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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Xbox 360 Inside Pictures

Apparently, pictures of the Xbox360 internals have popped up on the internet. Xbox Scene has several high-res pictures with links to more pictures.

Team Smartxx managed to get their hands on several XeDKs. They opened the box and removed the heatsink to show you the full motherboard with over 40 High-Res pictures! The dev kit shown below is very recent, anonymous sources told us it was produced on August 18th 2005. On the leftside image you see a Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943 DVD-ROM and in the background the aircooled heatsinks of CPU (left) and GPU (right) (the final retail Xbox360 is expected to be watercooled according to the ourcolony movie). The right image shows the the southbridge made by SiS.

Many more pictures are available showing specific parts of the XeDK motherboard and also the dvd-rom, cables, controller, memcard, headset, plugs, ports ... you can download the whole set of pictures on smartxx.com website, smartxx.com forums or view them from our mirror here.

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Dog Found - Poster

Is this your dog?

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Cops Loot New Orleans During Hurricane Katrina

Law enforcement efforts to contain the emergency left by Katrina slipped into chaos in parts of New Orleans Tuesday with some police officers and firefighters joining looters in picking stores clean.

While many people carried out food and essential supplies, others cleared out jewelry racks and carted out computers, TVs and appliances on handtrucks. Some officers joined in taking whatever they could, including one New Orleans cop who loaded a shopping cart with a compact computer and a 27-inch flat screen television. Officers claimed there was nothing they could do to contain the anarchy, saying their radio communications have broken down and they had no direction from commanders.“The police got all the best stuff. They’re crookeder than us,” one man said.“It must be legal,” she said. “The police are here taking stuff, too.”

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Creative Zen Neeon Ships With Worm

It looks as though Creative has shipped thousands of Zen Neeon MP3 players that are infected with a worm. That’s right, a worm…straight from the factory. That’s pretty creative.

Looks like somebody turned off the virus scanner at the Creative production plant—it would appear that about 3,700 Japanese 5GB Zen Neeons shipped since July might have possibly been packing a W32.Wullik.B@mm payload.

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Single Mother Takes On RIAA In Downloading Case

The Girlz over at Conjecture have the full story on how to beat down the RIAA.

The RIAA has filed federal lawsuits against more than 13,000 Internet users since September 2003, with nearly 3,000 of those accused settling for an average of $4,000-$5,000 (see "RIAA Sues 784 For File-Sharing, Gives Props To Supreme Court Ruling"). To date, none of the other cases have advanced beyond the early trial stages. In Santangelo's case, as in the others, the RIAA's computerized 'bot detected copyrighted songs available for uploading on her computer, but in what Rogers claims is a novel defense, it's the very fact that the RIAA found the songs that could end up exonerating his client.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Zombie Walk Vancouver - POD

This past weekend a zombie quasi-flashmob two or three *hundred* strong materialized in the center of Vancouver and staggered through an upscale mall, onto the skytrain and down Main Street before joining their resting brethren at a local cemetry. The Flickr group has hundreds of pics and some discussion." These photos are *priceless*.


VanZombie05 Vancouver BC Canada Pentaxistds vancouverzombiewalk zombies 2005 Zombie Costume Dressed Up Parade March Zombie March Group Crowd Mob Bloody Skytrain

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BluRay DVD Burner for PC

The DVD smackdown may still be going on, but Pioneer looks like its ready to take sides with its new BRD-101A, a DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-+DL and BR (Blu-ray) burner. We don’t have much info on it as of now, but we do know that it doesn’t seem to play CDs and DVD RAMs, which is more than a little odd, but hey, technology marches to its own drummer. No word on availability or pricing yet. - Gizmodo

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Coffee Prevents Cancer ?

According to this study, coffee delivers more anti-oxidants than cranberries, apples or tomatoes. Hell yeah, my daily 6 shot latte should ensure that I live forever!

Coffee might soon be considered a health drink following a study showing it is a surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents. Fruit and vegetables have long been known to be a good source of antioxidants, but the new findings are surprising because it is the first time that coffee has been shown to be such a rich source of the agents.

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$15 Million Awarded in iPod Class Action Suit

Conjecture recently posted up some updated news on the iPod class action suit. Head on over there for the full story.

A class action suit settlement will see up to US$15 million go to persons in the U.S. who purchased or obtained a First, Second, or Third Generation iPod on or before May 31, 2004. Owners who don’t want their battery replaced are entitled to a cash refund.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Paper Girl Get's Fired

Langford papergirl fired while she was still on her holiday. The father of a papergirl is considering taking legal action after she was sacked while away on holiday. Fourteen-year-old Kara Morey found out she had lost her paper round when she arrived for work at Langford Post Office on Monday.

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USB Flash Drive | Cute Peripherals

The first bunch of MimoBot drives, labeled the Cosmo Series, will debut on Sept. 9 at a coming-out party befitting funky flash drives. The fete will take place at Giant Robot New York and will feature MimoBot designer Yahid Rodriguez and DJ DB spinning tunes. Why didn't I get to go a party like that when I bought a flash drive that looks like a key chain?

The Cosmo Series includes four drives--named Protobot0, Protobot1, Isadore (pictured) and Fairybit--that come in 256MB, 512 MB and 1GB versions and are preloaded with an original music mix by DJ DB. Hey, if the gadgets don't work the way you want, you can always hand them off to your toddler.

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GM will Launch Self-Driving Car in 2008

Welcome to the future! Well, it’s almost here…in a couple of years, GM will be launching a self-driving system on the 2008 Opel Vectra. Known as the Traffic Assist, the system is said to be able to drive the car on its own in heavy traffic at up to 60 mph.

Using lasers, video camera and controlled by an advanced computer, the system can recognize signs and detect obstacles, controls the car via a complete drive-by-wire set up that covers throttle, steering and braking. While we’ve seen various manufacturers putting bits and pieces of these technologies on their cars, this would be the first example that combines them all and enabling your car to truly “think” for itself.

A bit scary, if you think about it…I sure hope the computer doesn’t run on Windows OS and requiring frequent reboots, especially at 60 mph. I think I’d prefer to do what Will Smith did in iRobot – deactivate the computer and take the wheel. But that’s just me.

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New and Improved Internet

It looks like the National Science Foundation is getting backing for a new, more secure version of what we know today.

The National Science Foundation is backing a major initiative that could lead to a completely new internet architecture, with built-in security measures and support for ubiquitous sensors and wireless communications devices, among other things.

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Conjecture | Legal Law

The Girlz over at Conjecture have some legal law for you to take a look at. Victor Hawkins, who worked at the plant for 18 years, testified that releases from faulty disposal stacks often produced clouds of dust floating over the employee parking lot that took the paint off cars.

A conjecture is statement that is arrived at without reliance on deductive reasoning. That is, it is largely an educated guess. The word conjecture is approximately the mathematical equivalent of the word hypothesis that is used throughout the sciences. The distinction is that in the sciences a hypothesis is generally a statement that is designed to be tested empirically while a conjecture is often based little evidence and is rarely able to be tested directly.

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iTunes Music Download Store - Owned

So after all that banter about dropping the prices of music, our buddies at the record labels are at it again. It seems that cheap music via iTunes is no longer in the agenda.

If he loses, the one-price model that iTunes has adopted - 99 cents to download any song - could be replaced with a more complex structure that prices songs by popularity. A hot new single, for example, could sell for $1.49, while a golden oldie could go for substantially less than 99 cents.

