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29 September 2006

News from the Net

Sorry that the Category is not NEWS this time, but MySpace is on crack again.

Remember all those laptop battery recalls (which, I should remember to check mine).... Well, it appears that it is now Dell, Apple, IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Sony

Can someone please get Jack Thompson disbarred?

In another Brilliant (sarcastically speaking) move, Apple talks with Wal-Mart

Our dictator gets his way again

It appears there is another potential replacement for flash memory

After years of boycotting PayPal, a lawsuit between them and 27 states has been settled

You thought the Venus fly trap was kewl because it eats cows... what if we graft it to the dodder, which sniffs out prey

Ok, no introduction.. this is just funny... funny-wierd kinda funny.

Well, in my honest opinion, if they have observed the B-sub-s meson oscillating between matter and antimatter states at 3 trillion times a second -- I think that they really need to re-evaluate their understanding of the nature of matter. I'm telling you, it's all just energy. Occam's Razor man.

oooh. SpaceShip Two

This might work if I thought that all of my data getting lost or stolen was worth $1500.

Very interesting...  Scientists form a voting coalition

A giant bug is eating the city!!!!!  

Posted by Sarah on Mon Oct 02 05:43:00 PDT 2006

28 September 2006

News from the Net

Well, for thos City of Villains/Heros fans, you might like to see what the company is doing now

The PS3 tries to tempt me with the role of a Divine Crusader for the good Dark Brotherhood in Oblivion

Remember how you could copy/paste a Java program and convert it into a new C# program (due to M$ ripping off Sun)? Well, looks like M$ is doing it again, this time to Apple

Is FiOS for you? Or is it still a scandal?

And see, this is precisely why I would consider working for Google

China attacked US Satellites

Think your freedom of speech exists at an airport? Evidentally not - since one traveller got confronted with law enforcement (and told he had no right to free speech) for writing "Kip Hawley is an Idiot" on a bag... Don't know who Kip Hawley is, but I agree all of the sudden

It appears NASA can't get anything right

What's more interesting than that this failed to pass is that they were trying to sneak a ban on online gambling into a defense bill... OMG! Those Texas Hold'em players must be terrorist! Idiots.

Is your computer ugly? Can you design better? Then why don't you make some money on it

Is it M$ or the RIAA - can't tell looking at their tactics

California taxes Oil - I kinda doubt that will pass

Ok, this is a wierd concept

You know....I used to hate Californians....but now I'm thinking that they may be pretty smart....Look! You made me say it! I better go wash my mouth out with beer now!

Posted by Sarah on Thu Sep 28 06:20:00 PDT 2006

EOTI Update

EOTI just purchased one of these and signed up as a developer partner for it.

Hmm, could even give me a reason to use Opera again

Posted by Malachi on Thu Sep 28 00:07:00 PDT 2006

Posted by Sarah on Thu Sep 28 06:18:00 PDT 2006
In your face Nokia! :-P

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Sat Sep 30 13:34:00 PDT 2006

27 September 2006

News from the Net

The Optimus Mini gets bad reviews

Bats and Insects ride the Space Elevator

I wonder how long until this auto-disinfecting surface hits more of the workspace besides the mouse

I might consider the Sony Reader if it had caught up in tech enough to do color

Maybe I am a paranoid, but I kinda expect this to be secretly funded by Homeland Security

The NSA has finally responded after a 3-year old Freedom of Information Act request.

A 3D reference atlas of the genes in the mouse brain is complete

What happens when a company like Google sees their electric bill? They suggest design changes to the computer.

Ever wonder how dedicated Square Enix was to the PS3? Ah, read their quote - you'll love it

Anyone want to venture a guess what the evil dictator is actually doing with this?

The US Government lobbies the EU for Microsoft

If you are tempted to try the new social network Wallop, you may want to know that it is run by Microsoft

Yeah Sony! Listen to that! Square made you; it can break you!

Posted by Sarah on Thu Sep 28 06:17:00 PDT 2006

26 September 2006

News from the Net

IBM starts an "Open Patent Policy"

Come on Virtuosity! Sue Apple for using 'pod' in their name. Freaking ridiculous. No one, not even Apple, should be able to sue for using a common word in a product/service name... Oh wait, their whole company is using a normal word - Apple.  Idiots.

oooh. 500 miles on $9 and 5 minutes

Dude! Sweet! LimeWire sues the RIAA for antitrust violations and consumer fraud!

