Monday, March 31, 2008

butt what

Some are aware that thongs exist with my picture on them...I promote myself where I can...

I saw these, and had to share:

Bonus Stage underwear @ SplitReason.com
Bonus Stage underwear design @ © SplitReason.com

Achievement Locked underwear @ SplitReason.com
Achievement Locked underwear design @ © SplitReason.com

Hell No underwear @ SplitReason.com
Hell No underwear design @ © SplitReason.com
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T-Mobile Tells Engadget Mobile "Stop using the color Magenta"

...Deutsche Telekom, owners of the global T-Mobile brand, sent Engadget a...hand-delivered letter from their German legal department requesting the prompt discontinuation of the use of the color magenta on Engadget Mobile. Yep, seriously...

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bush gave out the wrong toll-free number

...for counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure: 1-888-995-HOPE...

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Creative doesn't want drivers hacked, distributed

Daniel_K hacks and redistributes Creative drivers. Creative: "don't redistribute hacked versions of our drivers and collect donations; that's piracy for profit." Gizmodo: "Greedy! Greedy! Greedy!". Hilarity ensues...

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

past, present, and future of file systems

A good article to peak at...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

radio station dumps free news from TV station

"...'due to budget concerns, we will no longer be carrying WALB news'...I can not see how they maintain an FCC broadcast license, without that minimum commitment..."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wal-Mart Wants $10 CDs

...breakdown of the cost of a typical major-label release...shows where the money goes for a new album with a list price of $15.99...

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"rip" DVDs

links...(free) software...instructions...good article

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Throw Away Vista?...

...how about doing an XP Second Edition while also continuing to rework Vista?"...many enterprise IT shops are holding out on Vista...aging hardware that would not play nicely with Vista, and can't afford a large-scale hardware refresh just for the OS...they don’t want to deal with or pay for the necessary end-user training for Vista...Other CIOs simply don’t believe that Vista will bring many useful benefits to their businesses...

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Windows Server 2008 instead of Vista?...

Maybe something to consider (before we get to "Windows 7")...

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Friday, March 21, 2008

How To Convert a Wireless Router into an Access Point

...improve your network's range...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

cast and crew needed for Conway Twitty musical

IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE CONWAY TWITTY THE MAN, THE MUSIC, THE LEGEND 3 CITY AUDITION TOUR – LOS ANGELES, LAS VEGAS, NASHVILLE March 28 – April 10Also casting understudies and stand bys. (Understudies and Standby's will have other production responsibilities.)Also accepting resumes for: Assistant to the Director / Producer, Production Stage Managers, Stage Managers, Assistant Stage Managers, Wardrobe and Wardrobe maintenance, Merchandise Managers and sales, Lighting and Sound Operators...

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voicemail erasable, but retrieveable

Verizon was able to recover a voice message that was recorded in 2005...her husband listened to it every day for comfort. That also means incriminating evidence might also be able to be recovered...that which you BELIEVE to be gone forever may not be...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Great Firewall of China


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Cramer Was Right About Bear Stearns

“If you kept your money at Bear, you made out. You got the liquidity"...telling people to keep their money in Bear was "100% right. Everybody got guaranteed by the Fed."

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SOFTWARE TO IDENTIFY NETWORK ATTACKS

“...an automated tool that can analyze and visualize vulnerabilities and attack paths, encouraging ‘what-if analysis’...”

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Monday, March 17, 2008

(more) toys containing magnets recalled

...MEGA Brands MagnaMan magnetic action figures...MEGA Brands Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-school magnetic toys...Battat Magnabild magnetic building toys or sets...

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Prison might be the place to be...(in Austria...)


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Friday, March 14, 2008

sleep at work

...daily siestas decreased the risk of heart disease...45-minute naps increased some memory performance...good for the employees, employers, and clients...(so I could get more work done, Microsoft and some radio stations have allowed me to doze on-site: it worked, and so did I...)

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Anchor vs Reporter

Anybody know who these guys are, and when this happened? (Is this what'll Andy and I will be like in our old age?...)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

world's 50 most powerful blogs

Dammit...I'm not on it...again...

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devices in a body are hackable

...pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), drug delivery systems, neurostimulators, swallowable camera capsules, cochlear implants..."we found that someone could also turn off or modify therapy settings stored on the ICD..."

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monitor Real Estate Can Be Key to Getting More Done

...upping...productivity by as much as 52 percent (I KNEW it!)...

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another reason I use cash

How an information system helped nail Eliot Spitzer and a prostitution ring by ZDNet's Larry Dignan -- New York Governor (for now) Eliot Spitzer’s prostitute scandal is all the big news here in New York, but the lesser known tale is how an information system–the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network–played a role in his downfall. On the surface, Spitzer’s downfall is a New York tabloid’s dream. Headlines like “Ho No!” scream on [...]


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Overdraft fees? Maybe...


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Monday, March 10, 2008

MacBook Air confuses TSA (owner misses flight)

I hope to never need to take another plane...

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Anonymous Comments To Be made Illegal

If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Plug Independent Music Awards

Record Label of the Year: Merge; Music Website of the Year: Pitchfork Media; Music Blog of the Year: Stereogum; Magazine of the Year: Paste; Online Radio Station of the Year: KCRW; Record Store of the Year: Other Music, New York, N.Y.; Zine of the Year: Wax Poetics; College/Non-Comm Radio Station of the Year: KEXP, Seattle, Wash.

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IE 5.5 beats IE 7 in the Acid 3 test

...web standards-compliance test...

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Air Force Cyber Command has video pulled

U.S. Government works aren't copyrightable...Kurt Opsahl at EFF notes that the Air Force website promoting the video contains this language in its privacy policy: "Information presented on the Air Force Recruiting website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied."

