Not real, but what if?

I enjoyed the last Star Trek movie. I just had a few questions I was wondering if anyone was able to answer (better late than never):

* How are they able to go through a black hole?

* If one drop of red matter can make a black hole, why did the logical Vulcans make enough to take a bath in and put it all on Spock's ship?

* Why was it necessary to use a drill to deliver the red matter? Would the black hole have bounced off of the planet if they didn't drill first?

* If the Romulan had the red matter and was thrown back in time with the foreknowledge of his planet's destruction, why didn't he use the red matter to save his planet? Did he not care about his planet?

* If warp speed is faster than light, why wasn't the Enterprise able to fly away from the black hole?

* How is a slower than light explosion able to push them away from the black hole?

* If the Enterprise ejected their core, wouldn't they just lose warp power and fall into the black hole? Or do they not need their core to maintain full power? If so why do they have a core?

A new lip-reading app for the iPhone will help deaf people communicate. The app, "iSee uTalk" will allow deaf people who are able to lip read see the mouth and lips of a caller as they speak. A development version of iSee uTalk, expected to be released later this year, will also include mouth-to-text technology to render text for deaf people who are unable to lip-read on their own.

The new lip-to-text technology is intended to replace aging TTY technology on cell phones, which gives the deaf and hard of hearing a text-based system for communicating over phone lines among themselves or with hearing individuals. "The problem is that TTY systems are expensive and bulky. Our App aims to solve both problems," said Derrick Crawford, head developer for iSee uTalk.

Currently, the TTY unit resembles a laptop computer with a keyboard, a display screen and a modem. The user types his message, and the letters are converted into electrical signals that travel over the phone line. The new lip-reading technology utilizes the touch screen itself, eliminating the bulk that TTY systems currently require. The caller merely needs to mash their iPhone against their face while speaking, and the touch sensitive screen will interpret the movements and render an image or text for the deaf person to see. The entire system will be available as an app available for download from the Apple app store.

No disrespect at all intended towards deaf individuals. This is merely a rip at the iPad and the cult-like following for any Apple product no matter how absurd. Some information directly taken from:

The link you clicked was part of a phishing exercise. There is no need to take further action. Had this been a real attack, you could have been directed to a malicious website that would have installed malware or requested additional personal information including your username and password.

Search Warrants Uncover Two Illegal CDs and an iPod

FLORIDA, June 5, 2008 -- The U.S. Secret Service, assisted by the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Florida Anti-Piracy Unit, executed two search and seizure warrants in Orlando and Gainesville in the break up of a massive counterfeit music operation. Approximately 2 recorded CD-Rs and an iPod containing "dozens" of songs were seized from both the Orlando and Gainesvill locations. The actions were taken on May 29, 2008.

Equipment seized from the Orlando location included a single 32-speed CD-R burner, one computer monitor, one computer, one inkjet printer, two trash cans, and a pen. The music genre seized was primarily Urban Contemporary, and included artists such as Santana and the Beatles.

"On behalf of our member companies and the artists they represent, I’d like to thank the U.S. Secret Service for the tremendous efforts they put forth to address this highly egregious operation," said Frank Creighton, Senior Vice President, RIAA Anti-Piracy Unit. "A seizure of this magnitude could not have been achieved without their timely and professional investigation and dedication of precious resources. For that, we are extremely grateful."

This illegal operation had the potential to produce almost 120000 illicit CD-Rs a year. The estimated yearly loss of revenue to the recording industry due to this operation would have been in excess of $ 1.8 million.

Charges are currently pending against the two students involved in the operation.

The MAFIAA is a trade association whose members steal, monopolize and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States. The Anti-Piracy division of the RIAA investigates any production and distribution of sound recordings that might not cost the music industry anything. Consumers, retailers and replicators can report suspected music piracy such as signing "Happy Birthday" in public to the RIAA by dialing a toll-free hotline, 1.800.BAD.BEAT, or sending email to or

The above is a parody of this, but those are realistic damages they'd claim for a single 32x cd burner. It's 4% of what they claimed for 102 8x cd burners. Assuming 1 drive burning 4 times faster and you get something like the figures I used. How a single illicit CD incurres a loss of over $60k is anyone's guess. Comments?

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