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November 26, 2003


Jeffrey Zeldman, Tears for Istanbul:

"The old gentleman turned to us, smiled, bowed, and strolled away before we could thank him... That, in a nutshell, is Istanbul to me. I never met kinder or more gracious people anywhere."
I was there in March, 2000, and I agree wholeheartedly.

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November 25, 2003

MovableType security hole

Uh-oh, it was bound to happen eventually:

If you run MT or host people who run MT, run, don't walk, to your box and disable the ms-send-entry.cgi. They don't verify that just a single email address has been submitted. Nor do they do any other basic security checks. And, guess what? Right. The spammers have discovered the hole.
I'm patched...

[via Andy Baio]

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Clueful Media

Mark Cuban: "Digital makes filmmaking cheaper and more accessible, so we see ourselves as a conduit for new, independent voices who'd otherwise never have a shot. You could shoot your film on digital, dump it on a hard drive, edit it on a laptop, send us that file, and 20 minutes later we could show it in a theater or upload it to a satellite. You could say that if we became huge, we'd risk becoming a Microsoft. But if we become huge, we want to become more like a Linux."

[via BoingBoing]

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5 Million Peace March on Jerusalem, 7/2005:

"This humanistic and peaceful march will mark the will of all people from all countries directly or indirectly involved in the Middle East question. When national and international leaders cannot stop the violence, it is time for the people of the world to take action and put an end to one of the world's longest conflicts."

"If the artists of the world are truly the consciousness of humanism, this is a way to prove it. If women are to stand up and stop the dominance of the men of world politics then this is their chance. If children are the innocence of the world then let them take part in these historic days for the celebration of humanism and freedom."

Um, I'm there. Anyone else?

[via Jonas]

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The Sacred Feminine

My favorite quote thus far from The DaVinci Code: "Jesus was the original feminist."

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November 24, 2003


Yahoo News: "An Indian man who claims divine inspiration says he has survived 68 years without eating, drinking or relieving himself, baffling doctors who are unable to prove him an imposter."

[via Nelson]

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November 23, 2003

Hong Kong on the Cluetrain

Dan Gillmor:

"When portability went into effect in 1999, about 45 percent of the local population had mobile phones. Today it's north of 99 percent, says Kwan, and portability is one reason. Carriers saw it, and continue to see it, as a way of winning new customers, he says."


"This city's experience won't be simply applied to the United States, for a number of reasons including America's perverse fondness for conflicting technical standards in a market that almost demands more rationality. As we've seen again and again, moreover, companies almost always prefer to lock customers into their products than compete in truly open markets. It's the nature of capitalism."

[via /.]

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Larry Lessig: "Haven't we all learned that the market is more efficient at supplying goods and services? Do we really need to rediscover the failings of Karl Marx at 100 megabits per second?"

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November 22, 2003

'Tis the Season

Any of you who blog, be sure to check out Secret Santa 2003:

Pull names from hats and buy a gift!
Something tasteful - (not too sleazy)
Is sure to make their spirits lift...

And in return, a gift for you
From someone else's hat pulled free!
A gift for all, a Christmas true
And filled with magic pixie glee!

To play you'll need a wishlist*, and
A personal or weblog site.
We'll give you all a helping hand
To make your Christmas season bright!

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Om has an interesting article up regarding tech-as-commodity and the innovation it enables: "There has been much debate about commoditization. Infact it is the buzz word these days... I believe that, and many agree, commoditization isn’t a curse. Infact for a new wave of entrepreneurs, it’s a blessing."

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The Food Chain

Douglas Rushkoff: "The real problem here is that, deep down, many wireless providers hate their own industry and want to be doing something else."

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November 19, 2003


Soon-to-be my new best friend: the TOTO Washlet. I haven't had a proper "post -#2" experience since leaving Asia. TP's just so... harsh.

And on a related, scatalogical note we have this from Best of Craigslist. The Walkaway indeed!

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Who Would Jesus Bomb?

The Bloggin' Buffalo:

Who Needs Healthcare?

Or education funding for that matter.

Who needs all of those of wussy bleeding heart social programs when you can waste tax dollars building a 21,700lb bomb that sprays a flammamble mist over its target and then ignites it.

Gee, I hope it's a smart flammable mist a la the smart bombs.

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BBC News: "The Chasing Bush campaign is asking people to "disrupt the PR" of the visit by spoiling stage-managed photos... The massive security measures for the President's visit are unprecedented. A huge £5m police operation has been mounted with 14,000 officers covering the visit."

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Great interview with Bill Joy over at Wired:

"Re-implementing what I designed in 1979 is not interesting to me personally. For kids who are 20 years younger than me, Linux is a great way to cut your teeth. It's a cultural phenomenon and a business phenomenon. Mac OS X is a rock-solid system that's beautifully designed. I much prefer it to Linux."


