Microsoft Designs the iPod Package

Filed under:General,Technology — posted by 3wire on 2/28/2006 @ 7:22 pm

I work in Marketing and Advertising. This movie represents tthe hell that is my life.

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IGN: Microsoft Handheld Revealed

Filed under:Technology — posted by Maverick on @ 1:56 pm

IGN: Microsoft Handheld Revealed

The functionality of a PSP plus wireless interopereability with a PC is intriguing. It could be a little smaller though.

We are following procedures! – TSA agent

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 2/27/2006 @ 5:57 pm

This from Peggy Noonan.

Please read the whole article. Its getting scary out there.

“Ahead of me, throwing bags in bins, is a young mother with a two or three year old girl. The mother is tense, flustered. Bags, bottles, a stroller to break down and get on the conveyer belt. A security agent yelling: “Keep your boarding pass in your hand at all times.” The little girl is looking up, anxious. All these yelling adults, and things being thrown. “My doll!” she says as her mother puts it quickly in a gray bin. “We’ll get it on the other side!” says the mother. She grabs her daughter’s hand roughly.

“Take off your sneakers!” a clerk yells.

The mother stops, hops, quickly removes her sneakers. Her daughter has already walked through the magnetometer and is wandering on the other side. She looks around: Where’s mommy?

Mommy gets her sneakers in a bin, on the belt, gets through the magnetometer.

I’m relieved. Her daughter holds her mother’s leg. They begin to walk on.

A TSA clerk shouts to another, “You didn’t check the sneakers. You have to put the sneakers through.”

The second clerk yells–“Your daughter has to go through again!”

The little girl is scared–What did I do wrong? I’m sorry, mommy.

The mother is tense, gets a look.

I lift my chin at the TSA agent, smile, and say softly, “Miss, that poor girl with the child, she is having a tough time. The little girl is scared and–”

“We are following procedures!” said the TSA agent. Her mouth was twisted in anger.

I nodded and said softly, “I know, I’m just saying–a little gentle in your tone.”

She looked at my ticket and smiled.

“You have been chosen by the computer for extra attention.”

“What?”

“You have been chosen by the computer for extra attention.”

Chinese Letter Spreads Like Wildfire

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 2/24/2006 @ 11:55 pm

A letter was recently written by a Chinese citizen criticizing some of the policies of the governement and it spread half way around the world before the government’s censors began to do anthing. This is proof that you can’t stop the truth.

HD Copy Protection Screws Early Adopters

Filed under:Technology — posted by Q Ball on @ 11:24 pm

The copy protection that will be on the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs will only allow full HD resolution to be displayed on TVs that have a HDMI input. All analog inputs will be downgraded.

Islamofascists – Like the Nazis in the 1930s

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 2/22/2006 @ 4:35 pm

Because of the current insanity raining down upon us (the civilized world) as the result a few political cartoons, I am done with Islam and all attempts to convince me that it is anything but an arcane dogma followed by murders and lunatics.

Where are the Islamic voices of reason? Murdered or in prison that’s where. Someone, anyone please tell me how they are any different than the Nazis in the 30s.

Delusions of moral superiority – Check
World domination – Check
Extermination of the Jews – Check
Moderates remain silent or are murdered or imprisoned – Check
Europe tries to compromise and appease – Check
Fanatical Fascist beliefs – Check

What more do you need to know?

“Like the Nazis in the 1930s and the Soviet communists in the Cold War, the Islamofascists are emboldened by appeasement and submissiveness. Give the rampagers and book-burners a veto over artistic and editorial decisions, and you end up not with heightened sensitivity and cultural respect, but with more rampages and more books burned. You betray ideals that generations of Americans have died to defend.” —Jeff Jacoby

PS3 to Cost $800!

Filed under:Gaming,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 2/20/2006 @ 4:24 pm

Over at ArsTechnica there is an article that suggests Sony will not be able to ship the PS3 to North America until 2007 and that if the PS3 is going to cost the same as the 360, Sony will be taking a huge hit.

Marc Ecko’s Getting Up Banned in Australia, ATARI Answers Back

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Gaming — posted by Maverick on 2/16/2006 @ 6:47 pm

Marc Ecko’s Getting Up Banned in Australia, ATARI Answers Back – Xbox

“The Australian Government’s recent ruling to ban Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is an ironic instance of Life imitating Art in that Getting Up takes place in a world where freedom of expression is suppressed by a tyrannical government. It is unfortunate that during this day and age a government will implement censorship policies which are tantamount to book burning practices from the past.”

Bryant Gumbel Is An Idiot

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on @ 6:43 pm

Bryant Gumbel is an idiot. That is all.

