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June, 2004 | Jason E. Shao

Homegrown PVC flamethrower

Like any red-blooded, masculine man of the male gender, I love PVC weaponry. You should too. If the concept of heading on down to the local Home Depot and transforming $100 worth of random pipe bits into a killing machine doesn’t appeal to you, you’re a goddamn pansy. Also, you’re probably sane and will live ...

More Open, Scriptable NSPlugins

RELEASE: Mozilla Foundation Announces More Open, Scriptable Plugins Adobe, Apple, Macromedia, Opera and Sun Microsystems join in push to modernize plugins and create a richer web experience This sounds like it would be a great step forward in terms of building rich clients in the browser. Looking at the raft of companies involved, I wonder ...

Gartner: Outsourcing drives IT services’ growth

‘Through 2004, outsourcing will continue to drive the growth in the worldwide IT services market, with IT management and process management growing faster than consulting services and development and integration services,’ Hale said in a statement. Interesting to see something so many IT workers have been afraid of described as driving growth in the sector. ...

Beastie Boys CD installs virus

assuming that the unconfirmed reports are accurate, we have here a media company infecting users’ machines silently with a file that affects a computer’s functionality, without first obtaining informed consent: a likely violation of pretty much every jurisdiction’s anti-hacking laws. It’s possible to foresee criminal charges being brought at some point: after all, having a ...

Turn Cremated Loved Ones Into Diamonds

The remains of a 27-year-old woman from Phoenix have been transformed into six precious stones and are set to be delivered to her family and friends on Friday. LifeGem’s first order could be the start of a new age in the funeral industry. Fantastically creepy, and yet at the same time kind of practical seeming. ...

Apple Computer “neutral”

In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentions that the company is poised to witness customer base expansion in the forthcoming quarters. The analyst expresses his concern, however, regarding Apple Computer’s limited presence in the low-end markets. The company’s fundamentals remain healthy, Banc of America Securities adds. ——–

XGrid agent for Unix architectures

This article introduces the first working Xgrid agent for Linux and other Unix systems that can be integrated in any XGrid cluster (managed by OS X). The agent will compile and work on Linux (at least Debian and RedHat), Solaris (minimal testing) and Darwin (tested). You still need an OS X machine for the controller ...

U.S. Drops ICC Immunity

The United States bowed to broad opposition on the Security Council today and announced that it was dropping its effort to gain immunity for its troops from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. The United States has decided not to proceed further with consideration and action on the draft at this time in order to ...

AOL Prosecuting for Spamlist

Jason Smathers, a West Virginia man who worked in AOL’s Dulles, Virginia, data warehouse, is accused of stealing a list containing 92 million subscriber screen names. Interim U.S. Attorney David Kelley said Smathers, 24, sold the list to another man, Sean Dunaway, who then sold it to two spammers for $52,000. Dunaway was also charged ...

Cut-Rate Windows ‘XP Starter Edition’

Last summer, in response to the success that Linux was having in the Thai marketplace, Microsoft began offering Thai citizens a Thai-localized bundle of Microsoft Windows XP Home and Office XP Standard. As part of the deal, Microsoft also stripped out some unspecified features from both products and slashed the price for the pair to ...