Saturday, October 29, 2011

Online hackers threaten to expose cartel's secrets


Group called Anonymous demands release of one of their own who was kidnapped
An international group of online hackers is warning a Mexican drug cartel to release one of its members, kidnapped from a street protest, or it will publish the identities and addresses of the syndicate's associates, from corrupt police to taxi drivers, as well as reveal the syndicates' businesses.
The vow is a bizarre cyber twist to Mexico's ongoing drug war, as a group that has no guns is squaring off against the Zetas, a cartel blamed for thousands of deaths as well as introducing beheadings and other frightening brutality.
"You made a huge mistake by taking one of us. Release him," says a masked man in a video posted online on behalf of the group, Anonymous.
"We cannot defend ourselves with a weapon … but we can do this with their cars, homes, bars, brothels and everything else in their possession," says the man, who is wearing a suit and tie.
"It won't be difficult; we all know who they are and where they are located," says the man, who underlines the group's international ties by speaking Spanish with the accent of a Spaniard while using Mexican slang.
He also implies that the group will expose mainstream journalists who are somehow in cahoots with the Zetas by writing negative articles about the military, the country's biggest fist in the drug war.
"We demand his release," says the Anonymous spokesman, who is wearing a mask like the one worn by the shadowy revolutionary character in the movie V for Vendetta, which came out in 2006. "If anything happens to him, you sons of (expletive) will always remember this upcoming November 5."
The person reportedly kidnapped is not named, and the video does not share information about the kidnapping other than that it occurred in the Mexican state of Veracruz during a street protest.
Anonymous draws its roots from an online forum dedicated to bringing sensitive government documents and other material to light.
If Anonymous can make good on its threats to publish names, it will "most certainly" lead to more deaths and could leave bloggers and others open to reprisal attacks by the cartel, contends Stratfor, an Austin-based global intelligence company.
"In this viral world on the Internet, it shows how much damage could be done with just one statement on the Web," said Fred Burton of Stratfor, which published a report Friday that probes the implications of the cartel drawing the activists' ire.
Mike Vigil, the retired head of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the Zetas must take Anonymous seriously.
"It is a gutsy move," Vigil said. "By publishing the names, they identify them to rivals, and trust me, they will go after them."


Neighborly sex no bother for Swedes: study

Noise from neighbors is generally dismissed but grannsex is popular. Six sounds from the neighbor is the only category where posts are predominantly positive.



Swedes find neighbors’ loud sex noises easier on the ear than loud music and construction noise, according to a study by a new major Swedish real estate agency., Fastighetsbyrån.

The study has focused its research on social media, such as tweets and Facebook status updates, to find out what people say and think about their neighbors.

“On micro blogs we have a tendency to think out loud, which gives an un-edited image of what people actually think of their neighbors,” Johan Vesterberg at Fastighetsbyrån said in a statement.

Overall sixty eight percent of posts about our neighbors are negative, with the most common reason being noise.

Some 17 percent of posts expressed a neutral view and 15 percent were positive.

Of the 1000 posts reviewed, some 15 percent concerned the moans and groans associated with sexual activity - the only category where a majority of the comments were positive.

On the other hand, Swedes don’t seem to have much good to say about neighbors renovating, partying or emitting unidentified noises.

The study was carried out in connection with "Grannensdag" (literally: neighbor's day) which was instituted by Kenneth Eneroth in 2000 to honor and appreciate one’s neighbors.

This year's Neighbor Day is set to fall on the day when time is set back one hour for winter time, which this year will be in the early hours of Sunday October 30th.







Sex change couple may be able to stay married

A couple from Brittany were one step closer to becoming the first legally married same sex couple in France on Thursday after they cleared a legal hurdle to have the husband's sex change legally recognized.

When Wilfrid Avrillon married his wife, Marie, in August 1997 both of them had a secret. Marie was lesbian but was not ready to acknowledge it while Wilfrid wanted to live as a woman.
In an interview with website Yagg, Marie explained she was fearful of "prejudice and family consequences" while Wilfrid felt "like a woman but unfortunately born in a man's body."
Over the course of their 14-year marriage, the two came to terms with their situation and Wilfrid embarked on a process to change sex, now preferring to live as Chloé.
The couple now want to have Chloé's change of gender officially recognized. However, by doing so they are concerned that they will not be permitted to stay married. Same sex marriage is illegal in France.
"This is about a married couple who want to stay that way," said the couple's lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot, reported local newspaper Le Télégramme. 
"A change of identity does not mean the break-up of a marriage. On the contrary, it strengthens it."
A private appearance to argue their case in front of a tribunal on Thursday in Brest ended positively for the couple.
"There is no opposition," said the lawyer. "The prosecutor is in agreement, everyone is in agreement and we will get a judgement on December 15th which will permit a change in gender."
A positive judgement in December will make Chloé and Marie the first legally married same sex couple in France. It will also make them the first legally recognized same sex parents. "A double first," according to their lawyer.
As for the couple, they hope that a decision in their favour will benefit the cause of homosexual marriage in France.







