Thursday, November 25, 2004
(hat tip engadget)
Though this has the potential to be very dangerous, it's pretty funny that a hacker was able to hack into a freeway sign in order to rag on the local mayor. Even funnier, the hacker locked out the sign so the message couldn't be changed and as such, the sign had to be disconnected.
(hat tip c/net)
Dell thinks it's a good idea to expand their India operations? Does anybody ELSE in the US think that's a good idea?
Monday, November 22, 2004
It's been going on very quietly for years. But now the news is out. Every time you print something on that color laser printer or xerox machine, the serial number and manufacturing code of the printer/copier is encoded on the image. And it's all done at the quiet behest of UNCLE SAM.
Last week, E-R reported that Congress is considering making commercial skipping on PVRs a crime.
Now, they want to force you to watch commercials on DVDs as well.
We're pretty sure that Orin Hatch has his grubby fingers all over this, since he gets about $200K a year from the industry - so we know their money is well spent. Way to be a servant of the People, Orin.
I'll tell you this much, they'll get my remote when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
One of the coolest retro mods we've seen in a long time.
Taking an antique Underwood typewriter and modding it into a PC!
(hat tip zgeek)
Now, you can swim with the Dolphin with this underwater bionic dolphin. Like a submarine, it can swim only 2 mph slower than the real mcCoy. A cross between Flipper and a fighter jet, the fully submersible watercraft is "designed to mimic the look and abilities" of its marine counterparts. The machine is capable of performing the same tricks as living dolphins, including dives, barrel rolls, jumping in and out of water and "porpoising".
Watch it in action here. (.mpg 110MB)
Me wants one!
That's right, SuperGlue was used to to seal battle wounds in Vietnam.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
(hat tip wired)
On the eve of the 41st anniversary of the Assisnation of President John F. Kennedy, Traffic Games has released JFK RELOADED, a video game where users play the role of Lee Harvey Oswald and prove that the lone nut could kill the President with a magic bullet.
Are we not surprised that the Kennedy family - and the rest of us for that matter - are pretty much outraged by it?
Wow, talk about black eyes. After a whistleblower leaked internal documents, AOL was forced to admit this week that nearly FORTY PERCENT of it's subscriber base "had no idea what a computer was, much less how to use one."
As the RIAA jihad continues, it seems they may not be satisfied with just going after file-sharers. They may want to sue you for ripping your CDs for your own personal use.
Now granted, this guy claims he didn't know he was actually sharing his mp3s online, and that seems like a flimsy excuse considering he admitted to downloading some files himself, but whatever happened to the concept of innocent until proven guilty?
(hat tip techdirt)
Starbucks' managers are complaining that the high prices of their wireless "Hotspots" are costing them business to their competitors who are giving bandwidth away for free.
And the worst part, T-Mobile - who provides the wifi access - doesn't seem to care.
Kinda puts a new spin on the phrase "get more," doesn't it?