Would you want to be having surgery in an airplane when turbulance hits?

AOL subscribers sue AOL over leaking their private information

Once again, France is ahead of the USA - this time in ISP services... Sign up for the ISP and get 'the box': linux-based router/dsl modem/voip

More ATMs give it up to the master-password-breaker Google

No intro - this link is for Sarah

Debating dropping Cisco? Here's what you need to know

It appears that some XSS exploits hit Dell, MSN, HP, Apple, MySpace, YouTube, MSN, Cingular and others

So you've been debating buying a new digital camera? How about a 160-Megapixel digital camera for only $36k?

That link is AWESOME!!!! You know, I could see Dino getting addicted to that too!

Posted by Sarah on Tue Sep 26 05:31:00 PDT 2006
I wouldn't mind seeing some of MY design idea in use either ;)

Posted by Malachi on Tue Sep 26 05:54:00 PDT 2006

25 September 2006

News from the Net

Ever heard of George - the AI? I tried it on the Jabberwocky site, and couldn't get it to work - could just be from slashdotting.

Pirate radio takes on the FCC

DARPA works on regenerating limbs... thought we already mention that?

Froogle to go away in favor of Google Base

Students protest the anti-plagarism tool Turnitin because it infringes on their intellectual property rights by adding their essays to a database

In theory, you can temporarily (and legally) download Windows Vista -- though I couldn't get it to work

The RIAA wants to bust you for downloading songs THEY don't have the evidence for

There's a new robot. This robot rides mucus

Well, if the biggest reason we can't switch to hydrogen is because we can't find a refueling station, this might provide a solution to that...

A cPanel exploit was used to transmit an IE exploit

I am feeling more and more like the PS3 is a ripoff

Those of you who are pro- Jon Stewart for President will like this

In the GPL vs. DLink case, DLink lost

Hoax or not - lines get fuzzy

Clinton starts a $1 billion renewable energy fund

Blogs from Space

Make a working prototype of an electromagnetic drive that can make trains, plane, automobiles and spacecraft obsolete - and get told to drop it

Get in an accident and have no money - where do you turn? How about the Open Prosthetics Project?

Looks like Big Pharmacutical really wants me to take some meds... they are trying to make Internet Addiction Disorder a legitimate disease... Next we'll see them saying that something like School Attending Syndrome or maybe Obsessive Learning Disorder be listed....

Dude, I can't come to work today.  My IAD is flaring up.  Yeah, my meds ran out so I'll be stuck on my computer all day.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Mon Sep 25 02:32:00 PDT 2006
My doc said I have to level before I can leave the computer. Here's my doctor's note.

Posted by Malachi on Mon Sep 25 03:49:00 PDT 2006

23 September 2006

North Wind

So Dino and I were looking online for a picture of the "North Wind" from mythology.... and we ran across this engraving of it on a chair... thought it was odd enough to share.

Interesting to say the least.

Posted by Jamie on Sat Sep 23 11:44:00 PDT 2006
Mr Oax
Very cool!  Where is it from?

Posted by Mr Oax on Sun Sep 24 14:44:00 PDT 2006
I don't know, but the pair of chairs with that design were sold for $850!

Posted by Malachi on Sun Sep 24 15:08:00 PDT 2006

22 September 2006

News from the Net

Even the Linux Kernel Developers don't like the new GPL

Damn, yet another one of my publicly stated ideas implemented by someone else

AOL cancelled Wierd Al's newest videos' World Premiere

What's with HP? Did they join the mafia or fbi?

Hmmmm. M$ wants to compete with Google... umm, yeah right.. like I am going to hand over my data to the leader in spam

Looks like another source of identity theft could be the census bureau

An a sarcastic woot to the US House of Representatives which is trying very hard to terrorize the US public

Looks like YouTube is scavenging for the highest bidder

Well, if you trust the ESA, they have new pics of the face on mars

For those people who think their Mac can't be hacked.. You should make sure to get the latest patch

Want a new phone? Use a vending machine

Is this an Interol-equivalent of the Patent Office?

China wants to move its economy away from Manufacturing

Space Hotel under way

Remember "SpaceBalls"? Well, it is becoming an Animated Series

Ever wonder what the master password for your local ATM was? Well, apparently YouTube and Google can be used to find out

Maryland Democrats and Republicans reverse roles

Dell and Novell may soon be forced off the stock market

In order to prove that he did not "improperly wage a 'battle'", Dr. Yau is suing those who claim he did... Ummm... ironic eh?

