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Administration sources tell TIME that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President in settings that might highlight the Administration’s efforts to make the nation safer. The goal, they are being told, is to provide Bush with one homeland-security photo-op a month.
They should just give him a moblog and have him do it himself.

via bopnews via American Footprint

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"Beware the Ides of March"
Monday, March 15 8:00 pm
El Sol y La Luna, 1224 S Congress Ave

It's time for the annual cyberactivist jam honoring the exceptional work of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and EFF-Austin, joined this year by our friends from Creative Commons and Common Content!

A plethora of delicious Mexican munchies from El Sol y La Luna will be served... Right in the heart of Austin's uber-cool SoCo district.

Electronic music by Thomas Fang, Gift Culture, and David Demaris. Video art by mc squared. ABSOLUTELY NO COVER! Party coordinated by EFF-Austin.

And get there early, as this celebration (traditionally during SxSW-interactive) tends to get very crowded very quickly!

2004 EFF-A T-shirts will be on sale.

Please help us order enough food by RSVP'ing via email to rsvp at

Sponsored by EFF, EFF-Austin, Creative Commons, Magnatune, Polycot Consulting, Midas Networks, Joi Ito, Andrews Kurth, and Artificial Music Machine.

We'll have #effaustin on the screen so even if you're not in Austin, you're invited.

Looks like the date for the first supercomputer flashmob has been decided. Someone moblog this please!

The University of San Francisco is sponsoring the first FlashMob Supercomputer on

- Saturday, April 3, from 8 am to 6 pm,

in the

- Koret Center of the University of San Francisco.

We're planning to network 1200-1400 laptops with Myrinet and Foundry Switches. We'll be running High-Performance Linpack, and we're hoping to achieve 600 GFLOPS, which is faster than some of the Top500 fastest supercomputers.

We need volunteers to

- Bring their laptops: Pentium III or IV or AMD, minimum requirements 1.3 GHz with 256 MBytes of RAM
- Be table captains: help people set up laptops before running the benchmark
- Speak on subjects related to high-performance computing

For further information, please visit our website

Peter Pacheco
Department of Computer Science
University of San Francisco

via Markoff

Wired News just ran an article by Xeni exposing a draft letter circulated by Bill Lockyer, California attorney general slamming P2P. The metadata on the Word document shows that it has been edited/reviewed by the Motion Picture Association of America. Another example of Hollywood using the US government to push its agenda to blame and limit technology which it views as a threat.

It is me, or is this pretty "smoking gun"?