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bitchPod
by pyrex at 30 May, 2006 - 10:38 PM
So um, iTunes just told me it can't read the contents of my iPod and that I should use the software updater to reset it to factory settings. Not even an attempt at fixing it, urgh.

I thought something was wrong when it didn't list the songs I had loaded it with last time, and when one of the playlists had a blank name with blank contents. So, some kind of corruption I suppose.

Now my question is, does anyone know of some kinda magic restoration tool? I have an app to completely back up the music from the pod to the HD, then back again, but god damn what a process to go through.. again.
Latest comment: 31 May 06, 4:19 AM

Flippin buckets of kittens
by rich at 30 May, 2006 - 10:16 AM
And the fun continues today from the stolen identity stuff. Today my beautiful bride tells me that wally-mart just turned the both of us down for credit. This is the third merchant in as many weeks to turn us down. We did not apply for these things, someone else did for us. Joy.

Anyway the fraud alert seems to be doing it’s job, as I am notified every time credit is attempted in my name. However each time I get one of these calls I am hopping mad for the rest of the day. Today, just to be sure nothing had gotten through the cracks I figured I should pony up to the “man” ahem, mob, at Equifax and have a look see for myself. This is something I have been doing every 3 to 6 months anyway before all this crap.
Latest comment: 31 May 06, 3:30 AM

It's Raining (space) Men!
by Pie at 29 May, 2006 - 10:44 PM
So I found this article during my morning ritual of weird news.

Red Rain
Latest comment: 30 May 06, 2:06 AM

i think i fractured my brain
by pyrex at 26 May, 2006 - 7:52 AM
So my mom got herself a new phone and gave me her old one to try out. Pretty crap Sony Ericsson Z200 but I've had my other one for so long I'll give it a trial period. Anyway, surfing around I stumbled onto some UK phone site, and this user review almost made my brain's failsafe switch go off:
Latest comment: 30 May 06, 3:41 AM

i have a virus
by ben at 26 May, 2006 - 2:07 AM
not sure how i got it, but i'm getting these "security" warnings infrequently, winlogon.exe is using 30mb of memory, and adaware is saying i have 50 "critical" issues. damn. i'm guessing you're all going to recommend norton? or something else?
Latest comment: 27 May 06, 2:13 AM

Great article on how Fucked we are
by AnarchyX at 25 May, 2006 - 1:41 PM

Today, the signature of modern American capitalism is neither benign competition, nor class straggle, nor an inclusive middleclass utopia. Instead, predation has become the dominant feature-a system wherein the rich have come to feast on decaying systems built for the middle class. The predatory class is not the whole of the wealthy; it may be opposed by many others of similar wealth. But it is the defining feature, the leading force. And its agents are in full control of the government under which we live.

For in a predatory regime, nothing is done for public reasons. Indeed, the men in charge do not recognize that "public purposes" exist. They have friends, and enemies, and as for the rest--we're the prey. Hurricane Katrina illustrated this perfectly, as Halliburton scooped up contracts and Bush hamstrung Kathleen Blanco, the Democratic governor of Louisiana. The population of New Orleans was, at best, an afterthought; once dispersed, it was quickly forgotten.

The predator-prey model explains some things that other models cannot: in particular, cycles of prosperity and depression. Growth among the prey stimulates predation. The two populations grow together at first, but when the balance of power shifts toward the predators (through rising interest rates, utility rates, oil prices, or embezzlement), both can crash abruptly. When they do, it takes a long time for either to recover.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1329/is_3_31/ai_n16359650
Latest comment: 25 May 06, 1:41 PM

apparently i forgot to post this
by ben at 25 May, 2006 - 10:31 AM
it's been bouncing around for a while... Peter said something about it, then my friend Mike did, and now, one of my heroes, Steve did...

i had my towel with me (though not out), did you?
Latest comment: 25 May 06, 10:31 AM

you sunk my Ajax!
by ben at 25 May, 2006 - 9:57 AM
who wants to play battleship?
Latest comment: 25 May 06, 9:57 AM

COLOUR
by mffree at 25 May, 2006 - 7:21 AM
I really like this commercial

My favorite parts are the dog and the bulllfrog...oh ya and the dirty hippy that I think represents in this piece the essence of San Fransisco.

also though I am glad they used Jose Gonzales. I have his CD—Veneer and its awesome.
Latest comment: 25 May 06, 8:33 AM

Yummy!!!!
by Dan at 25 May, 2006 - 7:18 AM
Latest comment: 06 June 06, 3:44 AM

GM Hides Fuel-Efficient Small Cars and Trucks -- in Brazil
by rich at 24 May, 2006 - 4:44 AM
Washington Post

The Montana is based on GM's subcompact Corsa car. Its 1.8-liter FlexPower engine generates 112 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute and 174 foot-pounds of torque at 2,800 revolutions per minute. But it's a spunky, stable little thing at high speeds. Its five-speed manual shifter works smoothly. With its barely five-foot-long cargo box, it offers urban utility while minimizing urban parking hassles. The interior is one of the best looking I've seen in any small truck. It averages the U.S. equivalent of 35 miles per gallon on the highway.
Latest comment: 25 May 06, 12:26 AM

EFF on front page of SF Chronicle
by muhgcee at 23 May, 2006 - 2:44 AM
Online version of article.

