Thursday, March 30, 2006


Comcast, Time Warner back Cablevision DVR plan | CNET

The proposed new service will allow cable TV subscribers to record programs on Cablevision Systems' network servers, doing away with the need for digital video recorder boxes made by companies like TiVo and Cisco Systems' Scientific-Atlanta.


House Candidate Draws Fire for Web Photo - Yahoo! News

A [Republican] congressional candidate is under fire for a Web site photo that purported to show a peaceful Baghdad neighborhood but was actually taken in a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey.

Probably a technique learned by observing the Bush Administration in action.
- Frank


Happy 43rd Birthday to MC Hammer!

"It's My Birthday!!! I Have Gone"

Another birthday today! Happy Birthday, MC!
MC Hammer, always an inspiration and full of positive energy.
- Frank

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Happy 93rd Birthday to Frankie Laine!

The Blues Brothers are up on stage in that dingy old honky tonk, and the rowdy crowd is hurtling beer bottles. Apparently, cowboys aren't big fans of the blues, so the Brothers huddle up and decide what to do to appease their crowd; they will play the only song they know with a cowboy theme: 'Rawhide.'

I never watched the TV show, but loved The Blues Brothers movie.
- Frank

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Buy the music of: Frankie Laine

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Long Live The 9/11 Conspiracy! / Anyone still care about the heap of disturbing, unsolved questions surrounding Our Great Tragedy?

Here it is: an absolutely exceptional inside scoop on the white-hot world of Sept. 11 conspiracy theories, writ large and smart by Mark Jacobson over at New York magazine, and it's mandatory reading for anyone and everyone who's ever entertained the nagging thought that something -- or rather, far more than one something -- is deeply wrong with the official line on what actually happened on Sept. 11.

Link to New York Magazine article - Anti-snitch campaign riles police, prosecutors

Some criminal informers who are allowed to remain free commit more crimes; some return to crime after a shortened prison sentence; some frame others, or tell prosecutors what they want to hear. Boston defense lawyer Harvey Silverglate says the system encourages defendants 'not only to sing, but to compose.'

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Novell Wows Crowd with Linux Desktop - NewsFactor Network

'Our goal of Desktop 10 is to build a really easy-to-use, powerful desktop for general knowledge workers,' said Nat Friedman, Novell vice president of Linux desktop engineering. 'These are people who live in e-mail, in the browser, in the office suite -- not people who need a hundred different applications, but people whose lives really consist of just living in those applications.'

Monday, March 27, 2006


Maladies of the Information Age


Thought safely dead, a heinous hairdo is creeping back into the limelight. It must be a conspiracy.

The return of the mullet to popular culture goes against everything that's great about being an American. For all of this country's faults, when we have a really bad idea, our nation's satirists mock it to the point where the fad in question slinks away forever.

Sunday, March 26, 2006


Faithful, sometimes fanatical / Apple customers continue to push the boundaries of loyalty

They tattoo Apple's logo on their arm. They help sell Apple products, even though they're not paid to.

I guess Barnum never said it, but it seems like "there is one born every minute."
- Frank

Saturday, March 25, 2006


A homeless beauty and the beast, heroin / A slave to her addiction, young woman squanders her family and her potential

'She is an Exhibit A on what heroin and crack does to someone who is unbelievably beautiful, has the sweetest personality in the world, and is even smart,' said Bye's brother, Robert Davis of Everett, Wash. 'She could have done so much in life, so much. But drugs. ... It was drugs.'


Slingbox: TV here, there, everywhere | CNET

Now we've reached another milestone in society's great march toward anytime, anywhere TV: Slingbox owners can install new player software on Windows Mobile palmtops and cell phones, thereby eliminating even the laptop requirement.


Benefits of Omega-3s Seem Fishy - CBS News a review of 89 studies that measured the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on heart attack, death, cancer, and strokes, researchers didn’t find any clear benefit of omega-3s in reducing the risk of these health hazards.


Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement - The Boston Globe

When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Paul A. Flaherty, a developer of Web indexing, dies at 42 | CNET

Paul A. Flaherty, a computer engineer who had the original idea for AltaVista, the first Internet search engine to make an encyclopedic effort to index the World Wide Web, died March 16 at his home in Belmont, Calif., near San Francisco. He was 42.


What Makes a Lefty: Myths and Mysteries Persist - Yahoo! News

Can openers, scissors and spiral-bound notebooks discriminate against lefties. Despite such challenges, 10 to 12 percent of the human population has historically preferred the left hand.