You would think that the record labels would have learned that no one wants to pay large sums of money for music. We have all been saying for years, you keep it cheap and we'll buy it. If this thing goes through you can bet in a year the labels will be complaining about profit loss.

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Handcuff Prank at Wal-Mart

They say you can get just about anything at Wal-Mart, including arrested. Police say employees at a Wal-Mart called to report a young man was in the store on Tuesday in an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, asking for a hacksaw.

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Budapest Official - Mini Skirts Pretty Legs

A district mayor in Budapest has proposed a dress code for City Hall employees under which only women with "pretty legs" can wear short skirts.

A young woman wearing a mini skirt strolls through a crowded shopping district. Budapest district mayor Gyorgy Mitnyan has proposed a dress code for City Hall employees under which only women with 'pretty legs' can wear short skirts.(AFP/File/Wang Jun-Young)

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Grand Canyon Glass-Bottomed Walk

An American Indian tribe with land along the Grand Canyon is planning to build a glass-bottomed walkway that will jut out 70 feet from the canyon's edge. The horseshoe-shaped skywalk, expected to open in January, is part of the Hualapai Tribe's $40 million effort to turn 1,000 acres of reservation land into a tourist destination that will also feature an Indian village and Western-themed town.

The walkway, with a glass bottom and sides, will be supported by steel beams and will accommodate 120 people, though it is designed to hold 72 million pounds, said Sheri Yellowhawk, chief executive officer of the Grand Canyon Resort Corp., the tribal-owned company that is overseeing the project."You're basically looking 4,000 feet down. It's a whole new way to experience the Grand Canyon," Yellowhawk said.
Admission will be $25.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Maturing Net Growing more Slowly

After years of huge increases, the rate at which net traffic is growing is slowing down, say analysts.

During 2004 the amount of net traffic travelling on backbone cables between nations grew by 104%, reported the consultancy Telegeography. By contrast in 2005 the growth slumped to a less stellar 49%.

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Google Gmail Now Open to the Public

You need to receive and enter a special invitation code in order to create an account. Currently, we are only sending these codes as text messages to US mobile phones. So you will need to have a mobile phone with text message capabilities (most phones have this) and the invitation code itself.

One of the reasons we are offering this new way to sign up for Gmail is to help protect our users and combat abuse. Spam and abuse protection are two things we take very seriously, and our users have been very happy with the small amount of spam they've received in their Gmail accounts. We take many measures to ensure that spammers have a difficult time sending their spam messages, getting these messages delivered, or even obtaining a Gmail account (spammers will often use many different accounts to send spam). Sending invitation codes to mobile phones via SMS is one way to address this, as the number of accounts per phone number can be limited.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Speed Camera - Photo Radar Error

VICTORIA Police will be forced to withdraw hundreds of fines after an embarrassing speed camera bungle.

Hundreds of drivers were booked for speeding on the Hume Highway when an operator programmed the wrong speed into the camera. Most were actually travelling under the speed limit. Drivers travelling on the Hume Highway at Somerset on July 21 were sent infringement notices this week for exceeding 80km/h, when the lawful speed was 90km/h.

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Woman Complains After Doctor Mentions Obesity

Bennett said he tells obese patients that their weight is bad for their health and their love lives. But the lecture drove one patient to write a letter to the Board of Medicine, which has passed on the complaint to the Attorney General's Office.

Dr. Terry Bennett said that he's outraged by what he calls a baseless complaint. A patient was apparently insulted when Bennett told her that she was obese and could only get healthier by losing weight. "Did I sleep with somebody? Did I give somebody drugs? Was I careless? No. End of story," Bennett said. "That should have been the end of it."

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Mang Films Presents - New Video

Here is the newest addition to the Mang Films collection. Freeboard pro Dave O'Grady has created under the title SupaPimp. Watch enjoy leave your comments in the forum.

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FedEx Shipping Box Furniture

If you haven’t seen the FedEx Furniture website go check it out. This guy has made most of the furniture in his house from FedEx shipping boxes. It seems FedEx isn’t too happy about the free advertising though.

FedEx Furniture is furniture put together by empty FedEx Boxes, and held together by fedex packaging supplies. All of the furniture seen here is 100% functional. The couch is standing/sleeping approved, I sleep on the bed every night, I eat at the dining table, and I work at the desk almost 20 hours a day.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Fake Lawyer Sentenced to 12 Years

A convicted felon who posed as a lawyer and represented hundreds of clients has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Harold David Goldstein told the federal judge at his sentencing hearing Wednesday that he made sincere efforts to represent his clients despite his lack of a law license.

Goldstein, 59, told U.S. District Judge David Carter that he won 25 cases in the eight months that he operated a busy Newport Beach law practice.

Gaurdian UK

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Penny Coin Stacking POD

This page is a collection of pictures from a talk I gave while a Civil Engineer at Texas Tech University in 1980. Our senior year we practiced giving technical presentations. This was mine. All stacks of pennies were done without any glue. Only the weight of the pennies provides the support. Behold the humble penny!

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History of the Playboy Bunny

The Playboy Bunny was born on a cold February night in 1960, as the most curious -- and, arguably, most fetching -- attraction at the newly christened Playboy Club in Chicago. Indeed, when the key club had first solicited prospective employees the year before, the ad that was placed in the Chicago Tribune sought, "the 30 most beautiful girls in Chicagoland."

More than acting simply as cocktail waitresses, hostesses and servers at Playboy Clubs around the world over the course of a quarter-century, the Playboy Bunny became a cultural icon -- one that represents not only the corporate identity of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., but likewise the persona of a lifestyle that combines entertainment, sophistication, sexuality and fun. In the first 20 years alone, more than 25,000 women donned rabbit ears and cottontails, many of them working their way through college by way of the job's legendary ample pay and flexible hours.

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Music Video - 'What is Love?'

i didn't mean to offend you with my horrible dance moves. this was intended as a joke to show my friends and stuff. i never meant for so many people to see it. ps, im not a stripper. and i love doing bad dance moves. dont take your life so seriously.

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Bluetoothing Billboards

Ignoring adverts is about to get a lot tougher with the development of billboards and advertising posters that use Bluetooth to beam video ads direct to passing cellphones.

As people walk past the posters they receive a message on their phone asking them if they wish to accept the advert. If they do, they can receive movies, animations, music or still images further promoting the advertised product.“It's all about delivering high quality content, tailored for mobile usage,” says Alasdair Scott, co-founder and chief creative officer of London-based Filter UK, who created the system, called BlueCasting

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Google Talk Beta Live Download

For all of you out there that have been salivating since the “Google IM” rumors started flying around, you can quit now…Google Talk is live. Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password. What makes Google Talk any different than other instant messenger services? Here’s what Google says:

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:

Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to–over email, IM or a call

Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room

Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Google Instant Messenger Download

The rumors about an IM service from Google have been out there for weeks and they keep getting shot down but that doesn’t deter the LA Times. Apparently the Times has an “inside source” that says Google will release an IM service as early as tomorrow. Hmmm, Google IM…would you use it? I know I probably would.

Watchers of Google Inc. soon will have something new to chat about — and with. Continuing its rapid expansion into new product categories, the Internet search giant plans to launch an instant messaging program called Google Talk as early as Wednesday, according to people familiar with the service.

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Top 10 Data Destruction Disasters

Ontrack Data Recovery unveiled its list of the 10 strangest and funniest data destruction disasters of last year.

1. Data Defrost - One man brought in a hard drive in a wet plastic bag. He said he had read on the Internet that if you place a broken drive in the freezer it would fix it. So he tried that method and asked the recovery engineers not to laugh.

