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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Stealing Bandwidth - Hot Linking

One of the many reasons you should not hotlink images on your webpage and it's called the switcheroo. According to the Akashic Record, or rather, Usenet, "Linking directly to other people's images without their permission is also dangerous, since the image you link to may suddenly disappear or change." Dueceofclubs has several pages dedicated to the switcheroo, be sure to head on over and check it out.

Many facets of internet etiquette are established and widely known. The faux pas of direct linking is well established, but not widely known. We begin Switcheroo with a view toward correcting that. If I have to bear the extra traffic then the images should be doing MY bidding. Yes, MINE MINE MINE. Other people are using bandwidth I am paying for, and they are getting the benefit? We begin Switcheroo with a view toward correcting that.

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Computer Memory Guide 2005

Legion Hardware has an excellent article on the different types of memory that computers use today. Often users are confused about memory timings, frequencies, bandwidth or simply what memory to buy. This article covers all these topics and more, starting with what memory is and why we need it.

Most users are unsure about the differences between the original DDR memory and the new DDR2 memory type. Most of the questions were “Which memory type is faster?”, “Can both DDR and DDR2 be used at the same time?” and of course “Which memory should I buy?”

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

MoPo | Forum Happenings

Skater Jumps the Great Wall Of China - Video
Fox News Takes On Canada - Video
NSFW - GTA Hot Coffee Mod - Video
Coldplay Music - Video
Extreme Typing - Game

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Jessica Simpson - Dukes Of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard actors (L-R) Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson along with director Jay Chandrasekhar talk to troops at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia July 26, 2005. The actors and director were at the base for a free screening of their movie 'The Dukes of Hazzard' which opens in the U.S. on August 5

Singer-actress Jessica Simpson, who plays Daisy Duke is shown in this undated publicity photograph from her music video of 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'' from the motion picture soundtrack CD for 'The Dukes of Hazzard'.

Watch The Dukes of Hazzard Movie Trailer

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Austria Museum Lets Naked People in Free

Scores of naked or scantily clad people wandered the museum, lured by an offer of free entry to "The Naked Truth," a new exhibition of early 1900s erotic art, if they showed up wearing just a swimsuit — or nothing at all. With a midsummer heat wave sweeping much of Europe, pushing temperatures into the mid-90s Fahrenheit in Vienna, the normally staid museum decided that making the most of its cool, climate-controlled space would be just the ticket to spur interest in the show.

Two visitors in their bikini view a painting at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, on Friday, July 29, 2005. Dozens of arts patrons visited the museum wearing little or no clothing, lured by an offer of free admission if they came to the museum in the spirit of 'The Naked Truth', an exhibition of 1900s erotic artworks.

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Christmas Will Only Come Once a Year

Some 80 Santas from around the globe meeting at their World Congress debated establishing a second Christmas in July to ease their December workload, but finally decided that the holiday would be feted only once a year, the Danish Santa host said. The Santas have been meeting in Denmark every summer since 1963

Surrounded by young female Santa Claus assistants, a Swedish Santa takes a swim during the annual Santa Claus World Congress in Copenhagen(AFP/SCANPIX)

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Lawn Furniture For Literalists

Here's a handy how-to-guide on growing your own furniture. Note: Couch may require mowing.

How much oxygen did your furniture produce today? In our version of the future, the things we loaf about on indoors will be as beneficial as the stuff that grows out back. In the meantime, sculpt lawn furniture from the lawn itself. Unlike your standard-issue sofa, this lush greenery is totally organic, requires no synthetic finishes, and can be brought to life, Golem-style, from salvaged dirt. St. Augustine tiles create a seamless, living upholstery, or try wheatgrass for a durable alternative. Ask your nursery about planting tips unique to your sod.

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Moon Vacation Now Available

A Russian rocket manufacturer is offering to send space tourists on a ride around the moon for $100 million US and a top official of the nation's space agency said the project could be viable. The trip around the moon would include a week-long stay aboard the International Space Station, Energia chief Nikolai Sevastyanov said Wednesday. The project would involve reliable Soyuz booster rockets that have been the mainstay of the Soviet and Russian space program since the 1960s.

The cash-strapped Russian space program has sought to augment scarce government funding with revenues from space tourism. Californian Dennis Tito paid the Russian space agency about $20 million for a week-long trip to the International Space Station in 2001, and South African Mark Shuttleworth followed suit the a year later.

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HP to Stop Selling Apple's iPod

HP iPod sales accounted for an average of only 5 percent of all iPods sold since the two companies struck their deal, according to Apple. HP sold about 8 percent of all iPods in the June quarter, according to Apple's quarterly report. Apple said that its bigger rival had decided the iPods did not fit into its strategy. HP's new chief executive Mark Hurd has moved to simplify and streamline the company, and a spokesman said iPod sales were not a "huge deal".

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Astronomers Detect 10th planet

Astronomers in the United States have announced the discovery of the 10th planet to orbit our Sun. The largest object found in our Solar System since Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was first seen in 2003 but has only now been confirmed as a planet. Designated 2003 UB313, it is about 3,000km across, a world of rock and ice and somewhat larger than Pluto.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

WGA Hacked window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all')

Here is the crack hack that will take care of that nasty Virus called WGA ( Windows Genuine Advantage ).

Before pressing 'Custom' or 'Express' buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:


It turns off the trigger for the key check.

Well, that didn’t take long. Apparently Microsoft’s Genuine Advantage has been cracked already.This week, Microsoft started requiring users to verify their serial number before using Windows Update. This effort to force users to either buy XP or tell them where you got the illegal copy is called 'Genuine Advantage.' It was cracked within 24 hours."

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Origin of CTRL-ALT-Delete

Also known as a three-finger salute and the Vulcan nerve pinch. Dr. David J. Bradley is the creator of the infamous CTRL-ALT-Delete. He is also known for his good-natured jab at Bill Gates, "I may have invented Control-Alt-Delete, but Bill Gates made it really famous", alluding to the instability of early Microsoft operating systems.

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This keyboard combination was designed by David Bradley, a designer of the original IBM PC. Bradley originally designed Control-Alt-Escape to trigger a soft reboot, but he found it was too easy to bump the left side of the keyboard and reboot the computer accidentally. He switched the key combination to Control-Alt-Delete, a combination impossible to press with just one hand (this is not true of later keyboards, such as the 102-key PC/AT keyboard).

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WGA - Windows Genuine Advantage

Many may have noticed already that Windows Genuine Advantage went live this week, which forces users to go through a one-time validation process to ensure that they are using authentic versions of Windows software before they are allowed access to a number of Microsoft download sites.

First, "Critical" security updates are still available to anyone via Automatic Updates in XP or manually from Microsoft's Download Centre. For those who do not or can not validate their Windows, this would be the only way to get updates from here on.

To validate their Windows, an ActiveX control needs to be downloaded and installed once. This will scan the system and look at their product key and reference it against a list of known invalid/illegal keys. When their key checks out they are permitted to download updates from Windows Update, Microsoft update, or from the Download Centre. Successful validation also gives those users access to some bonus software, details are here.

The whole validation process takes only a minute or so on broadband. I have tested it on numerous PC's, and have had no problems whatsoever. I have not personally tested it with browsers other than IE6 at this point.

In the pilot of WGA a user had to manually enter their 25 digit product key, this is no longer the case.

If a system is re-imaged, it will have to be re-validated as the successful validation key would have been lost.

Users who have altered their browser security settings may have to temporarily modify them to allow the ActiveX control to be installed from one of the applicable locations.

Two offers of genuine software will be available worldwide for Windows XP Professional and Home Edition for customers who unknowingly acquired counterfeit software. Qualifying customers who fill out a piracy report, provide proof of purchase, and send in their counterfeit CDs may receive a genuine copy at no cost. Qualifying customers who submit a piracy report may receive a genuine copy of Windows XP Home Edition for $99 ($U.S.) or Windows XP Professional for $149 ($U.S.). The latter offer will be fulfilled online and via CD through postal mail to help customers get genuine Windows as quickly and conveniently as possible.

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Ways Geeks Keep Cool This Summer

Don’t get to excited, I said “ways geeks stay cool”…not “ways geeks are cool”. As always, the BBSpot Top 11 list is true Geek fun.

5. Overclocking the A/C

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WGA Genuine Advantage Cracked

Well, that didn’t take long. Apparently Microsoft’s Genuine Advantage has been cracked already.

This week, Microsoft started requiring users to verify their serial number before using Windows Update. This effort to force users to either buy XP or tell them where you got the illegal copy is called 'Genuine Advantage.' It was cracked within 24 hours."

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

George W. Bush Middle Finger Salute

Good ol' Bush does it again and again, this time caught on MSNBC nightly news giving his famous middle finger victory salute. Good for Dubya that he is able to pull this off, second term as the president has never been better....

George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. He was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, re-elected on November 2, 2004, and sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2005. Prior to his Presidency, President Bush served for 6 years as the 46th Governor of the State of Texas.

Bush Fingering the press MSNBC - Watch Video

George Bush's One Finger Victory Salute - Watch Video

There is a genius behind this stupidity - Watch Video

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Rubik's Cube Mosaics

I was sitting and playing a game of Arcana at a table next to a window full of cheap cubes, and I was inspired to do a little low resolution art. I asked Kristin if I could mess up a few cubes, and she said I could as long as I put them back when I was done. That is why my first attempt was not very big — I didn't want to terribly upset my hosts. As it turns out, she was pleased and let me create a few more.

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Amputee Happy Reunited with Foot

It’s cool. It’s all good,” Rubottom said. “Now I’ve got my foot back. That’s all I wanted". This summer, upon advice from his doctor, he had the foot amputated. But instead of letting the hospital dispose of the body part, he took it home and stuck it (along with a can of beer and a porcelain horse!) in a bucket of formaldehyde on his front porch.

Rubottom, a 21-year-old Lawrence resident, ex-pressed relief Monday after police gave him back his left foot, which he began storing in a five-gallon bucket of formaldehyde on the porch at 627 Conn. after it was amputated three weeks ago. Police seized the foot Saturday, thinking it could have been evidence of a crime, but returned it after verifying Rubottom was the rightful owner

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Create Your Google Logogle Instantly

This is what the MoPo logo looks like after the Logogleizer was finished messin' with are character string. Try the Logogle Izer for yourself it's fun.

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Sims 2 Targeted Game Mod Includes Nudity

Well it's official The Sims 2 has now become a target for allowing users to mod in nude scenes. It would seem that Anti-video game lawyer Jack Thompson is stirring the pot yet again, this time over a mod for the Sims 2. Obviously no one has explained "user added mods" to him yet.

