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The Great Firewall of… Australia?

Yep, following in the footsteps of that beacon of worldwide freedom, China. And no opt-out procedure.

I had not realized that the entire population of Australia was actually composed of delicate elementary-school kids who depend on the government to “protect” them from offensive web sites. But I guess it must be true. Can we send them lollipops? Kids love lollipops.

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The moron who hacked into Governor Palin’s personal email account (discovering such horrible abuses of office as photos of her children) has apparently been identified and, not surprisingly, there’s a tie to the Democratic Party.

All no thanks to the Associated Press, who notoriously refused to cooperate with the Secret Service in this investigation. The AP also chose to frame the whole story as, essentially, “the stupid chick was asking for it”. When pressed on the issue by Michelle Malkin the reporter helpfully clarified his completely objective and nonpartisian views: Yeah, it’s all Palin’s fault.

Fascinating. I suspect this brave stance against the victims of serious crimes signals an exciting new trend in AP’s reporting style. Look for these AP wires stories to appear soon in a paper near you:

“Burglary Victim Faces Serious Questions Over Unbarred Windows”

“Local Teen Incited Attackers With Swimwear, Uncovered Head”

“Shooting Death Reveals Grandmother Never Purchased Bulletproof Vest”

“Family Killed By Drunk Driver Should Have Been Home In Bed On School Night”

“Fatal Kindergarten Bombing Reduces Surplus Of Whining, Dirty Children”

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Ever wonder what the interior of a camera lens looks like? Here you go.

Gallery of Sawn-In-Half Cameras | Gadget Lab from Wired.com

Kids! Don’t try this at home! Especially not at my home.

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Firefox 3 is out today

So go get it!

I’ve been running the final release candidates on my machine at work for a couple weeks.

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“When we got it, it was two hunks of metal stuck together. We couldn’t even tell it was a hard drive. It was burned and the edges were melted,” said Edwards, an engineer at Kroll Ontrack Inc., outside Minneapolis. “It looked pretty bad at first glance, but we always give it a shot.”

Data from Columbia disk drives survived the shuttle accident – Yahoo! News

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Another cool project from master modder Ben Heckdorn

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Park like Spock

Jane Galt of Asymmetrical Information is wondering who’s in the market for that new self-parking Lexus. The market? Probably upscale professionals who (1) like gadgets, (2) don’t live in cities, (3) somewhat reluctantly work in cities, but regard parallel parking as that stupid part of the test they almost failed when they got their license 25 years ago and haven’t bothered with since.

The Lexus is kind of a gimmick, and it really doesn’t seem to work that well in the real world. Many cars have anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic suspension control and other things to help the driver. The parallel parking feature is an important milestone, however, in that it’s the first time a production car actually performs a basic driving task without the driver in control.

My prediction is that within 10 years, new cars will routinely go park themselves in a standard lot or multilevel garage, and then come pick you up when called. Parking your own car will be regarded by most drivers like changing the oil is today.

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