Wednesday, January 05, 2005

 

Crack Talk 12-31-4

Crack Talk 12-31-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com

Happy New Year!
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Feds Convict Warez Pirate
The Department of Justice has landed its first conviction against anAmerican defendant trapped via Operation Fastlink, a multinational lawenforcement effort undertaken against online software piracy.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa said that JathanDesir, 26, of Iowa City, has pleaded guilty to charges related to hisrole in a criminal enterprise that distributed pirated software, games,movies and music over the Internet.
Appearing in the U.S. District Court in Des Moines last week, Desirpleaded guilty to a three-count felony that charged him with copyrightinfringement and conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Desir willface a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced onMarch 18, 2005.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/27/fbi_gets_desir/
http://www.techweb.com/wire/security/56200630
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The Unauthorized Content Distribution System
Everyone knows that just about any digital product you would want isprobably available somewhere online. What many people probably don'tknow, however, is how those products get there. Wired Magazine isrunning a fascinating article looking at the real distribution processfor unauthorized content. It is not about someone buying a CD andripping songs to their Kazaa-enabled PC. Instead, there's a complex, butamazingly efficient distribution system that operates on a variety oflevels above the popular file sharing networks, and the content allfilters down. If you're familiar with typical warez groups, it appearsthese are like supersized versions of those -- where everyone involvedis doing it to get access to more stuff, but also just for the fun ofit. While what's happening in these networks is obviously very muchillegal, what's most fascinating is just how incredibly efficient adistribution system it really is. If the entertainment industry wasbeing smart about things, they would stop reacting so badly, and startlooking for ways to actually leverage this distribution system. Ofcourse, that would require them to adjust their business models, and, ashas become pretty damn clear, the industry doesn't believe in everchanging business models. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.01/topsite_pr.html
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How-to Record on Your Ipod (for free)
Apple cripples recording on an ipod so Belkin and Griffin then have tosell us add-on devices for over $50 that can only record at 8khz, whichis all pretty shitty. apparently (the rumor is) apple does this sopeople don’t use their ipods to record stuff they think we shouldn’t,like concerts, whatever.
but don’t worry, there’s a way around it and you can record at highquality, all for free. http://ipod.hackaday.com/entry/1234000147025394/
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Defense Fund for Bit Torrent Indexer
LokiTorrent is a BitTorrent indexing site -- like the lamented Suprnova-- that has been threatened with legal action by the MPAA for tellingpeople where to download torrent files that allow them to download videoand other large data-objects. Unlike some of the other Torrent indexersthat shut down last week, LokiTorrent is mounting a legal defense.They're trying to raise a legal defense fund of $30,000 http://www.lokitorrent.com/
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Trojan Slips Through XP's Back Door
Online miscreants have released a Trojan horse that can infect computersrunning Microsoft's Windows XP, installing programs to remotely controla victim's system.
Symantec warned in an advisory this week that the program - dubbed"Phel", an anagram of "Help" - infects visitors to a maliciously createdwebsite through Internet Explorer's Help controls. A patch is not yetavailable from Microsofthttp://software.silicon.com/os/0,39024651,39126776,00.htm
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eBay has introduced an interesting new service called Want It Now
Want It Now is a new format on eBay enabling buyers to let sellers knowwhat they are looking for and allowing sellers to respond to buyers witheBay listings. http://pages.ebay.com/wantitnow/about.html
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Give your kids, spouse or employees this cell phone and you can alwaystrack where they are... and they probably won't even know it.
Although GPS was added to cellphones so that 911 emergency calls couldbe tracked, 15 million Nextel Communications Inc. subscribers can nowbuy the locator service for personal or business use. Next yearapproximately 23 million Sprint Corp. wireless users will be able tosign up. It costs about $15 a month to turn on the service. http://www.latimes.com/technology/la-fi-gps27dec27,1,7147933.story
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Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Dollars Going Largely Unclaimed
California companies and consumers who purchased Microsoft's PC softwaremay be leaving more than $1 billion on the table.http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=02MWXHRJSRNWKQSNDBCCKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=56200598
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Satellite Images of the Tsunami http://www.digitalglobe.com/tsunami_gallery.html
More satellite images and raw videos here: http://tv.reuters.com/
CNN has reported the death toll rose above 135,000 http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/31/asia.quake/index.html
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Craigslist takes $50 million from newspapers' classified ads ClassifiedIntelligence, a consulting firm has released a report that sayscraigslist.com has seriously hurt newspapers' classified ad revenue. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/28/craigslist_costs_papers/
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Auction site eBay announced to members on its Web site Wednesdayafternoon that it will drop support for Microsoft's Passport and .NET
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Just when you think that things can't get worse...
Martha Stewart was unable to lead her team to victory in a prisondecoration contest.http://www.usatoday.com/money/2004-12-31-stewart-loses_x.htm
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USA Today's Top Photos of 2004
http://www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/yearinpics2004/yearinpics-top.htm
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US Bunkers, which manufactures a nice little pod to cozy up in when thepeak oil crisis-induced food, water, and energy riots commence. Load itup with plenty of guns, ammos, water, food, and antibiotics and ride outthe catastrophe. http://www.anigami.com/jimwich.html
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No Free Ride for You
Russia's cash-strapped space agency said on Tuesday it would stop givingU.S. astronauts free rides into orbit in the future. From 2006, we willput U.S. astronauts into orbit only on a commercial basis: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6762527/
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Skydiving without a parachute - this guy plans to try it http://dropzone.com/cgi-bin/safety/detail_page.cgi?ID=556
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Hang-glider with a Microlight to 30,000 ft over Mt. Everest
The glider was towed by a UK built Pegasus Quantum trike equipped with aTurbo-intercooled Rotax 914 engine and a Pegasus XL wing. http://www.flymicro.com/everest/index.cfm
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Jet Pilots Complain About Laser
A commercial airline pilot said that a laser beam entered the cockpit ofhis plane for several seconds on Monday, while it was 8,500 feet in theair. Air traffic controllers determined that the source of the lasercame from a neighborhood in Warrensville Heights, near Cleveland. TheFBI is investigating. And in September, a Delta pilot's eye was injuredfrom a laser beam while he was landing a plane in Salt Lake City. Here'sthe LA Times article about this.http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-laser30dec30,1,961441.story
I'm wondering if the idiots who are doing this are using lasers likethe ones sold at Lasershoppe.com. Wow: I just went to lasershoppe(http://cable.shiftlock.com:8009/) to read more about the $600 lasersthe site sells (which can burn holes through plastic cups,(http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmtorrone/2622866/) and I learned thatthey are no longer selling lasers because they don't want to haveanything to do with people who would use their lasers maliciously. Theylink to a CNN article that says six commercial jets have had theircockpits illuminated by laser beams in the last four days. http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/29/laser.plane/index.html
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Shoppers Unhappy with Amazon - The Model for Online Retailing
Not only is there no telephone number on Amazon’s Web site, but thecompany makes a point of not including one. Instead, customers are askedto fill out an online form and wait for a response. The whole purpose ofthese systems isn’t to provide customer service but to keep the customerat arm’s length. Of course that’s the idea - no one wants to *TALK* toyou, you messy human - they just want to take your money and provide aslittle service as possible.
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New system allows retailers to track sales without receipts, preventfraudulent returns and can scan an item you received as a gift and tellyou where it was purchased.http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1746941,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
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An analysis by Edmunds.com found that in September the average vehiclesold at a record $5,200 under sticker price, breaking the $5,000 barrierfor the first time.
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How To Defend Yourself Against Ruthless Rebate Scams
http://www.consumeraffairs.com/consumerism/rebate_madness01.html
http://www.fatwallet.com/t/24/314746/
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"How To Be Creative"
A book by by Hugh MacLeod
Chaos can be a positive thing. Chaos is inherently part of the creativeact. To embrace creativity means you must also embrace chaos. Thingsdon't happen when everything is neat and "just so". Creativity is allabout disruption. The people who tell you that creativity is pain-freeare liars. The people who tell you they've got a plan are liars. Thereis no plan. There's just you, God and the need to invent. And thisuncertain world is what most of us now find ourselves entering,willingly or otherwise.
26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustratedby a cartoon drawn by the author himself.http://www.changethis.com/6.HowToBeCreative

