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Use a Mac or Firefox? You can't apply for a job with the State of Florida. The State of Florida's People First Job Portal is using one of the extremely old-school browser detection scripts. If not using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator 6.2 or higher, it redirects you to an error page. This is ridiculous because Firefox is the second-most popular browser on the web and shares the layout engine with Navigator 6.2+. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 8:20 p.m..


9 Bittorrent How-to's Torrentfreak has put together a roundup of Bit-Torrent How-to's. Great for n00bs and experienced users alike. Check out "How to make a custom TV-torrent feed." From digg on August 26, 2006 at 8:20 p.m..


IGN Reviews Star Fox Command for the DS - Gives it an 8.0 Star Fox Command might offer a new and different experience, but along with some key gameplay and presentation elements the feel of the classic SNES game is intact. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 8:20 p.m..


Learning to love the cable guy in his 'booties' "For years, service was an afterthought for these companies because customers had little choice but to get their phone and cable services from what were effectively monopolies. On customer satisfaction surveys, phone and cable companies often rank even below the airlines"..things are changing, like putting on hospital 'booties' when they enter. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 8:20 p.m..


Beware! You're being watched by the Behavior Detection Squad (No kidding) You are being watched! Big surprise huh?. Not only do you have TSA people X-raying your wife's lingerie in her suitcase AND on her body, but I wasn't aware of Bush's bold new security program when, last month, I flew back to the U.S. Had I been aware, I would have been doubly afraid. Just what are Behavior Detection Squads? Read on......... From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


General: Rumsfeld "Served Up Our Military A Huge Bowl of Chicken Feces" Today on MSNBC, retired General John Batiste — former commander of the First Infantry division in Iraq — said Defense Secretary Rumsfeld "served up our great military a huge bowl of chicken feces, and ever since then, our military and our country have been trying to turn this bowl into chicken salad." (Video) From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Drinking Tea Is Better For Health Than Plain Water If you drink three or more cups of tea a day you might be doing your health more good than drinking plain water, say researchers from King's College, London, UK.. This new study found, among other things, that the urban myth that tea dehydrates could not be further from the truth - tea hydrates as well as water does, say the researchers. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


State Farm Shredded Documents to Avoid Paying Katrina Victims According to Kerri and Cori Rigsby, independent adjusters who had worked for State Farm exclusively for eight years, State Farm Insurance supervisors systematically demanded that Hurricane Katrina damage reports be buried or replaced or changed so that the company would not have to pay policyholders' claims in Mississippi. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Napoleon Dynamite + Google Map Napoleon's home town mashed up with Google Maps, its even got all the places booked marked. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Virginia: Refuses to shut down HOV Lanes for Bush He flew over rush hour in a helicopter. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


360 Game screenshots with 90% destructable environments AWESOME 90% destructable First person shooter. When you shoot a building, pieces fall off and they keep falling off until the whole building falls down using rockets etc. This is the most destructable any next gen game as ever achieved From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Russian scientist predicts global cooling A Russian scientist predicts a period of global cooling in coming decades, followed by a warmer interval. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Crypto browser plug-in aims for simplicity German coders have developed a free encryption plug-in for webmail accounts. Freenigma comes as a browser plug-in for Firefox which works with Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail and other webmail accounts. The eponymous firm behind the technology wants to extend this service to other webmail and social network sites. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Bumble Bees Can Estimate Time Intervals... In a finding that broadens our understanding of time perception in the animal kingdom, researchers have discovered that an insect pollinator, the bumble bee, can estimate the duration of time intervals. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Ultimate Spaghetti Coding with Linguine Todays dose of programming pathology is a monstrosity called Linguine. Linguine is a language that (obviously) carries spaghetti code to an extreme. You can see the language specification, or download an implementation with examples. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Time Killer: Spud Gun DYI I remember when I was a kid, I read about a potato gun in a Johnson Smith catalog. (They no longer sell potato guns or many of the weird things that appealed to me when I was ten.) From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Worlds fastest growing Trees A tree that can reach 90 feet in six years and be grown as a row crop on fallow farmland could represent a major replacement for fossil fuels. Purdue University researchers are using genetic tools in an effort to design trees that readily and inexpensively can yield the substances needed to produce alternative transportation fuel. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Thinking Beyond Web 2.0: Social Computing and the Internet Singularity "The idea that a deeper and tighter coupling between the online and offline worlds will accelerate science, business, society, and self-actualization." From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Tiger Woods Favors Drug Testing On PGA Tour Tiger Woods said he would like to see testing on the PGA Tour for performance-enhancing drugs as soon as possible to make sure golf remains clean. Woods did not say he thought anyone was using steroids, but said it could be a problem in the future. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


