Archive for December, 2011

GoDaddy dinged in Hollywood’s anti-piracy war

Hollywood’s never-ending battle against online piracy has a new victim today — GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest registrar of Internet domains.

"The enemy has been sighted off the port bow Capt. Disney."

"The enemy has been sighted off the port bow Capt. Disney."

Everyone’s heard of GoDaddy, perhaps best known for their sexist (not sexy, as Spinal Tap might say) commercials aired during the Super Bowl featuring women in small shirts.

Thursday, opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are boycotting GoDaddy, which was one of the few tech firms to support federal legislation that would require Internet Service Providers to block connections to torrent search engines and other sites that assist in the illegal distribution of copyrighted films, music and other content.

The boycott has already cost GoDaddy thousands of customers. One company pulled more than 1,000 domains from GoDaddy already. Still, GoDaddy controls 45 million domain names, four times more than its closest competitor, so it is unlikely elephant hunter and company …

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‘Dogs love marijuana’ says non-local vet

For decades I have lived under the assumption that Scooby-Doo served merely as a warning to pets everywhere.

What 134 tons of marijuana looks like. (AP Photo)

What 134 tons of marijuana looks like. (AP Photo)

Turns out, the beloved lover of potentially illicit Scooby Snacks is rather typical of his species.

Dogs love marijuana, says non-local vet Jennifer Schoedler. “I’ve seen them eat the buds, plants, joints and marijuana in food.”

Schoedler made the surprise announcement in a Durango (Colorado) Herald article entitled “Vets see more dogs snarfing humans’ medical pot.”

Durango vets say easier-to-come-by weed is “poisoning” man’s best friend.

“We used to see maybe one case a year,” said veterinarian Stacee Santi. “Now we’re seeing a couple a month.”

Marijuana, like chocolate and coffee, is bad for dogs, said Schoedler, and “stoned” pets may require hospitalization.

In Georgia, of course, we won’t have to worry about our pets “snarfing” our plant-based meds and getting sick — marijuana, in all its myriad …

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Light bulbs get Congressional reprieve

Good news for survivalists and others who’ve been hoarding incandescent light bulbs — Congress has given the 19th Century technology at least one more year of shelf life.

Let there be cheap light, said Thomas Edison, who perfected the production of the incandescent bulb more than 70 years after its invention.

Let there be cheap light, said Thomas Edison, who perfected the production of the incandescent bulb more than 70 years after its invention.

Traditional light bulbs (the kind featured over a cartoon character’s head when he gets an idea) were marked for extinction via a 2007 law that banned their manufacture and sale after Jan. 1, 2012. Congress’ light bulb reprieve was tucked into a 1,200-page omnibus spending bill passed by Congress Thursday night.

This was odd legislation considering the replacement technology, compact fluorescent lamps, while much cheaper to operate, are far more expensive and contain chemicals toxic to humans.

I personally like CFLs, but many hate them, saying the light they produce is too unnatural or even gives them headaches.

But, the CFL on my porch has been on non-stop for at least …

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Homeless man finds credit card, gets pedicure

In Florida, where flip-flops can be worn even in winter, it is important to keep your toes (and not your toenails) looking sharp.

This grooming tip was not lost on a homeless man alleged to have used a stolen credit card to get a pedicure.

Personal grooming is a lost, manly art.

Personal grooming is a lost, manly art.

CBS Tampa reports Jonah Lee Troutman, 27, found a credit card and immediately hoofed it to Nancy’s Nails.

After working his corns and bunions, manicurists then had the unpleasant task of telling the man the credit card had been declined.

Troutman, charged with illegal use of a credit card and petty theft, told police the credit card “was a blessing from God.”

If Troutman was homeless in Minnesota, I might agree with that, but it’s going to be 80 degrees in Tampa this weekend.

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New Twitter features ‘like’ Facebook

Imitation is the sincerest form of copyright infringement, so the saying doesn’t go.

If true, Twitter must really like Facebook.

Twitter's rolling out new features to make it more user-friendly.

Twitter's rolling out new features to make it more user-friendly.

The 140-characters or less social media messaging system is rolling out many new features, including a new “profile” page that many, including Mashable.com, say emulate Facebook.

Twitter has a nice video showing off the changes, but I can boil it all down for you in one sentence. You can now view your friend’s pictures, videos and links without leaving your personalized page.

