How To Be A Boyracer, could also be called Riceboy On A Budget...
Exhaust Theory, a surprisingly interesting article on car exhaust systems. How they work, what they do and don't do (eg. whacking a bucket-sized tailpipe on the back of your car does NOT make it go faster). No, pal, not even your hotted up Micra (there's an activity that beggars belief).
Slashdot | Buffy the Vampire Slayer is Officially Over. Had to happen eventually. I just wish I'd started watching in the early series... I'm told they were even funnier than the ones I watched (not counting the ultra-depressing everyone's-dead-or-fucked-over story arc which put me back off the series).
Slashdot | New Computer Program Determines "Hitability". To put it another way, the music industry is trying to remove humans from the selection process; since computers are excellent at processing mindless repetitive crap. Why subject a human to endless demo tapes from Britney Spears wannabes?
But really, what the hell. If the music industry is truly stupid enough to trust a computer's taste in music; then that's their bag. I don't listen to commercial radio much anyway (much = occasionally JJJ comes on between CDs...)(yes, I know JJJ is not technically commercial; but it sure ain't alternative anymore).
News: Taiwan forces MS to slash prices and also un-bundle its software to be sold separately instead. This is exactly what MS claimed it couldn't do during the antitrust legal battle in the US.
[...] Microsoft would cut prices by an average of 26.7 percent as part of a settlement to an investigation launched after a consumer backlash against government crackdowns on software piracy.
Consumers said they had been forced to turn to illegal copies because Microsoft had used its virtual monopoly to inflate prices.
They also complained that Microsoft forced buyers to purchase expensive bundles of software rather than picking only the products they desired.
Hiveware - Enkoder Form. A new and improved anti-spam email address encoder system. Web interface.
Super-funky retro... laser turntable. Pity about the price. If I was filthy stinking rich I'd be ordering one right now :)
NEWS.com.au | Breastfeeding MP stir (February 26, 2003)
FORMER Olympic skier Kirstie Marshall has caused a stir in the Victorian parliament, breastfeeding her new baby in the chamber then missing her first question time. She later said she had not realised she was not allowed to feed Charlotte in the chamber. Why would you assume it was appropriate to take the kid in there in the first place?
A little RPG humour. The World's Shortest (Yet Technically Complete) Adventure: A Parody.
Slashdot | Do Scripters Suffer Discrimination? To put it another way; are people getting obsessed with using "programming" instead of "scripting" regardless of what actually constitutes the best solution?
Free dincFONTS. As always, some dodgy, some good.
Lilley Street© - Dan Beeston has, sadly, come to an end. A fairly spectacular end, too :) A great story arc and a logical end - after all, if the Lilley Street house is demolished then its story is done. I've got to say that I think Dan's done this the right way - decided that he wanted to end the project, for his own reasons; stated them simply and thanked those who supported it. As an aside; I'm amazed he even noticed my little page's link to the site, let alone included me in his thanks list!
Lilley Street: We Loved It.
Slashdot | Mixing the Unmixable. Oil and water. Cats and Dogs remain a challenge.
FOCUS Magazine Interview with Bill Gates: Microsoft Code Has No Bugs
Gates: No. I'm saying: We don't do a new version to fix bugs. We don't. Not enough people would buy it.
LiveJournal Status -
LiveJournal is currently under a Distributed Denial of Service attack... I wonder who would bother launching a DDOS on LJ. Probably some lame script kiddie. It doesn't strike me as much of a challenge or a worthy target in the first place. It's just a bunch of journals, for smeg's sake.
New Scientist | Word 'bursts' may reveal online trends. Well duh, find out what bloggers are blogging; and you'll find out what people on the net think is cool. It's more than a bit circular of course.
Wired 11.03: Segway's Breakdown. Apparently, sadly, the Segway's inventor really believed the product would revolutionise the way the world travelled. Now reality is biting... seriously, at US$5000 most people decided they could bloody walk, thank you. Hell, for 5k you can take a cab. You could buy the best mountain bike that money could buy and that doesn't even need electricity.
Slashdot | Cracker Gains Access to 2.2 Million Credit Cards. Note the correct usage of the term 'cracker' on slashdot, and the incorrect usage of the term 'hacker' on CNN.
