jacquesm writes: "For the last week I've been busy to stave off the inevitable, making sure that geocities lives on in a format as close as possible to the original. Despite some setbacks I think the project succeeded and that most of not all of geocities.com has been saved. It seems I now also have one of the worlds largest collections of animated gifs:)"
jacquesm writes: "The Swedish court denies the judge in the Pirate bay trial was biased, according to this screendaily article.
Instead his memberships of pro copyright and IP organizations is simply explained as a way of staying current in the field."
jacquesm writes: "Indian IT experts have been testing a new generation of highly intelligent bots in IRC channels. One such bot was unmasked in an irc room after failing to pass a second order Turing Test. The bot had to be tricked into accepting the challenge and tried every trick in the book to avoid detection.
The full transcript of the interaction with the bot (called 'asterix') is here : http://ww.com/asterixbot.html , the really interesting breakthrough I think is the fact that the bot uses 'broken english' to masquerade its lack of genuine understanding, but we have become so accustomed to that because of the outsourcing of jobs that it is no longer politically correct to accept nothing less than passable english. This psychological loophole has been used to great profit by the team involved.
It's only a matter of time before you'll have to administer Turing Tests to your chat room friends to see if they are not too tired of communicating with you face to face and have replaced their online identities with bots to keep up appearances."