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Saturday, November 26, 2005

New Inuyasha Figures and Statues Hitting US Shores




My girlfriend and I are big Inuyasha fans, we have all the figures released by Toynami so far except for the ever elusive Demon Form Inuyasha.

According to Toynami the latest wave of Inuyasha figures are hitting US shores at the end of November. The new figures include Naraku, a new Inuyasha which is simply in a different pose and two PVC statues. The PVC statues defiantly have my attention, they look absolutely beautiful.

Monday, November 21, 2005

IRC Madness

Here are some of my favourite quotes from bash.org

<+kritical> christin: you need to learn how to figure out stuff yourself..
<+Christin1> how do i do that

Do vampires have anuses? Cause that's why I wouldn't let this kid invade a vampire's anus in this RPG, right, I was GMing, and his character was an Anus Shade, with the power to possess and control the anuses of people and animals.. and I figured that vampires don't have anuses.
a vampire's anus is present, but non-working.
like a network card without the appropriate driver.
Wow. You're the biggest dork on Earth.
And you're DMing an rpg with Anus Shades.

omg i love this song
Now playing: Unknown Artist - Track 2 @ 128 Kbps. (0:47/3:24)
blazemore: yeah, that's a bad ass song

SO U HACKING ME THEN HUH
WElL I GOT NEWS FOR U MISTER I GOT MORE FIREWALL POWERS NOW SO IM SECURE AND IM USING WINDOWS 98 SO IM REALLY SECURE FROM HACKERS LIKE YOU SO YOU BETTA JUST GIVE UP CUZ U GOT NO HOPE MISTER.
* YuFFie (~mirc@3B942731.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net) Quit (Quit: Owned.)
* YuFFie (~mirc@3B942731.dsl.stlsmo.swbell.net) has joined #
HELP MY MOUSE IS MOVING BY IT SELF

Rizen: I thought you didn't bang chicks, only me.
...men.
GOD THAT WAS A BAD TYPO.

<@Logan> I spent a minute looking at my own code by accident.
<@Logan> I was thinking "What the hell is this guy doing?"

wtf
ESPN is showing 2003 national jump rope championship
who the hell watches jump rope competiti--- ooh bouncy

This cake is soooo good
it's like sex, except I'm having it

so my speakers haven't beeen working for a while
they were plugged into the mic port
umm, i think they are color-coded
haha, i know
i usually just reach back there and guess which hole it is
* npl has set the topic on channel #cell6 to i usually just reach back there and guess which hole it is

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sony/BMG Rootkit Fiasco

The Sony/BMG rootkit fiasco continues, from a computer security standpoint I am pissed off.

If you haven't been following the story, two weeks ago one of the staff over at www.sysinternals.com were testing the latest build of their great Rootkit Revealer program. It discovered a rootkit hidden on their test Windows computer. Rootkitting technology patches the operating system to hide files, a rootkitted file will not appear in Windows, it is impossible for you to see it because the operating system can't even see it.

Sony/BMG used this technology to install and hide "Digital Rights Management" software. The rootkit files were made to look like a system application called "Plug and Play Devices Manager". This badly coded piece of software was supposed to protect Sony music CD's from being pirated. What it actually did was record your system configuration, make a log of which Sony/BMG music CD's you used, which tracks you listened to, record your IP address and ISP and then send this information to Sony. It gets worse, it even scans your entire hard drive, up to 8 times a day, sending this information to Sony as well. It was so badly coded it causes system hangs, crashes, slowdowns you name it, it messed it up.
The rootkit is installed when you put the CD in your computer, an end user license agreement appears asking you to install software so you can use the enhanced features of the CD, music videos etc. It says nothing about a rootkitted DRM program.

The Tech industry went nuts and so did many consumers and Sony/BMG has attempted to gloss over the subject. Here are some interesting facts:

The Sony/BMG rootkit is harmful, Microsoft have already added it to the definition files for the Microsoft Anti-Spyware program.

The rootkit replaces your CD driver, if you remove it your CD drive will disappear from your computer.

It is a so called form of Digital Rights Management software, under the DMCA removing it is called "circumventing copyright protection" which is illegal. So uninstalling this piece of crap software from YOUR computer is technically illegal!

Sony/BMG said it does not interface with their servers or send any information out to the Internet. This is a lie!

Sony/BMG said it was only present on 20 music CD's. It has been found on 49 and counting!

The Sony/BMG rootkit is designed specifically to not be uninstallable.

A Mac version of the software exists on a smaller number of CD's.

Sony/BMG said the CD's containing the rootkit are not locally made and are not intended for sale in the US. Another lie!

You have to request a tool to remove it from Sony. Would you trust that tool? HELL NO!

Two Trojan horse programs have emerged in the past week using code from the Sony/BMG rootkit. Virus writers are using it to their advantage to hide stuff on your computer!

Sony/BMG have stopped production of rootkit CD's in the US and have begun production in the UK.

The Sony/BMG President said , "Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?" Because it's messing up OUR computers!

I think I speak for most consumers when I say "I do not want programs installed on my computer without my permission because IT IS MY COMPUTER NOT YOURS!!!!!!!"

If I find this program on my computer I will uninstall it and commit a crime under the DMCA because I have a RIGHT to uninstall software from MY OWN COMPUTER AND SONY/BMG CAN KISS MY ASS!

I will not buy a Sony/BMG music CD, I would rather buy music from iTunes because it is safer!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Tee Hee

Haulio!



New Spawn Series 28 figures, good times!

Monday, November 07, 2005

I AM TEH SPAWN!!!1111



And no it's not me but yet another professional photoshop job, kinda.

