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January 28th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-28 10:15
  Subject:   FBI interrogator: Saddam considered bin Laden a threat.
  Tags:  politics, reddit, usa not worth saving

PELLEY: Among the most important questions for U.S. intelligence was whether Saddam was supporting al Qaeda as had been claimed by some in the Bush administration. What was his opinion of Osama Bin Laden?

PIRO: He considered him to be a fanatic. And as such was very wary of him. He told me, "You can’t really trust fanatics."

PELLEY: Didn’t think of Bin Laden as an ally in his effort against the United States in this war against the United States?

PIRO: He didn’t wanna be seen with Bin Laden. And didn’t want to associate with Bin Laden.

PELLEY: Did he think bin Laden was a threat to him and his regime?

PIRO: Yes.


This isn't airtight proof that Saddam and Al Qaida weren't associated, but it's awfully strong evidence. Anyone still desperately clinging to the opinion that Saddam was involved in 9/11 somehow is going to start looking pretty dumb.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-28 14:37
  Subject:   My railgun is bigger than your railgun.
  Music:Metallica - Ride The Lightning
  Tags:  slashdot

"The worlds most powerful functional rail gun capable of delivering projectiles at up to Mach 8 has been delivered to the Navy. The new rail gun is a 32-megajoule Electro-Magnetic Laboratory Rail Gun. The Navy eventually hopes to have 64-megajoule ship mounted rail guns. "The lab version doesn't look particularly menacing - more like a long, belt-fed airport screening device than like a futuristic cannon - but the system will fire rounds at up to Mach 8, drawing on tremendous amounts of electricity to generate the current for each test shot. That, of course, is the problem with rail guns: Like lasers, they're out of step with modern-day generators and capacitors. Eight and 9-megajoule rail guns have been fired before, but providing 3 million amps of power per shot has been a limitation.""


Update: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_OjZyQ6LGE
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-28 14:50
  Subject:   A new study says technology can be addictive.
  Music:Jonathan Coulton - Code Monkey
  Tags:  digg, humor

Technology might be just as addictive as alcohol and drugs and could also wreak havoc with personal and work relationships, a leading expert said.


In other news, your guildmates want to know where the hell you are - they're partying up for a massive raid on Upper Blackrock Spire.
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