We all hate it. We know how damaging it can be. Spyware causes the average computer user to despise getting on the internet. In some cases, it gets as severe as being the cause of identity theft. The House is trying to eliminate these malicious programs and the people that distribute them. Violators of the House’s new bill are looking at 2 years minimum for breaking these laws and more if identity theft is involved.
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You know, this is the kind of thing that just proves that AOL really has lost its over the last, oh, 12 years or so. Recently, they dropped their prices in an effort to gain more subscribers since people are leaving them in droves. Hell, they even started selling their own branded PC with the AOL service thrown in! So, they dropped the dial-up price from $24 to $20, and their BYOA plan from $15 to $10. Ready for the best part? This price hike brings the prices back up to where they were - and the lower prices weren’t even in effect for a full month! It’s things like this that put a smile on my face.
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Check out this image - it was supposedly snagged from Google’s Factory Tour presentation. It’s cool, I guess. I just don’t see the overall excitement about Google creating a portal. News, mail, weather, sports, movie showtimes, yadda, yadda…this has been available from guys like Yahoo! and MSN for years.
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I have been messing around with Dodgeball.com for a couple of weeks in the Seattle area, and I think the service is pretty cool. I haven’t done much more than test it, but I like the idea behind it. Apparently Google liked it to - so much so that they have acquired the company, making Dodgeball.com the thirteenth company that Google has picked up. If you are unfamiliar with Dodgeball’s service, it is simple. Sign up is free, and you are then able to send a text message to email@example.com whenever you are somewhere that you want to meet people. For example, if I am at Pike’s Place Market hanging out, I can text firstname.lastname@example.org with the message @pikes place. Now anyone on my contact list that happens to be in a 10 block radius will get an email and/or text message which says “Andru is at Pikes Place”. Very cool. Dodgeball is available in most major cities. Congrats to Google for picking this one up.
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The Google search engine is a powerful force. We have all heard of the different ways you can manipulate the search field to find things that people would rather keep private. Now it appears that someone has uncovered another security flaw, this time concerning iCal. Now, after talking to Joel it was made clear to me that the user needs to do something in order to get their information out there. Apparently, if you publish your iCal, anyone can view it if they know what to plug in to Google. Check it out for yourself. Click on a result to view the calendar, addresses, appointments, and all. Unfortunately, many users will publish a calendar on the web to share with friends, family, or co-workers, not knowing that it would become available for all to see. Perusing through the search results, you can find personal addresses and phone numbers - things I am sure the users probably didn’t mean to broadcast across the interweb.
Canada’s local phone companies were hoping that VOIP services would be left unregulated similar to other Internet services. Instead, what is expected to happen is that the CRTC will bring VOIP under its umbrella which would mean that the large telcos like Bell Canada and Telus Corp. would need to seek CRTC approval for their prices. This means that if they want to slash prices to compete with VOIP services like Vonage and Primus Telecommunications, they need to go through the proper channels to do so. This gives startup VOIP services and easier time of gaining footing, as well as giving cable companies like Shaw, Rogers, and Videotron the ability to compete.
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A few people forwarded this site to me this morning, and I just had to mention it because it is just another example of the things you can find on the Internet. Going to a site like weather.com will tell you the conditions of any location you would like. While it is nice to know that it is hailing outside, what weather.com doesn’t tell you is if you should wear a jacket before stepping out into said hail. This is where DoINeedAJacket.com comes in. It is simply a site you would go to if you wanted to know if you need to wear a jacket or not, based on your local weather conditions. Take today for example. I put in my zip code, and my results are in the image. You see, I should wear a jacket because it simply isn’t that warm outside. Who needs to know the temperature? Apparently, not me!
(Thanks to everyone who sent this my way!)
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A while back we gave away three box.net storage accounts to our readers. Heck, we even used box.net to host our NYC PSP launch photo album. The reason we gave three away two months ago was because we thought this seemed like a pretty neat service, so we took it for a more in depth look ourselves to tell you more about it. We provide a look at box.net after the jump.
It has been many, many years since the last major motion picture Superman movie. Fans waiting for the next one, set to drop in June 2006, can check out bluetights.net for the latest information from those who are actually involved with the movie. In fact, you can even check out videos of the project, including a behind the scenes look at the development of the flying mechanism for Superman. Way better than days of old.
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This tip gets emailed to me every then and again, so heck, why not throw it up? Can’t say this isn’t interesting. Courtesy of the University of Washington CS department, check out this a clip of The Matrix rendered in ASCII. No word yet on if the MPAA plans on suing.
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