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Heroes of WoW #8: Loot

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Heroes of WoW's chapter 8 comic/cartoon strip is up. I always wondered how monsters and people can carry big things...

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Do game designers burn out like rock stars?

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A Guardian Unlimited's Gamesblog asks if do game designers burn out like rock stars. The games industry is getting on a bit now, and so are many of its key 'superstars'. You may not think it, given the proliferation of sequels and movie tie-ins that clog up the charts like that sickly white glue in the veins of heavy smokers, but this is a creative business. No matter how many people are involved in the process, there must be a spark of inspiration somewhere at its core. So what happens when the spark falters, or goes out?

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"Regress" terminology and its proper grammar usage.

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I just read this interesting discussion/thread in comp.software.testing newsgroup about the terminology and the proper grammar usage of "regress".

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Good Old New Wave 3 (Earlier to 1980s)

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Worth1000's current contest theme is on celebrities/politicians from the past transported into the awesome 80's. There are 45 entries.

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Ant's 3 Picks from Compfused.com for the Day (1/24/2005)

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Compfused.com posted a few new cool videos and images today. Here are my favorites:

  • Bad Day image -- I had seen this at work before. I feel like this today for someas reason. :(
  • Large Paintin video (QuickTime) -- a cool television/TV commercial/advertisement with huge drawings and real people (e.g., hair).
  • Isfahan Movie (QuickTime) -- a nice rendered, animated film inspired by the Persian architecture. It reminds of those computer graphic demos.
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Steady Hand -- A Scary Flash Game

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Blue's News posted a scary Flash game called Steady Hand.

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Ant's 2 Picks from Viral & Video Ads for the Day (1/24/2005)

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Noah from the Bible.
Women Drivers -- Wow, she's a good at parallel parking.

Remember, these downloadable videos get removed after a few days/a week so download and watch them ASAP.

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Dr. Fun's cheesy computer black and white cartoons from 1990.

Doctor Fun ends his 1990 old black and white cartoons with a computer-related theme. See pages #56, #57, and #58.

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Steve Ballmer pitching Windows 1.0 in a TV commercial spoof.

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No, it is not Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer doing his "developers, developers, developers!" act again. /. posted a video clip (851 KB; WMV) from 15 years ago of Steve Ballmer pitching Windows v1.0 on a television (T.V.) commercial/advertisement as a spoof.

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A co-creator, of Firefox browser, is a teen. What about YOU as a teenager?

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This was an interesting read. I wasn't aware there was a teenager as a co-founder for Firefox before I read Seattle Post-Intelligencer's article: "By age 10, Blake Ross was designing Web pages on America Online. By 14, after mastering complex programming languages such as C++, he was fixing bugs in Netscape's Web browser from home, a hobby that landed him a job offer."

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George Ou's blog: You use my Hotspot; I'll use your credit card.

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George Ou's blog says: "Currently with most Wi-Fi hotspots, there is no simple way to tell whether or not you are using a legitimate hotspot. If you don't think this is a big deal -– since you're probably using VPN anyway -– think again! Since you probably authenticate with your Wi-Fi hotspot or hotspot aggregator provider on a routine basis with a username/password or you pull out your credit card to pay for temporary hotspot access, you could be in danger of losing your user account or worse – your credit card number. A hacker or criminal could easily put up a fake Web-based authentication server that looks exactly like the real thing for the purpose of stealing your hotspot user account or your credit card number along with the extended code. They could even provide you with real Internet access after you’ve authenticated with them to make you think that nothing is wrong and you would never know the difference. Next thing you know, you're looking at a massive hotspot usage bill or worse, you’re looking at a maxed out credit card. Can this really happen? You better believe it! Now that hotspots are ubiquitous, it's only a matter of time before criminals wise up to this type of exploit.

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Is President Bush good for technology?

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CNET's News.com and The New York Times articles say George W. Bush probably won't be remembered as "the high-tech president." The strongholds of the biotech and infotech industries, on the East and West Coasts, voted against him. If his State of the Union address next week, his fourth, is like the previous three, it will say next to nothing about the role of science or advanced technology in the nation's economic and social future. The symbol of Al Gore's relationship with gizmos was the early-model BlackBerry he wore on his belt. The symbol of Bush's was his tumble from a Segway computerized scooter in 2003.

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Tiles.ice.org: A modern version of old-fashioned quilt party, minus the gathering of elderly women.

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tiles.ice.org is a Web site with a cool art idea as a tribute to Salvador Dali. It is iCE (remember ANSI art, you old school computer users?)'s answer to the old-fashioned quilt party, minus the gathering of elderly women.

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3 Photographs of the Day: 2 Cold and 1 Hot!

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Johnny Carson, late-night TV legend, dies at 79

CNN reports Johnny Carson, host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of emphysema.

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Suicide bomber sells VW Polo - hoax ad takes internet by storm

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The Observer (UK News) talks about a spoof advertisement that opens with the suicide bomber leaving his home and jumping into his VW Polo. The bomber parks at a busy London restaurant where carefree diners crowd the pavement. Cut to the terrorist sitting in his car as he pushes the button to detonate his bomb. The blast is contained within the car, saving the diners. The ad ends: 'Polo. Small but tough'.

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Implanted ID chip finds way into ERs, bars

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TheJoker found a CNET News.com story on VeriChip's implantable identification devices that turned up in some interesting places (e.g., Harvard Medical School's CIO and Mexico's attorney general and some of his staff) after U.S. regulators approved them for medical use last year.

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Unintended Consequences for E-mail, Anti-Virus, DRM, etc.

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In this Broadband Reports' Security Forum thread, Cudni posted Scott Granneman's column that says the law of unintended consequences shows us how many innocent innovations like e-mail, anti-virus, and DRM can become something far worse than the inventors had ever imagined.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governator, refuses to be in Terminator 4 for...

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Dark Horizons reports a San Fransisco Chronicle article about Arnold Schwarzenegger largely dropped references to his movie career. He has taken on a more serious, gubernatorial tone, but Hollywood is still calling. The governor said he had been approached about making a brief appearance in "Terminator 4" movie, but has told producers