``Reasonable people understand that the Local Newpaper is not responsible for vulgar things that people doodle into the margins of the paper,'' A consumer who chooses to use a mod does so without any kind of agreement with the company. There is no nudity. There is nothing improper or vulgar in `The Sims 2.' ''

Sims 2 = Naked Polygons

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Cartoons Covering The GTA Controversy

Well Penny Arcade adds a little bit of humour to the GTA Hot Coffee Mod. Rockstar claims that it was the Haxorz that put the mini pRoN Scene in the Game, oh wait it's in the PS2 version as well.

Watch / Download the GTA Hot Coffee Video and read more about why they changed the rating from M to AO.

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Hygienist Anti-Crest Story from Hell

Like most people, I hate the concept of dentists but I really do like mine. The hygienist? That's another story. Most Dental Hygienists are well the Anti-Crest and if you haven't been for awhile here is what your local hygienist has planned for you.

I always thought that the hygienists were supposed to be nice...and hot in a cute, smocked kinda way. They're not hot at all.

They start by molesting your face. Your cheek will feel like it's bruising as the hygienist yanks it aside to get at your teeth. Then the poker/scraper comes out and they will proceed to do an overly thorough job, ensuring that your gums are jabbed with excruciating force. You will feel her repeatedly stabbing your gums until they bleed for around an hour. Then the floss will come out which isn't normally a big deal but hygienists are trained to apply so much pressure that it will feel like the floss is going to slice through your head. Now if that wasn't fun enough the hygienist will try to have a conversation with you, while they have one hand pulling at your face and the other in your mouth.

Hygienist: Do you floss regularly?
Me: Meh.

Hygienist: You really want to floss daily. And get in between those teeth. Don't be afraid to floss hard.
Me: Uh-huh.

Hygienist: When you brush, you brush in little circles don't you? You should really be brushing straight up and down.
Me: I han hry hat.

Hygienist: Brush up and down for at least two minutes. Plaque has the consistency of maple syrup. Its tough to get off your teeth.
Me: Yeah, uh-huh.

Hygienist: Plaque's a waste product. You don't want that in your mouth do you?
Me: Huh-uh. Ope!

Hygienist: Okay, we're almost done. How are you doing?
Me: "blink blink"

Enjoy your next visit to the Hygienist and remember that you have been warned, well in advance the horror and pain you will endure from your local hygienist, which I officially rename anti-crest from hell.

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Danni Ashe - the Most-Downloaded Woman on the Internet

Danni Ashe - the most-downloaded video of a woman on the Internet and owner of Danni's Hard Drive. Here are a few interesting facts to ponder :

On a daily basis, Danni.com uses more bandwidth than all of Central America. If one person were to download all 12 terabytes of Danni images that have been downloaded, using a 28Kbs modem it would take over 14 years. On high speed it would take about 1 year. You could download a different image of Danni every day for over 30 years and never download the same image twice.

Model Danni Ashe, painted to look as if she is wearing half a suit and half a bikini set.

On December 5, 2000, Guinness World Records awarded Ashe the title "Most downloaded woman on the Internet" when they confirmed her image ( pictures ) had been downloaded over a billion times. Ashe was the first person in history to officially reach this milestone.

The download record had previously been claimed by bikini model Cindy Margolis who claimed seven million total downloads at the time of Ashe’s challenge.

Ashe’s counter claim was documented and audited by three independent agents before being confirmed by Guinness. Samuel Sugar, her then marketing director, then called the Howard Stern Show, during a live appearance by Margolis, to confront her with news that she’d officially lost her title. Margolis accused Ashe of ‘stealing’ the title from her, unaware that Guinness had officially crowned Ashe and, playing into Sugar's hands, started a media storm.

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Body Painting - Is it Art ?

There has been a revival of body painting in the Western society since the 1960s, in part prompted by the liberalization of social mores regarding nudity. Even today there is a constant debate about the legitimacy of body painting as an art form. I would like to remind you that these pictures are probably NSFW, however this is art work just done on a slightly different canvas.

Today, body paintings are typically worn at football matches, at rave parties, and at certain festivals. There are also body painting artists who do work for publicity or artistic purposes.

Modern face and body paints are made according to stringent guidelines, meaning these are non-toxic, non-allergenic, and can easily be washed away. These are either applied with hands, paint brush, and natural sea sponge, or alternatively with an airbrush. Contrary to the popular myth perpetuated by the James Bond movie Goldfinger, a person is not asphyxiated if their whole body is painted, although wearing body paint for a prolonged period may cause heat stroke by inhibiting perspiration.

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Nude Body Art Paint Petra Nemcova Daniella Sarahyba

Daniella Sarahyba, Petra Nemcova and Bridget Hall. These pictures are some fine examples of nude body painting in action.

In the whole history of mankind, people have decoreated themselves - one way or another. With clothings, jewellery, tattoos, piercings, scars, permanent changes of the bone structure, plastic surgery - and by painting the body. If the decoration is performed with cowdung, coal or mascara from Max Factor, is more a cultural difference.

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Severed USB Thumb Drive 128MB

The sheer novelty of a thumb-drive shaped like a thumb will definitely interest people who can afford it. This kind of thing isn't for "regular" people but for freaks, or the easily amused. With the higher price, they will still make money off them, because people are willing to pay for the amusement of a thumbdrive, that looks like a thumb.

Japan's Solid Alliance unveiled a new USB 2.0 "thumb" drive that is shaped like a thumb. The unit comes in a 128MB capacity and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. We just can't imagine what else Solid Alliance has up their sleeves. The thumb drive will go on sale for 7,800 Yen ($71 USD) this month in Japan. No word when it will be released in the U.S.

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Mcdonalds French Fry Holder

There's So Much More You Can Do With Cup Holders, Like Hold Your Fries, To Make Driving Safer. This is a must have for any self respecting fast food addict. It even has a ketchup holder and is dishwasher safe.

Cars now come with several cup holders, and this innovative accessory helps you make the most of them! French-Fry Holder holds one order of fries (and its cardboard container) close at hand! Even has a clip-on ketchup cup! Can also hold snacks or crayons. Fits into virtually any-size cup holder, with a no-slip rubberized base grip to help it stay in place. Also fits in a child's car seat cup holder. Dishwasher-safe.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Real Rhapsody Real One Super Pass

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Get a Free Trial & A Girlfriend

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Quentin Tarantino & Dr. Seuss

By 1988, Tarantino had written his second script, 'Natural Born Killers' and in 1990 he sold the script for 'True Romance' for $50,000. He decided to use this money to make his third script, 'Reservoir Dogs' on 16mm and in black and white with his friends in the leading roles.

It was around this point that Tarantino left the video store to do rewrites for CineTel, a small Hollywood production company - it was at this time he met Lawrence Bender and struck lucky; 2005 Quintin Tarantino makes a gory movie called one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

Quentin says he couldn't have done it without Dr. Seuss, he was his true inspiration.

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Confess Your Sins Come Clean

Well if you not going to tell anyone who cares, you may as well tell the guys over at comeclean.com. According to the most recent confessions 1% of people ate a small child and 4% did something with a donkey.

Alert:: We have received several murder confessions..... we hope you are just kidding.

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Microsoft Nukes Apple Headquarters

Apple headquaters do not exist according to MSN's new Earth Link Maps, how very convenient.

As seen using Microsoft Earth (top), Apple's Cupertino headquarters looks like its been bombed to rubble. Compare with Google Maps (bottom)

Google Maps Link Microsoft Earth Link

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Russia’s Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered

Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

Another attack involved hundreds of people making phone calls to the American English Center and sending it numerous e-mails back, but Vardan Kushnir remained sure of his right to spam, saying it was what e-mails were for.Under Russian law, spamming is not considered illegal, although lawmakers are working on legal projects that could protect Russian Internet users like they do in Europe and the U.S.

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Sims 2 Naked Polygons = Porn

Well everyone has been talking about GTA " Hot Coffee " and hardly any mention about the Sims 2. EA Games has a mod which removes the default censorship blur over mature scenes in The Sims2. A game which is rated Teen, mind you, yet no one seems to care that it can be uncensored to reveal content which was already there in the retail version. Or, for that matter, just google almost any PC game's name "nude patch" to find user created adult content which is now, apparently, the responsibility of the publishers.

There are plenty of sites that offer 100's of nude mods for the sims. Obviously the sex scenes in GTA are a tad raunchier than plain nude people but if it's a Teen rating there shouldn't be any nudity. Tsk tsk.

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Hacker Needs to get Paid Cash

If you are a hacker and tired of being loathed by all and broke to boot? Why not try out the zero day initiative? Find a flaw, 3Com pays you for it. The more you are paid, the higher your “ranking”. Check out the benefits page, you can make some serious coin by going legit. Sure beats hacking for free from mom’s basement.

The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), founded by 3Com and TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

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Telus Blocking Union Website TWU Local 207

It looks like the union and Telus have locked horns resulting in the Canadian ISP blocking the union’s website. Telus claims they blocked the website after the union attempted to harass and intimidate workers by posting pictures of employees who crossed the picket line. The union feels that it is unfair for Telus to block access to their website and the fight rolls on.

Telus feels that all employees that cross the picket line, should and will get a free ipod ? WTF

He also said that, by posting photos of staff and managers crossing picket lines, the website threatened the safety of non-union employees. "They had no right to post that information," said McArthur. "We have a responsibility to protect our employees from harassment and intimidation.

Customers who use telus.net as their Internet Service Provider are unable to access this website due to censorship by TELUS. When support was called on July 23, they claimed not to be blocking access. Numerous TV, radio and print media have picked up this story, after receiving calls from outraged TWU members. The story will become national when Global National airs a story tonight. TELUS has since admitted to blocking this site, although support was still denying the blocking after the fact.

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MS To Rename Vista?

Is Microsoft in trouble for using the name “Vista”? Will they have to change the name again? If you are like me and thought that “Vista” was a crappy name to start with, this is probably good news.

Microsoft may be in trouble for naming its forthcoming operating system Vista after it transpired that the name has been registered by an American company for nearly six years. Vista, which operates a small business internet interchange, is actually based in Microsoft's home town of Redmond. It was started in May 2000 by John Wall, the founder of Wall Data and an erstwhile investor in SCO.

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Yahoo Buys Konfabulator

Yahoo has bought Konfabulator. Why should you care? Because Konfabulator is now free. There is no spyware, adware or anything else so snag it if you are interested. There are some pretty cool desktop widgets for those of you into that sorta thing.

Hoping to pave a new path to its popular website, Yahoo Inc. has acquired Konfabulator, a tiny software maker that provides a computer platform for monitoring the weather, stock prices and a wealth of other customized information without opening a Web browser.