More Levels of Laser Logic Game Continuation at level of 26 of tricky flash game involving reflecting colored lasers. This game is made my the same author 'HawkPeng79' and includes even more items to manipulate and bend the light. way trickier, check it. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


California Breaks Dam to Restore 367 Acres of Wetlands he restoration of the wetlands was partly funded by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to make up for marine habitat that was destroyed during their expansion. The rest of the money came from voter-approved bonds. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


*HUMAN* Einstein Robot - So REAL its Completely Lifelike! The facial expressions and eye movements are indistinguishable from the Human Einstein You will not forget this video = EVER From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Visualizing Database Information with Tableau Tableau allows you to take it one step further: visualize the cross-tabulations in real time. With Tableau, you can drill-down database tables, visually. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Locked, but not secure : Alternatives A common trait; none of them have a split set of moving components, like pin tumblers do. Thus, warded, lever, wafer, magnetic, and disk locks cannot be bumped open. (Neither can laser-track vehicle locks, as they're really made of sliders, disks or wafers.) From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Easy, Cheap, Animated Cartoon in 10 Minutes Finally I came up with a very easy and fun way to do animations which can be both expressive, do not require redrawing of the whole character each frame, and allow very easy modification: without messy erasing and without having to use a computer mouse or computer drawing tablet. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Nebraska fights to keep KKK member off state police force In a summary of the causes for firing Henderson in March, the State Patrol said membership in the KKK "seriously compromised" Henderson's ability to do his job. An arbitrator disagreed, ordering the State Patrol to reinstate Henderson within 60 days and pay him back wages. The state went to court Friday to keep him off the force. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Jaguar: U.S. Supercomputer Doubles Its Speed The most powerful supercomputer available for general scientific research in the United States has doubled its speed, officials said Friday. The 54-cabinet Cray XT3 supercomputer at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been upgraded from 25 teraflops to 54 teraflops, or 54 trillion mathematical calculations per second, they said. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Torrentspy to Add Back Television Directory It appears that Torrentspy is at it again. The popular torrent site is in the process of bringing some new updates. There was an article posted a couple weeks ago with some details (do a search on digg), but I just noticed that they're finally bringing back the television directory! From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Circuit City unveils Firedog, the answer to Geek Squad plus more "Firedog, Circuit City's answer to Best Buy's 24-hour computer-support task force dubbed the Geek Squad. Firedog, which will be launched in September, will cover much more than computers." Basically Geek Squad for anything you buy at Circuit City, TVs, DVD players, etc... From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Google may take tower in Microsoft's backyard Google continues to expand in Microsoft's backyard. The Internet search giant, which opened a sales office in Fremont three months ago and a development center in Kirkland in 2004, is now taking a serious look at gobbling up nearly all of a 20-story office building under construction in downtown Bellevue. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Video Flight Patterns: A Visualization of 19,000+ Planes in Flight The following flight pattern visualizations are the result of experiments leading to the project Celestial Mechanics. FAA data was parsed and plotted using the Processing programming environment. The frames were composited with Adobe After Effects and/or Maya. Some great visual data models here. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Trust your instincts The evidence seems to be that the conscious mind isn't much use in making hard decisions . From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Can the Mac Counter Windows Vista? Apple is already gearing up for a major marketing campaign for the holidays, and if they're able to ramp up demand, and then deliver the system when they say it will be delivered, it could trump Microsoft in a way that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs would crow about for years. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Happy Birthday Linux I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Apple Macbook is Best Computer for School says Seattle Times "If your school requires you to use some Windows-only software, you can simply launch Parallels and run Windows within a separate window in your Mac OS X environment, or restart the machine from Windows using Boot Camp," Carlson reports. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Second Life Gets Sexier Residents of the popular virtual world gather in San Francisco to eat, drink and be merry. And to see the latest developments for in-world sex. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Damninteresting: The Trans-Atlantic Cable The story of the communication breakthrough that brought early communications between Europe and America From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Top 10 Dangerous QB-WR Tandems in the NFL (SI Photos) These Combos Make you pay, once they connect. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Your Book battery wasn't recalled? Check again. Apple revises list... Before you count yourself out of Apple's recent battery recall, have another look at the Battery Exchange Program iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 on Apple's site--the list of recalled batteries has changed since it was first reported. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


