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July 27, 2006

Holy crap, a new court ruling reaffirms that US customs agents can search the contents of your laptop for any reason, and without a warrant
That's so wrong. But I guess it's the same thing as having your luggage searched without a warrant. I wonder, though, if you encrypt everything, can they force you to decrypt without a warrant?

July 16, 2006

Watch the first 24 minutes of A Scanner Darkly online

July 6, 2006

Borat trailer
Too funny.

Novel barcode designs

July 5, 2006

China is now the world's fourth largest economy
Squeaking by Britain for fourth by the tiniest of margins, according to the World Bank's latest calculations. Still ahead (for the time being): U.S., Japan and Germany.

July 4, 2006

An autoantonym is a word or phrase which "contradicts itself"—that is, has two distinct meanings, which are opposite
For example: the verb "bolt" can mean a) to secure in place or b) to dash away suddenly.

Reportedly, when Edward James Olmos was offered to reprise his role as Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the Miami Vice movie, he sent in a VHS tape containing a 20-minute loop in which he stared silently into the camera in absolute digust
I've never seen or heard of this webzine before, so I'm not sure how reliable they are. Still, it's a funny idea.

Central Park is getting free WiFi this summer
Article is a little light on details. No mention of expected date of launching the service or where the six hotspots will be located (no, it's not going to blanket the giant park).

July 2, 2006

Video of Conan O'Brien giving a speech at Stuyvesant's graduation for the class of 2006
Video is crappy, but the audio is very clear. Conan gave a good speech. How come we didn't get a cool speaker at our graduation? I don't even remember who spoke that day. Does any one remember who spoke in 1992?