"We don't need a lot of economic growth to address the problem of the world's poor. We put subsistence farmers out of business because that's our choice. Clean water would do more to alleviate disease than high tech medicine."

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November 18, 2003


Blogger: How Not to Get Fired Because of Your Blog

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Still Chasing Bush

The InterWebNet is in full swing.


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November 17, 2003

My Alma Mater

Miami, funnily enough, just made the news:

"The average freshman at Miami University takes 18 appliances to campus, according to a March survey by the school."

"As part of a $7 million renovation of one dorm, Ogden Hall, the university spent $212,548 in 2000 to add building substations, electrical distribution panels and electrical outlets. The 7,000 students who live on campus pay an extra $100 a year in housing fees to cover the renovation costs."

Ah, memories.

[via Gizmodo]

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Brazil & Linux

Associate Press, Brazil Leans Away From Microsoft:

"We have some islands in the federal government using open-source, but we want to create a continent," said Amadeu, a former economics professor who gained fame before joining Silva's team by launching a network of free computer centers in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo."

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November 16, 2003

More on # Portability

My friend Om Malik just posted an excellent to-do list/faq regarding Wireless Local Number Portability: "We anticipate that better deals will be introduced in the market around Christmas," says Rueb. "Today, the wireless carriers have done little to lower their rates, increase their service levels and eliminate their many surcharges. Soon, though, we expect the market to become a battlefield on which the consumer will be the winner."

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Chasing Bush

The Guardian: "Mr Bush is to fly into London tomorrow evening for the first state visit since President Woodrow Wilson in 1918, whose path was strewn with roses by a people grateful for his help during the war. There will be no such public welcome for Mr Bush, and protesters will dog his path until he leaves on Friday evening."

InterWebNet: "Welcome to Chasing Bush - the very first project of the passive resistance network, Very soon we'll be launching a special online diary, designed to track George W. Bush for the duration of his visit to the UK. This information portal will be manned (and moderated) around the clock throughout the visit."

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Girls Are Pretty

dot com

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November 15, 2003


Danny O'Brien: "There's a bit of me that does feel guilty. While I manage to fend off pop-up windows with Mozilla, and spam with Spamassassin, most people don't know about those programs. They live in the "hinternet", that shanty-town of X10 pop-ups and porn adware, and endless, endless Hotmail and Yahoo spam. They're tourists in the world of the Net, and like any tourist, they rarely get a good guide. They're just taken down the back streets by disreputable but flashy showmen, and robbed for everything they're worth. And it's true, we don't do as much as we should for them, because we're okay in our little burbclaves... I could give friends and family a recommendation to fight the tons of crap entering their inboxes, instead of just shrug and say "Well, err, I don't have that problem anymore. Sorry!"

[via Mark]

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Blog Spam

Mark Pilgrim: "The low barrier is exactly the problem here. We got away with it (please, come post random links on my site which is well indexed, poorly managed, and open to unlimited anonymous contributions!) because we were collectively very young and naive and thought no one could hurt us. Now it’s like we’re turning 30 and being told we need to go on a diet and asking, “Well when can I go back to my old eating habits?” Um, you can’t. Your old eating habits don’t work anymore."

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How on earth did get dubbed, 'hip'?

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November 14, 2003


Tony Pierce: "the boss is getting us some pizza for lunch. the ladies are asking me what im doing this weekend, i know what theyre trying to do, theyre trying to get me to ask them in return, but i play dumb and go, not much, writing a novel, writing a blook, staying up late, a lone, waking up early."

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The Onion: Mom Finds Out About Blog

Blogger: What To Do If Your Mom Discovers Your Blog

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November 13, 2003

Portability Cometh

New York Times, Gearing Up for the Big Mobile Phone Switch: "It is not just two carriers that must communicate when a customer decides to switch. Each of the wireless providers has contracted with a third-party vendor to handle the processing of the request. Once the "porting" of a number is complete, an acknowledgment of that transaction is then sent to a neutral organization contracted by the federal government, the Number Portability Administration Center, or NPAC, which completes the process."

Also see, whose content is all (alas) in pdf...

[via Gizmodo]

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Big Media = State Media

Mike sent me this in email, Independent Media in a Time of War: "Part scathing critique, part call to action... a hard-hitting new documentary by the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center... The documentary argues that dialogue is vital to a healthy democracy. "Independent media has a crucial responsibility to go to where the silence is," says Amy Goodman, "to represent the diverse voices of people engaged in dissent." She makes a compelling argument that the commercial news media have failed to represent the "true face of war." 