Scary times for your civil liberties. Exciting times to be going into the EFF to fold t-shirts and stuff envelopes once per week.
Latest comment: 23 May 06, 2:44 AM

So you want me to read that? Part 1
by rich at 22 May, 2006 - 4:25 PM
I have had to do a bit of research on the topic of assuring delivery of e-mail lately. E-mail as we know it is based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).

SMTP was released in August of 1982 to a much younger more naive internet, still called arpanet. The protocol was created to link e-mail in various disparate systems. The goal being that, if you knew an e-mail address then you could just send mail without thinking about how it was to get there. Messages could (and still can for the most part!) be sent using things as simple as telnet without even having an e-mail account.

Here is a link on SMTP commands. http://www.yuki-onna.co.uk/email/smtp.html
If you attempt some of these commands against an e-mail server you will see just how easy it is to send out e-mail as if you were someone else. Some of the guys at the ISP I interned at in 1997 showed me this. I thought it was nothing more then a cool novelty at the time when I received an e-mail from god@god.com telling me to go on a divine quest to buy Steve and Patrick tacos or face damnation.
Latest comment: 04 June 06, 11:43 PM

more good Diebold news
by ben at 22 May, 2006 - 1:34 AM
via newsvine:

another scan of diebold machines shows that they're even more vulnerable than we thought.
Latest comment: 22 May 06, 3:08 AM

anyone else liking Lily Allen?
by ben at 20 May, 2006 - 1:46 AM
her myspace page has a few of her good songs... ranging from a female version of the streets to MIA (which appears to currently be down... pay your bills! hehe) to... well herself really... that's definitely one of the reasons i'm liking her stuff... it's pretty rare i that i hear something new and don't thing "Band X called, they want their music back"...
Latest comment: 21 May 06, 1:38 AM

What blogs do you read?
by muhgcee at 19 May, 2006 - 2:14 AM
I read several friends' blogs and I read Boing Boing. The problem with friends' blogs is that they can be inconsistantly updated. And Boing Boing is great, but sometimes it's just not what I am looking for, like when they have 9 posts about anagram transit maps, and 7 posts about earwax removal.

What blogs do you all read that are updated regularly and aren't going for the "funny" or "entertaining" angle?
Latest comment: 24 May 06, 10:47 PM

How to survive an economic meltdown
by AnarchyX at 18 May, 2006 - 2:05 PM
I found this while trolling the retards at FC. Some good tips from a guy who lived through the 2001 depression in Argentina


BEGINS:

My brother visited Argentina a few weeks ago. He’s been living in Spain for a few years now.

Within the first week, he go sick, some kind of strong flu, even though climate isn’t that cold and he took care of himself.

Without a doubt he got sick because there are lots of new viruses in my country that can’t be found in 1st world countries.
Latest comment: 19 May 06, 4:23 AM

Privacy vs. Control?
by ben at 18 May, 2006 - 8:10 AM
This article has a good point about how the question "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" asserts that it's alright for the government to be watching you.
Latest comment: 22 May 06, 1:23 AM

Call to arms
by muhgcee at 18 May, 2006 - 3:57 AM
Blue Security folds under spammer's wrath (Security Focus)

How would this story be different if an online giant had been running this operation? I call on Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, or some other online giant to pick up where Blue Security left off. Not only should spam be filtered, but the spammers should suffer for sending it in the first place.
Latest comment: 26 May 06, 2:51 AM

cool
by mffree at 17 May, 2006 - 6:44 AM
Latest comment: 18 May 06, 8:11 AM

I like II:
by pyrex at 17 May, 2006 - 5:53 AM
.. the unlicensed sequel.

Ask a ninja! May require some digging the archive for the good shit. Like minjas, ninjistics, and even a bit on net neutrality.

Oh, and don't forget.

Latest comment: 17 May 06, 9:43 PM

Popularity Contest
by ben at 16 May, 2006 - 8:25 AM
Lauren requested that I do this, and since I'm that guy, I'm posting it... her cousin, Henry Joost is a fledgling (or not so fledgling) filmmaker living in NYC. He's in the running for a video contest put out by Scion - so you should go vote for him. He's the one that's Henry Joost.

