around the traps, with some news

  • Push for 'God' in national anthem - Top stories - Breaking News 24/7 - Because that's really what we need right now, christianity being rammed down peoples' throats.
  • Telstra to slash up to 12,000 jobs - Business - Telstra will slash as many as 12,000 jobs over the next five years as it embarks on a major restructure designed to cut costs and boost its revenue. By their own admission they haven't tapped into new technology at all - a gross failure for a telco. Their solution is to sack people... just like banks. You can't decrease staff AND provide better service. So service gets worse, profits go down...
  • MPAA says: pirated DVDs are the 'new drug on the street' - Engadget - Well that should make pirates easy to catch: just hang around hospitals and grab people getting DVD powder removed from their nasal cavity.
  • Dilbert 2005.11.16. Argh.
  • eMachineShop - Online Machine Shop. This is really quite amazing. You can draw up the specs for any machine part you might need; and they'll make it for you. Update: a reader wrote in to point to a similar site: Big Blue Saw. Cool! :)
  • 'No offence' in skimpy tops - Top stories - Breaking News 24/7 - MICHELLE Leslie's representatives scrambled to defend her today from allegations that she was a 'pseudo-Muslim' after she swapped her Islamic garb for skimpy tops immediately on release from prison. That was a bit unsubtle. I mean, it was fucking obvious that she was trying on whatever she thought would get her off the hook... but surely she could have maintained the sham until she got out of the country. But then, nobody has accused her of being the brightest crayon in the box. Also of note: this article references Wikipedia!
  • Boing Boing: Technorati posts major server upgrade. I can't help mentally adding "...unfortunately moments later they get BoingBoinged to oblivion" ;) Seriously though, Technorati really needed to speed things up; so hopefully this upgrade will give noticeable improvements, particularly in peak times.
  • Boing Boing: Sony insider: DRM is discredited at Sony: Some of the top Sony BMG artists who had XCP placed on their CDs are complaining directly to the label heads, furious that it will hurt their relationship to their fans and their sales as they go into the massively important Christmas season. Add that to rising number of anti-DRM voices within in the company who have been against DRM as only hurting 'the people that are doing the right thing and buying our music.' This all means that some of the label heads are finally starting to believe that DRM is just bad for business. Well, it's nice to believe it for a moment.
  • Boing Boing: MP3 player in an NES controller. Why yes, I apparently will link to any mod involving NES hardware...
  • Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things: Nicholas Negroponte and other MIT luminaries have been working on a project to build a sub-$100, hand-cranked WiFi laptop, with the objective of supplying one apiece to every child in the developing world. ... Now they've actually demoed a working prototype for the Secretary General of the UN. Doug Bowman wowed the WE05 crowd with his speech, during which he said (to paraphrase a little): There are 300 million children with no access to information. What if they had blogs? What if they could connect with the other chidren in the same situation; and with people around the world? What would they say? Now, saying things like that can easily be greeted with cynicism, but if you really think about it... well, I think there's no end to how important this sort of idea really is.


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