 

Crack Talk 12-24-4

Crack Talk 12-24-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com

Merry Christmas
Please spread the joy, peace, or another positive emotion of your choice.
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Office Depot was on the ball... the hard drives and free mini-fridgesarrived 2 days after placing the order . One member wrote to say thatthe mini-fridge offer was no longer available. It seems that they ranout of them. I hoped they would be larger but they will hold 6 cansand will run on ac and dc (automotive) power, so they are worth about$25 and do make practical gifts.
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A Fatal Blow to Shrinkwrap Licensing?
Cathy Baker refused to take the "you opened it, you bought it and norefund" policies of the software vendors anymore and sued and won! Nowwe can take back the software that does not do as it promises, or theythe vendors MUST give us a printed copy of the EULA=end user licenseagreement,and vendors are required to give us a refund or an instorecredit to purchase what we want. http://www.gripe2ed.com/scoop/story/2004/12/20/8257/4850
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Mark Pesce rants about the recent shutdowns of BitTorrent supersitesSuprnova.org and TorrentBits.com.
Hey, Hollywood! Can you feel the future slipping through your fingers?Do you understand how badly you've screwed up? You took a perfectlyserviceable situation - a nice, centralized system for the distributionof media, and, through your own greed and shortsightedness, are givingbirth to a system of digital distribution that you'll never, ever beable to defeat. In your avarice and arrogance you ignored the obvious:you should have cut a deal with SuprNova.org. In partnership you couldhave found a way to manage the disruptive change that's already wellunderway. Instead, you have repeated the mistakes made by the recordingindustry, chapter and verse. And thus you have spelled your own doom.
On a similar note... Several major music labels are investing in a newcopy protection scheme. (http://news.com.com/) But they are just wastingtime any sound that can be heard can be copied easily by programs thatrecord whatever is passing through the sound card. (Like Super SoundRecorder or Sound Snooper (Cream 44) or 3D MP3 Sound Recorder (Cream 44and updated on 46.) I know, I know many people say "quality, quality islost when you record that way" ...but I have news.... it never botheredus when we pressed record on our cassette player and copied a song offthe radio and the high quality is usually lost by poor speakers to thepoint that a slight loss in recording from the sound card will never benoticed anyway.
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Fix Windows XP SP2 Installation Woes
Plus, patch serious security holes in Windows and Internet Explorer. http://pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,118511,00.asp
A Chinese security group has released sample code to exploit two newunpatched flaws in Microsoft Windows. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5502534.html
Hacking Windows XP: Speed Up Your Network and Internet Access http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1722547,00.asp
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Medicare said Thursday it intends to pay for counseling to help some ofthe nation’s 4 million older smokers kick the habit. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6750690/
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Atlanta Falcons' Michael Vick is set to become the highest-paid NFLplayer with a 10-year deal worth over $100m.
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The Tinfoil Hat Finally Gains Government Approval
As you stroll through the terminal in a foreign country, you pass anondescript man with a briefcase. The briefcase contains a powerfulradio scanner, and simply by walking past, you've identified yourself asan American. Without laying a finger on you, the man has electronically"skimmed" the data in your passport
For years (paranoid) people have been wearing tinfoil hats to preventaliens and "The Government" from reading their minds or controllingtheir thoughts - or simply to enhance meditation. (You can even buy themfor your pets.) The US government planned to embed RFID tags inpassports but they are worried about unauthorized access and haveplanned to "shield" the signals with wires woven into the cover ofpassports.... which are sure to set off airport security scanners.
This site sells shielded shirts, aprons, and even socks! And yes, theyalso have a shielded baseball cap. http://www.lessemf.com/personal.html
RFID tags can't be erased by a strong magnet (but a hammer will killthem.) They can be hacked. It's probably just a matter of time tillhackers will be buying expensive products for pennies on the dollar byreprogramming/repricing the tags on merchandise on store room shelves.http://www.clubukonline.co.uk/legal-update/legaldetail.asp?id=310
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Swarmcast -- The Granddaddy of Technologies Like Bittorrent.
The technology improves swarming by ensuring that the bytes that theuser wants next are scheduled to be received next. So if they're playingback a video file, the bytes from the front of the file will be receivedfirst. If the user (or application) skips forward to the middle of thefile, the bytes at the middle of the file will be prioritized. Thus,unlike first generation swarming systems like Swarmcast or Bittorrent,you don't have to wait for the entire file to download to do somethinguseful with it! http://onionnetworks.com/products/swarmstream/
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What an Idiot
Leonel Arias, 47, told police he was playing a practical joke by donningthe Bin Laden mask, toting his pellet rifle and jumping out to scaredrivers on a narrow street in his hometown, Carrizal de Alajuela(search), about 20 miles north of San Jose.
Guess what happens next?
Arias had startled several drivers that way on Monday afternoon. Butwhen he jumped out in front of taxi driver Juan Pablo Sandoval, themotorist reached for a gun and shot him twice in the stomach. He washospitalized in stable condition. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,141508,00.html
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X-Communist Say Take This Bolshevik Holiday and Shove it
Russia abolishes a number of key public holidays including the Sovietholiday marking the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Note: the Bolshevikrevolution lead to the deaths of 100 MILLION people, 17 million inRussia alone, 20 million in China, etc.
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India Freaks Out Over Amateur Teen Sex Phonecam Video
The [oral] sex clip was recorded weeks ago and passed on by the braggingschoolboy to three of his friends and eventually made its way to videodisc sellers in New Delhi. It did not draw much attention until anengineering student at a prestigious Indian college listed it for saleon [eBay's Indian subsidiary] Baazee.com... it's the talk of urbanIndia, an obsession of newspapers and talk shows.
I don't understand the uproar... if they are so bent out of shape overan oral sex video then how can the people of India tolerate the highlevels of rape in their country?
Statistics from 2000 showed that on average a woman is raped every hourin India. Women's groups attest that the strict and conservativeattitudes about sex and family privacy contribute to ineffectiveness ofIndia's rape laws. Victims are often reluctant to report rape. In anopen court victims must prove that the rapist sexually penetrated themin order to get a conviction. http://www.indianchild.com/sexual_harassment_india.htm
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Huge parachute designed to save crashing planes Firm working with NASAtoward commercial version http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/12/22/airplane.parachutes.ap/index.html
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Most Popular Google Queries for 2004
http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html
Ok... I admit that even thought I spend lots and lots of time reading thenews I had never heard of some of the top inquiries like Louis Vuittonand Orlando Bloom and David Beckham.
The "iPod" was among the most searched item on the Internet last week,with more than 1.67 million consumers looking up the product.
Note: beware of the "free ipod" scam. It started last year and wasexposed but it's still going around. It's just a pyramid scheme. Withthe usual send-this-message-to-five-people scheme, it only takes 15steps in the scheme before the total number of participants must be 7.6billion (larger than the Earth's population) in order for the schemeto continue. http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/pyramid.html
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Misty - A Classified Ripoff ?
The United States is building a new generation of spy satellitesdesigned to orbit undetected, in a highly classified program that hasprovoked opposition in closed congressional sessions where lawmakershave questioned its necessity and rapidly escalating price - 9.5 BILLIONhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A56171-2004Dec10.html
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Steroids for the Brain
New drugs allow healthy people to increase their brain functioning toabove-average levels. "Brain-booster" drugs such as donepezil,modafinil, and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are officially approved onlyfor use on patients with problems like narcolepsy, Alzheimer's disease,and attention deficit disorder. But as a growing number of scientificstudies (and many anecdotal accounts) have suggested, these drugs alsoboost healthy patients' brain functioning markedly. Users have shown theability to learn new skills more easily, focus on a tasks morecompletely, react to emergencies faster, and remember more easily.http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-smartdrugs20dec20,0,5957156.story?coll=la-home-health
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Alternative to Getting Embryonic Stem Cells Without Killing an Embryo
The approach would involve removing one cell from a very early embryothat has developed to about eight cells (called a morula), and derivingstem cells from that single cell. The embryo would still have thepotential to develop into a human if implanted into a womb. http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,66113,00.html
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Sony DVDirect Offers Easy Path From VHS
Sony's DVDirect allows you to make relatively hassle-free DVDs from VHStapes by plugging the device into a camcorder, VCR or a computer. WithSony's DVDirect, you can easily transfer old videotapes and camcorderfootage to DVDs. This recorder is easy to operate. Connecting it to acamcorder is a snap. Just plug the camcorder into the unit's audio andvideo jacks and pop in a DVD+R or DVD+RW disc. Press "record" and theunit will start recording when it picks up a signal from the camcorder.If you turn off the camcorder, or pause it, the device willautomatically stop recording. ($300)
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Review: Sidekick II - T-Mobile's Cool New Smartphone
Sidekick is perfect for having fun and staying in touch.http://www.smartphonetoday.com/articles/2004/12/2004-12-9-Review-Sidekick-II.html
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If you are lucky with rebates this is an outstanding deal
Wintergreen Barebones PC $29.99
TigerDirect has the Wintergreen PM800-M2 Socket 478 Barebone Kit ECSKM800-M2 P4 Motherboard / 52x32x52x CD-RW / CPU Fan / Modem / 300 WattPower Supply / Keyboard / Mouse / Speakers $29.99 after a huge $140 inrebates.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=N52-3015&sourceid=qIa2Qcwsu2DbAcC5@Sqd&siteid=0029407737&CMP=AFC-AFFIL
$500 million is lost annually on fraudulent rebate claims.
Oh how I would enjoy busting the rebate scams. I'm sure someone hascome up with a printing system that can duplicate the barcode andreceipt requirements and is sucking in hundreds of dollars per day fromcompanies that do pay rebates. And why don't we hear about such(illegal) systems to generate income this way? My guess is that itprobably WORKS and the people doing it want to keep it hush hush toavoid it getting out of hand and ruining their cash printing press.Have you ever heard of anyone getting prosecuted for printing rebates?I haven't. My guess is that even if you were to get caught most judgeswould simply say "stop doing it" ...and you would have 9 million otherbusinesses to apply for rebates from.
NOTE: I am NOT suggesting anyone do this! Most rebates have thisprinted on them: "Fraudulent submission could result in federalprosecution under mail fraud statutes. "
When you see that a store is offering you a rebate, remember that backat HQ some executive is betting against you, rooting for you to slip up,calculating the odds that you will lose the receipt, go on vacation,write in a wrong number. And they know there is little chance anyonewill ever do anything. Even after a class action law suit against Dellfor failure to honor rebates, they still are doing it. And why not? Mostof their rebates are for large rebates (over $100.)
What me worry? (Alfred E. Newman - Mad Magazine)
In five years, the FTC has taken action against a relatively smallnumber of offenders. They include Iomega, Memorex disk producer MemtekProducts, scanner maker UMAX Technologies and Okidata, all fornondelivery of rebates. It dinged Philips Electronics, Office Depot andValue America for late delivery. Buy.com was cited for deceptiveadvertising that promised free Internet service with computer purchaseswithout explaining that a three-year contract was required. Like theMicrosoft class action fine in California... the amount they had to payout when convicted was still only about 30% of what the scam took in.
Note: TigerDirect seems to be a current leader in the rebate ripoffscams although this scam was probably the biggest of them all (they owed84 million in rebates then declared bankruptcy):http://groups.msn.com/CyberrebateRebateRecoveryAlliance/tonewsreporters.msnw
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ZipZoomFly.com - Great Online Store for Computer Parts
They are one of the highest rated online stores, have excellent priceson computer stuff, and most items come with free 2-day shipping. Anothergreat online store for computer parts is Newegg.com which also hasexcellent prices. The biggest difference between the two stores isZipZoomFly's free 2-day shipping on most orders.
The prices between these two highly-reputable online stores are oftenvery similar, but are not always close so be sure to compare pricesbefore choosing a store. Also it is to be noted that Newegg has one ofthe highest possible consumer ratings, which is a major factor for somepeople.
You probably won't find too many "hot" deals at these stores, but youcan't beat their everyday great prices on computer products.
TechSunny.com is another good site where you can find some great dealson computer hardware.
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Crack Talk 12-17-4

