Archive for May, 2010

The Fix Is In

With the entire Asian gambling industry, both legal and illegal, valued at $450 billion a year (four times the size of the Asian pharmaceutical industry), there is a lot at stake at fixed football matches.

Declan Hill traveled throughout Asia researching match fixing in football and writes about it inAThe Fix: Soccer and Organised Crime. Soon to be available in the UK, once libel laws relax a bit.>


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Posted: May 21st, 2010
at 1:37pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Take Notice, Men In Black of the Night

Ain’t no half-steppin…..

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He lookedAlike an easy target: a medical student sitting alone on a late-night train.

The three men sidled up to the German student and told him to hand over his wallet. When he refused, they followed him off the train, trailing him as he walked past the hotel and pizza joint on Bringelly Road, Kingswood, in the city’s west.

When the student, who has asked not to be identified, turned down a dimly lit alley his pursuers thought their moment had come.

It had, but not in quite the way they expected.

The men tripped the 27-year-old student, kicking him as he lay on the ground and grabbing his mobile phone and iPod.

What the assailants did not realise was that they were standing outside Ninja Senshi Ryu - western Sydney’s ninja warrior school.

They also failed to notice a ninja, Nathan Smith, standing in the shadows outside the dojo. Mr Smith immediately alerted his sensei, or teacher.

Kaylan Soto, a sensei with 30 years’ Ninjutsu training, and three of his students raced out of the dojo towards the startled attackers. All five crusaders were clad in the ninja’s traditional, all black uniform.

"We would have been just a silhouette," one of the ninjas, Steve Ashley, said. "It was probably the worst place in Sydney where they could have taken him."

Mr Soto said it took the three assailants a few moments to realise what was going on. When they did, they shot off. "You should have seen their faces when they saw us in ninja gear coming towards them," he said.

The ninjas gave chase, but the men escaped. Police yesterday said they had made arrests in relation to the attack.

The medical student, who has been in Sydney for eight weeks on an exchange program, was left shaken but suffered only minor injuries.

As for the ninjas, they were back in training last night.

thanks to H for the link

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Posted: May 19th, 2010
at 2:43pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,crime,real life news,"ninja",ninjas are everyehere

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What's New? : Blocked in China

Check to see if a site is blocked by the Chinese government in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.

The Golden Shield Project (a.k.a. Great Firewall of China) is owned by the Government of China (MPS) and was started in 1998. The firewall system blocks website content by preventing IP addresses from being routed through and consists of standard firewall and proxy servers at the Internet gateways of China’s ISPs. The banning of websites is mostly uncoordinated and ad-hoc, with some web sites being blocked from one city and the same web sites being allowed from other cities and vice versa.>

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Posted: May 18th, 2010
at 3:44pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Photo Essay: A Spiritual Dip

Groups of stark naked sadhus in hundreds march to Ganges for a holy dip in this photo essay.>

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Posted: May 18th, 2010
at 3:32pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Ninja Tales

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 10:04pm by orangemenace

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SALVO!: Kisses Over Babylon (Part 2)

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros "KISSES OVER BABYLON" from Edward Sharpe on Vimeo.

Kisses Over Babylon is the second installment of SALVO!, a 12-part music video series from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 9:51pm by Koookiecrumbles

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A Step Toward the Quantum Internet

14 May 2010aPhysicists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, led by Gerhard Rempe, have created a system based on a single atom that they're calling a "quantum optical transistor." The transistor could someday serve as part of a quantum computer or as a node of a quantum data network.

"We're doing what people in the Bell Laboratories did in the 1950s," says Eden Figueroa, one of the physicists involved in the project. "They were inventing the transistor, and people thought they were crazy. But 50 years later, everyone is using a laptop." Now, he says, "we're inventing the quantum transistor that may be used in computers 30 years from now."

Their process relies on a complex light manipulation technique called electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). In EIT, one beam of light controls the properties of another, much as the gate voltage controls current through a regular transistor. The researchers demonstrated EIT through the mediation of a single atom, which is a first; previously the technique was applied to hundreds of thousands of atoms in a gas.>

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 9:45pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Primary Sources: Frank Sinatra

Don’t let talent be wasted…>

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 9:39pm by Koookiecrumbles

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A Life Changing Invention

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 9:25pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,weaponry,design,real life news,science,development,ninjas are everyehere

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