Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Infect-o-matic lets you create a virtual outbreak.

Once you're logged in, Infect-o-matic will give you a score, tracking how many people you've infected, how many they've infected, and so on.

Your "victim" will get an email that says "[Your name] gave you [disease]!" We're not actually sending real viruses.

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Bill C-60 and Bill C-74 Die

Bill C-60, the infamous copyright reform bill has yet to make it to the second reading. There is also talk of Bill C-74, which is the Canadian surveillance bill, which seems to have gained less attention in the media. What will happen to these bills?

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New FCC report advocates a la carte TV pricing | CNET

New FCC report advocates a la carte TV pricing | CNET

Viewers of cable and satellite TV may soon have the option of subscribing to only the channels they want to watch, if the Federal Communications Commission gets its way.

On Tuesday FCC chairman Kevin Martin spoke to a forum, sponsored by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in Washington, which has been examining indecency on radio and television. Martin told the forum that the FCC will soon release a report that concludes that offering TV programming a la carte is economically feasible and in the best interest of consumers.

Intel to Partner With TiVo on PC Platform

Journal and Courier Online

Looking to boost the number of computers whirring away in living rooms, Intel Corp. on Wednesday unveiled its first list of companies whose products are expected to work with the chip maker's upcoming Viiv entertainment PC platform.

So far, about 40 companies that develop TV, movie, music, gaming and photo-editing products are testing and verifying services, programs and gadgets that will interact with the Intel technology, said Kevin Corbett, an Intel vice president in charge of content services.

Yahoo! spoons out more RSS! for Yahoo! Mail!

RSS feed alert service will allow people to receive alerts via e-mail, instant message or SMS message, just as they currently can receive alerts for news stories about a specified topic, stock moves and game scores.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Free, legal arcade games

new site that aims to create new games for old arcade machines. Games are written to run on PC hardware, and distributed for free - with a very liberal license giving permission to deploy the machines on-site in a revenue-earning situation.

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Dvorak: Dead Media Everywhere

Ever wonder why there are far too many expensive devices out there that become useless overnight? You may still have an outdated digital camera from the 90s, or even that bulky machine you used to play videotapes on. Believe it or not, but we're entering the DEAD MEDIA ZONE.

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Firefox 1.5 Officially Launched with New Site Design!

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox 1.5 at
What better way to compliment the event than a brand new site and design @!

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Boing Boing: Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes. But Still No Tech TV!?

Boing Boing: Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes: "Man gets 5,000+ channels on 12 dishes
Al Jessup of Beckley, West Virginia, has 12 cheap satellite dishes stuck to his house, which pull in over 5,000 free-to-air channels from satellites all over the sky. He is retired, and delights in odd and foreign programming.

Because the programming is free, it changes regularly, he noted. Sometimes, a program he likes will disappear and something he dislikes will be put in its place, or vice versa. For example, he once had three ABC stations from Wyoming only to have it reduced to one."

FastTrack: Myths and Facts Regarding dec 5 For the clueless nOObs

Will FastTrack shut down? It would nice if it did. THE breeding ground of spyware and Viruses! With scant information available, its difficult to get a straight answer to what Kazaa's future will be

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Hello, this is Google, your operator, speaking

Google has begun testing a new click-to-call service that allows users of its search engine to speak with an advertiser on Google's search results page without having to pick up the phone and dial.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

The End Of Copyright

"I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end of a major era in world history. It may take fifty years, it may take a hundred, but the age of copyright is drawing to a close. I don�t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it�s inevitable."

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Some G4 media Fan boys had the audacity of Calling their Boy Band after G4

Jeez, where to start on THIS? Oh man, you won't believe your ears. Honestly. That noise of fingernails down a blackboard And Watching the man show standing on my head? It's like listening to Cher for 10 minutes compared to this.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Make Sure Your Charity Money is Used Wisely

Home in on charities that don't waste--or steal--your money or time., the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (, and Charity Navigator (

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Simpsons Stays On Air In Russia

Moscow City Court has rejected an appeal in a long-running court battle to take The Simpsons off the airwaves in Russia. Three years ago, Igor Smykov claimed that RenTV.

