News for Wednesday

All the news that's fit to rant aboutGood morning, Governor Schwarzenegger, Adolf is on line one for you. At least we've finally got a Kennedy in the state house. I guess our official Screen Savers election projection was wrong, but hey, we were first and that's what counts. Georgy Russell did get 1,904 votes and came in 33rd in a field of 135. Doesn't she deserve a cabinet post or something for that?

Do you find it at all depressing that some guy named George B. Schwartzman got over 10,000 votes because his name looked like Schwarzenegger? Is it too late to emmigrate to Canada?

Mrs. O'Leary's cow starts the Great Chicago Fire on this day in 1871. The DJIA begins in 1876. Ozzie marries Harriet in 1937.

In today's technology news...

  • A Princeton student discovers how to disable SunComm's audio CD copy protection as used by BMG. Just press the Shift key when you insert the CD guys. BMG says, we knew that.

  • The Federal Do Not Call list is a go. Again.  
  • Vonage Victory. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Minnesota can't regulate VoIP services as they do phone companies.
  • Microsoft patents that little IM trick that shows when the other guy is typing.
  • President Bush has a blog with its own RSS 1.0 and 2.0 feeds and this lovely election countdown clock, too. Someone on the campaign is paying attention.

  • Apple announces Panther (Mac OS X 10.3) ship date: October 24. Upgrade will cost $129. -gulp- It also releases new versions of iCal and iSync.
  • Nokia phones are bursting into flames.
  • Chrysler puts Bluetooth into British car for safer hands free. Unless it bursts into flames, that is.
  • HalfLife 2's source code leak could slow the game's release as key technologies are rewritten to prevent cheating.
  • Disney's MovieBeam service puts 100 movies in a set top box. You get 10 new movies a week all for $7 a month and $2.50 to $4 per flick.
  • Interesting article in yesterday's USA Today about how old line companies like Motorola, Kodak, and Xerox are trying to re-invent themselves for survival in the new era. QOTD: Can old dogs learn new tricks?
  • California may have The Gubinator but the UK has Angle-Grinder Man, a masked super hero who cuts wheel clamps from cars in London.