Once more, astronomers say 'oops'

Did you know that ships can now sail directly to the North Pole?

Water: not tested on animals... well, unless you count bluegills

So you probably think I go overboard by claiming that some bad patents are getting through right? Well, so far 30232 software patents have been awarded this year...

Oooh. These AA batteries can plug directly into USB to recharge.. Then again, we could always replace them with gas-turbines on a chip.

California is suing automakers for global warming... Republicans really should decide if it exists or not - or decide if they are still listening to Big Tobacco... Or we could always block out the sun.

Ummm. WTF? Columbine RPG?

ATI takes on nVidia with Stream Computing

So when your kids wonder why they should take Advanced Placement classes and tests... point out they could graduate with a double-major in one year

Think you can design some clip-art? Then make some money

For only $1800, I'd send something into space.

Attorney General Gonzales once again proves he doesn't believe in the Constitution

Spaceballs a cartoon????? This will either totally rock or totally suck......

Posted by Sarah on Mon Sep 25 05:41:00 PDT 2006

20 September 2006

Neuros OSD

Well, EOTI has decided to become involved in Neuros OSD. We have ordered one and are going to see what we can do to contribute to it...  Now, if they only had one that was jnode-based


Posted by Silver on Wed Sep 20 01:53:00 PDT 2006
Could you hide this device from Regi? I see only evil coming from it.....

Posted by Sarah on Mon Sep 25 05:39:00 PDT 2006
Oh what the him!

Posted by Sarah on Mon Sep 25 05:39:00 PDT 2006
You evil little Minx... you know that it will just encourage him to take over the world ;)

Posted by Malachi on Mon Sep 25 05:43:00 PDT 2006

Dino has found the first sign of the Apocolypse

Starbucks is buying CoffeePeople

Mr Oax

let me be the first to post, "#&$%@#^ @$#^$@@ @!#$%^ *#$%*#&%^!!!!!!" as well as a hearty, "@!#$ @!#$ @!#$ @!#$ @!#$ @!#$ @!#$!!!!!!"

Anything else I'd say would be grounds for libel. 

Posted by Mr Oax on Thu Sep 21 00:37:00 PDT 2006
GOD! Why does it have to happen now! I'm going to go cry now.....

Posted by Sarah on Mon Sep 25 05:36:00 PDT 2006

19 September 2006

News from the Net

Toshiba offers to exchange 340000 laptop batteries - wonder if my new laptop will be one of them

Now there's something I never thought I'd see... literally... A visual walkthrough of vim

Is this a warning sign that they are getting ready to do the cyberattack they had previously threatened to do?

Since they busted people for interacting with their service before, why should developers trust AOL this time?

Yet another Zero-day IE Exploit in the wild

Bad timing for the first female space tourists... The ISS is having a chemical leak

"The Children of Hurin" edited and released by Tolkiens' son.

It looks like fans can make a difference

Toshiba proposed a new standard, and Warner Brothers patented it. Ummm, has no one ever heard of prior art? Oh, and that is for DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray on the same disc

Ever wonder what the most common cause of data breaches (leading to fraud) are? Merchants and service providers, not the consumer

New AIM WORM floods with botnet drones

PS3 works on Folding@Home

Ok, I know at least one of you out there still think I am a conspiracy nut for thinking the Diebold voting machines are easy to hack. Let's make this easy for you -- grab a hotel minibar key and you can open one yourself

Intel produces lasers-on-a-chip

Google and Apple team up

It still amazes me that it can be so blatantly obvious that there were "indescretions" surrounding the past two elections and nothing is being done and no one is being held accountable. 

Posted by WILL POWER! on Tue Sep 19 05:53:00 PDT 2006

18 September 2006

News from the Net

Google News removed Belgian Newspaper after being blackmailed by the Belgian Association of the Press

It appears that in addition to the phone records, HP also had detectives following and videotaping directors and journalists, planting surveillance software on reporter's computers, etc.

Warner Music gives their music videos to YouTube -- this is after Universal Music Group prepares to sue YouTube

Ex-MI6 officer publishes novel detailing his experiences

Google starts funding start-ups companies... WOOT!

Now this could keep my damn DVR from overheating

A group from Switzerland is crossing the Atlantic in a solar-powered boat

If you like Lisp, you might like to know that a new version of Scheme has been released

Big Brother will start berating people for "anti-social" behavior on the street.