'Is my son gay?' app stirs up anger


A new phone app that promises to reveal to parents whether their son might be gay by asking a series of twenty questions has been criticized as homophobic and caricatured.

The app, called "Mon fils est-il gay?" (Is my son gay?), is on the Google-owned Android system. It asks questions including "does he like football?", "does he like to dress well?", "is he a fan of music divas?" and "does he spend a long time in the bathroom?"
For €1.99 ($2.60), parents are given one of two responses to, what the app calls, "the question you have been asking for perhaps too long".
"You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay" is the first response. "You have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings."
The second response is less joyful. "Your son is gay. Accept it and know it's not his choice" it says.
"This is an idiotic and odious tool, with caricatured questions," said Louis-Georges Tin of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) association, reported Le Figaro. "If the child is gay, it's a catastrophe, if not, relief." 
SOS Homophobie, the French group that campaigns for gay rights, said it was "amazing to see such a list of clichés in 2011, as if there was just one way to be gay."
The organizations president, Bartholomé Girard, told newspaper Le Parisien he was "aghast." He was particularly incensed that the test implied that to be homosexual was a "defect."
"The ideal response would be that it doesn't matter if your son is gay or straight," he said, "the only thing that counts is that he is happy."
Google France said that the app was "in the process of being reviewed by our teams."
"Applications are not filtered before being published on Android Market," a spokesperson told AFP. 
Newspaper Le Parisien reported that the app's makers said it was designed to be "humorous."
"It's based on the principle that certain behaviors, social and family contexts can sometimes determine or reveal a hidden homosexuality," they said. They added that as well as being fun, the app was designed to "play down the situation and help mothers to accept the homosexuality of their sons." 
The controversial app comes just ten days after Apple withdrew the "Jew or Not Jew" app, which provided information about whether some 3,500 people from various walks of life were Jewish or not.


Is Someone at the Chicago Board of Trade Now Dropping Spam Email on Occupy Chicago?


This photo has been bouncing about as proof of another message to Occupy Chicago from whomever is using office supplies at the Board of Trade to antagonize the protesters. The photo leading off this post at Raw Story sure makes it seem as though it happened. (The bollards in the photo resemble those outside CBOT.)
The professional leftists over at Daily Kos asked, "Perhaps the next one will be email spam?"
That's kind of what happened. As Eric Zorn notes, the text comes from an email written in April 2010.
What we'd like to know: who occupies the eighth floor offices of the Board of Trade where these incidents keep happening? Anyone who has a clue should feel free to point us in the right direction. 

In the meantime, here's the full text of the screed.

"We are Wall Street. It's our job to make money. Whether it's a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn't matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn't hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone's 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I've never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when we can't find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We're going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We're used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don't take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don't demand a union. We don't retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we'll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We're going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I'll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.
So now that we're going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we're going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren't going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We're going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it's really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.
We aren't dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?"


Friday, October 28, 2011

Assange decision next week

Fears extradition to the U.S.

After months of waiting for Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange will learn next Wednesday whether he will be extradited from Britain to Sweden or not. A court had already ruled in February that the 40-year-old will be handed over to Sweden, where he will be questioned on suspicion of sexual abuse. In contrast, the Australians had gone to appeal.
Assange fears that he could be extradited from Sweden to the United States. On the matters he launched the Internet platform Wikileaks numerous U.S. intelligence documents had been published, including the war in Afghanistan.
Assange was arrested in December 2010 in Great Britain. Since January, he is subject to conditions at large, but may not leave the country and must report regularly to the police. He will be questioned about allegations in Sweden, with two women to have had sex against their will. His lawyers argue that the extradition was "unfair and illegal" and politically motivated.


