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Friday, October 29, 2004

Thinking Machine 4: Play the Game Beautiful, cool chess program.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Explaining the 'Anglosphere'

Defamer: BREAKING: 60 Minutes Has Backstage Footage Of Ashlee Simspon SNL Disaster: "This press release from CBS threatens to destroy everything we thought we knew about Ashlee Simpson, acid reflux disease, and uncomfortable moments of panic-induced jigging:"

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

THE ECONOMISTS shake your mouse pointer. i'm not sure if this site is holds deep meaning or not.

Yahoo! News - Oddly Enough: "Taiwan lawmaker Chen Tsung-yi (L) from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party throws a book at opposition legislators after a food fight erupted in parliament, October 26, 2004. The lawmakers hurled their lunch boxes at each other in a quarrel over whether to include an $18 billion U.S. arms budget on the legislative agenda for Friday."

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Men talk to Google not girlfriends - "Men talk to their search engines more than their girlfriends, work colleagues or even their families, research has claimed." Well no shit.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Wired News: Song-Swap Networks Still Humming: "Peer-to-peer traffic has not declined despite the music industry's aggressive pursuit of illegal file sharers, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California at Riverside and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis evaluated packet data on the internet and found that P2P continues to thrive. Their results are published in a study, titled 'Is P2P dying or just hiding?'" One widely rumoured defence against Microsoft has been a Google web browser potentially countering the software giant's ability to embed its own search engine into its operating system.

“We are not building a browser,” Mr Schmidt said.'s ContentNext Series: AtomFilms As a Platform: "Since AtomFilms started in 1998, it has been a platform for short-from content. For a few years, the company had broad domestic and international distribution - TV, mobile, hotel, airlines, and of course, the internet. After the dotcom crash, we focused solely on the internet though the business model (advertising) was pretty weak in 2001. At that time we were fairly steady at around 2m unique visitors per month which is pretty small but still significant. Over the past two years, we have had no competitors (iFilm has a very different focus) after a period between 1999-2001 where we had hundreds."