A new Wiki-based Encyclopedia of Cryptography is out

You ever wonder what the most common myspace passwords are?

Cheating at roulette may be legal in the UK

If you are flying Virgin Atlantic, I hope you don't expect to take your Dell or Apple laptop

Are you prepared for International Talk Like a Pirate Day?

How about some freeform 3D sketching?

If you currently host your domain with GoDaddy, you may want to think twice about that decision

A demo of a plastic battery delivered more than 100x as much power as a standard alkaline battery

It appears that the Wii will be region-locked ensuring that you don't use a game from one country in another

Sam Houston State University drops Cisco VoIP in favor of Asterisk

Multiple PDF backdoors found

If Verizon really wanted to perfect it's IPTV service, it should drop the Microsoft backend

FCC orders proof of their mistakes to be destroyed


Microsoft is sued over XBox live violating patents

Looks like it is time to boycott the Zune

What do you get when you mix off the shelf parts, an IBM Thinkpad X31 and Linux? The answer: NASA's new exploration robots

OOoooh.. Can I have Ultra High Definition TV in my VR goggles?

Looks like we add one more country to the list of those we don't want to live in. This time, Australia

Spamhaus plans to ignore the $11.7M judgement against them

NICE! A security expert (one which many of us know) points out that politicians using fear tactics are promoting terrorist... IE: People like Bush are terrorists by their own statements

Toyota announced a robot leg that can jump like a humans'

It appears that Sony BMG had tried to keep this document secret...

Yahoo!Mail finally reopens the Outpost-based Ajax mail site

Ok, I just found the intro to this sounded kinda funny... astronomers have found a planet less dense than a wine cork and 38% larger than Jupiter

LOTR Spoof

Thanks to Kerry's Aunt Pat for this video

OMFG! Thanks for sharing this. :O)

Posted by SparrowHawk on Mon Sep 18 01:25:00 PDT 2006

14 September 2006

Thought-controlled Artificial Arm

Reg provided this link. Very interesting.

Toys from the Net

This is a year old, but... 40" OLED TV from Samsung

DIY from the Net

Remember those OLED keyboards that aren't quite available yet? Well, someone made one from an Apple keyboard.


Ok, I know SOME of you are into that walking and trails and exercise thing... For you, I present WikiWalki

News from the Net

Segway once again recalls all Segway

The Royal Society put its archives online

The Senate has extended the governments illegal ability to wiretap without cause

A new PRIME has been found... 2^32582657 -1

OMFG!!! The new heavenly body that they have been trying to determine if it was going to be a planet or not has been named Eris!!!!!!

Scientists have found a galaxy 13 billion light-years away

A professor sells his lectures online

The Department of Homeland Security releases information on what to expect from their next coup.  This is just after the US Air Force suggests testing new weapons on American citizens.

A new type of hydrogen fuel cell contains 1/3rd more hydrogen than the same volume of liquit hydrogen

Congratz to Google for publishing Banned Books

VIA makes the first carbon-free CPU

From the TV News.... Police are now using a new laser gun to give tailgaiters tickets on the Sunset Highway -- unfortunately, when those guns were tested in Britain, it said a WALL was going 44 MPH

You might want to avoid going to some stores with your bluetooth teledildonics

13 September 2006

Birthday Calculator

3 November 1973

Your date of conception was on or about 10 February 1973 which was a Saturday.

You were born on a Saturday
under the astrological sign Scorpio.
Your Life path number is 7.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2441989.5.
The golden number for 1973 is 17.
The epact number for 1973 is 25.
The year 1973 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/3/1973 and ending 1/22/1974.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Ox.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Snake; your plant is Thistle.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Tyby, the first month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 8 Heshvan 5734.

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 22 April 1973.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 April 1973.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 7 March 1973.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 10 June 1973.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 June 1973.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 27 September 1973.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 17 April 1973.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 6 March 1973.
As of 9/13/2006 9:59:40 AM EDT
You are 32 years old.
You are 394 months old.
You are 1,715 weeks old.
You are 12,002 days old.
You are 288,057 hours old.
You are 17,283,479 minutes old.
You are 1,037,008,780 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:

Dolph Lundgren (1959)Adam Ant (1954)Kate Capshaw (1953)
Dennis Miller (1953)Roseanne (1952)Ken Berry (1933)
Michael Dukakis (1933)Charles Bronson (1921)

Top songs of 1973
Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta FlackTie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree by Dawn
My Love by Paul McCartney & WingsYou're So Vain by Carly Simon
Crocodile Rock by Elton JohnLet's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
Keep On Truckin' by Eddie KendricksBad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
Top of the World by CarpentersMidnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 4.69745596868885 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

There are 51 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 33 candles.