Crack Talk 12-17-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com

During the holiday seasons e-cards sent through email are frequentlyinfected with viruses and trojans. If you get an e-card and feel youMUST run it, save it to your drive and scan it first. The easy way is touse the Panda online virus scan because their definitions are alwaysup-to-date and Panda disinfects or quarantines bugs - and it's FREE.http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm
E-Card Holiday Virus Packs Ugly Punch
A new virus strain masquerading as electronic Christmas cards isaccounting for one in every 10 e-mails hitting in-boxes. The W32/Zafi-Dworm, which originated in Hungary, is using mass-mailing and P2P(peer-to-peer) techniques to squirm through in-boxes and slow networktraffic to a crawl. The worm, which poses as a Christmas greeting, hasthe ability to replicate in as many as 19 languages, which makes it a"very serious threat" to computer users worldwide
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1742085,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
'Playboy' Virus Dropping Dangerous Backdoor
The worm, called W32.Maslan.C@mm, arrives as an attachment promisingnaked photos of Playboy models but, if executed, drops an IRC (InterRelay Chat) both capable of transmitting passwords and sensitiveinformation back to the virus writer. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1738912,00.asp
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In the United States and the United Kingdom, the Motion PictureAssociation of America, the main lobbying arm of American film studios,filed civil lawsuits today against more than 100 operators of BitTorrenttracker servers which point to locations where downloadable files can befound. The MPAA also targeted operators of servers for the eDonkey andDirectConnect networks. The group's actions include criminal complaintsand cease and desist orders issued to ISPs on 4 continents. http://wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,66034,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2
Lots of stories get written when the Recording Industry Association ofAmerica sues people, but not much gets written about the aftermath ofthose suits. There should be: In the last 12 months, the RIAA lost alandmark suit against Grokster (essentially legalizing peer-to-peersoftware), lost a suit to Verizon (holding that it did not have toprovide names of its subscribers who the RIAA wanted to sue), and hasyet to actually win against any of the thousands of individuals it hassued in court (some of the cases have been settled out of court, mostare still pending). Suddenly, the RIAA isn’t looking so much asdevastating as it does merely pathetic. http://www.boingboing.net/2004/12/13/chris_null_the_riaa_.html
Ed Felten and Alex Halderman have created the world's smallestfunctional P2P filesharing program, written in fifteen lines of code.
TinyP2P is a functional peer-to-peer file sharing application, writtenin fifteen lines of code, in the Python programming language.Peer-to-peer apps can be very simple, and any moderately skilledprogrammer can write one, so attempts to ban their creation would befruitless. http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/tinyp2p.html
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Justin Chapweske is the creator of Swarmcast, the first-ever "swarming"download technology -- the grandaddy of technologies like Bittorrent.He's just released "Swarmstreaming" -- a technology to make streaming gobetter if more people use it at once: http://blog.jackola.net/
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New IE Exploit Spoofs Web Sites
The bug, which has been confirmed on a fully patched Windows XP systemwith IE 6.0 and Service Pack 2, could allow a scammer to display a fakeWeb site with all the attributes of a genuine, secure site, includingthe URL and the icon indicating SSL security.http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1743407,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594
Critical Hole Found in Windows XP SP2 Firewall
A critical hole in Windows XP firewall in Service Pack 2 makes computersaccessible to anyone on the network. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1743114,00.asp
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Eric Writes
Linux utility that boots from the floppy to reset any password.
It works on any NT based system. The link to the Zip file is here http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd
DL the file - create a floppy - Boot machine to floppy Follow theinstructions carefully.
The only time I have seen it fail is on some compact servers that haveproprietory drivers for the HD's.
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Microsoft Can't Figure Out How To Stop Spyware Itself, Needs To Buy Help
Considering that many people blame Microsoft's inability to design theiroperating system and browser properly for the rise in spyware, it'sinteresting that Microsoft felt the need to go out and acquire ananti-spyware company. This makes it sound more like they're trying topatch up some holes by applying this spyware technology on top, ratherthan looking at the underlying code to figure out ways to prevent thetype of security breaches that lead to the spyware in the first place.
Zone Alarm and/or anti-virus programs, and popup stoppers won't stopspyware from being installed. Spyware is put on a computer at the sametime you install or update a program. (Including sources like websitesand email.)
If you want a system to be free of spyware you have 3 options:
1. Do not install or update any software or allow a web site to installanything. (Note: some websites use trickery and tell you that you haveto have their viewer (or something else) installed to continue. That'sthe way a lot of spyware gets installed.)
2. Go ahead and install anything you want then fight the spyware usingseveral programs like AdAware and Spybot. (This may not find all thespyware and the companies behind some spyware have made arrangements andPAID anti-spyware companies to ALLOW their spyware anyway.)
3. Use a program that does not permanently save anything to your harddrive. There are two of the:
Centurion's DriveShield Plus is software that blocks any attempts todigitally add or remove anything from the computer's hard drive. Onceinstalled on a PC, the program takes note of all the software files,including critical pieces of the Windows operating system, and "locks"them in place.
When a user starts up the PC, the program creates a temporary copy ofthe Windows operating system files and "tricks" the computer into usingthese copies rather than the actual files, which have been hidden fromthe view of the user and other computer programs.http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=325702&page=1
The only down sides are that it slows down a system and if you have toapply service packs/updates/etc. you'll have to take steps and enterpasswords to allow the updates to become permanent.

