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Air Force turns to Microsoft for network security

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According to CNET News.com and ZDNet stories, the U.S. Air Force is drafting Microsoft to help simplify its networks and software contracts, a move that could improve its computer security and deliver savings of $100 million.

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Worth1000's Celebrity Cyborgs 5

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This is Worth1000's answer to those who cannot get celebrities as their mates. There are 34 images of celebrities as cyborgs/robots.

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Why companies ban cellular phones...

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Here is why companies ban cellular phones. Crazy human resource people. [grin] :)

Thanks Dilbert!

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Security professionals bemoan need for tactical focus...

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Computerworld has an article about more proactive initiatives falling by the wayside, conference attendees say.

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The ultimate cellular payphone!

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Engadget has a photograph of a solar-powered cellular payphone that was spotted on boat sailing around Lake Victoria in Africa. It is probably not real since it could possibly be a staged advertisement for something or other.

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Meet the People Who Made America: Inventors vs. Innovators

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This Wired's article says there are nearly 50 visionary entrepreneurs profiled in a new 495-page book titled They Made America. It is an encyclopedic, entertaining tome by Sir Harold Evans is now the subject of a four-part PBS series (check this informative site out for names, history, images, etc.) of the same name.

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Eco-friendly Disc to Store Data on Corn

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TheShadow shared a Yahoo! News' story about Pioneer Corp. developing a next-generation disc that is made of corn to let the eco-conscious consumer dispose of data in the soil.

The Japanese electronics maker said the Blu-ray optical disc, which can be written once and stores 25 gigabytes of data, is 87 percent natural polymer derived from corn and biodegrades.

"If the starch polymer is incinerated, it will not emit dioxins and any other harmful chemicals," the company said.

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Vintage Products 5 -- Doctored Photographs on Worth1000.com

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Vintage Products 5 is the contest theme on Worth1000.com. It shows current products in a vintage light with 59 entries.

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The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

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This About.com's article lists the ten most puzzling ancient artifacts that have been unearthed. They do not fit the currently excepted theories of geology and the history of man.

This article was found on Firingsquad.

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A robot predisposed to alcohol...

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This article has a video clip (MPEG and QuickTime) of a Bar Bot, driven by self interest, its only aim is to drink beer. In order to achieve this goal in bars, it asks people for coins and spends them as soon as there is enough for a beer. To reach its selfish objectives, it dependends on others: somebody has to give it coins or hand it a beer. This is where it engages in communication, in social interaction with human beings.

The long video is cool and shows the details in actions. Seen on memepool.

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The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés

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Be sure to read The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés if you read books and watch TV and movies related to science fiction.

Saw this on User Friendly as its link of the day.

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RIAA More Powerful Than Police

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DMusic mentions Dave Ralis' editorial for PhillyBurbs.com. He explains why the record industry is now more powerful than police:

Under the fourth amendment to Constitution, police must show probable cause that a crime has been committed before they can get a judge's permission to search your home for evidence, or subpoena you to appear in court. But under the federal Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), all the RIAA has to do is file paperwork with a court clerk to get a subpoena if it suspects you of downloading a song from the Internet or sharing music in a peer-to-peer network such as Kazaa, WinMX or Grokster. Anyone found in violation of the act could faces a lawsuit from the RIAA seeking $750 to $150,000 per song, The Associated Press has reported.

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A funny conference call cartoon...

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Dilbert has a funny cartoon (10/11/2004) for conference call:

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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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Robot Uses Mouse Whiskers to Get Around

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Mousey would be so proud of his rodent species. New Scientist's story says a robot with real mouse whiskers could represent an important step towards developing simple robots that navigate by mimicking rodents. Such whiskered machines could eventually be used to perform repairs in pipes.

The bristly bot, known as AMouse (Artificial Mouse) was built by researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It uses real mouse whiskers because simulations have shown these to be the perfect size and shape for the task, but artificial whiskers will also be developed eventually.

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Open source lives on Mars with rover mission extension

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NewsForge has a story on how NASA's most sophisticated gear and the space agency using open source software heavily. This helped the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers to receive clearance for an extended tour of the Red Planet.

Jeff Norris, a senior computer scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who headed development of the rovers' open source-heavy Science Activity Planner (SAP), said the mission extension was a steal for taxpayers, whose space and research support has shrunk along with NASA budgets...

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2 Funny Images of the Day

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The first funny image is from Mousey. Merge Tiger Wood 2005 and Burn Out 3 games to get a cool game! :D

The second funny image is from a comment in U.S. Offers $50 Download story on /..

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Worth1000.com's future glimpse #4 theme with doctored photographs.

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Worth1000.com has a theme on Future Glimpse 4: scenes from the not-so-distant future. I really like this one (Choose Life!). I must had screwed up as an embryo. :P

9/17/2004 10:21 PM PDT: Here are user's picks for the best ones.

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