2. Reckless Recycling - One man tidied up his computer folders and inadvertently deleted the ones he meant to keep. He then cleaned up his system, emptied the recycle bin and defragged the hard drive before realising his error. He now triple-checks files before deleting them for good.

3. Rowdy Relatives - A man suddenly found his laptop would only boot up to the 'blue screen of death', putting his data at risk. A week later, his nephew admitted that he used its screen as a punching bag to relieve his frustrations with the slow computer. The man sent his nephew back to live with his parents.

4. Digital Disaster at 19,000 Feet - The Polish explorer Krystof Wielicki dropped his digital camera when climbing the Himalayas on his latest expedition, smashing it to smithereens and damaging the memory card in the process.

5. Gone in a Flash - One medical company worker completed 1,200 customer billing entries — a process that took several days — when lightning struck the transformer outside the building. Everything was gone, including all the bills she had just prepared.

Check out the final five reasons

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Bangkok Fashion Show 2005

You thought the Japanese were weird....Check out this fashion show from Bangkok.

A model presents a creation by Boudoir on the last day of the Bangkok Fashion Week August 21, 2005. Designed to raise Bangkok's status as a regional fashion hub, the Bangkok Fashion Week seeks to promote Thai garments and jewellery. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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What if …?

Who hasn't wondered what their life would be like today if some past event had turned out differently - that inconsequential decision, for example, that led you to meet the love of your life. Sometimes, small choices change everything. And that is just as true of world history as it is of your personal life.

Time was when the past was seen as a long march towards an inevitable present. But historians have come to realise that the present is anything but inevitable. And so New Scientist asked a panel of experts to speculate on the scientific pasts that might have been. Follow the links below to find out what might have happened if Darwin had not sailed on the Beagle, or Einstein not had his miracle year, as well as many other scenarios.

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Fish Pimp Platform Shoes

These are shoes for real pimps. You get to carry around your own fishtank in your shoes. These shoes feature a white vinyl synthetic leather platform and shoe upper and a water-filled clear plastic heel with two gold fish.

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Woman Gets Cable Bill With Derogatory Name

LaChania Govan said she got bounced around by her cable company when she called to complain. She made dozens of calls and was even transferred to a person who spoke Spanish — a language she doesn't understand.

But when she got her August bill from Comcast she had no trouble understanding she'd made somebody mad. It was addressed to "Bitch Dog." "I was like you got to be freaking kidding me," said Govan, 25. "I was so mad I couldn't even cuss."

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MoPo | Forum Happenings

THE YEAR'S BEST [actual] News Headlines of 2005

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Elizabeth Hurley - Let's Two Slip

You may ask what is the obsession with nip-slips that seems to have gripped America ? IT'S A BREAST!!! BIG DEAL!!!! Go to any beach in Europe and that's all you'll see, boobies big and small as far as the eye can see... And yes, sometimes they slip out of clothing, sometimes you can even see them through a shirt.

"A bit of lusting after someone does wonders for you and is good for your skin."
-Elizabeth Hurley

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Google Desktop Search 2 Download

Google has updated its desktop search tool with new features, tools and a new look.

Google Desktop 2, available Monday as a public beta test, is the company's latest volley against Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. as all three race to expand their presence on PC desktops.

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Nicky Hilton - Photo Screen

Nicky Hilton and her older sister Paris are known for being the young and wealthy heirs to the Hilton Hotel fortune, and for their jetset party-girl lifestyles. Nicky is named for her granduncle Nicholas Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr., the one-time husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor and the son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton.

Sometimes Credited As:
Nicki Hilton
Nikki Hilton

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Tanaka Automatic Door Opener

Cleanliness, efficiency, compactness, cool-factor. For a variety of reasons, automatic doors have become a standard feature of Japanese shops. While the typical sliding star-trek style design has proven itself, the tanaka auto door aims to improve upon a good concept. This new design entails strips equipped with infrared sensors that open to the approximate shape of the person or object passing through, minimizing entry of dust, pollen, and bugs while keeping precious air-conditioning in. The technology for the new design seems to be in it’s infancy, but Japan has proven once again that it’s a least 10 years ahead of everyone else.

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Albert Einstein Manuscript Discovered

This image released by the Lorentz Institute of the Leiden University Saturday Aug. 20, 2005 shows the original manuscript of a paper by Albert Einstein published in 1925. The manuscript has been found in the archives of Leiden University's Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, a university spokeswoman said. Photographs of the 16-page manuscript and a description of how a student stumbled upon it were posted on the institute's Web site.

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Engrish & FUKUFUJI

Yutaka Fukufuji, who played with the Japan's national ice hockey team three times, displays his Los Angeles Kings jersey during a news conference in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. The Tokyo-born goalie, 22, reported Japanese media that he and the Kings of the National Hockey League agreed to a two-year entry level contract earlier this month. Six-foot-1 and 170 pounds Fukufuji was selected by the Kings 238th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft

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Game Boy Micro Realesed

Nintendo will be shipping its Game Boy Micro next month for a reported $99 in the US. I don’t know much about the Micro but I think I will stick with my PSP. Even though the PSP is 2.5 times more expensive, the features like a web browser, music, pictures and movies are worth the price.

Nintendo, the largest maker of hand-held game players, said Thursday that it would start selling its smallest player next month, as Sony prepares for European sales of its PlayStation Portable after releases in Japan and the United States. The Game Boy Micro will go on sale in Japan on Sept. 13 for ¥12,000, or $109.

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Virtual Crime Spree

I knew it would finally happen…nerds mugging other people online. Sure they might not look scary in real life but that “nerd” just whupped the crap out of your character online and took your stuff.

Several players had their characters beaten and robbed of valuable virtual objects, which could have included the Earring of Wisdom or the Shield of Nightmare. The items were then fenced through a Japanese auction website, according to NCsoft, which makes Lineage II.

Heh…you took his lunch money at school, he took your Shield of Nightmare and sold it to the highest bidder. I know I shouldn’t laugh but you gotta admit that is pretty funny.

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MS Announces Xbox 360 Price

Ending weeks of speculation about which upcoming video game platform will give gamers the most bang for their buck, today at the German Games Convention, Microsoft Corp. revealed that consumers can get their hands on Xbox 360™ — the most powerful and feature-packed next-generation video game and entertainment system — for as little as $299.99 U.S./€299.99/£209.99 starting this holiday season. For gamers who want to experience the ultimate digital entertainment thrill ride, Microsoft also announced a model with hundreds of dollars worth of accessories for $399.99 U.S./€399.99/£279.99, giving consumers the definitive entertainment experience at an unbelievable value right out of the box.

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Used iBooks Cause iFrenzy

Would you hit someone with a folding chair to get a good deal on an iBook? Would you wet yourself to keep your place in line? These people did…for an old iBook.

A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line. "This is total, total chaos," said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

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Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg

Speaking of battery power, how about a hybrid car that gets 250mpg? If you use the technology from the previous news story…you could get a pee powered Pruis that would also eliminate the need for rest areas on long trips.

It looks like a typical Toyota Prius hybrid, but in the trunk sits an 80-miles-per-gallon secret -- a stack of 18 brick-sized batteries that boosts the car's high mileage with an extra electrical charge so it can burn even less fuel.

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Pee Powered Battery

How about a battery that is powered by urine. No, I’m not kidding, it's powered by pee. Ummm, no thanks.

Physicists in Singapore have succeeded in creating the first paper battery that generates electricity from urine. This new battery will be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for diseases such as diabetes.

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Google Halts Library Project

I don’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure out the Google library project was in trouble the minute they announced it.