The band, Palomar has a myspace page, if you want to check them out. The video really is pretty good - and Lauren might give me a cookie if Henry wins due to the extra 8 1/2 votes I can wheedle out of you, so please, for the love of cookies, vote... think of the cookies!
Latest comment: 23 May 06, 1:41 AM

shut up
by ben at 16 May, 2006 - 6:00 AM
just... shut up!
Latest comment: 19 May 06, 1:56 AM

AJAX photo gallery with Adobe's Spry framework
by ben at 15 May, 2006 - 7:12 AM
Adobe threw their entry into the Ajax toolkit ring recently with the Spry framework. They have a pretty simple how-to as well... if you're looking to get into some AJAX, this is a good way to do it.
Latest comment: 17 May 06, 8:27 AM

Caught in a Neighborhood Web
by rich at 13 May, 2006 - 1:09 AM
Innocent Man Mistaken For Registered Offender

From the Washington Post

Basicly this guy was run out of suburbia, and his girlfriend's parents chased him away for what? He once had a roommate that was a sex offender, and he took a nap before picking up his girlfriend for a date.

How many of you have arrived somewhere early and taken a nap in your car before going inside? I know I have done it many times.
Latest comment: 15 May 06, 9:46 AM

a riddle:
by ben at 12 May, 2006 - 10:03 AM
I got this in an email today:

There are eight rooms, each with a single door to go in and out. Four of the rooms have light switches and four of them have light bulbs. You can enter and exit each room exactly one time. After you leave a room, the door closes and locks behind you. Your job is to determine which light switches control which light bulbs.
Latest comment: 15 May 06, 7:14 AM

DRM And You
by ben at 12 May, 2006 - 8:33 AM
Recently on Techdirt, there was an article about why the arguments for copy protection are bad, and I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with him on this.

I've never paid it much mind - for specifically the reason he brings up - because everything that could be copy protected is already cracked and online. However, that doesn't seem to faze most companies, and I don't see it going away.
Latest comment: 12 May 06, 11:50 PM

A great thread on Slashdot
by muhgcee at 11 May, 2006 - 1:31 AM
A great thread on Slashdot:

New NSA Program

The comments are actually pretty insightful.
Latest comment: 12 May 06, 8:39 AM

Speaking of Superman
by elfie at 11 May, 2006 - 12:20 AM
http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/supermanreturns/trailer2

I think Kevin Spacey does a really good Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor. He's going to be awesome.

Of interest to me is the fact that this will be opening at IMAX a week before this year's Virginia Beach trip. The IMAX in Baltimore tends to not show Hollywood movies, but last year we saw Batman Begins at the IMAX in Norfolk while we were down there and it was wicked cool. This year's vacation will definitely include another trip to the super big screen.

Just have to remember to sit a little further back this time.
Latest comment: 11 May 06, 12:20 AM

tonight's meal brought to you by the letter N
by ben at 10 May, 2006 - 1:48 PM
for family dinner tonight I made glazed ham with raisin sauce, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. it was great....

next week's family dinner will be crayfish with cream sauce...
Latest comment: 12 May 06, 10:02 AM

Designer post
by mffree at 10 May, 2006 - 2:57 AM
Latest comment: 10 May 06, 6:29 AM

Superman Trades
by elfie at 08 May, 2006 - 10:10 PM
A slightly more daunting task than my previous ones, I bring you a chronological list of all Superman trade paperbacks. w00t.
Latest comment: 09 May 06, 12:17 AM

:P (|)
by mffree at 08 May, 2006 - 6:49 AM
Latest comment: 09 May 06, 4:01 AM

rerecord it! rerecord it good!
by ben at 04 May, 2006 - 7:27 AM
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if the best new wave band of all time spilled all over the mouseketeers (lord knows it’s all I’ve ever wanted, hehe) – Devo 2.0 is the answer.
Latest comment: 04 May 06, 7:27 AM

Noob needs Linux (Ubuntu) guidance....
by ralph at 04 May, 2006 - 2:35 AM
So, I'm attempting (again) to join the ranks of the Linux geeks. A few days ago I installed Ubuntu on my machine. I'd like to get away from windows eventually, but I need a lot of help and really need to build my knowledge base.
Latest comment: 09 May 06, 1:53 PM

Lucas is releasing the Original Original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD
by elfie at 04 May, 2006 - 12:46 AM
Latest comment: 07 May 06, 1:57 PM

I like
by mffree at 03 May, 2006 - 5:26 AM
I have been watching this guys shows for a bit and they are amusing...easily.
Latest comment: 17 May 06, 5:41 AM

the photo thread
by ben at 02 May, 2006 - 4:12 AM
i know that several of you here are fantastic photographers, and i thought i'd start a discussion here (in the open!) about it. i'm pretty bad myself, but always interested in getting better. you guys can talk about what kind of cameras you use, methods, positioning etc.
Latest comment: 19 May 06, 2:20 AM

damn thats stupid
by Dan at 01 May, 2006 - 1:47 AM
I think I just read the dumbist article off of ZDnet. It was so bad I just thought I would have to share it with everyone as sort of the Monday funny.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=201
Latest comment: 01 May 06, 3:32 AM

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