Eva Green now looks set for international film success as a Bond Girl, playing the alluring Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig. However, Matthew Turner first interviewed Eva Green for Viewlondon after she had just starred in her debut film, The Dreamers and discovered there is more to Eva Green than just a pretty Bond Girl face. The role was reportedly turned down by Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Thandie Newton. Sony chiefs greenlighted Eva Green this week after flying her to Prague for a screen test with Craig.
This artist rendering shows a night view from Hudson River of the updated design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site in New York which was unveiled on June 29, 2005. Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday urged the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to occupy the Freedom Tower, the planned centerpiece for the site at the former World Trade Center, rather than one of the other five new towers at the complex. REUTERS/Courtesy of Skidmore
Actress and model Vida Guerra poses as she arrives as a guest at the premiere of the new comedy film 'Madea's Family Reunion' in Hollywood February 22, 2006. The film, based on Tyler Perry's stage production of the same name, follows the adventures of southern matriarch Madea and her family. The film opens in the U.S. on February 24. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
On one shelf rests a giant hair ball that filled the stomach of a 12-year-old girl who compulsively chewed her hair. Floating in a nearby glass container is a young man’s leg that ballooned in size because of elephantiasis.
This isn’t a carnival freak show. The specimens are among thousands of medical oddities—many ghoulish—collected by the National Museum of Health and Medicine, which is dedicated to tracing the history and practice of medicine over the centuries.
But the museum, located on the 113-acre campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, likely will have to find a new home. Last summer, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted to close the hospital and move many of its medical services to suburban Bethesda, Md., by 2011.
You first met Jessie and Becky when the stunning twins kicked off Maxim Fallacy Baseball in 2004. They went on to scarf down slop on Fear Factor before continuing their reality TV tour this year on American Idol. Jessie's musical mission got derailed by throat surgery, but Becky is still subjecting herself to weekly verbal teabaggings by snooty Brit Simon Cowell.
1) Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl. 2) Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom. 3) In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid. 4)The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
5)Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash" and rinse". 6)Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door. 7)Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids. 8)The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off. 9)Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.
Pull a favorite book from your library shelf and watch a cabinet section recess to reveal a hidden passageway.
Twist a candlestick and your fireplace rotates, granting access to a hidden room. Custom designed switches allow you to activate your automated feature any way you wish. Prefabricated kits available for the do it yourselfer.
The maker of Macintosh computers had anticipated that hackers would try to crack its new OS X operating system built to work on Intel Corp.'s chips and run pirated versions on non-Apple computers. So, Apple developers embedded a warning deep in the software -- in the form of a poem.
The embedded poem reads: "Your karma check for today: There once was a user that whined/his existing OS was so blind/he'd do better to pirate/an OS that ran great/but found his hardware declined./Please don't steal Mac OS!/Really, that's way uncool./(C) Apple Computer, Inc."
Apple also put in a separate hidden message, "Don't Steal Mac OS X.kext," in another spot for would-be hackers.
Women's curling is sure to receive a lot more exposure this year, thanks to a new international calendar that features nude and scantily clad female curlers.
The calendar is the brainchild of Ana Arce, a photographer who skipped the Andorran women's team for three seasons before moving to Spain this year. All proceeds will be split between the teams of the curlers who pose in the calendar, called the Ana Arce Team Sponsorship Calendar 2006.
Arce contacted only women she knew personally through her years in curling, including two Canadians: Melanie Robillard of Ottawa and Lynsay Ryan of Kelowna, B.C., the daughter of two-time world champion skip and 2006 Olympic hopeful Pat Ryan.
The 12 models represent curling teams from Denmark, Italy, Spain, England, Poland, Germany and Canada. The calendar isn't the first of its kind. The Canadian women's rugby, water polo and cross-country ski teams all have produced similar calendars. On the men's front, there has been beefcake calendars from the men of Australian Rules Football and the Stade Francais rugby team in Paris.
