Saturday, 29 December 2007

Domains May Disappear After You Search .. SO DON"T!

Domains May Disappear After Search

Posted by Zonk on Friday December 28, @11:36AM

from the risky-business-out-here dept.

Ponca City, We Love You writes

"Daily Domainer has a story alleging that there may be a leak that allows domain tasters to intercept, analyze and register your domain ideas in minutes. 'Every time you do a whois search with any service, you run a risk of losing your domain,' says one industry insider. ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC ) has not been able to find hard evidence of Domain Name Front Running but they have issued an advisory (pdf) for people to come forward with hard evidence it is happening. Here is how domain name research theft crimes can occur and some tips to avoiding being a victim."

Stealing domain name research =>

Sunday, 23 December 2007

YouTube - Bugatti Veyron vs Mclaren SLR

And now the Veyron is no longer the fastest street legal car in the world!!
Look at the SSC Ultimate Aero TT from Shelby!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Celebrities Before and After photoshop

The camera doesn't lie ... can't say the same for the computer!

How to Glacé Fruit

How to Glacé Fruit
Q. Could you please tell me how to glacé things, as my mother and I have been searching for the instructions for ages and just can't get them?
A. If you have the time, we have the procedure. It takes about a month from start to finish. And by "things," we assume you mean fruits.
Glacé is the French word for glazed, and refers to fruits that are preserved in a sugar syrup and then further glazed or candied with syrup. They can be used in cakes, breads and other sweets, or used to decorate desserts. The best candidates for the procedure are cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, pears, starfruit, pineapple, apples, oranges, lemons, limes and clementines. Because this is such a time-consuming process, you will want to select the best fruits and treat them with care.

Glacé Fruits:

1 pound of fruit
4-1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of corn syrup

Prepare the fruit: Pit cherries and prick them with a pin to allow the syrup to penetrate the skin; peel core and quarter or slice apples, apricots, plums, pears, peaches; peel and core pineapple and cut it into rings or cubes; slice citrus fruits thinly (no need to peel them). Place the fruit in the bottom of a saucepan, cover with water, and simmer gently until almost tender. Cook the fruit in batches, if necessary. Lift the fruit out with a slotted spoon and place in a shallow dish. Pour out all but 1 cup of the cooking water (or add enough to make 1 cup), add 1/2 cup of sugar and the corn syrup. Heat it to dissolve the sugar, bring to a boil, and pour over the fruit to cover. Leave it overnight. Next day, pour the syrup into a pan, add a half-cup of sugar, heat to dissolve, bring to a boil, pour over the fruit and leave overnight. Repeat again for the next five days. On the next day, pour the syrup into a pan, add the half-cup of sugar, and boil, then reduce the heat, add the fruit and cook gently for three minutes. Pour the fruit and syrup into the dish and leave it to soak for two days. Repeat once more. At this point, the syrup should look like runny honey. Leave the fruit to soak for 10 days to three weeks and take a vacation! At the end of the soaking period, remove the fruit from the syrup and arrange it on a wire rack over a tray. Dry in a warm place, in the oven at the lowest setting, or in a dehydrator until the surface no longer feels sticky.If you haven't done enough work by this point, you can also plunge each piece of fruit into boiling water for an instant and roll it in granulated sugar to coat the surface. Store in an airtight canister, tin, or jar in a cool, dark place.

Friday, 7 December 2007

War on Greed

Do we have anything like this in Australia?
This would seem to go against the Australian way of life but we should beware that we don't follow the US. 

by Adam Doster, In These Times
Private equity funds are complicated entities. Essentially, they are unregulated pools of private capital raised and controlled by investment managers, otherwise known as "general partners." Typically, managers buy up undervalued companies, de-list them from public exchanges... Read on.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Kershaw Co. man cuts off his own arm
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kershaw County man is sharing his story of survival. He faced a life or death decision when his hand got stuck in a piece of farm equipment, and then a fire broke out around him. What he did next might shock you, and we have to warn you that some of the details might be disturbing.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

How To Hide An Airplane Factory ++ Think or Thwim »
During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and trompe l’oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

More on Giving up Wine.

   The Disadvantages of Giving up Wine.

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. 

