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Google open sources JPEG assassin

Google has open sourced a new “lossy” image format known as WebP — pronounced “weppy” — claiming it can cut the size of current web images by almost 40 percent.

September 30, 2010 · Leave a comment

New Zealand Man makes money off dead children

A New Zealand man has been jailed for 14 months for assuming the identities of dead children to get college loans, and then taking that money and living it up … Continue reading

March 8, 2008 · Leave a comment

Bad Google

The US defence department has banned the giant internet search engine Google from filming inside and making detailed studies of US military bases. Close-up, ground-level imagery of US military sites … Continue reading

March 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

Comcast Using Malicious Hacker Technique Against Own Customers, New Report Says

Wired is reporting that Comcast continues on its merry way blocking traffic to and from p2p programs. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, based in San Francisco, has released a study describing … Continue reading

November 30, 2007 · Leave a comment

Mac OS 10.5 Leopard: Half-baked

I got Apple’s latest stab at Linux when I installed Leopard on my Mac. Talk about horrors. Apple watered down php5, the Leopard system continuously generates hard-drive link errors and … Continue reading

November 18, 2007 · Leave a comment

Comcast: Hand in the cookie jar

The Associated Press is running a story abut Comcast interfering with file sharing, amounting to a kind of “data discrimination,” which places a low priority for file-sharing platforms. It isn’t … Continue reading

October 19, 2007 · Leave a comment

China: We don’t care what you think

On Thursday a senior Chinese intellectual property enforcement official made a statement essentially indicating that China’s intellectual property (IP) enforcement problems aren’t really anyone else’s business, and that other countries … Continue reading

October 19, 2007 · Leave a comment

Taken to the ‘cleaners’

Amway’s sister is getting her socks in a bunch. You remember Amway — the company known for nutrition, beauty and, oh yeah, cleaning products. Seems like the company, which goes … Continue reading

October 14, 2007 · Leave a comment

Does China care about what the world thinks?

It is probably more like a voice crying in a wilderness, but an international media rights group is condeming China’s closure of tens of thousands of Web sites. It’s likely … Continue reading

October 10, 2007 · Leave a comment

SimplePie promises new WordPress plug-in

SimplePie has announced on its official blog that a new plug-in is coming for WordPress. New features include a configuration pane, multifeeds support, control over all output, elimination for the … Continue reading

October 7, 2007 · Leave a comment

The Great Firewall of China

According to ABC News Oct. 5, China has shut down tens of thousands of Chinese Internet Web sites, including RSS feeds. forums and blogs. ABC puts the number of sites … Continue reading

October 6, 2007 · Leave a comment

UK wants to fit everyone into their genes

According to BBC News, Lord Justice Sedley, a senior UK Appeal Court judge, has proposed that everyone in the United Kingdom should have their DNA recorded in the national database … Continue reading

September 5, 2007 · Leave a comment “apologizes”

A spokesman over at has formulated a PR response for the company’s selling private info for corporate profit. [Read more about it here]. Stripped down to pertinent points, here … Continue reading

September 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

Stolen family history

Remember the “life in a fishbowl” I talked about in my last post? It seems that what we want to keep private, or at least restricted to certain people, is … Continue reading

August 31, 2007 · Leave a comment