April 30, 2004

Guantanamo Warden to Oversee U.S. Iraq Prison Rules

Guantanamo Warden to Oversee U.S. Iraq Prison Rules: so apparently the powers that be are so impressed with the questionable conduct in Guantanamo that they were moved into an even more visible and important role.

How embarassing.

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April 27, 2004

Art Police: Anti war drawings by student investigated by police and secret service

The Seattle Times: Local News: East Washington teen's sketches attract Secret Service scrutiny ``The drawing that drew the most attention showed a man in what appeared to be Middle Eastern-style clothing, holding a rifle. He also was holding a stick with the oversize head of President Bush on it. The student said the head was enlarged because it was intended to be an effigy, Cravens said. The caption called for an end to the war in Iraq. ``

One step closer to the thought police.

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April 21, 2004

Work Harder

From CNN: ``The Federation of Small Businesses said on Wednesday it was unhappy that Alton Towers in central England, Britain's biggest theme park, had used the web address www.ihatework.co.uk to promote a mid-week discount offer, claiming it would spark absenteeism.``

``"We were actually quite surprised by the number of skivers [work dodgers] we appear to have on park, and expect our "Ihatework.co.uk" Web site to be really popular as a result!" Mike Lorimer, the park's marketing manager, said in a statement.``

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April 16, 2004

Bin Laden's war of words with Halliburton

Bin Laden slams Halliburton: ``On one level, the fact that the civilized world's biggest enemy criticized Halliburton can no doubt be worn as a badge of honor. But that a terrorist thinks he can evoke sympathy for his causes and animosity for the U.S. by mentioning its name also signifies how controversial Halliburton is and how the company is seen as a sort of shorthand for corporate greed and crony capitalism.``

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April 15, 2004

Beer, Booze and Gout

Beer Doubles Chance of Gout: ``The strongest link was with beer - each daily serving increased the risk by 50 percent. For spirits, the chance of developing gout increased by 15 percent with each extra drink daily. There appeared to be no increased risk among wine drinkers, but there were only 18 men in the study who drank more than two glasses of wine a day.``

OK, I guess I should lay off the beer and get back to the Bourbon.

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Bellagio Hotel in Vegas loses all power for days

Las Vegas SUN: Bellagio blackout creates surreal scene: ``Rather than the usual sound of casino games, silence greeted thousands of Bellagio guests Sunday, as the 3,005-room resort was plunged into darkness because of a massive power failure.``

There is a good analysis of the outage: ``The failure occurred internally on resort-owned power lines, meaning the power carried from Nevada Power lines had nowhere to go and generators couldn't pick up the slack, he said. The generators are set up to go on if power doesn't come on to the property.``

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April 14, 2004

Howard Stern on Satellite?

SatRadio: Howard Stern Archives ``Howard Stern continues to discuss the possibility of leaving for satellite radio on his daily show.``

Apparently the big issue is that he's still under contract to Infinity for 20 more months.

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April 13, 2004

DRM comes to cell phones

Intel shows new chips for handhelds featuring DRM: ``Intel refers to as its "Wireless Trusted Platform." Intel claims that the engine gives peace of mind to both carriers and users by ensuring that wireless devices cannot be hacked, providing secure storage of private information, and enabling security protocols. The technology also provides a way to enforce copy-protection locks on content such as music or movie clips.``

The carriers will love it because it will also lock phones into their systems.

Don't buy this stuff people. Would you buy a car that only let you drive on specific roads?

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April 09, 2004

Stern off the Airwaves

FCC Fine Prompts Clear Channel To Drop Howard Stern ``Clear Channel suspended Stern in February from its six stations that carry his program, which regularly features graphic sexual discussion and humor. It decided to make the move permanent after the Federal Communications Commission cited the chain for 18 alleged violations from Stern's April 9, 2003, show``

Hey Satellite broadcasters: now's the time to go for it. Get Stern on Sirius or XM and watch your sales take off!

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Onling Music store prices increasing?

Downloading music gets more expensive ``For months, digital-music services have been touting albums for $9.99 to entice more people to buy online. But Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store has been charging $16.99 for "Fly or Die," while Roxio Inc.'s Napster service sells the 12-song collection for $13.99. Both prices are higher than the $13.49 that Amazon.com charges for the CD itself. ``

Reality check: the reason the "Fly or Die" release is so expensive is because there are 24 tracks on the album. The iTunes store always charges higher prices for albums with lots of tracks. I don't think this is an example of them raising prices, it's just an example of where the iTunes music store and other online song sellers need to rethink their pricing policies.

Personally, I'd just buy the album for $8.00 on half.com. Well, actually, I wouldn't buy it at all because I think it sucks, but you get the point.

When you rip at home, you get higher bitrates and better quality. And no DRM copy protection.

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First Mac OS X Trojan or just good marketing?

``The first trojan for Mac OS X has apparently surfaced, reports Mac security group Intego. The concept of Mac trojans is so new, nobody is even disagreeing about the name: MP3Virus.Gen.`` [Broadbandreports]

However, us old folks remember back in the early 90s when there were lots of MacOS viruses that were spread by floppies. We even had floppy-based viruses in the Apple II days. However, most of those viruses were benign, and only propagated themselves and didn't try to destroy your data.

Now that the department of Homeland Security announced that they would start using Macs, expect to see a lot more virus issues for the Mac.

However, about this virus: it's pretty hard to spread. It relies on an old-style resource fork being attached to a file as well as the file extension. The resource fork overrides the file extension. Downloading a normal MP3 will not transfer the resource fork, that's why the example is sent as a BinHex file and has to be unstuffed.

UPDATE: Wired is now reporting an update to this article that addresses the issues above and effectively says that the company who "discovered" this threat is just trying to publicize their own anti-virus offerings.

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April 02, 2004

When child protection laws get confused

Teen who posted own photo charged with child porn : ``State police have charged a 15-year-old Latrobe girl with child pornography for taking photos of herself and posting them on the Internet.``

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