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A history of global hacking

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This MicroScope's article shows a list history of global hacking and says hacking is not a new problem nor is it isolated to one country. Here's the first item on the list:

1971: Vietnam vet John Draper uses the giveaway whistle in a Cap'n Crunch cereal box and a homebuilt "blue box" to make free phone calls. When Esquire publishes a how-to guide for making blue boxes, incidents of wire fraud in the US skyrocket.

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24 season 4 starts on 1/9/2005

According to Zap2It's news post, FOX scheduled the premiere of the fourth season of "24" for Sunday, January 9, 2005. While the network recently announced that the new season would begin on Monday, January 3, the revised date will allow "24" to launch with three hours of programming over two intense nights. The Sunday sneak will also let FOX tease the lauded drama following coverage of the NFC Wild Card game.

The fourth longest day of Jack Bauer's (Kiefer Sutherland) life will start with a two-hour episode, as the Emmy-winning series begins a 24-episode run that won't be interrupted by repeats or preemptions (unless FOX unearths a couple "American Idol" specials that are just too pressing to keep on the shelf). After the two-hour episode, which will air from 8-10 p.m., the show will move into its regular Monday 9 p.m. ET time the following night (January 10).

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Funny TV Car Commercial: Bendy bendy

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Blue mentioned a 45 seconds TV car commercial titled Bendy bendy (WMV; 2 MB; downloadable).

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A funny TV commercial from Nike.

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I saw a funny TV commercial today from Nike and found it online. Go here to go to Nike Gridiron's Web site, skip the annoying introduction, and click on the bottom left area for the commercial ("Watch the commercial"). It is virtual reality + roller coaster + football. You need Macromedia Flash to view the Web site and commercial.

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James Bond 007 in No License: A Battlefield 1942 Short Movie (DivX)

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Short Fuze and Machinima.com produced and released a five minutes movie based on James Bond movies and Battlefield 1942 game. It is titled "James Bond: No License" that has an action sequence, unashamedly inspired by the opening sequences of James Bond movies. It was designed to show that machinema footage can achieve the quality required for standalone video.

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Repeat Pilot of The Lost airs tonight as two hours on ABC.

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ABC will be reshowing the pilot episode of The Lost tonight at 8:00 PM for two hours. If you haven't seen it, be sure to watch it if you want suspense, adventure, action, a few cute women (in binikis!), etc. It's a very good TV show series by J.J. Abrams, the creator of my current favorite TV spy show Alias.

Ulic and I agree this is a good show. Thanks to Spaceman Spiff to tell me about it, and he still hasn't seen it!

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Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Premiere on 10/8/2004 & a Preview

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Star Trek: Enterprise season 4 starts in one week from today at 8:00 PM (PDT; UPN13 in Los Angeles area)! The information, photographs, preview, and season 3 recap can be found here. I am looking forward to seeing it!

Brent Spiner, Data, will be on Starship Enterprise (see season 3 recap)?!

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The Lord of the Ring Trilogy With Special Extended DVD Editions = 12/14/2004

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From The Digital Bits for 9/28/2004:

"We certainly expected this... New Line has announced that the 4-disc Special Extended DVD Editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will all be available in a single box set on 12/14 (SRP $119.97). So if you haven't gotten them yet, here's the perfect chance. Basically, the three separate 4-disc sets will be packaged together in a new outer slipcase. There's nothing new in this release - no exclusive bonus discs or anything. This is just a way to sell all the Extended Editions in one package for those who may wish to purchase them that way."

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Conan O'Brien to replace Jay Leno in 2009

According to MSNBC's article, Jay Leno will be stepping down after 17 years (1999) as the Tonight Show host. NBC chose the 50th anniversary of the "Tonight" show on Monday to announce that Jay Leno will be succeeded by "Late Night" host Conan O’Brien in five years -- or thousands of jokes from now. The unusual succession plan solves a delicate problem for NBC, blocking other networks from poaching O'Brien to move him to an earlier time slot.

