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28 April 2006

News from the Net

There is a new scam to steal your bank account info. Pretty sneaky.  Of course, some people took it a step further and counterfeited a whole company - a popular one at that

Ok, this one gets some kudos... Not only did they create an artificial insect eye; not only is it to be used in things like cameras; but they had to go out of their way to get my attention by using hexagons

It looks like my career may not be over if my wrists get worse -- there now appears to be a way to vocally program.

Morax pointed out this kewl toy which, if you choose the right plan with PGE, can save you a lot of money.

For those of you who think Intel is ahead of AMD, this might be an interesting read... Or if you think that IIS is ahead of Apache, maybe read this one.

An interesting perspective on what allows Google to continue to evolve. I should probably read that for EOTI's sake.

The Senate is trying to force you to listen to Windows Media or Real formats instead of MP3s... Next thing you know, you'll find out M$ and Real are paying them off

There is a new documentary out about intellectual property, called Alternative Freedom.

Once concern I have about using thoughts as passwords is what happens if you become sick, ill, deranged, etc? Can you no longer access any of your data?  If you start becoming paranoid, thus locking you out of your accounts, wouldn't that make the paranoia worse, thus locking you out of more, thus....

This one is especially for Dino and Morax... Google is releasing 3D modelling software called SketchUp

google 3D modling... interresting

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Apr 28 04:03:00 PDT 2006

27 April 2006

Toys from the Net

Carnivorous Plants

This one is especially for Sarah and Reg... Hydrogen Fuel Rocket. Or perhaps a hydrogen fuel cell car?

For the normal price of a Radio Shack Antistatic Wrist Strap, you can try a cordless one

For those with straining wrists, how about the FrogPad

And of course, who could resist yet another Wireless Color Spy Camera with Audio?

Perhaps you would like to experiment with a Biofeedback Monitor

Various forensic kits

And just to round it out, how about some Chemicals

couple bucks cheaper than the plants at the site you have listed. plus you earn geek points. :)

Posted by Silver on Thu Apr 27 03:38:00 PDT 2006
Yeah... I just spent 1000 geek points the other day to get the Geek Cube "Copy Center". figured might as well use the points for something ;)

Posted by Malachi on Thu Apr 27 03:57:00 PDT 2006
I can't find the Dalek anymore!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Thu Apr 27 05:21:00 PDT 2006
Availability: [ info ]
Out of stock
This product is not available
for purchase at this time.

Posted by Malachi on Thu Apr 27 05:31:00 PDT 2006
Now I want one even more!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Apr 28 04:56:00 PDT 2006

News from the Net

Mark of the Beast times ;) Starting in 2010, Australians will not be able to get Welfare or Health Services without their National ID card

Did you know that a company holds a patent on treating things such as OCD?

There now appears to be options for bloodless surgery

Micro-Pump PC cooling -- why can't we use a Heat Pump concept to keep the PC at a constant temperature?

This appears to be an interesting data backup method

Apple's new Illuminati-Screen ;)

Don't license M$ Windows, and they will nag you to death

Want an alternative to a wheelchair? How about this one?

So it looks like EOTI may need to come up with a good alternative to the 40-hour work week; we don't want anyone getting RSI

It is now a crime in Oklahoma to sell a violent videogame to someone under 18. Since Mario technically shoots and kills things, or MarioKart runs people off the road -- I guess kids will have to get used to Tamagachi... oh wait, you might be committing animal abuse if you don't check that during class

The Internet2 is getting a new backbone. This is great news since they offered EOTI a free connection to it once we get our lab up and running

Lithium-ion cars get 300 miles on a 5-hour charge?

How about a Neural interface for gaming?

Ok, I didn't see this coming... how about holographic solar collectors?

M$ has finally released a shell that is newer than cmd.exe/ -- I haven't tried it yet. Let me know if you do.

Ok, the reason they wrote this program is much funnier than what the program actually does.