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked,
"If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?" 
"No I had to stop drinking years ago", the homeless woman told me. 
"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked. 
"No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive." 
"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" I asked.
"Are you NUTS !" replied the homeless woman. "I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!" 

"Well," I said, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."
The homeless Woman was shocked. "Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting." 

I said, "That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine."

Monday, 12 November 2007

NEW - Miracle Cure!

NEW - Miracle Cure!

· Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
· Do you suffer from shyness?
· Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about White Wine.

White Wine is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. White Wine can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of White Wine almost immediately, and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live. Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with White Wine.

However, White Wine may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use White Wine.

However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it. 

Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.


The consumption of White Wine may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
The consumption of White Wine is a major factor in dancing like a idiot.
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The consumption of White Wine may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
The consumption of White Wine may cause you to think you can sing.
The consumption of White Wine may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
The consumption of White Wine may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
The consumption of White Wine may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
The consumption of White Wine may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
The consumption of White Wine may be a major factor in getting your ass kicked.


Sunday, 11 November 2007

Machinist: Tech Blog, Tech News, Technology Articles - Salon

Once and for all, proof that Macs are cheaper than PCs
Let's put to rest the myth that an Apple computer will set you back more than a Windows PC. In fact, it'll cost you less.
By Farhad Manjoo
It's time to buy an Apple computer. Indeed, it's been that time for the past five years, at least, but only now, slowly, are people waking up to this fact. Thanks to Apple's relentless flash -- the John Hodgman ads, the iPods, the iPhones -- its Macintosh business is now in league with that of the biggest PC companies in the world. Everyone who's used it agrees that Leopard, the operating system that Apple released late last month, is to its chief rival, Microsoft's Windows Vista, roughly as Richard Wagner is to Richard Marx. This simple truth is dawning: If we forget about computer-industry network effects and monopolistic business practices, if we forget Apple's various ancient missteps -- if we're going just by what's better -- the ages-old Mac-vs.-PC debate is over. Long over. Yell it from the rooftops: The Mac has won.
And yet, you're not buying an Apple computer. Most of the world isn't. There is probably a single overwhelming reason you're clinging to Windows. Macs are expensive. This is what you've been told, and in your research, it's seemed to check out. If they acknowledge it at all, Mac fans will rationalize the higher prices by noting that you're paying for quality. Buying a Mac, folks say, is like buying a BMW (Apple CEO Steve Jobs regularly compares the Mac's market share with that of German luxury cars). But what if you don't want the BMW of PCs? What if you can only afford a Chevrolet?
The present article is an attempt to prove to you that, on price alone, the Mac is not the BMW of computers. It is the Ford of computers. I am not arguing that the Mac is cheaper only if you consider the psychic benefits conferred by its quality. Rather I'm going to illustrate something more straightforward: Even though you may pay a slight premium at the cash register for a Mac over a comparable Windows PC (a premium that gets slighter all the time), it will cost you less money -- real, honest-to-goodness American dollars -- to own that Mac than to own that PC.
Why this should be has to do with an economic truth that has not recently mattered much in the computer industry, but that, in an age of eBay and unyielding obsolescence, is now crucial. It is resale value. Macs fetch far more on the aftermarket than do PCs -- and after years of use, you can offset that cash-register premium by selling your Mac for a better price than you could your PC.
Consider this example: Last Thanksgiving, you could have purchased a fairly well-outfitted Windows desktop -- the HP Pavilion Media Center A1640n -- on sale from some retail outlets for $699. The machine came with 2 gigabytes of memory, a 250 GB hard disk, and it ran on a quick 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Around the same time, you might instead have picked up Apple's top-of-the-line Mac Mini, which came equipped with a processor slightly less powerful than the HP's (a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo), a far smaller hard disk (80 GB), and less memory (512 MB). The Mac Mini would have set you back $799, or $100 more than the HP.
