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Apple Orders 12 Million iPhones 334 334

Waqas writes "Apple has placed an order for 12 million iPhones to be built by a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, according to an analyst citing reports from Asia. The Chinese-language Commercial Times on Wednesday cited Taiwan-based sources within Apple's iPod component supply chain as saying the phone is due to arrive during the first half of next year."

Second Life Businesses Close Due To Cloning 409 409

Warren Ellis is reporting that many Second Life vendors are closing up shop due to the recent explosion of a program called "Copybot," designed to clone other people's possessions. From the article: "The night before last, I was looking around a no-fire combat sandbox, where people design and test weapons and vehicles, when an argument broke out; a thing going by the name Nimrod Yaffle was cloning things out of other people's inventories, and claiming he could freely do it because he'd been playing with Copybot with employees of SL creator/operators Linden Lab. All hell broke loose, in the sort of drama you can only find on the internet. Linden Lab's first official response? If you feel your IP has been compromised by Copybot, we'll sort of help you lodge a DCMA complaint in the US. Businesses started shutting down moments later." Update 20:43 GMT by SM Several users have mentioned that the Second Life blog has a few thoughts on this issue and quite a few comments from users already.

Halo 3 Multiplayer Demo Coming In Spring 80 80

Today is the fifth anniversary of the original Halo: Combat Evolved. To celebrate Bungie has announced new maps for Halo 2, a commercial for the upcoming game to be shown on December Fourth, and (most entertainingly) intentions to offer a multiplayer demo of Halo 3 this coming spring. From the lengthy post: "What exactly does this mean? Well, again we can't really get into the details quite yet (notice a theme here?) but we can confirm that our fans will have an opportunity to play Halo 3 multiplayer over Xbox Live BEFORE the final game is available. You'll be playing a little multiplayer and simultaneously providing us with some valuable data to help our development team. We're still working out the details on timing and scope and there will be a lot more info coming in the weeks ahead."

Monitor a Linux Box With Machine Generated Music 114 114

mcappel writes "Linux and Unix admins are familiar with vmstat and top, which are visual tools displaying the health of a computer. chordStats adds a new interface to a system monitoring setup — information passed through tone, timbre, and harmony. IBM's Nathan Harrington, who wrote Knock Some Commands Into Your Laptop, created a simple Perl script to send note events to FluidSynth that forces various system events to be interpreted as a part of a harmonious interval, and looks at options for enhancing a musical system monitor."
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Journal Journal: Things I used to believe 13 13

I discovered an interesting (and funny) site today, called I Used To Believe. It's a collection of ideas that people thought were true when they were children. Reading the things other people used to believe reminded me of some of my beliefs. For instance, I used to believe:

- That back when my parents were kids, everything was black and white just like in the films.


Journal Journal: On the fall of Easter Island 3 3

Some of you are probably familiar with Jared Diamond's thesis of the human destruction of the ecosystem on Easter Island. According to Diamond, "In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism." But now, in American Scientist, Terry L. Hunt offers


Journal Journal: Miracles [pastiche a la Daniil Harms] 2 2

When I read Sol's journal, I immediately had this great idea for a story. It was supposed to be about this miracle maker who never makes any miracles. He has all the power in the world, yet he abstains from using it. If he only wanted to, he could make the whole world a better place at the blink of an eye -- yet he doesn't use these powers he has and lives an ordinary life in an ordinary house. From the outside, his life looks very dull and grey. He never does anything out of the ordinary. In

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Journal Journal: Strangest 419 email ever 3 3

This just popped into my inbox:

Dear Beloved in Christ,
It is by the grace of God that I received Christ,having known the
truth,I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the
sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness
of God's mercy and glory upon my life.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal Journal: 42? 8 8

It occured to me the other day that Deep Thought lied about the answer to "life, the Universe, everything". When it starts solving the problem, Deep Thought states that it will take seven and a half million years to solve it. After seven and a half million years of computing, DT gives an answer (Forty Two) to the question and states that it's the correct one.

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Journal Journal: From johndiii's journal (via tomhudson's) 1 1

224 journal entries.

First JE: Friday, May 7th 2004 (for the record, the first JE I read was one of Surak's)
Favourite JE: Cheering the Draggen (you-know-which-one is a close second)
Least favourite JEs: the first ten or so I posted

Quick stats:
2016 comment
200 friends
122 fans
0 foes (who needs them anyway?)
8 freaks

Sorry for not posting anything in weeks. I've either been feeling too tired or have just had too much things to do.

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Journal Journal: Daniel Charms: A Biography

Daniel Charms researchers have often pointed out that there's no reliable information about his exact date of birth. Some claim that it's because of the war (either because noone had time to keep birth records at that time, or those records were lost); others point out that the calendar was changed so many times back then that it inevitably caused mixups and a lot of confusion. Lately, however, some new evidence has emerged, pointing towards the possibility that Daniel Charms was not even a r

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.