ShadowSurfer (mentioned in a newsletter last month) creates a virtualcopy of your normal PC and nothing actually gets written to your harddrive, rather the changes are saved in special ShadowSurfer file.
When you end the ShadowSurfer session you have the option of savingthese changes and making them permanent or totally discarding them.
http://www.shadowstor.com/products.html
Note: Some people consider cookies to be spyware. Cookies can be blockedunder Tools/internet options/privacy/advanced, or just deleted from timeto time. If you are concerned about cookie spying/tracking then youprobably don't want to post messages or write email because theseactivities leave traces of what you have done.
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DirecTV Hacker Sentenced to Seven Years
A Canadian man was sentenced to seven years in a US prison this weekafter admitting he led a sophisticated satellite TV piracy ring thatproduced and sold thousands of hacked smart cards in the US and Canada.Mullen was responsible for at least 16,000 hacked cards, and that eachcard cost DirecTV and NDS $1,500 in financial losses, for a total of$24m. DirecTV estimates that, in all, Mullen and his distributors put68,000 cards on the street.
Piracy was costing DirecTV $1.2bn a year when, in April, the companyfinished a wholesale swap-out of 17 million older access cards and shutdown its legacy data stream, effectively slamming the door on signalpirates. Since then, a slow resignation has begun to settle over thepirate community, which has been unable to crack the company's fourthgeneration smart card, called the "P4."
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ICQ Beta Presents IM Walkie-Talkie
ICQ is previewing version 5.0 of its instant messaging software, whichdelivers more robust communication capabilities including awalkie-talkie like function called Push2Talk and improved videomessaging. Other updates include the addition of new customizationoptions and core improvements.http://www.betanews.com/article/ICQ_Beta_Presents_IM_WalkieTalkie/1102997619
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Apple Blocks Real Downloads from iPod
RealNetworks is upping the ante in its cat and mouse game with Apple.Tuesday, the company announced intentions to port its controversialHarmony technology to the iPod Photo after a firmware update brokecompatibility. In July, Real "stunned" Apple by unlocking the iPod'sdigital rights management components, essentially breaking Apple'sproprietary hold on the player.
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I'm not ready for this... it's just too freaky
Frameless eyeglasses held in place by a single bridge piercing - as inbody piercing. http://www.bmezine.com/news/pubring/20041214.html
Does this remind anyone of a movie called "The Jerk?" http://www.mvps.org/st-software/Movie_Collection/details/2568.html
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In an effort to fight upstart content distributors like Netflix,Blockbuster Inc. is planning to eliminate late fees on games and moviesas of January 1. Blockbuster apparently makes as much as $300 millionannually on late fees; they think they'll make up for this lost incomewith increased volume.
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Too Much Time on Their Hands
Scientists are developing tiny clocks that are stable to one part in 10billion, meaning they lose or gain a maximum of just one second every300 years.http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=101283&ref=90c47bdf12dc550dd455a0aec3429294::5500
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Researchers are now building an ambulance communication system that usesinternational maritime satellite and varying frequencies to bridge thosecommunication gaps and, perhaps more importantly, virtually placedoctors inside an ambulance in transit.http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=528&ncid=528&e=7&u=/ap/20041215/ap_on_hi_te/satellite_ambulance
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'Nano-needle' Operates on Cell
Scientists have performed a delicate surgical operation on a singleliving cell, using a needle that is just a few billionths of a metrewide. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4078125.stm
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A Patch for Broken Hearts
Researchers at MIT are one step closer to creating patches for damagedhearts: They've used rat cells to construct a beating slice of cardiactissue about the size of a dime. http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,66018,00.html
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Alabama Troopers Issue Electronic Tickets
Alabama state troopers are getting on the information highway. Fiftystate trooper cars are already equipped with laptop computers, scannersand printers that allow them to issue traffic tickets electronically.
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Google Inc. won a major legal victory Wednesday when a federal judgesaid the search engine could continue to sell ads triggered by searchesusing trademarked company names. Geico Corp., which argued that Googleshould not be allowed to sell ads to rival insurance companies thatappear whenever Geico's name is typed into the Google search box.
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Google Moves into Product Reviews
Google Inc. is combining online reviews into its Froogle shopping-searchservice, but rather than eliciting new opinions it is aggregatingreviews and ratings from around the Web.
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Christopher Writes
This site will read the search results to you http://speegle.co.uk/
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Yahoo Maps Offer Live U.S. Traffic Conditions
Yahoo Inc. is set to offer an online service that lets users view liveU.S. local traffic conditions on custom-created maps, the first site todo so nationally.
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It will be difficult to top the goof by the workers who dropped thesatellite causing $135 million in damages. But this comes close...
Baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport lost a fakebomb planted in luggage by a supervisor during a training exercise.
Despite an hours long search Tuesday night, the bag, containing a fakebomb complete with wires, a detonator and a clock, made it onto anAmsterdam-bound flight.
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No GPS for you
Tucked into the Bush administration's space policy is a plan to take theglobal positioning system offline temporarily during a nationalemergency. The goal: preventing terrorists from using the navigationaltechnology.
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Slap on the Wrist Justice
AOL Cuts a deal after they were found to defraud investors by making itsrevenues look better than they were. The U.S. Department of Justiceagrees to a $210 million settlement / payoff. But the prosecution willbe deferred for two years.
Why are the sentences/fines for defrauding investors so light? If youget caught robbing a liquor store (for a couple hundred dollars) with agun you get a mandatory 10 years in prison. If you set up a scheme anddefraud investors of million you have to give some of it back - and inextreme cases spend a few months in jail. Why is the justice system sokind to white collar crime?
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The Canary Wireless Hotspotter is a $50 WiFi detector with an LCDreadout that shows the name, WEP status and signal strength of the802.11g and 802.11b networks it finds. This is what's been missing fromtraditional WiFi detectors (which only light up to indicate the presenceof 2.4GHz radio emissions, which can also come from microwave ovens,cordless phones and walkie talkies).https://www.canarywireless.com/shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=1&cat=Wi%2DFi+Detectors
It seems to me the best feature of this detector is that you can findout if a hot-spot is open for public use without having to fire up acomputer to find out if you can log on.
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New generation of hacking tools puts many more Wireless LANs at risk http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/index.php?p=20
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Michigan Wi-Fi Hacker Jailed for Nine Years
A 21-year-old Michigan man was sentenced to nine years in federal prisonyesterday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina for his role ina failed scheme to steal credit card numbers from the Lowe's chain ofhome improvement stores by taking advantage of an unsecured Wi-Finetwork at a store in suburban Detroit. This is the longest sentenceever given to a hacker.
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Fbi's Most Wanted - Millions of Dollars in Rewards http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant.htm
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Here's a link to some really great video from cameras mounted on aneagle. Shows the operation of the eagle's wings and tail, etc. http://tinyurl.com/5qqe7
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Have you ever wanted to build something using fiberglass? Here is a how-to: http://www.glassmanscustomforum.com/howtodvds.html
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New Vaccine Trials Bring Hope of Cure for Diabetes
A VACCINE against the most serious form of diabetes is to be tested onhumans for the first time, raising the prospect that a cure could bewidely available in less than a decade. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-210-1401879,00.html
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Exotic Guitars
http://www.exoticguitars.com/skeletar.html
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10 Reasons to Own a Cell Phone
http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/AnchorDesk/4520-7296_16-5613886.html?tag=adss
Ummm.. make that 11
Unlock the hidden pleasures in your mobile phone with the Purring Kitty!Instantly turn your cell phone into a discreet vibrating personal 'masseur'
http://www.vibelet.com/ http://www.blissbox.com/store/detail.asp?productid=4126
Homemade-Sex-Toys.com offers instructions for using your cell phone as avibrator even without hard or soft accoutrements.
Does anyone else think that these "accessories" are valid reasons toprohibit the use of cell phones while driving.
...on the other hand...
Maybe these accessories will help resolve some of the problemssurrounding mobile phone rage that seems to be showing up in manyplaces. For example, a woman attacked a flight attendant for tellingher to stop making phone calls during a flight. (www.nzherald.co.nz )and a 79-year-old man was sentenced to probation after physicallyfighting with a man half his age, over the use of a mobile phone in apublic place. The man took offense to the younger man's loud, repeatedcursing into the phone. He asked the phone user to take the conversationoutside, but was ignored. The old man kicked his ass.
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Game graphics cards review (256MB cards priced $400 -$500 ) http://pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,118701,00.asp
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Popular Science - Best of 2004 http://www.popsci.com/popsci/bown/2004/grand
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Guide to Common Cyberscams
Here is a list of common Internet fraud schemes drawn from the 100-plusinvestigations launched under Operation Cyber Sweep, a governmentinitiative to combat online crimehttp://news.com.com/Scam+traps/2030-1017_3-5491074.html?part=rss&tag=5491074&subj=news.1017.5
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Sears has a big tool sale for half price... click the "save 50%" box onthis page to list the deals.http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/vertical.do?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&vertical=TOOL
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4 Channel Wireless Camera System
Computer Geeks has a 4-Channel Wireless Receiver and 4 Color Cameras for$199 This is the perfect system for monitoring your home, office, orjust about anywhere else. Connect the receiver to your TV and you'reready to go. (It says "3 seconds auto change output" so I don't thinkyou can monitor all 4 cams on a split screen. If you find out I wouldlike to know.)http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=4CH-REALTIME-N&sourceid=qIZ6QcES7cfXAkmzaUNP
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Sirius has "everything you need to get SIRIUS in your car, all in onebox" for free when you sign up for 1 year. ($10 s/h) Use promo code 035if this deal doesn't come up for you. (I also have a referral code"1464428" that may give me an extra month if you can put it inanywhere.) https://home.sirius.com/webDUWI/HomePage.aspx
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I really need a CompUSA store in my area - this is a great deal!
GeForce 6800 128MB AGP graphics card $200 after $30 mail in rebate. Thatgraphics card is over $300 everywhere else. The offer is good forin-store pickup only. (It would be good to know of a source to get thememory and update those cards to 256mb. The 256mb versions sell forabout $450. I think there are extra slots to add memory to the 128mbversions.)http://www.hot-deals.org/relocate.cgi?www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=314100
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Crack Talk 12-10-4

