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  1. that only applies to resopalrabotnick, dlewis23 and tommie gorman ~ right!  j/k

    are these guys are all attached to the same tither string or what ~ lol

    Thaat is cool, but I think ROM-DOS needs to go to the corner. He is one of the biggest duck's in the puddle.  :laughing7: :laughing7:

    . . .for Starters . . .that is!

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  2. Warship built out of Twin Towers wreckage

    By Tom Baldwin

    In a shipyard in New Orleans, survivors of one disaster are building a monument to another The USS New York is being built in New Orleans using steel from the September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre.


    IN A city still emerging from the floods of Hurricane Katrina, a ship has begun to rise from the ashes of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

    Bringing together America

  3. PCWORLD tested and compared 10

    All-in-One Security suites to show who's got your back.

    "It takes a multifaceted strategy to fight today's complex range of security threats, which can no longer be neatly separated into distinct categories. Worms may ride in with spam, and spyware apps may unleash Trojan horses, so your PC requires multiple kinds of security software to stay safe."


    "You can build your system's defenses with stand-alone antivirus, antispyware, and firewall products, or you can get everything in an all-in-one suite. Opting for three or more separate security apps lets you pick the best of breed in each category, but running them can be a complicated--and expensive--task. Security suites offer convenience and affordability; their individual components, configurable from one interface, are designed to interoperate smoothly. That said, suites require a certain degree of trust in that you're depending on one company to protect your computer and data completely. Since running multiple antivirus engines and firewalls can invite major system problems, people who want a suite should buy one and stick to it."

    Top Security Suites (chart)

  4. Thank you for taking the time to vote... users are encouraged to reply to this post and try to sway other users votes -- note that votes may be changed in this poll if you do decide to change your mind.

    - Damon

    Oh, I forgot to add ~ FREE Thumb Drives* ~ for anyone that 'votes YES'

    [* while supplies last] ~ lol

    Seriously, it's quite alright with me if we drop the 'ADULT pics' in this section ~ I think most of 'us' have gotten it out of our system anyway, now ~ lol and like  OrGaN_ShIfTeR has said "It's not bad right now, but it'll get worse." ~ soooo, if I'm the last one who sticks w YES ~ I'll change it to NO (maybe) ~ I do worry, sometimes, if my little girls are watching over my shoulder when I'm in here ~ and that doesn't feel comfortable!!

  5. My original intention for a "Members Only Lounge" was purely a marketing scheme to entice "Guest" to join up! ~ but since nobody but us (the 1%) can even see this section ~ that kinda backfired!  I really didn't really intend for it to be an 'ADULT Only' content section either ~ but it has sorta drifted that way. [wait, I need another cup of java]

    ummm, OK ~ I haven't found anything particularly offensive (well, maybe ~ "iddy biddy or great big piddy pics..." but that's tit for tat ~ lol) and I've tried to post pics that were enticingly provocative or just plain funny (trying to exert some semblance of common sense) and I hope the rest of you can try to keep within those unspoken boundaries, i.e. no explicit "porn".  As most of these pics can be found on "humor" sites that don't constrain who can view by age ~ except maybe just labling then under the title of "ADULT humor".

    I would say ~ we either drop the single X pics or just provide hyper-links to them, instead of actually posting them in a "viewable format" here ~ or does that sound as stupid as . . .?

    Anyway, I vote yes ~ and go with dlewis23's plan of '18 and older' ~ 'till we sort out what we "really" want the "Members Only Lounge" to be.

  6. NYC Mayor Advocates U.S. Worker Database

    By SARA KUGLER ~ Associated Press Writer

    Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg thrust himself into the national immigration debate Wednesday, advocating a plan that would establish a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal U.S. workers.

    The mayor also said elements of the legislation moving through Congress are ridiculous and said lawmakers who want to deport all illegal immigrants are living in a "fantasy."

    In an editorial for The Wall Street Journal and two nationally televised interviews, the mayor reiterated his long-standing belief that the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States should be given the opportunity for citizenship, saying that deporting them is impossible and would devastate the economy.

    Bloomberg compared his proposed federal identification database to the Social Security card, insisting that such a system would not violate citizens' privacy and was not a civil liberties issue.

    "You don't have to work _ but if you want to work for a company you have to have a Social Security card," he said. "The difference is, in the day and age when everybody's got a PC on their desk with Photoshop that can replicate anything, it's become a joke."