PlayStation 3 tackles world ills one frag at a time The spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be harnessed by scientists trying to understand the cause of diseases like Alzheimer's. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


U.S. may bypass U.N. on Iran With increasing signs that several fellow Security Council members may stall a United States push to penalize Iran for its nuclear enrichment program, Bush administration officials have indicated that they are prepared to form an independent coalition to freeze Iranian assets and restrict trade. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Scientist wants to deep freeze parents and himself A biologist wants to deep freeze his parents and himself in Australia's first cryogenic centre after they die. Philip Rhoades has won the right to build what is believed to be the third cryogenic centre in the world. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


George's Answer Machine - A great clip from Seinfeld Believe it or not, George is not at home.. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Tom Cruise's Secret Yahoo! Deal After parting ways with Paramount Studios, Tom Cruise secretly (or not so secretly -- he did wave to paparazzi after all) met with executives of Internet media giant Yahoo! for a three-hour meeting in in Santa Monica, California. Tom's future films willl reportedly be backed, funded, endorsed, or whatever you want to call it by Yahoo!. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 7:28 p.m..


Apple Stores Will Sell Customized Mac Pros "Apple stores will have the full capability to perform build-to-order Mac Pro’s in house. That means if you want three hard drives, you can get three hard drives. Want 16GB of RAM - Fantastic. There is no need to order online and wait for shipping. Of course, the store has to have the parts on hand." I'd still like to build it myself. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


One Year Later: A Comprehensive Katrina Timeline To mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the White House is planning a "public relations blitz" to counteract the charges that it bears some responsibility for the reconstruction mess. This timeline counteracts the spin with facts, documenting all the key events over the last year. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


21 drawings attributed to Adolf Hitler to be auctioned in Britain Twenty-one watercolors and sketches attributed to Adolf Hitler will be sold by a British auction house on Sept. 26, officials said Friday. The drawings were made when Hitler was a soldier serving in Flanders during World War I From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Man who made millions from selling pirated software on Web gets 6 years A man who made millions of dollars selling illegal copies of computer programs was sentenced Friday to six years in prison in one of the largest U.S. software piracy cases. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


CNN.com to Replay 9/11 Attacks Coverage CNN will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by replaying on the Internet the cable network's coverage of that day's events. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


How can carp can survive months without oxygen Cooling water temperature during the fall prompts the crucian carp to store vast amounts of glycogen in its brain to keep the brain functioning and healthy from February to April, when there is no oxygen left in the ponds, a new study finds. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Google: Website Tools for Webmasters We've also put together a comprehensive webmaster help center to answer more of your questions, such as: * What are Google's webmaster guidelines? * How can I improve my site's ranking? * Why doesn't my site show up for a specific keyword? * My URL changed, so how can I get Google to index my new site? From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Major Linux Apps The list contains the best and most popular Linux apps From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