Randomized Instruction Set Emulation? Interesting concept

Wisconsin could be the first state to ban mandatory microchip implants in humans -- however, what good does it do when the Feds are already taking away state sovernity (ie: Feds busting legal Medical Marijuana Patients in California)?

A French Tourist town, Caen, is trying to do away with cash

I can't wait for neural interfacing to be a reality.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Thu Apr 27 09:03:00 PDT 2006

25 April 2006

News from the Net

IE7 is available, for what its worth

ThinkFree (the free online alternative to M$ Office) has been released.

Dino found under ocean floor.

Sun Microsystems (a'la Java) is changing CEOs.

There is now precedence to prevent you from being fired over surfing online at work

More articles about Second Life and Virtual Money.

Lego-like Anthrax-protection

The newest sensors? Your Tongue

The Music Industry was caught lying. What a shock.

Verizon DSL blocking your email?

How did I get under the ocean?

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Tue Apr 25 00:09:00 PDT 2006
   Don't worry! Its not all of you.....just a crushed knuckle bone....hey....what's your knuckle doing under the ocean???

Posted by Sarah on Tue Apr 25 08:59:00 PDT 2006

24 April 2006

News from the Net

Wonder if these reprogrammable coprocessors would finally let the PC have OpenFirmware/OpenBoot... I know that it isn't a BIOS chip, but, still.... the tech could lead to that kind of option

Well, we knew they would eventually do it -- but it appears that the idiots in power are now falesly linking copyright violators to terrorism

They are looking at no longer allowing students to return text books so that they are more willing to buy eBooks

They may have found the neurons responsible for your choices.

People are complaining about Google changing its logo temporarily commemorate events... I personally have always liked seeing these temporary logos

A new chip does division by 3 instead of by 2? Ooh, I want to try using that in my Tertiary computer!

The Timeline has been set for the AMD/Intel lawsuit

What is up with Presidents claiming to have designed stuff? Bush claims that the US Government designed the iPod. What's he trying to do -- convince everyone to quit using it?

7-years to come up with the Netflix envelope

eBay is looking for partners against Google... Come to the Dark Side ebay!

If OSX can start running Windows programs (especially games) without buying M$ Windows -- I might just consider one of their laptops

It looks like yet another fundamental constant isn't so constant. Go figure.

If you are going to be flying anytime soon, you might get a kick out of this.

I might consider checking out this new cell-phone-based social network thingee, if it wasn't for the fact that I can no longer upload anything to my cell phone since installing the 64-bit version of Windows (Nokia's software isn't compatible). There is a tiny bit of info on the service here.

Some potentially interesting work is being done in the WebOS space; like XIN, YouOS, eyeOS, Orca, Goowy, Fold, et al


AMD and Intel have been preparing for court for 10 years! 10 years ago wern't we using abacuses instead of computers?

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Mon Apr 24 04:44:00 PDT 2006
No, the abacus has not been developed yet. We were still tying knots in string.

Posted by Malachi on Mon Apr 24 05:35:00 PDT 2006

21 April 2006

Toys from the Net

Saw this and thought of YOU! ;)


Posted by WILL POWER! on Sat Apr 22 04:58:00 PDT 2006

News from the Net

Better hope you agree with Bush's croneys about what 'sexually explicit' means.

Kirk and Spock meeting at StarFleet academy? Interesting. I'd go see it

Toys: 750GB harddrives

And radioactive bears? Oh my!

Tracking the mood of the blogosphere?

The Bush administration appoints someone to protect your civil liberties -- yeah right

Here's a short article on synthetic biology


Disposing of nuclear waist in the rain forest... Brilliant!!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Fri Apr 21 03:46:00 PDT 2006
Gets all of that pesky waste out of the is the rainforest good for anyway? No one lives there!

Posted by Sarah on Mon Apr 24 05:45:00 PDT 2006

20 April 2006

Google News

News from the Net

Vivid wants to allow you to download and burn their DVDs

Yahoo! is apparently still helping to arrest reporters

For those of you still stuck with LiveJournal, be aware that the new Terms Of Service will get you banned if you block advertisements

An Oregon professor developed a credit-card-sized reactor to convert vegetable oil to biodiesel almost instantaneously

Paint-on Laser bringing us closer to optical computing?