    The mayor said DNA and fingerprint technology could be used to create a worker ID database that will "uniquely identify the person" applying for a job, ensuring that cards are not illegally transferred or forged.

    Donna Lieberman, director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said a DNA or fingerprint database "doesn't sound like the free society we think we're living in."

  7. 'Wings' to carry paratroopers 200km

    A new military parachute system which fits wings on soldiers could enable them to travel to 200 kilometres after jumping, Jane's Defence Weekly reports.

    The system, which involves the development of new modular carbon-fibre wings, will mean that aircraft can drop parachutists from 9,150 metres into an area of operations without flying into a danger zone.

    . . .due to finish by the end of 2006, with the entire parachute and wings combination expected to be available during 2007. 

    "The system is reportedly 100 per cent silent and extremely difficult to track by air on ground-based radar systems."

    Jane's Defence Weekly reports that the next stage of the development will utilise small turbo-jet drives, as used on unmanned aerial vehicles, allowing jumpers to be carried longer distances without jumping from such extreme heights.

    - AFP

    :thumbsup:  Way Cool!!

  8. Mysterious glowing clouds targeted by NASA

    Maggie McKee ~ NewScientist.com news service

    Glowing, silvery blue clouds that have been spreading around the world and brightening mysteriously in recent years will soon be studied in unprecedented detail by a NASA spacecraft.

    The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission will be the first satellite dedicated to studying this enigmatic phenomenon. Due to launch in late 2006, it should reveal whether the clouds are caused by global warming, as many scientists believe.

    "Noctilucent" clouds, which glow at night, form in the upper atmosphere, at an altitude of about 80 kilometres, and their glow can be seen just after sunset or just before sunrise.

    "Even though the Sun's gone down and you're in darkness, the clouds are so high up, the Sun is still illuminating them," explains AIM principal investigator James Russell at Hampton University in Virginia, US.

    The clouds were first observed above polar regions in 1885

  9. Citywide Wi-Fi Moves Forward In New Orleans, Philly

    By David Haskin ~ TechWeb.com

    Citywide wireless networking is taking significant steps forward on two fronts, in New Orleans and in Philadelphia.

    The New Orleans City Council has approved a law enabling EarthLink to develop a citywide wireless network while Philadelphia mayor John Street signed into law all the laws needed to start the citywide network in that city, which also will be developed by EarthLink.

    Derek Pew, interim CEO of Wireless Philadelphia, the non-profit agency that will oversee the network, said in an interview that work will start will begin in earnest within a couple of weeks. Pew said the initial phase will cover about 15 square miles with the rest of the 135 square mile network being developed after kinks in the initial segment are worked out.

    Pew said the signing was an emotional moment attended by a number of school children.

    "The kids are excited about this," Pew said. "On the one hand, it was a media event. On the other hand, there's a lot of excitement among younger people who now know they can get the Internet in their home.

    A specific goal of the program is "digital inclusion," Pew said. That means helping families get connected that otherwise can't afford Internet access, which will help give them a chance to succeed in an increasingly connected world. Pew stressed that, after nearly a year of intense debate, in which the proposed network served as a lightning rod for those, including large telecom operators who opposed the network, it is now time to get to work.


  10. Total Time Spent Online: 31 days, 22 hours and 18 minutes.

    Total Posts: 1273 posts

    Total Topics Started: 286 topics

    Number of Polls Created: 8 polls

    Number of Votes Cast: 41 votes

    . . .and still "no spam" ~ lol

    I generally have 10 - 20 active tabbed windows open . . .

    it's like channel surfing for me ~ I'm everywhere and then some ~ lol

  11. Tech Titans Take Sides

    Yahoo partners with eBay to battle with Google, which is teaming with Dell to put the heat on Microsoft

    In the war for dominance of the Net, May 25 turned out to be a big day for alliance making. First there was news of an ad revenue-sharing deal between Yahoo! and eBay. Then came the announcement that Google would put its tools on millions of new personal computers made by Dell.

    The pairings highlight the importance the fast-growing, $12.5 billion Internet ad market and the race to get in front of as many Web surfers as possible. The alliance with eBay gives Yahoo a way to narrow a lead by Google in generating advertising sales. Paring with Dell , meantime, helps Google muscle in on Microsoft's dominance of the desktop. "These alliances are predicated as a response to a looming threat" from others, says Standard & Poor's analyst Scott Kessler. "Companies are inclined to make these moves so they can solidify and enhance their competitive positioning."

