12 May 2009 @ 11:47 am
Prisons, sleeplessness, and cyberwar  
* The Second Chance Act could help out prison overpopulation, and help curb spending.
* Cyberpunk, now: military war games prepare for cyberwar.
* Bringing back antitrust action.
* Oh, zing. On Katie Couric's 'photographer.'
* Now that the Limbaugh phase has passed, Cheney claims the mantle as the new voice of Republican hardliners.
* The Explainer answers: can you die from lack of sleep?
* Neat. The lighting industry looks at LED lights for the home.
* New educational video on excessive consumption proves a hit in the classroom.
* One year after the devastating China earthquake, rebuilding continues.

Rob: Almost got it...shadorunr on May 12th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
But... I thought....
"Can't trust that day..." was reserved for Monday's posts.
PMMJ: Space Jerkcheetahmaster on May 12th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: But... I thought....

Rob: Green Lantern (intro)shadorunr on May 12th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'll see your LED entry and raise you one VOS Pad.
PMMJ: Politicscheetahmaster on May 12th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
"A Republican Party that's not big enough to include Colin Powell – well that's not a very big party... Many people inside Washington think of Colin Powell as a figure who's about domestic politics. But in the eyes of America he is the general who won the only unequivocal victory this country has seen in any war since World War II. So if you want to say we don’t have room for him, well we have room for all the generals for the losing wars we don’t have room for the generals from the winning wars and I don't think that's a very appealing message."
-David Frum
rshackleford: brainslugrshackleford on May 13th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Zing! That Powell vs Limbaugh thing was, how shall I say, particularly vile, even for Cheney.

(Also, I'm not sure it was the best thing to mention "shooting at each other", when referring to this particular set of outgoing/incoming VPs.)

Edited at 2009-05-13 12:11 am (UTC)
Itinerant hacker adventuress: grey hand-drawn crowthewronghands on May 12th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Cyberwar: the attack team is also largely composed of the victorious folks from the last several years of DefCon's Capture the Flag. There's a pretty serious program out of Naval Postgrad, and heavy recruitment from there into the cyberwar legions. That's not just a glamorous press piece -- those guys really do have skills.
Jake Thrashjakethrash on May 12th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)

"Despite bombing with the critics, Jumper, the 2007 movie about a teleporting asshole, was a modest success financially, and may get a sequel."

The "teleporting asshole" amused me.
squishydish: happyfeetsquishydish on May 13th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
Yes, pretty funny.
I thought the 1992 novel was pretty decent, but I was never the least bit tempted to see the movie, once I heard they had erased the guy's complexity (abused background helped explain not only his tendency to mistrust, withdraw, etc., but also his sporadic efforts to help people in jeopardy).

"...deliberately removing all the sympathetic aspects of the protagonist David Rice (Hayden Christensen) to subvert the superhero concept more fully..."

I don't see how anyone could think this would be a good thing (unless maybe you're trying to tell humanity to stop praying for help and start trying to fix/save itself, because modern superheroes will whisper "no" -- but I don't give THIS director that much credit).
Why is subverting the superhero concept supposed to be so clever? Superheroes started being subverted at least back in the 1960s when Marvel started building character flaws into all its protagonists. This version is just a bit more self-centered than most, but with no redeeming qualities to make him more interesting. No inner conflict, just a jerk. Why would anyone care?