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CHAPTER 11: EMPIRE’S VICTORY

Slice ePub May 14, 2014

This is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.1

George W. Bush

We can either have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.

Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1861–1939)

Extreme inequality is the surest indicator of a society organized by the dominator relationships of Empire. It is no coincidence that the United States has the most unequal wealth distribution of any major industrial nation and is the most imperial of modern nations.

In 1998, the top 1 percent of U.S. households owned 47 percent of all household financial assets, more than the entire bottom 95 percent— and the gap is growing. In the decade between 1989 and 1999, the number of U.S. billionaires increased from 66 to 268. The number of people living below the pitifully inadequate official poverty line (about $13,000 for a family of three in 1999) increased from 31.5 to 34.5 million. The ratio of CEO pay to the pay of an average worker rose from 141 to 1 in 1995 to 301 to 1 in 2003. The legacy of slavery’s destruction of families and its denial of opportunities for intergenerational wealth accumulation by black Americans is revealed in the fact that the total wealth of the average European American household is 5.5 times that of the average African American household.2

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Hack #37. Installing the less Pager on Your TiVo

Slice ePub May 29, 2014

Do more with less, the best way to page through and find things within a text file.

There's an old Unix saying: "less is more." It refers to two paging programs or commands, more and less, used to scroll through a text file a line or page at a time. While more is usually more than enough, less does all that more can and moremost notably, the ability to move and search not just forward, but also backward through a file. Indeed, less is more than more (Unix geeks just love this stuff!).

The Unix utilities package [Hack #34] doesn't have any prepackaged pagers, so I recommend you install less. Grab yourself a copy of the precompiled version for TiVo from http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/tivoutils/less-378-s1.tar.gz?download. Don't expand the archive; just transfer it [Hack #36] as is to the /var/hack directory on your TiVo and run the following commands to expand the archive, put less into place, and remove the unneeded archive:

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13. Life Choices

Slice PDF May 14, 2014

Chapter 13

Life Choices

Life and livelihood ought not to be separated but to flow from the same source, which is Spirit. . . . Spirit means life, and both life and livelihood are about living in depth, living with meaning, purpose, joy, and a sense of contributing to the greater community.

— M AT T H E W F O X 1

To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your hands. It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied. Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will but lead some to greed and others to hunger.

—KAHLIL GIBRAN2

we stand at a critical point of choice between two stories—two paths to contrasting futures. One is the story of a universe that begins and ends in death. The other is the story of a universe that begins in life and unfolds as an expression of life’s creative force.

Envisioning the path of life requires that we know what we truly value, that which in our more reflective moments we identify as the essential elements of good living. Alisa Gravitz, the executive director of Co-op

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Image inpainting scheme based discrete wavelet Transform

Slice PDF November 10, 2014

Int'l Conf. IP, Comp. Vision, and Pattern Recognition | IPCV'13 |

Image inpainting scheme based discrete wavelet

Transform

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S.M. Elkaffas1, N.S. Khattab2, and B. A. Youssef 2

Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Alexandria, Egypt.

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City for Scientific Research and Technological Applications, Alexandria Egypt.

Abstract - This paper proposes a novel scheme for digital images inpainting based on discrete wavelet transform

(DWT). Where the digital image is decomposed into four components and both structure and exemplar inpainting methods are individually applied on them to obtain the best arrangement with each component. Many cases if digital image have been used to verify the scheme. The aim of this research is to minimize the computation time without cause a big change in accuracy. Good inpainting results have been accomplished are obtained by testing the result of adding back the four sub images resulted from permutation method between these components. Experiments showed that the proposed scheme provides a better visual effect and less computation time.

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9. Security

Slice ePub May 27, 2014

This chapter discusses the details of how to build secure ASP.NET MVC web applications, including guidance on how to secure web applications; the differences that need to be taken into account when securing Internet, intranet, or extranet applications; as well as how to take advantage of functionality built right into the .NET Framework that can help prevent the common security issues that most web applications face.

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This statement conveys the philosophy that you should embrace when it comes to securing your web applications: the world is a dangerous place and web applications often represent attractive targets for would-be attackers, so youre going to want to be prepared.

Unfortunately, there are no silver bullets when it comes to web application security. It isnt as simple as including a library or making a method call. Security is something that needs to be baked into an application right from the start and not an afterthought that is tacked on at the last minute.

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