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+ - Kpop music video by Crayon Pop is a tribute to Power Rangers, Sailor Moon, etc.->

Tumbleweed writes: Korean pop group Crayon Pop, known for their quirky concepts such as their viral hit "Bar Bar Bar" has released a new song and music video, 'FM' (meaning Field Manual — slang for someone who is very by-the-book and inflexible). The music video portrays the Crayon Pop members as transforming Power Rangers (or Super Sentai)-style heroes (who also dress up in Sailor Moon-style outfits in part of the video), and battling bad guys. A lot of nostalgic fun for those of a certain age...and the song is good, too!
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Apple

+ - Smokescreen: a javascript-based Flash player->

Tumbleweed writes: How to make Steve Jobs your mortal enemy: Smokescreen, a 175kB, 8,000-line javascript-based Flash player. To be open-sourced "in the near future". From Simon's blog: "It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG." Badass! (Via Simon Willison's blog)
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Democrats

+ - Obama Trying to Keep Warrantless Wiretapping-> 1 1

Tumbleweed writes: "Apparently the Presidential election was less of "Change" and more of "Out with the old, in with the same old," as President Obama has "invoked 'state secrets' to prevent a court from reviewing the legality of the National Security Agency's warantless wiretapping program, moving late Friday to have a lawsuit that challenged the program dismissed."

Well, crap. So who do we elect next time to actually change things? This is NOT the 'change' I voted for!"

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Microsoft

+ - MS releases beta s/w to manage Unix/Linux systems->

Tumbleweed writes: "The Cross Plat and Interop teams at MS announced today on their blog , some new beta products for managing Unix/Linux systems from MS Operations Manager 2007, as well as connectors for HP OpenView and IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console. Both betas are available at http://connect.microsoft.com (search for systemcenter), according the blog."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - LOLCODE: scripting code for a new generation

Tumbleweed writes: " LOLCODE is a new scripting language being designed to more closely match current trends in language grammar and syntax; LOLCODE will likely appeal to a new generation of web coders.

LOLCODE features keywords like these: can-has, gimmeh, hai, i-has-a, im-in-yr, im-outta-yr, kthxbye and
visible. My favourite example:

HAI
CAN HAS STDIO?
I HAS A VAR
GIMMEH VAR
IZ VAR BIGGER THAN 10 O RLY?
        YA RLY
                BTW this is true
                VISIBLE "BIG NUMBER!"
        NO WAI
                BTW this is false
                VISIBLE "LITTLE NUMBER!"
        KTHX
KTHXBYE"
Windows

+ - Vista RC1 still vulnerable to pagefile attack

Tumbleweed writes: Joanna Rutkowska, of Blue Pill fame , writes in her blog that Vista RC1 (Build 5600, x64 edition) is still vulnerable to the pagefile attack she demonstrated at the SyScan conference nearly 2 months ago.

"As I described during my talk, it's just enough to... disable kernel mode memory paging. Surly, it would cause a little waste of memory, but according to some Microsoft engineers I spoke to, it would be only around 80MB. This seems very little these days, doesn't it?", she writes.

Well, no, 80MB is not 'very little' by my standards, but nevertheless, I don't see how this can be considered a 'Release Candidate' by anyone other than Microsoft, with such a high-profile vulnerability left in place.

May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!

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