July 31, 2003

Turnabout is fair play

Senator launches investigation into RIAA piracy crackdown: "Theft is theft, but in this country we don't cut off your arm or fingers for stealing," said Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican who was a rock roadie in the 1960s.

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July 30, 2003

Just when you thought you'd seen it all

Hot chicks in neck and back braces: now this is a wacky fetish!

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Here we go again

ABCNEWS.com: Heavy Fighting Erupts in Liberia. What will the US response be?

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July 28, 2003

Kind of like a 9/11 Lotto?

Pentagon plan would allow betting on terrorism, assassinations: ``The Pentagon is setting up a stock-market style system in which investors would bet on terror attacks, assassinations and other events in the Middle East. Defense officials hope to gain intelligence and useful predictions while investors who guessed right would win profits. ``

I can't decide if this is sick or brilliant, I just pity the fool who gets caught for insider trading!

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Rest in Peace: The Time Lady

Jane Barbe, the "time lady" and the voice of many voice mail and telephone company announcements, has died at the age of 74. At least she'll live on in a special way.

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July 25, 2003

Farmer's Markets Unsafe?

People are getting mowed down at farmer's markets right and left in Santa Monica and Florida. The Santa Monica one was particularily gruesome.

I advise you to stay away from farmers markets until the next killing passes, because we all know these things happen in threes.

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Regulation p2p

P2P companies may face new scrutiny: Representative Pitss has introduced an act which:

Regulates P2P software, and requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt regulations that require P2P distributors to:

* Give notice of the threats posed by P2P software;
* Distribute P2P software to a minor only with a parents consent, and not when parents have used a do not installbeacon to indicate their desire to avoid P2P software;
* Comply with the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) when collecting information from children under age 13;
* Ensure that the software can be readily uninstalled; and
* Ensure that the users computer not be commandeered as a super node,and not disable or circumvent security or protective software, without consent.

"Our legislation gives parents the tools they need to protect their children from pornography and threats to privacy posed by peer-to-peer file-trading networks," Rep. Pitts said in a statement. "By working together to protect children, we are building a broad and bipartisan coalition."

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Teens "Watching the Computer"

Web Supplants TV as Teen Media Hub Finally, the first generation raised with the internet is starting to become noticed by the advertising industry.

As the first generation that grew up with the net gets more buying power - or finally noticed by marketers, you should see some interesting shifts in ad dollar spending.

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p2p for pornographers

Anti-Porn Bill Targets File Sharing because when the terrorists aren't using p2p networks, the kiddie porn people are.

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July 24, 2003

RIAA's Pawns - Why DSL is better than Cable Modem

Boston Colleg, MIT and Verizon decline to name students in music-use case while Comcast plans to comply fully with the RIAA and turn over the names of file sharing users.

Give me Verizon DSL over Comcast Cable Modems! At least Verizon is looking out for their customers. Comcast, in typical cable fashion, doesn't give a shit.

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July 17, 2003

Got Milk?

It was bound go happen: Rent-a-cow, because then "the cheese belongs to you".

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July 15, 2003

Worms Suck

Oops. Somone here forgot to upgrade Sendmail, and we got hit by one of those worms which did a fair amount of damage to the machine we run on, but we're back now.

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July 11, 2003

Strip for security

Airport Screeners ask everyone to remove shoes: first it was belts, now shoes. We're being prepared to be strip serched before flying. If they do it gradually, the public won't make an outcry.

I personally had an experience at the Las Vegas airport just like this one quoted in the article:

"I was unhappy when I flew out of Ontario (San Bernardino County) this morning and they asked me to take my shoes off," said Kenji Kingsford, a Southern California high-tech executive. "I didn't, because my shoes don't ever set off the metal detector.
"But then they said I had to go through the manual inspection. I said, 'Why? The detector didn't go off.' They said, 'Because you didn't voluntarily take them off.' "
"I thought they were punishing me for not 'voluntarily' removing my shoes," he said.

So, this makes me wonder: how soon until there is an airport-spread athlete's foot epidemic?

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July 09, 2003

Dancing on Graves

When I'm dead, I can only hope that sexy half naked chicks will dance on my grave.

``[Ulysses S. Grant Memorial] Association chief Frank Scaturro, who is demanding that any future entertainment at the 18th U.S. President's tomb show less skin and more solemnity, says, "This memorial also happens to be the man's tomb. [Beyonce] clearly crossed the line of appropriateness."

Personally, I think the man is smiling in his tomb.

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Walmart's RFID Retreat

Wal-Mart cancels RFID trials apparently due to public backlash. "We never had products with chips in them," Wal-Mart spokesman Tom Williams said.

RFID is kind of like a wireless barcode, which can be read from a fair distance away. RFIDs can also contain unique serial numbers and have historically been used for tracking purposes.

Now, RFID is so cheap that it can be placed on individual products, and that has a lot of people worried that they will be used to spy on consumers.

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End of the Deep End?

Swimming pools: Going off the deep end is becoming just a figure of speech Apparently, swimming pools with "deep ends" are now completely out of fashion. "The definition of aquatics has changed," said Scot Hunsaker, president of Counsilman/Hunsaker Aquatic Designers.

It's a damn shame if you ask me.

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July 08, 2003

They're Wrong

TheStar.com - Iraq evidence wrong, White House admits: the White House has admitted that U.S. President George W. Bush was wrong when he said last January that Iraq had recently sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa.

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Personal Emergency Locator Beacons

Emergency Locator Beacons Now Available- be the first in your block to have one of these exciting devices.

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July 02, 2003

Spit at a cop, get life in jail

Oklahoma man gets life in prison for spitting:
``John Carl Marquez, 36, was convicted of ''placing bodily fluid upon a government employee,'' a felony that can carry a life sentence because of the possibility of transmitting a potentially deadly disease.``

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July 01, 2003

Who would have thought...

Continued fighting in Iraq ``Although the major combat initiatives are over, the bloodshed continues in Iraq. ``

Imagine that. Who thinks this will turn into Vietnam 2.0?

After all, Donald Rumsfeld says: "The death squads will not stop our commitment to create stability and security in postwar Iraq." Meanwhile, Bush says anyone who attacks U.S. troops "will be met with direct and decisive force."

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Lightning strikes twice

Lightning Strikes Twice as demonstrated in this amazing picture of multiple lightning strikes on some TV/Radio transmittion towers. Wow.

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