Slashdot | Why Nerds Are Unpopular (specifically at American high schools, but it's still interesting).
Holden's High Performance Astra SRi Turbo to Make Debut at Melbourne Motor Show. So they can do this with the three-door.... why not the five door? BASTARDS!
Yeah, coz I could afford to trade up.... in a pipe dream perhaps....
The Register | Man charged after flight manual appears on eBay. Hackers have been jailed for less.
modifymycar.com. something to while away a few minutes with, unless you're really addicted to spending money on your wheels :)
Observer | I'm losing patience with my neighbours, Mr Bush, by Terry Jones.
Opera unleashes Swedish Chef on MSN - Computerworld. Opera 7 translates the MSN website into the Muppet's Swedish Chef language... bork bork bork! A funny response to a nasty habit Micro$oft has - sending intentionally broken pages to Opera users, simply for using Opera.
Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus. I've seen this concept before; but this one is purty.
The West Australian | Perth in race for lift rides into space, which is a bad headline for "Perth is being considered as a possible base for a space elevator". Basically the western capital is perfect as a base for a space elevator; which would be a boon for Australia.
NEWS.com.au | Do not ignore us, protestors warn (February 17, 2003)
Prime Minister John Howard said last night public opinion could not be measured simply by the numbers at protest rallies around the nation.
Excuse me?? Half a million people take to the streets and you can't get some idea of public opinion? To quote Jello Biafra.... "who here thinks they are living in a democracy?" Not me. We have Free Speech, yes. You can say anything; the government ignores everyone equally. Howard was probably too busy buying a $16,000 crockery set (seriously, read your papers) to investigate public opinion about the possibility of war.
The Courier Mail: Council moves on building-site noise [17feb03]. Hoo-fuckin-ray. My day started at 6:10am today, when the building site across the road got going. No legislation allows noise at that time of the morning; although for some reason building sites are allowed to fuck your sleep up from 6:30am instead of the usual 7:00am for anything else. Crabby? Yes. YOU live across the road from a building site sometime.
Slashdot | Google buys Pyra Labs. Hmm. Not sure what to make of this, actually :) In true Blogger style, the Blogger homepage doesn't mention what's happened; although the news was actually broken on blogger staff blogs.
Ctrl Alt Del - 2003.02.13. No jury of his peers would convict.
Boston.com / Latest News / Northeast / Smith & Wesson introduces .50 caliber revolver. Just in case you need to face down Dirty Harry, or take care of another one of those pesky charging bears. I have heard people say the only thing which will really take down an enraged bear is an assault rifle. I think the quote was: "Man, you need an assault rifle to stop a bear.... those fuckers are scary."
ABC News - 12/02/03 : Crean warns Schieffer to stop meddling in Labor's business. Wow. Labour showing some backbone.
Email Your PM. Yup. I can just see Howard's email address....
That's geek for "gets deleted".
Signs that your commander doesn't think you've got a good chance of coming home alive, number one: NEWS.com.au | 77,000 body bags (February 11, 2003).
FEARS that Iraq will inflict heavy casualties on British and American troops intensified yesterday when it emerged the Pentagon had ordered almost five times the number of body bags it requested before the last Gulf War.Within weeks it will have more than 77,000 bags at the ready, compared with 16,000 in 1991.
OK, so it's a military logistics thing; but it's still scary. Every one of those bags is someone's husband/wife, son/daughter...
BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | 'Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder'. Scientific study reveals that Beer Goggles are real.
Haxor Handle Generator. heretic becomes "Elite Runner". I would have thought that'd be "l33t runz0r", but hey. cheshrkat becomes "Sp3ed Rogue".
New Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield screenshots - Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield News for PC at GameSpot. This looks sweet. My video card is shaking in its boots, though.
Acronym Finder: Look up 272,000 acronyms/abbreviations & their definitions. FWIW; YMMV. FFTFM, IMHO; LOL!
If you don't need to look up at least one of them; you should try to get out a bit more ;)
Project E.U.N.U.C.H. I think I may have blogged this before, but I couldn't be arsed checking. Besides, it's funny all over again.
*ahem* That's geek funny, btw.