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Tales From Making the 'Star Wars' Trilogy

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This CNN's article (thanks /.) says: "Fans invariably take Star Wars too seriously, but the people behind the sci-fi series recall the experience as a surreal comic opera. Training a monkey to play Yoda? Studio complaints that Chewbacca was pantsless? The only thing that worked on R2-D2 was the dwarf inside?"

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SomethingAwful's Unlikely Movie Prequels (Doctored Pictures)

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SomethingAwful's doctored photographs for this week is about unlikely movie prequels. Again, some of these might be offensive/bad.

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Transformers: A History

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Transformers: A History tells a very long story about the Transformers. I am not sure how accurate it is.

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"24" Fourth Season Premiere Details

Dark Horizon's story says:

"Fox has released details of the first episode of the fourth season of "24" over at Mediasharx and finally some details about this 'slimmed down' new season have been revealed. Coming off a solid but somewhat disappointing third year, Fox has revived the show a bit by leaving only Kiefer Sutherland as the main regular returning this time around whilst much of the cast has been restaffed.

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New Star Wars Trilogy DVD in 2007? Also, other good interview questions and answers...

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I just read this interview from TheForce.net. The Washington Post had an online interview (Live Online) with Van Ling, the DVD Producer of Star Wars Trilogy DVD (episodes 4-6). There might be another DVD release, but not until 2007. Two of his answers support this:

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Audio Problems in Star Wars Trilogy DVD set?

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According to this (9/20/04 - 12:30 PM PDT), this (9/20/04 - 10:30 PM PDT), and TheForce.Net, there are audio issues in Star Wars Trilogy DVD set.

Lucasfilm denied with this statement, "We are always impressed with how closely fans listen to the many different sound mixes we have made for the Star Wars movies over the years. It is flattering to know that, indeed, the audience is listening.

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek in Five Minutes article defines itself:

"First, Star Wars vs. Star Trek normally means "could t' Empire kick t' Federation's @ss". If it's a question o' taste (ie- "do you like Star Wars more than Star Trek"), debate becomes impossible because t' answer be subjective. Anyway, once we agree that we're talkin' about military prowess, people like t' perform substitutions: instead o' Federation vs Empire, suddenly it's t' Borg vs t' Empire, or Species 8472 vs t' Empire, or t' Q vs t' Empire, or perhaps t' race that built t' Dyson Sphere vs t' Empire, because all o' them showed up at some time or other in Star Trek. But lest we forget, Star Trek be basically about t' Federation, remember? That's t' technology base. Subject changes be quiet admissions that t' Empire would wipe t' floor with t' main characters o' Star Trek, so you've got t' resort t' one-episode wonders (even if they're long-gone, or just as likely t' turn on t' Federation, or if they've been stymied by t' Federation in t' past, which would call their abilities into question)."

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The Incredibles Trailer Released!

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My good old entertainment buddy, Spaceman Spiff sent me an e-mail to tell me about The Incredibles movie trailer posted online. He said, "Apparently, this debuted in front of Sky Captain this weekend. I saw the links below at Ain't It Cool News (AICN)."

They are not high quality that you see on QuickTime's trailer page. Here are the downloadable movie links:

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Lowest price finds for Star Wars DVD Trilogy in L.A. area.

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DVD set of Star Wars original trilogy will be on sale next Tuesday, 9/21/2004. I will be foraging on the Internet to see I can find any good sales in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Oh and I did find a high quality trailer (22 MB; WMV) from Best Buy.

Here's the list so far:

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The Living Room Candidate

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/.'s story talks about The Living Room Candidate that is an exhibition that maintains a comprehensive and detailed collection of over 300 commercials from the past fourteen elections (1952-2000).

It is interesting to see those old TV commercial ads, especially from 1952.

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Who is the cutest/hotest female candidate from The Apprentice 2? Read my first comment for links for photos.

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