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Pod Porn Casting: Talking Dirty on Your iPod

At podcast.net, the No. 2 most-searched-for term (right between BBC and NPR) is porn. At Leyden's site, six of the top 20 shows are adult-oriented. And at Apple's behemoth iTunes store, "Open Source Sex" is No. 11 and climbing.

"Open Source Sex" is No. 11 and climbing. From the breathy erotica of "Pod Porn" to the subdued interviews of "SexGeeks," mature programming for the iPod can be titillating, educational or sometimes both, and it is spreading fast.

"No matter what the technology is," says Andrew Leyden, "sex finds a way to get involved."

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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Diamonds Are A Geek's Best Friend

Synthetic diamonds for your next CPU, apparently this is not to far off. The durability of diamonds at high temperatures may revolutionize high-performance processors and could help make the electric car a reality for consumers around the world.

De Beers says synthetic production poses little threat to its market for traditional mined gems, quoting research showing that 94 percent of women want real -- not synthetic --diamonds.

De Beers has also developed machines that can tell even colorless synthetic gem diamonds from the real thing, to prevent synthetic diamonds being passed off as mined gems.

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Home - Made NES Controller Chair

This homebrew NES controller chair was made with a staplegun, high-density foam, and vinyl remnants.

I finished it today. Used the VERY SCARY hydraulic stapler to attach everything. It is delightfully comfy. If ever you decide to do something like this yourself - splurge and spend the extra $4 a yard on the high-density foam. SOOO worth it.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Bank to Introduce Slot Games in ATM Machines

It's payday and you at the ATM do you risk it? Why not you were going to the local bar to play the VLT's anyway.

A bank based here has come up with an unusual way to attract customers to its automatic teller machines -- by installing slot games in them. From Aug. 8, Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will introduce slot games in ATMs that give customers the chance to win back bank fees or cash.

Bank officials say they hope the new ATMs, reportedly the first of their kind in Japan, will give customers a sense of "excitement." "When it comes to ATMs, financial institutions eagerly compete to make them convenient," a bank representative said. "Banks are part of the service industry. We want people to enjoy a 'feeling of excitement' with a sense of fun."

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Fire Captain Uses Fire Truck to Water Lawn

A city fire captain has gotten in trouble for mixing work with his home life. Capt. Kevin Shaffer must repay the department $120 for using a fire truck to water his yard. He also was reprimanded and must pay 35 cents per gallon for the water he used, officials said. Shaffer and other firefighters were training recently on the south end of town, after which Shaffer wanted to purge the truck's tank.

"We consider that a misuse of fire department equipment," Donoghue said. "He said he didn't want to waste it. If he didn't want to waste it, he could have watered the department's lawn."

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Google Site Orkut Used by Drug Gang

Ten people have been arrested in Brazil after authorities discovered them allegedly using Google's online community site, Orkut, to sell drugs. Orkut, launched by Google in 2004, is an invitation-only service which lets people build up networks of contacts with whom they chat.

It is similar to other social networking sites which have become increasingly popular such as Friendster, and MySpace which was recently bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
The Brazilian authorities say that the drug dealers used the Orkut network service to link up deals to sell ecstasy and marijuana.

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IDJ mixing console for Apple iPod

Officially announced today Numarl's iDJ Mixing Console for iPod With a suggested retail price of $399 offers a wealth of creative options for music enthusiasts of all genres. The iDJ will be available Q3 of 2005.

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IE7 for XP Only

Well the latest news has the Mozilla Foundation licking their chops like a ravenous wolf. It seem that IE7 is for XP only, which means that its a reasonable assumption that with all those W2K and older users left behind and Longhorn yet to show up, folks will be switching in hordes with a lone serious exploit.

Methinks I see blood in the water. I still use IE occasionally because I've just always used it, but I soon get tired of the stuff I'm missing with my new love, Firefox. Sorry, Microsoft..you might have brought me to the dance but I'm going home with that Firefox guy over there; he's so clean, virus-free, and that tabbed browsing capability is to DIE for (swoon).

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Microsoft Patents Emoticons

Is it a new bomb? a microwave deathray? radiobeam mindcontrol? No, Microsoft patented making emoticons. Selecting pixels to create an emoticon, assigning a sequence and reconstructing that sequence after its been transmitted. Mark Taylor of the Open Source Consortium I thought summed this up quite well.

"I would have expected to see something like this suggested by one of our more immature community members as a joke on Slashdot, and probably would have chuckled at the absurdity of the notion. We now appear to be living in a world where even the most laughable paranoid fantasies about commercially controlling simple social concepts are being outdone in the real world by well-funded armies of lawyers on behalf of some of the most powerful companies on the planet."

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Windows Vista Download Website

Well, it is official…the new name for Longhorn is Windows Vista. Hell, why not "Fiesta" or "Piñata"? What about Windows "Huevos"? That has a nice ring to it and those are all "festive" names too.

Every day, millions of people around the globe rely on their Windows PC to manage their increasingly digital lives. While familiar tools for managing digital information are powerful, today's world requires more. Introducing Windows Vista™

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Friday, July 22, 2005

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Blogs in Space Target Aliens

Are you saddened and disappointed that the citizens of planet earth do not find your blog interesting? Are the writings in your blog so special that they transcend space and time? Well I have good news for you! You can shoot your blog into space and free up some space on the internet.

Bloggers will now be able to send their online musings into deep space for free in an unorthodox attempt to find intelligent life in the universe. Florida firm MindComet is offering to transmit all blogs into the ether via a commercial satellite.

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Long Horn = Windows Vista

Longhorn will be called Windows Vista? What the!?!? Someone please tell me that is a joke. Let’s all hope the “inside sources” cited for this information aren’t reliable.

The official new name for the Longhorn operating system is Microsoft Windows Vista, according to our insider sources. Microsoft Windows Vista is a major upgrade to the Windows operating system and is both an evolutionary and revolutionary step forward in the progression of the Windows platform.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hot Coffee Nude Patch MOD Download V2.1

EA Games has a mod which removes the default censorship blur over mature scenes in The Sims2. A game which is rated Teen, mind you, yet no one seems to care that it can be uncensored to reveal content which was already there in the retail version. Or, for that matter, just google almost any PC game's name "nude patch" to find user created adult content which is now, apparently, the responsibilty of the publishers.

After Hillary Clinton's witchhunt against Rockstar succeeded it would be interesting to see if she'll go after EA. Obviously the sex scenes in GTA are a tad raunchier than plain nude people but if it's a Teen rating there shouldn't be any nudity. Tsk tsk.

Watch the GTA Hot Coffee Mod Video - AO Please

Now more about the Nude Patch for the Sims 2 from about.com

Remove the blur with "The Sims 2" nude patch.In "The Sims 2," Sims are blurred when they use the bathroom, take a shower, or enter the hot tub naked. There is a user made nude patch that will get rid of the blur. The nude patch for "The Sims 2" works for Sims of all ages.
The nude patch does edit the exe for "The Sims 2," but makes a backup in case you want to restore the patch at a later point.

Instead of the nude patch, there is a cheat code you can use to turn the blur on and off. To turn off: intProp censorGridSize 0, to turn on: intProp censorGridSize 8

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GTA MOD V2.1 : San Andreas Adults Only Rating

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" now becomes only the 19th title given an "AO" rating by the board (ESRB), joining games such as "All Nude Nikki" and "Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber."

Rockstar Games, the producer of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," said it has stopped making the current version of the game, which includes graphic sex scenes that can be unlocked with an Internet download. The game was released in October with an "M" rating, for players 17 and older.

So you better head out and get your copy of GTA if you want to install " Hot Coffee " It looks like Best Buy and Wal-Mart have already pulled the games off the shelf.

Watch the GTA Hot Coffee Mod Video

Well if you own GTA San Andreas and you would like to see these hidden sex scene in the game you will need to download Hot Coffee Mod V2.1.

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Mang Films - Freebord Video Collection

Freeboard - Snowboard the Streets. Here are some vids that freeboard pro Dave O'Grady has created under the label D.O.G Productions. Watch the complete collection over at the MangFilms page.

Freebords are a recent modification of the skateboard. They are designed to closely simulate the behaviour of a snowboard on downhill rides. To this purpose, they have (when compared to a skateboard) two additional castor wheels, located along the longitudinal middle axis, and protruding slightly more than the border wheels. These wheels are able to turn freely in all directions, which allows the Freebord to glide as long as no other wheel touches the ground. By exerting some pressure on the border wheels, the freeborder is able to control the board.

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Internet Jargon Lost On Most People

Imagine that, most people do not know (or care) what most internet catch phrases like “phishing” or “podcasting” mean. Now there is a shocker…average people don’t speak geek?

Buzzwords to describe the latest trends on the net, such as "RSS", "podcasting" and "phishing", are largely unknown to US web users, according to a survey. The Pew Internet and American Life Project, found that only 9% had a "good idea" what RSS (Really Simple Syndication) was.

Check out MoPo's Geek Speak Translator

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Geek-Cessories Jewelry

Perfect for any occasion for that special Geek Girl in your life.

The new and improved 33ohm Ringsistor ring featuring three 1000ohm mint green resistors meticulously twisted together in parallel.

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The Most-Stolen Vehicles in the United States

According to CCC Information Services Inc.’s 2004 most stolen vehicle report, one of every 200 registered 1999 Acura Integra’s was stolen last year, making it 2004’s most stolen vehicle. The 2002 BMW M Roadster and the 1998 Acura Integra ranked as the second and third most stolen vehicles respectively.

These are the top 25 vehicles on the list:

1. 1999 Acura Integra
2. 2002 BMW M Roadster
3. 1998 Acura Integra
4. 1991 GMC V2500
5. 2002 Audi S4

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

James Doohan RIP Montgomery Scotty

James Doohan, chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the original Star Trek, died today at age 85. Rest in peace, Scotty.

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the apocryphal command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85. The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the StarTrek.com Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.

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Government Cracking Down On Porn-Mail

Federal regulators have accused seven companies of hiring other companies to send illegal porn-spam messages for them. Over half of these companies have already agreed to pay massive fines ($1.2 million).

The government said four of the firms already agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million to settle the charges, making it among the most aggressive government crackdowns on pornographic e-mail operations.

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Super Speed Broadband In 2006

Could you imagine having 100 megabits per second broadband in your home? I'm all for finally getting high speed at home...WoW

Broadband Internet access via TV cables can reach 100 Megabits per second as early as next year, 50 times faster than the average broadband speeds now offered to cable TV homes, a Finnish firm said on Wednesday.

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Microsoft to buy E-mail Security Firm FrontBridge

Looks like MS is trying to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by scooping about a E-mail security comapny. Does this mean more secure E-mail or M$ world domination ?