Massa fastest in free practice in India

Both Ferrari drivers in the top three

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa put on Friday at the just completed Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi in 1:25,706 minutes, the fastest lap back and was about nine hundredths of a second faster than double world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull only Massa close behind team-mate Fernando Alonso was third.
The new route was the first exercise test before the Grand Prix premiere was on Sunday and demanded a lot from the drivers. A constant up and down, lots of curves, one should be achieved long straight line on the top speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour: The course is written by the German architect Hermann Tilke, it has done to the drivers.
In addition, some drivers had to contend with the dusty track, Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) rose in the first practice spin on the roadway, Jerome d'Ambrosio demolished his Marussia Virgin. Especially in the morning, the smog has also been tampered with the pilot. But not enough, stray dogs have forced an interruption during the morning training of several minutes. Massa did not distract from it.
Vettel also not. "It's an interesting track. It was very dusty, but the track is fun. It's a good circuit for overtaking, with the long straights and wide driveways, "said Vettel.
The Indian Premiere is the third-last race of the season. Both the individual and the team's World Cup is already in favor of Vettel and Red Bull decided. The 24-year-old is in the overall standings with 349 points unassailable lead ahead of McLaren driver Jenson Button (222). (APA)


Gone Fishing

PORTLAND --  A Gresham man faces federal charges after admitting that he flew from Portland to Guam with 500 rounds of ammunition in his carry-on luggage.
The man's daughter told KGW that he intended to declare the ammunition as part of his checked luggage and her father must have unintentionally left the bullets in a carry-on.
A federal magistrate's complaint out of Guam states that Nario Eter, 66, deliberately "undertook efforts to ensure (he) would defeat TSA security measures at Portland International Airport."
He boarded the flight on Monday after using an unspecified type of grey tape to conceal the ammunition in a carry-on bag. The complaint does not specify exactly what kind of ammunition it was.
Guam investigators found the ammunition while he was trying to board a connecting flight to Micronesia.
Eter was due back in Guam in November for a court appearance. He doesn't appear to have a criminal history in Oregon.
FBI spokesman Tom Simon said Eter didn't have any plans to hurt anyone with the bullets.
His daughter Judy Eter told KGW that the incident was all a mistake that started with a rush to pack up and leave for the airport. He intended to declare the ammunition and place it in checked luggage.
Her father fishes with a gun in Micronesia because of a disability she did not specify. She said her father "is a good man, he's a good person."
Her father was well aware of firearms safety, she said, and a gun was never a part of the Monday episode. He has no gun at his Gresham home.
TSA representatives said they could not comment on the case Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.
Passengers who spoke with KGW Friday morning were surprised and disappointed at the security breach.
"They put a lot of security out here," said passenger Cy Smith, "We're spending a lot of money as taxpayers, and it shouldn't have happened. So, if we're going to spend our money, they need to do the job correctly."


Porn for the whole family  

Pop-danie on the road







Angry Birds Seasons Halloween Update is Here


As expected, the latest Angry Birds Seasons update is here, one week before Halloween. The Ham’O’Ween episode debuted a few days ago and is featuring 30 brand new levels for you to enjoy. But be careful, you will encounter skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and an eerie atmosphere throughout the levels. This Halloween episode marks the beginning of the game’s 2012 Seasons.

Rovio released Seasons for the first time last year, before Halloween. Since then, we have seen eight episodes based on different holidays, such as Christmas (the episode called “Season’s Greedings”), St. Patrick’s Day (“Go Green, Get Lucky”), or Easter (“Easter Eggs”).

Don’t Let Angry Birds’ Newest Cast Member’s Looks Deceive You

In addition to the new, spooky 30 levels, Rovio had another surprise for the fans: they released a new “angry bird”. This new bird, known for now as The Orange Bird, doesn’t look too dangerous at first sight, but don’t let this fool you. The pigs won’t know what hit them when this bird uses its special ability to smash their structures. To access the Orange Bird’s “angry side” you will need to aim the bird between two pig structures, let it drop, and then wait about 2 seconds for the bird to inflate into a huge orange balloon that will wipe out buildings. You can also trigger the bird’s ability by tapping the screen of your device, but as with the black bird, it work better and does more damage if you allow it to auto-inflate.
Besides the Orange Bird, Angry Birds’ Ham’O’Ween brings fans 6 achievements (iOS only), 1 hidden Golden Egg, a bonus level, plus the Mighty Eagle was released for Seasons as well. Here’s a tip, too: the black pumpkins scattered throughout the levels explode, while the pumpkins will yield 3,000 points.
You might think that this is all that Rovio has to offer for this holiday, but you’re wrong. If you are still undecided what you’re going to be this year for Halloween, then this info is sure to make you happy: the Angry Birds Halloween costumes are now on sale on Rovio’s website. If you purchase now, you will probably get the costume just in time for Trick-or-Treating. There are two different offers on their website, one allows you to purchase 3 costumes for the price of 2 (3 for $99.99), while the other offer is buy one costume, get a free plush toy.
Some fans hope for a Thanksgiving update as well, but it might be a little too soon to release another episode, thus a more realistic expectation would be Christmas. The Christmas update would be the second episode of Angry Birds Seasons 2012, and we can only hope that it’s going to be just as good as the Halloween episode. 


