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Get Off With Games

rez-vibrator.jpgMen sick of having their girlfriends or wives complain about the time they spend playing video games may want to pay attention to this article on GameGirl Advance.

Apparently, a PS2 game called "Rez" ships with a "vibrator." Yep, you heard me correctly: it comes with a vibrator. What's better, the vibrator reacts in accordance with how you're playing the game. Is pleasing your woman the primary use? Uhhh, probably not... But dammit if it's not a mighty fine idea! 🙂

Morons on Open Sourcing

Charles Connel uses an article entitled "All Source Code Should Be Open" to put in his bid for "Idiot of the Year" as far as I'm concerned. This article illustrates such a tremendous lack of understanding, lack of thought, and lack of the most common forms of common sense that the author should be open sourced. After all, maybe we'll be able to work out all the bugs in his thought process.

Snitches Win

Time's "Person of the Year" is actually three people this year: the whistleblowers at Enron, WorldCom, and the FBI. This time of year, if we're going to recognize whistleblowers as the Person of the Year, couldn't they be the ones we watch every Sunday? They've got more of an impact on my day to day life than these gals.

This is Sexy?

christina_a.jpgMaxim's January cover girl is Christina Aguilera. Y'know, the former Mouseketeer... the former "girl next door" and "nice Pittsburgh suburb" girl. True to form, Maxim has taken someone who can be completely adorable, and turned her into a heavy-eyeshadow-wearing vixen. And one could say Maxim showed her the way she's been showing herself lately, and that's something I'd agree with...

... but what ever happened to adorable? What ever happened to "girl next door" sexy? Am I the only guy alive that thinks "cuddly" is still sexy? That comfort breeds confidence - and a whole different kind of confidence that you don't get by covering up your bare breasts and flicking off the camera - and that this confidence is sexy?

Am I the only guy left that finds clothing sexier than the complete, utter lack of clothing? I mean, I love Maxim for the damn humor of it all, but aside from being able to see how big Christina's boobs really are... whoopty doo to the whole damn pictorial.

Status: Resolved

From my friend Aaron comes this whole entry…

I, Aaron Linville, am an official kernel hacker. In fact, if you are running Mac OS X (10.2.3) and viewing this webpage, you are using code that I've written. Of course you'll want proof of this, for that I have provided a PGP signed email from Apple.

Shein on Spam: Stupidity

Here is an interesting article. Not interesting because it's so right, but quite the opposite: interesting because the main subject, Barry Shein, is such an incredibly poor example of someone "fighting spam the right way" that the article is tainted beyond the point of recovery by his, i dunno, "crap."

Poof! Name that Movie

bnt.jpgThink you can name the movie you see to the right? Want to give it a shot, bucko? Go ahead, try your hand at "Invisibles" by filmwise.com. Invisibles presents you with eight still shots from movies with all traces of flesh removed. All you see is costumes and scenery? Can you tell what the image to the right is (one of the easier ones from the 106th Invisibles challenge)? I got four out of eight (I wonder how picky they are on the spelling of things like "and" versus "And" versus "&"). Not too bad for my first shot, I think...

Legalities of Blogging

Beware or you too could get sued! This Washington Post article covers the legalities of blogging, and surmises that because most bloggers don't have a background in publishing, the laws affecting libel and the like are unknown to them. Ignorance does not make you innocent...

iConquered

iConquer_screenshot_small.jpgiConquer is a pretty nifty little game of Risk that I've played off and on for five minutes at a time lately. At $12.99, it's fairly inexpensive, and is a great looking application capable of fitting on most Macs running OS X (beware early iBook/iMac users). What's better, the author recently presented at a BANG (Bay Area NeXT Group) meeting, and his slides are online.

Gullible Friends

Have any gullible friends (cough, ahem, Brad, cough) who aren't afraid of the Terminal (even though they should be, as this proves)? Tell them to run this:

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#!/bin/tcsh

foreach i (`cat /usr/share/dict/words`)
    touch $i
end
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Tee hee hee. 🙂

Hacking XP

Could they make it any easier?

The first vulnerability is present in the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. This vulnerability can be exploited when a user simply lets the cursor hover over the file icon for the malicious MP3, or opens a folder where the file is stored.

Jeez… And people wonder why I run UotD (Unix on the Desktop). Y'know, Mac OS X.

Put Me On It!

According to SlashDot, the FTC is considering new legislation that would create a national "do not call" list for telemarketers. The legislation would also require telemarketers to have caller ID enabled and to limit the "hangups" that predictive dialers generate. There are some loopholes for charities or businesses you've bought from (i.e. my car dealer bugging me to come in for an oil change), but if it gets AT&T to stop calling me, so be it. Sign Me Up.

Scaling the Walls

rc_harness.jpgNo, that's not some kinky sex toy you see here...

Gabe and I went rock climbing yesterday. While it's safe to say he's quite a good deal "more monkey" than me, I did fairly well I guess. I think big feet are a minus, as is "weighing a lot" and having more upper body strength. For someone who types all day, I have surprisingly weak fingers. We climbed at Coral Cliffs in Ft. Lauderdale (ugly site, but not a bad joint all told).

“Unsolicited” is Right

Gabe and I were flipping through our respective spam corpuses (corpii?) today and came across some interesting statistics or examples.

The word "unsolicited" appeared in 144 spams, 0 real emails. The benign "trust" has appeared in 47 spams, 0 reals. "toner" is 181/0, but that one's pretty obvious if you've ever gotten those stupid ink jet refill spams. "success" is 0 for 98. "spacer.gif" is 0 for 317! "serif" has struck out 141 times and gotten no hits, but that pales in comparison to "font" which shows up in 13054 spams (but 288 valid emails, giving it a probability of 0.500). "cash" = 291 spams, 2 real. The best words, all with 0.010 probability of being spam? "usb", "apple.com", "beta", "cocoa", "moreinfo.fcgi", "maildrop", "phil", and "stupidity" (among a few hundred others).

Patent Schmatent

First Amazon patented clicking. Now, it seems, AOL has been granted a patent on instant messaging networks.

The patent (6449344), originally filed in 1997, and granted in September this year, gives AOL instant messaging subsidiary ICQ rights as the inventor of the popular IM Internet application. The patent covers anything resembling a network that lets multiple IM users see when other people are present and then communicate with them.