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And Now, the Al-Sahaf Talking Doll

(Reuters 21.04.03)
People who joined the cult-like following of Iraq's wartime spokesman Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf can now buy a talking doll and hear him say things like "our initial assessment is that they will all die" as often as they want. The company made the "Iraqi Dis-information Minister Action Figure Doll" of the former Iraq Information Minister al-Sahaf, who disappeared from Baghdad after the invasion of U.S. troops whose presence he had bizarrely denied. TV viewers around the world took a liking to his often colorful statements that became the butt of television talk show jokes in the United States. A Web site,, drew 4,000 hits a second after its launch a week ago. The doll says, "There are no Americans infidels in Baghdad, never. Our initial assessment is that they will all die. I am not scared and neither should you be. They're not even within 100 miles of Baghdad."

L'Internet c'est totalement démodé... un truc du siècle dernier, laissez tomber !

Bored and confused by the PC Internet

(The Register 18/04/2003)
A Pew Research report published yesterday makes sober reading for techno-utopians. It reveals that Internet usage in the US has stalled. Half of the population doesn't want the Internet and doesn't care less about what it might be missing. "Missing out on the most popular movement of the 1990s didn't seem to bother the unwired survey respondents. More than half of those surveyed said they don't want Internet access or don't need it," reports the Washington Post in a neat precis.

Les femmes prennent plus de place dans la vie (et sur les PC) que les hommes, c'est prouvé s-c-i-e-n-t-i-f-i-q-u-e-m-e-n-t !

Women need widescreen for virtual navigation

(New scientist - 17.04.03)
Women who navigate around 3D computer-generated environments for a living - or even for fun - are having their style cramped by ultra-narrow computer displays and graphics software that favours men. Female architects, designers, trainee pilots and even computer gamers should be given much wider computer screens, a team of computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Microsoft's research lab in Redmond, Washington, told a computer usability conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last week. Wider screens and more realistic 3D animations, they say, will boost women's spatial orientation and 3D map-reading skills to match those of their male counterparts. It may sound like sexual prejudice, but it seems that men's much-debated ability to navigate slightly better than women applies in virtual environments as well as the real world. And on average, says Microsoft computer scientist Mary Czerwinski, men are quicker to create a mental map of an environment and orient themselves within it.

Dick Cheney est mort !!! Ainsi que Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Ronald Reagan... c'est CNN qui le dit, donc ça doit être vrai !

CNN kills Castro early

(The Register 18/04/2003)
CNN this week dropped an early copy of its obituary for the Cuban leader onto its Web site, along with confused biographies on various other world figures that have not passed into the hereafter just yet. It seems a few test pages made their way into the public domain when Fark readers discovered them in a Google search. The Smoking Gun has saved the obits on Castro, Bob Hope, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Un MUST pour le collectionneur... un bout de la statue de Saddam Hussein à Bagdad

British Newspaper Offers Chunk of Saddam Statue

(Reuters 20.04.03)
A popular British newspaper opened a competition on Saturday with the sole prize a chunk of the giant bronze statue of toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that was torn down in Baghdad. To qualify for the winning draw, readers of the top selling Sun tabloid just have to do identify which country Iraq invaded in 1990, triggering the first Gulf War. The Sun, which has been using the wave of patriotic support that surged after U.S. and British troops invaded Iraq last month to boost its circulation, said the winner would be the first correct answer picked out of a beret.


Allez, faisons notre mea culpa et baissons notre culotte !