French Side With United States on Iran

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on @ 6:14 pm

The French government has agreed that Iran poses a major threat to the world and now stands on the side of the United States and Great Britain.

Sony Still Not Ready to Roll Out PlayStation 3

Filed under:Gaming,Technology — posted by Maverick on @ 1:45 pm

Apparently squelching freedom is more important than competition.

“Our No. 1 competition is not other companies but counterfeiters. We want to work with governments to stop this.”

Eye on the UN

Filed under:Bill of Rights,General,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 1:27 am

Interesting site.

Eye on the UN

Space-elevator

Filed under:Science,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 2/15/2006 @ 2:06 pm

Since a test in September of 2005 a group known as LiftPort continues to make progress toward a space elevator.

England’s pubs, clubs forced to go smoke-free

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by 3wire on @ 12:02 pm

There is no end to the amount of meddling with your rights that can be done in the name of “public health concerns”, by well-meaning do-gooders who love to pass legislation “for your own good”. I don’t smoke cigarettes, never have and never will. Yes everyone knows they can and probably will kill you. But so will too much fat, sugar, alcohol, salt, sky diving, driving fast cars, and maybe even dating fast women. Since when is it the government’s job to tell you what kind of business you can run? Oh wait I forgot, its their job to tax and control as much as possible. If there were a real need for non-smoking only restaurants and pubs, then market forces would create them. The key in this story is how the pub association lobbied for a total ban because they feared a partial ban would give smoking business a financial advantage. You see the problem is that if people are allowed to use their free will they might not make the right choices.

If the government wants to promote non-smoking restaurants and bars then they should offer tax incentives for those kinds of establishments, instead of legislating away business owner’s rights. What bureaucrats will enforce these new health laws, levee and collect the fines? No doubt it will be the Health Police. “Excuse me sir. Do you have a license for that Twinkie?”

England’s pubs, clubs to go smoke-free – More Health News – MSNBC.com

No Danish Treatment for an Egyptian Newspaper

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 2/9/2006 @ 11:51 pm

From Freedom for Egyptians:

No Danish Treatment for an Egyptian Newspaper

I promised you in my previous post to bring you the images of the Egyptian newspaper, Al Fager (as pronounced in Egyptian Arabic) that published the Danish Cartoons five month ago on Oct 17, 2005. Here is below the front page where the Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) cartoon from Jyllands-Posten was published.

Malaysia bans possession of Prophet cartoons

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 11:42 pm

This stuff is making me crazy!

Malaysia bans possession of Prophet cartoons
10 Feb 2006 01:55:05 GMT
Source: Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Malaysia has slapped a blanket ban on circulating or even possessing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after it closed a local newspaper for printing the same caricatures that have enraged the Islamic world.

In a short statement confirming its order to shut down the Sarawak Tribune, the government of the mainly-Muslim nation said it had issued the ban to ensure racial harmony.

Malaysia bans possession of Prophet cartoons

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 11:39 pm

This stuff is making me crazy.

From AlertNet:

Malaysia bans possession of Prophet cartoons
10 Feb 2006 01:55:05 GMT
Source: Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Malaysia has slapped a blanket ban on circulating or even possessing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after it closed a local newspaper for printing the same caricatures that have enraged the Islamic world.

In a short statement confirming its order to shut down the Sarawak Tribune, the government of the mainly-Muslim nation said it had issued the ban to ensure racial harmony.

Annan Slams Cartoon Publishers

Filed under:Bill of Rights,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on @ 11:26 pm

From VOA

Annan Slams Cartoon Publishers, Condemns Violence
By Peter Heinlein
United Nations
10 February 2006

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has criticized newspapers that have published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Secretary-General Annan says he cannot understand why any newspaper would publish offensive cartoons of the prophet. “It is insensitive, it is offensive, it is provocative, and they should see what has happened around the world.”

Cartoon Protesters Direct Anger at U.S.

Filed under:War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 2/8/2006 @ 5:29 pm

From Netscape:

By NOOR KHAN QALAT, Afghanistan (AP) – Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.

The U.S. base was targeted because the United States “is the leader of Europe and the leading infidel in the world,” said Sher Mohammed, a 40-year-old farmer who suffered a gunshot wound while taking part in the demonstration in the city of Qalat.

“They are all the enemy of Islam. They are occupiers in our country and must be driven out,” Mohammed said.

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NASA Uses BitTorrent

Filed under:Technology — posted by Q Ball on 2/6/2006 @ 3:21 pm

If you are aware of what BitTorrent is, you can now use it to download ultra-high resolution images of Earth. At least someone over there is thinking.


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