Samurai weren't always the space-traveling, laser-wielding, mech-piloting adventurers they are today. In the past, they used to fight with swords and stuff. But seriously, we all know samurai are honorable, cool, and historically awesome. They wore armor and fought with swords and trained their mind as well as their body. They were the super heroes (and heroines!) of feudal Japan. And now you can have a little part of their legacy help you at work.
These specific metal bladed letter openers are based on the comic Shi written by William Tucci. They are replicas of the swords Anna Ishikawa uses to fight the Yakuza and avenge her family members' murder. It's sort of ironic that these letter opener swords are based on a comic book, which is printed on paper - as paper is the natural enemy of the letter opener. But that's beside the point. These swords are a beautiful and functional edition to any cube-land samurai's desk.
Katana - 8" total length Wakizashi - 6.25" total length Tanto - 4.5" total length Stand decorated with the kanji "Shi"
After hearing of a newspaper account of an unclaimed $853,492 Powerball ticket from October, Steve Jones decided to do a little housecleaning. Of the three tickets he swept out from under the bed, one wound up being the prizewinner.
On Thursday, Jones took the ticket to the Louisiana Lottery Corp.'s headquarters in Baton Rouge and walked out with $597,447 after taxes.
"The first two were nothing, but the third ticket said I needed to go the lottery office," said Jones. "I didn't know whether it was the Match-5 winnings or something else. But when they said I had to drive to Baton Rouge, I started looking for someone to drive me."
Jones' ticket was to expire April 17. Winners of the lottery's draw games, such as Powerball, have 180 days after the drawing to claim their prize.
Apple has announced more than one billion songs have now been downloaded from the 21 iTunes music stores across the globe.
To celebrate the milestone, Apple gave the iTunes user who downloaded the one billionth song an iMac, a $10,000 iTunes gift card and 10 iPods, as well as creating a scholarship, named after the winner, to a music college of his or her choice.
The Mac maker also gave away iTunes gift cards and an iPod nano to downloaders who hit 100,000 song milestones on the way to the one billionth download, echoing a similar promotion which ran to mark the 500 millionth track in July last year.
According to research company Nielsen/Netratings, there were around 21 million active iTunes users as of December – an increase of 241 per cent on the previous year.
Veteran models Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter and Rebecca Romijn are joined by five newcomers. A photo feature on the inside features tennis star Maria Sharapova.
Although she enjoyed the photo shoot, Sharapova said she'll be sticking with tennis, because her personality comes out on center court. Sports Illustrated readers can also get a look at actress Molly Sims wearing a skimpy, $30 million, 150-karat diamond bikini.
The FBI has expanded its investigation into a debit card fraud that has mostly affected 200,000 consumers in the Western United States, saying that the case might be linked to other debit card thefts around the country.
But the trail doesn't end with Wal-Mart, sources close to the investigation have said. As investigators began to look into the rash of unauthorized charges, they found that a large number of people whose debit cards were compromised had one thing in common: They previously had shopped at office-supply chain OfficeMax, said a banking source familiar with the case. Two law enforcement sources also said OfficeMax is part of the investigation but did not provide details.
Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.
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Tropical paradise of Kauai basks amidst the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu. Formed some six million years ago, the island encompasses roughly 550 square miles and is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands.
The white sands and gentle waters of Kalapaki Beach are ideal for sunning, swimming, and sailing. Kalapaki Beach also is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, and Kauai Lagoons--40 acres of freshwater tropical lagoons that serve as a sanctuary for exotic wildlife.
I'm sure all of you are curious to know what the Hottest Toys Of The Year will be. The top Toy Experts in the country have hand picked the Best Toys in various categories.
The best toy that inspires creative play through various forms of activity went to Peepin Tommy - Night Vision Goggles. This cool no mess toy is a boon to busy moms! The Peepin Tommy has a black surface on which kids love. The x-ray vision appears within less than a minute, leaving nothing to the imagination!
