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Man takes break, buys "Ora

Man takes break, buys "Ora Potency Fruit Punch," takes sips, discovers severed human penis in bottle.
A DNA test will be conducted on the penis, in case it may be related to an ongoing Adams County investigation where various body parts, including a head and part of a leg, have been found but not identified.
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Take a panoramic photographic tour

Take a panoramic photographic tour of the (pre-9.11) Twin Towers. Link Discuss (Thanks, Pat!)

Grotesque first-person account of atrocities

Grotesque first-person account of atrocities committed in Afghanistan, from a former Taliban secret policeman. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

Remember the German hacker who

Remember the German hacker who offered a $10 million reward for Bin Laden? Now he claims to have cracked a Sudanese bank's computer and recovered Bin Laden's account information, which he says he's turned over to the FBI. Link Discuss

Poor sod: Akram Mena is

Poor sod: Akram Mena is an Egyptian gas-station attendant in Jersey who's a dead ringer for Akram Mena, one of the suspected pilots of the suicide jets that crashed into the Twin Towers. His boss fired him after local yahoos started screaming obscenities at the gas-station and business dropped 75 percent. Now, Mena's got to find some other way to raise the cash to bring his family over from Egypt.
"I love this country too much," he said. "I want to spend the rest of my life here. America is the most beautiful country in all the world."
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Palm weasels over its latest

Palm weasels over its latest round of nastygrams, in which it tried to bully fan-site owners into changing their URLs from "" to ""

Palm now says that it was just making a friendly suggestion in the spirit of "collaboration and open discussion." Funny, my collaborative, open discussions don't usually revolve around:

  1. Letters from lawyers
  2. Unilaterally imposed two-week deadlines
  3. Accusations of trademark infringement

Honestly, would it be so hard to just say, "We did a dumb thing. Please, forgive us. Go ahead and keep on promoting our business, with our thanks and apologies?" Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

Excellent CNet article explains why

Excellent CNet article explains why crypto-limitations won't make America safer. Link Discuss (via /.)

Gagpipe aggregates headlines from humor-sites

Gagpipe aggregates headlines from humor-sites around the world, including a bunch of exotic Commonwealth ones I'd never heard of, like "Squeal, NewsPig," and "Spin on This." Link Discuss (via MeFi)

The CEO of SunnComm, a

The CEO of SunnComm, a DRM company that's providing copy-resistant CDs that can't be easily ripped to MP3, does a interview in which he makes the ridiculous assertion that "The 'fair use' of sending thousands of copies to file-sharing services to be copied hundres of thousands or millions of times is the only use we've limited. And that's not fair use." What weaselling! How about the fair use of format-shifting? Making a personal backup? Making a copy to keep in your car? Link Discuss

A lyrical essay by AS

A lyrical essay by AS Byatt describes the evolving human relationship with smell.
I know and can remember the scent, the smell, of all my four children's hair when they were babies. There are no words to describe these unique scents. When they are very small there is something extraordinarily painful about other women picking them up and making them smell briefly of L'Air du Temps or Chanel No 5. Other women's children at that stage always seem to me to have a Noli me tangere [Touch me not] smell - unless they are perfumed with talc and Bounce in their babyjamas. Sheep only accept other ewes' lambs if they are rubbed with their own lambs' smells.

We are losing functions - we don't recognise, we don't detect; it is all ersatz. Ants, as EO Wilson discovered and described, communicate and organise their complex societies with odours and pheromones. We also recognise - or used to recognise - good and bad food with our noses. I know the smell of tainted meat or fish, or mouldy sprouts - but I believe our senses are being blunted by the chemical haze we choose to live in, like living in a constant buzz of high-level interference, snow on the television screen, just audible screeching on the radio to which we have had to become inured.

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NYC authorities believe that organized

NYC authorities believe that organized crime gangs have looted the site of the wrecked WTC, stealing steel (which is technically evidence) for scrap metal. Link Discuss

Somebody on ebay was auctioning

Somebody on ebay was auctioning an ass-kicking! Link Discuss (Thanks, Dug!)

Oh, my dear sweet Buddha.

Oh, my dear sweet Buddha. This video shows you how to quickly fashion a high-powered WiFi antenna out of wire, washers, yogurt-lids -- and a Pringles can. Swoon. Link Discuss (Thanks, Joey!)

O'Reilly has compiled an amazing

O'Reilly has compiled an amazing annotated bibliography of books on computer security. I know that we have a bunch of security geeks reading this blog (yes, Dan, I mean you). Any thoughts on this? Link Discuss (via Meerkat)

An Australian garage-inventor has built

An Australian garage-inventor has built a machinegun that can fire 1,000,000 rounds per minute, or what Wired News calls "A Laser of Lead." Link Discuss

A US Senator is calling

A US Senator is calling for the creation of a National-Guard-like organization for techies, called the National Emergency Technology Guard, or NET Guard. NET Guards would be the people who re-wired the warzones, brought IT back online. I really like this idea -- I've followed various high-tech volunteerism organizations like Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and Geek Corps with disappointment, as they failed to materialize large and dedicated groups of nerd activists who made it their business to bring high tech to the world. With the tech economy collapsing, an opportunity to turn one's high-tech skills to the commonweal seems well-timed. Link Discuss (via MeFi)

The Cold War Era Civil

The Cold War Era Civil Defense Museum is chock-a-block with the history of Civil Defense, from images to stories to bomb-shelter tours to audio files of radio ads. Link Discuss (via Memepool)