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  1. I won't dis-agree with you botnick, but you forgot to mention the 80 year old VFW members trying to still blow the bugle ~ now that's funny! . . .maybe, all the military branches should make it mandatory that every enlisted member needs to learn the art of blowing (the bugle) or start more active recruiting from all the thousands of wonderful HS bands around this great country!! [i'm still tryin' to figure out the finger flipper ~ does it just sit on your dashboard w/ active sensors or somethin'? or do you keep it in your pants for added party favorites?] I really like the 'Computer in Bed' setup, too! . . .butttt, it's just not right, unless you're 'really' incapacitated. [it's bad enough, sitting in bed playing your game consul]
  2. Wired News has put together some Crazy Gadgets for the Lazy!! The Pentagon has found the perfect way to demonstrate it's purely the thought that counts - 700 bugle emulators which sit in real bugles and play 'Taps' at military funerals. The Ceremonial Bugle is just one item in Wired's collection of Gadgets for the Lazy. . . .which one do you want for your Birthday? ~ lol
  3. Shug ~ this is the best I can do to help you, but you have to make the cool "wuummm wuumm" sound. ~ Sha-rom-a-dos <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/p2_mattelhoverboard.jpg" alt="p2_mattelhoverboard.jpg" /> <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/p2_mattelhoverboardback.jpg" alt="p2_mattelhoverboardback.jpg" /> <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/p2_mattelhoverboardside.jpg" alt="p2_mattelhoverboardside.jpg" /> [hope some 'mod' doesn't come in here and move this thread 'cause it sooo off topic ~ lol]
  4. I think I posted this somewhere else (along time ago). Future Horizons is offering construction plans ($39-$49) for a 'real' hoverboard. Floating 1 inch off the ground, it's not quite your dream hoverboard, but you could build it with non-fictional parts for $500 or buy one fully assembled for $9000!! <img src="http://imagehouze.com/uploader/files/126/HoverBoard.jpg" alt="HoverBoard.jpg" />
  5. Sneak Peak at ajaxOS! "ajaxOS is a fully functional AJAX-aware operating system. The most exciting feature in ajaxOS is the ability to store to a remote server, with full access to file navigation on this remote server as well as your computer's hard disk. As easily as you save and open documents on your local machine, you will be able to do so on our secure servers." ajaxOS will be available for download in the next few weeks, sign up to recieve early invite. Click to watch a demo of ajaxOS It's really worth watching!! [Must have RealPlayer installed] . . .I thought of something like this last year! [i wish I just had the 'money' and the 'knowhow' on how to launch an 'idea'] ". . .where's the world going to go to!"
  6. oh, come on ~ of course someone will ~ probably China! can't you see dino's running around w "Made in China" stamped on'em! [i can see one heading to Tokyo right now ~ lol]
  7. Future releases of the most popular BitTorrent client, Azureus, will come bundled with a 'platform' for media companies to promote their product to Azureus' multi-million users*, reports Slyck.com. Azureus Inc., who are the newly formed company behind the Azureus software, plan to generate a profit from the platform in the future, but in the short-term are hoping to help independent film companies find their audience. *"Figures from GetAzureus.com show that the client has been downloaded more than 115 million times and currently has more than 1.1 million users connected." "Earlier this year, Azureus won the first ever SourceForge Community Choice Awards. Based on the voice of the SourceForge community, Azureus took the best overall winner prize." . . .hmmm, a content layer to provide a way of getting free content, what a novel idea
  8. check out >>> Gatorade Big Head Commercial ". . .yeah, that's what I'm talkin' bout, babe" ~ lol now ~ who can name all the Big Heads?
  9. Simple hack-back to disable USB drives in XP - Perfect for public machines There is a simple registry change that will keep the USB storage drivers from starting when the system boots. Keeps people from walking up to a PC and copying data off with a USB key, but allows you to keep your scanner, keyboard, and mouse working. [As always - back your system up before messing around in the registry] Just open regedit and browse to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUsbStor Notice the value 'Start' Switch this value to 4, and USB storage devices are disabled. Switch this value to 3, and USB storage devices are enabled.