Twitter’s marketing tagline: “A faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about.”

Facebook, of course, has been doing this for years, and that’s why it’s possible to spend hours there clicking on things that make your friends ROFL, or at least LOL.

A new Twitter feature dubbed ‘Discover’ “lets you tap into a stream of useful and entertaining information, customized just for you,” according to …

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Facebook security flaw exposes Zuckerberg’s private pics

How many bodybuilders does it take to overpower Facebook security?

Mark Zuckerberg's popularity grew along with Facebook and his bank account.

Mark Zuckerberg's popularity grew along with Facebook and his bank account.

Just one.

“ThePoz” — who just happens to be a “High Warlord” on the bodybuilding.com forums — posted a method revealing a security flaw that allowed someone to post Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s private pics.

Aside from hanging with other rich and powerful people, Zuckerberg’s private life seems as exciting as a Golden Girls TV marathon.

Forum users found the technique interesting, though one poster said the obvious: “Haha, interesting find. I don’t think many girls are retarded enough to upload nudes to Facebook though.”

Yeah, that’s what Twitter is for.

Facebook seems to have fixed the glitch, it didn’t work when I tried reporting my innocent friend for having nude pics. (Sorry Brad!)

A Facebook spokesperson contacted the AJC and said:

“Earlier today, we discovered a bug in one of our reporting flows that allows people to …

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Offshore city idea floated to help Silicon Valley

The heart of capitalism is genius. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes evil genius.

Baywatch, it is not. (Rendering courtesy of Blueseed)

Baywatch, it is not. (Rendering courtesy of Blueseed)

Take Blueseed, a new startup in California that’s floating the idea of an offshore city that can house 1,000 skilled, non-U.S. tech workers in international waters.

According to a USA Today article, the ship would be close enough to Silicon Valley for ocean dwellers (who would pay $1,200 a month) to hop a quick ferry over to meet with potential Silicon Valley employers.

Considering the prices of real estate in that area, $1,200 is a bargain. And the views would have to be amazing.

The company’s founder is hoping find investors that will pony up $10 million to build the floating city. Seems like he could get an old cruise ship a lot cheaper; those ships already have lots of rooms, casinos and bars. There’d have to be a strip club or two as well, since I figure the population of Blueseed will be 90 percent male.

Amazingly, billionaire’s are …

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U.S. cities get no love in worldwide quality of living survey

The euro may be going the way of the aurochs, but that doesn’t stop the old country from mopping up on the latest Worldwide Quality of Living Survey.

A scene from the best city on Earth -- Vienna, Austria.

A scene from the best city on Earth — Vienna, Austria.

Vienna, Austria, home of tiny sausages, is the best place to live on Earth, according to Mercer, a human resource consulting firm that ranks cities annually to help companies determine “compensation packages rationally, consistently and systematically.”

Honolulu, Hawaii is the top U.S. city, surfing in at No. 29.

Clearly, weather and bikini-watching are not part of the ranking equation. But the ability to speak German must be — it’s the primary language spoken in 7 of the top 10 cities.

Other U.S. cities to make the top 50 include San Francisco (30), Boston (36), Chicago and Washington, D.C.  (tied, along with Madrid, at 43),  New York (47), Seattle (48) and Pittsburgh (49).

No Georgia cities — including but not limited to Atlanta, Remerton and Ty-Ty — made the …

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F-bomb dropped into UGA article

An investigation is under way to determine who dropped the f-bomb into a UGA article that appeared in The Greenville News.

The only kind of bomb UGA fans want to see in a sports article.

The only kind of bomb UGA fans want to see. (AJC)

John Pittman, executive editor of the South Carolina paper, told media expert Jim Romenesko the article, which appeared in Thursday’s editions, “shocked and saddened” him.

Pittman said only 18 people have complained, which shocks and saddens me.

The UGA article was headlined “Georgia Defense Looks To Make Mark Against LSU.” UGA, as we all know, plays LSU in Saturday’s SEC Championship game.

The profanity occurred as a standalone, lower-case, short third paragraph.

I once toiled as a copy editor, and can honestly say I never let that particular word slip past me. Though I did once craft a 100-point headline that screamed “Habit for Humanity builds 5 new homes.”

This can only be the work of a disgruntled Alabama fan, whose team will NOT be appearing in the sacred title …

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