    In recent months, Microsoft has attempted to use its popular desktop applications like Internet Explorer to drive traffic to its Web sites and search engines. That drew the ire of Google, which in April complained to the Justice Dept. about unfair competitive practices.

    Google didn't get much satisfaction. Less than a month later, on May 12, the Justice Dept. dismissed the complaint. It seems Google now is taking matters into its own hands.

    Copyright 2000- 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.

  12. The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

    These products are so bad, they belong in the high-tech hall of shame.

    PC World staffers and contributors nominated their candidates and then gave each one the sniff test. [They] sought the worst of the worst--operating systems that operated badly, hardware that never should have left the factory, applications that spied on us and fed our data to shifty marketers, and products that left a legacy of poor performance and bad behavior.

    1. America Online (1989-2006)

    2. RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)

    3. Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)

    4. Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)

    5. Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)

    6. Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)

    7. Microsoft Bob (1995)

    8. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)

    9. Pressplay and MusicNet 2002

    10. Ashton-Tate dBASE IV (1988)

    11. Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)

    12. PointCast Network (1996)

    13. IBM PCjr. (1984)

    14. Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)

    15. Iomega Zip Drive (1998)

    16. Comet Systems Comet Cursor (1997)

    17. Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)

    18. IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)

    19. OQO Model 1 (2004)

    20. DigitalConvergence CueCat (2000)

    21. Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)

    22. Apple Pippin @World (1996)

    23. Free PCs (1999)

    24. DigiScents iSmell (2001)

    25. Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)

    (Dis)Honorable Mention

    Apple Newton MessagePad (1994)

    Apple Puck Mouse (1998)

    Apple Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997)

    Circuit City DiVX DVDs (1998)

    Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Digital Camera (2004)

    Dell SL320i (1993)

    Motorola Rokr E1 (2005)

    3Com Audrey (1999)

    Timex Data Link Watch (1995)

    WebTV (1995)

  13. you know things are bad when your lead programmer says "uh-oh"...

    edit. on second thought, maybe it was put there on purpose? so all those people that don't have a valid license and can't get the updates are screwed? was the hole always there or did it come with an update?

    LOL ~ I'm afraid to ask!!  her

  14. ISPs warn of price rises as panel approves 'Net Neutrality' bill

    The US House Judiciary Committee approved a bill yesterday to prevent broadband providers from charging extra fees to websites for delivering their content to users. But the law would be "a direct financial hit to consumers," say internet providers.

    [What sparked all this?]

    AT&T CEO Edward Whitacre sparked the controversy last November. In an interview with Business Week he was asked whether he was concerned about "internet upstarts" like Google, MSN, Vonage and others.

    According to edited excerpts from that interview, he replied: "How do you think they're going to get to customers? Through a broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them. Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?"

    He continued: "The Internet can't be free in that sense, because we and the cable companies have made an investment and for a Google or Yahoo! or Vonage or anybody to expect to use these pipes [for] free is nuts!"

    The new bill pre-empts and blocks the introduction of internet tolls for content providers.

    Unsurprisingly, major providers have voiced their displeasure.

    Christopher Wolf, co-chairman of the Hands Off The Internet coalition, which counts AT&T and Alcatel among its members, said the vote was "more about politics than substance."

    He added: "The fact is that internet neutrality regulations would be a direct financial hit to consumers and stop cold the country's progress in providing affordable high-speed options."

    Verizon executive Tom Tauke also attacked the vote.

    "Simply put, net neutrality legislation endangers both the future of video choice and the accelerated broadband investment that is just beginning to gain traction," he said.

    The Institute for Liberty, a public policy group that exists to promote "principles and policies of honour" said the bill "threatens to smother the internet in a sea of unneeded regulations all in the name of the contrived 'network neutrality.'"

    "Today's vote will be remembered as one of the saddest days for the internet as we know it," it said in a statement.

    Meanwhile, the Free Press, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Media Access Project and US PIRG, will welcome the result.

    In a joint statement issued shortly before the vote, the coalition of consumer groups said: "A growing alliance in Congress recognises that Network Neutrality is not a partisan issue, but one of grave importance to anyone who wishes to see the internet remain an unrivalled environment for innovation, civic participation and free speech."

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