Posts Tagged 'house'

“Hello? This is George Dubya, I need data recovery”

I’m surprised they are finally getting around to this. Given the timing, they are just going through the motions. How many president’s have been impeached after they’ve left office? Probably take a presidential pardon along with them just in case. You got the CIA and FBI who tap phones and monitor Internet traffic but you can’t keep proper backups of internal emails? Come on! You know it’s a big cover up. Simple deletion does not render data unrecoverable. And reputable data recovery company would be able to get those emails back in a snap. I’m sure the IT staff were instructed to keep a lid on the issue as to ensure their job safety.

“The recovery project would not use backup tapes going back to March 2003, according to the draft document, even though an earlier White House assessment suggested e-mails were missing from that period as well.

Industry experts point out that relying on the backup system to ensure accurate retention, preservation and retrieval of all e-mails is problematic because it does not take into account deleted e-mails.” (link)

Styrofoam: homes of the future

While styrofoam may be most commonly associated with disposable coffee cups, meat trays and packaging, prefab home manufacturer Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. uses it to construct easy-to-assemble modular kit homes.

Dubbed the “habitat for the 21st century,” the Dome House is an igloo-shaped structure built from snap-together wall sections made of 100% expanded polystyrene foam (styrofoam). It might seem like an odd choice of material for a house, but the company lists a number of advantages that styrofoam has over traditional materials. Unlike wood and metal structures, for example, the styrofoam Dome House does not rust, rot or attract termites. It is also highly resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. In addition, the walls, which are treated with a flame retardant, emit no toxic fumes in a fire. (link)

White House free to ignore emails … just like everyone else

A federal judge today sided with the Bush administration in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit related to missing White House e-mails. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is probably most familiar to Ars readers for her role in the Microsoft antitrust case, held that the White House’s Office of Administration was not a federal agency as that term is defined by the FOIA and was therefore not obligated to respond to FOIA requests.

The ruling represents a setback for the plaintiff, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which was also behind the White House e-mail lawsuit we covered in April. That lawsuit was heard by a different judge, was directed at a different federal agency, and was filed under different federal statutes: the Federal Records Act and the Presidential Records Act. The White House has denied wrongdoing in that case, and the case is still being litigated. (link)

Laptop explodes, injures girl, burns down home … hello lawsuit

“An Arkansas man’s Compaq Presario PC exploded in his home, causing his daughter to face major injuries, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

Keith Price says he bought the computer from Wal-Mart and did not notice any problems immediately after the purchase. However, one day he was at home when it suddenly caught on fire, setting his entire house ablaze.

Price claims his daughter had to jump out of a second story window to get away from the flames. She sustained “burns and physical injuries,” according to the lawsuit.

He says HP is at fault because of its negligence, and is also accusing the company of causing “extreme mental anguish.” Price is seeking unspecified monetary damages.” (link)

FCC to receive anal probe from Congress

The FCC—and Chairman Kevin Martin in particular—are in hot water with Congress over the way that the Commission is run. While Martin was at CES, telling all who would listen that the FCC will investigate Comcast’s traffic-shaping practices, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced a formal investigation of the FCC. The news couldn’t be more welcome to the industries that the FCC regulates.

The Associated Press reports that a bipartisan group of Representatives from the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday sent a letter to Martin. The group says that Congress will see if the FCC’s dealings are “being conducted in a fair, open, efficient and transparent manner.”

The House hasn’t been pleased with the FCC lately. Last February, the Commerce Committee grilled Martin about the state of US broadband, the AT&T/BellSouth merger, and lingering allegations of waste and fraud in the Universal Service Fund that pays for phone and Internet service in low-income and rural communities and schools. (story)

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