Microsoft plans to acquire FrontBridge Technologies, a provider of secure messaging services, taking its push into the security market a step further. The software giant will integrate FrontBridge's corporate messaging protection with its Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail product, Microsoft said in its announcement Wednesday. The Los Angeles-based security company's services, which include instant message archiving and spam filtering, are designed to safeguard all electronic messages and make sure they are compliant with regulatory requirements such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

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Xbox Live Hits 2 Million

Xbox Live just hit the 2 million subscribers mark. That number is double what it was a year ago and with Xbox360 around the corner, it will only get bigger. At $49.99 a year, those 2 million subscribers equal $100 million a year in revenue.

Once again breaking new ground and proving that gamers around the world crave personalized and social online experiences, Xbox Live®, the premier global online console games and entertainment service from Microsoft®, now unites 2 million gamers from around the world. Xbox Live continues to grow exponentially, having doubled its dynamic online community in just one year—the equivalent to adding one Xbox Live member every 30 seconds.

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Google Moon Landing Download

Google Moon - why did Google do this well in honor of the first manned Moon landing which took place today way back in 1969. According to the Google Moon Website they couldn't think of a better way to commemorate the first lunar landing, than to give our users an opportunity to surf around the lunar surface themselves.

Welcome to Google Moon, In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, we’ve added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.

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779 Million Cell Phones Sold Yearly

Considering the population of World is around 6 Billion, it appears that by 2010 every Person on the planet will have a cell phone including the family pet.

Global sales of cell phones will reach nearly 800 million this year, and the annual tally will surpass 1 billion in 2009 though market growth will soon slow sharply, the research firm Gartner Inc. says in a new forecast. The report Wednesday also estimated 2.6 billion mobile phones will be in use by the end of 2009. Notwithstanding the overall strength suggested by the numbers, cell phone makers are not necessarily reaping huge profits as competition pressures them to cut prices.

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Microsoft Sues Google Over New Employee

It looks like Google is actively recruiting employees from good ol' M$. What better way to beat your competition than to become them. Microsoft is not very happy with employees jumping ship according to this article at ZDNET.

"Accepting such a position with a direct Microsoft competitor like Google violates the narrow non-competition promise Lee made when he was hired as an executive," Microsoft said in its lawsuit, which was seen by CNET News.com. "Google is fully aware of Lee's promises to Microsoft, but has chosen to ignore them, and has encouraged Lee to violate them."

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Tattooed Fruit Is on Way

Is your peach really a terrorist? According to this article on the NY Times since 9/11 fruit can't be trusted. Now all fruit will require security clearance and a passport.

The stickerless technology has a broader purpose, too: it is part of the produce industry's latest effort to identify and track, whether for profit or for security, everything Americans eat. Since 9/11, the industry has been encouraged to develop "track and trace" technology to allow protection of the food supply at various stages of distribution. In addition, next year federal regulations will require all imported produce to be labeled with the country of origin.

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GTA Hot Coffee ESRB Video Game Rating

On the box of nearly every video game sold in the United States is a small square with a rating for that title. The ratings are administered by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, made up of 16 executives from the top game makers.

The available ratings are:

"EC" - Early childhood, may be suitable for ages 3 and older.
"E" - Everyone, may be suitable for 6 and older.
"E10+" - Everyone, may be suitable for 10 and older.
"T" - Teen, may be suitable for 13 and older.
"M" - Mature, may be suitable for 17 and older.
"AO" - Adults only.

With GTA ( Grand Theft Auto ) new Hot Coffee Mod they are looking to recall the game and place it with a AO rating. Have you played the game without modding it ? Shouldn't it all ready have an AO rating?

A media watchdog group said on Tuesday it has demanded Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. unit Rockstar Games recall "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," the blockbuster title at the center of a swarm over a hack that helps players unlock a sexually explicit mini-game.

If they change to AO it looks like party time for independent gaming shops.

Critics have called for a change in the game's rating, from "M" (Mature 17+) to "AO" (Adult Only). Such a move could crimp sales at large retail outlets.

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Love Pheromones are they Real

Nevertheless, a few well-controlled scientific studies have been published demonstrating that humans may use pheromones in some circumstances. The best-studied case involves the synchronization of menstrual cycles among women based on odor cues (by Martha McClintock, Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago). Well there is one site called Love-Scent that would love " No Pun Intended " to get you smelling like a menstrual cycle.

Pheromones in humans are believed to be produced by the apocrine glands. These glands become functional after reaching puberty, which could explain why most people become attracted to the opposite sex at that time. Pheromones could also be the reason why we feel that instant attraction, or dislike when we first meet someone.

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Pakistan's Girl Wonder Arfa Karim MCP

Arfa received the certification when she was still 9, an impressive accomplishment in its own right, according to older programmers who have gone through the process. And others called it an encouraging sign of the continued emergence of women in a country where they have historically struggled to advance.

Ten-year-old Arfa Karim Randhawa of Pakistan, believed to be the youngest person in the world to have earned Microsoft Certified Professional status, visits the company's Redmond campus. (July 14, 2005)

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PC Shipments At 5 Year High

Worldwide shipments of PCs are at a 5 year high hitting 16.6% in the second quarter. Ultra-low prices on desktop PCs, even laptops to an extent, are fueling the surge in PC sales overseas.

Worldwide shipments of personal computers rose 16.6 percent in the second quarter as surging international demand and price wars drove shipments to their highest quarterly growth rate in nearly five years, IDC said Monday.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Wrist Support Mouse Pad Keyboard

You're working at your desk, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you've had for months in your hand and wrist. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp? More likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. Now you ask is it important that you use a Gel support for your Mouse pad and Keyboard? Yes, it may mean the prevention of Carpal Tunnel.

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel - a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand ¾ houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body's peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.

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First Real Xbox 360 Pictures Released

Looks like this kid is going to be in big trouble. It’s pretty common for kids to go trolling on game forums and make obnoxious claims such as having a go on the Xbox 360 in their own home. Well this kid is backing his XBOX 360 claims with real pictures...oops.

Now the kid is begging to get the thread deleted (maybe he found out what an NDA is), but the cat is already out of the bag. Apparently his step dad just started working for Microsoft under the title of Regulatory Compliance Manager, and is currently hardware testing the Xbox 360. The wires coming out the top are for such testing. The hardware is apparently complete, and although there were no 360 games to test, he gave Halo 2 a spin in backwards compatibility.

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Sandra Bullock, Jesse James Married

Bullock, 40, and James, 35, exchanged vows Saturday in front of several hundred guests at the Folded Hills Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley's wine country. Guests included actor William Shatner, actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Regina King, and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, according to "Entertainment Tonight" and Us Weekly magazine.

'Monster Garage' foreman Jesse James sits inside a 1936 Ford three-door coupe in his workshop in Long Beach, Calif. in this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 file photo. Actress Sandra Bullock married mechanic and reality TV star Jesse James at a ranch near Santa Barbara, according to reports.

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Singer Launches Career on eBay

Apparently you can buy anything on e-Bay, including the right to someone's future. Some guy is sponsoring himself through e-Bay Auctions in the hope to raise money for a demo tape.

Shayan, who writes his own songs and plays piano, took five years to get his debut album Deliverance recorded and released, financing the whole project by selling shares in himself on the auction website. He told BBC World Service's The Music Biz programme that he is from a tech-savvy but very wealthy family, and started writing songs in 1999, after losing both parents in quick succession.

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Music Videos Coming to iPods

Well by September you may be able to get yourself a new iPod that will play all your PrOn files as well as music vids on the go.

Negotiations are an indication that Apple is moving to release a device that plays video files, possibly by September, The Journal said. Analysts see the development as likely because of Apple's strength in video software, including the Quicktime movie format and video-editing software, such as Final Cut Pro and iMovie

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Apple iTunes Sells Half Billion Song Prize

Apple awarded a monster prize to the buyer of download number 500m. Prizes included ten iPods, an 10,000-song iTunes gift card and an all-expenses paid trip for four to see Coldplay live. Apple also said it would hand over an iPod Mini and a 50-song bundle every 100,000 songs. I wonder who downloaded the 499,999,999 song?

Congratulations Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana, the 500 Millionth Song Grand Prize Winner, Amy purchased the 500 millionth song - Mississippi Girl by Faith Hill - and was awarded the grand prize.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

501F - It's Hot Outside - POD

Well your skin will burn at around 140F and poultry is fully cooked at about 160F, looks like you will need your Sun Screen today it's going to be a scorcher.

Okay, heres a slightly more technical explanation. Fire is the naturally occurring companion of energy release in the form of heat and light when oxygen combines with a combustible, or burnable, material at a suitably high temperature (about 617 degrees F, 325 degrees C for wood to burn).

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Harry Potter Half Blood Court Injunction

Well it looks like a Superstore in Vancouver was a little eager and jumped the gun on selling the novel. There was a court injunction that prevents anyone disclosing any part of the plot and ruining the eagerly-awaited adventure for other fans.

British author JK Rowling poses with a copy of her new book 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland July 15, 2005. The sixth and penultimate instalment of the 'Harry Potter' saga goes on sale at the weekend, ending months of hype, gag orders and arrests marking the build-up to the publishing event of the year. REUTERS/Mike Finn-Kelcey

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Larissa Franka Juliana Silva - FIVB

Brazil's beach volleyball players Juliana Silva (R) and Larissa Franca (L) celebrate a point during a match at the FIVB World Tour 2005 in Espinho, northern Portugal, July 16, 2005. Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca set third place winning the match against Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder of the U.S. 17-21, 22-20 and 15-7. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

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Kerri Walsh - Beach Volleyball FIVB World

U.S. beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Nipple (L) gives instructions to her team mate in front of Greece's Maria Tsiartsiani (R) during their final match of the FIVB World Tour 2005 in Espinho, northern Portugal, July 16, 2005. Kerri Walsh and team mate Misty May-Treanor won the final against Greece's Thalia Koutroumanidou and Maria Tsiartsiani 21-12 21-13. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

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Larissa Frank - Beach Volleyball FIVB World

Larissa Franka (R) of Brazil calls the play to team mate Juliana Felisberta Silva (not pictured) while compatriot Renata Ribeiro (L) stands in attention during women's beach volleyball final match at the FIVB World Tour 2005 in St.Petersburg, July 9, 2005. Silva and team mate Franka gained a 2-0 victory over compatriots Ribeiro and Rocha.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Microsoft Joins Marvel Online Game Deal

Tim Rothwell, president of Marvel's consumer media group, said his company and Microsoft hoped to release their new game in 2008. M$ is one step closer to taking over the world.

The deal extends Microsoft's competition with Sony, its prime video game rival, into the lucrative market for what are known as massively multiplayer online games. Last month, Sony struck a deal to make such a game based on characters from Time Warner's DC Comics unit, Marvel's nemesis. (DC owns Batman while Marvel controls Spider-Man.)