A good way to gauge the current market value of a computer is to check how much buyers have been willing to pay for similar models in auctions recently completed on eBay. Doing so for the HP shows prices ranging from $236 to $257 -- let's say a rough average of $250. Sales of the Mac Mini, meanwhile, go from about $445 to $550. Let's assume you can unload yours for $500.
If you used your HP for a year and then sold it, you would have spent $449 to own it -- that is, your purchase price of $699 minus your sale price of $250. The Mac Mini, for the same year, would have set you back far less: $799 minus $500, or just $299.
I ran such comparisons on many Windows and Mac systems sold during the past four years, and in nearly every one -- whether the machines were laptops or desktops -- the Macs sold by enough of a premium over comparable Windows machines to make up for the greater amount you would have paid when buying them.
In the spring of 2006, for instance, you could have purchased a nice Dell laptop -- the Inspiron E1505, with a 1.66 GHz Core Duo processor, 1 GB of memory, and an 80 GB hard disk -- for $999 directly from Dell. At the time, Apple's roughly comparable entry-level MacBook -- 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 512 MB memory, a 60 GB disk -- went for $100 more, $1,099.
Even if you'd treated your machine very well, you'd be lucky to sell the Dell today for $550, while MacBooks have recently sold for $710, $740, $790, and even $800. It would, in other words, be a cinch to sell the MacBook for $100 more than the Dell Inspiron, thereby making up the purchase-price difference you paid earlier (and likely even beating it).
Apple fans have long understood the amazing resale value of their machines. Windows users, on the other hand, might be scratching their heads at my argument; in the Windows world, selling your computer (rather than recycling it) is almost unheard of. After just a year or two of use, a Windows machine gets so gummed up with spyware, viruses and other nasty stuff that it seems malicious to ask anybody for money for the thing.
When I say that it is time to consider buying an Apple computer, what I really mean is that it's time to consider that computers can live longer than what we in the Windows camp are used to. It's time to realize that a 2-, 3-, or even 4- or 5-year-old machine is still intrinsically useful -- if not to you then to someone else -- and you'd do well to take this value into consideration when choosing what to buy.
Last year, the Web entrepreneur Daniel Nissanoff published an intriguing book called "Future Shop," in which he argued that by making all goods more "liquid," eBay and other auction sites would profoundly revolutionize how we shop. The coming "auction culture," he writes, "will shake up the status quo by reshuffling brand values according to how well a product actually sells in the secondary market." Instead of choosing what to buy based on its price tag, we'll take into account "how much it will fetch on eBay next year, which corresponds to how much it will really cost you to own it up until then."
Tech geeks tend to purchase computers as if brands don't matter. As long as the specs are in order, they argue, you can buy a bargain-basement PC and rest assured that it'll work out for you -- the logo on the case doesn't mean a thing for how it runs.
Nissanoff's thesis -- not to mention the completed sales on eBay -- upturns this argument. Even for computers, brand matters. This week I compared prices of several machines from Dell, Gateway and other PC vendors against Apple's lineup of Macs. In most cases comparable Macs sold for within $100 more than the PCs.
But the Apples had something extra: that logo, the design, the history, the clutch of fans willing to snap up any products the company makes. You'll need another computer in a year or two, and at that time, when you go to sell your current machine, Apple's intangibles will count for a great deal -- much more than $100.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Worlds Tallest Dog Meets Worlds Shortest - Life in the Fast Lane
Standing worlds apart, 2 Guinness Wrold Record holders come together as Gibson, a harlequin Great Dane who is the world's tallest dog, measuring an incredible 42.2 inches (107 centimeters) meets Boo Boo, a long haired Chihuahua — who stands merely 4 inches (10.16 centimeters) high — is smaller than Gibson's head.

Both bred in America, the 2 celebrity canines united to celebrate Guinness World Records Day 2007 outside the White House in Washington D.C.

Lana Elswick, Boo Boo’s owner has bred Chihuahuas in Kentucky for 19 years and said that the precious pooch was only the size of a thumb when she was born, and had to be fed with an eye dropper every 2 hours before she could eventually nurse a bottle.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Trojan targets Mac users - SC Magazine US

Apple users, your days of worry-free web surfing could be numbered. A Mac internet security and privacy software maker has discovered what is believed to be the first professionally crafted in-the-wild malware targeting the Mac operating system.

Monday, 29 October 2007

A (400 year old) clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland

"A (400 year old) clam dredged up off the coast of Iceland is thought to have been the longest-lived creature discovered."
"Can you imagine living for four centuries?  A team of scientists from Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences believe they have found an animal which did just that, a quahog clam, Arctica islandica, which was living and growing on the seabed in the cold waters off the north coast of Iceland for around 400 years.

