Twin Towers: All your DVD subtitles are belong to us

Rip-roaringly bad translations of LOTR: TTT. The site intro sums it up: "This webpage celebrates the wonderful engrish subtitles featured in an asian bootleg DVD of Lord of The Rings - The Two Towers. What you see is exactly what appears on the TV screen. The first half of the movie has the most screengrabs, as there is more action than talking later on, and the subtitle writers eventually started getting the name of the characters right. Have fun!" May I suggest this one in particular. Link Discuss (Thanks, Jeff!) Read the rest

Lego Stanley Cup recovered!

Oh happy day: The 6,000-lego-brick replica of hockey's Stanley Cup has been returned. Question: how do they know it's the real one, and not a replica replica? Link Discuss (Thanks, Rick!) Read the rest

Qualcomm's cryptophones at the Super Bowl

During last Sunday's Super Bowl, Qualcomm provided Qsec-800 cellular phones to local and federal security agents. These CDMA phones include end-to-end encryption and other security features, and are designed to be secure enough to transmit classified government information. Link to Q-Sec-800 product PDF brochure, link to Wireless Week story, Discuss Read the rest

People are toxic

"Scientists have been studying pollutants in air, water, and on land for decades. Now they're studying pollution in people, and the results are troubling. This Website reports results from the most comprehensive study ever conducted of multiple chemical contaminants in humans. Blood and urine from nine people were tested for 210 chemicals that occur in consumer products and industrial pollution." Link Discuss (Thanks, Tim!) Read the rest

Cuban-barrel-aged Glenfiddich banned from US

Glenfiddich Havana Reserve, a really, really nice scotch whisky that's matured in Cuban rum barrels, has been banned from import into the US because, somehow, that violates the embargo against trade with Cuba.
The company has been trying unsuccessfully to have the six-year-old Helms-Burton trade barrier relaxed through its legal representatives in New York.

The act tightened the four-decade-old economic embargo against Cuba and seeks to punish foreign-owned companies that engage in the "wrongful trafficking in property confiscated by the Castro regime".

Now, William Grant is introducing its precious malt to Canada, which has no such Cuban crisis and a waiting list to keep up with demand.

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Latex Mind Research

blog de jeanpoole's interview with a person who uses latex to expand his mind.
I am consciousness researcher and one of my main research topics is the resonator technology, which is based on the particular capability of inflatable latex objects to intensify and modify the perception of bodily vibrations to synchronize brain waves, which helps to learn and intensify meditation (a similar concept like bio-feedback; more explanations can be found on my site). I have studied much about drugfree psychedelics, including principles of yoga, shamanic trance rites and various other spiritual methodologies for inducing alterated states of mind, but as an asexual monk I never had cared about sex departments of the internet.
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Skeleton iBook: transparent computing

The "Skeleton iBook" is an extreme iBook casemod where you make your own injection-molded trasnparent iBook chassis and move the guts to it. Link Discuss (via Charlie's Diary) Read the rest

INS manager shreds 90,000 docs to lighten workload

A manager at a California INS office got rid of his office's backlog by ordering his subordinates to shred over 90,000 piece of paperwork. As Danny points out, it's possible that a number of the deportainees of the last INS round-em-up whose paperwork was out of order were in fact victims of this lunatic, since they were all local to the office where the documents were shredded.
Among the destroyed papers, federal officials charged, were American and foreign passports, applications for asylum, birth certificates and other documents supporting applications for citizenship, visas and work permits
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Patron Saint sought for Internet

The Vatican has announced a hunt for a Patron Saint for the Internet. You know, there is no shortage of bushy-bearded Unix-geeks with mad saintly eyes that they could consider, but I guess that you have to be dead first, and fatally wounding the ILECs probably isn't enough of a miracle to qualify for canonization.
Will it be Archangel Gabriel, whom the Bible credits with bringing Mary the news that she'd give birth to Jesus? Or Saint Isadore of Seville, who wrote the world's first encyclopedia? Or perhaps Saint Clare of Assisi, a nun believed to have seen visions on a wall?

