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Batman Begins trailer released online!

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Batman Begins trailer is now out online. I wasn't impressed with it though. The trailer lasts about a minute and 16 seconds.

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PTW Architects' design for the National Swimming Center in Beijing

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While the Ant's away, the Mousey will play! ..So Gareth of Southern California Linux Expo fame, dropped a cool link in the lalugs irc channel on freenode about an Australian architectural firm (PTW) winning international design competition for Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The winning design was for the Olympic Watercube, a building housing the water sports events for the 2008 Olympics, the walls of which are actually made out of water!

A quote from the article: "It appears random and playful like a natural system, yet is mathematically very rigorous and repetitious. The transparency of water, with the mystery of the bubble system, engages those both inside and out of the structure to consider their own experiences with water"..

That's a COOL looking building!

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FYI: No computer and Internet for the next 3 work days...

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... since I have a new hire orientation at work. No computers and no Internet most of the day! I am going to die! :P I probably will get to them after 5 PM PST. :(

So what does this mean? It means less posts on AQFL! Maybe Mousey and others can provide something to post. :)

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Watch out for those crazy vampires at work...

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Dilbert shows an example of those co-workers who are cubicle vampires. I'm scared at my workplace. :)

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Funny Game Screen Shot of the Day Related to Security

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I was playing DOOM 3 earlier and saw this funny scene. It looks like UAC employees on Mars don't take security seriously either. :( Click here to view it.

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Google Suggest

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/. mentioned a new feature (Google Suggest (beta) on Google. It will autocomplete your search. For example, type in: ulic and you get "ulic qel droma" and others as suggestions. It's neat.

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Christmas Parties Can Damage Your Health

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This Reuters story is amusing to read, but provide good tips on how Christmas parties can damage one's health. Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which joined trade unions on Friday to issue guidelines on how to host a safe and successful office party.

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Spam-happy Shoppers Love Stolen Software

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This CNET News.com article says online shoppers are still willing to buy products advertised in spam. It seems the problem is unlikely to desist anytime soon, a new survey shows... The problems with this kind of sale in particular are manifold. Users are encouraging the spammers to keep sending bulk mail by buying from them. They are also violating software copyrights. Furthermore, by buying software that is most likely pirated and not produced with much quality assurance they are likely exposing themselves to viruses and spyware bundled with their illegal goods.

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Viral: Funny TV Ads/Commercials: ArrowHead, KiM, Bottle Opener, & Santa Claus

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Viral Videos & Ads has some funny TV commercials/ads to download (zipped WMV files) and watch:

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Video games calm kids before surgery

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This CNN story says video games calm kids before surgery, more effectively than tranquilizers or parental presence. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect. Dr. Anu Patel conducted the study after noticing a friend's 7-year-old son was so absorbed with his Game Boy at a restaurant that he ignored the adults and the food at his table.

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War of the Worlds movie teaser trailer!

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War of the Worlds teaser trailer is up on Apple's Movie Trailers Web site.

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If Darth Vader was Santa Claus...

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Dr. Fun posted another funny cartoon with Darth Vader as Santa Claus.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie Teaser Trailer

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The teaser trailer for Charlie and Chocolate Factory is now available. You can watch the streaming QuickTime videos: High Quality (12.7 MB) or Low Quality (3.4 MB).

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A funny video clip of a date spoof on MasterCard

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Rebel sent me a 1 MB funny video (WMV format) of a date as a MasterCard commercial spoof. Be warned, it has sewer talking.

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Offshore outsourcing set for a big year?

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CNET News.com's story asks how big a deal is offshore outsourcing. It depends who you ask:

Research firm Gartner published a study Monday saying "offshore outsourcing isn't as widespread as people think," with lower-cost locales accounting for less than 3 percent of money spent on global information technology services this year.

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The strange death of the mass mailing virus

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From a Broadband Reports' security forum thread, John2g reports The Register's article on the death of the mass mailing virus. "Mass mailing viruses will go the way of macro viruses and become much rarer next year. Viruses such as Sober and MyDoom are simply not as effective as they used to be, Kevin Hogan, a Symantec Europe manager, notes. 'People know it's risky to double click on viruses. For virus writers there's no technical kudos. Also mass mailing viruses are noisy, bringing attention to themselves, and that goes against the trend of developing malware that hides its presence on infected systems,' he said."

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Internet hoax hoodwinks Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Scott McNealy

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FiringSquad mentions a CNET News.com article that says Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Scott McNealy showed a photo during a Wednesday speech to illustrate how rapidly technology improves--but instead illustrated another computing phenomenon: how easy it is to fall for an Internet hoax.

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Why Nerds (And Geeks) Are Unpopular

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Paul Graham, of Wired, explains why why nerds are unpopular. He thinks that most smart kids don't really want to be popular. You can read the rest of his essay/editorial.

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Low Fat Broadband: Whatever happened to 'lite/light' tiers?

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Broadband Reports reports that cable executives waxed poetic over "Lite" broadband tiers in 2003; connections from 128kbps to 1Mbps, offered around $25, designed to appeal to stubborn dial-up converts. Most of these tiers never materialized in 2004, primarily because of a fear that existing users, often paying in excess of $40, would downgrade and cost the companies money.

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When Malware Authors Combine Efforts

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/. posted a ZDNet UK story about how spammers, hackers, and virus writers are all teaming up according to some russian security researchers from Kaspersky Labs. This means that they reckon that weaknesses will be exploited in a matter of hours of being announced, rather than the weeks and months that we're seeing now.