Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 

Crack Talk 9-17-4

Crack Talk 9-17-4
Terry Blount
tblount@mchsi.com
Thanks to everyone who wrote wishing us well through hurricane Ivan.Ivan definitely brought some very high winds and a good bit of damageresulted. However it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. Powerwas only out about 15 hours here at my dad's farm about 100 miles northof Mobile but power is still out for thousands of residents in southAlabama and northern Florida - and probably will be for up to 3 weeks.The main reason the damage to power lines was kept to a minimum is thatthere wasn't much rain the weeks before (and during) the hurricane. Hadthe ground already been soaked and soggy only a few trees could havewithstood the 100+ mph winds.
An Australian member wrote saying that I should move to Australia sincethey didn't have hurricanes and tornadoes. A couple days later I sawthis in the news. I think I'll stay here.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=6264103&src=rss/scienceNews&section=news
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Scammers Use Gmail Invite as Phishing Hook
Scammers have caught on to the allure of Gmail and are using the Googlee-mail service for a "phishing" scam to harvest e-mail addresses andpasswords. http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5367986.html
I just checked the gmail.3@netzero.net email account and all therequested invites had been filled. I got a couple messages from memberssaying that they received invites for the requests they had sent... so Ithank the members who filled them. If you still need a gmail invitejust send an email to that address and maybe someone will have an extraand send you one.
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The Wayback Machine
Browse through 30 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few monthsago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site orpage where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select fromthe archived dates available. The resulting pages point to otherarchived pages at as close a date as possible. http://web.archive.org/
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PayPal said it would fine customers as much as $500 if they violate thecompany's policies against using the service for gambling, pornographyor selling prescription drugs without official certification.
And PayPal offerers VERY high interest financing.http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/chi-0409120324sep12,1,6055524.story?coll=cracktalk
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Amazon releases A9 search engine
A9.com allows users to create a history of their Web searches and managethe information they find. Google is behind it and it returns the sameresults as Google... except with Amazon ads.
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FTC May Use Reward System To Catch Spammers
The FTC issued a report that discusses whether a system that rewardsmembers of the public for helping to track down spammers would help theCAN-SPAM Act. http://news.designtechnica.com/article5403.html
The plan is to offer $100,000 reward. I'm wondering how many people arethinking what I'm thinking.... first, it would be hard to believe thatanyone would actually sit in jail over a year for sending too muchemail.... so what's to keep someone from spamming and then turningthemselves in for the reward? There are a LOT of people who don't make$100,000 a year. I would demand the money up front though.. haha.
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Microsoft defends Piracy (when it's to their advantage)
Microsoft a staunch defender of its own copyrights, may have to answerin court for streaming radio stations with '"fewer ads, no DJ chatterand less repetition.".http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,64984,00.html?tw=rss.TOP
They are basically replaying recorded radio broadcast butediting/cutting out the commercials and chatter.
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Microsoft has launched a pilot program in which some visitors tothe main Windows download page are being asked to let them checkto see whether their copy of the operating system is licensed.http://news.com.com/Microsoft%3A+Can+we+check+your+software+license%3F/2100-1016_3-5371664.html?part=rss&tag=5371664&subj=news.1016.5
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List of programs and the spyware they install http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
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Microsoft Patches JPEG Security Flaw
Microsoft has issued a critical security bulletin regarding a bufferoverrun vulnerability that exists when Windows processes JPEG imagefiles. The flaw could allow code to be remotely executed and give anattacker full control over an affected system.
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable, as well as olderversions of Windows running any of a long list of Microsoft softwaretitles. Windows XP Service Pack 2 already contains a fix for JPEGprocessing, but may still be affected if Office is installed.
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Woman, 93, marks birthday with first skydive
Polly Gifford jumped out of an airplane at 14,000 feet over the weekendto celebrate her 93rd birthday. It was her first jump, and probably herlast, she said.
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Is that a potato in your pocket ...or are you just glad I'm frisking you?
Airport screeners now have the authority to feel your crouch should theysuspect you are "packing" a lethal weapon. (I guess I'm grounded.)http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-09-16-airport-screening_x.htm
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For $1500, you can equip your luxury car with a genuine self-destruct switch.Forget once or do it wrong, and your engine and transmission will self-destruct.
http://www.asktog.com/columns/065WorstInterface.html
What dope would install that when they could just install some simplecut off switch to kill the engine electrically?
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A computer technician made possible the largest identity theft in U.S.history, surpassing $50 million, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy ina scheme that poached personal information from tens of thousands ofpeople. Philip A. Cummings, 35, said he did not realize that hisaccomplices would do so much damage with the information he sold. http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,53098349,707,f/
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Parabolic flights offer 'weightless' experience to the public (for $3,000)http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/services/2004-09-14-weightless-flight_x.htm
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Remembering Pie (22/7)
In March, a savant in England recited pie from memory to more than22,000 decimal places. Still, he wasn't even halfway to the world recordset by a Japanese man in 1995. How do people remember this kind ofboring stuff? Here is a method:
Gezz I can't remember where I put that link... oh here it is... http://plus.maths.org/issue31/features/eastaway/index-gifd.html
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High-Tech Hearing Bypasses Ears
A wristwatch phone that lets you listen by sticking a finger in yourear, an MP3 player that vibrates the bones in your skull to play musicthat only you can hear -- these are some of the products being developedusing a technology called bone conduction that sends sound waves throughthe bones around the ear.http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,64963,00.html
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Pinnacle Turns PC Into Media Center for $100
Users who are looking for simple TV tuner and PVR functionality of theirTV have another choice to equip their PC accordingly. Pinnacle offers aninternal TV tuner board and an external TV tuner device which transformcomputers into media centers. products include a TV tuner with a remotecontrol and Pinnacle's MediaManager software. PMC software lets usersview live television with the added ability to record, pause, and createinstant replays with the touch of a button, as well as schedule theirfavorite programs for recording using Internet-based programming guides.The internal board is available for $99, the external device is pricedat $129. http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040915_183322.html
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Flashlight accepts batteries of different sizes ($10) http://www.newsisfree.com/iclick/i,53127817,1846,f/
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Olympus Launches World's Smallest 7.1 Megapixel, Digital Camera
Olympus has launched what it claims is the world's smallest consumerdigital camera with a resolution of 7.1 megapixel and a 5x optical zoom.The C-7000 measures about 4 inches by 2.3 inches by x 1.7 inches andweighs 7.7 ounces. The features of the camera include an Autofocus -$600 http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040916_181825.html
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