Baidu Profits Up 80 Percent, Chinese Search Engine Forecasts More Growth


BEIJING -- Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Friday its latest quarterly profit jumped 80 percent as strong growth in usage of its site helped to drive advertising revenue higher.
Profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 was $295 million, or 84 cents per share, the Beijing-based company said. Revenue rose 85.1 percent to $654.7 million.
The company cited strong growth in user traffic and spending by advertising customers.
"Spending by large customers significantly outperformed our expectations," chairman and CEO Robin Li said in a statement.
The company forecast more strong growth, saying it expects revenues in the current quarter to rise by up to 85 percent.
Baidu has steadily increased its market share since Google Inc. closed its China search engine in March 2010 after saying it no longer wanted to cooperate with the communist Beijing government's censorship rules.
Baidu had a 75.9 percent market share in the three months ending in June, up from 64 percent in the first quarter of 2010, according to Analysys International, a research firm in Beijing. Google's share has declined from 30.9 percent to 18.9 percent but it still is well ahead of third-place Sogou, which has 2.4 percent.
China has the world's most populous Internet market with more than 485 million people online as of the end of June. Beijing encourages Web use for business and education but tries to block access to material deemed subversive or pornographic.
Baidu, long seen as a Google copycat, has launched a series of initiatives including a music download service to expand its appeal and differentiate its brand.


Amazon’s China Story Continues: Planning For Kindle, Kindle Fire Release? 


Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) appears to be ramping up its activities in China. Today a report notes that the company is in talks with the Chinese government to retail its Kindle products, including e-readers in the country. If true, that would make China the first market in Asia to get a local Kindle product. The report today follows the news from yesterday that Amazon had officially rebranded its China operation solely under its own name, and taken a new Chinese URL in the process.
The report on the Kindle in China comes from Sohu IT (via MenaFN), which quotes Amazon’s SVP Marc Onetto as saying that the company was in talks with the government over a launch, and still needed to address areas like content copyrights for the Chinese market.
Those talks could go on for some time: Onetto also noted that no timeline for rollout had been set, nor did Amazon have any plans to share about working with local vendors to offer the device. In markets like the U.S. and UK, the Kindle comes bundled with connectivity either via WiFi or 3G, which Amazon gets through direct agreements with local carriers. That means the user pays a one-off price for the device with no recurring monthly charges for data services (paid e-books not included). But it took nearly two years for Amazon to launch the Kindle outside of North America.
We have contacted Amazon to comment on the report and will update this post as we learn more.
Amazon clearly sees a big opportunity for more business in China, even if it has not fully realized it yet. Onetto notes that operating revenues for Amazon have grown by 80 percent—not clear on the growth timeframe, though—and that China currently stands as second behind the U.S. for Amazon in terms of sales.
The company, according to TechWeb, already has some 400,000 square meters of warehouse space in 10 distribution centers, roughly one-third of the warehouse space it has in the U.S.
The Chinese business comes by way of its acquisition of Joyo in 2004, and until yesterday the company was known as Joyo Amazon.
Amazon currently makes 43 percent of its revenues outside of its home market; it’s not clear how much of it comes from China, although a report last year from Goldman Sachs estimated that in 2011 the company could make revenues of over $1 billion in the country. In the last quarter, the company reported $10.88 billion in sales, on net income of $63 million.
This is not the first report in recent times that floats the idea of the Kindle extending to Asia. Last week it emerged that Amazon is apparently working on also launching the device in Japan. If Amazon concentrates on launching a key-board free version of the Kindle, and the Fire tablet, in these markets, that will overcome at least one major hurdle in terms of making devices that are usable in countries where English is not the local language. 


