Gongol.com Archives: January 2006
Brian Gongol

Weather and Disasters (2006.01.14)
How the Moon Gets a Halo
High-altitude ice crystals refract light at 22

Health (2006.01.14)
EU to Spend Huge Sum to Fight Bird Flu
It appears to be spreading through Turkey; that means it's crossing the bridge into Europe now

Computers and the Internet (2006.01.14)
Feds to Spend Under $500,000 a Year to Check Open-Source Security
Somehow it seems like that's not enough -- open-source is a fine way to do software (and inherently tends toward security, since everyone has access to all of the potential flaws and thus has incentive to stop them), but at that rate, they're basically hiring five people to do all the checking. The Microsoft software monoculture is a pretty big security hole in our nation's infrastructure, so supplementing alternatives might be an efficient use of resources.

Business and Finance (2006.01.14)
The Longer We Lie to Ourselves About Pensions, the Greater the Eventual Pain