Cisco Networks’ new album

This link was sent by Michael M.:

“So we receive our brand new firewall from CISCO and all goes well with the setup… until we try to upgrade our VPN client and we discovered that the installation CDs from CISCO contain 12 tracks of Mexican music!!?”

CISCO VPN disk with music instead of software

CISCO: All you networks are belong to us

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Marine life: octopods and squids

It’s Cephalopod Appreciation Day!

Image from the U.S. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Bloodthirsty seems too weak a word

It seems that religion is the fount of hatred. After listing a catalogue of horrors, James A. Haught says,

…people who think religion is a force for good are looking only at Dr. Jekyll and ignoring Mr. Hyde. They don’t see the superstitious savagery pervading both history and current events.

During the past three centuries, religion gradually lost its power over life in Europe and America, and church horrors ended in the West. But the poison lingered. The Nazi Holocaust was rooted in centuries of religious hate. Historian Dagobert Runes said the long era of church persecution killed three and a half million Jews — and Hitler’s Final Solution was a secular continuation. Meanwhile, faith remains potent in the Third World, where it still produces familiar results.

It’s fashionable among thinking people to say that religion isn’t the real cause of today’s strife in Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, India and Iran — that sects merely provide labels for combatants. Not so. Religion keeps the groups in hostile camps. Without it, divisions would blur with passing generations; children would adapt to new times, mingle, intermarry, forget ancient wounds. But religion keeps them alien to one another.

Anything that divides people breeds inhumanity. Religion serves that ugly purpose.

Quanta, interference and knowledge

Schroedinger’s cat…
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This is getting weirder and weirder: Quantum eraser experiment:

  • If you shine light throught two slits or two pinholes, you get an interference pattern.
  • If you shine photons through two slits, you get an interference pattern, even when they go through one at a time.
  • If you put a detector at one or both of the holes, the interference pattern does not occur.
  • If you put a detector at one of the holes, but don’t look at it, the interference pattern does not occur.
  • If you put a detector at one of the holes, and don’t look at it, and re-unite the photon paths, so that you’ll never know, the interference pattern occurs.
  • You can introduce a delay so that the interference pattern occurs or doesn’t, depending on what you’re going to do later.

Thiotimoline, anyone?

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