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Submission + - Man buys police Web site after getting ticket (cnet.com)

duckbillplatypus writes: McCrary was allegedly caught going 56 mph in a 45 zone--which, in the vast scheme of speed, is not exactly at Nascar levels. He was caught by one of Bluff City's helpful speed cameras--one that happened to have issued 1,662 tickets in its first six weeks of standing guard over the populace.
McCrary happened to have some questions (other than, I think, "Why me?"), so he went to the police department's Web site. Perhaps because he is a network designer, or perhaps because at least one of his eyes was fully functional, McCray noticed a notice. It was from those helpful customer service people at GoDaddy.com. It explained that the domain had expired and that it would be sold or deleted in a mere 42 days.

So McCrary was forced to weigh his civic-minded nature against his speed camera irritation. In an act of astounding patience and fortitude, McCrary made like a camera himself, watched and waited the 42 days, and then calmly put down $10 less than his fine in order to be the proud owner of bluffcitypd.com.


Own Your Own Fighter Jet 222

gimmebeer writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet."

The FBI Wants To Know About Your IT Skills 211

AHuxley writes "The FBI, via the Office of Management and Budget, would like to find out more about your information technology expertise if you are part of InfraGard. Terms like 'practical utility' have been included in a 60-day emergency notice of information collection via the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Is your boss or cubicle colleague part of InfraGard? It's a private, non-profit organization run as a public-private partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Are they passing info back about you or your company?"

The Murky Origins of Zork's Name 70

mjn writes "Computational media researcher Nick Montfort traces the murky origins of Zork's name. It's well known that the word was used in MIT hacker jargon around that time, but how did it get there? Candidates are the term 'zorch' from late 1950s DIY electronics slang, the use of the term as a placeholder in some early 1970s textbooks, the typo a QWERTY user would get if he typed 'work' on an AZERTY keyboard, and several uses in obscure sci-fi. No solid answers so far, though, as there are problems with many of the possible explanations that would have made MIT hackers unlikely to have run across them at the right time."
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Submission + - Computer Cases

duckbillplatypus writes: "I have a small computer store. I sell computers preinstalled with Windows and Ubuntu. My question is 'Does anyone have experience with a quality, sub $50 computer case?' When I say quality, I mean no sharp corners, medium weight steel (not so flimsy if bends when you touch it), power supply that won't catch fire, and inexpensive shipping. I want to provide my customers with a good case while keeping costs down. It is a tough market, when you are competing against the Dells and Walmarts of the computer sales world. Thank you."

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