PlayNC, Voodoo Extreme, and The Adrenaline Vault report that the federal judge dismisses claims and strikes allegations in Marvel lawsuit against NCsoft. Makers of City of Heroes online computer game score favorable decision; judge labels Marvel allegations as "false and sham" and throws out trademark claims.
This BBC NEWS article says Scientists may have found what makes a tune catchy, after locating the brain area where a song's "hook" gets caught. A US team from Dartmouth College, reported in the journal Nature, played volunteers tunes with snippets cut out. They scanned for brain activity and found it centred in the auditory cortex -- which handles information from ears. When familiar tunes played, the cortex activity continued during the blanks - and the volunteers indeed said they still mentally "heard" the tunes.
Silicon.com reports says a new research/study found that websites, aimed at children, are the worst for leaving visitors with bits of code capable of tracking browsing habits and relaying sensitive information to third parties. Security firm, Symantec, used a PC with a fresh installation of Windows XP SP2 and spent one hour surfing well-known sports, kids, gaming, news, reseller, shopping and travel websites to monitor how many tracking bugs are picked up. Kids websites were among the worst with 359 pieces of adware and three browser hijackers, which can change browser settings and produce pop-up ads for pornography.
HouseChronicle.com's story reveals the voice actor of Bambi. After decades of silence, a tough Marine has come forward with his clean little secret. San Antonio native Donnie Dunagan, now of San Angelo, was 6 when Walt Disney hired him to be the model and voice of the fawn in the 1942 animated classic, which debuted on DVD last week. During his entire military career, Dunagan never confided to colleagues about being in Bambi.
Just to give heads up for you, AQFL reads. Thursday, 3/10/2005, will have lack of posts for most of the day UNLESS Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail) decides to take the Web site down early.
This BBC News UK story says experts invented a mannequin with a motorised mouth to test the amount of crumbs biscuits produce.
Here is a funny cartoon that KaT (remove AQFL to e-mail) mentioned in IRC:
02:59PM <KaT> unitedmedia.com/wash/pickles/archive/images/pickles...gif 02:59PM <KaT> it can end that fast.
A friend of mine, Arimus (remove AQFL to e-mail) created and released WoW Companion to the public. It is a Java client/server used to centrally store character, item, and other data for World of Warcraft. Data is made available via the web in XML and other formats. Frontends for displaying character profiles also included.
06:28PM <FngSaiYuk> http://www.designx.be/ftp/zever/idool.wmv 06:28PM <FngSaiYuk> british idol audition
The downloadable file is in WMV format and about 2.9 MB.
This Forbe.com story say prennially peeved people build--and obsessively maintain--sites devoted exclusively to complaining about their least favorite corporations.