Google will temporarily stop scanning copyright-protected books from libraries into its database, the company said late on Thursday. The company's library project, launched in December, involves the scanning of out-of-print and copyright works so their text can be found through the search engine's database. Google is working on the project with libraries at Harvard University, Stanford University and other universities.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Safe Driving School - POD

A van sits in the front window of 'Say Dez School of Safe Driving' after an accident in Hamilton, Ontario, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. The elderly couple driving the van was shaken up after the accident. (AP PHOTO/CP, Hamilton Spectator-Sheryl Nadler)

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Etch A Sketch Art Gallery

How the heck does an Etch A Sketch work? According to specification, the screen's reverse side is coated with a mixture of aluminum powder and plastic beads. The left and right knobs control the horizontal and vertical rods, moving the stylus where the two meet. When the stylus moves, it scrapes the screen leaving the line you see. Head on over to the Etch A Sketch Website for a look at what has been created. This is simply amazing.

Through the years, many people have used the Etch A Sketch® for advertising of their own. A lot of Etch A Sketch things have been made, like mouse pads, cards, computer screen frames, mugs, etc. Etch A Sketch® has received a lot of recognition and still maintains that same level of recognition. A lot has changed since the 1960s, but for the most part, Etch A Sketch® isn't one of them.

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MoPo | Forum Happenings

Do You Have What it Takes to Get Promoted ?- Game
The Meatrix - Truth about Factory Farming - Animation
Fox News Takes on Canada - Video
Teleportation Trick - Video
NSFW Streaker Caught on News - Video
CitiBank Commercials X8 - Video

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Beware the Jerk-O-Meter

Ever wonder if that spouse, friend or co-worker on the other end of the phone is really paying attention? The “Jerk-O-Meter” may hold the answer. It runs on Linux and is only available on VOIP, but the guys over at MIT hope to have this available for your home line and cell before 2006.

“Think of a situation where you could actually prevent an argument,” he said. “Just having this device can make people more attentive because they know they’re being monitored.” For now, the Jerk-O-Meter is set up to monitor the user’s end of the conversation. If his attention is straying, a message pops up on the phone that warns, “Don’t be a jerk!” or “Be a little nicer now.” A score closer to 100 percent would prompt, “Wow, you’re a smooth talker.”

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

How to Lose Visitors From Your Website

With all this focus on generating and creating new traffic to your website, who's out there teaching people how to lose visitors. I call this reverse SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ). Here are a few things that can be implemented very easily and are essentially guaranteed to have your visitors clicking the back button in less than 5 seconds.

Make sure your site is colorful! Use vast expanses of super-bright colors that cause them to strain and squint. Give them that staring-into-the-sun effect, and use text colors that force their eyes to constantly readjust as they try to read your text. Remember, you are not giving them a real "Web experience" unless looking away from the screen causes their color perception to shift dramatically.

Create a really long page then start playing your favorite song and put the stop and volume controls at the very bottom of the page . This will make sure they do one of the following:
Listen to the entire song all the way through 5 times while reading your content, which proves them worthy of experiencing your site- Try desperately to find the Stop button- Go somewhere else to stop the song from playing.

Create really challenging links strategies. Have lots of pages that do not link back to your home page. This way they look around for a while, then resort to the back button. This works very well when people bookmark a page. Then they have to figure out a strategy for getting any more information from your site. And, by all means, do NOT put your navigation on every page--this blows the whole concept of challenge. For additional challenge, make the links you do have on a page to pages that do not exist. People will giggle when they fall into that "404" trap, and they realize they were dumb.

Use JavaScript to put the current date and time on your page,and then don't update anything on the site for a few months or years. Welcome to my Site! Today is 2/13/2001 and it's 5:05pm! News: 6/20/1999 I'm sorry I haven't updated this site in a while, I am working on a New Site Design! Stay Tuned!

Make your background dark and your text just a shade or two brighter. This makes it impossible to read your text and will rid you of visitors before they have a chance to clog up you server logs. If this is not possible on your site, use the alternate technique of putting most of your content in PDF files so that the visitor has to download them and launch another application. Very effective.

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Link Us - We Link You

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Why Does Orange Juice Taste Bad After Brushing Your Teeth ?

Everyone's got a question they'd like answered - basic stuff, like "Why is the Sky Blue?" The question today is ' Why does OJ taste so nasty after brushing your teeth?'

Apparently, the detergent used in most toothpastes - sodium lauryl sulfate - temporarily modifies the taste system. It reduces your ability to taste sweetness and saltiness, and makes sour foods intensely bitter. Right after brushing, anything will taste less sweet. Don't worry though the reaction won't harm you."

newsweek - files

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Internet Threatens to Overtake TV

The gap between Internet and TV usage is closing, with the Internet threatening to overtake television. According to this poll people will eventually spend more time on the internet than in front of the TV........ whodathunkit.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid, shows that the amount of time Internet-using Canadians are spending actively using the Web is up 46 per cent since 2002 and now averages 12.7 hours per week. That's up from 8.7 hours per week three years ago. "For the first time since we began tracking these activities, younger Canadians are spending more time on the Internet than watching TV," said Rogers. "Any advertiser looking at this demographic should be re-evaluating their marketing strategies if they haven't already."

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Air-Jet Noodle Cooler Japanese

Another weird Japanese invention - Japanese love their noodles hot! Well, that is, not hot enough to turn your tongue purple and black from the heat. Therefore, Happy Fun Corporation has come up with the awesome invention of the Air-Jet Noodle Cooler. This fan hangs off of a sturdy pair of chopsticks and is powered by a water-proof AA battery. It works wonders, unless you’re the person sitting to the left of the eater, because you’ll be sprayed with a jet stream of boiling pasta soup. Happy Fun Corporation is working round the clock to figure this one out, folks.

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Void Your Warranty

What's that you say? You've been looking to void your computer's warranty, but you just don't know how? Well then, you've come to the right place! If you have other cool hacks, please post your pictures at http://forum.mopo.ca/viewforum.php?f=16. We'll put it on the web if it voids your warranty!

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How to Destroy Erase Hard Drive Data

MoPo - Hard Drive Eraser is a powerful procedure that allows you to destroy all data on hard and floppy drives completely, excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders.

If you use FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE standard operating system command for data removal, there is always a chance to recover deleted data (using undelete file or some data recovery software) and use against the owner's will. We highly recommend you use our free technique for the hard and floppy drives you want to dispose of, recycle, re-use, sell or donate to somebody.

MoPo KillDisk conforms to US Department of Defense clearing and sanitizing standard DoD 5220.22-M. The most secure Gutmann's data destruction method is also implemented. You can be sure that once you clean up with MoPo KillDisk, sensitive information is purged out forever.

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US Officials Attend Hackers' Convention

The Pentagon is rumored to employ hackers to attack foreign networks. Feds have been a key part of the Defcon audience since its inception in 1992, though they are required to stay at off-site hotels to avoid some of the wilder goings-on.

Along with recruiting, the conference gives federal officials a chance to develop sources and keep up with new research. "I'm learning while I'm here but I'm also getting the names of people I can maybe call on later so we have a better understanding as cases go along," said Don Blumenthal, who oversees the Internet lab for investigators at the Federal Trade Commission. Tensions between feds and hackers ran high in 2001 when the FBI arrested Russian programmer Dmitri Skylarov at the conference for writing a program that could break copy protection on electronic books. The relationship between the two sides has turned less adversarial in recent years, according to long-time attendees, and government employees now account for nearly half of the audience. Some Defcon staffers even hold down day jobs with the National Security Agency and other government shops.

