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Google World Domination

November 30th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in Geek

Plans detailing the specifics of how Google will soon become our digital Overlords!

Give.org

November 28th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

Since we’re now officially in the giving season, I thought I would put up a link to Give.org. It’s a website put together by the Better Business Bureau that rates charitable organizations. So even though I despise the United Way’s method of strong-arming most who work for corporate America to contribute, I’m pretty impressed that 95 cents of every dollar given actually goes to their programs.

So if you’re in the charitable mood this season, check out give.org first to see how efficient your charity of choice is at getting the money to those who need it most.

Busch Stadium Construction

November 24th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

I went down to Busch today to take some pics of the progress.

You can check them out in the gallery.

Vatican Official Refutes Intelligent Design

November 18th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

The Vatican’s chief astronomer said Friday that “intelligent design” isn’t science and doesn’t belong in science classrooms, the latest high-ranking Roman Catholic official to enter the evolution debate in the United States.

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Firefox 1.5 RC3 Released!

November 17th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

Firefox 1.5 release candidate 3 has been released. Mozilla.org site has not been updated though. Users of rc2 can update with the builtin update feature.

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All web sites in the Simpsons are actually real

November 17th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

Fans of The Simpsons will know that many amusing web site names are mentioned in the show such as whatbadgerseat.com, dorks-gone-wild.com and springfieldisforgayloversofmarriage.com.

Don’t forget to check out sexyslumberparty.com too which isn’t on the list!

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Bloggers Break Sony

November 17th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in Geek, General

As a follow up to the recent postings about the whole Sony-CD-DRM-Rootkit Fiasco, I’ve come across an article that explains the roll the “blogosphere” has had in getting Sony to truly “fess-up” on the severity of the issue.

The article’s main point is that if it wasn’t for the constant barrage of negative (and true, mind you) information being produced by the bloggers, Sony would be able to produce a sanitized press release, let the major news outlets give a quick blurb about it, then continue on with their draconian DRM-laden business practices.

I know that bloggers don’t tend to get very much cred for supplying real news. Granted, most bloggers are just jokers like me blabbering about inane personal things or posting pictures of their cat, but there are a lot of serious bloggers out there doing real journalism in a very professional manner.

I believe that the rise of the blogosphere is a direct result of media consolidation. When only a handful of companies in the world get to produce what we see as news, you tend to get a very myopic world-view. It is refreshing to see that the populous at large can still band together and get information out to the (internet savvy) public.

Here’s the story for reference.

Evolution vs ID

November 10th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in General

In light of the recent news of ID (Intelligent Design) passing as science in the eyes of the Kansas School Board, I thought I would link to a few articles that seem to have a fairly reasonable discussion of the topic:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051104/ap_on_sc/vatican_science

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051109-5547.html
http://arstechnica.com/staff/palatine.ars/2005/10/18/1559

Surreptitious Sony Spyware

November 10th, 2005 | No Comments | Posted in Geek

This is a follow-up to the previous post about Sony installing Spyware on your computer:

The good news is that California and New York have (or will have soon) filed class-action lawsuits against Sony for this. The bad news is that as of yet, Sony doesn’t seem to be very apologetic about the whole situation, and on top of that, make it very difficult for a user to uninstall. More information about it can be found here.

Sony DRM infects your PC

November 9th, 2005 | 1 Comment | Posted in Geek

Next time you buy a CD from Sony/BGM, you should be aware that if you put it in your computer, it quite possibly will install spyware which has been know to cause Windows “Blue Screens of Death” and leaves a monster-truck-sized security hole in your computer, to which virus and worm writers can exploit.

All of this for just trying to listen to a CD you bought legitimately. Wonderful.

Here’s a couple of articles that explain the issue a little more in-depth:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/index.php?p=698
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1882795,00.asp

…and here’s a Google News search on the topic:

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=sony+drm&btnG=Search+News