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chinese Military Suspected in Hacker Attacks on U.S. Satellites


Computer hackers, possibly from the Chinese military, interfered with two U.S. government satellites four times in 2007 and 2008 through a ground station in Norway, according to a congressional commission.
The intrusions on the satellites, used for earth climate and terrain observation, underscore the potential danger posed by hackers, according to excerpts from the final draft of the annual report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The report is scheduled to be released next month.
“Such interference poses numerous potential threats, particularly if achieved against satellites with more sensitive functions,” according to the draft. “Access to a satellite‘s controls could allow an attacker to damage or destroy the satellite. An attacker could also deny or degrade as well as forge or otherwise manipulate the satellite’s transmission.”
A Landsat-7 earth observation satellite system experienced 12 or more minutes of interference in October 2007 and July 2008, according to the report.
Hackers interfered with a Terra AM-1 earth observation satellite twice, for two minutes in June 2008 and nine minutes in October that year, the draft says, citing a closed-door U.S. Air Force briefing.
The draft report doesn’t elaborate on the nature of the hackers’ interference with the satellites.

Chinese Military Writings
U.S. military and intelligence agencies use satellites to communicate, collect intelligence and conduct reconnaissance. The draft doesn’t accuse the Chinese government of conducting or sponsoring the four attacks. It says the breaches are consistent with Chinese military writings that advocate disabling an enemy’s space systems, and particularly “ground-based infrastructure, such as satellite control facilities.”
U.S. authorities for years have accused the Chinese government of orchestrating cyber attacks against adversaries and hacking into foreign computer networks to steal military and commercial secrets. Assigning definitive blame is difficult, the draft says, because the perpetrators obscure their involvement.
The commission’s 2009 report said that “individuals participating in ongoing penetrations of U.S. networks have Chinese language skills and have well established ties with the Chinese underground hacker community,” although it acknowledges that “these relationships do not prove any government affiliation.”
Chinese Denials
China this year “conducted and supported a range of malicious cyber activities,” this year’s draft reports. It says that evidence emerging this year tied the Chinese military to a decade-old cyber attack on a U.S.-based website of the Falun Gong spiritual group.
Chinese officials long have denied any role in computer attacks.
The commission has “been collecting unproved stories to serve its purpose of vilifying China’s international image over the years,” said Wang Baodong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, in a statement. China “never does anything that endangers other countries’ security interests.”
The Chinese government is working with other countries to clamp down on cyber crime, Wang said.
Defense Department reports of malicious cyber activity, including incidents in which the Chinese weren’t the main suspect, rose to a high of 71,661 in 2009 from 3,651 in 2001, according to the draft. This year, attacks are expected to reach 55,110, compared with 55,812 in 2010.
Relying on the Internet
In the October 2008 incident with the Terra AM-1, which is managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “the responsible party achieved all steps required to command the satellite,” although the hackers never exercised that control, according to the draft.
The U.S. discovered the 2007 cyber attack on the Landsat-7, which is jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, only after tracking the 2008 breach.
The Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1 satellites utilize the commercially operated Svalbard Satellite Station in Spitsbergen, Norway that “routinely relies on the Internet for data access and file transfers,” says the commission, quoting a NASA report.
The hackers may have used that Internet connection to get into the ground station’s information systems, according to the draft.
While the perpetrators of the satellite breaches aren’t known for sure, other evidence uncovered this year showed the Chinese government’s involvement in another cyber attack, according to the draft.

TV Report
A brief July segment on China Central Television 7, the government’s military and agricultural channel, indicated that China’s People’s Liberation Army engineered an attack on the Falun Gong website, the draft said.
The website, which was hosted on a University of Alabama at Birmingham computer network, was attacked in 2001 or earlier, the draft says.
The CCTV-7 segment said the People’s Liberation Army’s Electrical Engineering University wrote the software to carry out the attack against the Falun Gong website, according to the draft. The Falun Gong movement is banned by the Chinese government, which considers it a cult.
After initially posting the segment on its website, CCTV-7 removed the footage after media from other countries began to report the story, the congressional draft says.