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New Planet With 3 Suns

I know the article references Star Wars and Tatooine but isn’t this new planet with 3 orbiting suns more like that planet in the movie Pitch Black?

The Jupiter-sized world is 149 light-years (about 879 trillion miles, just next door for astronomers) away from Earth in a triple-star system in the northern constellation Cygnus, or the Swan.

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Sony Wants Bite out of Apple iPod

Don't call it a comeback yet, but Sony Corp. has a new lineup of digital music players that are slicing into the popularity of Apple Computer's iPod device in Japan. Head on over to CNN for the full story.

Apple is still squashing Sony in Europe and North America, where the iPod has achieved iconic status and a big selling point is the availability of iTunes, an easy-to-use music downloading service that has not yet been launched in Japan. While Apple remains the top seller of hard drive players in Japan, there has been a decisive momentum swing in the Japanese market, with Sony securing the top position for memory-type players in both May and June, knocking Apple and its iPod shuffle device into second place.

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Mariah Carey Nipple Slip German TV

Mariah Carey pulls a Janet Jackson, apparently it's all about Maria Carey's Nipple being revealed on a German TV Show. Enjoy the pics.

German TV viewers saw more of singer Mariah Carey than anyone had planned when her dress top fell off during a live broadcast. Floor managers in the Karlsruhe, Germany, studio quickly cut the lights Monday night, allowing Carey to rush offstage and regain her composure, MTV News reported Tuesday. Carey reportedly yelled from offstage: "Someone bring me a jacket or the show's off, we all know how quickly these images can spread around the world." She then reappeared on stage and continued with the show.

It may seem as though your radio station is playing nothing but We Belong Together. The Mariah Carey opus sets a new national radio audience record with 223 million more than double anyone else's total.

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Sand Sculptures - How Do They Do That?

The most frequently asked question on the beach is "What holds sand sculpture together?"

The simple answer is that each little grain of sand is attached to several other little grains of sand by the surface tension of each tiny droplet of water. In fact, it is the water that is the most important element in sandcastle construction. Adding water to sand, and hoping that they are mixing together is usually a recipe for disaster at some later stage when you are attempting to carve delicate details in a block that is not properly constituted. Much better to start adding sand to water right from the first shovelful.

All sand is not the same. The most common "problem" with ocean sand is that it has been surf-rolled (that is rolled back and forth with the tide) for centuries and becomes rounded. Even proper mixing with enough water will not allow you to build an eight-foot castle out of a pile of ball bearings. Salt, shells and seaweed add further complications to the purity of the sand and its ability to stick together. Some ocean beaches, such as Seal Point, California, are located near the mouth of rivers that regularly deposit fine silt grains on the beach to combat surf-rolling. A few miles down the coast, the finer grains have all been deposited and the sand has an entirely different consistency. The older the coastline (e.g. the US East Coast), the more surf-rolled the sand is.

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BMW Super Night Vision Infra-Red

This is pretty cool. BMW says its cars will have infra-red night vision capabilities built in. While the technology is hella cool, I can’t believe they mounted it “in dash” so that you have to take your eyes off the road (presumably at night) to use it. Doh!

BMW claims that its new 7 Series is the first production car to feature a far infra-red night vision system, used in conjunction with the new high-beam "assist" function to make night driving safer. With high-beam "assist", to be available by the end of 2005 in the BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series, a camera on the rear-view mirror casing registers activity on the road and automatically controls the high-beam switch.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Mp3 is Ten Years Old

Happy Birthday, MP3 - today, you are ten years old. On this day back in 1995, the researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS decided to use ‘.mp3’ as the file name extension for their new audio coding technology.

Precisely ten years ago, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS researchers have adopted the "mp3" term as the extension name for the new music compression technology. Although few know about this date or about the fathers of MP3, this music encoding format is one of the best known in the whole world.Choosing the MP3 name was done through an internal poll, the majority of those involved in the project going for this acronym of ISO MPEG Audio Layer 3. It was announced then that MP3 was to replace the existent .bit extension from all the WWW, software solutions and demos.

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Spread Firefox Hacked Privacy Breach Notice

The site that "Spreads Fire Fox" was apparently hacked to send spam. They are not sure if any user information has been compromised. The Mozilla foundation suggests that you take extra precautions regarding your account.

On Tuesday, July 12, the Mozilla Foundation discovered that the server hosting Spread Firefox, our community marketing site, had been accessed on Sunday, July 10 by unknown remote attackers who exploited a security vulnerability in the software running the site. This exploit was limited to SpreadFirefox.com and did not affect other mozilla.org web sites or Mozilla software.We don't have any evidence that the attackers obtained personal information about site users, and we believe they accessed the machine to use it to send spam. However, it is possible that the attackers acquired information site users provided to the site.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Enzo Ferrari - POD

The name Ferrari brings many images to mind: a Formula One racer darting through the turns at Monte Carlo; vice cops chasing drug smugglers through the streets of Miami; ultra-rich drivers cruising winding roads in their six-figure trophy cars; the prancing stallion on a yellow background. The company itself is all about heritage and prestige. The Ferrari company has been involved with racing for more than 50 years, and has been producing road cars almost as long.

How to Screw Up a Ferrari

The prancing stallion - Ferrari's famous emblem of a prancing stallion on a yellow background comes from Enzo Ferrari himself. He explains: The horse was painted on the fuselage of the fighter plane flown by Francesco Baracca, a heroic Italian pilot who died on Mount Montello: the Italian ace of aces of the First World War. In 1923 ... I met Count Enrico Baracca, the pilot's father, and subsequently his mother, Countess Paolina. One day she said to me, "Ferrari, why don't you put my son's prancing horse on your cars; it would bring you luck." ... The horse was black and has remained so; I added the canary yellow background because it is the colour of Modena

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Trial Begins Against Accused Hacker

Levine is accused of stealing 8.2 gigabytes of information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies. The violations occurred from around April 2002 to August 2003. This guy will be facind some serious time.

Scott Levine, former chief executive of the bulk e-mail firm Snipermail.com Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., faces 144 counts from a July 2004 indictment in what prosecutors described as one of the largest computer crime cases ever.

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Way Back Machine Archive Lawsuit

Internet Archive (Way Back Machine) is being sued as part of a trademark dispute case between two rival companies. One company used the Way Back Machine to get cached pages to prove their case against the other company, so the other company sued the Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive was created in 1996 as the institutional memory of the online world, storing snapshots of ever-changing Web sites and collecting other multimedia artifacts. Now the nonprofit archive is on the defensive in a legal case that represents a strange turn in the debate over copyrights in the digital age.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Skype Bluetooth Cell Phone Free Voip

Skype + Bluetooth = Free Calls from your mobile phone. EpyxMobile has released software that will enable Skype users a whole new calling experience.

Furthermore, the software is compatible with SkypeOut, which means that the 1.2 million SkypeOut users will now be able to make their calls from their mobile instead of their PC and continue to benefit from low cost rates. Another attractive aspect of EpyxMobile is that users can enjoy a free trial of all the softwares features as it does not require any purpose-made hardware to operate.

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PS3 Router Functions Revisted

Apparently there was never a plan to include the router feature on the PS3 according to Sony. Kutaragi has previously outlined his vision of having the PS3 read video data from your digital video recorder, he was also smoking crack when he first presented the PS3. Head on over to IGN for the full explanation.

As it was unveiled at E3, the PlayStation 3 has three gigabit Ethernet ports. These three ports form an Ethernet switching hub, a far less complicated device than a router. One of the ports connects to your internet source or home router. The other two connect to other electronics devices. The PS3 serves as a gateway to the internet for these devices and can exchange data between them.

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Arizona School Drops Use of Textbooks

A school in Arizona will be the first in the country to ditch traditional textbooks in favor of using electronic articles on laptops. My dog ate my homework just turned into “a virus wiped my C: drive”.

A high school in Vail will become the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop public school this fall. The 350 students at the school will not have traditional textbooks. Instead, they will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans. District's decision to go with an all-electronic school is rare, experts say. Often, cost, insecurity, ignorance and institutional constraints prevent schools from making the leap away from paper.

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Wasting Time At Work

According to this story, most people in this country goof off for 2 hours a day at work. The biggest majority (almost 45%) of the people surveyed engage in personal internet surfing while at work. Then again, if you are reading this from work…you probably already know that.

The average worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per day, not counting lunch, according to the report. That's far more time than the roughly one hour per day employers expect the average employee to waste, the report said. The extra unproductive time adds up to $759 billion annually in salaries for which companies get no apparent benefit, the report said.

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Plantronics Buys Altec Lansing

Plantronics has plopped down $166 million smackers to buy Altec Lansing. Now, instead of buying cheap Altec Lansing speakers, we can buy cheap Plantronic PC speakers! Yay!

Plantronics CEO and President Ken Kannappan said: "The combination of our expertise in voice communication and Altec Lansing's in music entertainment enables us to meet the full audio needs of the consumer, in their personal and professional lives.

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Monday, July 11, 2005

Apple iPod Virgin Cell Phone

iPod cell phone to be released later this summer. Apparently integrating iTunes on your cell phone will be the next rage according to the Register.

Motorola will launch its iTunes mobile phone in the UK next month, a UK press report has claimed. According to yesterday's Sunday Telegraph, Motorola will unveil the handset at the V Festival, a music event which takes place on 20-21 August at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffs. The festival is sponsored by Virgin Mobile, so the carrier may be the first to agree to offer the product in the UK. As the smaller of the five biggest UK carriers, Virgin is probably less troubled by the iTunes phone's lack of support for over-the-air music downloads than the other networks are said to be. While some carriers have been said to be unwilling to back a handset that doesn't force users to pay for expensive GPRS downloads, Virgin is likely to prefer the brand awareness that will come with the iPod-like handset.

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Plastic Wrap & Duct Tape Strength - POD

Duct tape is a strong tape that is composed of three layers. The top layer (1) is a resilient plastic (Polyethelyne). The bottom layer (3) is a rubber-based adhesive. The middle layer (2) is a fabric mesh. Duct tape was manufactured by pressing these three layers together. Now, some manufacturers have created a process that makes the same strong, three layer tape in just one step. While there are stronger tapes (like filament tape), duct tape, when doubled over onto itself can pull a 2000 lb. car out of a ditch, and has the distinct benefit of not requiring any other tools to cut it -you just rip it with your bare hands.

