June 18, 2004

Link News Digest [6/18/2004]

I have decided to change my format and publish a weekly list of news and other links, instead of publishing them with other posts. Let me know if this format works better.

Survivor + INXS = $$

80's pop juggernaut INXS, who lost their frontman a few years back, has signed Mark Burnett ("Survivor") to create a reality show to find replacement singer. Buddy Craig (That 80's Band frontman) is looking for the application as I sit here..

Suspected "Half-Life 2" Code Thieves Arrested

If you're a gamer like me, and you were just as blown away with the original Half Life game, this crime was an atrocity on par with kidnapping young Jonathan Lipnicki before he could film "Jerry Maguire".
"Within a few days of the announcement of the break-in, the online gaming community had tracked down those involved," Newell said. "It was extraordinary to watch how quickly and how cleverly gamers were able to unravel what are traditionally unsolvable problems for law enforcement related to this kind of cybercrime."
Hell hath no fury like a gamer told "the ship date is being pushed back."

Origami Cradle

Those Japanese, they can fold paper and make anything. Cranes, flowers, and now PDA Docking Cradles. Looks interesting, but Smoky the Bear told me never to have heat-producing electrical devices next to paper products. (Translation by BabelFish)

iTunes Pirate Radio

Want to put the screws to the RIAA, but still keep your hip, fashionable iPod Mini? Well the good folks at EnGadget.com have found a way to turn the friendly, pastel-colored device into your own pirate radio station. Given, it's a very limited range radio station, but you can advertise it to surrounding motorists with a bumper sticker. (Good idea, but it needs a good name, like "iPirate" or "ayeTunes".)

Catholic Church outsourcing Prayers to India

American, as well as Canadian and European churches, are sending Mass intentions, or requests for services like those to remember deceased relatives and thanksgiving prayers, to clergy in India. About 2 percent of India's more than one billion people are Christians, most of them Catholics.

In Kerala, a state on the southwestern coast with one of the largest concentrations of Christians in India, churches often receive intentions from overseas. The Masses are conducted in Malayalam, the native language. The intention - often a prayer for the repose of the soul of a deceased relative, or for a sick family member, thanksgiving for a favor received, or a prayer offering for a newborn - is announced at Mass.

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Plagiarist Student Sues University

A Kent University Student has turned the tables on the administration, by suing the university for negligence.
"I hold my hands up. I did plagiarise. I never dreamt it was a problem. I can see there is evidence I have gone against the rules, but they have taken all my money for three years and pulled me up the day before I finished. If they had pulled me up with my first essay at the beginning and warned me of the problems and consequences, it would be fair enough. But all my essays were handed back with good marks and no one spotted it."
The student should clearly be the victor in the case, lest we rob the world of a future Enron executive.

Berners-Lee honored with award

Finally, we have Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web. Anyone reading this owes him a debt of gratitude. He could have patented the idea and tried to make money off it, but he wisely decided to leave it free, to spur its wide usage. just over a decade later, it has revolutionized communications and business as we know it. The internet has become the steam engine of of our era, a laying the foundation for bringing the world closer together. Tim was just presented with a $1.2 Million cash award for his ground-breaking research and contribution to the Internet. Seems only fitting.

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