax), even the results themselves are almost identical.

In an interview, Sims said he had no connection to Kayak but was moved to write about the comparison because he was a longtime admirer of Kayak’s interface. In early June, he had friends writing to tell him how cool Microsoft’s search was.

“I felt offended,” Sims said. “I thought Kayak did an awesome job, and now my friends are giving credit to someone else.”

He noted that Microsoft’s travel search engine includes the same shading on the gray sliding bars as Kayak’s site does.

“I design stuff like this sometimes,” Sims said. “I’ve always said I can’t just copy other people’s work, you can’t just rip it off, but in hindsight, is it fair game? Maybe I should do that.”

Readers at TechCrunch also had a healthy debate about whether Microsoft ripped Kayak off, or was just using the technology it bought when it purchased Farecast.

For its part, Kayak seems caught between indignation at seeing a giant company copy their hard work and flattery that their work at designing a user interface work is so good that someone would ape it.

They are also a company with fewer than 100 employees, while Microsoft employs far more lawyers than that.

Update: This post was updated Wednesday evening with comment from Microsoft.


Doctors Baffled, Intrigued by Girl Who Doesn't Age

Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler.

She turned 16 in January.

"Why doesn't she age?" Howard Greenberg, 52, asked of his daughter. "Is she the fountain of youth?"

Such questions are why scientists are fascinated by Brooke. Among the many documented instances of children who fail to grow or develop in some way, Brooke'scase may be unique, according to her doctor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine pediatrician Lawrence Pakula, in Baltimore.

"Many of the best-known names in medicine, in their experience ... had not seen anyone who matched up to Brooke," Pakula said. "She is always a surprise."

Brooke hasn't aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomalabnormality that would help explain why.


Fishing puts a third of species at risk

The first World Conservation Union (IUCN) red list of oceanic sharks names 64 species as endangered. Sharks are vulnerable because they take decades to mature and produce few young

Overfishing threatens to drive a third of the world's open-ocean shark species to extinction, say conservationists. Hammerheads, giant devil rays and porbeagle sharks are among 64 species on the first ever red list for oceanic sharks produced by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

Sharks are vulnerable because they can take decades to mature and they produce few young. The scalloped hammerhead shark, which has declined by 99% over the past 30 years in some parts of the world, is particularly vulnerable and has been given globally endangered status on the red list, which means it is nearing extinction. In the Gulf of Mexico, the oceanic whitetip shark has declined by a similar amount.

Scientists estimate that shark populations in the north-west Atlantic Ocean have declined by an average of 50% since the early 1970s.

Announcing the red list of open-ocean or "pelagic" sharks and rays today, scientists called on governments to set limits for catching the animals on the high seas and to enforce strict bans on "finning" – the practice of catching sharks, cutting off their fins and throwing the bodies back in the water.

"Despite mounting threats, sharks remain virtually unprotected on the high seas," said Sonja Fordham, deputy chair of the shark specialist group at the World Conservation Union and policy director for the Shark Alliance. "The vulnerability and lengthy migrations of most open-ocean sharks call for coordinated, international conservation plans. Our report documents serious overfishing of these species in national and international waters, and demonstrates a clear need for immediate action on a global scale."

Pelagic sharks are usually caught on the high seas in tuna or swordfish fisheries. In 2007, 21 shark-fishing nations reported catching more than 10,000 tonnes of shark. The top five – Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Spain and Mexico – accounted for 42%.

At one time, sharks were considered worthless bycatch, but they are increasingly being fished on purpose to serve emerging markets for their meat and fins, which are used in soups and can fetch more than £100 per kilogram. In places such as China, shark-fin soup could once only be afforded by the elite, but the growing numbers of middle-class people in the country has driven up demand.

To satisfy the growing market, some fishermen have taken to finning sharks. There are bans on this practice in operation around the world, but Fordham said the coverage is patchy and, in any case, enforcing the bans is difficult due to a lack of policing on the high seas.

"The overarching problem for sharks is that, for a variety of reasons, they've been considered low priority and they're traditionally low value compared with something like the tuna," said Fordham. "Also public image feeds into that – I don't know if there are people clamouring for their conservation."

Most species of pelagic shark take many years to mature and have relatively few young when they do reproduce. The IUCN's report highlights a study by scientists in Canada which showed that the population of porbeagle sharks, classified as vulnerable in the red list, has been so affected by fishing that it will take at least 100 years to recover. Yet the government still allows the animal to be fished in its waters.