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eBay stands for "Echo Bay, California"

An old article which explains that eBay would have originally been, had the domain not already been taken.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Comcast Is at it again hiking price of cable by 7 percent!!

Comcast Tuesday announced it is raising cable rates by 7 percent, the highest increase in the past three years.

Now That Lamecastic!!!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Let just say its like CallForHelp-a-thon the Prequel C|net Help Desk.

C|net Holiday Help Desk.

Make Black Friday bright. Brian, Dan, Molly, and Tom will be streaming live all day November 25 to help you get the best gadget gifts for the holidays.

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TiVo handheld device software draws ire at TV network

A new enhancement to the TiVoToGo feature will allow subscribers to transfer their favorite shows to their portable devices via their PC. NBC says this goes too far. STOP YOUR Whining NBC!

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Web Page Analyzer - free website speed test website optimization tool check website performance report webpage speed tool download speed test

Web Page Analyzer - free website speed test website optimization tool check website performance report webpage speed tool download speed test: "Enter a URL below to calculate page size, composition, and download time. The script calculates the size of individual elements and sums up each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page load time. The script incorporates best practices from HCI research into its recommendations."

Sunday, November 20, 2005

RIAA prez: Lots of companies secretly install rootkits! It's no biggie!

RIAA President Cary Sherman gave a recent college press-conference where he addressed Sony's rootkit fiasco (among other things -- the whole trascript is worth reading for a quick visit to the planet greed). His take? Other companies do the same thing all the time!

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The Internet is Down!

This depicts what would happen to most "nerds"/"geeks" should their internet connection crap out. They have to go into the ROUTER ROOM! :O This is funny, watch the movie.

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

House passes TV digital speed-up plan 2008

e House on Friday backed a plan to require television broadcasters to switch to all-digital transmissions by December 2008, three months earlier than they would have to under provisions of a Senate bill.

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The Anykey been Copy Righted since 1997. Blame Canada.

Copyright © 1997-2005 AnyKey Solutions Ltd. All rights reserved.
"ANYKEY", the distinctive AnyKey logo Founded in 1997, AnyKey is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We work mostly with small businesses, but have also worked with large multi-national organizations.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Spyware may soon be illegal

Senate committee passes spyware bill. Spyblock Act would also outlaw installation of adware without a user's permission.

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Overhyped, Unprofitable Dot Coms Going Public? Bubble? What Bubble?

talk of a new bubble is overblown, as many of the new firms seem to be doing things in a way that's more sustainable. However, that's certainly not true of all of these firms. We're suddenly seeing a lot of firms that don't have a real business model or any real competitive advantage taking on tons of VC money

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SBC Is Now ATT, its merger With its $16.9 billion acquisition is Finish

The new company, which will keep the AT&T name, received the final regulatory approval from the state of California on Friday.

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Another Vatican Official Refutes Intelligent Design

The Vatican's chief astronomer said Friday that "intelligent design" isn't science and doesn't belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

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Slyck News - Apple iTunes Likely to Institute Variable Pricing

Slyck News - Apple iTunes Likely to Institute Variable Pricing: "Tunes has been steadfastly attached to their 99 cent structure, claiming it is both fair and convenient to the customer. Yet over the summer months, news began to circulate that iTunes' flat rate was facing mounting pressure from the music labels.

Responding to the music industry's demands, Apple CEO Steve Jobs struck back.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Google Maps + Personal Weather Stations

Search for your zip code and see personal weather stations temperature/wind direction, dew point/humidity or percipitation readings plotted on a google map.

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Slashdot | JPEG Patent Challenged

Slashdot | JPEG Patent Challenged: "The Public Patent Foundation has filed a request at the US Patent Office to revoke Compression Labs' data compression patent, which it is reportedly using to harrass anyone that implements the JPEG format. 'CLI's aggressive assertion of the '672 patent is causing substantial public harm by threatening this international standard on which the public relies,' says Pubpat in its filing.'"

Intel Macs might be very Cheap

Detailed specs are not available, but the rumor site hints that the iBook line may see a price drop by as much as $200 in some cases.