'South Park' Premiere Draws Big Audience - Yahoo! News

Nothing like a little controversy to cook up a big audience. Last week's spat that pitted 'South Park' against Scientology and Isaac Hayes, with a rumored dollop of Tom Cruise stirred in, led Wednesday night to the animated series' highest-rated season premiere since 2002, according to a Comedy Central spokesman.


How many emails are sent each day?

VeriSign (the exclusive registry for .com and .net domains) estimates (PDF) that there are about 2.25 billion email queries per day. : Covert ops team worked for months in Iraq

OTTAWA — The work of a secret team of Canadian soldiers, police officers, spies and diplomats in Baghdad came to a successful conclusion yesterday in a raid that rescued two Canadians and one Briton who had been held hostage for almost four months, federal officials say.


FresnoBee: 'The Simpsons' to show live-action opening

Ever wonder what Bart Simpson would look like in human form? The longrunning animated Fox series 'The Simpsons' is about to show you. The series will unveil a live-action opening sequence Sunday, 8 p.m. EST, a Fox spokeswoman announced Thursday.


CNET prizefight: Apple 30-inch LCD vs. Dell 30-inch LCD - CNET reviews

When the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display was released in June 2004, graphic artists, designers, and others who lusted after a large, high-resolution LCD finally had an option. When Dell released its high-res LCD on the market--the UltraSharp 3007WFP--in January 2006, the heavyweight wide-screen LCD fight was on.

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Home sales post biggest jump in 2 years, prices mixed - Mar. 23, 2006

Home sales posted their biggest jump in two years in February, a trade group said Thursday in a report that showed surprising strength in the housing market.


Epson's Master of All Trades

The RX700 truly shines for photo enthusiasts who want the instant gratification of printing out their own images. You can pull up images directly from a camera using the PictBridge technology found on most higher-end printers, or from a built-in photo memory card reader. A bright, clear 2.5 inch display and simple, intuitive menu system lets you peruse those images without a PC present.



Which Old House? - The Boston Globe

''People watch 'This Old House' to learn,' he said. ''We are the longest running, most watched, most copied, and most trusted how-to show in the world. There's no pretending, no scripts, and you see the real people who do the real work.'

Thursday, March 23, 2006


NEC accuses hungry, thirsty worker of stealing $300m | The Register

NEC this week warned that it will need to restate past financial results after a worker allegedly booked some $310m in faked transactions over three years. The reason for such abuse? NEC claims the worker wanted the money for 'drinking and eating'.

You can't make this stuff up.


Dvorak Uncensored » The FCC sides with the Telcos: Say good-bye to the open internet

FCC Chief Kevin Martin yesterday gave his support to AT&T and other telcos who want to be able to limit bandwidth to sites like Google, unless those sites pay extortion fees. Martin made it clear in a speech yesterday that he supports such a a “tiered” Internet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Laptop with HP employee data stolen

A laptop with information on almost 200,000 current and former Hewlett-Packard employees was stolen last week, putting them at risk of identity fraud.

The stolen computer belongs to Fidelity Investments, which provides services to HP, a representative for the Palo Alto, Calif., technology giant said Wednesday. The laptop was being used by several Fidelity employees in an off-site location, said Anne Crowley, a spokeswoman for Fidelity, which is based in Boston.


Conservative Political Correctness and How It Can Work for You

The latest example of this conservative renaming is quite mind-grating. As civil war erupts in Iraq with two clearly defined opposing sides clashing on the streets daily, a mounting civilian death toll and countless reports of Iraqis killing Iraqis, the White House realized they had a serious crisis on their hands and that crisis is, of course, how to deliver the image to the American people that everything is peachy keen as yet another mosque explodes. The answer was so simple, it could only have come from a pure simpleton: TELL PEOPLE THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR.


The joke's on the Net: Comedy careers launched via Web

'The mass audience is now the Internet generation. They want it now,' says Dianne Lynch, dean of Ithaca College's Park School of Communications. 'And the ability to have access to something humorous at the touch of a button and shoot it around the world is perfect for a time where we find ourselves under great political and economic stress.'

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Baby Boomers Emerge As Meth Addicts - Yahoo! News

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found the number of people older than 55 seeking treatment for meth addiction increased from 44 in 1992 to 693 in 2003, the most recent year for which statistics are available.