Myer trials in-store mammograms - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Women in western Sydney may soon be able to have their breasts screened for cancer while they shop.

The New South Wales Breast Cancer Institute and the Myer department store chain have agreed on an in-store pilot mammogram program.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Bold Move Pays Off

Bold Move Pays Off, originally uploaded by 4durt. Found on Digg.

Buyer's Guide: Ten Things You Should Know Before You Upgrade to Mac OS X Leopard

"Those of you who haven't been poring over all of Mac OS X Leopard's feature list (because you actually have lives) probably only know a few things about it. There's this new backup software...and...some iChat stuff? That's where we come in. We distill all the features down to ten points to help you decide whether or not the upgrade is worthwhile for you. Here are Ten Things You Should Know before you upgrade to Mac OS X Leopard."

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Another digger (Australian Soldier) killed in Afghanistan

"An Australian soldier from the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment has been killed in Afghanistan.The Defence Department says the soldier was on patrol in the Oruzgan Province, in southern Afghanistan, when he was severely wounded by small arms fire from Taliban extremists."

read more | digg story

Another digger killed in Afghanistan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

It is the second death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan this month. (File photo) (ADF)

Man killed in freak Time Team jousting accident

Posted Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:39am AEST
Updated Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:30am AEST

Freak accident: Knights jousting at a medieval tournament (file photo). (Reuters: Stephen Hird)

A man has died in a freak accident while filming a medieval jousting tournament for the archaeological TV show Time Team, Britain's Channel Four said overnight.

The unnamed man, a professional re-enactor, died after a splinter of wood from a lance flew through the slit of his helmet and penetrated his eye.

He died after a week in hospital. The accident occurred in September, but the man's death has only just been made public.

"We have been shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic accident," a Channel Four spokeswoman said.

"The professional company of historical enactors has an excellent safety record and took all the appropriate and necessary precautions and it does sadly appear this was a tragic freak accident."

The man had been filming a sequence for a Time Team special about King Edward III's Round Table at Windsor Castle, with the jousting demonstration taking place at Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire.

The participants were using lances with a balsa wood tip designed to break off on impact with an opponent's shield, but a splinter flew off through the slit of the man's helmet, Channel Four said.

The show's host, actor Tony Robinson, was not present when the incident took place, the broadcaster said.

The planned episode is to be screened, although the jousting footage will not be shown.

Time Team is broadcast on ABC TV in Australia.

- Reuters

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Microsoft Corp. reported revenue of $13.37 billion

Microsoft Corp. reported revenue of $13.37 billion for the quarter
ended June 30, 2007, a 13% increase over the same period of the prior
year. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.31.
Excluding $0.08 of previously announced charges primarily related to
Xbox 360™ warranty policies, earnings per share would have been
$0.39, an increase of 26% over the same period of the prior year when
also adjusted for certain items.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Microsoft announced revenue
of $51.12 billion, a 15% increase over the prior year. Diluted
earnings per share for the year were $1.42. Excluding certain items,
earnings per share would have been $1.49, an increase of 17% over the
prior year when also adjusted for certain items. $31 billion in cash,
or approximately 175% of operating cash flow, was returned to
shareholders during the year through share buybacks and dividends.

This fiscal year marked the general availability of Microsoft's
flagship products, Windows Vista® and the 2007 Microsoft Office
system. Revenue growth was primarily driven by solid customer
acceptance of these products, as well as increasing sales of existing
products such as SQL Server, Windows Server, Visual Studio, and Xbox
360™ consoles.

Business Outlook:

•Revenue is expected to be in the range of $12.4 billion to $12.6

•Operating income is expected to be in the range of $5.0 billion to
$5.2 billion.

•Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.38
to $0.40.

Management offers the following guidance for the full fiscal year
ending June 30, 2008:

•Revenue is expected to be in the range of $56.8 billion to $57.8

•Operating income is expected to be in the range of $22.2 billion to
$22.7 billion.

•Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.69
to $1.73.

