halcyon1234 writes: Break out your decoder rings, mix up a glass of Ovaltine, and don't touch that dial! It's time for another episode of Radio WTF Presents! Aiming to do something "cool" on this day of April, the team at The Daily WTF put together a 1/2 hour radio drama.
halcyon1234 writes: "1) Medical longevity (drugs, organ replacement, cloning) 2) Full or partial mechanical replacement 3) Machine/Artificial Intelligence 4) Time dilation 5) Cryonics / Suspended Animation 6) Undead 7) I'm going down and taking you all with me!"
halcyon1234 writes: "I'm currently cutting the webhost cord, and setting up a simple webserver at home to host a couple hobby websites and a blog. The usual LAMP stuff. I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous; I know how to get everything set up and get it up to date, but not enough to be sure I'm not overlooking common, simple security configurations. And then there's the issue of new vulnerabilities being found that I'm not even aware of. The last thing I want is to contribute to someone's botnet or spam relay. What readings/subscriptions would you recommend for security discussions/heads up? Obviously I already read (too much) Slashdot daily, which I credit for hearing about some major security issues. Are there any RSS feeds or mailing lists you rely on for keeping up to date on security issues?"
halcyon1234 writes: "Entertainment Weekly reports that FlashForward will not return for a second season. The cancellation is attributed to low ratings since the show's post-Olympic hiatus. Confirmed by Robert J. Sawyer on his Facebook page, the author said "It was an amazing ride. My thanks to everyone who worked on the show; I loved being part of the process.""
halcyon1234 writes: "Without ceremony, warning, or any sort of given reason, Facebook has shut down Facebook Lite. Facebook lite was a trimmed down and less cluttered version of the main site. Facebook says they have "learned a lot from the test of a slimmed-down site", but has not given any indication what that knowledge will be used for."
halcyon1234 writes: "Popular Science has "partnered with Google to offer our entire 137-year archive for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements"."
halcyon1234 writes: "It seems that every week, there is a story about some company who loses, exposes or has stolen the private data of their customers. This data often includes the real sweet stuff; bank account numbers, SSNs, addresses, etc. The number of records seems to always be in the thousands or millions. And these are just the data-thefts that get reported. The US only has a population of 303,824,640. Given the seemingly vast numbers, and even taking into account the intersection of records amongst individual sets of stolen data, is there anyone left whose personal information isn't "out there"? What about the rest of the population of the data-tracked world? Are there any numbers or studies on what the current "total damage" estimates are?"
halcyon1234 writes: "On his blog, Michael Geist notes that "With every reason to believe that Canada will be in the midst of an election campaign by next week, Canwest runs a story on how an election call will kill Bill C-61... C-61 may dead but copyright reform Canada is still very much alive. Regardless of who forms the next government, copyright will almost certainly be on the agenda.... Bill C-61 may be about to die, but the prospect of Canadian DMCA-like legislation remains very much alive.""
halcyon1234 writes: "December 10th's will be the last day to download Radiohead's pay-what-you-want album, In Rainbows. After Dec 10th, the only way to get the album will be purchasing a hard copy. There's no word as to why the band isn't hosting the album in perpetuity, or what their stance will be on people downloading it from other sources."
halcyon1234 writes: As of sometime last night, Dell stopped offering the E1405/640m model. Shopping carts containing the 640m were deleted, and all links to the popular, portable laptop no longer work. Sales reps say the product either at the end of life. Some customer service reps admit that Dell is no longer able to purchase the parts needed to build the 640m, but they have not been specific as to which suppliers or parts. A replacement model is expected sometime in the coming weeks. Until then, anyone who has ordered a 640m, or is looking to have their 640m serviced, is out of luck.
halcyon1234 writes: "Scifi.com has begun "airing" ten original episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance takes place between the end of Season 2, and the start of Season 3. A new episode will be posted every few days between now and the Season 3 primere on Oct. 6th. Unfortunately, the webisodes are Flash, and have built-in advertisements."