To head off allergies, expose your kids to pets and dirt early. Really. - Yahoo! News

Scientists base this radical new thinking about human allergies on a deeper understanding of how the immune system works. They have begun to exploit fresh insights to attack allergies and other immune diseases in unexpected ways. No longer content just to treat allergy symptoms, they hope to outwit the immune system and stop allergic responses before they start.

Monday, March 20, 2006 - Airline group says 30 million bags failed to arrive on time last year

An estimated 30 million bags were temporarily lost by airlines in 2005, and 200,000 of those bags were never reunited with their owners, according to an industry report released Monday


Military Investigating Deadly Raid in Iraq - Yahoo! News

After a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine in western Iraq, American troops went into nearby houses and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old-girl, residents told The Associated Press on Monday.



The people who hate America are the members of American Family Association and its ideological fellow travelers. They're the ones who do not believe that all people are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these rights are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. They're the ones who believe that this country was founded on hate and fear; they're the ones who want the hate and fear to continue.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Ex-Forest Service Chiefs Criticize Plan

The schools would get $320 million next year, but the figure would drop sharply after that, to just $40 million in its final year, officials said. That would be a 90 percent decrease from current spending — a figure Western lawmakers called unacceptable.

Administration has no ethics, and a matching amount of math skill.
- Frank


Daily Dish : Simpson Snubs Bush

[Jessica] Simpson has turned down an invitation to meet with President Bush at a major Republican party fund-raising event on the same day, because she doesn't want to affiliate herself to a political organization.


Peeking Into Google


To deal with the more than 10 billion Web pages and tens of terabytes of information on Google's servers, the company combines cheap machines with plenty of redundancy, Hoelzle said. Its commodity servers cost around $1,000 apiece, and Google's architecture places them into interconnected nodes.


Dear Mr. President: - Orlando Sentinel : Opinion

As a young man I was honored to serve our nation as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in the Navy. Before me in World War II, my father defended the country spending two years in the Pacific aboard the USS Hornet (CV-14). We were patriots sworn 'to protect and defend.'


Pirro can't find driver's license, badge

WHITE PLAINS, NY - Jeanine Pirro, the former Westchester County district attorney who's now a candidate for state attorney general, apparently has misplaced her license and district attorney's badge, according to a report filed with White Plains police.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Justice Ginsburg Reveals Details of Threat

Worry is not limited to the Supreme Court. Three quarters of the nation's 2,200 federal judges have asked for government-paid home security systems, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said this week.


LA Daily News - Grading your kitchen

The home kitchen self-inspection quiz applies the same standards as health inspectors use in the restaurant grading system, asking more than three-dozen questions on topics from food temperatures and handling to hand washing.


Priciest places to be upwardly mobile - Mar. 15, 2006

Here's how much you'd need to earn to afford the same standard of living in 100 cities. | 03/07/2006 | AT&T merger poses Web threat

As AT&T continues to reassemble the scattered pieces of the empire dismantled in the 1984 breakup of Ma Bell, the notion that government regulators would set up road blocks, or even speed bumps, on the path to its $67 billion takeover of BellSouth seems almost quaint.


Content Is King at Corbis

Bill Gates' photo agency squares off with Getty Images, as it tries to reach profitability in the $2 billion digital-image market


The Bulletin | Local & State | Wal-Mart displaces locals

REDMOND, OR - Between 2001 and 2005, 50 mobile home parks closed throughout the state, displacing 1,300 residents, said Rep. Jerry Krummel, R-Wilsonville, who pushed a pair of homeowner-relief bills through the Legislature last year to try to help people in his own district who were displaced.


Study: Tofu, Oatmeal Lower Cholesterol - Yahoo! News

'People interested in lowering their cholesterol should probably acquire a taste for tofu and oatmeal,' said study co-author David Jenkins of the University of Toronto.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Jay Leno Apologizes to Offended Viewer - Yahoo! News

Wendy Brogin, a friend of shooting victim Gerald Curry, wrote to Leno condemning the recent sketch as offensive and asking him to 'do the right thing relative to this matter.'


MSN Money - Your retirement health-care bill: $200,000

As long as you’re budgeting for retirement, earmark about $200,000 to cover your out-of-pocket medical costs. That’s how much a typical retired couple will spend on prescriptions, deductibles and Medicare premiums, according to an estimate released in early March by Fidelity Investments. - Airlines upgrade service for wealthier fliers

Some airlines are focusing on high-rolling business travelers, leaving economy-class fliers off the plane altogether.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


Hungry? Print Yourself Some Bacon: Science Fiction in the News

Ink-jet printing has come a long way; we used to use it for what was called 'hard copy.' Soon, you will be able to use a modified ink-jet printer to make yourself some breakfast.