Karima Adebibe, 20 years old from London who has been chosen as the new international face of 'Lara Croft' action hero, poses for the media in London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Karima was chosen from thousands of hopefuls, and will now embark on a gruelling training programme to prepare her for the role.
Karima Adebibe, 20 years (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Making reservations at the Drake recently to mark their 60th anniversary, Ardell presented the yellowed hotel receipt from 1946 -- the one that included a 40 cent charge for a long distance phone call and a room service tab of $3.73.
Amazed by the artifact, Drake officials, as a gift to the Cicero couple, decided to charge them the original rate: seven bucks a night.
"Since we had kept the receipt, they said they were going to honor us in this way," said Ardell Reis, now 81 but, according to her husband, still as vivacious and beautiful as the day they were wed.
Actress Molly Sims is shown wearing a $30 million diamond bikini in this publicity photograph released February 14, 2006. The bikini, designed by Susan Rosen is made up of over 150 carats of D flawless diamonds. The bikini is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue which is being released February 14.
Vintage PC and Apple Computer Collection. Includes over 430 vintage computers. From Altair to Zorba!
Eagle Computer was formed by using computers manufactured by Audio Visual Labs. The Eagle I and II included AV ports on the back that were replaced by RS-232 ports on the Eagle. Eagle Computer was a instant success and CEO Dennis Barnhardt took them public. On the day of the offering Dennis went out and purchased a new Ferrari and had a most unfortunate accident and was killed. The company died as well from a slow death as it never recovered from the loss of Dennis.
Over 40 vintage printers including early Epson, Apple, IBM models and more. Several hundred hardware items including vintage terminals, monitors, modems, acoustic couplers, mice, joysticks, accessories, S-100 computer boards and more.
Apple LISA(Local Integrated Software Architecture) was introduced in January 1983. LISA was the first personal computer to use a Graphical User Interface(GUI). Steve Jobs learned of the GUI during a visit to Xerox PARC. Lisa was shipped with design flaws and reliability problems and never developed a significant share of the market. Used innovated "twiggy drives". The name Lisa may also have been related to Steve Jobs and Nancy Rogers daughter born in May 1978. In January 1984 Apple released Lisa 2, a new version of the Lisa (dual drives). Lisa 2 was based on new software and the Macintosh operating system. Apple Computer officially renamed the Lisa to the Macintosh XL in January 1985.
Countless books, software, marketing brochures and accessories. Set of Byte Magazines plus many duplicates. Several hundred more Magazines including TRS-80, Commodore, Popular Electronics, Personal Computing, Interface Age, Radio Electronics, Kilobaud, Osborne, Amiga, Texas Instruments, DEC, Heathkit, Sinclair, Microsystems CP/M Journal, Dr. Dobbs and more. Copy of all photos are included in the sale.
Gangs of pro-Muslim computer hackers have unleashed a withering cyber attack on Danish and Western websites in the past week, escalating their defacement barrage to coincide with dozens of violent street-level demonstrations across the Arab world in protest at the publication of a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.
The number of Danish websites alone - those carrying a '.dk' suffix - knocked offline in the past week numbered 578 between 30 January and 6 February, according to Zone-H.org, a cyber-crime observatory that tracks website defacements. Hundreds more websites of European, Israeli and American companies and private citizens have also been defaced during that period, with the vast majority occurring after the re-publication last week of the cartoons in European newspapers.
The 1911 theft of the "Mona Lisa," when the self-styled Marques Eduardo de Valfierno paid three men to steal it from the Louvre in Paris, is usually seen as the first great art heist of the 20th century. Since that time, countless thousands of works of major and minor art have been stolen, whether by professional thieves or as the result of war. The extraordinary thing is not how many pieces have been stolen but how many have been recovered.
The theft of nine paintings, including Renoir's "Bathers" and Monet's "Impression, Soleil Levant" (above), which gave Impressionism its name, from the Marmottan Museum in Paris took place on Sunday.