32 GB flash drives within a year. It reads data about 300% faster and writes 150% faster. I long for the day when the only moving part in my computer is a fan. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Movie Cops Lurking in the Darkness of the Theater When Gene Harris showed up at a Lombard theater for the premiere of "Miami Vice" last month, seeing the movie wasn't his priority. He hoped to catch a film pirate in action. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Linux Flash 9 Player Making Progress In the most recent blog post on Penguin.SWF, Mike Melanson notes that all Flash-based sites he checked recently, Flash 9 for Linux was completely stable. Now they're moving on to more specific feature tests. Here's hoping it comes out soon! From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Some Very Clever Advertising (photos) I have never seen advertising this clever... of course i live in the middle of nowhere. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Learning About Linux Commands Sample Chapter is provided courtesy of Sams. Good for first time users. Advanced Linux user can move on, nothing to see here. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Are We Alone? : New Hope In The Search For Alien Life Over the past few years, spacecraft such as Cassini have provided an unprecedented look at alien landscapes, boosting the search for life throughout the solar system to new levels. But some of the most insightful research is taking place right here on Earth. Scientists are finding life In Earth's coldest, hottest and weirdest places. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Why are oil prices are so high? There are several reasons. Increased demand, investors betting heavily on futures, and here is one of the big ones, incompetent monopolies. Newsweek explains how some of the countries that ousted the corporations are even worse than the dinosaurs they replaced. If they don't fix it some countries may see economic collapse. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


RAW vs. JPEG If upgrading to a dSLR from a compact, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to learn about when choosing to shoot in JPEG or shoot in RAW... From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Digg Forces Shutdown of DiggGames.com Domain DiggGames.com, a site that hosts a panorama of web games featured on Digg, was recently forced to abandon its domain name due to legal complaints. Furthermore, "digggames.com" has been banned from being entered as a story URL. While Digg's actions are understandable, its nature as a democratic online outlet makes such restrainment questionable. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Making Movies: New Camcorders Shake Up the Market The new camcorders can shoot in 24-frames-per-second mode (which looks like film). Both of these camcorders look like they will be big hits with indie filmmakers. They are designed with the wide selection of professional controls that appeal to aspiring directors who like to take control of their shooting. Canon also announced a new DVD camcorder. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Universities put Hollywood ahead of students The article goes through various heavy handed restrictions that universities are imposing on students in order to appease the content industry (or more likely, to reduce bandwidth costs under the guise of appeasing the content industry). From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


A Windmill for Your Backyard? A small, affordable wind turbine available for the first time this September promises to help homeowners fight the rising cost of energy. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Lightning Strikes Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch Pad Area A bolt of lightning hit a launch pad near space shuttle Atlantis Friday, prompting officials to stop preparations for Sunday's scheduled flight and clear an area. (with pic) From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


Policeman travels at 159mph, gets an absolute discharge (not given fine or jail) A policeman who drove at 159mph on a motorway has been found guilty of dangerous driving and given an absolute discharge. Cameras on board Pc Mark Milton's unmarked car clocked him driving at high speeds on the M54 in Shropshire. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


The secret Starbucks coffee - it's all about product sabotage! Really interesting article about how companies intentionally sabotage their best products in order to get richer customers to buy more expensive products that are often worse. Starbucks have a cheaper, better coffee that doesn't appear on the menu. Read it, and realise how much you're played by these businesses! Get a better deal for yourself From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


The Story Behind The Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up", and Windows 95 "Joe's recent post on Microsoft Monitor about the Win 95 Start Me Up tv commercial brought back lots of fun history to remember, including negotiating with the Stones for the song. It took months of negotiating with their agent, Prince Rupert, including trips by Brad Chase to a private recording session with the Stones in Amsterdam." From digg on August 26, 2006 at 9:31 a.m..


