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Spectrum Wars.

March 29th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

The FCC continues to slip ever-further towards the abyss of unmitigated corruption - only now it’s costing lives, not just suppressing free speech and harming consumers. The National Journal has an astoundingly good piece on HDTV and how it’s screwing consumers, serving dishonest media giants and killing firefighters.
[Inside the WTC on September 11, 2001] [...]

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Go ahead…

March 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Technology

…waste a few minutes playing with this.

Enter a name or phrase and it grabs images from Amazon that match them and creates a visual respresentation of the search terms. For strange or obscure names and terms some cheating may be required (i.e. searching for “fun” and “tax” separately).

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I love JWZ because…

February 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Rants, Technology

…he writes stuff like this:
If you want to do something that’s going to change the world, build software that people want to use instead of software that managers want to buy.
When words like “groupware” and “enterprise” start getting tossed around, you’re doing the latter. You start adding features to satisfy line-items on some checklist [...]

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Well, that explains THAT.

February 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Ya see… I have these… uh… EXTRA HUMAN BRAINS.
These instructions outline the procedures of packing a fresh brain for shipment to the NYBB. Click on figures to enlarge them. Upon request, we provide packing material. For further assistance call (212) 305-2299.
Wow. THANKS!

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Thank YOU, Internet.

February 14th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Misc., Technology

IE is truly doomed, now that the “killer-app” Abe Vigoda Status extension is available for Firefox.
Quick Description:
Gets Abe Vigoda’s status from abevigoda.com, and displays it in the status bar.

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Decent actors playing great minds on mediocre TV.

February 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Politics, Technology

A video clip of Christopher Lloyd as Larry Lessig on The West Wing.
The REAL Lessig is FAR more impressive. And far LESS goofy. Or at least less likely to scream “GIGAWATTS!” at the top of his lungs.

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Aw, hell.

February 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Technology

I’ve always wanted to make something beautiful. Why didn’t anyone tell me to stick with science?

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There’s disappointment…

January 22nd, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

…and then there’s DISAPPOINTMENT.
David Atkinson spent 18 years designing an experiment for the unmanned space mission to Saturn. Now some pieces of it are lost in space. Someone forgot to turn on the instrument Atkinson needed to measure the winds on Saturn’s largest moon.
“The story is actually fairly gruesome,” the University of Idaho scientist said [...]

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All good things…

January 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Misc., Politics, Technology

…well, you know.
After twenty years, the folks at Phrack are preparing to release their final issue.
While the rate of publication has slowed significantly over recent years (due in no small part to the fact that web-based forums, blogs and the like have made “zine” format publications obsolete), Phrack will always occupy a special place in [...]

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On second thought…

January 21st, 2005 · 1 Comment · Misc., Technology

…this whole weblog thing may not have been such a great idea.
[edit] Beware the comments section of the latter link, as it’s been thoroughly spammed with goatse-and-worse.

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Update.

January 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

As expected, the Bill Gates pictures from yesterday weren’t from Teen Beat or 1983, but they ARE actual shots of Gates:
Bill Gates Reclining on Desk
Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, reclines on his desk in his office soon after the release of Windows 1.0.
© Deborah Feingold/CORBIS
Photographer: Deborah Feingold
Date Photographed: 1985
Location Information: Bellevue, Washington, USA

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Hello ladies.

January 17th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Misc., Technology

Bill Gates, (supposedly) circa 1983 in Teen Beat Magazine.
Um… yeah.

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Dear smart people.

January 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Politics, Technology

“What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?”
Bruce Sterling’s response is my favorite, if only for its brevity.

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R.U. Sirius?

December 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

Hey there, bewildered extropians, aging cyberpunks and all those still clinging to the failed dogma of better living through chemistry.
Have you been moping around since the proud and wonky Mondo 2000 went the way of the Y2K bug? Wondering what happened to the wonderful utopia promised by fists full of nootropics and brains [...]

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Another possible HIV cure.

December 14th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Only weeks after Korean scientists announced a possible treatment for HIV, researchers at Rutgers think they’ve found a way to stop the virus as well:
Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a trio of drugs they believe can destroy HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a published report.
The drugs, called DAPYs, mimic the virus [...]

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Butt Sex is Awesome.

December 3rd, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Rants, Technology

Xeni does a bit of digging to see what MSN’s new blogging tool does and doesn’t censor.
While free services are clearly well within their rights to place restrictions on what users can and can’t do, it seems kind of silly to create a weblogging tool that doesn’t allow for unfettered free expression - especially when [...]

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The hits keep on coming…

November 30th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Politics, Technology

With AIDS on the way out, it’s time to get these paralyzed folks walking again.
A South Korean woman paralyzed for 20 years is walking again after scientists say they repaired her damaged spine using stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood.
Hwang Mi-Soon, 37, had been bedridden since damaging her back in an accident two decades [...]

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In other news…

November 30th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Misc., Technology

…we’ve cured HIV (well… SORTA).
It worked in mice. It worked in monkeys. And now in humans, a therapeutic vaccine has stopped HIV in its tracks.
The vaccine is made from a patient’s own dendritic cells and HIV isolated from the patient’s own blood.

HIV infection normally turns these important immune system responses off. But animal studies show [...]

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What has Science done?

November 21st, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

In order to make the important work of proving that Superman makes us bad citizens possible, a whole pantheon of less… uh… glamorous jobs need to be done. Jobs like:
Squeezing tampons, staring at anal warts and doing tech support.

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Kal-el is NOT a role-model.

November 21st, 2004 · 1 Comment · Misc., Technology

Evidently, liking Superman makes you an uncaring, emotional cripple - unwilling to help other people because - ya know - if you can’t fight supercrime (and score with Lois Lane), why try and do anything at all?
Research money WELL spent.

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