Google is currently resisting efforts by the U.S. government to acquire its server data. It claims to be doing everything possible to protect user privacy, including coming up with an adorable logo involving bears being jailed for contempt of court. However, there's at least a small chance it'll end up forking over its logs to the government data miners, and a somewhat better chance the government will figure out how to correlate the data to individuals.
If this happens, I think we can all see the implications: I'll have a lot of explaining to do. So in the interest of free and open communication about how I'm completely innocent of pretty much everything, I present the following search terms I've entered and why they're not at all as bad as they sound.
1) Yellowcake Uranium
This is absolutely not an indication that I've been trying to broker purchases of uranium between various rogue states. Rather, I was just trying to look up an old friend from high school, Yellowcake Uranium Steinberg. Her parents were hippies. Hippie physicists. This explanation also applies to my other high-school friends, Anthrax Bacillus Cooper and Weapons-Grade Fissile Material Smith.
With loved-up texters getting ready for the big day, dot mobile has come up with a few tips:
-- Keep flirty messages short. -- Observe the two-day rule -- Do not drink and text. -- Avoid over-use of emoticons and jargon. -- "Xs" at the end of messages should not exceed three. -- Be careful about picture messaging which others may get their hands on. -- Admit defeat if you have not received a reply after 12 hours and two texts.
Supa Mang a MoPo Forum VIP is keeping us up to date on Canadian Medals for the Olympics in Torino. If anyone else would like to make updates for their respective country feel free to mix it in the forum.
Favoured to win Sunday's 3,000 metres, Canadian speed skater Cindy Klassen tired down the stretch and settled for the bronze medal in her first of five events at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.
Ever wonder what music your dog would listen to if he could wrap his paw around the radio dial? The folks at Laurel Canyon Animal company did, and they asked renowned animal "medium" Dr. Kim Ogden-- who has appeared on national TV, including CNN, Fox News, and "ABC World News Tonight"--to find out. She "surveyed" 200 dogs around the country and the results were used to create "Songs to Make Dogs Happy," a compilation of 12 songs that Dr. Ogden says are music to dog's ears.
SkinBag is a symthetic human skin with a creased appearance giving an organic aspect to the range of clothing and accessories.
Theses pieces play on the ambivalence of the archaic & instinctive body, and the artificial & optimised body.
With its alternative tattos and piercings, SkinBag has many identifying artificial additions which lets the individual show his personality off to advantage. SkinBag is a relative tool, an particular interface between us and others.
The design was borrowed from a 1973 edition of Popular Science and was improved upon to meet the rigors of the Black Rock Desert.
These domes have served as an effective shelter against wind, extreme heat and, once painted, rainfall. The largest of the three domes in the picture opposite measures approximately 12' 7" in diameter and is about 6' 3" high at its center. We recommend building the largest one. All the measurements throughout this web site relate to the largest size.
They are fairly inexpensive to build as recycled cardboard is the main component and, if water-based paint is used, can be burned. The domes are strong enough to attach decorative pieces and lighting components to the inside.
Assembly time, on site, is 3 to 4 hours for 3 people constructing one dome with the appropriate tools.
When the house was built in Canterbury Rd, Middle Park, many neighbours were appalled. But it won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects award in 2003 and its picture has appeared worldwide in prestigious home magazines.
The Footy Show rogue kept the timing of the drive-past with Anderson close to his chest. He admitted it was architect Cassandra Fahey's idea to apply the image of Anderson to the house, which he sold two years ago.
Following a wave of negative publicity and pressure from the government, several Web sites that peddled people's private phone records are calling it quits.
We are no longer accepting new orders" was the announcement posted Wednesday on two such sites, locatecell.com and celltolls.com.
In one case that received a lot of attention recently, a blogger was able to buy the phone records of former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark. All the site needed, it said, was Clark's cell phone number and a credit card payment of $89.95.