Some new quantum encryption techniques

Wonder what it is like to Work at M$?

If you are looking forward to the new national ID, this might interest you

NASA simulates two merging black holes

The new FCC Commissioner is evidentally clueless since she plans on bullying DRM laws into effect. Idiot.

And how about some notes on the GDrive?

ROCK ON! We all should be using Biodiesel!!!

Posted by Sarah on Thu Apr 20 08:29:00 PDT 2006

19 April 2006

News from the Net

Not much here today, but....

Looks like the EU is trying to regulate media formats that haven't even been thought of yet -- Go innovation!

You know, I have always liked Philips hardware, but I think I am now going to boycott them in addition to others like Panasonic and LG

You think your Norton AntiVirus is helping? Well, who knows how much effort will be put into it after Symantec has to pay their $1billion tax bill

Fuck Philips!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Wed Apr 19 00:46:00 PDT 2006
aw shit.
they make good products too.
you'd think that paying 15 bucks a month to TiVo would be enough.. noooo...
it's like buying a game, then having to pay monthly to play it...
and what about the money you send to the cable company every month, why do I pay that and still have to sit through the damn commercials?

Posted by Silver on Wed Apr 19 01:33:00 PDT 2006
I agree. If I have to sit through commercials, cableTV should be free.

Posted by Malachi on Wed Apr 19 09:29:00 PDT 2006
Phillips...what a bunch of bastards. 

Posted by Sarah on Wed Apr 19 07:46:00 PDT 2006
Seriously, I'm going to write them a letter and tellt hem that they are bastards.

And I agree whole heartedly about the cable tv thing. Commercials suck bawls.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Thu Apr 20 00:08:00 PDT 2006

18 April 2006

Toys from the Net

I thought I would spend a couple minutes to fawn over some toys over at ThinkGeek....

I want the Dalek! I'm also enjoying this Toys from the net bit!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Tue Apr 18 01:24:00 PDT 2006
Nice on the thumbdrive, except I already own one of those, Simpletech has the upgradable flashdrive that I have used on so many different occasions to sync pics and music and sk00lwork.
And anyone not watching the new Doctor Who series will be given 40 lashes with a wet noodle.

Posted by Silver on Tue Apr 18 04:41:00 PDT 2006

That one looks pretty :)

I've liked my little 1GB Pny, but something interchangeable would be kewl :)

Posted by Malachi on Tue Apr 18 09:39:00 PDT 2006

News from the Net

There have been some more Dino :) discoveries

It looks like the one who asked me (when I was about 14 years old) to donate money so they could blow up oil tankers [and thus I assume let the oil leak into the ocean] is now pro-nuclear

TOYS: I think I see my next toy - triple monitors!

Here's something a few of you (you know who you are, I won't embarass you by naming you) really should have installed in your car.


Do you think the triple monitors would make you more or less motion sick?

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Tue Apr 18 00:32:00 PDT 2006

Email on one, IDE on another, Browser on another...

or... EMail/Browser on one, IDE on another, Game on another...

or... game game game :)

Posted by Malachi on Tue Apr 18 09:37:00 PDT 2006
I want the driving system!!!!

Posted by Sarah on Tue Apr 18 03:18:00 PDT 2006

17 April 2006

News from the Net

Here's a new DARPA robot.

More MySpace Cops

M$ prevents you from blocking their malware.

Don't believe in evolution? Well, here's a catfish that hunts on land.

Now this is how I want to defrost my windows!

Sculptures that respond to wireless traffic? Sounds like a more advanced version of the toys on ThinkGeek

The few of you out there with an Apple may like this.

WOOT! Once more OLEDs are in the news. This time they are replacing light bulbs.

Curious what the state of bionics is? Read here.

Hollywood's proposed encryption already breakable?