How to use the hazardous materials regulations A comprehensive look at the material in 49 CFR from a practical uses perspective From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


Al Bawaba The Al Bawaba site provides news of all the countries of the Arab world in English. Arabic music and video downloads available. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


Digital Imaging Resolution Calculator A calculator set in a MS Excel spreasheet to determing digital camera resolutions for either digital still or video camers. This calculator was developed by the Institiue of Forensic Imaging and is available on their website. From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


Setting up a community based anti arson program A description of the steps necessary to mobilize a community in preventing intentionally set fires From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


Writing an Investigation Report An exercise and format for preliminary investigation reports From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


Hazardous Materials Training Modules A respository of Learning Objects for Hazardous Materials Transportation From MERLOT - 10 Most Recent Materials on August 26, 2006 at 9:30 a.m..


How Mike Judge got screwed by Fox on "Idiocracy" Once photography was finished, the real problems began: So-and-so executive hasn't had a chance to see it, so everything was put on hold. Then Fox started nickel-and-diming him over a few special-effects costs. "I've never experienced anything like this," Judge says. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 1:32 a.m..


Kevin Rose asks how legal the federal income tax is In diggnation episode 58 Kevin and Alex were discussing how a friend of theirs doesn't pay taxes. Here is the information to back that up the claim that you don't have to pay taxes. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 1:32 a.m..


Ann Coulter gets her freak on Ann is confronted with the reality that Osama hasn’t been caught yet by this administration. Kirsten Powers actually responds to Coulter’s ridiculous line that Afghanistan is going swimmingly and brings up the fact that Osama is still alive and well. Coulter then plays her usual Clinton card and freaks. "Sean, help me–Sean, where are you?" From digg on August 26, 2006 at 12:32 a.m..


Ann Coulter gets her freak on Ann is confronted with the reality that Osama hasn’t been caught yet by this administration. Kirsten Powers actually responds to Coulter’s ridiculous line that Afghanistan is going swimmingly and brings up the fact that Osama is still alive and well. Coulter then plays her usual Clinton card and freaks. "Sean, help me–Sean, where are you?" From digg on August 26, 2006 at 12:32 a.m..


Top 10 iPod Add-ins we really want Yet another 'funny' list of iPod add-ins the author(s) of the list want to see. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 12:32 a.m..


Top 10 iPod Add-ins we really want Yet another 'funny' list of iPod add-ins the author(s) of the list want to see. From digg on August 26, 2006 at 12:32 a.m..


Gmail cryptography plugin. FreeEnigma brings cryptography to webmail, with an ingenious set of free and open browser plug-ins that work with Yahoo, Gmail, and others. The plugins implement a version of GPG and scramble and de-scramble the text in your webmail before you send it and after you receive it. From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


Thai PM 'fabricated bomb plot' An army general sacked over an alleged assassination attempt against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Friday the plot was fabricated by the Thai leader himself. From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


How to create a successful start-up This panel of five Silicon Valley entrepreneurs discussed the challenges and critical success factors necessary to create a successful start-up. From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


Why you should always wear clean underwear Title says it all From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


Teens Legally Nude In Vermont "What began as a lark or an ode to youthful exuberance has now turned into a municipal quandary, because public nudity is permissible in Brattleboro." Rebellious teenagers have taken to disrobing in public parking lots to sunbathe or spontaneously disrobe on a whim. Hopefully this trend will spread through the rest of the US soon. From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


Computer boots Linux in 1.69 seconds A maker of board-level computers has released a Linux OS that can boot one of its boards in just 1.69 seconds. This allows, for example, a battery-backup/control accessory to wakeup the board, boot Linux, record data, and go back to sleep (step and repeat). Many other possibilities come to mind. From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


Top 15 College Football Games to Watch This Season Best vs Best From digg on August 25, 2006 at 11:32 p.m..


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