Military Disruption
The Chinese military also has been focused on its U.S. counterpart, which it considers too reliant on computers. In a conflict, the Chinese would try to “compromise, disrupt, deny, degrade, deceive or destroy” U.S. space and computer systems, the draft says.
“This could critically disrupt the U.S. military’s ability to deploy and operate during a military contingency,” according to the draft.
Other cyber intrusions with possible Chinese involvement included the so-called Night Dragon attacks on energy and petrochemical companies and an effort to compromise the Gmail accounts of U.S. government officials, journalists and Chinese political activists, according to the draft.
Often the attacks are found to have come from Chinese Internet-protocol, or IP, addresses.
Businesses based in other countries and operating in China think that computer network intrusions are among the “most serious threats to their intellectual property,” the draft says.
The threat extends to companies not located in China. On March 22, U.S. Internet traffic was “improperly” redirected through a network controlled by Beijing-based China Telecom Corp. Ltd., the state-owned largest provider of broadband Internet connections in the country, the draft said.
In its draft of last year’s report, the commission highlighted China’s ability to direct Internet traffic and exploit “hijacked” data.



Amazing Airplane Piloting

An IranAir flight from Moscow lands safely in Tehran despite lacking a front landing gear.

An Iran Air Boeing 727-200, registration EP-IRR performing flight IR-742 from Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) to Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) with 94 passengers and 19 crew, was on approach to Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport around 15:20L (11:50Z) when the crew did not receive a down and locked indication for the nose gear and aborted the approach. Following unsuccessful troubleshooting the crew decided to divert to Tehran's Mehrabad Airport where a low approach confirmed the nose gear was not extended. The crew subsequently performed a landing without the nose gear on runway 29L at about 16:00L (12:30Z) and came to a stand still on both main gear and the nose of the aircraft. The aircraft was evacuated, no injuries occurred. The pilot of this flight was captain Hooshang Shahbazi.

هواپيماي بويينگ 727
هواپيمايي جمهوري اسلامي ايران درمسير مسكو-تهران درهنگام فرودبا وجود باز نشدن ارابه جلوي هواپيما ،با مهارت خلبان (كاپيتان هوشنگ شهبازي) به سلامت به زمين نسشت. هواپيماي پرواز 742 مسكو-تهران قراربود درساعت 15:20 درفرودگاه امام فرود آيد كه خلبان هنگام باز كردن ارابه هاي فرود، متوجه مشكل در چرخ جلوي هواپيما شد و علي رغم اجراي دستور المعل هاي مربوطه چرخ باز نگرديد .لذا براساس رعايت ايمني بلافاصله مشكل به مسوولان اعلام مي گردد.سرانجام هواپيما با مهيا شدن شرايط فرود در فرودگاه مهرآباد تهران وهمكاري مسوولان فرودگاه ،با تسلط وتبحر خلبان ، درساعت 16:00 به سلامت درباند فرودگاه مهرآباد فرود آمد. اين هواپيماداراي 94 مسافرو 19 خدمه پرواز بوده كه همگي بعد از فرود ،هواپيما را به سلامت ترك نمودند.



Starting Monday we are seven billion

On 31 October 2011 the seven billionth person will be born. The world population has grown in only twelve years to a billion people.
As today, Wednesday, published UNWorld Population Report, the seven billion mark a milestone achievements, setbacks and contradictions.
"Although women on average have fewer children today than in the 1960s, the number of people on Earth to continue to rise," says the UN World Population Report 2011th The result to be more younger people - and more older people - than ever before. While interfere in some of the poorest countries persistently high fertility rates, the development, in turn, the low birth rates were in some of the wealthiest countries to pay a shortage of young workers, and the question of the transferability of social security systems.

Significant increases in life expectancy

The trends in world population over the last six years were still enjoyable. This was particularly true for the increase in average life expectancy of 48 years in the early 1950s to around 68 years in the first decade of the new millennium. Almost half of the seven billion people on earth is 24 years or younger, the report said. The infant mortality rate is 133 deaths per 1,000 live births in the 1950s, dropped to 46 per 1,000 live births in the period 2005 to 2010.

Diseases to be contained

Vaccination campaigns have led to a dramatic global decline of many childhood diseases. In the same period is the average number of children per woman by more than half of 6.0 decreased to 2.5. This development was partly due to the economic growth and the progressive development due in many countries, but also partly to social and cultural influences as well as to improve access of women to education, job opportunities and 'services on sexual and reproductive health ", including modern methods of contraception . (These services in the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and care during pregnancy include as much as consulting and implementation of various measures hindering reproduction, including abortions and sterilizations, Note)
Nevertheless, the world population is growing annually still a good 78 million people, says the population report. This continued strong growth going back to the high birth rates in the 1950s and 1960s. By 2050 a further increase in world population to 9.3 billion by the end of the century would predict over ten billion people.

