Sunday, 10. June 2012

Australian minister leaves phone and laptop in Hong Kong to avoid Chinese espionage

Stephen Smith, the Australian defence minister, has adopted extraordinary measures to try to foil Chinese espionage during his first ministerial visit, leaving his phone and laptop in Hong Kong before travelling to Beijing.

Despite heading to China for a trust-building visit, Mr Smith and his staff reportedly swapped their phones, laptops and other electronic devices for fresh equipment in mainland China.

"We all know China, that's standard advice," a source involved in arranging high-level visits told Fairfax media. "We know ministers are targets."

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

The US Navy has signed off on a $27,883,883 contract from military contractor Raytheon to install Linux ground control software for its fleet of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones.

The contract covers the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River in Maryland, which has already spent $5,175,075 beginning to install Linux systems. The no-bid contract was awarded to finish the work and get the Navy's drone fleet fully operational using a Linux backbone.

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Occupy Radio: ‘Radio Wars’ Documentary About Sirius XM and the History of Radio

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Vintage Rolling Paper-Packaging

This site has been designed as an aid to collectors of antique cigarette rolling papers. The motivation for this site arose due to the lack of any significant resources where such items can be identified, displayed, dated and other information realised.

Myself and other collectors have been collecting these items for many years. With many of these items, it is difficult to establish even trivial information such as which country they originated from.

This site hopes to fill the gap a little and is a joint effort by a number of collectors who have been willing to share such information and provide examples of their personal collections.

cigpapers via

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Tommy Chong Fighting Prostate Cancer

Comedy legend Tommy Chong, 74, half of the iconic cannabis comedy duo Cheech & Chong, is fighting prostate cancer, he announced Saturday.

He was diagnosed "about a month ago," Chong told CNN.

He revealed his condition in an interview about cannabis decriminalization, saying he first noticed symptoms about eight years ago while in prison for selling "drug paraphernalia" on trumped up federal charges (all he did was ship glass Chong bongs through the mail to people who had ordered them).

Tommy Chong

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More teens smoke pot than cigarettes, says CDC survey

A government survey shows more teens are now smoking pot than cigarettes.

More on the CDC's National Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students said they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had puffed cigarettes. The survey asked teens about a variety of risky behaviors.

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