Just Hangin Around

Plastic wrap is a thin polymer material, roughly 0.0005" (12.7μm) thick, typically used for sealing food items in containers to keep them fresh. The wrap, typically sold on rolls in boxes with a cutting edge, clings to many smooth surfaces and can thus remain tight over the opening of a container with no adhesive or other devices. Some find it difficult to use, as it both clings and tears easily. Commonly known brands of plastic wrap include Saran wrap and Stretch-Tite.

Extra Saran Wrap ?

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7-11 Winnipeg is Slurpee Capital of the World

If you look at it another way, Slurpees are served at 28 degrees (Fahrenheit). That might count as a hot beverage in the winter in Winnipeg.

US convenience store giant 7-Eleven chose the coldest metropolis in the world to name as the Slurpee beverage capital for its highest per capita consumption of the sweet crushed ice drink.
With temperatures falling below minus 30 degrees Celsius in January and its hot summer season lasting only two or three months, Winnipeg beat out cities in the Russian province of Siberia a few years ago for the cool city designation. Since, its 800,000 citizens consumed nearly half a million Slurpees each month to be awarded the unusual honour from 7-Eleven executives on Slurpee's 40th anniversary Monday.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

3M Security Glass Film Vancouver

3M Safety and Security Window Film helps hold your glass in place during destructive weather conditions, bomb blasts, explosions, or smash and grab burglaries. It helps maintain the integrity of a structure's outer shell to keep wind, rain and flying glass fragments from wreaking havoc inside the structure. Our films can also reject harmful UV rays, which cause fading and lower energy costs.

As passers by did their best to put the Scotchshield to the test, kicking the glass, taking sledgehammers to the glass and going all sorts of crazy over it, the glass withstood the pressures and did not budge. It did not break, it could not be broken. Shame one can't say the same about the aluminum frame which was breached, at that point security guards called a time-out as that was cheating. Canadian local and national news shows reported on all the crazy attempts to get into the poster for the cash, all in all 3M got a lot of press for their money - remember there was only 500 real dollars in there and a single poster site was rented for only one day.

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Skater Jumps the Great Wall Of China - Pictures

"He's a madman," says pro skater and friend Jason Ellis. "He's a couple sandwiches short of a picnic, but he's got it all figured out in his head. He knows he can [jump the Wall]. There's no doubt in my mind that he'll make it."

Danny Way of the U.S. starts his jump over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard at the historical Ju Yong Guan Gate, north of Beijing July 9, 2005. Way became the first person to jump over the Great Wall on a skateboard in an attempt to set world records for unaided height and distance

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Saturday, July 09, 2005

George Bush's Junk Mail - Hotmail Inbox

View all of Bush's Hotmail Inbox over at AlbinoBlacksheep
Clinton : If you invite Arafat don't let him kiss you - Sept 2 13k
Arafat : I am still waiting for your invitation - Sept 2 1k
Arafat : If you invite me I promise not to kiss you Sept 2 10k
Condolezza Rice : Arafat is spamming your email, don't answer him Sept 2 9k
Arafat : I promise not to kiss Mrs. Bush Sept 3 1k
Rumsfeld : When are we going after Iraq? Wolfowitz is pressuring me Sept 3 1k
Powell : I have to see you, am I still Secretary of State Sept 4 1k
Clinton : Don't fool around with any of the secretaries I appointed Sept 4 1k

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Direct Mobile Photo Printing

Photo Printing Entrepreneur

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Definition Desperate Hitchiking - Berlin

In or Near Berlin when a female flashes her chest, this is indicative that she needs a ride.

Most places have some regionally-dependent method by which a hitchhiker signals to passing drivers that they are looking for a ride. In many parts of the world, including North America, hitchhikers traditionally stretch out one arm and stick out their thumb pointing up. In South Africa, a hitchhiker may show an oncoming car the back of his hand with the index finger raised, rather than the thumb. In Poland, the hand is held flat, and waved. In India, the hand is waved with the palm facing downwards. In Israel the sign is a stretched forefinger pointed toward the road. A hitchhiker may also hold a sign with the name of their destination. This saves drivers from having to stop to find out where they are headed, and may have the effect of inducing some drivers to stop when they otherwise would not.

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Trojan Horses E-Mail into Networks

Delete them, don't open them and always question their legitimacy. CNET has a sample of what the E-mail reads.

An outbreak of Trojan horse programs is hitting networks around the world, an e-mail security company has warned. MessageLabs said it has blocked 54,000 copies of new Downloader Trojans since 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday. They are pretty run of the mill--they use e-mail subjects that have been used before.

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Sex Content SanAndreas GTA - Hot Coffee Mod V2.1

Well if you own GTA San Andreas and you would like to see these hidden sex scene in the game you will need to download Hot Coffee Mod V2.1. This has been available on websites related to the game since June 9. The name comes from the minigames in which scantily clad animated women invite the game's heroes to have coffee after dates.

A Minnesota organization issued a nationwide parental alert Friday about the video game, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," claiming that it contains hidden pornography. A modification can be downloaded from the Internet that allows players to see female characters naked, and show a male and female character engaged in various graphic sexual positions.

We want to know what role they've had in the production and distribution of these pornographic scenes?....WTF.

In a statement issued Friday, Rockstar Games said: "We thoroughly support the work of the ESRB and believe that it has an exemplary record of rating games and promoting understanding of video game content. We also feel confident that the investigation will uphold the original rating of the game, as the work of the mod community is beyond the scope of either publishers or the ESRB."

Watch the GTA Hot Coffee Mod Video

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Microsoft Defends Claria Adware AntiSpyware

Microsofts Ant-Spyware Beta, no longer detects spyware such as Gator. It looks to me that Claria has some pull with MS, to have their spyware programs listed. Head on over to !Y for the full story.

Microsoft late Friday responded to criticism that it's gone soft on spyware by issuing an open letter to customers explaining why it changed how its anti-spyware software handles adware from Claria, a pervasive brand of adware. A Microsoft spokesperson also said that talk of a link between the Claria changes and rumors of ongoing acquisition talks between Microsoft and the Redwood City, Calif.-based Internet marketing company were "a misconception that needed to be cleared up."

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Killer Ipod are your Files Safe ?

Apparently, the latest security threat to the enterprise is Pod slurping. Gartner recommended banning portable storage devices, including iPods, last year, but Abe Usher has taken it a step farther by providing a proof-of-concept application called slurp that could run off of an iPod or other portable storage device. Usher paints a scary scenario to put the fear of iPods in all of us:

An unauthorized visitor shows up after work hours disguised as a janitor and carrying an iPod (or similar portable storage device). He walks from computer to computer and "slurps" up all of the Microsoft Office files from each system. Within an hour he has acquired 20,000 files from over a dozen workstations. He returns home and uploads the files from his iPod to his PC. Using his handy desktop search program, he quickly finds the proprietary information that he was looking for.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

London Bombing - Fatal Injuries Tears

The Union Jack is reflected in raindrops on a car window from the electronic message sign at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York's Times Square July 8, 2005, which has been displaying the flag as part of a tribute to victims of Thursday's bombings in London. Explosions in London's mass transit system early yesterday killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700 during the morning rush.

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Katie Holmes - Video Photography

U.S. actress Katie Holmes poses for photographers during a photo call in a downtown hotel in Rome June 16, 2005. Holmes was in Italy to promote her latest movie 'Batman Begins', opening on June 17.

Katie Holmes in MGM's Pieces of April - 2003

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Couple Sentenced for Hiring Son a Stripper

They even had Grandpa there..... Hilarious. Police were tipped off to the party by a photo developer at a drug store who saw pictures of the occasion. Remember Kids that's why they invented digital cameras.

A couple pleaded guilty Thursday to hiring a stripper for their son's 16th birthday party and were sentenced to two years probation. Landon and Anette Pharris, who were charged with contributing the delinquency of a minor, also were ordered to take parenting classes. The parents hired the stripper to perform at a September party attended by about a dozen young people.

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Bikini Bathers Anger Women's Group

"I don't understand why they are so angry. This is just part of a publicity campaign aimed at promoting the name of the Bikini Beach.....uh huh? A campaign to attract more visitors should focus on publicizing the southwestern county's "natural beauty instead of the naked female body," it said.

Ahead of the peak summer bathing season, Buan County administration southwest of Seoul renamed its Byeonsan Beach Bikini Beach and promised wearers of skimpy swimsuits a 10-percent discount on bills for hotels, meals and beach equipment rentals.

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IBM Details New Power PC G6 Chips - G5

New Power PC chip will most likely make it's way into apple? Dual Core Power PC chips that run on 20W, seems like an ideal upgrade for powerbooks....hmmmm has Apple really gone to the dark side?

What's novel about the PowerPC 970MP's design is that each of the two 64-bit cores has its own dedicated 1MB of level-two cache memory. That means that either side of the chip can be powered down to a state IBM calls "doze" while the other core continues to work. The technique helps save power and extends the life of the computer, IBM said.

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Google Beats Web Address Copycat

Google won a case against a Russian Guy who was using Google like URL in bad faith. Any person who is registering domains like ghoogle is a scammer.

Sergey Gridasov, of St. Petersburg, Russia, registered googkle.com, ghoogle.com, gfoogle.com and gooigle.com between December 2000 and January 2001 through Computer Services Langenbach GmbH, which did business as Joker.com. He did not respond to charges levied against him.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Stealing Wi-Fi Wireless illegal

Are you leaching broadband off your neighbor? Well, you better stop it or you might end up charged with a felony and slammed in the pokey with this guy…and they don’t call it the “pokey” for nothing.

Police have arrested a man for using someone else's wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice. Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony.

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Google Maps - Develop Your Own Location Based Map

The Google Maps API lets developers embed Google Maps in their own web pages with JavaScript. You can add overlays to the map (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows" just like Google Maps.

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Mine Sweeper Game Online

Mine Sweeper

Minesweeper Game Click on the "smiley" to start the game. Mark all mines with flags and you win --but uncover a mine and you lose... The faster you solve a game, the more points are added to your total score. Reach the score needed for your chosen skill level as fast as possible: you could make it into the Minesweeper Hall of Fame!

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Krispy Kreme Slow Donut Death

Krispy Kreme

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PSP Hacking Game Download (PSP)

An exploit allowing full PSP games to boot from a memory stick has now been made available.

Since the release of the PSP, hackers have been working hard to turn the handheld into a portable emulator, media player and web browser. Now it appears that hackers have found an exploit in early firmware versions of the handheld, allowing PSP games to be loaded from a memory stick. So far only Archer Maclean's Mercury, Lumines, Coded Arms and Puzzle Bobble are able to be loaded but this is more because of limited memory stick capacity than game incompatibility.

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Ipod Flea Spoof Download - Video

The iPod Flea Ad Spoof. This week, David Pogue has arranged for a special guest video artist: Scott Kelby, Photoshop maven. Last week, as he keynoted his own Mac Design conference, he played a hilarious Apple ad spoof for something called the iPod Flea, which I'm pleased to offer in its Web debut.

