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Oh well.

November 17th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

We now know HOW the robots will begin killing us, we just don’t know WHEN.

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Practical Alchemy.

November 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

How do you turn BAD vodka into GOOD vodka?
With SCIENCE!
Well. A LITTLE bit of science. Okay, with a Brita filter and some ice.

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Quick Update.

November 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Gaming, Politics, Technology

I forgot to mention it, but Cory Doctorow - the author of the “Anda’s Game” short story I linked earlier - is an editor at the so-very-very-excellent BoingBoing and EVERYTHING he writes (including his Locus Award-winning first novel) is published under a Creative Commons license. Cory has long been a pile of awesome for [...]

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Anda’s Game

November 15th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Gaming, Politics, Technology

(via Lum)
Salon.com is running an interesting (fictional) story about the (very real) issue of online “sweatshops” in MMO gaming. What’s EXTRA-interesting is that the story (similar to all of the content on this site) is published under a Creative Commons License - a first for Salon. As a result, I’ve placed a [...]

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Enhance. ENHANCE. ENHANCE!!!

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

“Gigapixl” photography. That’s a lot of pixels.

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Hot-hot Lessig action.

November 11th, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Politics, Technology

Podcast-derived copies of Larry Lessig’s recent Hans Christian Andersen Lecture at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.
Amazing stuff about modern copyright, culture, freedom and technology.

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*sigh*

October 21st, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

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October 20th, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Politics, Technology

Absolutely fascinating stuff from Neal Stephenson’s Q&A over at Slashdot:
Beowulf writers and Dante writers appear to have the same job, but in fact there is a quite radical difference between them—hence the odd conversation that I had with my fellow author at the writer’s conference. Because she’d never heard of me, she made the quite [...]

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Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

October 19th, 2004 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

It’s GOOGLE! Succeeding in negotiating with terrorists where families, religious leaders and governmental officials have failed, the search engine is being credited with saving an Australian journalist’s life after it was used to prove he wasn’t actually working for the big, bad U-S-A.
They Googled him and then went onto a web site - either [...]

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Preach it, brother!

October 19th, 2004 · No Comments · Rants, Technology

Wise words from Lum on the slings and arrows facing today’s honest music consumer.

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And the Lord sayeth…

October 16th, 2004 · No Comments · Technology

…turn off all cell phones and pagers before services begin.
It was the reporters who noticed first. Unable to call their editors while covering the weddings of the rich and famous, they asked the priest why their cell phones never worked at Sacred Heart. His reply: Israeli counterintelligence.
In four Monterrey churches, Israeli-made cell phone jammers the [...]

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eBay-resistant virtual economies.

October 13th, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Politics, Technology

A very interesting piece on harnessing and/or controlling the “real world” economic value inherent in MMOGs.
Among MMOG customers and developers, online debate rages about the unfairness of the time-investment vs. money-investment trade-off. Those who have an excess of one resource and a shortage of the other face off against those with the opposite resource imbalance. [...]

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October 12th, 2004 · No Comments · Technology

Switch of a gene turns cancer cells healthy in mice.

[N]ew research by Dean Felsher, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (oncology) and of pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests that cancer cells can be reformed. His work, published in the Oct. 10 advance online issue of Nature, could lead to new ways [...]

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Rep. Ron Bono - Massive Douchebag.

October 6th, 2004 · 1 Comment · Politics, Technology

House OKs Bill Imposing ‘Spyware’ Fines
Companies and others that secretly install “spyware” programs on people’s computers to quietly monitor their Internet activities would face hefty federal fines under a bill the House passed Tuesday.

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas … cast the lone dissenting vote Tuesday.

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Return to Sender - Pt III

October 1st, 2004 · No Comments · Art, Politics, Technology

The US Postal Service has canceled the Stamps.com photostamp program.
Evidently, too many people were “abusing” the system.
Oops.

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Your mother always told you…

September 30th, 2004 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

…looking at porn is bad for you.

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Dodging Betamax II.

September 23rd, 2004 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

Sony has announced plans to support MP3 in addition to their proprietary Atrac audio format. Assuming this means the PSP will launch with MP3 playback capabilities, I think my choice regarding next-gen portables is pretty much finalized.

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

What the HELL did I just watch?
Apparently, those Japanese cubical watermelons are made when crazy anime characters have sex with fruit in some creepy porno version of the Matrix.
As a note, there’s nothing overtly NWS about the content, but you will feel slightly dirty after watching it. And I can’t imagine ever wanting to [...]

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I, Robosapien.

September 19th, 2004 · No Comments · Technology

Finally, my dream of owning a ball-moving robot is only a few hundred bucks away.
At least the Robosapien does more than fart and auto-correct for limb imbalance now.

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ARGH!!!

September 9th, 2004 · No Comments · Rants, Technology

I broke Firefox. No biggie, happens every now and then.
Whilst searching for a fix, I switch to IE and manage - within ten goddamn minutes - to get hammered by all sorts of maddening Trojan nonsense. No clue how. I wasn’t browsing anything I’d describe as not being a “trusted” site.
Two hours [...]

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