Enormous challenges posed by population growth

The rate of growth bring tremendous challenges for many of the poorest countries themselves. Mangle it in resources to meet the increasing demand for infrastructure, health and educational services and jobs to meet, says the UN World Population Report. The stabilization of the population, especially in the poorest countries requires better access to family planning. These services must be "based on human rights" and include the sex education of young people, especially adolescent girls.

Large differences in fertility

In industrialized countries, the average fertility rate was about 1.7 children per woman in the least developed countries at about 4.4. In the countries of Africa south of Sahara, a woman getting an average of 5.1 children. High birth rates for some countries high financial, health and social costs. In particular, women who are pregnant at intervals of less than two years had weakened and susceptible to disease.
The empowerment of women is a crucial prerequisite for the population growth on the basis of personal choices - to stabilize - and non-state provision. According to the UN have in developing countries today the 215 million women lack access to family planning. Still hundreds of thousands of women die each year from complications during pregnancy or birth. Many of these deaths are preventable.
In Europe they had hung not alarmed about the population growth, but about low birth rates. In some countries will try to increase the birth rate with the help of financial incentives.

Asia remains far ahead

Asia will also during the 21 Century, the most populous region in the world remain large. Live there today 60 percent of world population. Africa, however, will catch up strongly. Its population will be of a billion people currently triple by the year 2100 to more than 3.6 billion people. The population of North and South America, Europe and Oceania was currently at 1.7 billion people. They will grow, according to projections by 2060 to nearly two billion and remain roughly at a very slow decline until 2100 at this level. The population in Europe is expected to exceed its 2025 peak of 520 million people and then go back.


54 Million IDs, 25,000 Square Feet, And 1 Massive Goal: Inside India's Biometric Database Project


Over the past year, the registration rate has grown, and data centers in Bangalore and Delhi are now fielding 1 million new registrations every day. The southern state Andra Pradesh anticipates that all their residents will be registered by 2012. "The technology center is the heart of the whole project," says R. S. Sharma, the deputy general of the Unique Identification Authority.

The organizers of India's biometric project, "Aadhaar," celebrated one year of its launch at the end of September, with a small party at its Bangalore offices. Since begun in September 2010, the project has scanned irises and fingerprinted Indians across the country, and has so far issued 54 million IDs, with the hope of meeting a goal of 200 million by the end 2012.
At the Aadhaar Technology Center in Bangalore, software engineers, research scientists, visiting professors, volunteers and government officials are working to keep the databases and servers running hitch-free, clearing backlogs, and building new applications to navigate and control the quickly expanding database.
"The technology center is the heart of the whole project," R. S. Sharma, the director general of the Unique Identification Authority of India--the administrative body that owns Aadhaar--tells Fast Company.
Over the past year, the registration rate has grown, and data centers in Bangalore and Delhi are now fielding 1 million new registrations every day. The southern state Andra Pradesh anticipates that all their residents will be registered by 2012.
When new data for an individual comes in, it is checked against every existing record--a process called de-duplication. This ensures that each person only signs up once--but it's also a computation that will grow exponentially as both, the size of the database and the number of registrations per day grows.
But the Technology Center is growing, too. Ashok Dalwai, the deputy director general and head of the tech center says that the tech center space expanded from 9000 square feet six months ago, to 25,000 square feet in total today. And they're angling for 26,000 square feet more. Dalwai won't say how many more people they've employed to get through the work, but says that one of Aadhaar's software developer partners, Mindtree, has added 200 features to the back end database management system in this last year alone, bumping it up to over 600 features today.
Because the project has grown so quickly, the challenges that the administrators are looking at have changed quite significantly from one year ago. "We are comfortable that the system works," Sharma says. "Now it's the scalability and ensuring that there are no backlogs developing at any stage of the system." The administrators are also working to develop their relationship with partners--like banks--who will eventually use the ID service. This month, biometric scanners and ID authenticators have begun to be tested in parts of Karnataka.
Recently, Delhi residents were offered the facility to book an appointment to register at their nearest Aadhaar location, saving them hours long waits in queues to register for their number. The ability to offer people features like this is an example of one kind of application that the Aadhaar Technology Center is developing. "We are continuously adding on because we are flexible and dynamic in our approach," Dalwai tells us.
Another recently finished application allowed the system to correct errors in the database after an individual had turned in their details, Dalwai explains. Now, the data center will know how to process two packets of information about the same individual, swapping in the corrected info, if it's sent in within 48 hours of registration.
India's biometrics project has the potential to do much good. It could give millions of un-registered Indians an ID and with it, the ability to open bank accounts, receive government aid, and more. As an entirely digital project, with encrypted data going straight from the databases to the banks and other services who would use them, it has the potential to jump over another hurdle that often trips up Indian government operations: corruption.
But biometrics databases are also notorious as potential security targets to be attacked from the inside and the outside. Recently, Israeli authorities arrested a man responsible for the theft of 9 million records from the country's biometric database, but not before the records had hit the Web, where copies remain accessible and downloadable. Security has been at the forefront of their planning process from the start of the program, Dalwai says, but if the need to beef it up should arise, they are open to change.