Crack Talk 12-10-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com
120 gig hard drives
120 gig hard drives filled with hot NEW shareware will be available inJanuary. Click here if you want to get on the list and be first to haveone shipped when they are available: tblount@mchsi.com?subject=HardDrive
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A HUGE Annoyance Starting to Appear on Major Web Sites
If you haven't seen it yet, you will. Several major web sites,including MSNBC.com and the New York Times (nytimes.com) have startedusing the most annoying advertisement schemes you can think of. Whileyou are reading the story, about 30 seconds or so after you open the webpage, the whole page is replaced by an advertisement - that sits therefor about a minute. Then the article you wanted to read will reappear.By that time I have lost my place and have to start over. Uggggg
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Flying J Leaps into Truckstop Fray
The wi-fi service from Truckstop.net has be halted pending litigation,however there is good news for me and anyone who likes to travel andaccess the internet via wi-fi:
Flying J's TON Services, which offers Wi-Fi and Internet access at thecompany's nationwide service stops, will credit truck drivers with thebalance of their Truckstop.net account services against a Flying Jaccount. Flying J has 285 Wi-Fi hotspots currently. Call 1-800-870-9068 http://www.tonservices.com/hisp_home.htm
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Fix it yourself
Nothing breaks down more often than a PC. Fortunately they are usually easy to fix.
Excellent PC troubleshooting guide - perhaps a bit simplistic but if youalready know troubleshooting you wouldn't need to go there. http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/troubleshooting.ars
37 lightning-fast fixes for a locked-up PC, and the other glitchesyou're most likely to encounter http://pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,118512,00.asp
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Keep Your PC Hidden From the Bad Guys
Guard your networked computers with a router's hardware firewall. Arouter directs inbound and outbound Internet traffic so it appears tooutsiders that each of your networked machines is using the router'spublic IP address. When hackers make contact with your public IPaddress, they don't go to your computer, but instead to a "dumb" routerthat lacks the vulnerability of a Windows-controlled PC. http://pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,118525,00.asp
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KaZaA 3.0 Claims It Has No Spyware
...but security forum users demon state the claims are bunk. http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,12058308~mode=flat
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Panda Software has extended its enterprise family of products and hasreleased a FREE download of Panda SambaSecure Antivirus
SambaSecure Antivirus provides real-time antivirus scanning of files anddirectories, shared and unshared; scans within and repairs compressedarchives; scans symbolic links; and uses caching to prevent unalteredfiles from being rescanned unnecessarily. http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/beta/corporate.asp
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So cool ! (make that COLD) Don't miss this! http://home.ripway.com/2004-7/151132/ice/russia.htm
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An illustrated lecture about the history of Safes and Safe breaking http://www.timhunkin.com/94_illegal_engineering.htm
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Rat Brain Flies Jet
Florida scientists have grown a brain in a petri dish and taught it tofly a fighter plane. The "brain", grown from 25,000 neural cellsextracted from a single rat embryo, has been taught to fly an F-22 jetsimulator by scientists at the University of Florida. It was taught tocontrol the flight path, even in mock hurricane-strength winds. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/12/07/rat_brain_flies_jet/
(Humm, did the brain grow legs too?)
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Scientists have come up with a cell phone cover that will grow into asunflower when thrown away.http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=7006675&src=rss/scienceNews
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The latest way to exploit the sun is through tiny materials that candirectly convert sunlight into large amounts of hydrogen. Hydrogen Solarof Guilford, England, and Altair Nanotechnologies are building ahydrogen-generation system that captures sunlight and uses the energy tobreak water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,65936,00.html
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Siemens Develops Wi-Fi That Hits 1 Gigabit Per Second http://wifinetnews.com/archives/004542.html
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New DVD Has Dual-Layered Surface
Two Japanese companies said Tuesday they have developed a DVD that canplay on both existing machines and the upcoming high-definition players,raising hopes for a smooth transition as more people dump old TV setshttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20041209/ap_on_hi_te/japan_toshiba_dvds
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Star Wars Coming Soon
The US military planned to conduct the first full flight test of itsnational missile defense system in nearly two years, with the testpossibly coming as early as Wednesday evening.
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'Thinking Cap' Controls Computer
Four people were able to control a computer using their thoughts and anelectrode-studded "thinking cap", U.S. researchers reported Monday. Theysaid their set-up could someday be adapted to help disabled peopleoperate a motorized wheelchair or artificial limb.http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/12/07/computer.thought.reut/index.html
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Google exec calls click fraud the "biggest threat" to the Interneteconomy, urges quick action. As much as 20 percent of all clicks on paidsearch ads are shams. Google has reason to be nervous. Paid-searchadvertising generates about 98 percent of its revenues. Humans orspecially designed software click on ad links in order to "steal"revenue from advertisers.http://money.cnn.com/2004/12/02/technology/google_fraud/index.htm
Google has sued Auctions Expert International for click fraud: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/38749.html
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They Beat The Casino At The Roulette Tables And Took Home Millions
The data was beamed to the microcomputer (by cell phone scanner), whichran through thousands of possible outcomes to forecast which sectionnumbers the ball would land on. This data was flashed on to the screenof the phone just before the wheel made its third spin, by which timeall bets must be placed.
Having reduced their odds of winning from 37-1 to 6-1, the trio placedbets on all six numbers in the section where the ball would end up.
Legal sources said that the gamblers had not broken any law becausetheir scanner did not interfere with the ball or the roulette wheel. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,4484-1390808,00.html
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Fantastic Photos Taken at Air Shows
http://nellis.airshowjournal.com/2004/ http://miramar.airshowjournal.com/2004/
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The news commentator Paul Harvey has a web site where you can listen tohis recorded broadcast. http://www.paulharvey.com/
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Dick Clark ( often call the America's Oldest Teenager) suffered a strokethis week. A member had sent this in email last week. A stroke hadtaken his mom.
Doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simplequestions: *Ask the individual to smile. *Ask him or her to raise botharms. *Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediatelyand describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
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My, how things have changed in the last 100 years
One hundred years ago:
Only 14 percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub. Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. 20 percent of US adults couldn't read or write.
Today it's only... well today 23% US adults can't read or write ...but Isuppose that's because the test are in English and a large percentage ofAmericans speak other languages - at least 13% speak Spanish.
...at least more people have tubs and phones today.
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Oscar Predictions
"Ray" (6 to 1). A rousing film starring best actor favorite Jamie Foxx
"Million Dollar Baby" (7 to 1). With academy icon Clint Eastwooddirecting and giving an elegiac performance as a fight manager whoreluctantly trains a woman boxer.
"Sideways" (8 to 1). Perhaps the year's picture with the best reviews
"Spanglish" (10 to 1). If there ever was an academy favorite, it's JamesL. Brooks, who has scored best picture nominations for three films hedirected.http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0412090435dec10,1,7043138.story
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Mercury Toxicity in the Human Brain