Ipod Flea Download - Video

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Lindsay Lohan Upset Nipple Slip or Movie Song

Im not sure if Lindsay Lohan's upset becasue of the movie or becasue of a nipple slip. Either way who really cares.

Lindsay Lohan is fuming after learning a song she recorded for her latest film, "Herbie: Fully Loaded", was pushed back to the closing credits, when she thought it would appear mid-way through the film. The 18-year-old actress attended a screening of the movie at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. When the film ended, she stormed out of the theatre complaining, "I'm so angry." Her handlers escorted her to the bathroom, in an attempt to calm her down.

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Maria Sharapova - Photo Wimbledon Tennis Grunter

I'd suggest Wimbledon officials take a trip to the thesaurus on this one. "Shriek" is still my favorite, but other options could include scream, screech, squeal, bellow, caterwaul or howl. But by any other name, she's still like fingernails on the blackboard. What does Maria Sharapova sound like if she spots a mouse in the kitchen? Don't they have any duct tape at tennis venues?

Wimbledon tennis officials last week urged players to play without grunting every time they hit the ball. I'm with them on this; I too find it terribly distracting. There was a day (not so long ago) when tennis players could play the game with their mouths shut. They were as quiet as the spectators. Maria Sharapova, the defending champ on the women's side, was singled out as the worst offender. I don't doubt she is, but she doesn't "grunt." She shrieks.
Sharapova is one of several "Russian" tennis stars who lives and trains in Florida. Every time she swings her racket, she sounds like Laura Dern uncovering a raptor in the cupboard in Jurassic Park.

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15MB HD - Price $2500

Hurry up for your chance to own a piece of history a 15MB HD thats - 15 Million Characters of High Speed Data Storage for only $2500......whooooahhh.

Super Deal on a Nostalgic 15MB HD

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Intel Makes itunes for Movies

Freeman said his deal with Intel should avoid those pitfalls by giving customers a "simple, easy and attractive" alternative to piracy.

Intel is investing an unspecified amount of money in the new venture. Called ClickStar Inc., it was formed by Revelations Entertainment, a company Freeman created in 1996 with producer Lori McCreary. Hollywood has been reluctant to offer digitized movies directly to consumers over the Internet, fearful of suffering a similar fate as the music industry, which has been hit hard hit by piracy enabled by file-swapping services.

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Dell to hire 1,000 Workers in Oklahoma

Dell is expanding its customer call center operations in Oklahoma City by adding 1,000 new employees and erecting a new building, the company said Tuesday. Plans call for a new 120,000 square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open by March 31, 2006, the computer maker said. It will be a mirror image of Dell's existing plant on the Oklahoma River.

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Mutart ( Muttart ) Conservatory - Edmonton AB

Mutart Conservatory - Edmonton AB

Canada's Pyramids - The Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton's premier horticultural attraction, is nestled in the river valley and features more than 700 species of plants in arid, temperate and tropical climates.

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UPS Girl - Way Beyond Shipping

UPS - Delivered to your Door

Whether you are seeking to streamline your global supply chain, or just looking to squeeze a little more time out of your action-packed day, UPS is here to help, with real business solutions that go way beyond shipping.

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Death Wish or Just Lazy ?

Death Wish or Just Lazy

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Fucus illusion - Focus


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PSP Hacking New Games Download (PSP)

Hackers have cracked piracy protections on Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable in the United States, the latest chapter in the company's battle to block unauthorized game use on its new hand-held device.

Currently available titles include "Mercury," Ubisoft's "Lumines," "Coded Arms" from Konami, Taito Corp.'s "Puzzle Bobble" and Sony's own "Intelligent License," according to gaming Web sites. The new game duplicating trick works on the PSP's 1.5 version firmware, which serves as the PSP operating system. The PSP was released in the U.S. in March with the 1.5 version firmware. Sony released firmware version 1.51 in May, patching the hole that made room for the hack. Upcoming game titles will require PSP users run updated firmware, a move aimed at preventing users from copying games.

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How Credit Cards are Stolen ?

According to Javelin Strategy & Research, 15.6% of new account fraud were committed as a result of stolen paper mail or fraudulent change of address. However, one-?third of issuers surveyed do not allow cardholders to shut off paper statements.

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Honda Leases First Fuel Cell Car in U.S.

A step in the right direction for Honda. The Hydrogen powered car will set you back about $500 a month and emit water vapor instead of pollutants. According to the Govenor of California there will be a network of hydrogen fueling stations by 2010.

A Los Angeles family has become the first in the United States to lease a hydrogen-powered car from Honda, as the company introduces consumers to the zero-emission technology.

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Steve Jobs Calls Family of Teenager Killed for iPod

iPods and other electronic gear is sought after by thugs worldwide. As your listening to your tunes with those white ear buds blissfully unaware of your surroundings, someone is watching and willing to take your advertised $300 iPod.

On Saturday afternoon, Christopher set out with three of his friends in the Farragut section of East Flatbush. They planned to take the subway to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and catch a bus to Pennsylvania, where Christopher attended school, to watch a fireworks display. Soon after they left Christopher's house, as many as a dozen teenagers attacked the four boys, beat them and stole their valuables, which included an iPod, the police have said.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Extreme Lan Party

Extreme Lan Party

LAN party is a temporary, sometimes spontaneous gathering of people together with their computers, which they connect together in a local area network (LAN) primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer computer games. These LANs come in various sizes, from the very small (2 people) to the very large (4000+ people). Small parties can form spontaneously, but large ones usually require a fair amount of planning and preparation on the part of the organizing team.

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BSOD - Blue Screen Of Death Windows Error

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Mod an Xbox, Go to Jail?

Well selling 80 pirated games on a modded xbox...looks like jail time to me. Remember Kids " Crime Doesn't Pay ".

In the first conviction of its kind, a 22 year-old British Cambridge university graduate has been ordered to carry out 140 hours of community service and told to pay almost $1,315 in costs after being found guilty of modding Microsoft Xboxes “Contrary to some speculation today, the accused was convicted not only for the 80 pirate games sold with the system, but also for the actual act of chipping the console - now illegal under the EUCD,” says GamesIndustry.biz.

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German Teen Admits Creating Sasser Virus

More than 70% of all virus' can be blamed on this guy " Sven Jaschan ". He fully admitted his guilt after Microsoft put a $250,000 US dollar bounty out to capture the creator of the Sasser Virus.

Sven Jaschan is being tried as a juvenile

Sven Jaschan is charged with computer sabotage, disrupting public services and illegally altering data. The 19-year-old is being tried as a minor behind closed doors as he was 17 when he wrote the worm. Sasser wrought havoc in many companies when the Windows worm struck in May 2004, swamping net links and making computers unusable. As the day's legal proceedings started, Mr Jaschan "admitted to the alleged offences in every detail," said a court spokeswoman.

Around the world, the Australian Railcorp trains stopped running because computer problems caused by Sasser made it impossible for drivers to talk to signalmen. In Taiwan, more than 400 branches of the post office were forced to use pen and paper because Sasser crashed desktop PCs.

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Take Your Time: Extra Second Will be Added to 2005

Apparently the IERRS will add one second onto this year to compensate for the Earth turning slower.

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris keeps track of time by measuring the Earth's rotation, which varies, and by an atomic clock, which is unwavering. When a difference in the two clocks shows up, the IERS adds or subtracts a second to the year.

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Internet Addiction Clinic?

China’s first officially licensed internet addiction clinic is open for business and has patients lining up. Apparently kids in China are going for 2 – 4 days without sleep or food just to play video games. Over here, we call those “LAN parties” and nobody ends up in a clinic afterwards....well, most of the time.

A dozen nurses and 11 doctors care for the patients, mostly youths aged 14 to 24 who have lost sleep, weight and friends after countless hours in front of the computer, often playing video games with others online.

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Amazon.com Sitting Pretty 10 Years Later

One of the only online retailers to survive the .com crash. Head on over to Yahoo to read the full story.

Soon after Amazon.com Inc. debuted 10 years ago, Jeff Bezos and his handful of employees spent late summer nights packing books in a tiny warehouse, scrambling to ship a growing gush of orders. Today, the man who has grown accustomed to being hailed the king of Internet commerce runs a global powerhouse that did nearly $7 billion in sales last year, dealing in everything from banjo cases to wild boar baby back ribs.

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Things a Guy Will do for his Sister

A young Russian man who dressed in women's clothes to take an exam for his sister was caught after his oversize bust gave him away, Interfax news agency reported Monday.

The youth's "unusually prominent female features," and heavy make-up drew security guards' attention and they stopped him from taking the test, Yasen Zasursky, dean of Moscow State University's journalism faculty, told the agency.

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Net Download Fuels Live 8 Concert

Piracy is OK if it's for Charity. Get your Download on of the live 8 concert via anywhere you can find it.

Live 8 has proved to be a triumph for technology, with millions participating in the event via the web and mobiles. Almost 27 million people texted in their support for a petition asking G8 leaders to double aid and cancel debts for the world's poorest countries. Millions watched the event online and recordings of Sergeant Pepper were on sale an hour after being sung live.

But videos and audio of many of the acts were also available via BitTorrent file-sharing software. According to one BitTorrent search site, top of the downloads was Pink Floyd's set at the London Live 8 event. Other popular performances included Coldplay, Dido, Green day and The Who.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

Jessica Alba - Dark Angel

Jessica Alba - Looking Hot

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Nikon D50 - Digital Camera Review

Predicting the future just by extrapolating from current trends can be risky business. One megabyte of memory in 1985, for example, would have cost you about $400 (U.S.). By 1995, the same amount cost about $35, and now memory is selling for less than 50 cents per megabyte. You might conclude that memory makers will eventually have to start paying you.

Smaller, lighter and easier to use than the D70. The status-panel backlight is the most serious missing frill. Price, with lens: less than $900. (Discounting on-line hasn't yet begun.)

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PHP-Based Content Management Security Hole

According to James Bercegay, researcher at GulfTech Security Research who found the flaws, an attacker can compromise a Web server through a security hole in the XML-RPC function.

In two PHP libraries, PHPXMLRPC and Pear XML-RPC, the flaw allows applications to exchange XML using remote procedure calls and fails to check incoming data for malicious commands. Bercagay said the level of the threat was “high risk” and affects popular PHP programs such as PostNuke, Drupal, b2evolution, TikiWiki and others.

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Car Crushed by Tree - POD


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Hilary Duff Raunchy Dancing

Hey let the girls dance.

