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Cool Motorbikes To Own

Submitted by: Laura Stephens

Though thoroughly outnumbered by car owners and enthusiasts, there are still a number of people out there that fancy a good two-wheel ride. Motorbikes are usually for those who want to experience the thrill of travelling. Feeling the air and travelling light are just some of the advantages that seem to encourage a lot of people into buying and trying their very own motorbikes.

Motorbikes have been very popular lately. Owning some of the higher end ones are not very hard anymore. Several agents and dealers have set up shop to offer motorcycle enthusiasts deals on the latest models and brands.

Picking the Right One for You

Choosing what type of motor bike is perfect for you is also a very complicated endeavour. Motorbikes usually represent the personality of the owner. It is very important to pick motorbikes that suit your style.

One thing to remember when choosing motorbikes for beginners, your feet should always be able to touch the ground on both sides of the motor bike. Also, you should be able to hold the motor bike up when you stop. Ride a motor bike that is too heavy or big and you are exposing yourself to great danger.

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Motor Bikes that are Very Cool to Own Today

Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive

The Burgman is a very stylish scooter from Suzuki, one of the top manufacturers of motorbikes in the world today. Perfect for beginners because it does not have any clutches which will make them concentrate more on the driving part of the process.

The Burgman belongs to the line of superscooters released by Suzuki a few years back. It was the company s idea to launch motorbikes that are high end but at the same time easy to drive. And judging by their market performance to date, they have done very well.

The Burgman have sold very well amongst motor bike enthusiasts and have even made buyers out of the non-enthusiasts. The Burgman is a very powerful scooter. And it does not really require you to learn complicated clutches and processes to be able to run it smoothly.

Suzuki GSX-R 750K8/9

Suzuki has this market strategy of producing their high-end motorbikes once every two years. They have come up with pretty special motorbikes every time. One of them is the GSX-R 750. With very sleek and futuristic designs, the 750 fits any personality: from the safe and defensive ones to the more adventurous ones.

In the open road, only few will beat the 750 with regards to ease of driving, strength of engine and speed. Letting this beast of a machine go is no problem because it doesn t have the tendency to flip from side-to-side and be carried easily by strong winds. This machine is perfect for those who seek thrill in their rides and are open to driving their motorbikes up to insanely high speeds.

Both of these models have been selling popularly amongst enthusiasts, not only in the UK, but also all over the world. These motorbikes rank high on the list of very cool motorbikes to own.

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29th April     No Comments

Doctors who treated John Ritter cleared of negligence lawsuit

Friday, March 14, 2008 

Two doctors who treated actor John Ritter for chest pain in Burbank, California were cleared of a negligence lawsuit on Friday. Ritter was an American television and film actor who died of aortic dissection on 11 September 2003.

Ritter’s children and widow (Amy Yasbeck) filed a US$67 million lawsuit claiming negligence by the doctors, both at the time Ritter fell ill and at a medical checkup two years earlier where problems with Ritter’s aorta could have been spotted.

A jury hearing the case at Los Angeles County Superior Court voted 9-3 to dismiss the claims, satisfied that the defendants, Dr. Joseph Lee and Dr. Matthew Lotysch, acted properly during their examination and treatment of Ritter.

Ritter’s last role was in leading the cast of the television series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter whose production was disrupted by his death.

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6.7 magnitude quake shakes Hawaii

Sunday, October 15, 2006 

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the Hawaiian islands at 17:07:49 UTC (07:07:49 local time) October 15, 2006. The quake, centered approximately 6 miles southwest of Puak? on the west side of Hawai`i Island (the Big Island), was felt throughout the entire state, causing a statewide power outage.

No tsunami warning was issued as a result of the quake; however, a tsunami measuring around 0.1 meters (four inches) was recorded. There were 50 aftershocks reported after the quake, the strongest being a 5.8 tremor reported at about 17:14 UTC (7:14 a.m. local time).

There were no fatalities reported and only scattered reports of minor injuries.

Electric power was lost statewide shortly after the quake. As of about 8:00 p.m. HST, power was restored to all the neighbor islands, but Hawaiian Electric personnel still had work to go on Oahu, the island with the highest population. Power was eventually restored to most areas of Oahu by midnight.

Structural damage occurred at Kona Hospital, where ceiling tiles fell and electricity was lost, forcing an evacuation of patients to Hilo Medical Center on the other side of the island. Damage was also reported at the Honokaa Long-term Care Facility and the Royal Kona Resort.

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who was in Kona at the time of the earthquake, issued an emergency declaration for the entire state of Hawaii at about 11:00 a.m. local time (2300 UTC Sunday).

