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"The future masters of technology will have to be lighthearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb." -- Marshall McLuhan, 1969

Book of Terror Panned by Critics
Topic: Current Events 11:06 pm EDT, May  9, 2002

Israel's "Book of Terror" purporting to show Arafat's role in suicide attacks is 'riddled with omissions and falsehoods'

In reality the documents portray Mr Arafat's military impotence. The papers the Israeli intelligence service have so far produced – assuming that most of them are genuine – paint a vivid, pathetic picture of his loss of power within the Palestinian community over the past 12 months, the suborning of his lieutenants and the gradual recruitment of his men by Hamas and Islamic Jihad opponents.

Book of Terror Panned by Critics

Bomber planned to make 'smiley face'
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:29 pm EDT, May  9, 2002

The 21-year-old college student accused in a string of pipe bombings wanted to make a "smiley face" pattern with his targets, authorities said Thursday.

"There was a comment made to one of my officers about his hope to make a smiley face when he was all finished," Pershing County Sheriff Ron Skinner said.

Bomber planned to make 'smiley face' - Pirate attacks soar worldwide - May 9, 2002
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:05 pm EDT, May  9, 2002

"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Pirate attacks surged worldwide in the first three months of 2002, with Africa rivaling Southeast Asia for the first time as a high-risk region."

Arrrr.... - Pirate attacks soar worldwide - May 9, 2002

Spreading by the Web, Pop's Bootleg Remix
Topic: Society 6:01 pm EDT, May  9, 2002

The song may sound familiar at first. But, suddenly, the recording changes course. As the recording moves on, it is clear that the song is neither fish nor fowl; it is a crossbreed. It is something that is completely different, often illegal and, thanks to the Internet, becoming explosively popular.

"The best bootlegs don't sound like bootlegs; they work at a profound level, and actually sound like they are the original record."

"It is a case of bootleggers bootlegging bootlegs."

"It's my favorite record of the year so far."

Neil Strauss on the latest fad in online music.

Spreading by the Web, Pop's Bootleg Remix

Mad Bomber Traced by Cell Phone
Topic: Civil Liberties 11:04 pm EDT, May  8, 2002

Mailbox bomb suspect Luke Helder made a crucial mistake while on the run: He turned on his cell phone.

As soon as he activated it, FBI agents quickly triangulated his position between two rural towns and had him in handcuffs within an hour Tuesday, according to Nevada authorities.

Mad Bomber Traced by Cell Phone

Open Digital Identity Project |
Topic: Technology 11:58 pm EDT, May  7, 2002

Link courtesy of Decius

PingID is looking to impliment a wide scale unified ID system that would be standards based enough to tie into just about anything you care to. Something I'd like to see, strong authentication for the masses, would be the next logical step.

Open Digital Identity Project |

Viruses enlisted as nano-builders
Topic: Nano Tech 7:10 pm EDT, May  5, 2002

If you want to build a molecular-scale computer chip, or a minuscule sensor that detects the slightest whiff of an airborne toxin, you're going to need some tiny builders to help put these gadgets together. In Friday's issue of the journal Science, researchers in Texas show how they hired a virus as their nano-construction worker.

... Millions of viruses in solution can line up and stack themselves into layers, creating a material that flows like a liquid but maintains an internal pattern. By changing the solution's concentration or applying a magnetic field, scientists can force new patterns and create different liquid crystal structures.

Viruses could do all the tedious and fine work of creating a highly organized nanomaterial. ...

The team will spend the next year trying to make simple devices out of this material, with the hope that these materials can be used in self-assembling computer chips, optical devices and sensors that detect biowarfare agents or chemicals.

You can find the Science paper online at

Viruses enlisted as nano-builders

They Know What You're Watching
Topic: Intellectual Property 3:11 am EDT, May  5, 2002

One day after a federal magistrate judge ordered Sonicblue to monitor the TV-watching habits of people who use its ReplayTV 4000 personal video recorder, the company is hard at work on two separate tracks: While its legal team works on a way to stay or perhaps reverse the ruling, its engineers are trying to come up with software to track thousands of ReplayTV customers in the event that the ruling is not changed.

On Thursday, Magistrate Judge Charles Eick told Sonicblue to gather "all available information" about what TV shows are copied, stored, viewed without commercials or traded using the ReplayTV 4000.

The judge ordered that the information be turned over to the television networks and movie studios that are suing Sonicblue for releasing the ReplayTV 4000, a recorder that allows people to "AutoSkip" over commercials and trade pay-TV shows with people who might not have paid for the content.

They Know What You're Watching

Topic: Perl Programming 9:34 pm EDT, May  4, 2002

MisterHouse is an open source home automation program. It's fun, it's free, and it's entirely geeky. Written in Perl, it fires events based on time, web, socket, voice, and serial data. It currently runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP and on most Unix platforms, including Linux.

Perl subroutines and objects are used to give a powerful programming interface. Here is some example code:

$fountain = new X10_Item 'B1';
set $fountain ON if time_now '6:00 PM';

$movement_sensor = new Serial_Item 'XA2', 'stair';
play(file =gt 'stairs_creek*.wav') if state_now $movement_sensor eq 'stair';

$v_bedroom_curtain = new Voice_Cmd '[open,close] the bedroom curtains';
curtain('bedroom', $state) if $state = said $v_bedroom_curtain;


The complete mad-bomber note
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:59 am EDT, May  4, 2002

World authorities allowed, and still allow you to fear death!

After reading the full note, I am convinced... This can be the work of only one man: COBRA COMMANDER.

The complete mad-bomber note

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