India Grand Prix begins with a power failure

Sebastian Vettel F1 inspected Arena in New Delhi

A power failure was the beginning for the drivers on Thursday, the Formula 1 debut in India. In the middle of the official press conference of the International Automobile Federation, it was for the drivers on the podium just dark. More gratifying to Sunday (10.30 BST clock, live ORF 1, Sky, RTL), which premiered at the brand new Buddh International Circuit fail in New Delhi

The driver gave enthusiastic about the new route, even if not all ready. Margins as the power failure on Thursday to be taken into account by the organizers. Everything is important - even if sometimes at the last minute - have been completed, assured Vicky Chandhok, father of Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok and chief of the Indian Motor Sports Association. "Something like this is like a newly hatched baby. One has to raise him and forgive mistakes, "Chandhok pointed out that the impressive and around 300 million euro plant only in the course of the next three years will be completely finished.
Until then, the 5137 km long Tilke track in Greater Noida with its long straights on which they will make the second-fastest Formula 1 racetrack in Monza, also get a typical "Indian" touch. "Currently, they could still be everywhere," said Chandhok.
"Super", the boss Bernie Ecclestone also announced a few days before his 81st Birthday next Monday enthusiastic about the system. "I had the worst fears. But they have everything getting done the way we wanted it. And all within two or three years. Silverstone has needed for 25 years, "the organizers of the British scattered roses.
On Friday cry the first time the engines for the third-last race of the World Cup, awarded to the two titles already Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing are. Vettel could also calculated by the only goal left his team are prevented from Michael Schumacher's record leveled to 13 races from 2004 onwards.
Vettel would have to win the three remaining races. For Red Bull at the end but you would love to celebrate a "double victory" in the drivers' championship, you have to take second place to Mark Webber still ahead. "The whole team is behind me, around me to support the fight for second place," said Webber was convinced before the press.
In India, Vettel was not great for the theme. He has the track like always learned in the simulator by heart and was pleased with the high average speed of 235 km / h. "So there will be ample opportunity for overtaking."


Report: Netflix hogs 32 percent of peak Internet 


Netflix again leads the pack as North America’s largest consumer of Internet bandwidth, creating 32 percent of peak downstream traffic, according to the 2011 Sandvine Internet Phenomena Report, which was released today.
The top four largest Internet services in North America account for 64.4 percent of all network traffic, according to the report. They are Netflix, HTTP, YouTube and BitTorrent, according to the report’s executive summary.
The video-streaming component of Netflix is responsible for nearly 28 percent of all bandwidth usage nationally. Real-time entertainment services are the primary drivers of traffic, with especially heavy bandwidth consumption for music and video content.
The report also highlighted the rapid shift of Internet traffic away from desktop devices such as PCs, to all other forms of net-connected devices, such as set-top boxes, game consoles like the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3, smart phones and tablet devices. Only 45 percent of Internet traffic on fixed networks now goes to laptops or desktop computers, according to the report.
“The fact that more video traffic is going to devices other than a PC should be a wake-up call that counting bytes is no longer sufficient for network planning” said Dave Caputo chief executive officer of Sandvine. “Communications Service Providers need to have detailed business intelligence on not only the devices being used but also the quality and length of the videos being watched so they can engineer for a high subscriber quality of experience and not simply adding capacity through continuous capital investment.”
In spite of its prodigious consumption of North America’s broadband Internet resources, things have not been rose for the company with delightful red envelope. Netflix lost 800,000 customers during the 3rd Quarter, and Bloomberg reported today that the company has laid off 15 of its staff, mostly in human resources.