  10. Watch Your End has some pretty interesting info about; Security/Hacking applications that run on a USB flash drive "There has been quite a collection of applications that have been ported to run on USB flash disks. Most of these applications seem innocent enough, however some are deliberatly developed to get around IT software use policies in the workplace such as P2P filesharing applications, instant messaging applications, FTP clients and podcast managers to name a few." "Applications which are used by security professionals (and hackers alike) to test the security of their networks and scan for vulnerabilities now have the capability to run independently from a USB flash drive . . ." "What this means is that a hacker no longer needs to even have a laptop with them in order to compromise a network, simply bring a USB flash drive in a company and plug it into the USB drive of an available system." ___________________________________________________ Simple hack-back tweak to disable USB drives in XP - Perfect for public machines There is a simple registry change that will keep the USB storage drivers from starting when the system boots. Keeps people from walking up to a PC and copying data off with a USB key, but allows you to keep your scanner, keyboard, and mouse working. [As always - back your system up before messing around in the registry] Just open regedit and browse to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUsbStor Notice the value 'Start' Switch this value to 4, and USB storage devices are disabled. Switch this value to 3, and USB storage devices are enabled.
  11. . . .of course, you would notice an improvement!! "Diamond Xtreme Sound allows the user to experience high level, theater quality sound while watching videos, listening to music, and playing games all in true 7.1 channel surround sound. This is an essential upgrade for anyone interested in increasing their computer audio experience while freeing up valuable computer system resources."
  12. WHAT! . . .and ditch the bungee cord on the clothes line! :haha:
  13. WAR!! . . .or just another Southpark episode! now, back in the day, . . .if 'monty python' did this ~ would we be sooo upset or just laughing our @sses off! seriously, every 'empire' has it's day ~ didn't the Visgoths start making fun of the Romans by 'mocking' them, thus causing the downfall of the Roman Empire? [we just better not be caught laughing our @sses off, . . .at least around here!]
  14. A News.com story covering a most disquieting trend in the House of Representatives. From the article: "Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette's proposal says that any Internet service that 'enables users to access content' must permanently retain records that would permit police to identify each user. The records could not be discarded until at least one year after the user's account was closed. It's not clear whether that requirement would be limited only to e-mail providers and Internet providers such as DSL (digital subscriber line) or cable modem services. An expansive reading of DeGette's measure would require every Web site to retain those records." . . .it's time to buy HEAVILY into Samsung, Seagate and Matrox stocks! In other words, ISPs will have to spend more money on hardware. Since ISPs aren't some charity organisations, this means they have to up their prices to cover the additional expense. In other words, the 'net gets more expensive. [as Congress forces us to pay for the removal of our privacy] . . .or shut down the US web hosting business! [The US economy is in such great shape that every opportunity should be used to transfer businesses out of the country. It's only fair, right] . . .or maybe we should just let congress tag our ears like a roaming herd and get this whole thing over with.
  15. The Boston Globe is reporting that a court ruling in Verizon's favor could effectively allow phone companies to charge dial-up users on a per-minute basis. From the article: "About 68 percent of US internet users now connect via broadband, according to the latest data from Neilsen//NetRatings. That still leaves millions of users connecting the old way, in which modems in their home call local numbers over a telephone line to access the Internet. Precisely how many people were affected by the court ruling is unknown. Good said the number was in the thousands, but that Global NAPs did not have exact numbers and could not disclose the identities of all the companies that relied on Global NAPs for dial-up numbers.
  16. Start-up aims to ditch kids' training wheels The company, a spin-off out of Dartmouth College, is coming out later this year or early next year with a gyroscope/flywheel that fits into the front wheel of a kid's bike. When a child begins to go off-balance and fall over, the gyroscope corrects the path of the bike and props it back up. As a result, kids don't need training wheels to learn how to ride. The product will sell for around $39. . . .dang!! ~ why didn't 'I' think of that?
