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Sophos declares Netsky-P worst virus of 2004

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Netsky-P tops the list of the worst virus outbreaks in 2004--a year marked with nearly a 52 percent increase in new viruses, according to a report released Wednesday by security software maker Sophos.

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2005: The year of the security professional

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An effort to get more well qualified bums on techie seats... Despite the comparative good health of the security industry through the tech downturn and its 'sexier' image than other areas of IT, 2005 has been declared the year of the IT security professional in an attempt to attract more talent into the sector.

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Parents Go on Strike, Move to Front Yard

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Parents Go on Strike, Move to Front Yard is a story about parents begging and pleading with their 17-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter to help out around the house.

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Dude, do you say "dude" a lot?

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A composite photo depicts Viktor Yushchenko (5 months)

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Yahoo! News shows a composite photo depicts Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's opposition leader and top presidential candidate, before (July 4, 2004) and after (December 8, 2004) his mysterious illness.

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Dude -- professor studies 'dude'

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This CNN story is an amusing and interesting read about a professor who studies 'dude'. Scott Kiesling is a linguist from the University of Pittsburgh has published a scholarly paper deconstructing and deciphering the word "dude," contending it is much more than a catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers and teenagers.

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Studies: Lost sleep equals gained weight

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CNN reports a study that losing sleep can increase hormones linked with eating behavior. People who put on a few extra pounds may be able to blame a lack of sleep for the added weight, according to two separate studies published Monday.

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Your secret Christmas name/Santa's helper name...

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BBC (UK) has a name selector for everyone. Just fill out the simple forms.

Mine was: Gorgeous Sprout [sighs]

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Away Message Becomes Online Art Form

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Blue's News posted a Yahoo! News story on people's creativity with their away messages in instant messaging clients.

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Second Career for Old Assembly-line Robots: Art

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This Wired News story talks about assembly-line robots that can do more than just build cars. An European art group claims they can draw, dance, and even DJ a party.

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Products placed perfectly on NBC shopping site?

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"Paid placement of brand name items in TV shows and movies is nothing new, but NBC Universal is taking the practice to a new level by selling clothes, furniture and other goods appearing in its shows

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Adware cannibals feast on each other...

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Adware cannibals feast on each other is a story by CNET's News.com which was amusing to read:

"Companies that use free software downloads to target Web surfers with annoying ads are turning on each other to keep customers--and the cash they generate--for themselves.

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Java stir puts Sun in a spot -- messed up Firefox users...

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From CNET News.com's news story:

"A flaw in Sun Microsystems' Java software has highlighted the difficulty the company faces as flocks of tech novices start to turn to it for support... Sun disclosed a serious security flaw in its Java virtual machine (JVM) software last month. The rare problem, which affects Sun's plug-in for running Java on a variety of Web browsers and operating systems, could allow a virus to spread through PCs running both Microsoft Windows and Linux...

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What corporate America can't build: a sentence.

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/. posted a CNET News.com story about functional illiteracy when it comes to professional e-mails. Hundreds of inquiries from managers and executives seeking to improve their own or their workers' writing pop into Hogan's computer in-basket each month, he says, describing a number that has surged as e-mail has replaced the phone for much workplace communication. Millions of employees must write more frequently on the job than previously. And many are making a hash of it.

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Real Life Diablo 2 Runes

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DiabloII.net mentions an eBay auction of Diablo 2 runes in real life. The auction ends on Dec-08-04 at 19:33:40 PST.

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Fireworks factory explosion in Enschede, Netherlands in 2000.

Blue's News and FiringSquad mentioned an amazing and scary video clip of a major fireworks factory explosion. You can download the 1.5 MB WMV video file (1.5 minutes long) and/or look at photographs.

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PA Sues College That Gave Cat an MBA

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The Pennsylvania attorney general's office Monday sued an online university for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees — including an MBA awarded to a cat. Trinity Southern University in Texas, a cellular company and the two brothers who ran them are accused of misappropriating Internet addresses of the state Senate and more than 60 Pennsylvania businesses to sell fake degrees and prescription drugs by spam e-mail, according to the lawsuit.

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Gym Class (a short and cool homemade action flick)

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Gym Class is a 4 minutes action shooting flick (14.4 MB direct download). It starts out slow, but it gets cooler with the action gun fight scenes with fingers in a high school with Matrix moves. Nice blood splats too.

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Who's Your Baddie? A Smallville Trivia

Spaceman Spiff found a short poll related to one of my favorite TV shows, Smallville. I got 50% right and he got 70% right. :(

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"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

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According to Globe Link's story for Monday, October 4th 2004, a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers ended. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.