Authorities are seeking a burglar who allegedly took the time to make coffee, cook and eat meals, take showers, pick out a change of clothes, watch television and check his e-mail while inside three rural Washington County homes this month.
The burglar left behind other valuables, including jewelry, firearms and electronic equipment, Rahn said.
"He never logged out," she said, adding: "He made himself at home here. He spent some time in our bedroom trying on my husband's clothes. I could tell he went through some of my clothes."
One of David Letterman's most popular recurring segments is Stupid People Tricks. Every once in a while someone from Oklahoma makes the show and this week it could happen again.
Betty Bell is giddy, she's on her way to the Late Show with David Letterman, the stupid people tricks segment, because she whistles.
"I learned to whistle through my toes when I was 14." You heard it, whistles through her toes. Actually she was trying without success to learn to whistle through her fingers then a friend suggested her toes kind of looked like fingers. "I said wonder if I could whistle with them I'm having no luck with my fingers, I tried it and it worked."
Look on as Bob from Customer Service sends a company-wide e-mail that reads: "Please forward all requests about greasy duck butter and Slavic cabbage fart to the strange mole on my schvontz. Spank you. Cock balls banana."
Bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. In fact, roughly 40 percent of bottled water begins as tap water; often the only difference is added minerals that have no marked health benefit,'' EPI said.
More than 50 Indian villages have complained of water shortages after bottlers began extracting water for sale under Coca-Cola Co.'s Dasani label, EPI said.
Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the belief--often mistaken, as it happens--that this is better for us than what flows from our taps, according to environmental think tank the Earth Policy Institute (EPI).
Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasing--producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy,'' said Arnold. ''Although in the industrial world bottled water is often no healthier than tap water, it can cost up to 10,000 times more.
At up to $2.50 per liter ($10 per gallon), bottled water costs more than gasoline in the United States.
Kaya is ravishing. She has full lips, long lashes, and a slightly upturned nose. Her expression radiates confidence and power, and her smooth skin is well scrubbed and dotted with freckles. But she doesn't have much of a body. At all. In fact, she exists only from the neck up. Kaya is a CG model, a 48,200-polygon beauty created by an artist in São Paulo, Brazil. And she's sure to be a finalist in the Miss Digital World beauty pageant.
Los Angeles Temptation Lauren Bergfeld (L) tackles New York Euphoria Trishelle Cannatella during the third annual Lingerie Bowl football game in Los Angeles February 5, 2006. The 30-minute game features models playing full-contact football in lingerie and airs locally on pay-per-view during halftime of the NFL's Super Bowl XL football game. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
The next Sony PlayStation Portable firmware update will include E-MAIL capability called "Sony Mail," according to an article to appear in the March issue of PlayStation Magazine. And Sony plans to release later this year the GPS add-on for the PSP teasingly demonstrated at a couple of shows last year.
Apple is making it awful hard other companies making MP3 music players. Apple just announced a $149 1GB iPod nano that should sell like...well iPods?
Introducing a new 1GB iPod nano for just $149 that offers the same features as the 2GB and 4GB iPod nano models and holds up to 240 songs or 15,000 photos.
Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. With 1GB (240 songs), 2GB (500 songs) and 4GB (1,000 songs) models starting at $149, the pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design. So small, it will take your music places you never dreamed of.
In 270 AD, the mad Roman emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage because he believed married men made for bad soldiers. Ignoring the emperor, Bishop Valentine continued to marry young lovers in secret until his disobedience was discovered and he was sentenced to death.
As legend has it, he fell in love with the jailer's blind daughter, and through a miracle restored her sight. On his way to execution, he left a farewell note ending in, "From Your Valentine."
People sometimes form very strong bonds to inanimate objects. This is especially the case when you come into daily contact with, say, a red Swingline stapler. The ultimate utilitarian desktop accessory. Its vibrant red color stands out amongst the grays and beiges that consume office space. The sleek, smooth retro lines. The sheer weight. The precise, solid movement. The mechanics. The thick, dense sound as paper is conjoined...
