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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

United Press International: Ridge eyes new driver's licenses
Topic: Civil Liberties 1:23 am EDT, May  4, 2002

"Later in discussing proposals for national information sharing, Harman said, "We already have in a sense a private sector based information sharing system -- credit card companies run it. And the good news is, they're capable of collecting a lot of information and popping out things using state-of-the art technology.''

She used the example that the credit card companies come to know a pattern of a customer's charges so well that they can identify when the card is being used fraudulently and query the customers. "That's a private based system that works well. There's also a private based system that's abused," she said. She did not elaborate on abuses."

United Press International: Ridge eyes new driver's licenses

Drizzt's Grove - Test
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:03 am EDT, May  4, 2002


Do you like AD&D ? well im a really big fucking geek and think AD&D and pen and paper roleplaying is the most awsome thing ever heh , ever wonder what kinda D&D character youd be ? go here and take the test and find out , its pretty cool :)

Tom: I'm a Chaotic Good Elven Bard Mage...
Nick: Neutral Good Human Ranger Bard

Drizzt's Grove - Test

Slashdot | Sharing Increases Music Purchases?
Topic: Intellectual Property 8:41 pm EDT, May  3, 2002

darnellmc writes "See this article which cites a study that shows file swapping increases music purchases . I guess it all depends on who is paid to do the study and how they carry it out, but this report would counter the study performed by an RIAA backed group, which noted that file swapping lowered music purchases. You would have to be one cheap individual to want to download all the music in your life for free and this study proves that. Because most people are obviously using file sharing to find new music to purchase. A concept the RIAA can not comprehend. If future major music releases are copy protected, it will be interesting how the RIAA will respond if they sell less." Well, if they sell less, it will be due to pirates, of course. A few weeks ago we mentioned Wilco, who released their album on their website for free. The strategy appears to have paid off.

Slashdot | Sharing Increases Music Purchases?

American troops pound Perth prostitutes
Topic: Current Events 12:55 am EDT, May  3, 2002

Perth prostitutes were reeling from exhaustion following an influx of United States sailors stressed from a stint in a war zone, a well-known madam said today.

Three US warships – the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis, the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal and the fast combat support ship USS Bridge – were returning from taking part in the war against terror.

Mary-Anne Kenworthy said she was forced to close the doors of her famous Langtrees brothel for only the third time ever yesterday because her prostitutes were so worn out they could no longer provide a quality service.

American troops pound Perth prostitutes

.:[packet storm]:. -
Topic: Computer Security 9:53 pm EDT, May  2, 2002

Packetstorm's 2001 exploit wrapup...

they also publish monthly wrapups.

Can we say 50% Unicode attacks?

.:[packet storm]:. -

Fiber-Optic Overdose Racks Up Casualties
Topic: Economics 9:32 pm EDT, May  2, 2002

This ought to be a glorious moment for the telecommunications industry. Instead, the industry is in the midst of a financial meltdown. The ripples from the telecom implosion extend well beyond the industry. In the boom years, there seemed no limit to telecom's prospects. In desperation, companies began to try to "buy" market share. For a time, companies were able to camouflage their problems. Telecom wouldn't be the first to go through such a boom-and-bust cycle. In the 1880's, the entire railroad industry went bankrupt.

Fiber-Optic Overdose Racks Up Casualties

Icelandic Singer Bjork Is Pregnant
Topic: Music 7:32 pm EDT, May  2, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - Icelandic singer Bjork, one of the most unorthodox figures in pop, is five months pregnant, her London management company said Wednesday.

The former singer of indie-band "The Sugarcubes," who had a string of solo hits in the 1990s and is renowned for her kooky dress sense, is expected to give birth to American boyfriend Matthew Barney's child in September.

I was too late.

Icelandic Singer Bjork Is Pregnant

Google News
Topic: Current Events 11:46 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2002

Google is working on a news site!

I love Google.

Google News in politics data
Topic: Economics 7:08 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2002

Its always good to know who owns your local government. in politics data - Media Patrol
Topic: Current Events 7:05 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2002

War Coverage weblog, cynical slant. - Media Patrol

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