here is a sample.
(sorry to spoil your afternoon soda.... - dp)
Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. They took the cocaine out almost a hundred years ago. You know why? It was redundant.
This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Coke, it’ll make you feel better.
685 diggs. “AWESOME astronomy poem.” (posted by MetsFan 3 days ago)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.
Before long, the people’s feedback begins, like this:
by baddude on 12/11/06
What’s yr problem, moron. You already said it’s a star, why would you then wonder what it is. Get a clue, or a life.
by neverland2 on 12/11/06
Dugg down as inaccurate. Stars do not twinkle. It’s the shifting atmosphere that causes an apparent twinkle. Or were you stoned all through science class?
by mrobe on 12/11/06
yo neverland2–It’s a poem, idiot. Nobody’s claiming that stars twinkle. Ever heard of poetic license?
Honestly, the intellectual level of you people is right up there with a gnat’s.
…and so on.
I keep away from digg now as it is just full of mean mean meanies.
Not content with blending marbles or golf-balls, they blend a poor defenless 4G ipod.
Looks like you have to go to their web site, not youtubable yet.
OK, so I'm trying to do the right thing and pay for my music. You'd think that the iTunes music store would have excellently encoded MP3s. (with DRM that is of course, actually .m4p files) Well a track in the latest Moby Album has a digital defect that makes it annoying to listen to. Thought I might contact them and see what they say.
`Sounds Bad' is one of the predefined problem names.
I don't want a refund, just um a proper copy of the track. Should I persevere ?
Re: iTunes Quality Report
Your request for a refund was carefully considered; however, according to our Terms of Sale, all purchases made on the iTunes Store are ineligible for refund. This policy matches our refund policies and provides protection for copyrighted materials.
For more information, please review the entire Terms of Sale for the iTunes Store at http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/legal/policies.html.
iTunes Store Customer Support
Customer First Name : David
Customer Last Name : Pascoe
email : email@example.com
Web Order # : M305055025
Support Subject : Songs
Sub Issue : Sounds bad
Comments : iTunes Account Name: firstname.lastname@example.org
Platform : iTunes/6.0.4 (Windows; U; Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)) DPI/96
Song Name : New York New York (Rock)
Location : Specific time 00:01:33 (hour:min:sec)
There is glitch in this file at 1:34, New York New York (Rock) by Moby. I get a burp at this point on both my iPod and iTunes on my PC. Is there anything you can do for me ?
THE world’s hottest chilli pepper does not come from a tropical hot spot where the locals are impervious to its fiery heat but a smallholding in deepest Dorset.
Some chillis are fierce enough to make your eyes water. Anyone foolhardy enough to eat a whole Dorset Naga would almost certainly require hospital treatment.
Aktar Miha, from the Indus Bangladeshi restaurant in Bournemouth, said that even in its home country the naga chilli was treated with respect. “It is used in some cooking, mainly with fish curries, but most people don’t cook with it. They hold it by the stalk and just touch their food with it,” he said.
“It has a refreshing smell and a very good taste but you don’t want too much of it. It is a killer chilli and you have to be careful and wash your hands and the cutting board. If you don’t know what you are doing it could blow your head off.”
Pure capsaicin: 15m to 16m
US Police-grade pepper spray: 5m
Dorset Naga: 923,000
Red Savina habanero: 577,000
Scotch bonnet: 100,000-325,000
Jamaican hot pepper: 100,000-200,000
Cayenne pepper: 30,000-50,000
Jalapeno pepper: 2,500-8,000
Tabasco sauce: 2,500
Pimento: 100 to 500
Bell pepper: 0
The thing that must be realized is that most media is produced by a relative small number of factories, located in several different places. These factories are mostly present in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, some European locations. There are more, but those are the largest ones. The best media generally comes from Japan and Singapore. The worst typically comes from Taiwan or China (in stores) and Hong Kong (online).http://www.digitalfaq.com/media/dvdmedia.htm
This being said, understand that the media brand means nothing. Apple is a great brand, but they do not make their own discs, instead outsourcing to MXL (Hitachi/Maxell) or MCC (Mitsubishi Chemicals). Verbatim became infamous in 2002 by switching from high-quality MCC ID media to the inferior CMC ID media, although they quickly returned to using MCC. Companies like Memorex, Fuji and Imation all outsource to media vendors. When buying media online always be aware of fake media too (see the fakes information farther down the page).