So far, about 5,000 visitors are casting their votes daily on, something that delights Monsignor James P. Moroney, an expert on prayer and worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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WiFi companies and military agree on noise-limits

The military and a consortium of WiFi vendors have agreed on interference thresholds for 802.11 devices that will allow them to peacefully (heh) co-exist with military radar.
"We feel comfortable that the new limits will protect military radar," said Badri Younes, a director of spectrum management at the Department of Defense...

"No one is entirely happy, and that's the essence of compromise," said Intel spokesman Peter Pitsch.

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Murdered boy's remains can't be released to family without murderer's permission

A judge won't release the ten-years-murdered remains of a small boy to his family without a waiver from the murderer, who is on death row, but whose property the remains somehow appear to be.
Chad was shot in 1991, and buried in a shallow grave behind a house where Horn's family lived. Horn then tormented the Choice family for years, sending ransom notes and placing Chad's skull on the doorstep of the Choices' home on the fourth anniversary of the boy's disappearance.
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12" Powerbook dissected

Great Japanese photo-gallery that documents the dissection of one of the new 12" Powerbooks. I've got one of these on the way, but I don't think I'll be (deliberately) taking it to bits any time soon. Link Discuss (via MacSlash) Read the rest

Brobeck collapses

Brobeck, a massive technology/finance corporate law-firm, has collapsed.
Three years ago, Brobeck recorded the highest profits in the city for a firm its size, each partner taking in $850,000, according to the Recorder, a San Francisco legal publication. Its total revenue topped $300 million. And Brobeck handled hundreds of merger deals and IPOs, such as Juno Online Services, the free Internet service provider, and DoubleClick, the online ad company.
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Fuel Cell Store

Paul sez: "Caught up in the post-State-of-the-Union excitement over fuel cells, but don't have $1.2 billion to spend? has "accessories & gifts" like demonstration fuel cells, fuel cell powered desktop fans, and -- most exciting -- a remote-control fuel cell car." Link Discuss (Thanks, Paul!) Read the rest

Space Shuttle runs free software and open protocols

The Space Shuttle is getting fresh data connectivity courtesy of Linux boxen and TCP/IP:
Nasa is keen to use standard terrestrial techniques to route data to and from satellites and spacecraft to cut costs and make off-planet resources easier to manage.

The space agency currently uses a mish-mash of ageing hardware and software to keep in touch with spacecraft and to ship data back and forth.

By converting to tried and tested technologies used to keep the net running, Nasa believes it can cut the numbers of staff needed to ensure spacecraft stay in touch.

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Feral hippos haunt druglord's estate

The animals of Pablo "drug kingpin" Escobar's private zoo have gone feral, and ten hippopotami now roam the grounds of his estate north of Bogata.
A dozen refugee children play in the grounds all day, and the hippos watch them from the lake. Only the tops of the hippos' massive, reddish-brown heads and their constantly twitching ears show above the water. If the children come too close to the shore, the hippos snort and bluster and open their jaws menacingly, or make a rolling dive, to scare them away...

The refugees, unfamiliar with the ways of the giant African herbivores, have tried repeatedly to fence them in with barbed wire to thwart their raids on the salt lick and keep them from upsetting the cows. But to a hippo, a barbed-wire fence is an annoyance, not an obstacle.

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Texas prof won't recommend Creationist students for biomedical study

A prof in Texas is refusing to write letters of recommendation for further study in biomedical science unless his students aver a belief in evolution and disclaim a belief in Creationism. His students claim it's "religious bigotry."
The Web page advises students seeking a recommendation to be prepared to answer the question: "How do you think the human species originated?"

"If you cannot truthfully and forthrightly affirm a scientific answer to this question, then you should not seek my recommendation for admittance to further education in the biomedical sciences," Dini writes...

He argues that physicians who "ignore or neglect" the Darwinian aspects of medicine or the evolutionary origin of humans can make bad clinical decisions...

A scientist who denies the "fact" of human evolution, Dini writes, is in effect committing "malpractice regarding the method of science."

"Good scientists would never throw out data that do not conform to their expectations or beliefs," he writes.

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