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Google's Boycott Misses the Mark

The boycott came to light last week when News.com began including a twist on the standard corporate response in articles relating to Google. It read, "Google could not be immediately reached for comment. (Google representatives have instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.)"

That previous story, which News.com linked to, was headlined "Google Balances Privacy, Reach," and showed just how much information Google has placed at our fingertips. To illustrate, staff writer Elinor Mills spent 30 minutes googling Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive officer, then published Schmidt's net worth ($1.5 billion), his net gain from selling Google stock this year ($140 million), the town he calls home (Atherton, California), the fact that he is an amateur pilot and "roamed the desert at the Burning Man art festival in Nevada."

"That such detailed personal information is so readily available on public websites makes most people uncomfortable," Mills wrote. "But it's nothing compared with the information Google collects and doesn't make public." She worried that "hackers, zealous government investigators or even a Google insider who falls short of the company's ethics standards could abuse that information."

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Jessica Simpson - Boobs They're Spectacular

Jessica Simpson says her boobs were made for accessorizing. The “Dukes of Hazzard” star, out promoting the flick, discussed her much-discussed breasts, and also blasted widespread buzz that they are fake. “Mine are definitely real,” she revealed, according to SkyNews. “At school my boobs were bigger than all my friends’ and I was afraid to show them. Now, I feel they make my outfits look better. They’re like an accessory.”

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Sure, I was speeding, officer -- I'm insured!

Tired of parking fines and speeding tickets? A Swedish company offers insurance against both, claiming to be the first in the field.

Swedish drivers who register with the Bisso company at the Web site www.bisso.se and pay an annual fee of 850 crowns ($112) are covered against three speeding tickets a year, as long as they are not more than 30 km an hour (19 miles an hour) above the limit. Several thousand people had signed up for the insurance since May, Glimmeras said.

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PC EZ-Bake Oven - Weird & Wonderful

Now the computer savvy among us can re-live the fun of having your very own personal mini-oven with the PC Ez-Bake oven! It fits in a 5 1/4" drive bay and plugs right into your power supply with the included Molex connector. Also included is "PC Ez-Cook", the open-source oven controller software with hundreds of easy and creative recipes for your PC Ez-Bake oven, and even a fuzzy-logic cooking control system to precisely measure the doneness of your cake, cookie, or cheese souffle. The PC Ez-Bake oven can even be used to cook your Pop Tarts, Bagel Bites, or any tiny or flat food. YUM!

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Hala Faisal Nude Anti-War Protest

Syrian born artist, Hala Faisal, protests the war in Iraq and the occupation of Palestine by appearing in the nude with anti-war slogans written in both English and Arabic, in Washington Square Park Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, in New York City. Faisal was arrested by New York City police. (AP Photo/Ramin Talaie)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Video Game Violence Verdict

Jurors deliberated for a whole hour before convicting the “GTA made me do it” guy of capital murder for shooting two cops and a radio dispatcher then blaming GTA for “making” him do it. People blaming video games for real world violence…take note. Thanks to everyone who sent me this story.

Defense lawyers had partly blamed Moore’s actions on the hours he spent playing video games from the “Grand Theft Auto” series, in which players shoot police officers and steal cars. After his arrest, told police, “Life is a video game; everybody has to die sometime.”

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Tracking Down A Spammer

Dateline NBC set out to track down a porn spammer and the results are just flat out hilarious. This is a must read for everyone.

What if someone who got one of the e-mails wanted to find one of them and stop him? What are the odds? “If you can find the real person without an army of lawyers, without millions of dollars of research staff and investigators, if you could find the individual who actually clicked that mouse and sent that message — it would be a sight to see,” says Everett Church.

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Apple iPod Patent Rejected

After three years of trying, Apple’s bid to patent the iPod menu interface has finally failed. Apple is having a rough time lately, wasn’t it just a month or two ago that Apple was sued by someone claiming the iTunes interface was stolen?

The company's patent application, which lists Apple vice president Jeff Robbin and Apple chief executive Steve Jobs as two of its primary inventors, received a final rejection last month from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Standing in Apple's way appears to be a prior filing by inventor John Platt, who submitted a patent application for a similar software design for a portable device in May of 2002 -- just five months before Robbin submitted his claims on behalf of Apple. Platt's application describes his invention as a system or method that "generates playlists for a library collection of media items via selecting a plurality of seed items, at least one which is an undesirable seed item." The process by which the iPod's software displays its own menu-based interface is very similar to the process Platt's filing goes on to describe.

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MoPo | Forum Happenings

Bill Gates Hit by Pie - Video
Supa Film - Freebord Video
Remote Controlled Humans - Video
Where Did the Time Go? - Flash Game
The Lamest Jokes You have ever Heard - Humor

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Stealing Your Neighbor's Internet

Forty bucks for high-speed Internet access? Not a bad deal. But how does free sound? To a growing number of Internet piggy-backers, it's the sweet sound of pirating their neighbor's wireless network.

"I haven't paid for Internet since I've been in New York City," said one friend of this reporter. "Ditto," chimed in another. And as the practice of using someone else's connection without paying for it expands, it raises the question: Is there anything wrong with that?

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Panasonic Toughbook

Full magnesium alloy case is the ultimate in strength and beauty. Combines high fashion looks with an impact-resistant casing that's 20x stronger than ABS plastic. Shock-mounted HDD insulates and protects your data from the bumps and knocks of the road through high shock-absorbing polymer compounds. 2.9 lbs. ultra-light, ultra-thin design makes the eLite the easiest to carry, easiest to handle and easiest to access female body on the market.

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VIA Sponsors Girlz 0f Destruction:

The girlz 0f destruction team members will compete in the first official Ms. QuakeCon competition, playing as individuals in a QUAKE III Arena deathmatch tournament for a top prize of US$30,000.

My first gaming experience was on a coleco machine in about 1986. I was hooked! Then came the nintendos, MarioKart was and still is one of the best games to ever hit console. I discovered PC games about 2001, and I've been playing pretty consistently since then. My first lan was pretty neat, I went for a Q3 1v1 tournament and ended up getting 1st place. Since then I have been playing somewhat competitive, which led to global travels and winning some pretty great stuff!

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Apple Refunds Canadian iPod Levy

Now that the $25 iPod levy has been overturned, Apple says they will refund all the money collected while the levy was in place. Overall, the refunds will total approximately $4 million.

Music lovers who paid extra for their iPods because of a levy will soon be able to get their money back, Apple Canada announced Monday. "Apple is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada let stand a lower court ruling that blank media levies on iPods are invalid, and will shortly announce a claims process so consumers can request a refund for the levies they paid," the company said in a release.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Daylight-Saving Switch May Cause Y2K

The upcoming transition evokes memories of Y2K, the Year 2000 rollover that forced programmers to adjust software and other systems that, relying on two digits for the year, never took the 21st century into account.

When daylight-saving time starts earlier than usual in the United States come 2007, your VCR or DVD recorder could start recording shows an hour late.

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Apple G4 Trash Can - Macintrash

Turn your Apple Computer into a trash can. You have to admit an Apple trash can would look pretty good at the side of your desk.

A couple weeks ago I found myself in possession of a dead G4 from work (which hopefully gets replaced with a PC). The idea occurred to me to make it conform to ATX but the thought was fleeting, I don't want some big apple logo next to me. So my next idea was trashcan. So upon that here is my short and sweet one day project log.