Air service in Hawaii was temporarily suspended shortly after the quake as airports were forced to operate on emergency power. The power outage caused delays to incoming and outgoing flights, as TSA agents had to conduct manual searches of all bags. Airlines have canceled numerous flights scheduled to depart Honolulu International Airport Sunday evening.

Communication links are problematic. Most radio stations lost power and stopped broadcasting immediately after the quake. (Metroblogging Hawaii) Honolulu radio station KSSK, operating on emergency generators, became an central information source for Oahu residents. A landslide has blocked at least one major highway from a section of a cliff at Kealakekua Bay.

USGS Volcano Observatory equipment has not been significantly damaged. Monitoring stations report “no significant changes in the past 24 hours” of the eruption of the K?lauea volcano.

According to USGS records, this earthquake is the fourth largest Hawaiian earthquake in the last 100 years. Previous earthquakes include a magnitude 7.2 quake in 1975, a magnitude 6.9 quake in 1951, and a magnitude 6.8 quake in 1938. The last magnitude 6.7 quake was in 1983.

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27th April     No Comments

Predictable random number generator discovered in the Debian version of OpenSSL

Friday, May 16, 2008 

A major security hole was discovered in the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) of the Debian version of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is one of the most used cryptographic software, that allows the creation of secure network connections with the protocols called SSL and TLS. It is included in many popular computer programs, like the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Apache web server. Debian is one of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, on which are based other distributions, like Ubuntu and Knoppix. The problem affects all the Debian-based distributions that were used to create cryptographic keys since the September 17, 2006. The bug was discovered by Luciano Bello, an argentine Debian package maintainer, and was announced on May 13, 2008.

This vulnerability was caused by the removal of two lines of code from the original version of the OpenSSL library. These lines were used to gather some entropy data by the library, needed to seed the PRNG used to create private keys, on which the secure connections are based. Without this entropy, the only dynamic data used was the PID of the software. Under Linux the PID can be a number between 1 and 32,768, that is a too small range of values if used to seed the PRNG and will cause the generation of predictable numbers. Therefore any key generated can be predictable, with only 32,767 possible keys for a given architecture and key length, and the secrecy of the network connections created with those keys is fully compromised.

These lines were removed as “suggested” by two audit tools (Valgrind and Purify) used to find vulnerabilities in the software distributed by Debian. These tools warned the Debian maintainers that some data was used before its initialization, that normally can lead to a security bug, but this time it was not the case, as the OpenSSL developers wrote on March 13, 2003. Anyway this change was erroneously applied on September 17, 2006, when the OpenSSL Debian version 0.9.8c-1 was released to the public.

Even though the Debian maintainer responsible for this software released a patch to fix this bug on May 8, 2008, the impact may be severe. In fact OpenSSL is commonly used in software to protect the passwords, to offer privacy and security. Any private key created with this version of OpenSSL is weak and must be replaced, included the session keys that are created and used only temporary. This means that any data encrypted with these keys can be decrypted without a big deal, even if these keys are used (but not created) with a version of the library not affected, like the ones included in other operating systems.

For example any web server running under any operating system may use a weak key created on a vulnerable Debian-based system. Any encrypted connection (HTTPS) to this web server established by any browser can be decrypted. This may be a serious problem for sites that requires a secure connection, like banks or private web sites. Also, if some encrypted connection was recorded in the past, it can be decrypted in the same way.

Another serious problem is for the network security software, like OpenSSH and OpenVPN, that are used to encrypt the traffic to protect passwords and grant the access to an administrative console or a private network protected by firewalls. This may allows hackers to gain unwanted access to private computers, networks or data traveled over the network, even if a not affected version of OpenSSL was used.

The same behavior can be applied to any software or protocol that use SSL, like POP3S, SSMTP, FTPS, if used with a weak key. This is the case of Tor, software used to offer strong anonymity on the TCP/IP, where about 300 of 1,500-2,000 nodes used a weak key. With 15-20% of weak Tor nodes, there is a probability of 0.34-0.8% circa to build a circuit that has all tree nodes weak, resulting in a full loss of anonymity. Also the case of only one weak node begin used may facilitate some types of attack to the anonymity. The Tor hidden services, a sort of anonymous public servers, are affected too. However the issue was speedly addressed on May 14, 2008.

The same problem also interested anonymous remailers like Mixmaster and Mixminion, that use OpenSSL to create the remailer keys for the servers and the nym keys for the clients. Although currently there is no official announcement, at least two remailer changed their keys because were weak.

