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Each human life comes with an EULA that you had to agree to...

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Hmmph, I didn't know we had End User License Agreement (EULA) to live! Tempnexus's Broadband Reports Security forum thread mentioned a funny spoof for every human who was born. According to this EULA, we seems to come with spywares (God spies on us), and can be infected with bad stuff like virus and trojans. Ending EULA means terminating life.

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Name That Worm--A plan looks to cut through chaos...

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CNET News.com and ZDNet report Common Malware Enumeration (CME) initiative is emerging from its test phase. Next month, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) plans to officially take the wraps off the effort, meant to reduce the confusion caused by the different names security companies give worms, viruses and other pests.

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"Beautiful Ground" Music Video on an Apple ][+

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Classic Gaming mentioned a neat music video (downloadable 7.2 MB QuickTime MOV) done for Grandaddy's "Beautiful Ground" song. The video was created using an Apple ][+.

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Podfather: The first demo for iPods.

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Pouet.net (with a downloadable 3 minute and 39 seconds video clip and a zip file to run) mentioned Podfather that is the first demo created for Apple's iPods.

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A Web Browser War Propaganda with Firefox and Internet Explorer

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This Worth1000 doctored image shows a Web browser war propaganda.

This could be useful for those spreading Firefox Web browser.

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The # of Microsoft employees to change a lightbulb and the anatomy of a computer bug...

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Forkazoo's /. comment mentioned a Eric Lippert's blog that is a follow-up to Joe Bork's great article. Joe's article explains some of the decisions that go into whether a bug is fixed or not. He generalizes to more than just bug fixes. Eric says a bug fix is one kind of change to the behaviour of the product, and all changes have similar costs and go through a similar process.

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Google Earth (and Maps) Threatens Democracy

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The Register says the recent news with South Korea taking the United States (U.S.) to task over Google Earth (and Google Maps) images. They expose its military installations to close Commie scrutiny has provoked a mini stampede of other peace-loving nations eager to protect their assets from prying eyes.

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One way to keep data security tight...

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This Dilbert cartoon shows one way to keep data security tight from hackers.

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'Islamic Trojan' disrupts smut surfing

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The Register and CNET News.com report virus writers have created a Trojan horse which tries to disrupt visits the pornographic websites by displaying messages from the Koran.

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"Final Audition" Demo...

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Pout mentions a recent amazing Windows demo that won #1 at Evoke 2005. It is a short demo (3 minutes and something long) by Plastic. Amazing chromes. Some scenes look disturbing like that woman exploding. Amazing.

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Rastro -- A cool 64 KB Windows demo...

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Pout posted a cool 64 KB demo called Rastro. It is black and white demo that shows cool scenes and some explainations about it (mathematics and stuff).

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Pandora -- Discover more music that you'll like...

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UserFriendly's Flash link of the day is Pandora. It is a music discovery service designed to help people to find and enjoy music that they'll love. It's powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Just tell it one of your favorite songs or artists and it will launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe.

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Google Earth Hacks

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For those who use Google Earth, Google Earth Hacks is a must visit. It has lots of downloads, information, and hacks.

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Dell tired of sticker mania from Microsoft and Intel

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This Ars Technica article reports the stickers (e.g., Intel Inside, Centrino Mobile Technology, Designed for Windows XP, Mobile Graphics by ATI, etc.) placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.

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Funny Cartoon: Boss Spams Dilbert...

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This cartoon shows Dilbert's boss using spam keywords to get Dilbert's attention, but Dilbert knows better.

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Ghostzilla -- The Invisible Browser

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Again, smi2le sent me a cool link called Ghostzilla. It is a Web browser like Firefox, but it shows up and disappears instantly, discreetly, blended with your Windows application -- any application -- so the Web pages look like part of it and not like the Web at all.

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BBS: The Documentary

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This is mainly for old farts who used bulletin board systems (BBSes) on dial-up modems before the Internet became popular... And who are interested if they weren't there to experience the fun days of BBSes. I decided to check this out even though I knew about it for years. I did not know I could download it for free and legally...

BBS: The Documentary is a fantastic film, by Jason Scott who is a computer historian (and proprietor of the textfiles.com history site). Four years, thousands of miles of travelling, and over 200 interviews later, "BBS: The Documentary", a mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS, is now available. Totalling five and a half hours, this documentary is actually eight documentaries about different aspects of this important story in the annals of computer history...

There is a DVD version that can be ordered, or downloaded for free and legally (hurray for Creative Commons) with less contents.

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