http://www.cem.msu.edu/~cem181h/projects/97/mercury/
There is also a lot of evidence that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome isactually mercury poisoning.
There are many products that claim to detoxify mercury from the body.Some are questionable at best. Before getting into all that it wouldprobably be a good idea to take a test to find out if you actually havehigh levels of mercury. The Greenpeace organization has testing kits youcan order for $25. Bauld men need not order. https://usa.greenpeace.org/mercury/
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Bribery is "Business as Usual" Throughout the World
The World Bank estimates that more than $1 trillion is paid out inbribes every year around the globe. Politicians/public officials topthe list. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/4080995.stm
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The Internet is Killing the Condom Industry
A condom maker is complaining that online porn is decreasing condomsales. http://www.todayonline.com/articles/30399.asp
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As many as 30 million of the 200 million cars and trucks on America'sroads are installed with "black box" data recording devices. Car makersaren't required to notify you, unless you buy the car in California.This PDF document contains a list of vehicles with built-in black boxes.The devices typically record for a few seconds after an airbagdeployment, collecting speed, braking and other operating data. Someprivacy advocates are concerned that the data could be used against youin court. http://www.harristechnical.com/downloads/cdrlist.pdf
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According to Mediaweek, 99.8 percent of the complaints going to the FCCabout indecency are coming from this very web site. https://www.parentstv.org/ptc/fcc/fcccomplaint2.asp
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Mind Hacks: Tips & Tools for Using your Brain in the World.
O'Reilly has just released its latest book in the hacks series. Whypeople don't like elevator buttons, map your blind spot, glimpse thegaps in your vision, create illusionary depth with sunglasses, neuralnoise isn't a bug; it's a feature, improve visual attention throughvideo games, why can't you tickle yourself? http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mindhks/index.html
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Scientists have identified key genes involved in the body's response toHIV, which causes AIDS -- a finding that could narrow the search for aneffective vaccine against the deadly illness.http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=7031257&src=rss/scienceNews
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Imaginary Friends
Sixty-five percent of children say that by age seven, they've playedwith an imaginary companion. 57 percent of the imaginary companions ofschool-age youngsters were humans and 41 percent were animals. http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=6814
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Scientist say that the efforts to pick up signals from extraterrestrialsare futile because even if they exist they are probably encrypted.
Speaking of communicating with extraterrestrial life...
Here are a couple articles that may stimulate your imagination as it hasmany notable people throughout history, including Thomas Edison, HarryHoudini, and a lot of people who call it esp or in religious terms:"writing on the wall" (Daniel 5:5)
Communicating with the Dead using Electronic Voice Phenomenahttp://www.totse.com/en/fringe/dreams_auras_astral_projection/evp1.html
Instrumental Contact With The Dead? http://www.pd.org/topos/perforations/perf5/commun-with-dead.html
I found it interesting that one of the articles mentioned that the"scientist" in the spirit world don't have actually "matter" to createdevices for communication from their side. All they have to work with isenergy, although they do have the ability to focus it in various ways.
Some instances found in the Bible of the perceivable intervention of thespiritual world into earth-life:http://www.christianspiritualism.org/articles/bibspirit.htm
Maybe he saw the writing on the wall?
A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion ofatheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He nowbelieves in God http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6688917/
Or maybe he is considering dying, since he is 81, and made the decisionthat it's time (and a good idea) to cover his ars.
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Proof that People Will Buy ANYTHING
Mary Anderson said she placed her father's "ghost" on the online auctionsite after her 6 year old son said he was afraid the ghost would returnsomeday.
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The annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report sayspresent levels of hunger cause the death of more than five millionchildren a year. All but one of the 16 hungriest nations are insub-Saharan Africa http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4078003.stm
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Last week I reported on how Amazon tricks Froogle's searches. I reportedthe trickery to Froogle and they wrote back saying they couldn't findit. I replied saying that they couldn't be serious... and gave them theexact search. This week I ran across a hot deal for a 5 megapixelcamera and went to Froogle to check it out and see if it was really agood deal... or just hype. When I searched for 5.0 Megapixel (sorted byprice) Amazon took the top 6 matches with fake/trickery ads that lead to$400 cameras. I have to conclude that Froogle is in cahoots with Amazon.http://froogle.google.com/froogle?sourceid=deskbar&scoring=p&q=5.0+Megapixel
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I Feel Tingly
Homedics 5 Motor Portable Massager for $15. Add $5 for shipping one.http://www.famousbarr.com/gifts/OnlineShopping/FB?DSP=4&PCR=12:10012:10811:10812&IID=106855&c=1&R=7208
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Led Lighting for less - don't be left out in the dark!
Last week I mentioned an led flashlight that works for 1,200 hours on a9v battery. It cost $25 and isn't very bright. But here is a source forbrighter and cheaper led lighting... including strobe lighting and LEDflashlight bulb replacements for $1 to $5.. http://spectrumled.com/home.htm
Note the cost of using an LED light day and night is about 10 cents permonth... while a regular 100w light bulb consumes about $5 per month inelectricity... and the LED never (almost never) burns out.
This source of led lights are more expensive but I have been told theyare very bright. Some people are using them on their ultralights and therequirements for aircraft are that they must be visible for 3 miles andbe seen from every direction. These are led star shaped "clusters." http://www.luxeonstar.com/category.php
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A 3-in-1 appliance, this mini toaster oven, griddle and coffee maker canwarm or toast breads, heat pot pies, cook small-size frozen foods orcook an egg, hamburger patty, mini sausages or a pancake. It also brews4 cups of coffee. A convenient space-saver for efficiency apartments,dorm rooms and small households. $28http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2403231&cat=90791&type=1&dept=4044&path=0%3A4044%3A4064%3A112986%3A90791&xsell=2638128
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Dell has some deals (after rebates) that compete with Walmart's special
Dell Dimension 4700 P4 3.0 + 17" LCD Monitor For $499 and Dell 420SCServer, 2.8GHz, 256MB, 160GB, CD for $303 are a couple of them. (freeshipping - tax included)http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/outrageous_desktops?c=us&DGSite=qIZ6Qbn4nb4kAmScYoRj0040148066&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
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Find your way home
Excellent reviews and on sale for several hundred dollars below thenormal price.
Tom Tom Navigation System $563
Compuplus has the highly rated TOM Tom Go Portable Car GSP Navigationsystem for a low $563 after rebate, $14.95 air shipping.
TomTom GO is a stand-alone, portable and easy-to-use car navigationappliance that incorporates navigation software, maps and GPS receiverin one device. Complete car navigation solution in one box.http://www.compuplus.com/insidepage.php3?refer=pricegrabber.com&id=1002790
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If you have tried to play any of the new games you may have discoveredthat without a graphics card with DirectX 9 support you are out of luck.Thousands of games will be bought for Christmas that not only can't beplayed on most home computers... but the software can't be returned forrefund.
This graphics card review is a must read for gamers... or anyoneshopping for a gamer.
http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q4/geforce-6600gtagp/index.x?pg=1
Cut to the conclusion of this extensive review:http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q4/geforce-6600gtagp/index.x?pg=17
Geforce 6600 PCI - found at pricewatch.com ($110 w/shipping)http://www.gameve.com/gve/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?sku=VC-ALBA-030
Geforce 6600 AGP - found at pricewatch.com ($220 w/shipping)http://www.gameve.com/gve/store/productdetails.aspx?sku=VC-EVGA-058