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23rd April     No Comments

Slide In Camper Top 6 Benefits Of Owning One

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By Samantha Kay

Anyone shopping for recreational vehicles will soon find there are almost as many choices as there are people to choose them. When hauling is the desired route and a truck is at hand, slide in campers can be a great way to go.

Slide in campers offer a number of benefits over other forms of camping vehicles. They include:

* Pricing. Most slide in campers tend to be more affordable than drivable campers, such as full RVs. They are considered middle of the road, typically, making them affordable for many. Since they can readily be found on both the used and new markets, pricing buys are generally available.

* Protection. These campers tend to have windows and solid walls. Due to this fact, many consider these designs to be a step up from both a tent, of course, and a pop up camper. The fully enclosed design offers protection from the elements, bugs and other pests that might try to crash in on a camping trip. This can be a great feature for families that have concerns about camping and small children. Since the camper itself is fully enclosed, there should be no worries about children getting out at night or critters getting in.

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* Ease of use. These campers are generally fairly easy for anyone with a pick up truck to use. Sliding in to the bed, thus the name, these campers are fully ready to go once they are hooked up. The design options might require some extra steps for full set up, but generally these are fairly minor.

* Options. Slide in campers tend to come with a whole lot of options. They can mirror full size RVs in having kitchens, dining areas, bathrooms and plenty of sleeping space. They can also be much smaller creations that only offer the most basic of creature comforts. The range of options makes these a solid choice for those who want full protection without a lot of thrills. It also works in these campers’ favor for buyers who might be looking to take the benefits of home with them on the road.

* Storage. Unless these are fully flush with the back of a bed, these campers are fairly easy to unhook and store. This also makes them a great choice for those who want to unhook and go while they’re on vacation. The campers can stay behind while sightseeing, dining and more is enjoyed with only the truck involved. This flexibility makes them the choice of many.

* Capacity. Even on their smaller end, these types of campers tend to offer a fair amount of sleeping space. Using intelligent designs for maximum use and storage potential, slide in campers tend to pack a lot into a little.

Anyone on the market for slide in campers will likely find there are plenty of choices available. The key in finding the best to meet individual needs involves setting a budget and creating a list of desired features.

When more protection from the elements is desired than a tent or pop up camper can provide, slide in campers make great choices. A step up from both, these designs can be as basic or upscale as a shopper might desire.

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Four dead, at least 15 injured after gunman opens fire at fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 

Four people have been shot and killed and at least 15 wounded when a gunman opened fire inside a LA Fitness center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. The gunman was among the dead.

Reports say the man walked into a dance room where an all-female Latin dance class was in session, turned off the lights and began to shoot people. CNN reports that the gunman was a “middle-aged white male.” One witness said he was carrying a duffel bag, which he put down before shooting into the crowd. After opening fire, he turned the gun on himself. At least 30 people are reported to have been in the room at the time of the shooting.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said, “I’ve never seen nothing quite like this. It was very chaotic. […] There’s a good belief that the shooter is deceased.”

Collier Township Police Chief Tom Devin stated that the police, “believe the shooter committed suicide at the scene but we’re not positive.” Police report that the shooter’s motive may have been a domestic dispute with one of the exercisers.

Mike Hentosz, a witness who was inside the gym, said, “I feel like it’s a dream. I don’t know what to think of it.” A woman participating in the class, Nicole, said that 10 minutes into the class, “a middle-aged white male walked into the class. He had a big gym bag. […] He looked out of place in a class full of women.” When he began firing, she reported, she ran out of the gym and escaped in passerby’s car.

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Kennedy Center names 2007 honors recipients

Friday, September 14, 2007 

The Kennedy Center announced that its 30th presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors would go to pianist Leon Fleisher, comedian Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, director Martin Scorsese and musician Brian Wilson. The Center was opened to the public in 1971 and was envisioned as part of the National Cultural Center Act, which mandated that the independent, privately-funded institution would present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, commission the creation of new artistic works, and undertake a variety of educational missions to increase awareness of the arts.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman said that “with their extraordinary talent, creativity and perseverance, the five 2007 honorees have transformed the way we, as Americans, see, hear and feel the performing arts.”

Fleisher, 79, a member of the Peabody Institute’s music faculty, is a pianist who lost use of his right hand in 1965 due to a neurological condition. He became an accomplished musician and conductor through the use of his left hand. At 67, he regained the use of his right hand. With the advent of Botox therapy, he was once more able to undertake two-hand performances in 2004, his first in four decades. “I’m very gratified by the fact that it’s an apolitical honor,” Fleisher said. “It is given by colleagues and professional people who are aware of what [an artist] has done, so it really is apolitical — and that much more of an honor.”