Those 33 candles produce 33 BTUs,
or 8,316 calories of heat (that's only 8.3160 food Calories!) .
You can boil 3.77 US ounces of water with that many candles.  

In 1973 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1973 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1973 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1973 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1973 the population of Australia was approximately 13,614,344.
In 1973 there were approximately 247,670 births in Australia.
In 1973 in Australia there were approximately 112,700 marriages and 16,195 divorces.
In 1973 in Australia there were approximately 110,822 deaths.

Your birthstone is Citrine

The Mystical properties of Citrine

Citrine is said to help one connect with Spirit.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Yellow Topaz, Pearl, Diamond

Your birth tree is
Walnut Tree, the Passion

Unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromises.

There are 103 days till Christmas 2006!
There are 116 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was in its first quarter.

News from the Net

I-names is attempting to setup global ids a'la DNS... I have long considered OpenID, but what does it honestly get you that a Google account doesn't?

Class-Action lawsuit with Bill Gates on the witness list? Interesting.

Here's some interesting USB gadgets. Ok, I just looked at the slideshow and skipped the article. I have seen most of those before, but I bet Dino would like those gloves :)

blah blah blah unable to max out the CPUs... Wha?

Ok, someone being a racist doesn't surprise me. But CHP doing internet investigations - that is just wierd

Embroidered version of the RIAA?

What do you do if you get busted for contaminating other people's products? Ask to be allowed to

Bug introduces patch introduces bug introduces patch... it's the Microsoft way

eDonkey is dead and aparently working for the RIAA now.

Oh, what do you know. Voting machines in Maryland are once again leaving thousands of citizens unable to vote. Gee, I wonder why that could be.

PS3 joins XFire

12 September 2006

News from the Net

Microsoft is upset that the EU wants them to allow competitive security software in Vista.

TiVo announces High-Def DVR

HP responds to the response to their Inquisition by taking away one title from the person responsible. Of course, what would you have done after Congress asked to see you records?

Facebook goes public

Sun hires JRuby developers

Our favorite little hole of oppression regulates foreign news agencies.  On the flip side, Wikipedia told them to F-off

Scientists discover how migratory birds detect magnetic fields -- cryptochromes and blue light

Blue Screen of Death on Mac?

You know, I am just not too sure how I feel about sending my broadband signals over gas pipes

What's this? A disk that is both both Dual-layer DVD AND Single Layer HD DVD. Wow :)

Want to know about the lawyers who defend against the RIAA? Their site also contains a directory of lawyers willing to do it

Want an XBox 360 Laptop?

How do you feel about the original makers of Netscape/Mozilla creating black holes?

The Hobbit getting remade?

Samsung has created PRAM -- 30x faster than NOR flash, 10x more durable, and cheaper to produce

Makes you proud to read Wikipedia!

Posted by Sarah on Tue Sep 12 07:06:00 PDT 2006
The XBox laptop thing was pretty fucking sweet.  Any idea what the cost was?  (Not that I could ever afford one, just wondering.)  I'm also wondering if there was a battery or if you had to be plugged.  I'm assuming plugged considering the lack of mentioning a battery.  Regardless, pretty fucking sweet.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Tue Sep 12 13:48:00 PDT 2006
You know, I have no idea on either account. I honestly didn't look THAT closely ;)

Posted by Malachi on Tue Sep 12 13:59:00 PDT 2006
You could talk about a machine that makes gold out of tin foil and I'd still have comments about the gaming stuff!


Posted by WILL POWER! on Tue Sep 12 23:31:00 PDT 2006

Normal Day in a Perfect Life, Part 1

I have recommended this excersize (which I got out of the book called Wishcraft) to people many times.  This time, I will explain the process one step at a time, so you can't base current answers on the next step.

Do not write your answers in my blog. Write them on a piece of paper for yourself.  This is to help you, not expose you.

Step 1:  Imagine a perfect life.  Anything is possible.  If you want to fly, the law of gravity doesn't exist. This step is for pure perection - not realism.

