RIAA and MPAA Seek Authority to Pretext

Slashdot has the story. Just to give a quick introduction, “pretext” means to lie and act like you are someone else in order to dig information out of someone. So let’s say the RIAA/MPAA call you up and say they are from the FBI and scare you into admitting you downloaded Britney Spears ‘Toxic’ 4 […]

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Microsoft Stopping EPIC From Releasing Free GoW Material

Tim Sweeney explains in an interview he’s done that EPIC has 4 more free maps ready to release for Gears of War on XBox 360 but Microsoft keeps pushing back against EPIC not allowing it to happen. Microsoft’s reason, no surprises, is that they are trying to build a business model around selling free offerings […]

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Apple Redesigns License Keys

Ok this is slick as can be. Over at Switcher’s Blog he shows the history of license key registration (like that giant key you use to register Windows every time you reinstall it) and how, in a truely Apple fashion, Apple is refining how this process will be done with a little drag and drop […]

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GAIM Project Changes Name to Pidgin

For those of you that use GAIM and have been wondering for the last 2 years why they won’t make a 2.0.0 final release, here is the reason. As it turns out, AOL has been harassing the team legally for years on and off leaving them in the lurch. Sometimes hitting them strong “We will […]

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The Darkness Intro Movie

This is actually the intro movie from The Darkness. A few things to notice: Main character is a super calm badass Lots of cursing and cruelty Passenger/vehicle dynamics with weapons Long dialogs, voice acting and scripted sequences I dig it big time:

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Doom 3 and Half-Life 2 Assest in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Kotaku reports that a conversation over on ShackNews sparked up over some assests (things like sounds, effects, models, etc.) in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. that may be direct rips from Doom 3 and/or Half-Life 2. At once point one of the model files directly references the same name of a model file from Doom 3 for the IMPs […]

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An Administration's Epic Collapse

TIME magazine has posted a piece entitled: An Administration’s Epic Collapse Covering the failures and missteps the Bush administration has made as it’s gone on. Whether you are a democrat or republican, I think you can agree that Bush’s term in office has proven to be one of the most tremulous presidencies. (Digg It)

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New Vista Laptops Take Ages to Boot

The Wall Street Journal did a piece on a new Sony Vaio that the author got with Windows Vista on it and how sluggish the laptop is overall. My favorite quote from the article is: I also was shocked at how long this machine took to restart and to do a cold start after being […]

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Wear a Cup While Swiming In the Congo

Ok so this post over at Digg linked to some pictures of ended up being the Goliath Tiger fish: Which led to someone posting the Wikipedia entry for Candirú, a type of fish that is small, transparent and a parasite. It will swim into any orifice and then erect a spin that keeps it anchored […]

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Amazing Wave in Ocean

This is the exact moment, I would start crying:

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JSR 296: Swing Application Framework

Dean Iverson just put together an excellent introduction to JSR 296 (Swing Application Framework) over on his blog. For those that don’t know, JSR 296 is an attempt to create a simple application framework to build your Swing applications on top of. Word on the street is that it will be part of the Java […]

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New Theme

Ok so Breakitdownblog got a new theme thanks to N.Design Studio. Hopefully it makes things a bit easier on the eyes for all of us.

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Firefox 3.0 – All About Offline Web Applications

PCMag did a damn interesting writeup of the new features coming in Firefox 3.0, namely the offline functionality is getting a swift kick in the pants and will make the first steps necessary to allow full web-application offline application… think of Gmail offline, Google Docs, Docs & Spreadsheets, etc… all offline. It looks like the […]

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Olyphant to Play Agent 47 of Hitman Fame

Kotaku reports that Hitman is going to get made into a movie with Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. I’ve always liked the character in the Hitman series and actually disliked the dialog they gave him and personalization that eventually leaked into his character. I envisioned him in my mind is a merciless machine with a […]

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Top 10 Horror Movie Deaths of All Time

Maxim has put together an awesome collection of the top 10 horror movie deaths of all time. As a horror movie buff (mostly for the gore) this was great.

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Server Virtualization Cuts Performance in Half

I don’t think there are too many surprises here. Using server virtualization makes managing the servers easier, but cuts performance roughly in half (43%). I never quite understood the craze with virtualization. I suppose the enterprises here are pushing this adoption, wanting to have the ability to manage their servers independent of physical boxes in […]

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