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Slashdot | Apple iTunes to End Flat Fee Pricing?

Slashdot | Apple iTunes to End Flat Fee Pricing?: "Apple that flat fee pricing will end within the next 12 months, and more popular songs will be priced higher than 99c, while lesser known acts will be priced lower than 99c.' From the article: 'Label executives have made multiple arguments for flexible pricing. They argue, for instance, that almost all retail businesses have different price points for different products. But they are particularly interested in boosting their revenue from digital music sales, which aided by the sale of mobile phone ringtones, are increasing but not quickly enough to replace the continuing drops in compact disc sales. EMI said today that digital sales, made up 4.9% of the company's sales in the last six months, up from 2.1% a year ago.'"

Even Slashdot Admits their day are Number to Digg! The Rise of

Slashdot | The Rise of "Wired has a story about Digg, a community bookmarking site that creates its own version of the Slashdot effect. It's a provocatively titled piece - 'Digg Just Might Bury Slashdot' - but goes on to consider the obvious similarities between the two and the differences. Digg is more chaotic, immediate and user driven, whereas Slashdot features more in-depth and technical discussions.' Well, I hate navel-gazing news but I think the aggregation of blogs is a critical step in the future of on-line content, and Digg is doing good work here."

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Firefox 1.5 going live today!!

Neowin has got the story that Firefox 1.5 is going live today (11/15/05).

"On November 9th 2004, Neowin was one of the first to announce the official release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0. We get word from resident Firefox aficionado supernova_00, that Firefox 1.5 is slated to be released sometime today."

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Supercharged i2Hub college P2P network closes on Internet 2

A file-swapping network that let college students download movies and music at blazing speeds on the Internet2 research network has closed its doors, the latest casualty of entertainment industry legal pressure.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Welcome to

the anteroom of the most beautiful 404 sites of the internet.

Enjoy your stay and don't forget to look at my personal 404-site gallery... it will be really amazing °_°

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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Google map of Sex Offenders Near you!

This is very scary but very useful. It is a very accurate listing of all sex offenders on a google map. It shows the address along with a picture. There is one literally a block from where I live. Very useful.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Sony halts production of 'rootkit' CDs

Sony BMG Music Entertainment said Friday that it will suspend production of CDs with copy-protection technology that has been exploited by virus writers to try to hide their malicious code on PCs.

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CottAGE is a arcade emulator in Java, based on the famous MAME

CottAGE emulator which supports lots of arcade games.
We are now working on the PotatoMulti project, a new multiple video games emulator (console, handheld, computer and arcade games) with CottAGE-like technologies inside

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Friendster masses Spam for new users, Insteads Backfires

"I could think of about 10 different ways for Friendster to improve itself, but spamming those who didn't care to join in the first place isn't one of them," said Adam Finley, who publishes the blog AdJab.

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Africa's big telescope to probe distant past

secrets scientists hope to unlock with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) which was launched in a remote corner of South Africa's Karoo region on Thursday.

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Africa's big telescope to probe distant pas

secrets scientists hope to unlock with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) which was launched in a remote corner of South Africa's Karoo region on Thursday.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

NES games that were NEVER released

Some Nintendo games that never saw the light of day. Includes screenshots, descriptions, and the reasons why they died.

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"Unix Beats Windows"--Says Microsoft!

"What's noteworthy about it is that Microsoft compared Singularity to FreeBSD and Linux as well as Windows/XP--and almost every result shows Windows losing to the two Unix variants..."

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AMD surpasses Intel in U.S. retail stores | CNET

AMD surpasses Intel in U.S. retail stores | CNET "Advanced Micro Devices sold more chips than industry giant Intel in U.S. retail stores in October, according to a report released Tuesday by market researcher Current Analysis.

Desktop computers and notebooks with AMD chips accounted for 49.8 percent of PCs sold in domestic stores for the month, compared with Intel's 48.5 percent of the market, according to the Current Analysis report.

'AMD did the unthinkable by surpassing Intel in October. Continuing to hold this lead in the holiday season would be a colossal win for the company,' Matt Sargent, Current Analysis research director, said in a statement."