Martin, 62, a comedian who has written books and essays in addition to his acting and stand-up comedy career, rose to fame during his work on the American television program Saturday Night Live in the 1970’s. Schwarzman praised his work as that of a “renaissance comic whose talents wipe out the boundaries between artistic disciplines.” Martin responded to the honor saying, “I am grateful to the Kennedy Center for finally alleviating in me years of covetousness and trophy envy.”

Ross, 63, was a product of Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass Projects when as a teeager she and friends Mary Wilson and Florence Ballardis formed The Supremes, a ground-breaking Motown act. She portrayed singer Billie Holiday in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues, which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award. “Diana Ross’ singular, instantly recognizable voice has spread romance and joy throughout the world,” said Schwarzman. Ross said she was “taken aback. It is a huge, huge honor and I am excited to be in this class of people.”

Scorsese, 64, is one of the most accomplished directors the United States ever produced, whose work includes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Departed, for which he won a 2006 Academy Award for Best Director after being nominated eight times. Scorsese said, “I’m very honored to be receiving this recognition from the Kennedy Center and proud to be joining the company of the very distinguished individuals who have received this honor in years past.”

Wilson, 65, along with his brothers Dennis and Carl, formed the Beach Boys in 1961. They had a series of hits that included “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Their 1966 album Pet Sounds is considered one of the most influential recordings in American music. “This is something so unexpected and I feel extremely fortunate to be in the company of such great artists,” said Wilson, who is currently on tour.

The Kennedy Center’s board of trustees is responsible for selecting honorees for “lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.” Previous honorees, including Elton John and Steven Spielberg, also submitted recommendations. A wide variety of people were under consideration, including Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Renee Fleming, Laurence Fishburne, Francis Ford Coppola, Melissa Etheridge and Kenny Chesney.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will attend the center’s presentation at its opera house on December 2, 2007, which will broadcast on December 26 on CBS.

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Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev win UK Strictly Come Dancing

Monday, December 20, 2010 

British actress Kara Tointon and her Russian dance partner Artem Chigvintsev have become the winners of the latest series of the BBC Television programme Strictly Come Dancing. The pair won the dancing show on Saturday, leaving British television presenter Matt Baker and his Kazakhstani dance partner Aliona Vilani in second place.

Bookmakers had considered this dancing duo to be the most likely to win the series. Meanwhile, Australian actress Pamela Stephenson finished in third place along with her British dance partner, James Jordan. It was ultimately a public vote that determined the results.

Upon winning, Tointon proclaimed: “It’s just the most special thing that I’ve ever achieved.” In reference to Chigvintsev, she exclaimed: “I want to thank this man, he’s been absolutely wonderful.” Talking about the experience, she commented: “I’ve met the most fantastic friends in my life and this has been the most special experience for me.” Chigvintsev then declared to Tointon: “You’re amazing.” Baker described the dancing pair as “worthy winners, without any doubt”, saying: “If I was at home I’d be voting for you, too.”

Earlier in the final programme, Tointon and Chigvintsev had danced to the tune of Cry Me a River; the dance received the acclaim of the judges. “I would kill to be able to dance like that, I thought it was amazing,” Craig Revel Horwood exclaimed. Alesha Dixon commented: “I’m quite sad that that is the last dance we are going to see you do”. In reference to the pair, she added: “Together you are first class.” Bruno Tonioli remarked: “You danced to a level that we hardly ever see here. Whatever happens, this was incredible.”

Bruno Tonioli described Matt Baker as “very dashing and elegant”. Len Goodman believed that he was “an excellent ballroom dancer”. At one point, Palema Stephenson received a perfect score of 40 from the four judges for her Viennese Waltz. Tonioli branded the dance as “simply brilliant”. Revel Horwood used the word “remarkable” to describe that performance.

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Average Cost Of Gym Membership

By Tom Tessin

Going to gym everyday costs you a big amount of money. Even people knows how much they can spend going to gym every month, they still think that it pays to go their regularly because of the facilities they can acquire. Keeping themselves tied up to those heavy equipments they have to use just to experience the desired body that they want. However, what does really the average cost of gym membership? Usually, you need to pay around $30-$50 every month depending on the name of the gym that you want to be enrolled. This includes everything and allows you to enjoy all the facilities inside. Different instructors will teach you the proper exercise as a beginner up to the very tough session. You may discontinue your monthly membership or not, it depends on you. However, most of the gym lovers will pursue their membership up to one year costing them much. The average costs of gym membership for one year will reach up to $800. Imagine how big amount you can spend just by going to gym?