One thing is certain - you will never covet an office supply as much you will your red Swingline stapler. Oh, and by the way, if you've got a smug bastard in your office named Lumberg, don't ever let him take away your red Swingline. It could be bad for the business...
Durable metal construction with a retro style. 20 Sheet capacity. Jam resistant. Uses S.F. 4 Premium Staples (not included). 7 inches x 2.5 inches. TPS Reports not included.
The Sexy Cupid costume includes a red corset top, sheer white skirt with red heart accents, panty, white wings with red heart accents, matching headpiece, bow and arrow. This flirtatious number will turn heads for Halloween and Valentine's Day!
You don't need to be struck by an arrow to fall in love with this cutie on Valentines Day!
Just in time for Valentine's Day! Fresh from a bag of Kettle Original Salted (the flavour), this chip is truly one-of-a-kind. What you see here is exactly as found in the bag -- it's NOT been put together by myself in any way --.
Looking for an ORIGINAL romantic idea for Valentine's Day? Stick this in your own bag of chips and watch her surprise when she pulls out a rose! Get it now before Valentines Day.
BMW and other manufacturers face delisting from Google's index for their shabby web activities.
Google engineer Matt Cutts writes in his blog that BMW's German website was somewhat duplicitous, presenting different pages to Google's search bot than it does to actual viewers.
Cutts alleges that Google's bot leafing through the BMW site would see pages filled with car-related keywords. But an actual visitor would have their browser redirected to the page they were expecting. Thus, BMW must have been hoping to boost its rankings when users searched these keywords.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got one for the thumb as they defeated the Seahawks 21-10 to win the franchise's fifth Super Bowl ring. For coach Bill Cowher, it was a well-earned reward for his years of service, says Vic Carucci. Full Story
When he stands on his hind legs, the 170-pound "Harlequin" Great Dane is more than 7 feet tall, and has a shoulder height of 42.6 inches (topping Harvey's old record of 41.5 inches). Thankfully for everyone, Gibson is just a big, friendly puppy dog.
Actually, he's the tallest dog in the world. Gibson holds several world records, including the world's tallest dog, tallest therapy dog and tallest Great Dane. And he's been turning quite a few heads outside of his native Grass Valley.
Now you can easily move handsfree around a darkened house reducing the risk of tripping over objects or running into doors, furniture or anything not easily seen in the dark.
Brightfeet™ Lighted Slippers are nightlights for your feet. They are ideal for night time trips to the bathroom, kitchen, kid’s room or anywhere in your house! Power outage? Use Brightfeet™ to locate candles, flashlights and other emergency lighting sources.
Alaska Airlines today landed the world’s largest king salmon—stretching 120 feet and weighing in at 140,000 pounds—at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon,” sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon, is among the world’s most intricately painted commercial airplanes. Complete with shiny scales, a dorsal fin and gills, the livery on the Alaska Airlines 737-400 passenger aircraft is the result of a dedicated team of 30 painters working nearly nonstop for 24 days.
Shares of the Internet search giant tanked $53.65 - or 12.4% - to $379.01 in after-hours trading when it reported quarterly earnings that missed Wall Street's expectations for the first time ever - largely due to a higher-than-expected tax rate. The stock price decline wiped out more than $15.9 billion in market value - roughly equal to the total value of retailer Gap.
When the RIAA sues people that have never owned a PC, it really makes you wonder exactly “how” they come up with the list of people they sue. Telephone book and a dart?
"Ms Lindor has not only never 'downloaded, distributed or made available for distribution' any files, but has never purchased, used or even turned on a computer in her life," her lawyers wrote in a letter to Judge David Trager.
Apple has sold more than 42 million of the devices since they went on sale in 2001, including 14 million in the fourth quarter last year. The devices can produce sounds of more than 115 decibels, a volume that can damage the hearing of a person exposed to the sound for more than 28 seconds per day, according to the complaint.
The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana.