Monday, November 07, 2005

Comcast, DirecTV to offer prime-time shows on demand from CBS and NBC

Philadelphia's Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable provider, said it struck a deal with CBS to put four of the network's highest-rated prime-time programs -- ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,'' ``NCIS,'' ``Survivor'' and ``The Amazing Race'' -- on the cable company's VOD bservice at 99 cents a show.

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AJAX + Flash = AFLAX

A method through which developers may use JavaScript and Flash together to create AJAX-type applications, but with a much richer set of vector drawing controls than are available in either Internet Explorer or FireFox. Developers using this library have access to the full range of Flash features, but without ever touching the Flash IDE.

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Sony sued over rootkits.

the Italian group ALCEI is suing Sony over the rootkitting DRM infection. Remember Sony is just protecting you from yourself!

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BitTorrent Seeder Gets Three Month Sentence

Hong Kong resident Chan Nai-ming gained the distinction of being the first individual convicted for seeding three movies onto the Internet via BitTorrent. It was also the first time criminal charges, as opposed to civil charges, were brought up against an individual.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Truth About Canadian Copyright...

talks about the bill paints a very interesting picture of the facts of Bill C-60. "The bill makes it illegal for anyone other than the copyright holder to place a music file in a shared folder on a computer to which other users of a file-sharing program have access. Thus it will be illegal to upload music files onto on-line shared directories,

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Slashdot | Yahoo's Geek Statue

Slashdot | Yahoo's Geek Statue: "Yahoo put up a life-size alpha geek statue in honor of the Yahoo Mail team, which they think beat the Gmail team. The statue's plaque says it's presented 'in recognition of tremendous intellectual efforts put forth in order to defeat Gmail', and: 'Not since the code breakers in Britain's Bletchley Park deciphered Germany's Enigma code during World War II has so much brainpower been focused on kicking an enemy's ass.' Flickr has a photo.' It's a nice little article on the difference between two of the net's superpowers."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Crowd gathers for Homebrew Computer Club's 30th

If you've never seen a couple hundred bona-fide geeks sitting on the edge of their seats with excitement, you should have been on hand Saturday for an appreciation of the 30th anniversary of the Homebrew Computer Club.

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Get a personalized WAV from the guy known for AOL's "You've Got Mail!"

El Edwards, the voice of AOL's "You've Got Mail", is now making money on the internet with his famous voice. You too can have a personalized wav file for your favorite email client that says "You've Got Mail, Bob!".

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The Music Nerd Test

This is really, really cool:
I thought I would score higher on this test. 57.72947% - Mega Music Nerd. i should score extra points since I knew originally the thompson twins had six members in 1981 then seven in 1982.

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How the MPAA killed the movie theater experience

And the movie industry is wondering why people are no longer spending as much on going to the movies and buying the overpriced popcorn as they used to.

Who ever or focus group camed up with the concept of putting those over the top obnoxious loud annoying adverts before the beginning of Theatrical Movies Should be SHOT!!!

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Firefox 2 Less Than One Year Away...

Some of the goodies to expect in Version 2.

Support for hardware accelerated graphics.
Javascript 2 support
Python for XUL.
Better extensions support.

And all of your favorite firefox extensions and themes will not be compatible with Firefox 2.0 beta 1

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Huge Iceberg Breaks Apart in Antarctica

In an ongoing saga of destruction, an iceberg about the size of the Hawaiian island of Maui has split into three pieces in the frigid Antarctic, scientists said Friday.

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Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county | CNET

Unsecured Wi-Fi would be outlawed by N.Y. county | CNET "According to a new proposal being considered by a suburb of New York City, any business or home office with an open wireless connection but no separate server to fend off Internet attacks would be violating the law.

Politicians in Westchester County are urging adoption of the law--which appears to be the first such legislation in the U.S.--because without it, 'somebody parked in the street or sitting in a neighboring building could hack into the network and steal your most confidential data,' County Executive Andy Spano said in a statement."

