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Hamster Shredder

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 20:21 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Just Commercials… Really Old Ones.

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 16:02 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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An amazing collection of classic American television commercials. Sorted by category: Eat, Drink, Smoke, Clean, Groom, Shop and Travel. Includes descriptions and historical background.

Next time you look at a TV ad, remember this site, and realize people 50 years from now will think the ad you just saw is at least as stupid and fucked up.


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  1. But then again, you look at clothes and hairstyles of 30 years ago and wonder what people are thinking. Or watch TV shows from 50 years ago and see how many hold your attention. What relevance is there in how ads come across 50 years from now? Ads aren’t made for 50 years from now–it’s not part of the spec, and I don’t see why it should be.

The Spirit of Truth

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 15:58 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Pastafarian News


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Children on God

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 15:12 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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AACS hacked to expose Volume ID: WinDVD patch irrelevant

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 14:21 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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The DRM “protecting” HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc films — AACS — continues to unravel at the seams. In parallel efforts, hackers in both the Xboxhacker and Doom9 forums have exposed the “Volume ID” for discs played on XBOX 360 HD DVD drives. Any inserted disc will play without first authenticating with AACS, even those with Volume IDs which have already been revoked by the AACS LA due to previous hacking efforts. Add the exposed processing keys and you can decrypt and backup your discs for playback on any device of your choosing. So yeah, it looks like last week’s WinDVD update has been quickly and definitively made useless just as we expected it would be. Well, for XBOX 360 HD DVD drive owners anyway but you can see where this is heading, right? Now go ahead AACS LA, revoke the Toshiba-built XBOX 360 HD DVD player… we double-dog dare ya.

It’s an interesting ‘fight’ to watch from the sidelines, since I won’t be the owner of such a device for quite some time. The original article about the revoked keys explain why:

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New high-def DVDs will include updated keys and instructions for older versions of the PC-playback software not to play discs until the software patch has been installed.

Devices I own only take instructions from me. Instructions to stop working are unacceptable. So I will have nothing to do with these disks at all. I am just gonna say no and take my business elsewhere.


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  1. Spot on! It’s still amazing how the industry tries to con people into buying devices and discs the consumers themselves have no control over. Imagine opening up your refrigerator and putting in a new chunk of cheese, only to find your refrigerator won’t cool that particular chunk because the manufacturer of the fridge decided to withdraw cooling-rights for new cheese. Maybe the next car you buy will have a Digital Petrol Rights Management system. If the petrol rights for a particular brand are revoked, your car just stops. Brilliant. Digital Kerosene Rights Management anyone?

European Court of Human Rights: Personal calls and Internet usage from work are (maybe) protected

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy

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A Welsh university employee has successfully sued the UK government in the European Court of Human Rights over surveillance that was conducted while the woman was an employee at Carmarthenshire College. According to the complaint, the woman’s e-mail, phone, Internet, and fax usage were all monitored by the Deputy Principal (DP) of the college, who appears to have taken a sharp dislike to her. According to the complaint, the DP believed that the woman was using college facilities for personal use too often, and began collecting evidence about her activity. The woman claimed that her human rights were being abused, and pointed specifically to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (PDF), which governs private and family life.

The woman alleged that the DP began a campaign back in 1999 to discredit her. This campaign involved phone calls to numbers that the applicant had called in an attempt to find out who she had been speaking with, and apparently extended even to reading faxes that she sent to her solicitors from the office.

The case was made tricky by the fact that England lacked two things in 1999: a privacy law and a law governing employers’ rights in monitoring their own employees. Because England had no general right to privacy enshrined in the law, the judges might seem to favor the government; but because employers had no law that gave them rights to monitor their workers, Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights became important. That article says that “everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”


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Foreclosures

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 11:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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During the first quarter, foreclosures have jumped sharply across the nation’s top urban markets, according to a PropertyShark.com report released to CNBC.In Miami, foreclosures are up nearly 31%, in Los Angeles 24%, and in New York City, up 56%, the website said. Properties in the borough of Queens accounted for the bulk of the New York foreclosures, jumping 91% alone.Miami experienced the highest quarterly foreclosure rate per household. In Miami-Dade County, there were 987 residential auctions in the first quarter, which translates into 127 foreclosures per 1,000 households. Miami typically has foreclosure rates higher than the national average because it attracts investors that buy into properties before they’re developed with hopes of flipping them later at a profit. Now that prices have peaked in urban markets, investors are left holding properties that they need to unload in a soft housing market. In addition to investment speculators, many subprime borrowers have overextended themselves with creative financing or little money down on homes they couldn’t really afford.

And it’s not likely to stop soon:

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Jim Moore, a mortgage broker in Grand Rapids, Michigan who also writes about mortgages for Miamibeach411.com, said he recently completed a $3 million refinance on a second home for a borrower who was out of work. “This wasn’t even a no-documentation loan,” says Moore. “This was a no-income loan, and the lender knew it.”


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Wonderbra

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 11:37 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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Axe

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 11:34 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

Anybody here spray that stuff before taking a bath?

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  1. Nope, but it’s not a spray but a bath foam or shower gel. Just look at it.

  2. Ugh, you’re right. Which just goes to show you how much attention I pay to the actual products they’re peddling. It’s more like, “Aha, axe, on my black list, so what do I care what it is”…

  3. There’s also something a little suspect about the feet…

  4. I think the feet are the point of the ad.

  5. Where is the snorkel?

Fishing

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 10:56 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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3 Generals Spurn the Position of War ‘Czar’

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 10:22 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and willing to take the job, according to people close to the situation.At least three retired four-star generals approached by the White House in recent weeks have declined to be considered for the position, the sources said, underscoring the administration’s difficulty in enlisting its top recruits to join the team after five years of warfare that have taxed the United States and its military.

“The very fundamental issue is, they don’t know where the hell they’re going,” said retired Marine Gen. John J. “Jack” Sheehan, a former top NATO commander who was among those rejecting the job. Sheehan said he believes that Vice President Cheney and his hawkish allies remain more powerful within the administration than pragmatists looking for a way out of Iraq. “So rather than go over there, develop an ulcer and eventually leave, I said, ‘No, thanks,’ ” he said.


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Cartoons

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 10:01 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on April 11th, 2007 at 9:18 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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