Apple has announced their financial results for their 4th quarter 2007

Monday October 22, 2007 04:37 PM EST
Posted by arn and longofest

Apple has announced their financial results for their 4th quarter 2007 (July - September 2007). Apple posted revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.84 billion and net quarterly profit of $542 million, or $.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Apple shipped 2,164,000 Macintosh(R) computers, representing 34 percent growth over the year-ago quarter and exceeding the previous quarterly record for Mac shipments by 400,000. Apple sold 10,200,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 17 percent growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhone sales were 1,119,000, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.
"We are very pleased to have generated over $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income in fiscal 2007," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We're looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Apple's best products ever."

"Apple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt," said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO. "Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2008, we expect revenue of about $9.2 billion and earnings per diluted share of about $1.42."

Apple will be broadcasting their FY 07 Fourth Quarter Results Conference Call live via Quicktime beginning at 2:00pm PDT, 5:00pm EDT. We will provide highlights and a summary of the call here.

Q&A Highlights:

• Reiterates that the iPhone is a multiyear exclusive agreement with AT&T
• Direct sales 57% of total company revenue. Up from 53% in year-ago quarter.
• Europe sales did not have typical lull in August.
• Holiday quarter is usually a big quarter for iPods.
• Sales of iPhones accelerated after price drop.
• Confident in shipping 10 million iPhones in Calendar 2008
• Still on target to get iPhone in Asia in Calendar 2008
• Japan continues to be the most challenging major market. iMac was well received.
• Over 40,000 iPod Distribution locations, 8700 Mac Distribution locations
• Apple rep guesses that 250,000 iPhones sold to unlockers
• No updates on Enterprise testing of iPhone. 
• Vast majority of Macs in the last 4 years able to run Leopard. ~21 million Macs.
• 15 million were eligible to run Tiger when it launched
• Over 50% of Macs sold in Retail stores were sold to individuals who had never owned a Mac before
• Most successful back to school season they have ever had. 

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Sunday, 21 October 2007

Falsely accused woman freed after 70 years - Telegraph

Seventy years locked up in institutions hardly seems to be a punishment that befits the crime of stealing half-a-crown.

However, it is just such a fate that befell Jean Gambell when at the age of 15, in 1937, she was falsely accused of stealing 2s 6d (12.5p) from the doctor's surgery where she worked as a cleaner.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Newsvine - Reveal Brethren links, (Australian) PM told.

Australian public broadcaster ABC in it's "Four Corners" current affairs 
show has claimed that a front company for members of 
The Exclusive Brethren sect has funded advertisements 
supporting the Australian Liberal Party and smearing its opponents.
More on:

Monday, 17 September 2007

World's Worst Polluted Places 2007

Hugh Pickens writes on Slashdot 
"Blacksmith Institute has published their list of the most polluted sites in the world 
compiled by comparing the toxicity of the contamination, the likelihood of it 
getting into humans and the number of people affected. For example, 
ninety-nine percent of the children living in and around the poly-metallic 
smelter at La Oroya in Peru, owned by the Missouri-based Doe Run Corporation, 
have blood lead levels that exceed acceptable limits. 
Scientific American says that despite the massive pollution, 
it would be relatively cheap and easy to clean up the most dangerous hazards
For $15,000, the radioactive contaminated soil from the Mayak plutonium facility 
on the shore of the Techa River in the Russian town of Muslyomova could be 
dug up, saving an estimated 350 lives. 'For about $200, the cost of a refrigerator, 
we are able to save someone's life,' says Richard Fuller, founder of Blacksmith."

The original info is at: 
and makes frightening reading.

Video: William Tell Overture, with a difference!

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Alex Wanted a Cracker, but Did He Want One? Good Article!

(Well worth the read.........)

" ...... But what Jimmy finds most endearing is Alex's bad attitude. 
As bored with the experiments as Jimmy is with school, 
the parrot would abruptly squawk, "I'm going away now," 
then refuse to cooperate further.
Except for the part about Jimmy and the imminent apocalypse 
(still, fingers crossed, a few decades away), all of the above is true. 
Until he was found dead 10 days ago in his cage at a Brandeis University 
psych lab, Alex was the subject of 30 years of experiments 
challenging the most basic assumptions about animal intelligence. .... "