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Deep Blue beat then-world champion Garry Kasparov -- the
first time since the invention of a chess program in 1958
that a machine had beaten a human."
- all those games you lost against GNU Chess? It was *cheating*.
>> HARD NEWS <<
It was Eldred vs Elder Gods this week, with the US Supreme
Court mulling whether to remove intolerable copyright
extensions. It's not entirely clear how we'd do the same in
the current Europe: Copyright law is becoming more and more
a EU-wide issue, and there's precious few areas where people
can protest against European legislation (we'll mention one
next week, hopefully). So in the UK, for now, we are forced
to indulge in civil disobedience. Clearly frustrated by the
diminished public domain, it was left to BBC News24's "Click
Online" presenters last week to publicise www.etextz.com, a
brave holdout in copyright liberation. You "can't help but
find a good read in its database", they marvelled.
Including, they didn't add, many previously costly works
written by Douglas Adams, Neal Stephenson and William
Burroughs. Some small technical error appears to have caused
the BBC to remove its glowing review from the Website - but
thank God they've still maintained the link to the other
legitimate business practice covered, that of selling chunks
of lunar real estate online.
- still running the remains of his library from a cablemodem
- after the copyright extension gutted the collection
- 19 minutes in
- as watched by ...
- ... Telsa and four others
Hanging around TV's "cruel and shallow money trench" a little
while longer: BIG BROTHER and FAME ACADEMY are both made by
the production company Endemol - Big Brother for Channel 4,
the current Fame Academy for BBC1. They both involve wannabe
celebrities being watched 24 hours a day in a some kind of
controlled secure environment. We're entirely prepared to
concede the benefits of outsourcing the websites for these
kinds of shows and reusing as much back end software as
possible. But doesn't it suggest you're recycling a very
similar show format if you also reuse the same test data?
- and this is where you start paying... in GIFs
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
K-19: fact? http://www.ntk.net/2002/10/11/dohk19pt1.png or
fiction? http://www.ntk.net/2002/10/11/dohk19pt2.png ...
who will claim responsibility for MORE INAPPROPRIATE BANNER-ADS?
http://www.ntk.net/2002/10/11/dohxfire.jpg ... Rangers games
getting more violent: http://www.ntk.net/2002/10/11/dohfirm.jpghttp://www.tesco.com/entertainment/help.htm#expresscheckout -
TESCO goes existential... Feds react to WIRED NEWS redesign:
Irish Bishops younger, smaller, more female than previously
thought: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2311025.stm ...
alright, you get just *one* more PUERILE GOOGLE SEARCH:
http://www.google.com/search?q=interfeces ... one thing is
clear - the number of times "clear" used in this piece:
... horse asks BBC's graphic designers: why the long faces?
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
goto's considered non-harmful
You can prove anything with Google, and it's easy enough to
show that Sir Clive "ZX" Sinclair has a brother called Iain
who was born in 1943 - the very same year as the *other* Iain
"Radon Daughters" Sinclair. Coincidence - or symptomatic of
some deeper psychogeographic geek resonance whose significance
we cannot currently comprehend? These, and other, issues will
no doubt be pondered at Strange Attractor's MEGALITHOMANIA!
(from 10am tomorrow Sat 2002-10-12, Conway Hall, London WC1R,
UKP20), featuring Sinclair on "The M25, London's Stone
Circle", "Psychedelic Archaeology", "Megaliths in Movies"
(hopefully "Quatermass" and "Children Of The Stones"), plus
"rocking" (sorry) accompaniment from the likes of Wigwam,
Mount Vernon Astral Temple, Gorodisch, and Coil. But no
heckling Iain's talk by asking if the ZX81 and Spectrum
casings were inspired by the 2001 monoliths, OK?
- it's mega!
- vs http://www.complete-review.com/authors/sinclairi.htmhttp://www.youhavebeenwatched.org.uk/pressrelease/artpr.html
- also tomorrow: CCTV movie art at London's Isle of Dogs
>> TRACKING <<
sufficiently advanced technology : the gathering
After only a month's development, Phoenix, the Mozilla.org
skunkworks' rewrite of Moz, has tabs, a sidebar, and support
for extensions like mouse gestures and ting. Some of the dev
team is already talking of finishing up, doing a brief
ticker-tape parade, and moving onto creating a slimlined
mail client called THUNDERBIRD. So where does stately
MOZILLA trunk, with its sprawling skyscrapers of XUL, go
now? In some pretty intriguing directions, judging by the
scrabbles in Bugzilla and checkins on the nightly builds.
The latest Mozilla builds now have typeahead. Bounce on the
keyboard while browsing, and Moz will search through the
current page for a link with the same text as what you type.
Hit return and it'll open the link. It's a browser usability
no-brainer that only took six years to hit upon - for
keyboard fiends, it makes navigating Moz faster than lynx.