Hilary Duff

HILARY DUFF has leapt to the defence of American First Daughter JENNA BUSH, after she was criticised for her raunchy dance moves at a New York nightclub. Bush was celebrating a friend's bachelorette party at hip club Nerveana when shots were taken of her down on all fours, showing off her thong as dancers looked on in disbelief.

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Forum Happenings - July 4th

PS3 Game Trailers - Video
Photo Copy - Video
Random Essay Generator - Game
Hi Def Wallpaper - Pictures

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Download the Declaration of Independence

Feel like owning your own copy of the Declaration ? There is a whole page devoted to high resolution scans of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Bill of Rights and other documents.

These files are very large (8 to 16 megabytes) and may take approximately one hour or longer to download using a 56k modem. These images will print at up to approximately 24" wide by 29" high at 300dpi (publication quality). To view smaller versions of these files on-screen, click the preview images below. These files are in JPEG format with the maximum quality setting possible.

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Symantec Research Labs Creates New Worm Simulator

When a new worm spreads around the world, people want to know if they are protected. How fast is it? How does it spread? A new simulation program developed by Symantec Research Labs not only has the answers, it also provides pictures. The new Symantec Worm Simulator visually demonstrates how worms spread through the Internet, and how they fare against a custom network and security policy.

PS....... NO actual worms were harmed in this simulation

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Legal Action for 784 File Sharers

The music industry has announced a fresh series of legal actions against 784 people they suspect of illegally downloading songs from the internet. Taking action against a 14 Year Old Girl is a way to beat down piracy says BPI ( British Phonographic Industry ), what kind of whacky tobacco are they smoking?

Sylvia Price's daughter is one of 90 people sued by the BPI

One suspected law-breaker is 14-year-old Emily Price from Cheltenham, whose mother Sylvia has been threatened with a £2,500 fine by the BPI. Ms Price must pay up by Friday or face further fines or civil action.

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4th of July Presidential Address by George W. Bush

Below is the Presidential Address by George W. Bush for Independence Day 2005. Happy Birthday America.

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and indepen-dence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July.Happy Birthday, America!

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Take a Look - POD

Take a Look - POD

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No harddrive ( HD ) for PS3 upon launch?

WTF? Latest news in the next-gen console wars is that Sony will not be shipping their Playstation 3 console with a harddrive. The PS3 will sport an 80 Gig harddrive, but you will have to purchase it separately, according to Famitsu magazine.

Kutaragi has previously hinted that Sony hasn't reached a decision on the inclusion of the drive, and has also suggested that the drive may be up to 80Gb in size - compared to just 20Gb for the drive in the Xbox 360. It's not clear whether Famitsu is simply basing an assumption on the inclusion of the drive on Kutaragi's previous comments, or if the magazine actually has new information about Sony's thinking on the matter.

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Once Again, Microsoft Faces Antitrust Law Suit

A Microsoft spokeswoman, Stacy Drake, said, "These claims are 20 years old and they were baseless then and they are baseless now." I say that this is a prime example of attacking the big guy, if oyu read the story so far it's a bloddy sham.

The lawsuits, which accuse Microsoft of attempting to "kill" Go in the early 1990's, were filed two days before Microsoft announced a settlement with I.B.M. for $775 million in cash and a $75 million software credit related to its anticompetitive actions in undermining OS/2, a desktop computing operating system pursued by the two companies in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

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Anti-Smoking Campaign Posters - POD

A section from a poster which will form part of Britain's government's 'Smoking damages your sex life' campaign which is launched July 1, 2005. The British government launched a series of tough anti-cigarette adverts on Friday with the message that smoking is bad for your sex life because it makes men impotent and women ugly.

Pretty Girl + Yellow Teeth = Nasty

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Barbecue Chain Buys Porn Web Site for $6G

"Now we don't have to talk to angry customers calling, thinking we're perverts," said Jeff Goldstein, one of three men who own the 15-restaurant chain in the Carolinas, Florida and Tennessee.

Surfers trying to find the barbecue chain Sticky Fingers on the Internet no longer face the possibility of ending up at a much saucier Web site. The Charleston company spent $6,000 to buy the address www.stickyfingers.com from a site offering pornography.

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Fake Microsoft Alert Comes With Free Trojan

A fake Microsoft security bulletin is doing the rounds, complete with a link to a Trojan that will hand over control of your PC.

The e-mail identifies itself as Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039, and offers a link to what it claims is a patch against the Sober Zafi and Mytob worms.

Bulletin MS05-039 doesn't exist however and a phony patch is a variant of the SDBot Trojan software, which is at present not detected by anti-virus software products, according to a report form security research firm WebSense.

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The 12-minute Windows Heist

There is a 50 percent chance your unprotected Windows PC will be compromised within 12 minutes of going online, says security vendor Sophos.

Authors of malware such as spam, viruses, phishing scams and spyware increased both the volume and sophistication of their assaults, releasing almost 8,000 new viruses in the first half of 2005 and increasingly teaming up in joint ventures to make money. The new-virus figure is up 59 percent on the same period last year. "With financial gain rather than notoriety becoming more of a motivation, spammers and virus writers have been drawn together with more traditional criminal elements," said Sophos Australia and New Zealand senior technical consultant Sean Richmond.

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The End is Near for VHS

So VHS is on life support, and its heirs are already dividing up the spoils. The funeral will no doubt be a long and painful affair, and is sure to be recorded on DVD.

In video stores, DVD collections were treated like porn sections, limited to one shelf or aisle or hidden in some remote corner. If the death of VHS is not imminent, it's not far off. The end likely will come when a reasonably priced DVD recorder comes along, allowing consumers to record movies, TV shows and milestones to disc. Currently, DVD recorders are several hundred dollars a pop.

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Pollution 'is Helping to Keep Earth Cool'

Global warming and pollution is causing the world to cool down, says some guy who also said that cigarettes don't cause cancer. Head on over to USA Today to read the story.
The reason: Tiny pollutant particles, once airborne, can reflect sunlight back into space, easing temperatures in what is known as aerosol cooling. By cleaning up industrial pollution, countries are reducing the effect of this cooling. Nobody is recommending that nations halt efforts to curb pollution.

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Mekong Giant Catfish Biggest on Record

"We've now confirmed that this catfish is the current record holder, an astonishing find," Dr Zeb Hogan, a WWF Conservation Science Fellow, said in the joint statement.
The Mekong giant catfish is southeast Asia's largest and rarest fish and the focus of a National Geographic Society project headed by Hogan to study freshwater fish greater than 6.5 feet (2 metres) or 220 pounds (100 kg).

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iTunes Users Subscribe to 1M Podcasts

"Podcasting is like cappuccino," said August Trometer, developer of iPodderX. "Gourmet coffee was around for a long time, but it took Starbucks to put it on the map. Apple is like the Starbucks of Podcasting and advertisers will take us more seriously now."

Podcasts, which are sound files that contain content such as radio shows, will work on any digital music player and they have become increasingly popular since late 2004. A Podcast also allows users to create and upload their own audio programs on the Web, which can be downloaded to multimedia players at a later date.

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Friday, July 01, 2005

Canada Day July 1st 2005

Happy Birthday Canada from MoPo.ca

Canada Day is Canada's national holiday. It is celebrated on July 1. It celebrates the creation of the Dominion of Canada through the British North America Act 1867, which came into effect on July 1, 1867, uniting three British territories — the Province of Canada (southern Ontario and southern Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick — into a federation. (See Canadian Confederation.)

The holiday itself was formally established in 1879 and was originally called Dominion Day, making reference to the Canadian-originated term 'dominion' to describe the political union, at a time when the Fathers of Confederation were hesitant to use a name such as the Kingdom of Canada. The name was changed to Canada Day on October 27, 1982.

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Interesting Car Graphics - POD

Interesting Car Graphics

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DVD Jon Hacks Google Video Viewer Player - Download

Hack allows more extensive use of Google player. Head on over to DVD Jon's Home page for the Download.

"We've designed our player to work well for our service," Tyler said in an e-mail message. "Once the player has been modified we can't guarantee whether it will work well with our service."

The Norwegian hacker who cracked the encryption mechanism used by DVDs has turned his attention to Google's new Video Viewer. Video Viewer, released Monday, is a modified version of the open-source VLC (VideoLAN Client) software that can play only video files hosted on Google's servers. In a Weblog posting published Tuesday, Jon Lech Johansen released a patch that circumvents this restriction. When launched in January, Google Video returned excerpts of close-captioning transcripts of television programs, still images from broadcasts, and other programming information. It didn't return actual video clips that users could play back. Google began allowing users to upload video to its Web site last April; and with the release of the Video Player, it has developed a way to let users view video on the site.

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Man Pulled From Women's Outhouse Tank

You can draw your own conclusion to why someone would cover themselves in human waste for days. Imagine the smell of all that sh*t....ughhhh.

A man is facing charges after police said they pulled him from a tank under a women's toilet that was filled with human waste. Police said that Gary Moody, 45, was under a log cabin outhouse off the Kancamagas Highway in Albany. "You can draw your own conclusions as to the conditions we encountered," said Capt. John Hebert, of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. Police said that they got a call from the parents of a teenage girl who said that when she went to use the facilities, she saw Moody's face staring back at her from the hole.

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Microsoft Settles IBM Antitrust Claims - Billions

Microsoft pays close to a billion dollars to settle it's dispute with IBM. As part of the settlement, IBM has agreed to not seek monetary damages related to server products for two years and not make server-related claims involving events prior to June 30, 2002, according to Microsoft's statement.

Microsoft and IBM have settled outstanding legal claims stemming from the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft in the mid-1990s. The agreement, announced Friday, will result in a $775 million payment to IBM and a $75 million credit toward Microsoft software.

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DNS & Root Servers Controlled by Government

Well it looks like the internet will be controlled by the government, this might not be a bad thing, would you rather have the corporation look after it? Head on over to CNN to read the story.

Though the computers themselves -- 13 in all, known as "root" servers -- are in private hands, they contain government-approved lists of the 260 or so Internet suffixes, such as ".com."
In 1998, the Commerce Department selected a private organization with international board members, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, to decide what goes on those lists. Commerce kept veto power, but indicated it would let go once ICANN met a number of conditions. Thursday's declaration means Commerce would keep that control, regardless of whether and when those conditions are met.

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McDonald's Puts DVDs on the Menu

While customary rental fees are around $4, the burger chain's rentals are $1 per night (credit card only), and the disc can be returned to any McDonald's restaurant with a Redbox. Films must be dropped off before 10 p.m. to avoid paying for an additional day.

Starting today, you can add movies to your order at 181 Houston-area McDonald's restaurants, where the fast-food chain is rolling out a new wave of DVD rental kiosks called Redboxes. McDonald's, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, launched the experiment a year ago in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Denver. Recently it added Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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