Bush Shocked by Arrest of Former Adviser

Allen, 45, was arrested Thursday by police in Montgomery County, Md., for allegedly claiming refunds for more than $5,000 worth of merchandise he did not buy, according to county and federal authorities. He had been under investigation since at least January for alleged thefts on 25 occasions at Target and Hecht's stores.

This guy certainly attempts to reach the low standards set by the Bush Administration.
After Impeachment, maybe Gitmo would be a great place to house the whole gang.
- Frank

Friday, March 10, 2006


Bush's Approval Rating Falls to New Low

More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.

It has always been much more frightening to me to ponder the people who approve of this imbecile and why.
- Frank

Thursday, March 09, 2006


NORAD orders Web deletion of transcript | CNET

In an unusual follow-up to a public event, the Defense Department and the Transportation Security Administration have ordered that a transcript of an open hearing on aviation restrictions be yanked from the Web.


N.C. Woman Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Nursing assistant Sharron Bishop, 44, died Feb. 27. A doctor said a rare flesh-eating bacteria may have entered her body through a thumb injury and she turned from healthy to fatally ill. - 'Forbes': 102 new billionaires join wealthiest list

Forbes editor Luisa Kroll noted that Russia's stock market jumped 108% between February 2005 and February 2006, while India's market rose by more than 54% during the same period. Brazil 'was another bright star' with a market gain of 38%, she said.

Kroll said the changes on the list weren't driven by U.S. investments.

'The more exciting story is these emerging markets,' she said. 'The U.S. stock market was quite a laggard with only a 1% increase.'


Plugged in: What Ben Franklin can teach execs - Mar. 9, 2006

One is astounded by all that Franklin manages to do (he teaches himself French, Spanish, and Italian in the evenings after full days of running a print shop, publishing a newspaper, and busying himself with Pennsylvania politics).


Ultra-Mobile PC - Go Everywhere. Do Everything.

The Ultra-Mobile PC is portable, lightweight, and configured to connect on the go. It’s the device that you’ll always want with you. | Woman sues hotel for $20M after bed bug attack

A Chicago woman is suing a New York hotel for $20 million US after she says she suffered more than 500 bed bug bites.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Tab Energy Kills You Dead / The famously toxic retro cola nails women with a new, pink energy drink. Because you love it

Alas, Tab lives on. Because God help us, there is now Tab Energy, a re-engineered, reformulated, rebranded version of the famous '60s blood pollutant that of course tastes nothing like the original and from which they took out the saccharin and swapped in sucrose and tripled the caffeine and added a bunch of synthetic herbs, and are now trotting it out as a specialized energy drink for 'fabulous' (read: anorexic, jittery, L.A.-wannabe) women who care far less about their health than they do about text messaging and what will make a bitchin' mixer for their Stoli.


Famed "computer terrorist" teaches anti-hacking - Yahoo! News

Mitnick, now in his early 40s, started hacking phone systems in his teens before moving on to computers, but says he never stole money or caused deliberate damage and hacked just for the thrill of it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


Sushi may be bad for health: California group - Yahoo! News

Sushi is more popular than ever before but eating it 'has become the new Russian roulette' in terms of safety, a group campaigning against mercury in fish said on Monday.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 - AP: Thousands of federal cases kept secret

The data show a sharp increase in secret case files over time as the Bush administration's well-documented reliance on secrecy in the executive branch has crept into the federal courts through the war on drugs, anti-terrorism efforts and other criminal matters. - Rep. wants more data on cruise ship crime

Only five of the 28 people who disappeared from cruise ships in the past three years were found, according to data disclosed to Congress by the world's largest cruise lines.


AT&T TO Acquire BellSouth -Sources

Put together, the SBC territory would extend from California to Florida, north to Illinois and south to Texas. Combining the two companies' current market capitalizations, AT&T would have a market value approaching $150 billion, over 50% greater than Verizon.