I can't wait to see that sculpture up ans running!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Mon Apr 17 03:13:00 PDT 2006

14 April 2006

Nets from the Net

Images from Venus

Summer of Code is here again!

Want to run your own email-server in China? Well, it's now illegal without a license

Want some synthenol?

Best Buy Geek Squad pirating software? Well there's a shocker.

Maybe I should have used Slashdot Bookmarks to bookmark this, but I didn't want to take the time to log in ;)

How about something weird? Cell division has been reversed.

Or how about bacteria-based glue?

PayPal will now be reporting its users to the IRS.

Tank Force Fields?

Google Calendar!

I will no longer be updating this horrid myspace calendar, now that I have access to the Google Alternative.

12 April 2006

News from the Net

EOTI Reminder: Check out ifolder

Google getting into Voice Search? That could have some interesting Good AND Bad points

10th Planet or No 10th Planet? They can't decide!

Robotic Fly?

Microsoft helps lawmakers let others hack your computer

NASA is planning on crashing into the moon?

A Florida county is publishing (online) "dates of birth and Social Security numbers of minors, images of signatures. passport numbers, green card details and bank account information"


Grafiti the moon!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Wed Apr 12 05:12:00 PDT 2006
I'm not all that shocked about the Microsoft thing...Bastards....

Posted by Sarah on Fri Apr 14 07:48:00 PDT 2006

10 April 2006

Surplus Computer sale


Don't even think about it. :-P

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Mon Apr 10 01:36:00 PDT 2006
Is it worth it?

Posted by WILL POWER! on Mon Apr 10 01:59:00 PDT 2006
Hard to say without seeing it and knowing the stats. If they were 486s, then no. If they are PII or higher, they are probably worth $100. Especially if you buy like 20 of them and network them together :) [see mention of similar on today's Net News]

Posted by Malachi on Mon Apr 10 02:18:00 PDT 2006

Will Ferrell - Bush on Global Warming on Transbuddha

Net News

News was reporting that Norovirus been spreading in the area. They specifically mentioned new cases in Beaverton, Vancouver and Salem. 3 people have died in the last week from it.

We've have the first recall of nanotech due to health concerns

Mainstream News is changing their wording to get better search engine results. Why is that important? They are changing witty headlines to be boring to rank higher.

A clockless processor has been developed. Being clockless, it takes no energy when there is no activity, thus extending battery life

Uranus found to have another ring

Step-by-Step Evolution?

Stone-age dentists? Have so say I didn't see that coming

This is awesome... hybrid supercomputer out of junk hardware and vegetable oil

A new proof-of-concept of a cross-platform virus that infects windows and linux

08 April 2006


WOW! I have finally got caught up on the MySpace subscriptions I read!  Ok, I haven't read the bulletin's in a month or two - but at least I got through the blogs!

Completely Unexpected

You fit in with:

You don't really fit into any highschool stereotype: you're pretty much normal. Hovering somewhere in the middle between non-conformity and conformity, you're your own person ... within the group.

'What highschool stereotype do you fit in with?' at


I'll post mine in a sec....

Posted by WILL POWER! on Fri Apr 07 23:04:00 PDT 2006
OK, now we know this thing is bullshit because it pushed me towards emo.

You fit in with:

You don't really fit into any highschool stereotype: you're pretty much normal. Hovering somewhere in the middle between non-conformity and conformity, you're your own person ... within the group.

'What highschool stereotype do you fit in with?' at

Posted by WILL POWER! on Fri Apr 07 23:07:00 PDT 2006
Damn, I think this is a bit off. 

Posted by Sarah on Mon Apr 10 07:53:00 PDT 2006
You fit in with:

You fit into the highschool intellectual stereotype. You're not really all that popular, but you're not a loner either. You fit somewhere in the middle socially, though you much prefer to do things your own way. You certainly aren't just one of the crowd.

'What highschool stereotype do you fit in with?' at

Posted by Sarah on Mon Apr 10 07:56:00 PDT 2006