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White House violating the Presidential Records Act?...

I do not believe that these problems are a technical mistake: if it were, to prove their innocence, White House officials would probably identify the guilty party. There is a claim of excessive cost as a reason to avoid compliance with the Presidential Records Act: unacceptable. It has been said that, "the bulk of the White House email records are now stored in bundles of rotting PST files, all at or above their maximum safe load-level". IT operations at the White House suck...the staff must be incompetent. The White House has used Republican National Committee e-mail domains (such as gwb43.com and georgewbush.com) rather than the official White House domain: a violation of the Presidential Records Act. The Presidential Records Act states that all records must be preserved, and can only be destroyed after consultation with the Archivist of the United States. Destruction of these records is a federal crime. There should be evidence for charges of obstruction of justice...

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Cyber Storm exercise

Cyber Storm II will be launched by the Attorney General in which five countries will engage in an international hacking exercise.

The wargame is a follow-up to last years' Cyber Storm and will test the national security of Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand between March 11 to 14.

http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1447007406;fp;16;fpid;1

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), a division within the department’s Preparedness Directorate, provides the federal government with a centralized cyber security coordination and preparedness function called for in the National Strategy for Homeland Security, the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7. NCSD is the focal point for the federal government’s interaction with state and local government, the private sector and the international community concerning cyberspace vulnerability reduction efforts.

In 2006 (Feb. 6 thru Feb. 10) the first government-led, full-scale cyber security exercise of its kind was held: "Cyber Storm" was designed to test communications, policies and procedures in response to various cyber attacks, and to identify where further planning and process improvements are needed.

...The intent of these scenarios was to highlight the interconnectedness of cyber systems with physical infrastructure and to exercise coordination and communication between the public and private sectors...

http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1158340980371.shtm

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...read between the lines of the public report and the term "Needs Improvement" comes to mind.

...the report found that the National Cyber Response Coordination Group (NCRCG) did not have sufficient technical experts on staff to respond to the volume of incidents...

That's kind of like saying "If the test was just easier, I would have done better!"

According to DHS, "observers noted that players had difficulty ascertaining what organizations and whom within those organizations to contact when there was no previously established relationship or pre-determined plans for response coordination and risk assessments/mitigation. There was a general recognition of the difficulties organizations faced when attempting to establish trust with unfamiliar organizations during time of crisis."

Or how about this one:
"Contingency planning for backup or resilient communications methods is a critical need...many players noted a high reliance of cyber incident response activities on communication systems that can be, themselves, vulnerable to attack or failure."

"The majority of players reported difficulty in identifying accurate and up-to-date sources of information. Multiple alerts on a single issue created confusion among players, making it difficult to establish a single coordinated response..."

Most of the "key achievements" listed in the report seem to relate to the planning and carrying out of the exercise itself, not the government's actual performance during the test. That's like Derek Jeter claiming his key achievement in last night's game was putting his uniform and cleats on and making it to the ballpark. I don't think so.

...The feds...need more technical staff...

http://weblog.infoworld.com/techwatch/archives/007886.html
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Circuit City offering HD DVD Refunds

"...We did not make a public announcement about extended returns for HD DVD players...we will accept returns for HD DVD players within 90 days of purchase," Circuit City spokeswoman Jackie Foreman told ABCNews.com. "Customers returning these products will receive store credit for the purchase price."

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

FBI admits that it violated privacy of Americans

The FBI acknowledged...it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic...abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies.

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Electric Car that is faster than a Ferrari

Car goes 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and able to go 221 miles in mixed city/highway driving on a full battery charge. Costs like 3-4 dollars to charge. Production of the Tesla starts March 17...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

"Hey, webmaster(s)!..."

I don't know too much about website creation and such...and kinda don't want to...but:

Why is it that the following web pages render in Firefox, and not in Internet Explorer?

http://www.stormthecastle.com/mainpages/videogametutorial/how_to_make_a_video_game.htm

http://make-video-games.com/FPSCreator/fpscreator-lesson1.htm

In IE, I see:
"Web Hosting by Netfirms...The website you have requested does not exist."

Just the fact that there's a difference lowers my trust in the websites...I'm just curious.
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New Gnarls Barkley Video May Trigger Seizures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GA3a15xF0c

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Download: The True Story of the Internet.

http://science.discovery.com/tv/download/download.html...http://science.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=48.14998.25448.32270.2

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 for Windows

...has "Automatic Crash Recovery" (like Firefox)...http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/readiness/default.htm

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"The Love Boat" on DVD

(March 4 DVD releases...) "The Love Boat: Season One, Volume One"...1977...Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange and Fred Grandy...

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(Go ahead...sing the song...you know you want to..."The Looooooove Booooooat!..."
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

request access to DHS files

Read Your Own Department of Homeland Security Travel Dossier...You can only request records on behalf of yourself or others with their written explicit permission...

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Get FBI Files

This web site helps you generate the letters you need to send to the FBI...get files from...CIA, NSA, DIA, etcetera...

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PLUG Awards 2008, March 6

...webcast...PLUG Awards 2008: Live from the Dell Lounge....PLUG Independent Music Awards live from Terminal 5 in New York 8 p.m. (EST) Thursday, March 6...

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free Billy Bob Thornton music

until March 11, free downloads from Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters at www.delllounge.com/billybobmusic...Ten free downloads are rotating two at a time through the Dell Lounge...will be available for purchase exclusively through the Dell Lounge starting March 11...individual tracks or the entire album at a discounted price until March 31

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Nine Inch Nails new album, "Ghosts, torrent

This seems to be working for me...I tried to download the "zip" file, but was unable to expand the file...

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Spammer's Conviction Upheld

...Almost all 50 states have anti-spamming laws...

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