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Faking, cheating and rule breaking

FakeYourSpace will help you look more popular on MySpace with fake hot friends.  You actually subscribe to them on a monthly basis and they leave comments on your profile.  It's kind of weird to see a page full of people with "add to my cart" buttons.  UPDATE:  Sheesh, what's the deal with links dropping dead lately?  This one no longer goes where it's supposed to.  It still shows up in Google, so you can check it out in the Google cache.

Speaking of cheating, the cheat code wiki allows gamers to share tricks for cheating at video games.  NOTE:  Because of the nature of wikis, anyone can post anything to it, which means there's a chance something objectionable could end up on one, if only for a short time.  This particular one was vandalized for a bit but appears to be restored.

Speaking of breaking the rules, Anger at YouTube videos that show how to break into houses - I love how the article talks about an "investigation" and in the next paragraph reveals that the investigation was typing "lock picking" into the search box.  While I agree that there is a lot of lock picking info online, my understanding is that among hacker types lock picking is a sort of hobby.  Also, I'm not ready to buy into the argument that people who aren't committing crimes will suddenly do so when the Internet shows them how.  (I agree with this guy, not this guy.)

Paraguay man crucified in public - He did it as a form of protest.  His colleagues drove nails through his palms and everything.  I don't know why, but I can easily imagine this catching on.

Real life crashes into Second Life's digital idyll - How the recent CopyBot problem in Second Life changed the political philosophy of its inhabitants.  (What the heck is the CopyBot problem?)  Among the many things that are interesting about Second Life is that it's a society begun from scratch, so other than the fact that the people who run it need to be able to afford to do so, they had a blank slate in terms of the rules and governance.

Speaking of living in a computer world, "The simulation argument puts forward the view that we are almost definitely living in a computer simulation."

Forbes describes DailyMotion.com as YouTube without the copyright inhibitions.  The article links to one site in particular, Quicksilverscreen.com, that has a remarkable number of TV and movie bootlegs all hosted on Daily Motion.  Do NOTE: Though I don't see a lot of porn on Daily Motion, it did take me only two clicks to find an image of a topless woman among the thumbnails.

Speaking of getting movies and TV online, I'm having trouble reconciling these two items:

  1. BitTorrent Strikes Digital Download Deals with 20th Century Fox, G4, Kadokawa, Lionsgate, MTV Networks, Palm Pictures, Paramount and Starz Media
  2. Why BitTorrent Inc. is no sure bet!

It's surely a big deal in terms of propagation of the technology that these major media outlets are going to offer their stuff through BitTorrent, but there's no denying the points made in the second item about unusual nature of BitTorrent and the likelihood that most users will find it discouraging.

The cactus building makes me a little annoyed that most of us are still living in boxes stacked on boxes.  If I can't have a rocket car, can't I at least have a weird shaped living space?  (Though not necessarily one that looks like a giant cheese grater.)

Whiteboard music - Fun stuff at this site.  Brief history of pop music

Vote for the 2006 Word of the Year - My cube-mate colleague thinks "sectarian" is a hot '06 word.  I'm wondering if "mashup" will make it into the dictionary this year.  Looking at last year's list, what made "insipid" rise to number 5?

9 to 5 paintings - Tracks the movement of your mouse all day.  If you click all the way through to the instructions it's a pretty easy do-it-yourself trick.

Most unintentionally funny headline I've seen in a while:  Data Can Now Be Stored on Paper - Um, yeah, using a stylus-like device called a pencil, you can put data on this so-called paper and it remains there for your visual retrieval for decades or more.  Data may also be erased and replaced with new data.  By the way, not everyone is inclined to give the actual story much credence.

The conical glass is not really a fraud because you pay for a certain quantity of liquid, not for a full glass.  Would the accuser be more pleased with the glasses if they were smaller and filled to the brim?  A fraud is when you pay for a pint of beer (16 oz. in the U.S.) and it's served in a 12 or 14 ounce pint-shaped glass with an unusually thick bottom.  Or when they pour Fleischmann's vodka into the Absolut bottle.

Asteroids revenge - It's like the old Asteroids game but you're the asteroid in a field of ships.  Strangely satisfying.

Did you see Ronaldinho's bicycle kick goal?  The closer replays are at 1:19 in the clip.

The Stokke gravity chair is on a lot of wish lists this year.  Be sure to check out the demo on the second page.

I guess people at sea have a lot of time for thinking.

***Notice that I've added a few links to yesterday's Christmas tradition entry.