The global dusky shark popualtion, also classed as vulnerable by the IUCN, could take up to 400 years to recover because the animals are not sexually mature until around 20 years of age and usually raise only one offspring at a time.

Fordham said that because many of the sharks on the red list are at the top of the food chain, their extinction could also cause major local ecological problems. "We know that most of these species are top predators and we know that removing the top predators usually has negative consequences to the system as a whole."

In 2007, Julia Baum of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, who is also a member of IUCN shark specialist group, published a study showing how a major decline in the numbers of predatory sharks in the north Atlantic after 2000 had allowed populations of cownose rays, which are their prey, to explode. The rays in turn decimated the populations of bay scallop off North Carolina. "There was a fishery for bay scallops in North Carolina that lasted over a century uninterrupted and it was closed down in 2004 because of cownose rays," she said last year.

Conserving threatened shark species might not be difficult. Last year, Peter Klimley of the University of California, Davis, found that scalloped hammerhead sharks migrate along fixed "superhighways" in the oceans, speeding between a series of "stepping stone" sites near coastal islands ranging from Mexico to Ecuador. Focusing marine reserves around these hotspots might be a cost-effective way to conserve the species.

The IUCN sharks red list is published a few days before Spain is due to host an international meeting of the managers of tuna fisheries, where many of the sharks are caught. Scientists are also meeting in Denmark this week to produce advice for authorities on how to manage populations of Atlantic porbeagle sharks. "The completion of this global assessment of pelagic sharks and rays will provide an important baseline for monitoring the status of these keystone species in our oceans," said Roger McManus, vice-president for marine programmes at Conservation International.


US kids version of Ramayan

Sounds familiar.??!! Quite hilarious, though.

It is shocking to realise that all the good vocabulary have gone out of circulation and the 'chat' and 'slang' usages have creeped into mainstream formal level if you observe.

May Sriman Narayana save us.!

A young second generation Indian in the US was asked by his mother to explain the significance of "Diwali" to his younger brother, this is how he went about it...

" So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, like, his step-mom, or something, was kind of a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or something.... Since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so.... he decided to get his wife and his bro along... you that they could all chill out together. But Dude, the forest was reeeeal scary shit... really man...they had monkeys and devil s and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked with darts and bows and arrows... so it was fine.

But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also his bro, Laxman, pissed.... all the gods were with him... So anyways, you don't mess with gods. So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys... Dude, don't ask me how they trained the damn monkeys... just go along with me, ok...

So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whip this gangsta's ass in his own hood.... Anyways, by this time, their time's up in the forest... and anyways... it gets kinda boring, you know... no TV or malls or shit like that. So,they deci ded to hitch a ride back home... and when the people realize that our dude, his bro and the wife are back home... they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice... and they didn't have any bars or clubs in those days... so they couldn't take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit... and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps it was pretty cooool... you know with all those fireworks.... Really, they even had some local band play along with the fireworks... and you know, what, dude, that was the very first, no kidding.., thatwas the very first music-synchronized fireworks... you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude,

that was how, like, this festival started."

The mother fainted...

Top 10 tallest building in india

You will find most high rise or tallest building in the commercial capital Mumbai - a city of west-central India on coastal Mumbai Island. It is India's main port and commercial center. No wonder both commercial and residenical space is a premium.

Remember a building above 24 metres is classified as a high-rise.

List of tallest buildings in India

  • The Imperial, Mumbai - 60 Floors
  • Ashok Towers 1, Mumbai - 53 Floors
  • Planet Godrej Mumbai, 51 Floors
  • Shreepati Arcade, Mumbai - 45 Floors
  • RNA Mirage, Mumbai - 41 Floors
  • Belvedere Court, Mumbai - 40 Floors
  • Oberoi Spas, Mumbai - 40 Floors
  • Kalpataru Heights, Mumbai - 39 Floors

Burger King 'Super Seven Incher'

Yesterday our Hamilton Nolan blamed BK's financial woes on their "edgy" ad agency. Now tonight our pal Copyranter sent us their newest advertisement, a reeking of desperation creation he called the "most overtly blow-jobby ad I've ever seen."

