Friday, November 04, 2005

Google Founders Buy a 767 Jumbo Jet

This from The founders are swimming in cash, having recently become billionaires after Google's huge IPO (together they're worth about $20 billion). The 767, purchased from the Australian airline Quantas, normally seats 180 people. But the founders plan to transform the airplane into something like a swinging, Austin Powers style "jumbo jet" that seats only 50. The rest of the space will be taken by cool amenities like a "sitting area, two staterooms with adjoining lavatories and a shower. At the rear will be 12 to 16 first-class seats for guests or employees and a large galley."

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Best Theory on TV Show 'Lost'. Ever.

I can almost stop watching possibly the most frustrating show ever, thanks to this theory. I don't care if it's right, because if it isn't, there would be little more the writers of the show could come up with that would be better.

It turns out that the numbers are part of a complex promotion by Mountain Dew, and is a free registration code for the new Microsoft Vista. Okay, maybe not really, but if you watch the show you gotta read this.

Kindly brought to our attention courtesy of

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

'Remote access Trojans' harvest online bank passwords as you type them

A stream of text captured by a remote access Trojan horse, according to CardCops' Dan Clements. It included a series of Bank of America login passwords, which have been blurred by

[MSNBC] Forget phish. It's rats that are about to cause the most trouble for Internet users.

Clever computer criminals have recently become much more sophisticated in their attacks against online banks, experts say. The Internet is now awash in programs called "remote access Trojans," or RATs, that feed on online banking passwords.

Trojan horse programs have traditionally sneaked their way onto computers by posing as desirable free software, such as electronic greeting cards or file-sharing programs. The malicious programs are hidden, and like the Greek soldiers hidden in the famous wooden horse, jump out to attack once they're safely inside. But others are pushed onto computers without any interaction at all, through various software vulnerabilities. In that case, consumers would likely have no way of knowing their machine has been subdued....

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Visual Baseball Decisions

Visual io has crafted a way to decide whether the pitcher needs to be relieved of his duty. Update: company has been bought by the Yankees...

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Virtual Bubble Wrap: virtually satisfied

Click *** Pop *** Click-Pop.... Yummy...

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

TV Show 'Lost' Subplot is Product Placement Trick

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Lost Manuscript to be Published
Source: Variety
November 1, 2005

Variety says that writers for ABC's Lost will soon be penning a subplot about a character named Gary Troup who didn't survive the crash but left behind a manuscript he was working on.

Troup is fictional, of course, and so is his supposed novel. But ABC sister company Hyperion Books will publish the "found" manuscript, in the hope of turning a fictional product-placement into a real one.

Working with writers from the series, Hyperion has commissioned a novel by a "well-known" mystery writer -- it's not saying who -- that supposedly constitutes the book. The book will be marketed as the work of an author who "delivered (his book) to Hyperion just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815."

The Lost novel, titled "Bad Twin," is a P.I. procedural involving a wealthy heir's search for his nefarious brother. It will be released this spring in conjunction with the series' related episodes.

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Bengals Fan Runs Onto Field

You figure 2 points for fumble recovery or interception, and 2 point for 40 yards after the recovery. All in one play. I think Yahoo! and ESPN need a category for "Special Ed" teams. Greg Gall would be pro-bowl without a doubt. Props to the security guy for the open field tackle. Somethin tells me he's been waiting a long time to do that.

"A Mt. Washington man is facing 30 days in jail and a $250 fine for the stunt he pulled at the end of Sunday's Bengals game. With 25 seconds left, Greg Gall, 31, jumped from the stands, ran onto the field and grabbed the football from Green Bay's Brett Favre. Gameplay was stopped and security tackled Gall as he neared the end-zone."

Sweet video coverage of the shenanegans here.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Wilma Photo Gallery & Power Updates

Flipped car in east Fort Lauderdale
Wilma photo gallery.

BULLETIN: As of 1 p.m. Monday, 328,400 Florida Power & Light customers were still off line in Broward and 534,400 had been restored to service. In Palm Beach County, 225,000 were powerless and 731,500 had service restored. Miami-Dade County is being restored to power more quickly. There, 199,200 homes were still without power and service had been restored to 464,300 customers.

Outage maps and couty-by-county statistics from Florida Power and Light