Monday, March 06, 2006"[N]ot really secrets, just not entirely known things..." -- Oblomovka
- In search of the urban coyote. Once relegated to the prairie, coyotes are increasingly venturing into cities like Chicago [Smithsonian, via BoingBoing]. Personally, I've seen opossums, skunks, and even deer in Chicago, so coyotes don't strike me as unlikely - but I had no idea that they lived downtown. In packs. From the Smithsonian, "City Slinkers":
Coyotes can live alone, as mated pairs, or in large packs like wolves; hunt at night or during the day; occupy a small territory or lay claim to 40 square miles; and subsist on all sorts of food living or dead, from lizards and shoes, to crickets and cantaloupes. Although their native diet consists of small rodents, Gese has seen a pack take down a sick elk in Yellowstone National Park. "Coyotes are without a doubt the most versatile carnivores in America, maybe even worldwide," says Marc Bekoff, an animal behaviorist who has studied them for 30 years.
- Fido, the Robot Luggage [Gizmodo]
- The New York Times on Wi-Fi "piggybacking," [reg req.]:
[M]akers of wireless routers say [piggybacking] is increasingly an issue for people who live in densely populated areas like New York City or Chicago, or for anyone clustered in apartment buildings in which Wi-Fi radio waves, with an average range of about 200 feet, can easily bleed through walls, floors and ceilings.Theoretically speaking, my apartment has anywhere from four to fifteen access point signals, depending on the time of day and how close one is to the front windows...theoretically speaking, mind you. ;)
...many users do not bother to secure their networks with passwords or encryption programs....[and, m]any home network owners admit that they are oblivious to piggybackers. Some, like Marla Edwards, who think they have locked intruders out of their networks, learn otherwise. Ms. Edwards, a junior at Baruch College in New York, said her husband recently discovered that their home network was not secure after a visiting friend with a laptop easily hopped on. "There's no gauge, no measuring device that says 48 people are using your access," Ms. Edwards said. [read full article; via Gapers Block]
- The "Attack of the Fake Starbucks" in Asia [via ShanghaiIST]
- A comprehensive list of superheroes' religious affiliations [via Begging to Differ]
- The House of Representatives votes to make it illegal for women to sell their donated eggs; however, there is no corresponding restriction for men who wish to sell their sperm. From AZStarnet.com:
Rep. Bob Stump, R-Peoria, said [the] measures are necessary to protect the health of women. But several female legislators reacted angrily, saying this is really a question of whether lawmakers are going to treat men and women the same. "I don't understand why a man could go out and sell part of his reproductive body ... that a man can go and make money, but I as a woman cannot do it," complained Rep. Linda Lopez, D-Tucson, about the measure criminalizing the sale of human eggs.So, it's not really about women's health, or the babies...it's about the clones...and the stem cells.
Stump said the disparate treatment is justified. And, he said, it has "nothing to do with gender politics." He said there is a medical risk from the procedure of donating eggs, from both the hormones injected into women to produce multiple mature eggs and the harvesting procedure. ... Stump conceded that the medical risk remains the same whether the eggs are donated or sold. And nothing in his legislation makes donation illegal. But Stump said there is one difference. Human eggs can be used not only for in vitro fertilization to help a childless couple conceive — like sperm — but also can be used "for the express purpose of destroying cloned human embryos" for medical research. [via feministe]