The ad agency behind this is Crispin Porter Bogusky and just look what the ad wizards over there have come up with now to stop BK's bleeding! I mean, what better way to sell oblong meat sandwiches than by suggesting fellatio?! How did they ever think of that? Just look at all that piping hot beef laden with creamy mayo aligned perfectly with the open mouth of a wide-eyed blonde, sitting just above the line "It'll Blow Your Mind Away." Who doesn't want to run on down to BK for one of those right now? For benefit of those of you who don't "get it," this is what's known as "branding" in the industry. Or something.

But wait, if that's not enough for you, here's the actual text of the ad:

Fill your desire for something long, juicy and flame-grilled with the NEW BK SUPER SEVEN INCHER. Yearn for more after you taste the mind-blowing burger that comes with a single beef patty, topped with American cheese, crispy onions and the A1 Thick and Hearty Steak Sauce.

The only thing this ad is missing is the disclaimer that you'll actually get fewer blowjobs if you eat these sandwiches, but perhaps that's the "genius" of advertising that we simpletons on the outside just don't get.

UPDATE: We've been informed that Crispin Porter Bodusky may not have created this ad due to the fact that it's running outside of the U.S.—Burger King may have hired a foreign ad agency.

At 10:19pm on Wednesday, we received this statement from Burger King via email:

Burger King Corporation (BKC) values and respects all of its guests. This advertisement is running to support a limited promotion in the Singapore market and is not running in the U.S. or any other markets. It was produced by a locally-based Singapore agency and not by BKC's U.S. advertising agency of record, Crispin Porter and Bogusky.

The New King of Blowjob Ads [Copyranter]


Things I wish some people wouldn't install on their PCs

Our readers are a pretty savvy bunch. You're up to speed on what software is and isn't worth downloading, and you're likely the "friend that knows about computers" to a lot of people. Wouldn't it be nice if some of those people started paying attention to our advice - and quit downloading things like... 1. A second (or third...or fourth) antivirus program. Despite what we tell them, some people think "more is always better" when it comes to PC protection. Inevitably, those people end up bringing their computers in for service saying "it just slowed right down" and - here's the kicker - "maybe it has a virus." So wait...You installed Norton, AVG, Spyware Doctor, and Ad-Aware because you thought it would keep out all the badness and you still think it's a virus slowing down your machine? /facepalm 2. (thank you J-Walk blog for the image). Apparently a lot of people love to search. So much, in fact, that they need dedicated toolbars for Google, Yahoo, Ask, Live, MyWebSearch, and a handful of others. They wind up with less browser real estate than an iPhone on their 22" LCD. I launch their browser to download something, and it's like a punch in the face. Enough is enough, people. Use your browser's search box already.
3. Apps with annoying avatars. Incredimail, I'm looking at you. Bonzi Buddy is dead, and for a good reason. Isn't an AOL-style "You've Got Mail!" alert good enough? Apparently not for some people. No, they need to have some snooty butler announce the arrival of every message like he's Alfred bringing Bruce Wayne a phone call from the mayor. 4. P2P apps. Don't get me wrong - it's not apps like Frostwire, uTorrent, and eMule that I have a problem with. But if you're not going to take the time to learn how to configure these things, don't use them. And don't call and get uppity when your internet connection slows to a crawl and tell me I screwed things up. 5. Piggybacked programs. I'm shocked how much software people wind up with on their PCs that they never use and claim to not know how it got there. Checkboxes are there for a reason, folks. You don't have to install Safari. You don't have to install Adobe Media Player. Remember that Ask toolbar? You probably could have opted out of that, too - if you would take a second to read before you click. If I put food in front of you, you wouldn't just grab it and eat it without looking, right? What about you - what do you wish people would stop installing?

Frank Introduces Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana

(Massachusetts Congressman Barney) Frank has filed a bill that would eliminate federal penalties for personal possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana.

It would also make the penalty for using marijuana in public just $100.

"I think John Stuart Mill had it right in the 1850s," said Congressman Frank, "when he argued that individuals should have the right to do what they want in private, so long as they don't hurt anyone else. It's a matter of personal liberty. Moreover, our courts are already stressed and our prisons are over-crowded. We don't need to spend our scarce resources prosecuting people who are doing no harm to others."

Frank filed a similar bill last year, but it failed.

The law passed in Massachusetts last November.

Given the general timidity of the majority party and the hay that most certainly would be made by the minority party, I don't have much hope that this sensible and long-due bill will succeed, but more power to Barney Frank.