Evidences (la chronique de Pierre Georges)

(Le Monde 18.04.03)
Il faudrait donc être d'une assez détestable mauvaise foi pour ne pas reconnaître que d'un mal, la guerre, est sorti un bien, sans aucun doute très fragile et précaire, la fin d'une oppression abominable. Et ce constat n'est évidemment pas sans troubler tous ceux, et nous en fûmes, qui pensèrent que la guerre était la pire des solutions, ajoutant la destruction, la désolation, aux malheurs d'un peuple ainsi doublement victime.,5987,3208--317361-,00.html

La politique étrangère US et la campagne électorale 2004

The future of US foreign policy: the new era

(Steve Gilliard - Daily Kos - 18.04.03)
This is the opening piece in a look at US foreign policy going into the 2004 election. An introduction into the issues leading into the next election, starting with Iraq and how our problems there reflect other, ongoing issues in foreign affairs . Other topics will include defense and intelligence policy and regional issues

Des bases permanentes au Turkmenistan, en Arabie Saoudite et maintenant en Irak..
y'a pas dire, MERCI OUSSAMA !!!!

Pentagon Expects Long-Term Access to Four Key Bases in Iraq

(NY Times - 17.04.03)
A deal with the emerging government of Iraq would project U.S. power into the heart of the unsettled region.

Quelle surprise !!!

Bechtel Has Ties in Washington, and to Iraq

(NY Times - 17.04.03)
The company that will lead the reconstruction of Iraq is one of the world's largest and most politically connected construction companies. It has a long history of doing business in Iraq, including an unsuccessful pipeline deal that at one point involved a meeting between Donald H. Rumsfeld, now the secretary of defense, and Saddam Hussein. That project later drew scrutiny from a special prosecutor looking into allegations of impropriety involving Edwin A. Meese III, the former White House counsel and attorney general in the Reagan administration.

Quelle surprise !!!! (bis)


(The Guardian UK - 17.04.03)
Plans to build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel are being discussed between Washington, Tel Aviv and potential future government figures in Baghdad. The plan envisages the reconstruction of an old pipeline, inactive since the end of the British mandate in Palestine in 1948, when the flow from Iraq's northern oilfields to Palestine was re-directed to Syria. Now, its resurrection would transform economic power in the region, bringing revenue to the new US-dominated Iraq, cutting out Syria and solving Israel's energy crisis at a stroke.,2763,940250,00.html

La débacle des services de renseignements

The Intelligence Community and foreign policy

(Steve Gilliard - Daily Kos - 18.04.03)

La Bundeswehr allemande n'aurait de toute façon pas été capable technologiquement de participer à la guerre...ceci explique cela ??

Bundeswehr: Sparen bis zur Kriegsunfähigkeit

(FAZ 21.04.03)
Die Bundeswehr hatte bislang nur ein Problem: Das war ein schwacher Generalinspekteur. Jetzt hat sie ein weiteres dazubekommen: Das ist ein Minister, den auf halber Strecke der Mut zur Reform verlassen hat

Jacques Chirac fait office d'épouvantail dans la campagne électorale US

Franco-Republicans bashed by right wing Club

(Yahoo News - 17.04.03)
The ads feature a photo of Mr. Chirac next to a waving French flag with the message the French leader "stood in the way" of efforts to liberate Iraq. Later, depending on the market in which they air, the ads put images of either Mr. Voinovich or Mrs. Snowe next to footage of the French flag. Those images are accompanied by audio, which says, "some so-called Republicans like George Voinovich [or Olympia Snowe] stand in the way" of U.S. economic recovery. On Friday, the Club for Growth described the two senators as "Franco-Republicans," according to Agence France-Presse.


Schneidermann qui tape sur ses confrères... c'est l'hopital qui se fout de la charité !

Elise Lucet, le pomerol et le bagagiste

(Le Monde 18.04.03),5987,3208--317266-,00.html

75% des moins de 30 ans ne VOTENT PAS aux élections américaines !!!!!

File swapping students - quit toking, start voting

(The Register 18/04/2003)
Letter : If campus repression is this big a problem for students at OSU/Columbus, organize, register locally and vote in your own local government that has something better to do than harass students. Just about every student at your school is old enough to vote, and 10-20K students voting as a bloc will have a *big* impact on local elections, especially anywhere that city councilcritters are elected by city electoral district.
(...) In any case, don't whine to us about it. We can't help you unless you are willing to help yourself and I don't think anybody is inclined to try. The tools to fix the problem are in your hands, not ours. If you students do want to organize to fix the problem, there's lots of political expertise from hard-core political types online, ask in the right place and you'll probably get some.