This has the ugly stench of "revestiture" to it.
Another criminal activity that, it appears the Bush administration will quietly ignore.
- Frank


One-plane garage with a view / Residential airparks make commuting a breeze for those with training, money

California's roughly two dozen airparks vary in size from a few people sharing a grassy airstrip in a rural setting to a subdivision with direct access to an airport. But Cameron Park is one of only a handful where individuals park their airplanes in hangars attached to their homes.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Army to Launch Probe Into Tillman Death - Yahoo! News

Tillman's mother, Mary, told the Washington Post Saturday that the criminal investigation should have been launched at the onset. 'The military has had every opportunity to do the right thing and they haven't,' she said. 'They knew all along that something was seriously wrong and they just wanted to cover it up.'

His father, Patrick Tillman Sr., told the Post that he questioned whether another investigation would provide anymore answers.

'I think it's another step,' he said. 'But if you send investigators to reinvestigate an investigation that was falsified in the first place, what do you think you're going to get?' - Minister found not guilty of misconduct

A regional judicial commission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) ruled 6-1 that the Rev. Jane Spahr of San Rafael acted within her rights as an ordained minister when she married two lesbian couples in 2004 and 2005.

Friday, March 03, 2006


S. Dakota Slaps Up Its Women / Another state you should never visit passes an appalling abortion ban, because they hate you

South Dakota passed its new ban without a referendum. Translation: The frigid neocons who wrote the law didn't actually have the nerve to allow South Dakota's own citizens to vote on it, because they knew the odds were too great that a majority of the state wouldn't accept it. See, even in a conservative red state the people know when a law has gone too far.


Whirlpool baths: enter at your own risk - Yahoo! News

Moyes explained that a teaspoon of normal tap water contains about 138 bacteria and many samples are bacteria-free. A teaspoon of whirlpool tub water, on the other hand, contains an average of more than 2 million bacteria.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Nipple Pincher Gets Juvenile Detention

Thumler said he had no criminal intent because he considered the victim to be a friend at the time of the incident — which he deemed horseplay. Including the language sought by Mediation Works, he said, would turn his prior court statements into lies.


CD From Minnesota GOP Also Gathers Data

To watch the video, a person has to go to an Internet site and punch in an ID code that tells the party who is viewing it. Once the video is going, viewers are asked questions on subjects like abortion, gun control and party preference.

Party officials distributed what they called test copies of the CDs to the media on Monday. Those disks contained no disclaimers saying that data was being collected and transmitted.


Matrox TripleHead2Go gives your laptop 3 more screens - Engadget

Like Matrox's earlier DualHead2Go, the device connects to your computer's VGA port and tricks the PC into believing that the three 19-inch displays now gracing your desk are actually one mammoth 3840x1024 display (and, yes, you can still use your laptop display, giving you a total of four screens).


Senate debates immigration

The Senate on Thursday took up what a key senator called the 'gigantic task' of tightening U.S. borders against undocumented immigration, while maintaining the flow of low-wage workers for U.S. business.


Senate Approves Patriot Act Renewal - Yahoo! News

'The erosion of freedom rarely comes as an all-out frontal assault,' warned [Senator Robert C.] Byrd, the dean of the Senate. 'Rather, it is a gradual, noxious creeping cloaked in secrecy and glossed over by reassurances of greater security.'

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


All magazine's top car picks are Japanese / Results a first for Consumer Reports' annual auto issue

Consumer Reports, the magazine some potential car buyers scrutinize for hours before making a decision, dealt a blow to the U.S. auto industry Wednesday when it said that, for the first time, all 10 cars on its 'Top Picks' list are made by Japanese companies.


Tape: Bush, Chertoff Warned Before Katrina

Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: 'We are fully prepared.'

It seems that Kanye West might have been correct!
- Frank | Imagining nightmare of snowboarder's mom

Raising children means letting go, little by little. We hold our breath as they take their first wobbly steps, knowing there will be bruises, urging them to take risks even as we stand by to catch them when they fall.

Then one day we just have to step back and let them go it alone, because if we don't, they'll never grow up. We have to recognize that life is dangerous, accidents happen, and we're not in control.


Radioactive water may be following cracks in bedrock to Hudson

BUCHANAN, NY - Indian Point officials released test results Monday showing for the first time that tritium, a radioactive material, had traveled to a testing well within 150 feet of the river. They added that the hairline cracks in the bedrock are not large enough to create structural problems for buildings at the site.


Sleep: Can't get enough of it - Americans are shelling out big bucks for prescription remedies

We are, to put it mildly, an increasingly sleepless nation. It's a big problem -- and a big business, especially for the pharmaceutical industry, which according to some estimates could be pulling in $5 billion annually from sleep remedies within four years.

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