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Futuristic Fashion Show

Let’s face it, most of us have similar notions of how the future of travel or home life might look - flying cars, compartmentalized Jetson-inspired high-rises, and artificial intelligence robots doing our mundane, everyday tasks. But have you ever stopped to think about what futuristic clothing might look like, aside from the Star Trek skin-tight space suits and bizarre headdresses showcased in Star Wars?

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Some People Should Not Own Computers

Finally, scientific proof that some people should " Not Own Computers "

Some people seem to carry a computer curse, frustrated by a plague of viruses, hard-drive failures, power surges and software conflicts that appear and disappear without rational explanation. "There are some people who seem to have a natural rapport with computers and other complex machines, and there are other people who seem to manage to break everything even without touching it," said York Dobyns, analytical co-ordinator at Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR).

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Google Sued Over Ads

So the big news today is that advertisers have filed suit against Google saying they (Google) overcharged for their ads. Here is a quote:

The suit claims Google "engaged in conduct which injured members of the general public, including the plaintiffs" and said it was "impossible ... to determine the exact amount of the injury without a detailed review of Google's books and records.

"Let me see if I have the scenario straight: I claim you overcharged me for advertising. You respond by asking me how much you were overcharged. I tell you that I won’t know until I review your books? Say what?

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Supa Film - New Freebord Video

Here is a new video that freeboard pro Dave O'Grady has created under the title Supafilms.

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Someone Smiled at Me Today

Someone smiled at me the other day. What I noticed is that she had an easy smile and was very generous with it. She looked like a person who smiled a lot.

There are people who wander around with a big grin plastered over their face, and you kind of wonder exactly what's up with them. Sometimes a permanent smile is one of nature's warning signs, like quills on a porcupine or a telemarketer telling you you've won a free time-share vacation. Anyone who smiles all day, everyday ought to ask about whether they should either increase or decrease their medication.

But there are too many people who wander through their lives never smiling. I'm not talking about people with a genuine medical condition -- like the ones Tom Cruise recently went nutso-ballistic about. I'm talking about the terminally grumpy who would have to suck a lemon just to relax the frown on their face.

If they won the lottery, they'd complain about how heavy the bags of money are. If they got a raise, they'd complain about the taxes. Maybe they're still mad about the metric system or Viking raids, but they're determined to wear their misery on their face for the world to enjoy.
There are plenty of things to be worried about.

For politicians, police and the media, worry is their bread and butter. They wouldn't get anywhere telling people things are, on the whole, pretty good. It's death and destruction that keeps them gainfully employed, whether it's crime rates, imminent stock market crashes or something they think will kill you because the lab rat they fed a thousand pounds of it to keeled over. Too many people have let the little things suck all the joy out of them to the point they can't even muster a smile.

We all have bills to pay and chores to do, but I've never thought growling your way through life was going to make it any easier. I have always reserved my greatest admiration for people who seem to have a smile for the simplest things. My own grandparents were some of the most contented people I knew. Their secret was to be happy with what they had and not spend their time worried about what they were missing.

As a nation, the British have always found strength in cheerfulness. They sang their way through the Second World War while bombs were dropping on their heads, which is why they'll get through the recent London bombing tragedy with their spirits intact. You can't terrorize the people who brought us Monty Python, Benny Hill and Mr. Bean. For the rest of us, being next to someone who smiles when they get their change or pick up their dry cleaning is a bit like a happy virus. It makes you want to smile.

Stephen Lautens - Files

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Glue Stick!

For the average Japanese on the run, the "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Glue Stick!" product is a godsend. Using advanced plastics to keep the butter inside the tube at a constant 60* F, it can be taken anywhere where there is unbuttered bread. Just twist the knob, and a delicious, fat-free butter substitute come outs. Yummy!

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South Korean Aquarium

South Korean models wearing swimwear pose at an aquarium during a fashion show in Seoul July 19, 2005. A sports wear company's promotional drive to target this summer's season was held at a large fish globe of an aquarium. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho

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Sample E-mail Phishing Scams

Reserve the same skepticism for unsolicited email about eBay as you do for "burn fat at night" diet pills or requests to help transfer funds from deposed dictators.

Abacha's Nigerian Phishing Scam
Bank of Nigeria Phishing Scam
Be Our Company Agent Phishing Scams
eBay Phishing Scams
International Lottery Phishing Scams
Jeffrey Rice Egyption Phishing Scams
Keybank Phishing Scam
Maxwell Information Phishing Scams
PayPal Phishing Scams
Request For Business Co-operation Phishing Scams
Thomas Michael Ivory Coast Phishing Scams
Wamu Phishing Scams
Williams Webber British Phishing Scams

2003 saw the proliferation of a phishing scam in which users received e-mails supposedly from eBay claiming that the user’s account was about to be suspended unless he clicked on the provided link and updated the credit card information that the genuine eBay already had. Because it is relatively simple to make a Web site look like a legitimate organizations site by mimicking the HTML code, the scam counted on people being tricked into thinking they were actually being contacted by eBay and were subsequently going to eBay’s site to update their account information. By spamming large groups of people, the “phisher” counted on the e-mail being read by a percentage of people who actually had listed credit card numbers with eBay legitimately.

Do you have a Phishing Scam ? Share it with MoPo

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What Irritates you the Most about Websites ?

“Requiring the installation of extra software to view the site” can mean a Flash install (yawn) or a spyware install (not good).

I agree with all of these, but let’s be real: Sites that automatically play music should be banned from the Internet! Nothing worse than going to a site and having a midi file playing.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Remote Controlled Humans - Video

Smiling nervously, the young woman walks forward in a straight line. Suddenly, she veers to the right. She stumbles and stops, attempting to regain her balance, and continues to walk forward. And then she veers off to the left. No, she's not intoxicated. The young lady's vestibular system, which controls her sense of movement and balance, has been thrown off-kilter by two weak electrical currents delivered just behind her ears.

This sort of electrical stimulation is known as galvanic vestibular stimulation, or GVS. When a weak DC current is delivered to the mastoid behind your ear, your body responds by shifting your balance toward the anode. The stronger the current, the more powerful its pull. If it is strong enough, it not only throws you off balance but alters the course of your movement.

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Marilyn Monroe Memorial Classic Pose

The 43rd anniversary of the actress' death August 5, 2005. A steady stream of fans from around the world visited her grave on Friday, leaving classic lipstick imprints, on her tombstone.

Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of 'The Seven Year Itch' in Manhattan on September 9, 1954. The former Norma Jean Baker modeled and starred in 28 movies grossing $200 million. Sensual and seductive, but with an air of innocence, Monroe became one of the world's most adored sex symbols. She died alone by suicide, at age 36 in her Hollywood bungalow. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)

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Becky Hammon VS Margo Dydek

The New York Liberty's Becky Hammon, in front, guards the Connecticut Sun's 7-foot-two-inch center Margo Dydek, of Poland, during the second half of their WNBA game at Madison Square Garden in New York Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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MP3, M16 What's the Difference?

A Canadian student who ordered an MP3 player over the internet from the U.S. was shocked to receive a licensed handgun instead. Brandon Buchan, 21, an English student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, bid for an MP3 player on eBay, the star pheonix newspaper said.

The Pawnshop that auctioned the device sent an unloaded .22 caliber Smith & Wesson gun and a license by mistake. 'I was mostly confused about it all. I'm not a hitman,' Buchan insisted. 'I figured it must just be a mistake.' The student called the police, who removed the weapon. He also e-mailed the shop, who are arranging for his MP3 player to be sent to him. Buchan says he is keeping a photocopy of the gun license as a souvenir."