La "Guerre contre les hackers" est aussi inefficace que la "Guerre contre la drogue" dixit un gourou de la sécurité

Give up on the notion that computer security can be improved by putting more people in prison

(By Jon Lasser, SecurityFocus - The Register 18/04/2003)
The war on hackers is failing for the same reason the war on drugs failed: Most individuals can control themselves, but there is a substantial group of people for whom no legal penalties will be enough to discourage their behavior. The temptation to try and "beat the system" that is often felt by hackers and crackers, and even just regular computer users, can be enormous. People will succumb to the temptation to pirate copyrighted material, to disable copy protection on software, and to try and break into other people's computer systems.

Les cyber-attaques peuvent sortir du virtuel pour devenir très réelles...

Cyberattacks With Offline Damage

(New York Times 14.04.03)
What's virtual is virtual, and what's real is real. Right? Maybe not. Most experts think of cyberattack as something that will happen in the virtual world, with effects on, say, computer networks or access to bank accounts. Cyberattacks involving the use of online tools against the offline world would be much harder. Using tools that have been published by search engines like Google that allow programmers to automate searches on a large scale, Mr. Rubin and his colleagues described a relatively simple program that could set the victim up to receive catalogs from hundreds of thousands of Web sites that have sign-up forms. In fact, something like what Mr. Rubin describes has already happened. Last year, Alan Ralsky, a spam-sending entrepreneur known as the "spam king," gave an interview to The Detroit Free Press boasting about his 8,000-square-foot house and all the money he made from sending unwanted e-mail to hundreds of millions of people at a time. Shortly after that article appeared on, a major online news source for technophiles, its readers signed Mr. Ralsky up for thousands of catalogs, brochures and more. Soon he was getting hundreds of pounds of mail every day.


Le projet Gutenberg d'ouvrages dans le domaine public s'étend aux livres-audio

Welcome to Gutenberg Radio

(ETC 19.04.03)
We are proud to announce the launch of "Gutenberg Radio" at On these broadcast channels, you can hear the Gutenberg Library, hosted at, and anything else the Gutenberg family cares to share with its public.

La justice fédérale US donne l'avantage aux compagnies de disque

Fed favors record labels over Verizon

( 17.04.03)
The U.S. government decides in favor of the recording industry in its dispute with Verizon Communications, saying a digital-copyright law does not violate the Constitution.


Le logiciel libre est la première victime de la Guerre en Irak

US military shuns BSD for hopping landmines

(The Register 18/04/2003)
The research wing of the United States military, DARPA, has abruptly terminated funding for an OpenBSD project, leaving dozens of open source programmers in the lurch. DARPA funds hundreds of loopy research projects, some of which are sinister pork-barrel boondoggles, such as the Total Information Awareness panopticon project, but some of them become socially useful technologies, such as the Internet. So in the process, the tax dollars thrown downstream can provide a net gain.

La guerre des moteurs de recherche reprend elle ?

Ask Jeeves eyes Google users

( 17.04.03)
The Web search engine upgrades its site in an effort to raise the stakes in its battle to woo Internet search users from the leader.

Un téléphone/internet/PDA Wi-Fi... miam !!!

Cisco Wi-Fi phone due in June

( 17.04.03)
Cisco Systems intends to introduce a portable Wi-Fi phone in the next few months, adding its stamp of approval to the emerging business technology. The 7920 phone is essentially a wireless version of Cisco's 7960 IP (Internet Protocol) phone, which uses a wired Ethernet connection to make and receive telephone calls. However, the 7920 will have a wireless handset that uses an office's Wi-Fi network to connect. The device will start shipping in June, executives said Friday. Its price has not yet been disclosed.

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