Friday, November 04, 2005

Topic list: Got Milk?? No!!!! Than Remember The Milk dot com is for you!! - Leoville Town Square

Topic list: Got Milk?? No!!!! Than Remember The Milk dot com is for you!! - Leoville Town Square: "Achieve Domestic Bliss.
Never forget the milk (or anything else) again.
Remember The Milk is the easiest and best way to manage your to-do lists online. Here are just a few of the reasons why it's so cool:"

How To Download Video on Google's Video Site

After the VLC video service google have come back with a flash enabled service, this guide shows you how to download the video as quickly and as easily as possible

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

InformationWeek > Browser Market Share > Firefox Reportedly Breaks 10% Barrier Worldwide > November 2, 2005

InformationWeek > Browser Market Share > Firefox Reportedly Breaks 10% Barrier Worldwide > November 2, 2005: "Mozilla's Firefox has broken the 10 percent barrier, a Dutch Web metrics firm claimed Wednesday, and now is used by 11.5 percent of the world's surfers.

According to Amsterdam-based OneStat, Firefox gained 2.8 percent usage share since April, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer, still the most widely-used browser, fell 1.2 percent over the same period. Internet Explorer now accounts for 85,5 percent of the world's browser share.

'The global usage share of Mozilla's browsers is still growing and it seems that Netscape users and some Internet Explorer users are switching to the Firefox version,' said Niels Brinkman, co-founder of OneStat, in a statement.

OneStat's U.S. numbers look even better for the open-source Firefox. There, Firefox has 14 percent of the browser market, IE 80.7 percent, and Apple's Safari 3.6 percent."

Maxtor's External Drives Hit 1 Terabyte

The company said Wednesday that the new Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition will ship in either a 600-GB or 1-TB capacity point, at $549.95 and $899.95, respectively, beginning in December.

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The Cult of iPod

This cult has transformed us into an iPod nation without us even knowing it.

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Take control of traffic/security cameras!

This link takes you to a google search for "liveapplet", most of the links go to unsecure cameras that you can take complete control of. The fact that this is possible is quite scary.

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Google adds library texts to search database | CNET

Google adds library texts to search database | CNET "Google said Wednesday that it had completed the first major expansion of its Google Print database of searchable books, adding the full text of more than 10,000 works that are no longer under copyright, culled from the collections of four major research libraries." - TechNow - San Jose City Council Approves Expanding Wireless Zones - TechNow - San Jose City Council Approves Expanding Wireless Zones: "You may do it at home, or in a coffee shop, or even at your favorite restaurant. More of us surf wirelessly every day.

The San Jose City Council unanimously voted to expand wireless Internet hot spots around downtown.

At the San Jose coffeeshop 'It's a Grind,' you'll find comfortable chairs, posters of music icons on the wall, and if you have business to take care of, free wireless Internet access."

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

RadioShack to Sell Comcast Services

RadioShack will sell Comcast high-speed Internet and digital cable services at more than 1,800 stores under an agreement reported by the companies today. Now Thats LAMECASTIC!!

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Microsoft's "Live" debut demo died

Unfortunately, what most bloggers recall on the day after the announcement is the bungled demo. Just minutes after Blake Irving, a Microsoft vice president, uttered the words: "It's easy. It's live, and it has 'me' at the center of the universe," his closely watched demo died.

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Grandpa Is Sued Over Grandsons Downloads

I think Grandpa is gonna be talking to "little Johnny". Nothing like making honest citizens into criminals. The people who are distributing the movies are the ones they should be prosecuting not Grandpa.

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The $159 PC

The PC, as it turns out, is the Fry's House Brand, GQ. GQ in this case stands for "Great Quality", not the slick men's magazine with the same initials (Gentleman's Quarterly�oddly enough, a monthly publication).

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ACLU challenges Patriot Act | CNET

ACLU challenges Patriot Act | CNET "The American Civil Liberties Union urged the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to uphold two separate lower court rulings that whittle away at provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act that allow the FBI to secretly demand public information from public libraries and Internet service providers.

At issue in today's hearing are two challenges brought by the ACLU in New York and Connecticut regarding a surveillance provision that was dramatically expanded by Section 505 of the Patriot Act."