Step 2: Write down (paper not on the blog) what a normal day in that life would be life.  Write down every little detail from how and when you wake up to when you go to bed. Every little miniscule detail of a normal day in that perfect life.  Do it on paper, not on the blog - no one will see how you answer or judge you.  Be as explicit and detailed as possible.

Step3+ will follow later.

11 September 2006

News from the Net

If any of you are considering moving to San Diego, here's the job for you

Dell is under investigation

It's the Eternal Bog of Stench! Well, not exactly, but...

It seems that the government has figured how the easiest way to help the RIAA. They say the words "child porn", and all of the sudden entire networks can be seized whether there is any evidence or not... Of course, if they use the word "terrorists", then they get to abuse your bank account.

A new camera technique could make better military target-detection or surveillance, or simply make better multi-angle porn

You know, if I had been one of the people to fall for this prank I would have at least sued his ass for fraud

An LA man gets sentenced to 7 years for software piracy

In light of employers checking job candidates credit reports, I looked mine over with curiosity... Does anyone else ever wonder how TransUnion and Expirian can show scores 200 points apart from each other while reporting exactly the same open accounts?

In an interesting move, an RIAA defendant filed for summary judgement and the RIAA admitted to not having enough evidence

Ok, this is kinda funny

Landfills begone!

Biomechanical switch out of spinach?

Judge rules that Target can be sued because their website is not very handicap accessible. Will this lead to 1994-ish web designs in order to avoid potential lawsuits?

If you weren't already planning on it, you need to boycott Amazon's downloadable movies. Why? Because besides not allowing you to burn the movie you pay for, in order to watch it you have to install malware that screws with your internet connection is back.

Got a logo on your device that you want to get rid of? Use sugar

HP's inquisition goes further by targetting the father of one of the reporters

Europe will soon have RoboCabs

Scientists now believe other solar systems (unlike ours) may be hospitable

SecondLife was hacked

Netflix sues Blockbuster for patent infringement... Speaking of Blockbuster -- they have a Rated R version of Pirates (available in XXX format from Castle) and yet they are not mentioned that it is an edited version. I think they should be required to notify people that it is edited -- so that they know it is not the original.

Blockbuster sucks!!!!

Posted by Sarah on Mon Sep 11 04:26:00 PDT 2006

08 September 2006

News from the Net

Facebook reacts to the recent public outcry

We all know that we can't rely on Microsoft to make reliable software... So what do you do when they design your kids high school?

A Virginia appeals court upheld a felony conviction for a spammer, and said that spam recipients might be able to sue the spammers for unwanted trespass on their servers

Has anyone ever wondered how all these small startups can get their spacecraft into space, but NASA never can?

Jigsaw is a site that allows people to sell other people's identity information... WTF?

Remember me mentioning how HP had spied on its boardroom members? Well, evidentally it didn't stop there. They also obtained journalists phone records

Remove a gene and prevent tumors. Does this remind anyone of the appendix?

Now this could be interesting for both office use and increasing ink sales... Xerox has made printer paper that erases itself after 16 hours so that it can be reused

Xanga is fined $1 million for allowing kids under 13 to sign up without parental consent.  See, I think this is stupid. I started programming in 1979 at the age of 7, and was very active on many BBS sites at that time. 27 years later, and we want kids to wait until they are 13 to start getting involved with technology? Stupid.

Another sports betting CEO was arrested. It appears the charges for both times is violating the 1961 Federal Wire Act, which they are interpreting as declaring all forms of online gamblng illegal in the US. First of all, I call BS on them saying that was the intention, since there was no online gambling when that law went into affect.  Secondly, fuck the US - they don't have the right to say what kind of businesses can be run in other countries (both of those CEO's were UK residents).  Third, like Prohibition, this act needs repealled.

P2P Tsunami Warning System by listening to vibrations on hard disks???? Now that is awesome

IBM is going to create the newest fastest supercomputer using PS3 chips

07 September 2006

News from the Net

Toronto gets city-wide wifi, free at first then $29[Canadian]/mo

Astronomers fight over dark matter -or- alternative gravity

Scientists accidentally disprove the BigBang

Who can pass up something described as Legos on crack?

If you are bored, maybe you should work for Stephen Hawking

Scientists discover that Egyptians, Greek and Romans were dying their hair with nanotech several thousands of years ago... While not little robots (that we know of) it does address the concern about safety of nanoparticles

You've heard about dedicated math chips, dedicated physics chips, etc.. How about dedicated AI chips?

