Latest Chinese export: pollution

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June 4, 2006 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Tom’s Hardware’s extensive Windows Vista preview

Tom’s Hardware has done an extensive 40 page review of Vista, walking through the new Aero visual theme and many new features.

Tom’s conclusions:

Microsoft’s new Vista is surprisingly entertaining. The new look of the operating system is good, and lets it outshine its Linux and Mac OS competitors. One notices repeatedly while working with this software that Microsoft scoped out its competition very carefully.

Uh, right. Like these blatant OS X rip-offs? I’ll believe it when I see it.

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June 4, 2006 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

Uh… wow. anyone seen a miniature horse in Capitol Hill?

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June 4, 2006 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Study Says British Men Have Worst Sex Lives, Canadians The Best…

Hmm, perhaps moving to Britain isn’t such an attractive idea.

From HuffingtonPost:

Three out of 10 British men have not had sex in the last 12 months, according to new research.

An international study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reports that only 70 per cent of men in Britain have had sex in the last year and that British men have the worst sex lives, while Canadians have the best.

Gotta love this comment:

As a Canadian, I can attest to RubalKali’s comment: We Canadians have a longer winter than the Brits and Americans, even those who live on the border of Canada. We generally have to protect ourselves from the harsh conditions by huddling together in our igloos, which of course is the perfect opportunity to start an orgy. Truth be told, our summer snow is harsher than our winter snow. For example, if we get caught in the snow on the way to work, we will generally sacrifice our Tauntaun and sit in its warm, fatty body to prevent freezing to death. Luckily, our beer is always ready to drink, since our weather is generally colder than what I think you might call a “re-frigerator.”

Link to independent.co.uk article

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June 4, 2006 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

The 212-796-0735 mystery

A little cryptography problem for you.

From Homeland Stupidity:

Back in the days of the Cold War, spies found ingenious and unusual ways to communicate with each other, hiding their communications in plain sight, whether encrypted or not. For instance, an intelligence agent (spy) might contact his case officer (handler) by placing an ad in the personals section of the local newspaper. This practice, it seems, continues today.

On or around May 8, the following personal ad appeared on the Internet classified ad site Craigslist. (It has since been removed.)

For mein fraulein

Mein Fraulein, I haven’t heard from you in a while. Won’t you
call me? 212 //// 796 //// 0735

If you actually called the number, up until a couple of days ago you would have heard this prerecorded message (MP3). It’s a head scratcher to keep you National Security Agency analysts occupied in your spare time. Each block of numbers is repeated twice; but below I have transcribed them only once for clarity.

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June 3, 2006 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Amazing “Mad Max” vehicles in Iraq

From BoingBoing:

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Todd Lappin says: “There’s a soldier in Iraq who’s been posting some crazy pictures of American SUVs and pickup trucks that have been modified by civilian security contractors for use as gun trucks. They’re insane, in a ‘Mad Max at the Wal-Mart parking lot’ kind of way.”

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June 1, 2006 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment

ThePirateBay closed on order from the White House

Digg is reporting:

US Government ordered the close down of PirateBay according to Swedish television. The request came originally from US Government and ultimatley MPAA. The Swedish police then acted on direct order from the Swedish government, even though the police knew that they didn’t have the law on their side.

Link to Swedish article
Translation from a digg commenter:

Okay, my try (I’m Norwegian, which should be close enough). This is from the Swedish government sponsored news, by the way.

USA’s government behind site bust

A delegation with representatives from the justice department and the police in April met American government officials who raised the issue on behalf of the special interest organization MPAA.

The justice department then asked police and prosecutors to act. When they responded that the law was unclear, the state secretary of the justice minister contacted the [head? national? prosecuter] and the state police chief who gave orders to act, “Rapport” reports.

The Pirate Bay has openly challenged those who own the right within the movie- and music business. But many within the internet community are provoked over the swedish government’s actions.

According to information given to “Rapport” this is how it happened. The American special interest organization MPAA contacted the White House. The American justice department then contacted the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affair and demanded that the problem The Pirate Bay had to be solved.

According to Rapport’s sources prosecution and police has been ordered to act, and describes the secretary of state’s actions as “minister policing” (Bad wording, but saying some branches of the governmont act on their own without oversight)

Link to Digg discussion

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June 1, 2006 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

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