-BBC News

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Man Caught Pirating Girl Movies

I don’t know what’s sadder—that a 19-year-old schlub named Curtis Salisbury was caught camcordering The Perfect Man and Bewitched in a Missouri movie theatre or that the copyright police are crowing about catching him.

You see, friends, Curtis was involved in what the hep kids call “warez” networks. He uploaded his ill-gotten chick flicks to these “warez” networks where terrorists download them and turn them into opium and guns which are then used to kill the Key Grips and Catering Staff for many major motion pictures, thereby leaving their families with no food on the table. The fact that Curtis was caught taping these horrible films is a testament to the fact that the ticket taker probably went to high school with Curtis and didn’t like him and then told the projectionist who told the girl behind the candy counter who blurted it out to the 40-year-old Manger Trainee who then called the crack copyright storm troopers. I mean this is a MAJOR bag. Two movies? No wonder Stealth and The Island didn’t do very well. Scum like Curtis was pirating them!

Gizmodo and News.com

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Apple Intel Security Chip

APPLE has worked out a way to prevent their customers downloading the company’s new Intel-based operating system into cheaper and uglier PCs.

Jobs Mob boffins have installed a Trusted Platform Module made by Infineon Technologies to prevent the operating system being used on anything that is not re-assuringly expensive and has an Apple trademark. Apparently it was possible to install other operating systems like Windows and Linux onto the test box. But it was impossible, the source said, to install software from the DVD containing the Intel-configured Mac OS onto similar x86-based PCs that lacked a TPM.

The technology could also be used to prevent them all downloading pirated movies and music. Another reason is that it seems that Apple have got so close to their cheaper and more accessible PC rivals that it now needs a bit of hardware to stop users running the two operating systems side-by-side.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Self Portrait - Space Shuttle Astronaut

Astronaut Steve Robinson turns the camera on himself during his historic repair job "underneath" Discovery on August 3. The Shuttle's heat shield, where Robinson removed a pair of protruding gap fillers, is reflected in his visor.

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Qwest Building - POD

Fantastic photography of the Qwest building in Denver. I hope this eases the pain of the investors of Qwest which just lost 164 Million....ouch.

The Qwest building in Denver houses the company's headquarters, Monday, Aug. 1, 2005. Qwest Communications International Inc., which provides local phone service in 14 Midwestern and Western states, said Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, that its second-quarter loss narrowed to $164 million as revenue edged up and operating income grew

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Florida Man Confesses to Murder that Didn't Happen

A Florida man reportedly confessed to a murder that never happened, hoping it would persuade his wife to leave him. According to the Ocala Star Banner, Teddy Akin, 28, told his wife he had killed a hitchhiker and stolen his wallet, and later repeated the same story to investigators after police arrested him.

He claimed he hit the man on the neck, causing him to gasp and make a gurgling sound. He said he buried the body in a forest. But police eventually found the allegedly murdered man alive and astonished. Akin admitted that his murder confession was bogus, Sue Livoti, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office told the daily. He told investigators he was having problems with his wife and was hoping the murder story would encourage her leave him. He said he had found the wallet in the street. Police said Akin would be charged with theft and making a false report. He might also be sent a bill for the cost of the search. The paper did not say whether or not Akin's wife left him.

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Strip Cub Wrath Over Vagina Sign

"Live Nude Nude Nudes," but last week it stepped up the rhetoric with a new sign proclaiming "Vaginas 'R Us." I don't think Toys 'R Us is going to take to kindly to the spin on their trademark.

Exotic dancers perform in San Francisco in 2003. A strip club operator in Los Angeles has stirred outrage among his neighbours by unveiling a sign advertising the wares of his establishment in very explicit terms

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Microsoft Steals Wal-Mart Exec as New COO

It's a great big hiring orgy, Google steals from Microsoft and Micorosft steals from Wal-Mart and then Wal-Mart Steals from Google.

Microsoft disclosed the details of Turner's pay package in a regulatory filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Turner will be an "at will" employee, with a salary of $570,000 per year. He also will receive a $7 million up-front payment and other stock awards to help compensate him for stock-based pay that he forfeits by leaving Wal-Mart.

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Social Impact of Gaming

The economist debates the social impact of gaming. Interesting article that actually manages to compare games to the alarm raised in the 50’s over rock & roll.

Is it a new medium on a par with film and music, a valuable educational tool, a form of harmless fun or a digital menace that turns children into violent zombies? Video gaming is all these things, depending on whom you ask.

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Will Your PC Run Windows Vista ?

Microsoft's next OS will tax PC graphics, analysts say, and systems with integrated graphics will not display the Aero Glass interface.

Microsoft has said it won't issue the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista until next summer. However, the company has already dropped hints that analysts say suggest Windows Vista's Aero UI requires relatively high-end graphics. The operating system itself will determine which level a PC fits into by sensing its graphics capabilities, and PCs will either be deemed capable of running Aero or not. Those that are not will present a classic Windows interface, the software giant has said.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Maddox on GTA Hot Coffee Mod

So I was sitting around the other day, playing "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," when suddenly I received an email with an attachment called "hot coffee mod." So I did what I always do when I get programs from strangers in my email: I ran it.

Then I went back to playing the game and didn't notice anything different, except for when I took my in-game girlfriend back home, she now asks "how about a little coffee?" Naturally I got excited, because I was expecting to see a scene with the protagonist, Carl, and his girlfriend, Denise, sipping a tall cup of joe and discussing the finer points of globalization and how cultural distinction will shape future generations. Instead, I was shocked to learn that Denise wasn't talking about a delicious beverage made from roasted beans, but what she was really talking about was SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.

To prove it, I took a screen capture of the right nipple texture, and enlarged it to show that the game does in fact contain nudity:

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I thought there was some mistake, this couldn't be the family-friendly carjacking game I thought I knew. Maybe Denise changed into an outfit that just happened to look like the bust of a naked woman. I watched the scene over and over again, carefully analyzing every pixel, but the conclusion was inescapable: Denise was in fact nude. Or at least had a skin colored texture applied to the surface area primitive of her character's model.

Read more of this story over at the best page in the universe.

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Man Pays Speeding Ticket with Pennies

A man ticketed for speeding thought he'd get even by paying his fine with 12,000 pennies. But the judge had the final word by making him wait for the change to be counted.

Rather than count the small garbage can full of pennies by hand, Court Administrator Jan Cosette took them to the bank, where they were put in a counting machine. She returned with $120 in cash and some extra pennies, which were given to the Seattle man, who waited in the courthouse. He was cited for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone March 5.

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Yahoo Audio Search Engine

Looking for a certain song? Lyrics? Download location ? Yahoo has a search tool for you. Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

A search on the new Yahoo service for the song ``Beverly Hills'' by the band Weezer provides not only lyrics, links to the band's Web site and reviews but the opportunity to buy the track from the iTunes Music Store. A link takes buyers to the iTunes store to complete the sale.

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Elevator Hacking 101

Anyone who has ever been annoyed by the elevator stopping 18 times on a short 10 floor trip should read this. It works like a charm in my condo building.

The designers of some elevators include a hidden feature that is very handy if you're in a hurryor it's a busy time in the building (like check-out time in a hotel). While some elevators require a key, others can be put into "Express" mode by pressing the "Door Close" and "Floor" buttons at the same time. This sweeps the car to the floor of your choice and avoids stops at any other floor.This seems to work on Most elevators that I have tried! Most elevators have the option for this to work,but on some of them the option is turned off by whoever runs them. This is a rather fun hack, so the next time you are on an elevator, give it a try, you have nothing to lose, And this concludes Hacking Elevators 101!