You like HP? Check out their internal practices

Apple and Amazon team up to provide a movie download service.... as long as you only want to watch Disney movies

Scientists have identified the section of the brain that deals with concepts. I'm really curious how that portion on me would compare to the average peon

Some of you may have heard about the "Swedish Watergate"... Well, guess we now know why the password was so easy to steal... the password for the account "sigge" was "sigge". Um, DUH!

I can think of some fun uses for a wireless HDMI interface

06 September 2006

News from the Net

Ok, I hate Intel - but Core 2 Due, nVidia, 500 GB SATA drive, and 3GB memory with a 24" HD screen? Looks like the new iMac is trying to catch your attention

Wondering what happened when you were born? Well, soon, Google may sell that information to you.

Tired of the cost of college textbooks? How does free sound?

Some of you think I am overly sensitive to the asinine concept of Patents... well, Microsoft is trying to patent verb conjugation...

Ever wonder what the guy who designed the first mouse is doing now? Well, take a look

Facebook gets scorned for making stalking easier

If you are using a Intel-based MAC and want to run your Windows program, you might grab this while it is still avaialble

Austrian Police are stumped. What do you do when a kidnappers computer is a Commodore 64? heh

Microsoft's Genuine Advantage check may not help them anymore

Another 150k years of CO2 data has been analyzed

MAC Spoofing may soon be coming to an end

This one is for those few who keep complaining about me being into conspiracies... BlackBoxVoting got ahold of an actual Diebold machine and shows how they can hack it in under 4 minutes with no training or technical seals

05 September 2006

News from the Net


Natural Language Programming may have just got a new boost. A new tool, called Zeitgeist, can figure out the meaning of unknown words using Wikipedia

Google's alternative to Myspace (Orkut) may have just lost itself future users by releasing user information to the Brazilian courts.  What has happened to you Google? A couple things in less than 24 hours that users' won't like you for.... shame....

Looking at something M$ wouldn't agree with? Well, not for long - since they will soon be actively censoring websites while you view them

04 September 2006

News from the Net

SanDisk got their MP3s seized

Google releases HP Tesseract as Open Source.  They also release Image Labeler so you can help improve the quality of the tags associated with images.

For all those out there needing various DOS boot disks, FreeDOS 1.0 has been released

If you are asked to install the zCodec video codec, SAY NO since it is a Trojan

If you are a budding Ajax developer, COWS Ajax may interest you.

This article is talking about a new trend in Subliminal messages in animated GIFs.  However, since subliminal is below-perception, I don't think it qualifies.  You be the judge.

Is Apple doing a smear campaign?

And yet one more reason to boycott the unethical PayPal

Here's something to consider when the RIAA comes knocking at your door. Have a judge require a neutral party to do the examination.  Since my last job at Intel was Forensics, maybe I should offer my services?

Remember the concept of claiming your neighbor was a witch to get them burned? Well, Ohio evidentally liked that idea, because now their Sex Offender Registry will track the accused, not just the convicted

Well, I really hope this isn't accurate. I don't want Google to be disappointing me like that

We recently discussed the new "Browzar" web browser that was supposed to protect your privacy... It is now being called malware

Over 70? Well, then you are too old to sign contracts

I'm sure you have all been following the various NASA contests/prizes... Well, looks like the space elevator is back

You want a really quiet home theatre pc? Well, this one might be for you

You thought identity theft was bad here? In Canada, identity thieves are stealing and selling your homes

So, would you like to play Tic-Tac-Toe with a LEGO robot

RFID-enabled garbage cans?

So you want to know how secure your Wifi network is? Check this out.  Of course, now that Samsung has 1Gbps wireless, it seems a bit out-of-date.

A small Oregon company actually wins a patent claim against Apple

So you ever wonder what makes us different from a chimp? Evidentally, Humans have 212 copies of the DUF1220 Gene, whereas chimps only have 37 copies

Well, now we know where the US Department of Education is spending all their money... On data mining student financial aide records for the FBI

Interesting side note... It appears that PCs with ATI -or- nVidia are better quality that stand-alone DVD players

Blogger (Google's alternative to LiveJournal) is going Object-Oriented?

Scientists learn to reverse cancer

Looks like it is a good thing I turned down this last contract with Intel - since they are laying off 16k people


Ok, ok... I know... I just couldn't help it....

If you know about Yoshi, look what I did (mostly for Dino and Lauren).

If you don't know about Yoshi, you may want to check out Chris' blog first.

