Random Gunfire

From the azcentral article “Phoenix sees decrease in New Year’s Eve random gunfire“. It’s sad that such a thing is measured.

Phoenix police reported an 11 percent decrease in shots fired reports this New Year’s Eve and arrested three men on suspicion of unlawful discharge of a firearm, according to officials.

According to police, there were 264 reports of shots fired Monday evening into early Tuesday morning, a 65 percent drop from the 2002-03 New Year’s Eve, on which there were 759 reports of random gunfire.

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Former Intel Employee Gets 3 Years Of Prison

From the Associated Press article “Ex-Intel Worker Gets 3 years for stealing Secrets

A former Intel Corp. worker in Massachusetts has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of computer chip manufacturing and design secrets while working for a rival company.

I think he was working at Intel when he was hired by AMD and that’s when he started downloading internal documents. He may have had the idea to sell the documents to AMD but AMD said they didn’t put him up to it and had nothing to do with it.

The Confederate Flag Is Pretty, The Mexican Flag Is For Illegals

Janie Maders owner of AJ’s Cycles in Phoenix AZ took down a Confederate Flag when the Arizona Republic asked about it, according to the azcentral article “Phoenix business owner takes down Confederate flag“. She only had it up because she thought it was “pretty”. She had other flags up too like one of Puerto Rico. She’s not Racist.

But she said she wouldn’t put up a Mexican flag. “I wouldn’t want illegals of any nationality coming to my store,” she said.

Two Men To Be Charged With Starting The Wallow Fire

Arizona’s largest fire, at 538,000 acres, was allegedly started by two experienced campers.

The two had been camping near the Bear Wallow Trailhead that day, and David Malboeuf’s car was spotted about 2 miles from where the fire began, according to the complaint. The trailhead is near the confluence of the north and south forks of Bear Wallow Creek. The Malboeufs both told investigators that they built a campfire on the evening of May 28 and again on the morning of May 29 to cook breakfast before leaving on a hike down the canyon.

“They stated that they believed their campfire was out because David threw a candy wrapper in the fire just prior to their departure and it did not melt,” according to court documents.

But when they were returning to their camp site several hours later, the Malbouefs told investigators they could smell and see smoke from the area.

As someone who camps with camp fires, I will be following this closely.

AMD Gets Paid

I was really surprised by an AMD and Intel announcement today.

Intel Corp. is paying Silicon Valley rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. $1.25 billion to squash a legal battle over Intel’s sales tactics, a rift that led to antitrust charges against Intel in several countries and was headed toward a costly and nasty trial next year.

Intel still has to face government charges from the EU and NY State but it AMD will stay out of those and not start any lawsuits of it’s own.

Update: TechCrunch says 1.25 billion is nothing to Intel.

Just to put the size of the settlement in context, last year Intel’s revenues were $38 billion. Last quarter alone, it was making roughly $104 million a day. At that rate, Intel brings in $1.25 billion every 12 days. It can absorb the settlement pretty easily.

Gruesome Grizzly Attack

“I felt her tooth go into my scalp,” he said. “I thought, ‘Oh, this is no good.’ ” Then he felt his scalp rip clean away.

The scary story of Johan Otter, who lured a bear away from his daughter. Besides the loss of his scalp he also had five broken vertebrae, three shattered ribs and other various injuries. The bear attacked his daughter anyways but didn’t do nearly the that it did to him.

Did Ex-Intel Engineer Maher Mofeid Aid The Taliban?

When Ex-Intel engineer Maher ‘Mike’ Mofeid Hawash was arrested for having done bad things related to the Taliban I was skeptical. I thought that he was probably innocent. My girlfriend disagreed with me, as she usually does, asking, “Why would they arrest him if he didn’t do something wrong?” My argument was that the government was/is desperate to find bad guys so they will find someone who looks like they have done something wrong and try to make an example of them, or to better support the war in Afghanistan. Now he has “pleaded guilty to one of three charges that he conspired to aid and abet the Taliban”. He pleaded guilty either because he cohorsed into it or, more likely, the evidence against him was to overwhelming for him to fight it.

As of recent my thoughts about the government and the media have changed. I still think George Bush is a bad president and his administration is ran just as bad. I still think John Ashcroft is the closest thing to a antichrist that we can get. Mainly because I think the primary mission of the US government and the citizens is to protect and preserve the freedoms that we have. Taking away those freedoms to protect them is the wrong strategy. I have always been aware that the media puts their own spin on the news, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh being the most extreme examples of this. I never considered how much spin was put on even local news. A recent Q&A on slashdot with the DOJs IP Attorneys on piracy has also made me rethink who these government guys are and just how they are running things and that my “they don’t care about the public at large” attitude my be misguided.

I made my assumptions on Mr. Hawash’s innocents not on facts, since none was revealed, but more on media spin. I hope to do this less in the future. However I still don’t really know the facts and cannot be sure that he is really innocent or guilty at this point.