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Crack Talk 12-3-4

Crack Talk 12-3-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com


Hijacking Domains Made Easier
On November 12, 2004, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Namesand Numbers, put in place its new transfer policy for all accrediteddomain name service providers.
The previous ICANN policy allowed providers to deny requests to transferdomain names to another registrar unless you explicitly confirmed yourintent to transfer. The new ICANN policy removes that protection. When arequest to transfer your domain name to a new registrar the providerwill attempt to contact you to confirm that you authorized the request.However, if you do not respond, or are not able to respond within 5days, your domain name WILL be transferred.
...so how can transfering a domain hijack a web site? Just moving itto a different server wouldn't be a problem... BUT if you move it toyour own server you can modify the site without any restriction... sinceyou host the html pages, files, etc. You won't even need a password.
Just think of all the info a hackers could collect from members logginginto a site that had been moved to their servers.
Make a request to move a domain the night before a 4 day weekend, sendthe webmaster a bunch of spam and most probably won't even see the"intent to transfer" before the 5 days expires.
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Unprotected Pcs Can Be Hijacked In Minutes
Simply connecting to the Internet — and doing nothing else — exposesyour PC to non-stop, automated break-in attempts by intruders looking totake control of your machine surreptitiously.
A test conducted by USA TODAY and Avantgarde, a San Francisco techmarketing and design firm. The experiment involved monitoring six"honeypot" computers for two weeks — set up to see what kind ofmalicious traffic they would attract.
Break-in attempts began immediately and continued at a constant and highlevel: an average of 341 per hour against the Windows XP machine with nofirewall or recent security patches, 339 per hour against the AppleMacintosh and 61 per hour against the Windows Small Business Server.
Intruders repeatedly compromised the Windows XP computer through thesame two security holes used by the authors of the July 2003 MS Blasterworm and May's headline-grabbing Sasser worm, which overloaded computersin banks, hospitals and transportation systems worldwide.
The intruder who cracked the Windows Small Business Server even uploadeda tool to prevent rival attackers from following behind him and gainingaccess to the system.
Lots more in this report that stresses the need for firewalls:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/hacking/2004-11-29-honeypot_x.htm
This week Microsoft patched 2 more browser bugs... so you better clickTools, Windows Update in your browser and apply the patches.
Windows server software has a flaw that could allow an attacker to gaincomplete control over systems running the software. However they aren'treleasing a patch. They recommend users protect their systems byblocking TCP port 42 and UDP port 42 on their firewall. http://security.itworld.com/4347/041201msflaw/page_1.html
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BitTorrent Servers Under Attack
A flood of data has hammered several of the tracking servers forBitTorrent downloads. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5473754.html
The designers of the popular BitTorrent site Suprnova.org are reportedlyworking on decentralizing the BitTorrent client, according to Slyck.com,a P2P website. The existence of the new client is called "Exeem."http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1735071,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532
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Your XP Service Pack 2 Survival Guide
Included a number for live Microsoft support! http://pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,118510,00.asp
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Now Anyone Can Spy From Anywhere
Last week Byron wrote about the Keyhole software that allows you to usesatellite imagery to view any locations on earth.
This week, Vincent Tao, an engineer at Toronto's York University said hehas invented a mapping and surveillance tool called SAME (see anywhere,map anywhere), that produces images so sharp that geographicco-ordinates typed into a Web site can reveal the make of a car parkedon the street.
Tao said SAME works by taking satellite images of the Earth andcombining them with real-time remote sensors that monitor traffic andweather.
The information is reformatted on a searchable Web site that can captureground-level images of the Earth with little or no time delay.http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/redir.php?jid=060acc0b3062d4ff&cat=63e88d54af0cf473
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Recovering Lost Images From Flash Cards
Utilities will undelete images just like files on a hard drive can berestored. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/ZDM/story?id=295032
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Process Explorer v8.41
Windows Task Manager tells you what applications and processes arerunning, but some process names aren't very clear to the casual reader.Process Explorer helps you get to the bottom of things by digging downto see which application started a process and which resources that appis currently using. This excavation can be a big help when you're tryingto figure out which background processes you dare shut down, and it caneven help sniff out spyware, too.
http://downloads.pcworld.com/pub/new/utilities/procexpnt.zip
An earlier version of this program was on the SS cd and I frequentlyused it to kill programs that were running so I could delete the files.You can't delete a running program because you'll just get a sharingviolation if you try. (Using the "End Task" option (displayed byctrl-alt-del) will not turn off the file sharing.) This version is mostimproved over the older version. It shows cpu usage by each program tomake it easy to find out what programs are hogging your computer. I'lljust say it's one of the few (about 10) that I keep on my desktop andthat should tell you how useful it is.
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How Low Can You Go?
As part of their spam filtering SpamArrest harvests the email address ofeveryone who sends email to one of their users, or who sends email to amailing list one of their users is subscribed to. They've recentlydecided to spam all of those harvested addresses to sell their paidservice. (Recommend course of action: DUMP IT and block all email from"@spamarrest.com" )
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Windows Xp Pro Corp. Build 2600
ftp://211.139.39.1/pub/software/os/winxp2600en.rar
RAR Password is: www.faji.com Rename the file extension to ZIP when you save it.
SP1 and SP2 not included and if it requires a reg number it was notlisted where I found this link. All I can really say is that if youclick on that link a 500 meg file will start downloading - that takes44 hours to download via dialup.
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Best of 2004Don't miss this site. It covers all the best of the year awards from People, events, images, technology, music, movies, etc etc. http://www.fimoculous.com/year-review-2004.cfm
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Eel Writes
Protection for wireless lan http://www.maximumpc.com/how_to/reprint_2004-01-05.html
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Gino Writes
All the games we played in the 90's - and a few current ones http://www.abandonia.com/genre.php?genre=allgames&page=0
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Rukus Writes:
I bought a new computer that came with XP installed. I rather haveWin98SE on it. Do you have any suggestions?
Yes Rukus, leave it as it is. The probabilities are high that it hashardware that is using XP specific drivers and if you install an olderversion of Windows you will be lucky if you can find the drivers for yourgraphics card, sound, cd writer, onboard devices, etc. If you must dothis, put your old hard drive in the computer first and see if you canget everything to work before you change the new hard drive from the wayit was set up by the factory.
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'Blog' (weB LOG)Most Popular Word on Web Dictionary
The most requested online definition this year was "blog" — a word noteven yet officially in the dictionary.