I keep talking about various shirt or bumper sticker ideas, so I will attempt to go ahead and start putting them online as I come up with them... Now what what that political/lemming one again?

** Oh, as a side note.... CafePress seems to be crashing a lot today. If it doesn't work,  just try again later. **

Mr Oax
Obviously you were distracted by this ladies...charms...and didn't catch that she's calling the name 'Toshi'...with a 'T'.  Though, to be fair I can see why a person would kinda miss that. ;)

Posted by Mr Oax on Mon Sep 04 01:22:00 PDT 2006
That is a T... :) Caligraphy T on the shirt (cuz I have no Japanese Font) and normal T in the name/description.

Does it not look like a T? Maybe I should redo it?

Posted by Malachi on Mon Sep 04 01:23:00 PDT 2006
Thats a capial T that rypes with P that stands for Pool!

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Mon Sep 04 01:44:00 PDT 2006
So Dino points out that I got the shirt right, but the blog post wrong. Damn T and Y are right next to each other. Oh well.

Posted by Malachi on Mon Sep 04 01:45:00 PDT 2006
Merciful Release
Malachi is teh roxors!  ..m/  ..m/ Toshi!!! You're SOOoooo GOOood! lol

Posted by Merciful Release on Mon Sep 04 02:44:00 PDT 2006

Croc Hunter

In case any of you haven't heard, Steve Irwin has died

Crikey, that sucks.

Posted by Nicolle on Mon Sep 04 13:34:00 PDT 2006
Man, that is a shame.  I feel bad for the guy....especially since it wasn't a very glamorous death.... Basically, it was very unsual to be killed like that! Its like he was attacked and killed by the kitten of the sea!

Posted by Sarah on Fri Sep 08 04:17:00 PDT 2006
but, for him, a much better way to die than a car accident
I think he would have been proud of himself for going out like that

Posted by Malachi on Fri Sep 08 05:16:00 PDT 2006

01 September 2006

News from the Net

Note: Sorry there was no 'News from the Net' yesterday. Had dental appointment, and medication induced sleep

Verizon and BellSouth claimed that they understood about consumer complaints, and were thus going to remove the Universal Service Fund fee from the DSL service charges.  At the same time, they were going to add a new $1-$3 surcharge on DSL services, but were caught trying to rip off the consume by the FCC

Upset that Pluto is no longer considered a planet, 300 astronomers separately signed a petition saying they won't use the definition

Lockheed Martin won a contract to build the Orion, a crew exploration vehicle for Mars and the Moon

Ever wonder how a game company chooses their copy protection? Well, read to find out

They say that Firefox 2 has new features, but I am not seeing anything new

So you sent someone email and they say they never got it? That's probably because they use Comcast who actively blocks various ISPs

Sounds like the new version of Lego Mindstorms is a hit

If you would like a Textbook on Security Engineering, Wiley is finally allowing it to be posted online.

If your computer says that NTLDR can't be found, you may want to ensure that your hard drive is not on fire

Hmm, an Ultra-wideband Wireless Hub, with USB... I guess I can think of a few uses for that...

I wonder how much this 16GB USB flash drive will cost

Worried about your privacy? Maybe Browzar is right for you

Radio Shack introduces a new concept.... How long has it been since they have done that? What did they introduce? E-firing: They fired 400 workers via email

So what are you doing tomorrow? You could be watching the SMART-1 probe crash into the moon

More conspiracies?

Download or buy some porn with BDSM or other fetishes and spend 3 years in prison

You thought humans were a complex organism, right? Well, evidentally, no more so than a single-celled Tetrahymena thermophila

iTunes DRM has been cracked

Got to get people to the moon before we put a base there.

Posted by WILL POWER! on Fri Sep 01 01:18:00 PDT 2006

Hope things went well with the dentist.

Interesting news. I still consider Pluto a planet too.

Posted by SparrowHawk on Fri Sep 01 04:17:00 PDT 2006
Me too... though I remember in like 3rd grade, the school kept alternating between saying we had 9 and 10 planets...

Besides, Bush probably thinks he is a planet and that the Sun revolves around him

Posted by Malachi on Fri Sep 01 04:46:00 PDT 2006
So, why ISN'T Pluto a planet???

Posted by Sarah on Fri Sep 08 04:12:00 PDT 2006
Think it is mostly related to size.
I guess size really does count ;)

Posted by Malachi on Fri Sep 08 05:15:00 PDT 2006