There are some ways that you can avoid spending this big amount of money if you will just think of it. Try to exercise on your own way. Have a regular jogging exercise at first around your village or why not buy your own treadmill? You will just pay once for this equipment yet you can use it for a long time. You may also add another equipment similar to the once you saw in the gym. Doing this will eventually allows you to put your own little gym inside your house and you will pay no more for a very expensive gym membership reaching up to $800 a year.

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There are villages also who has their own gym club that allows their own residents to enjoy since their monthly amortization covers all of the amenities around them. If you want, you can also watch video that teaches what proper exercise you can do inside your home and how you will execute it properly without hurting your joints and muscles. In this way, you are not just saving enough money but also, you are enjoying the same exercise that you are supposed to learn inside the gym. It only depends on how you manage your time and budget. Think of the best alternatives before spending much into such gym membership.

You’re going to find that many of your gyms such as Lifetime, LA Fitness and more are going to all vary with their price tags. Before you sign a contract, know what you’re getting yourself into because you’re going to find that it is going to be very hard to get out of the contract 100%. If you want to save money, check into gyms that don’t charge you. You will find that there are many smaller Mom and Pop shops that can help you with your costs. This is a great way to potentially cut down the prices on your membership itself.

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Predictable random number generator discovered in the Debian version of OpenSSL

Friday, May 16, 2008 

A major security hole was discovered in the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) of the Debian version of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is one of the most used cryptographic software, that allows the creation of secure network connections with the protocols called SSL and TLS. It is included in many popular computer programs, like the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Apache web server. Debian is one of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, on which are based other distributions, like Ubuntu and Knoppix. The problem affects all the Debian-based distributions that were used to create cryptographic keys since the September 17, 2006. The bug was discovered by Luciano Bello, an argentine Debian package maintainer, and was announced on May 13, 2008.

This vulnerability was caused by the removal of two lines of code from the original version of the OpenSSL library. These lines were used to gather some entropy data by the library, needed to seed the PRNG used to create private keys, on which the secure connections are based. Without this entropy, the only dynamic data used was the PID of the software. Under Linux the PID can be a number between 1 and 32,768, that is a too small range of values if used to seed the PRNG and will cause the generation of predictable numbers. Therefore any key generated can be predictable, with only 32,767 possible keys for a given architecture and key length, and the secrecy of the network connections created with those keys is fully compromised.

These lines were removed as “suggested” by two audit tools (Valgrind and Purify) used to find vulnerabilities in the software distributed by Debian. These tools warned the Debian maintainers that some data was used before its initialization, that normally can lead to a security bug, but this time it was not the case, as the OpenSSL developers wrote on March 13, 2003. Anyway this change was erroneously applied on September 17, 2006, when the OpenSSL Debian version 0.9.8c-1 was released to the public.

Even though the Debian maintainer responsible for this software released a patch to fix this bug on May 8, 2008, the impact may be severe. In fact OpenSSL is commonly used in software to protect the passwords, to offer privacy and security. Any private key created with this version of OpenSSL is weak and must be replaced, included the session keys that are created and used only temporary. This means that any data encrypted with these keys can be decrypted without a big deal, even if these keys are used (but not created) with a version of the library not affected, like the ones included in other operating systems.

For example any web server running under any operating system may use a weak key created on a vulnerable Debian-based system. Any encrypted connection (HTTPS) to this web server established by any browser can be decrypted. This may be a serious problem for sites that requires a secure connection, like banks or private web sites. Also, if some encrypted connection was recorded in the past, it can be decrypted in the same way.

Another serious problem is for the network security software, like OpenSSH and OpenVPN, that are used to encrypt the traffic to protect passwords and grant the access to an administrative console or a private network protected by firewalls. This may allows hackers to gain unwanted access to private computers, networks or data traveled over the network, even if a not affected version of OpenSSL was used.

The same behavior can be applied to any software or protocol that use SSL, like POP3S, SSMTP, FTPS, if used with a weak key. This is the case of Tor, software used to offer strong anonymity on the TCP/IP, where about 300 of 1,500-2,000 nodes used a weak key. With 15-20% of weak Tor nodes, there is a probability of 0.34-0.8% circa to build a circuit that has all tree nodes weak, resulting in a full loss of anonymity. Also the case of only one weak node begin used may facilitate some types of attack to the anonymity. The Tor hidden services, a sort of anonymous public servers, are affected too. However the issue was speedly addressed on May 14, 2008.

The same problem also interested anonymous remailers like Mixmaster and Mixminion, that use OpenSSL to create the remailer keys for the servers and the nym keys for the clients. Although currently there is no official announcement, at least two remailer changed their keys because were weak.

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