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New York Times Link Generator

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New York Times Link Generator is an useful online tool so you can link to The New York Times stories without logging in to read stories. Saw this tip in a /. comment.

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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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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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3-hour radio breakdown in Southern CA airports caused by forgotten reboot in a MS software.

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Silicon.com's story says that someone forgot to reboot due to a bug in a Microsoft system. It was compounded by human error was ultimately responsible for a three-hour radio breakdown that left hundreds of aircraft aloft without guidance on Tuesday, according to a report in the L.A. Times (story (registration required))...

The newspaper said that a Microsoft-based replacement for an older Unix system needed to be reset every thirty days 'to prevent data overload', as a result of problems found when the system was first rolled out. However, a technician failed to perform the reset at the right time and an internal clock within the system subsequently shut it down. A back-up system also failed.

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Funny Operating System (OS) Beer List

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I saw this funny joke in a /. poll:

DOS Beer
Requires you to use your own can opener, and requires you to read the directions carefully before opening the can. Originally only came in an 8-oz. can, but now comes in a 16-oz. can. However, the can is divided into 8 compartments of 2 oz. each, which have to be consumed separately. Although soon to be discontinued, a lot of people are going to keep drinking it after it's no longer available.

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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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What to Eat on the Way to Mars

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This Wired News article say food scientists are working out ways to feed astronauts on a mission to Mars that will last years. Here is what it says:

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Strong Bad makes fun of Strong Mad...

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Strong Bad's E-mail #114 is up! It's funny since Strong Bad makes fun of Strong Mad. Poor Strong Mad.

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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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Talk Like a Pirate Day!

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Today Talk Like a Pirate Day! I think I will talk like a pirate for t' rest o' t' day. :)

English: Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! :)

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ASUS Anti-Linux Attitude Sucks

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According my newsgroup thread in researching on the best motherboard brand and model (ASUS K8V SE Deluxe was one of them) for my upcoming gaming/production system upgrade (Windows XP and Debian), a poster pointed me this ASUS Anti-Linux Attitude Sucks article. Here is what it say:

For several weeks now, we have been very busy reviewing 32-bit and 64-bit, 2.6 Linux kernel, GNU-Linux distributions. During the course of our lab work with these distros it came to our attention that Asus, the motherboard manufacturer, has a rather nasty anti-Linux and anti-open-source software attitude. Moreover, the Asus people are arrogant about their anti-Linux policy. That sucks!

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Sasser Author Hired by a Security Company

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According to Broadband Reports forum thread and these two foreign sources (German and Dutch), Sven Jaschan will be making security software as a programmer.

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Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness

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Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness lists wacky, bizarre, surreal and otherwise strange examples of technical documentation, particularly illustration. Some of these are funny!

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EarthLink ISP enjoys giving spammers the boot...

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NetworkWorldFusion has an article about EarthLink giving spammers the boot. It shows the behind the scene of what goes on with an abuse team member.

The most trying part of Louis Rush's job is confronting scofflaws, some of whom are hardened criminals, to inform them they've been caught. Often defensive, sometimes cocky, these would-be felons threaten Rush and dare him to stop them. "I already have," is Rush's response, as he cancels their account with EarthLink.

Rush, an investigator with EarthLink's abuse team at the company's headquarters in Atlanta, wields the power to disconnect spammers and other offenders from their lifelines by canceling their accounts.

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Football Player #69: Josh Cockman

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From PvP Forums thread, there is a football player with #69 and a sewer last name. See his profile. Sheesh!

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