Pop-up video

While iVillage plans to eliminate its pop-up ads, could there be a use for pop-up/under ads? David Lidsky: Don’t complain about ads — find creative ways to use them

Pop-up poker. This is a fun new game sweeping the nation. Surf the Web until you have five pop-up windows on screen (check out the New York Post’s site, www.nypost.com, if you want to fill your hand quickly). What kind of hand have you drawn for yourself? Three X10s and two Orbitz.coms? Full house! You win. I only had two pair, Netflix high. Combine this with instant messaging and play with all your friends.

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More bad ideas

Declan McCullagh reports that Howard Berman (D-CA) and Howard Coble (R-NC) plan to introduce a bill to give the music and movie industry the power to hack into the personals computers of anyone they accuse of illict file sharing. Could Hollywood hack your PC?

The measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a “reasonable basis” to believe that piracy is taking place. The legislation would immunize groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America from all state and federal laws if they disable, block or otherwise impair a “publicly accessible peer-to-peer network.”
Anyone whose computer was damaged in the process must receive the permission of the U.S. attorney general before filing a lawsuit, and a suit could be filed only if the actual monetary loss was more than $250.

So the MPAA or RIAA could damage data on or being transmitted to or from my computer without legal penalty if they have a “reasonable basis” to assume that piracy is taking place, and I have the responsibility to prove that it was not, if I want to recover from any damages created by the copyright holder? Would this give me the right as an individual copyright holder to perform electronic vigilantism without being constrained by other laws?

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Decode encoded terrorist messages for fun and games!

Militants wire Web with links to jihad

Lately, al-Qaeda operatives have been sending hundreds of encrypted messages that have been hidden in files on digital photographs on the auction site eBay.com. Most of the messages have been sent from Internet cafes in Pakistan and public libraries throughout the world.

Politech challenge: Decode Al Qaeda stego-communications!

Does anyone on the Politech list want to take a crack at locating one of these files with a hidden message? Extra credit is given if the hidden message can be decrypted!

I’d check images of certain muppets very closely for hidden stenographic messages…

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Geek humor

How do you know if you’re a geek? If you find quotes like this to be funny:

hm. I’ve lost a machine.. literally _lost_. it responds to ping, it works completely, I just can’t figure out where in my apartment it is.

QDB: Top 50 Quotes

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