CNN.com - Cashless society gets mixed reviews - Feb. 8, 2003
PARIS, France (AP) -- France is leaping toward a cashless future with a nationwide launch this year of computerized "smart cards," a concept that has so far failed to entice many American, British and German consumers.
This seems pretty cool in some ways; not so cool in others. Basically it'd mean no more heavy shrapnel in your pocket; but it also means a piece of plastic holding up to $100. I've had library/photocopy cards crap out with $20 on them; and it's a real hassle to try to get your money back. How do you prove the amount that went onto the card? Maybe Moneo has a solution for that - perhaps it tallies up input and purchases or something.
New Driver Down post. Now excuse me while I bug off to read it.... :)
Baked Apple. As in Mac.
more proof! dubya is a monkey.
Nokia N-Gage - phone, mp3 player and game console in one. Now, add digital camera and basic PDA functions; and it'd be the perfect pocket device.
Dell: It's Time Floppy Drives Go Way Of The Dodo.
[I]t's an antique technology. At some point, you've got to draw the line. You wouldn't think of using a processor from 15 years ago. Instead, they propose that people should use USB drives; which are getting quite popular, particularly as "keyring" drives.
Slashdot | Rick Berman Doesn't Know Why Nemesis Tanked. Here's a clue: even the fucking trekkies are sick of Star Trek. Spare a thought for the rest of us, eh.
Downer denies troops committed to war - theage.com.au. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you've said; it's the fact you didn't say it to the public. Downer's desperately trying to ignore that fact. In some ways he's not such a moron as he seems - he'll just sit there saying the same crap over and over until the journos have to quote him anyway. Being able to sustain the bullshit like that can't hurt if you're a Foreign Minister. Sadly.
A very good question, sweetheart . . . - theage.com.au. I have an urge to quote the poppies now.
"Take your places, choose your sins / Everyone loses, no one wins / I have seen the future and this is how it begins .../...Take this line, know where it ends / No return, no make amends / Is this the future or this is how it will end?"
*sigh* fucking stupid Dubya, fucking stupid Howard, fucking stupid war.
READ ME "A Blogger's Disclaimer". I can understand why they put this together, I just think it's a classic sign that most bloggers are blissfully unaware of the ramifications of running a blog. Particularly a blog which is your journal, complete with innermost thoughts and stuff which might offend people. Simply put: blogs and online journals are published to the fucking world wide web. They are not private, unless they are fully secured and password-protected.
At one point this page says...
They may not want you to read certain things they might write about you or others you care about, in order to spare your feelings, avoid drama or maintain their privacy. Don't want you to read it? Maintain their privacy? A blog is no more private than if you wrote it down and put it up on a sign outside your house. If you don't want people to read what you're writing, don't put it on the web!
It's a pity since the READ ME site starts well -
Do not assume that you know everything there is to know about a writer simply because you read their weblog on a regular basis. It just goes all to hell after that.
Recursive. It's a head twister.
The Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook. If you do not understand this, then you are just too bourgeous and for words. Your life lacks all semblance of authenticity. Pah! Where did I leave my pack of Gauloise??
Revolutionary molecules turn bland food bodacious (dodgy headline of the week?). Basically some clever sods have figured out how to make your tastebuds think X tastes like Y. The example they start with is making black coffee taste like a latte. Now personally I like both kinds of coffee so I don't see the point ;) But if you could entire meals taste like lollies, kids the world over would stop being such little shits about their veges. What you would then reward them with is beyond me, of course.
This ignores an important factor though - for a lot of foods it's a texture thing. Take bread and butter pudding for instance. Take it a long way from me. I don't really know what it tastes like, since I'm incapable of dealing with the texture and have maybe choked down two mouthfuls in my life.
They go on to note that being able to make anything taste better also means some companies will immediately use the cheapest shit they can; leaving it to the chemicals to make it taste good. The evil golden arches spring instantly to mind.
ResExcellence Interviews Homestar Runner (creators of StrongBad Email).
Don't Sever a High-Tech Lifeline for Musicians - more from Janis Ian.
Holy crap. Pics of a lightning strike triggered by a plane in flight.
I strongly suspect Quizilla has a routine along the lines of "IF responses are so incoherent you have no idea THEN pick one at random".
Rent My Chest! Very literal. What's really weird is that this guy has made at least $180 out of it so far.