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  Upgrade or Perish  
Posted 2002-12-18 by Tony Walsh
You need the latest Flash plugin to avoid Flash-based attacks on your PC. Oversight by Macromedia, or merely a clever way to boost their plugin penetration?
  ICQ Patented  
Posted 2002-12-18 by Tony Walsh
ICQ's sugar daddy, AOL Time Warner, has secured a patent that "governs a system of point-to-point communications involving users at a network of terminals. Users log on to the system with a unique identifier code that remains the same regardless of their IP address, and can chat with other users logged on at the same time." This pretty much describes all Instant Messaging applications, including some Web-based chat systems such as GameSpy Arcade, and should put Trillian (which rides on ICQ protocols) right out of business. [story]
  Shocked? I’m aroused  
Posted 2002-12-15 by Titus
"A man has confessed to murdering and eating a fellow homosexual who volunteered to be killed in one of the strangest murders in Germany in recent years, prosecutors said today.

The 41-year-old accused recorded the crime on a video camera after finding the apparently willing victim through an advertisement posted on the Internet, the state prosecutor's office in the central German city of Kassel said in a statement. "The accused supposedly first cut off the penis of the victim by mutual agreement because they wanted to eat it together," said the statement."

You're bored, I'm bored....I know! Let's eat my penis!

Lots of links for this one: Article 1, Article 2 (incl. victim photo), and a whole slew of newsgroup posts (found after Der Spiegel published his online handle). If browsing the newsgroup posts, don't forget to read the full threads. Horror awaits:

"i,m a male who really love's the thought of being on the dinner table,
my body is yours to cook anyway you want, i am for real my flesh is
yours. fry me,broil me barbacue me i don,t care just as long as you
enjoy your meal, i want to be your meal, its my calling an i'm ready.
  Bigger Banners Bugger Browsers  
Posted 2002-12-12 by Tony Walsh
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is obviously in denial. Sure, they're eliminating the classically annoying 468x60 banner from their standards list... but they're introducing larger formats instead. But the new ads aren't called "banners." No. They're called "skyscapers, big boxes and leaderboards." [story] You can call feces "poop," "crap," or "dung," but it still doesn't make it smell any better.
  Raising Amazonia  
Posted 2002-12-12 by Tony Walsh
There are a lot of reasons why Amazon sucks. I've been part of their "affiliate" program for a few years now, and have raked in a whopping $30 in referral fees. Ooooooohhh. Now, Amazon is pushing its affiliates to accept direct deposit of those fees.
  • If you make as little as $10, your fees are directly deposited.
  • If you want to be paid by cheque (the old method) you can't get paid until you've made at least $100. And then they charge you $8 to process the cheque.

  • Like I'm going to give Amazon access to my bank account. Time to find an alternative.
      Broken Saints  
    Posted 2002-12-03 by Tony Walsh
    Part comic book, part anime movie, and all online, Broken Saints ( is cresting a brave new wave of small-screen entertainment. This Flash-based epic is a story in 24 parts that was launched in January 2001, and was born on Canadian soil.

    Brooke Burgess, a 31-year-old former video game producer, is the series creator/director. The North Vancouver native teamed up with digital whiz kid Ian Kirby and young illustrator Andrew West to realise his vision. Armed only with talent, passion, and some big ideas, the trio had no idea how far Broken Saints would go. They've been able to keep corporate paws off their indie project, which has received numerous New Media awards, by hitting up their many fans for donations -- proof that there is a niche for quality original content on the Web.

    Continue reading: Broken Saints
      You can’t escape the Google cache:  
    Posted 2002-12-03 by Tony Walsh
    We discovered Wicked Angel the other day, but the pirate-shirt-wearing fetishmeister took his page offline. Of course, Google saves all good Web pages in a place not unlike dog heaven. Behold, the Wicked Angel Google Cache.
      Funerals… Live on the WEB!!  
    Posted 2002-11-25 by Titus
    That's right kids, every ones favourite reason to take some time off work, the funeral! Well now even if your boss wont let you go to see old uncle Willie put into the ground, you can watch it LIVE. That's right, live on the internet. Just go to and you too can be enjoying the service of your loved one!

    Ok, so i thought the whole drive-through funeral home thing was pretty weird, but this really takes the cake. They also have archived footage of past services...
      What’s the deal with online bootlegs? (or, “So what if Harry is already online")  
    Posted 2002-11-18 by
    Have you read some of the amazing things the MPAA has been saying about Internet Piracy? I recommend this guide, which will help to clear up all the FUD the MPAA and its lackeys have been spreading. For a take of what some of the (very biased) online community thinks, check out this slashdot thread.

      Google-ing the future  
    Posted 2002-11-18 by
    A very interesting bit of speculative fiction which does an amazing job of describing the semantic web, the future of the 'net and why you should here
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