Next up: CONTENT EDITABLE - a mimic of the IE feature that
lets you edit sections of an HTML page in place. And after
that, the crowd demands: PGP support and for all you pr0n
fiends, yyenc decoding in the newsreader. Lizard's not dead
- just available in nightly builds for now
- secret preference settings of the gods
>> MEMEPOOL <<
ceci n'est pas une http://www.gagpipe.com/ still pretty funny, even if it is fake (requires Flash,
sorry): http://www.247365.com.au/extras/enrique.html ... when
AUDIOPHILES STRIKE BACK: http://www.vinylvideo.com/ ... and
the all-time "great movies" of this endearingly free-thinking
individualist include Blade Runner, The Matrix, Fight Club:
http://www.chrisworth.com/ME/about_me.html ... where "M2A" =
"Mouth to Anus"?: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/2319249.stm ...
highlighted in any colour you like, though it defaults to red:
http://mencal.kyberdigi.cz/english.html ... Castrol GTX - good
safety tip: http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/natinduc.html
... keeping http://www.mulatta.org/Thaielephantorch.html away
from http://www.gemueseorchester.org/anfang_e.htm ... no
"certain death"?: http://www.cheapflights.com/misc/space.html
vs http://www.adventureplanet.com/ap_home/ap_trips_tcr.asp ...
and the best adaptation of http://www.blogjam.com/ntk.not/ to
http://www.thefridaything.co.uk/demo.txt wins a t-shirt...
>> GEEK MEDIA <<
get out less
TV>> the (brief) Anna Friel/ Ewan McGregor nudity in ROGUE
TRADER (9pm, Fri, ITV) is over in time to catch the Molly
Shannon guest-starring double-bill of WILL AND GRACE (9.30pm,
Fri, C4)... Saffron "Deep Blue Sea" Burrows weekend begins
with baffling videogame adaptation WING COMMANDER (12.15am,
Fri, BBC2) and continues with rom-com HOTEL DE LOVE (11.50pm,
Sat, C5)... and Mia "24/ Not Another Teen Movie" plays a
stripper in Atom Egoyan arthouser EXOTICA (12.10am, Sat,
BBC2)... there's an uninterrupted cross-channel triple bill of
quirky nonsense in the form of CGI snake chase ANACONDA
(9.35pm, Sat, C4), Adam Sandler idiot-fest BILLY MADISON
(11.25pm, Sat, BBC1) and unacclaimed Larry "Seinfeld" David
bitterness vendetta SOUR GRAPES (1.40am, Sat, C5)... Sunday
night unfortunately appears to be rapist night, thanks to
police procedural drama SIRENS (9pm, Sun, ITV), botched-heist
thriller BEST LAID PLANS (10.30pm, Sun, BBC2) and of course
overrated Kubrick wide-angle brainwashing semi-sci-fi A
CLOCKWORK ORANGE (10pm, Sun, C4)... plus more Kubrick tedium
on Tue in piano-soundtracked plodder EYES WIDE SHUT (10.05pm,
Tue, C5) - http://www.google.com/search?q=%22eyes+wide+shit%22
more like... a corporate lawyer takes on the greatest
challenge of his career - pretending to be a garage MC - in
another bloody FAKING IT (9pm, Wed, C4)... DOWNLOADING SEX
(11.40pm, Thu, C5) gives you a free password to view behind
the scenes at nerve.com... and apologies for missing last
week's debut of both BBC Micro-featuring schools-programme
spoof LOOK AROUND YOU (9.50pm, Thu, BBC2) and the heavily
Charlie Brooker voice-overed THE BEST OF TV GO HOME (11.55pm,
FILM>> with the real Will Graham off running the CSI team in
Las Vegas, tormented office junior Ed Norton leads soulless
exposition-heavy student-drama-style "Manhunter" remake RED
DRAGON ( http://www.cndb.com/movie.html?title=Red+Dragon :
there are again some very clear butt shots, glimpses of [Ralph
Fiennes'] big cock and balls dangling between his legs and
some shadowed full frontal views; My g/f loves this guy so she
was really looking)... nonetheless, original Hannibal Lecter
Brian Cox seems to be keeping busy, this week appearing in
both Dennis Quaid "Fields Of Dreams" baseball dud THE ROOKIE
( http://www.screenit.com/movies/2002/the_rookie.html : We see
[Quaid] in bed, shirtless [...] as well as [Rachel Griffith's]
bare shoulders - with the sheets pulled around her chest) - in
addition to gross-out stoner police slapstick SUPER TROOPERS
( http://www.cndb.com/movie.html?title=Super+Troopers+%282002%29 :
lengthy views of [a] big, fat, very unsexy butt and a brief
view of [a] tiny penis; if you are into big fake boobs, then
enjoy)... otherwise, that "Hackers/ Swimfan" guy is back in
juvenile Jonathan Frakes time-freezing sci-fi CLOCKSTOPPERS
( http://www.capalert.com/capreports/clockstoppers.htm :
deceitful advertising; irresponsible cycling; teen assuming
"command" of father; adult in underwear; planning to take
advantage of technology to see nakedness)...
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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