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Archive for January, 2009

Hackers steal details of 4.5 million job-seekers

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

The personal details of millions of people have been stolen from one of the UK’s largest recruitment websites in potentially the largest data theft ever in Britain.

 

Hackers accessed the confidential information provided by 4.5 million people registered with Monster.co.uk and now hold their user names, passwords, telephone numbers and email addresses. The company said other information including client birth dates, gender and ethnicity had also been taken, along with “basic demographic data”.

Fears were growing that hackers may have gained access to user bank accounts, since many people use the same password and email address to access multiple websites.

read here

Human emissions could bring ‘irreversible’ climate chaos

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Scientists warn that the planet’s recovery from global warming could take over 1000 years.

Even if we could halt (= stop) our emissions by the year 2050, they say, carbon-dioxide concentrations would then be at double pre-industrial levels. The oceans would absorb some of the CO2 in the atmosphere, but the overall change would be small.

read more about this subject here

The real West Wing with Barack Obama

Monday, January 26th, 2009

This video is a parody of the series “The West Wing”. It has been said that this series inspired Barack Obama’s staff campaign and somehow prepared the American people because the actor playing the President of the USA is black.

This video features (présente) Barack Obama’s staff (except for Hillary Clinton ?).

How Internet changes politics

Monday, January 26th, 2009

A very simple video (no words, no vocabulary) explaining how Internet modified political campaigns.

Starbucks supports Obama’s National USA Service program

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Starbucks had already offered free coffee to all the voters in the presidential elections.

They now support the new National and Community Service programme. This is an initiative to make it easy to participate in President Obama’s call for national service. In participating Starbucks stores across the nation, the American public will have an opportunity to pledge five hours or more of community service toward a local volunteer opportunity of choice. Starbucks will honor each person who pledges with a free tall brewed coffee beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 25. More about it here

Watch MC Yogi’s video and his former and successful “Vote for Hope”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4tu_3Pmt4Y

 

Learn The 50 States !

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Learn the 50 American states with this funny (and rock video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BgOfOdBcXM

 

The 56th Presidential Inauguration in Review: By the Numbers

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

18,000: Volunteers provided support for the inaugural activities

13,000: Participants marched in the Inaugural Parade.

8,000: Members of America’s police departments provided security on Inauguration Day.

1,382: Applications received by the PIC, from groups requesting to march in the Inaugural Parade.

Over 1,000: Neighborhood Ball Parties organized across the country.

Over 90: Groups marched in the Inaugural Parade.

10: Jumbo screens on the National Mall broadcasted inaugural events.

 

Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign was a technologically successful one : using Facebook to rally more supporters, using Twitter to keep in touch, sending emails to raise funds and social networks to share ideas.

But arriving at The White House was quite a disappointment for his staff …

“It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.

The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing.

In many ways, the move into the White House resembled a first day at school: Advisers wandered the halls, looking for their offices. Aides spent hours in orientation, learning such things as government ethics rules as well as how their paychecks will be delivered. And everyone filled out a seemingly endless pile of paperwork.

Obama keeps his Blackberry

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

After a long and hard-fought battle, Barack Obama will have a Blackberry and the compromise is : a limited number of contacts (only a select circle of people will have his address) and no forwarded emails.

read more about it here !

Week-end : music

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Have a good week-end ! This is Charlie Winston “Like a Hobo” ( a hobo = a hobo is an itinerant worker)