It is the media ID that is important, as it reveals the disc manufacturer. Unfortunately, this is not written on packaging or anywhere else. Companies want consumers to be oblivious to this sort of behind-the-scenes information. To learn the media ID code, a blank disc must be put into a computer DVD burner drive and the ID read by a special utility. Some burning software reads the code by default (DVD Decrypter, for example, in ISO write mode). There are also a handful of freeware or trialware tools available:
These are slippers with small flashlights built into the toe, to make navigating through your luxury penthouse late at night easier, without having to wake what’s-her-name from the club.
We say penthouse because, at $70, you have to be a person of considerable income to waste your money on this crap.
Like every Thursday lunch break, today we searched Yahoo! for the word “nipples,” and somehow it returned something SFW that we can share with you gadget-obsessed nerds.
The Yahoo! business site tells the story of the Nipple Adapter, a gadget every parent of an infant or toddler should have. Put simply, it turns the mouth of any ordinary water bottle (or beer, if you’re from Blake’s family) into a nipple, something babies like to put their filthy wet mouthes on.
It’s one of those inventions that should have been thought up years ago, but it took Tommy Habeeb, formerly of TV’s “Cheaters” to come up with it. Why not just give babies drinks of water? Because, like prom dates, “infants are unable to swallow without using their sucking reflex,” according to Habeeb. The thing only costs $2, and is a work of simplistic genius. I’ve ordered a box to use for Holiday gifts.
Former Host of CHEATERS Invents the Next Must-Have Baby Product [Yahoo! Business] [via Your Baby Wants Nipple Adapters]
In fact Apple earned a Shonky award for the iPod.
An iPod is a significant investment, so you don’t want your APPLE to be a lemon. And if there is something wrong with it, you’d expect an easy repair and warranty service. Podluck.
Level 1. Several readers complained about cracked screens, faulty batteries and problems with sound reproduction.
Level 2. APPLE doesn’t allow retailers to handle complaints under warranty (which is their obligation under Fair Trading laws) — you have to send your faulty iPod to APPLE yourself via Australia Post. And if they decide the fault isn’t covered by the warranty, you’ll have to foot the entire bill.
Some retailers will still deal with Apple for you and they remain your first port of call if something goes wrong.
Mmmm not much lovin for the iPod over at CHOICE.
iriver T10 2GB $139
Samsung YP-Z5FQB 2GB $239
iriver E10 6GB $299
Toshiba gigabeat MES30V $399
The iRiver T10 2GB achieved an excellent score for ease of use and a very good score for sound. It has the longest battery life in the test using a normal akaline AA battery.
The Samsung YP-Z5FQB has very good ease of use and sound scores as well as the second longest battery life in the test. It has a built-in rechargable battery.
However, the seven products which follow these two in the table are all very good overall performers and well worth a look.
The iRIVER E10 6GB has the smallest capacity for HDD models in this test, but is very easy to use and has the longest battery life of the HDD models.
If you need the 30GB capacity,the TOSHIBA gigabeat MES30V achieved equal second best sound score in the test and a good ease of use rating.
The other HDD models all perform well overall.
An old computer, some lights and a lot of spare time turned Christmas high-tech for this Brisbane man.
... But this system was far from perfect, so the following year he introduced a computer to synchronise the flashing and patterns. Brad used the programming experience he gained while completing an Advanced Diploma in Computer Systems Engineering with information from the internet and a computer made from spare parts.
Saw a picture of this place via the photo history podcasts I'm going through (original photo by O'Sullivan, this pic found on flickr). This is a ruin called The White House which is embedded in the cliff face in the Canyon de Chelly.
How awesome does this place look? I'd love to visit it at some point in my life.
Robert Scoble and Dave Winer exchange emails to share their views on this subject.
Dave Winer, 51, is a software developer and author of the Scripting News blog, which he has written since 1997. Mr. Winer has helped create several standards related to Web publishing, including Really Simple Syndication or RSS. He was the founder and chief executive of UserLand Software Inc., and a founder of Symantec Corp.
Robert Scoble, 41, writes the Scobleizer blog, which rose to prominence during his three years as "technical evangelist" at Microsoft. Mr. Scoble joined Microsoft from NEC, where he worked in technical and sales support. In June, Mr. Scoble left Microsoft to become vice president of media development at PodTech.Network Inc., which produces and distributes video podcasts.
I guess the shareholders (and lets face it, all those millions benefiting from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) all probably don't care about the answer to this question, just how much Microsoft will make in the next few years with Vista, Office 97, Xbox, Zune etc.