New Robocop Figures from Japan







These look pretty cool and should calm the rabid Robocop fans down. Personally I want the ED-209 and Kain. The others aren't that interesting.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Podcasts

If you have never heard of the term "Podcast" here is a explanation for you before I start pimping the ones I listen to. A podcast is a free downloadable audio program, think of it like a radio show. Internet audio has existed for years however podcasts are different because you subscribe (for free) to a podcast and when you go online your podcast software will automatically download the latest episode. Which you can then send to your MP3 player, it doesn't have to be an Apple iPod.

Podcasts can be obtained using a number of different programs for all platforms, do a google search and you will find many. The most popular are the original iPodder and Apple iTunes who pretty much stole the idea.

I subscribe to a number of podcasts made by ex-TechTV employees from before comcast ruined it.

This Week in Tech - Tech news, reviews and discussion by Leo LaPorte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak and many others, they also have lots of guests.

Security Now - Computer security discussion by Leo LaPorte and Steve Gibson.

Diggnation - The top stories from the social bookmarking website www.digg.com and beer. Hosted by Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.

Podcasts are great, there are thousands available on every topic you can think of. Go try them out, you don't even need an MP3 player.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Coolest Rabbit Ever!




He looks so unloved. I want him!!!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Another Photoshop...


Bill better start thinking different.

Terminated


I was having some fun with Photoshop today. This is Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn and founder of McFarlane Toys in all his cybernetic glory.

The design of my future website is coming along well. I wanted to go with a metal and gel look similar to the Mac OSX "Aqua" interface however my girlfriend said it's been done to death. Ya sure, whatever. So I changed my mind and we are going with a more simple design, clean and industrial. Sneak peeks coming soon.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Resistance is Futile


I just had to share this today. The PC case mod scene has grown massively in the last few years, even Best Buy sell stuff to customize your PC case now. I have seen many a cool case but this one is just amazing.

The Borg Cube case, but unlike in Star Trek The Next Generation, resistance is not quite so futile. I mean all you gotta do is install Windows and their done for.

Here is the full gallery: http://biggestpos.com/pics/gallery/borgcase

I heart Apple


It's been two months since I bought my second laptop. My first laptop, an HP was at the time a good machine, however it was getting real old, very fast! Windows XP has changed so much since you could get away with a 1.2Ghz processor and 512Mb of memory. I realized this when I restored my computer back to it's factory settings, it was so much faster is was like a new machine, I went online and updated Windows. After a good hour of downloading on a 3.5Mb/s connection I rebooted the machine.

When it had booted up, I was suddenly whisked to 1995 and as if by magic I was using an ancient computer system. It's not as exciting as it sounds. Waiting up to 10 seconds for the start menu to appear is not a fun user experience. I had known for a while that it was time to dump my trusty HP for something different. Very different.

I'm an avid user of the Apple Macs they have at college, although they are all 1.8Ghz G5 machines with 1Gb of memory so it isn't surprising that they were fast. Insanely fast compared to my little HP. However the user experience and the software turned a die hard Windows user like me into an Apple snob. That's right, I have a Mac, I am better than you!

Okay, I still use Windows because you can't game on a Mac and all of my computer forensics tools I use for my degree are Windows only. I wish I could do those things on my Mac but I can't and it sucks.

Apple Macs have amazing software and that's what did it for me as well as the lure of more power. I have fell in love with Pages, who needs Word, I don't! Keynote owns Powerpoint hands down. The iLife 05 package is essential to your life, trust me, once you use it you will die if it's taken away from you.

I purchased the newly updated Apple Mac iBook G4, 1.33Ghz, 1Gb memory, 80Gb hard drive, wireless, Bluetooth the works. It's the fastest laptop I have ever used and having a 5 hour battery life is great.

I think I have sucked up to Apple and Steve Jobs enough now, he gets so much of that he must be sore!

If you have ever told someone Macs suck, go use one, and not an old one, a new 2005 model. You will be surprised.
Think different people, for gods sake think different!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Dead or Alive Your Coming With Me!


The 1981 movie "Robocop" seems to be making a come back, at least in the collectible market. It seems there are many die-hard Robocop fans left, I think they all pretend the horrible series and Robocop 3 never happened; smart move.
McFarlane Toys known for their Movie Maniacs series, spawning (oh I crack myself up) figures from movies such as Alien, Predator, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Terminator and many more recently released their 12 inch battle damaged Robocop.
After the success of Movie Maniacs 8 smaller 6 inch Robocop, it was inevitable they would release a 12 inch figure.

I got my hands on one last weekend and I must say it was worth the long wait. The sculpt and paint are what you come to expect from McFarlane, pretty much flawless. The battle damage is well done and the figure unlike many of their recent offerings is well articulated. If you don't like the battle damaged look, NECA have also released an 18 inch Robocop. He is huge, but the paint job isn't as good as the McFarlane one although it does have a sound chip.

This is a must buy for Robocop fans or anyone who has a thing for Peter Weller complete with robo cod-piece.

Ebay Insanity


First we had the "toasted cheese sandwich" apparently depicting the Virgin Mary, then the guy selling his "lucky toenail" with one bidder asking if they can have his whole toe. I have seen haunted objects, such as a cane and even a haunted Alien vs Predator figure that moves on it's own.

And now we have the $1000 Xbox 360

Are people really that desperate to have something before anyone else that they will pay more than double for it? A better question would be, how the heck did he get one 3 weeks before it comes out? Microsoft might be visiting this guy to find out where he got an Xbox 360, someone is going to lose their job today.

More importantly though, I wonder if I can get $1000 for my haunted, moving, toasted, nostril hair, that if you look under the right light looks like the Virgin Mary.