  17. yeah, tommie ~ but What's your slurpee IQ? I got 4 out of 10 correct! Keep on slurpin'! ~ lol
  18. Dinosaur Shocker In a discovery that evokes the science fiction of Jurassic Park, a North Carolina paleontologist Mary Schweitzer has found soft tissue in a 68-million-year-old T. Rex bone. Schweitzer, one of the first scientists to use the tools of modern cell biology to study dinosaurs, has upended the conventional wisdom by showing that some rock-hard fossils tens of millions of years old may have remnants of soft tissues hidden away in their interiors.
  19. KcKinnon is a guest speaker this week at the Infosec show in London's Olympia. "What I did was just unauthorised access," McKinnon told vnunet.com "I'm p*ssed off that six months' community service has turned out to be 60 years in a foreign jail." [don't they have something like the ACLU over in Brit?] McKinnon claimed folk overreact in cases of hacking that do not match the level of the supposed crime. [True, we should have just paid him to keep his mouth shut and an added bonus for telling the US Depts. how he did it!! ~ lol] Super-hacker McKinnon speaks out [i can't wait 'till he 'really' speaks out!! ~ glad we didn't pay him off]
  20. . . .hmmm, did we just shot somethin' at the 'no-threat' comet 73P Schwassmann-Wachmann ~ lol [now, for sure, parts of it are going to hit us!!]
  21. I was hunting UFOs, says Pentagon's UK hacker I found this to be a pretty interesting story from Reuters UK. Gary McKinnon says he is just an ordinary computer nerd who wanted to find out whether aliens and UFOs exist, but put the nation's security at risk by committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". U.S. officials claim he caused $700,000 worth of damage and even crippled vital defence systems shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. Surprisingly, he found it was easy despite being only a rank amateur who "couldn't even programme at the time". Using the hacking name "Solo", he discovered that many U.S. top-security systems were using an insecure Microsoft Windows programme and had no password protection at all. So do aliens exist? Yes, according to McKinnon. He said he came across a group called the "Disclosure Project", which had expert testimonies from senior figures who said technology obtained from extra-terrestrials did exist. "I saw what I'm convinced was some kind of satellite or spacecraft but it was manufactured by no means I have ever seen before -- there were no rivets, no seams, it was like one flawless piece of material. And that was above the Earth." ____________________________________________________ Simple hack to disable USB drives in XP - Perfect for public machines
  22. "At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings" Here's a pretty funny (and boring) "How I Work: (by) Bill Gates" "Staying focused is one issue; that's the problem of information overload. The other problem is information underload. Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people." [. . .I bet whoever gives ol' Billy a Digital Whiteboard will get to be on his e-mail permission list ~ lol]
  23. CNN is carrying a Fortune story covering an analyst meeting held on Thursday. There, CEO Otellini admitted Intel has fallen behind (scrappy) AMD with lost market share, technological leadership, and recently profitability. Intel also announced cuts to 1 Billion in spending. From the article: "Intel's market share recently slipped below 80%, and Otellini strongly emphasized the need for market share gains in all his remarks. On the other hand, he also suggested that Intel's recent market share losses (to AMD, whose name was not mentioned) were in line with historical variations which tracked to Intel's product generations. [. . .right!]
  24. UK tech site The Register is reporting on security guru Bruce Schneier's observation that the disk encryption system to be shipped with Vista, BitLocker, will make dual booting other OSs difficult - you will no longer be able to share data between the two." From the article: "This encryption technology also has the effect of frustrating the exchange of data needed in a dual boot system. 'You could look at BitLocker as anti-Linux because it frustrates dual boot,' Schneier told El Reg. Schneier said Vista will bring forward security improvements, but cautioned that technical advances are less important than improvements in how technology is presented to users.
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