Apparently Microsoft got wind of this and set up their own bloggingsite. But what's amusing about it is that they censor words that aperson can use in the title. Their choice of words to censor is a bitamusing as reported in this article:http://www.boingboing.net/2004/12/02/msn_spaces_seven_dir.html
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Looking for faster downloads? Try a sustained transfer of 101 gigabitsper second between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles on Internet2. That's thespeed hit by an international team lead by Caltech last week.http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1734241,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532
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I'm Stunned
As orders soar, concerns over stun guns grow fatalities arouse worriesover abuse of shock devices. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6614365/
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(Almost) Secret Government Information
Google has a little-known government specific search engine: http://www.google.com/unclesam
Homeland security alerts about truck bombs and the intelligence needs ofthe FBI: http://agr.wa.gov/FoodSecurity/docs/ThreatBulletin.pdf
Another trove of information is George Washington University's NationalSecurity Archive, which contains thousands of documents acquired throughpatient Freedom of Information Act requests: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv
And there's CoolGov, a blog devoted to ferreting out quirky tidbits: http://coolgov.com such as videos of airline crashes: http://coolgov.com/index.php?s=faa&Submit=Go%21
Those interested in the nitty-gritty of how and why the government hidesinformation can subscribe to Stephen Aftergood's Secrecy News listserv,which is part of his work as the director of Federation of AmericanScientists' Project on Government Secrecy. Aftergood, who publishes acouple times a week, has built up an archive of previously unpublishedreports created for Congress and information about the CIA's ongoingopposition to the publication of its budget. http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/
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She Said The Treatment Made Sex Fun Again
The "viagra" for women hopes to get FDA approval http://www.theindychannel.com/health/3963334/detail.html
I would guess that this "treatment" already has the approval of men!
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Genetically Engineered Plants Detect Land Mines By Changing Color
When the roots of these GMO flowers hit nitrogen dioxide (which leachesinto the soil from buried land mines), the plant changes color. http://www.core77.com/materials_processes/
....but one has to wonder how you can set out these plants withoutcausing the land mines to explode when planting/cultivating the soil?
More than 100 million land mines kill or injure 26,000 people in 45countries each year. Today's most popular detection method is pokingaround with a stick. (Which incidentally is the same procedure used byredneck brain surgeons.)
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Alternative Fuel
Researchers at a government nuclear laboratory and a ceramics company inSouth Salt Lake say they have found a way to produce pure hydrogen withfar less energy than other methods, raising the possibility of usingnuclear power to indirectly wean the transportation system from itsdependence on oil. http://www.sltrib.com/ci_2475855
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Cool 12 Sided Calendar - That You Can Print http://www.ii.uib.no/~arntzen/kalender/
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Look What Target Department Stores Are Selling For Under $10 http://www.boingboing.net/images/targetblowjob.jpg
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Kazaa has been branded the world's biggest "copyright piracy engine" byfive record labels which today launched a legal case against SharmanNetworks, the company behind the internet file-swapping website.http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9075-1380741,00.html
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It's Really Easier To Tell The Truth http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,65871,00.html
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Outlook E-Mail Rules Stop Most Spam In Its Trackshttp://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0411290205nov29,1,7628406.column?coll=chi-techtopheds-hed
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Sometimes you just laugh when you read such a report as this:
Penis Painting Infringes Penal Code
A crowd tried to attack the seven actors who were having their penisespainted by a Chilean prostitute. The scene was filmed for an artproject. Police said it infringed the penal code.
No.. I didn't make that up. Here is the link: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_652731.html
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The prisoner with the most escapes in modern North American history willhave another chance to extend his record.
He is 62, broken out of prison 13 times and is going back to jail forpossession of a handgun.http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/bizarre/120104_APsn_breakout.html
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An Australian man was arrested for taking pictures of topless sunbatherswith his camera phone.
I see no logic in this since he wasn't sneaking around. Anything you canview in public should be photographable.
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Sad to report...
Froogle search is being badly abused. For example... search Froogle for"digital camera" and sort by price. You'll see the first page has linksto cameras mostly advertised by Amazon.com ... but click on the linksand you won't find $10 or $20 cameras.... the cameras are actually over$400.
Anyone could understand that this can occasionally happen but 6 or 8times on the first page is clearly trickery... making Froogleunreliable.
I can't say I blame businesses for tricking the search engine... howeverFroogle should offer an option for users to remove these fake ads... orat least mark them for removal.
Sometimes Amazon does have nice deals:
Memorex High Performance AA Alkaline Batteries, 50 Pack $10 free s/h http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000CFY7I/002-4297068-7809668
And Amazon has AudioVox 5-Mile GMRS 2-Way Radio for $11 each.... whichis a good deal for a radio with 5 mile range. (Most have only 2 milerange - Walmart's price on these is $15 each if you want them NOW.)http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00009V2XI/002-4297068-7809668
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Keychain Digital Camera/webcam - $24 Shipping $1 Still camera stores up to 246 photoshttp://www.overstock.com/cgi-bin/d2.cgi?PAGE=PRODUCT&PROD_ID=870558&cid=25608&fp=F
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SiPix CAMeleon Digital Camera /webcam $10 - shipping $2.50 http://www.techblowouts.com/sku-TCAMERA.html
That site is worth checking out. It has some great deals... maybesomething you could use: http://www.techblowouts.com
Here is an item that would make a useful gift and normally sells forabout $40 at Walmart:
Vector 12V Travel Cooler / Warmer $21
5 liter capacity, or 9 drink cans - Cools to 40F degrees and heats up to120F degreeshttp://www.techblowouts.com/sku-SYN0175.html?sessid=HzSt031CZt88.f6wJ.5
If you want a compact model that cools/warms a single can here is onefor $20 http://store.yahoo.com/giftsandgadgetsonline/aucancowa.html

More Really Cool Gadgets for under $30 (from Wired) http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.12/tools.html
PAK-LITE LED FLASHLIGHT: $23.99It's the ultimate no-frills flashlight: an ultracompact beacon thatsnaps onto 9-volt batteries and shines for up to 1,200 hours. They nowhave a model that flashes and models with various colored lights. http://www.9voltlight.com/

GLOFISH ZEBRA FISH: $5.00These genetically modified zebra fish suck up light during the day andrelease it as fluorescence at night. Note to law abiders: They'recontraband in California. http://www.glofish.com
CELLULAR BLING: $10.00 - 20.00If the vibration mode on your phone is too distracting, check out theLEDs on this pen and bracelet - they flash whenever they detect theradio waves of an incoming call. http://www.cellularjewelry.com
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Walmart has a 2.6 ghz system, with a 17 inch lcd monitor for under $500
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=3340268&cat=3951&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951
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