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  • How Google Could De-Throne AIM, And Other Geeky News

    24 August, 2004

    There’s an article on how Google could overthrow AIM/ICQ, and perhaps even MSN Messenger, from their dominant positions in the instant messenger market, and improve internet standards usage and accessibility, by releasing thier own instant messenger tool powered by the (wonderful) Jabber protocol. It’s a lovely idea, but (sadly) not one which is likely to happen. On similarly geeky news,

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  • A.I. For Deluded Nutcases

    23 August, 2004

    Some goon (sorry: Californian counsellor) has patented Inductive Inference Affective Language Analyzer Simulating Artificial Intelligence (including the Ten Ethical Laws Of Robotics). It’s nothing but unintelligible babble, interspersed by (inaccurate) references to artificial intelligence theory. The author (who also writes a book on family values with a distinct evangelic slant, from which most of the text of the patent seems

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  • Burny Burny Firey Goodness

    23 August, 2004

    Gareth came over this weekend, and he, Bryn, Paul, Claire and I decided to have a bonfire and a barbeque on the beach. Sadly, Matt – who’s in town for resits – couldn’t join us, as he’s busy revising (best of luck to you, Matt!). In any case, the food and the beer and the company was good, until it

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  • What If Windows 98 Had Activation?

    22 August, 2004

    Or: Yet Another Reason Why ‘Activation’ Is Bad There are already loads of articles out there explaining why ‘product activation‘, which made it’s first appearance in a piece of Microsoft software in their release of Windows XP, is a bad thing. Product activation, which you may already have experienced, works by making a ‘fingerprint’ of the unique hardware identifiers of

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  • Troma Night Becomes Locally Famous

    21 August, 2004

    While doing a few errands arround town, Bryn and I stepped into Pier Video to check whether Paul had already rented the three videos we’re planning to watch at this evening’s themed Troma Night: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and – if he hadn’t – rent

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  • This Weekend : Nudism For Dummies

    21 August, 2004

    Following the theme of Parachuting For Dummies, last weekend, this weekend Claire and I spent the day at Morfa Dyffryn, a naturist beach between Barmouth and Harlech (about an hour and a quarter’s drive away – would be less, but Barmouth’s roads are comparable to Cambridge in thier narrowness and complexity). Which was an experience. And no, it’s not all

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  • Schoolboy, 12, Performs Armed Robbery And Is Placated With Crisps

    19 August, 2004

    Article on the BBC. A schoolboy holds up a shop and demands money, using a sawn-off shotgun. My favourite bit: Mr Guliani said there was no money in the till and, on instruction to load the bag with cigarettes instead, told the boy he was under age. The retailer later offered him sweets and crisps instead.

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  • Teleportation Goes Long-Distance

    19 August, 2004

    The BBC have an article about Australian researchers successfully teleporting photons a distance of 600m, advancing upon thier first efforts in the field, over two years ago.

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