Legislation requiring U.S. broadcasters to abandon their analog spectrum, opening up the "beachfront" spectrum to next-generation wireless services and emergency response agencies, is headed to U.S. President George Bush to be signed into law.
Late Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a large budget reconciliation bill that included a deadline of February 17, 2009, for broadcasters to stop broadcasting analog signals and move to digital television (DTV).
The legislation directs the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to begin an auction of the cleared airwaves by January 28, 2008. The High Tech DTV Coalition, made up of 18 IT companies and trade groups, pushed for a DTV transition deadline to free up the spectrum for new services such as mobile broadband, mobile video and WiMax.
The Dutch city of Groningen looks set to open the Netherlands' first pharmacy totally dedicated to providing high quality cannabis for pain relief at affordable prices, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Although cannabis is readily available in Dutch coffee shops, the foundation for Medicinal Cannabis Netherlands, a support group for patients, intends launching a pharmacy in the northern Dutch city so people can have access to high-grade cannabis for medical use, the daily NRC Handelsblad said.
Organizers of a vintage car rally have hired karate experts to protect vehicles from marauding native parrots, a media report said Friday.
Around 40 members of a local karate club have been enlisted to protect around 140 classic cars due to visit an alpine village near Mt. Cook on New Zealand's South Island on Sunday, the New Zealand Press Association reported.
The karate experts will protect the cars from Keas, sharp-beaked native parrots which have been known to damage vehicles in their search for shiny items, NZPA said.
A POLICE officer has apologised after pleading guilty to driving almost four times over the legal limit.
Detective Senior Constable Matthew Taylor, 29, was the second officer from Mackay in central Queensland this week to have been arrested for drunk driving. Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has ordered the Ethical Standards Command to conduct an investigation into attitudes to drinking after a spate of drunk driving offences within the police service.
In December last year another policeman in Bowen in the state's north was also convicted of drunk driving.
An animal rights group says billboard companies have declined to run an ad that features a busty actress Pamela Anderson criticizing KFC.
PETA is upset that residents of Vancouver, where Anderson used to live, won't get to see the campaign. The billboard poster features Anderson, whose cleavage is pumped up by a white satin bra, urging a boycott of the fast-food chain.
Spokesmen from the billboard companies, Viacom and Pattison Outdoor, were not immediately available for comment.
After 145 years, Western Union has quietly stopped sending telegrams. "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative."
The decline of telegram use goes back at least to the 1980s, when long-distance telephone service became cheap enough to offer a viable alternative in many if not most cases. Faxes didn't help. Email could be counted as the final nail in the coffin.
The world's first telegram was sent on May 24, 1844 by inventor Samuel Morse. The message, "What hath God wrought," was transmitted from Washington to Baltimore. In a crude way, the telegraph was a precursor to the Internet in that it allowed rapid communication, for the first time, across great distances.
Is it true that you’re more likely to catch a cold if you take a flight on a commercial airplane?
The short answer is yes. People who fly catch more colds than those who stay at home. This question concerns everyone who flies, especially frequent flyers ands those who fly during winter when fellow passengers are more likely to be infected with colds and even influenza.
Depending on three different flight scenarios, Hocking and Foster found that airline passengers in three different scenarios were 5, 23, or 113 times more likely to catch a cold than if they had not flown at all!
A group of gamers has started a site to spread a pledge to boycott video-games that come with a dangerous anti-copying mechanism.
Starforce is an anti-copying program that some games covertly install when you install the game. The software causes system instability and crashes. The company that makes Starforce refuses to address the damage their software causes; instead, they blame the people on whom their malware has been forced: "According to our research those of users [sic] that do run into compatibility problems are beginner-level-hackers that try to go around our protection system."
The list of games infected with Starforce is long and depressing -- there are dozens of these. If you're a gamer, you owe it to yourself to have a look and check to see if Starforce might have damaged your PC. What's more, you should join the boycott of any game that comes with this malicious software onboard.