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.
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.
/. 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.
According to TV Tome (12/8/2004 news section), ABC will be reairing all of past episodes Lost to gain new viewers. For those of you who haven't seen the entire series so far, this is your lucky time of year as the show goes on temporary hiatus. Starting December 15th 2004, the show will rerun from the Pilot (in full), and continue down the line until the target date of February 2005. From there, they'll start with Episode 11 called "Whatever The Case May Be" and finish out the season on time in May with however many episodes they decide to finish off the season with. The episodes need to be created and more time is needed for filming.
Worth1000's theme is on Animal Renaissance 4 that has classic paintings with a little something wild. There are 83 entries with a hybrid of sorts, between our Modern Renaissance contests (where we put modern celebrities into classic art) and our Animal Dressup contests (where we put animals in clothes, just like your little sister does).
New Scientist's article reports that left-handed people may be better equipped for close range mortal combat than those who rely on their right hands, according to researchers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BBC (UK) has a name selector for everyone. Just fill out the simple forms.
Mine was: Gorgeous Sprout [sighs]