1912: First Balkan War begins: Montenegro declares war against Turkey.
1967: Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.
1982: Poland bans Solidarity.
1941: Jesse Jackson, American reverend and civil rights activist, is born.
1949: Sigourney Weaver, American actress, is born.
1970: Matt Damon, actor, is born.
1793: John Hancock, revolutionary, businessman, dies.
African river hippo Funani, left, gives her female calf, Jazi, a little nudge as they swim inside a 150,000-gallon pool exhibit at the San Diego Zoo, Friday, Oct. 3, 2003. The 3-month-old, 260-pound Jazi is the third female calf to be born to Funani in the last four years. Baby hippos, which weigh between 80 and 100 pounds at birth, are born swimming and do virtually everything underwater. [via Yahoo!]
How old would you be if you lived on Mercury or Mars? This site calculates your age on all the planets in the solar system. Useless but interesting.
I certainly wouldn't want to live on one of the outer planets. If I lived on Pluto I would have to wait until 2228 to celebrate my first birthday! [via Amber... Bamber... Boo!]
SFGate: Self-styled bear expert fatally mauled in Alaska national park
A self-styled bear expert who once called Alaska's brown bears harmless party animals was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve -- the first known bear killings in the 4.7 million-acre park.[via Madville]
Treadwell, co-author of "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska," spent more than a dozen summers living alone with Katmai bears, and videotaping them.
The remains of the two men were found buried by a bear near a campsite. As there were no witnesses it is not known exactly what happened.
An article in the Straight Dope explains what the Scroll Lock, SysRq and other weird keys do on your keyboard.
BBC: CCTV comes to mobile phones
People worried about break-ins while away from home can now check up on their house from their mobile phone. A new security service hooks up private CCTV cameras to the net and sends a text message to a mobile if something moves. Home owners can watch the live pictures from their mobile and alert the police if someone is attempting a break-in. The images can be seen on standard GSM mobiles, instead of sophisticated third generation (3G) video phones.
"The box we sell links into any standard CCTV camera, but it transmits pictures to the mobile phone," CCTVSafe's Gerry Lawrence told BBC News Online.
The images are taken using any standard, private CCTV camera plugged into a server. The server has a built-in motion detector, so if there is any movement, pictures are uploaded over the net to central storage servers. The video images can then be sent to the owner's mobile over ordinary mobile networks, and viewed from anywhere.
Apparently the service has aready been a success:
One company which installed the system almost foiled an attempted break-in after they received an alert. The company director watched the events unfold live on his phone.
"I was out shopping when I got the alert on my mobile phone," explained Paddy Guaghan.
"I was amazed to see this guy trying to break into my office right in front of my eyes."
Is there anything that mobile phones can't do?
BBC: Report warns of HIV catastrophe
The BBC has an article on a newly released report from the United Nations Population Fund on the high amount of young people being infected with HIV and the findings are alarming. According to the report a young person is infected with HIV every 14 seconds!
Around 6,000 people between the ages of 15 and 24 catch the disease every day.
Half of all new infections are now in people under the age of 25 and most of these are young women living in the developing world.
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the fund, said urgent action is needed to tackle what she described as a "global catastrophe".
The report also offers other depressing statistics:
...nearly half of the world's population is under the age of 25. Of these, 87% live in developing countries.
One in four or 238 million live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1 a day.
Some 57 million young men and 96 million young women between the ages of 15 and 24 cannot read or write.
More than 13 million children under the age of 15 have lost one or both parents to Aids.
The report suggests that poverty, illiteracy and poor services are combining to help spread HIV among young people.
The report shows that two out of three young people with HIV are female.
In sub-Saharan Africa, women account for 67% of young people who are HIV positive. In Asia, the figure is 62%.
The report says that many women in developing countries are unable to protect themselves against the disease.
In many cases, they do not know how it is spread. In Somalia, for instance, only 26% of females have heard of Aids and only 1% know how to protect themselves.
It is obvious that more funding is needed to help eradciate this problem.
"This is not just a public health issue. This is a global catastrophe that demands urgent global action."
Yahoo!: CD-copy protection system said to have simple flaw
A Princeton graduate student said on Monday that he has figured out a way to defeat new software intended to keep music CDs from being copied on a computer -- simply by pressing the Shift-key.
In a paper posted on his Web site late Monday, John Halderman said the MediaMax CD3 software developed by SunnComm Technologies Inc. could be defeated on computers running the Windows operating system by holding down the Shift key, disabling a Windows feature that automatically launches the encryption software on the disc.
Halderman said the protection could also be disabled by stopping the driver the CD installs when it is first inserted into a computer's drive.
The CD in question, Anthony Hamilton's "Comin' From Where I'm From," was released by BMG's Arista label in late September. Music retailers praised the release, which BMG touted as a breakthrough in the industry's efforts to prevent music piracy.
"We were fully aware that if someone held down the Shift key the first and every subsequent time (they played the disc) that the technology could be circumvented," BMG spokesman Nathaniel Brown told Reuters, adding the company "erred on the side of playability and flexibility."
CD copy-prevention schemes that (depend) solely on software, as SunnComm's does, will be trivial to disable, and alternative strategies that modify the CD data format will invariably cause public outcry over incompatibility with legitimate playback devices," Halderman said.
This story reminds me of the CD-protection issued by Sony last year that could be defeated using a simple marker pen.
Rediff.com has produced a league table of countries and ranks how corrupt they are. At the top of the list is Finland who is the least corrupt country. Unsuprisingly, all Scandinavian countries are found within the top 10. Towards the bottom of the table are the usual suspects, Libya, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Indonesia. I was surprised to see Bangladesh at the bottom of the table. Personally, I know very little about the country but I didn't think that they regarded as being a corrupt nation.
To view the complete table click here.
Hot Links has posted a useless but nevertheless interesting fact.
Q. Why Are There No Skyscrapers In Paris?
A. Paris is riddled with thousands of ancient and modern tunnels, making the soil too fragile to support the weight of a skyscraper.