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

MoPo | Forum Happenings

Lemon Pie - Video
Watch where your going - Video
What to drink when you are chasing beaver - Video
Typing - Game
You just won 100 Grand - Flash Video

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New Apple iPod Adverts - iPorno

So before you think the iPod Photo would be a great soloution to keep your ever growing pRon collection, keep this in mind.

There is a "bug" in the iPod Photo that randomly flashes photos from other albums into slideshows. [on Leander Kahney's Wired blog, "Cult of Mac,"] Keith Finch has suggested this might not be a bug, but rather an intentional measure to dissuade users from keeping "double secret 'Hot Butts'" albums on their iPods. The hypothetical situation he presents to support his case is good for a chuckle or two.

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InkJet Craft Printer - Craft Robo

The craftrobo pro is a new inkjet printer sporting a built in cutting head which can spit out pre-cut patterns that fold into 3d objects. The craftrobo site features a library of downloadable patterns with novelties like robots, and dinosaurs, but the real fun begins in the box & bags section, where kids can download and print out their very own candy-colored “suspicious container” for anonymous deposit at their local train station.

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Cellphone Flask - Drunk Dialing

You’d be hard-pressed to fool an eagle-eyed teacher at prom with this sassy, and drink-holding, cell-phone. Priced at $23, the Cellphone Flask looks like a great way to get a few shots of booze into your underage body, provided you don’t mind leaving your real cellphone at home and later looking like a total freak as you are forced to explain that it’s a new model Motorola with “all metal everything” as Mr. Bates, the gym teacher frisks you and your date.

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Jesus did it for the Chicks

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Apple's Tiger vs. Windows Vista

Microsoft copied it in 1995 and they will do it again in 2006. When Windows Vista ships in late 2006, Windows will mimic many features of Apple's Tiger and go beyond it. Whodathunk.

With the first Vista beta, Microsoft seems to have taken many cues from Mac OS X with the user interface and features, right down to some of the terminology. Even some of Vista's icons are amazingly similar to those in Tiger. For instance, there's the interface names, Apple's Aqua and Microsoft's Aero. In Vista, "My Documents" and "My Computer" are now "Computer" and "Documents," as they are in Mac OS X.

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Gates Says Xbox 360 = Ferrari

Well, to be precise, what Gates actually said is that if you were in a race, the Xbox 360 is a Ferrari and the PS3 is a Ferrari…the difference is that Microsoft’s Ferrari will have a huge 6 month head start on the race.

"Our view is basically we've got a Ferrari, they've got a Ferrari," Gates said in a question-and-answer session at Thursday's meeting with financial analysts. "Our Ferrari is leaving the starting line substantially before their Ferrari is, and in most races that's a very nice thing."

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Low-Carb Pioneer Atkins Files Chapter 11

Eat lots of fatty foods and no veggies = You will be healthy and thin. Tell that to a bunch of overweight people and see how well it sells.

Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the company that promoted low-carb eating into a national diet craze, filed for bankruptcy court protection Sunday, a company spokesman said. Atkins has been hurt by waning popularity of its namesake diet, which focuses on eliminating carbohydrates such as bread and pasta as a way to shed weight. The diet quickly became one of the most popular in U.S. history, spawning numerous derivatives and a virtual cottage industry of low-carb regimens - but also drew criticism from many experts for its focus on fatty foods and low fruit and vegetable consumption.

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One Blog Created Every Second

It takes dedication to keep your blog alive and well. So before you decide to start up one of these for your very own take a moment and decide. Do you really want to dedicate your pRoN downloading time for blogging?

The blogosphere is continuing to grow, with a weblog created every second, according to blog trackers Technorati. In its latest State of the Blogosphere report, it said the number of blogs it was tracking now stood at more than 14.2m blogs, up from 7.8m in March. It suggests, on average, the number of blogs is doubling every five months.

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Veterans Don’t Like Vista Name

It seems that two non-profit veterans organizations aren’t happy with Microsoft using the “Vista” name because they have been using it for the last 20 years or so.

The Vista Software Alliance and WorldVista, two non-profit groups that assist American veterans hospitals, nursing homes and clinics with its VistA software, have denounced Microsoft's name choice, citing possible confusion between the operating system and the software used to store and manage veterans' patient information.

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Apple Scroll Wheel Mighty Mouse

It looks like Apple is thinking the same each and everyday. First the Intel switch then, the Mighty Mouse. We welcome our Mac brothers into the more than one button club.

At $49, Mighty Mouse features the revolutionary Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, without lifting a finger. And with touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell, you get tprogrammabilityity of a four-button mouse in a single-button design.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Brains of the Video iPod Revealed ?

Rumors of the near-term release of a video iPod have abounded over the past few weeks, and adding to the mix is a recent ArsTechnica report that may shed light on the core processor chipset that will appear in this much awaited unit. Apparently, several Sharp sales reps have indicated to customers that Apple will be using the Sharp LH7A400 SoC (system on a chip) in the forthcoming video iPod.

If the video iPod is coming this Fall, then Apple would've been working on the product long before they announced the switch to Intel hardware. And by all accounts, the final Intel decision was made at the last minute before the announcement. So Apple would have had to start the video iPod design process with a third-party ARM SOC like the Sharp device named above, even if they now plan to move the device to XScale eventually.

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Color iPod Minis, Video iPod To Arrive In October ?

Engadget is running a story that details predictions by American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu regarding what lies ahead on Apple's iPod roadmap. Based on alleged deals between Apple and PortalPlayer (who supplies the chipset for HD-based iPods), Wu prognosticates that a 2GB, flash RAM-based iPod mini will join the iPod lineup before the end of the year.

He goes on to predict that color iPod minis as well as higher capacity iPod shuffles will appear in the October timeframe this year. In what would be the biggest news since the iPod's original debut, Wu also feels that the much rumored video iPod will appear in October or possibly sooner.

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Discovery of 10th planet in Solar System

This 2001 NASA montage of planets (excluding Pluto) taken by spacecraft managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. A US astronomer announced he had discovered what could be a 10th planet that is larger than Pluto in the outer reaches of the solar system.

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Car Computer Systems at Risk to Viruses

Since I bought that new cell phone last Thursday, my car has been running very slow and stalling every 15 minutes. I think I may have to take it in for a good virus removal.

Car industry officials and analysts say hackers' growing interest in writing viruses for wireless devices puts auto computer systems at risk of infection. As carmakers adjust on-board computers to allow consumers to transfer information with MP3 players and mobile phones, they also make their vehicles vulnerable to mobile viruses that jump between devices via the Bluetooth technology that connects them.

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5 Ways To Block Spam

Big Bruin gives us 5 good ways to block spam. A lot of really good common sense info in here IE: One of the best strategies for avoiding spam is to protect your personal e-mail address. Your best defense is for the spammers to not even know you exist, but this is a difficult task to accomplish.

From offers for prescription drugs, to mortgage refinancing, to sexually explicit content, spam can leave us having to sift through mounds of trash to find the few messages we actually care to read. Although eliminating all junk e-mail may be impossible, there are several steps than can be taken to all but eliminate spam from your inbox.

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Windows Vista Beta 1 Screenshots + Video

I took the time this weekend to play around with Windows Vista Beta 1 and snapped a few screenshots and recorded a video. The reason for the video is just to show off Windows Vista new graphics engine. The video was taken with a digital camera so the quality isn't the greatest; however, the effects can still be seen. Enjoy!

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