Do the human in you a favor and watch the 30-minute video. A snippet from the transcript:

"In the week leading up to General Colin Powell going to the security council to make his case for the invasion and the week afterwards, this was the period where more than half of the people in this country were opposed to an invasion. They did a study of CBS evening news, NBC nightly news, ABC evening news and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. The four major newscasts. Two weeks. 393 interviews on war. 3 were anti-war voices. 3 of almost 400 and that included PBS.

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Bowling for Shareholder Value

Robert Cringely: "Here's how earnings management works.  When Bob Scranton and I took a bowling class a million years ago at the College of Wooster, there were two girls in the class who didn't bowl nearly as well as we did, but they got a better grade at the end of the term.  They did this by deliberately doing poorly at first, then got slowly better through the term, while Bob and I just stupidly bowled our hearts out right from the start.  Our scores were always better, but their scores dramatically improved and ours didn't.  The teacher (imagine a bowling teacher -- now there's a concept) graded on improvement.  And so, historically, does Wall Street."

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November 12, 2003

Freeway Hacking

You get the idea.

From an email: "If everyone who thought the war is a lie put a sign on the freeway saying "The War is a Lie." we'd be out of Iraq by sometime next week."

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A Thousand Words

Mike Sieburg, Pictures are Worth a lot: "Gee, wasn't war so much more fun when CNN and Fox News showed us cool pictures of big explosions and tanks and bombs and well-dressed generals talking on and on?"

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November 11, 2003

The Revolutionary Matrix

Erik Benson: "I like any movie that promotes nonsense as the defining attribute of humanity."

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Expectation Is Misery

I just got off the phone with 'Susie,' a representative of Great Expectations, the SF Bay Area's "premier dating service for singles." The telephone unexpectedly rang at ~7pm, while I was eating dinner here at my place. Out of curiosity, I answered the call...

Continue reading "Expectation Is Misery"
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November 10, 2003

Telephone Number Portability

Om Malik: "What are Verizon, SBC and BellSouth executives thinking right now? I can guess… Oh Shit!!"

The agency issues an order that requires all landline phone companies to allow customers to transfer their numbers to cell phones when signing up for new services. [CNET]

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Ottmar'll Dig This One

Mark Pilgrim: "I am of the opinion that you can never go wrong with anything that has “Santa Fe” in the name—Santa Fe chicken, Santa Fe fajitas, Santa Fe wraps, and so forth. So when I saw that they could make me a “Santa Fe Surprise”, it was the obvious choice."

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Preach It, Brother

Al Gore: "In my opinion, it makes no more sense to launch an assault on our civil liberties as the best way to get at terrorists than it did to launch an invasion of Iraq as the best way to get at Osama Bin Laden."

"In both cases, the Administration has attacked the wrong target."

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November 9, 2003

Updates From Both Fronts

First, Kevin Sites just updated his blog with details about his live field reports:

"See that dirt berm? That's Syria on the other side. See that guy with a gun? That's a new Iraqi border guard. Nice pose, huh. See that guy in camo -- that's Lt. Col. Arnold (he's going to be bummed because he wanted to take off his cold weather gear before going on camera -- too late. It's an Army macho thing). See that guy behind the camera? That's me. See that tripod? It's a piece of crap -- one of the legs fell off en route to the border and will never be found. See that box of MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat)? That's my new tripod leg. See the Colonel's helmet? That's the counterweight that keeps the camera from tipping over."
Second, email from my old college roommate Jordan, who joined the Air Force:
Anyway, I can tell you that I don't have much to do with Iraq. I'm up in Uzbeckistan flying missions into Afghanistan nearly everyday. It's wild man, and just because CNN doesn't say much about this place doesn't mean nothing is happening over here. Actually quite the contray. There is still lots of fighting. Still Talaban and Al Quida forces scrapping about. From a flyer's standpoint it is mostly a matter of small arms fire and RPGs which are an issue. I try not to give them too much thought though. Just enough to keep us safe, but not enough to keep me up at night. I feel for the ground pounders though, both here and in Iraq. I've seen some of the dudes we've med-evaced before.

I wish I could be home for T-giving. That is by far my favorite holiday. Oh well, eat some pumpkin pie for me brother and enjoy your freedom. Take care.


Photos from our travels in Europe: Thanksgiving '99, WWII Museum at Diekirch, mock-spirituality, Mim, Mark, me & Mark, me & Goehl.

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Via BoingBoing, two A/V segments:

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I'm rather shocked, but Orlowski actually has a decent article up regarding Apple, the iTunes Music Store, and the pigopoly:

"Well, although it costs nothing for the record industry pigopolists, this small ragged army, to make a digital version of one of its hoardings available to hear, somebody must pay. It costs Apple real dollars to provide the hosting service that delivers that digital file to you, and to write the sophisticated software that delivers it. Meanwhile, almost all the cash is flowing back to the copyright holders. Who, when you last looked, were a dinosaur oligopoly of five record labels, desperately seeking a way to preserve their copyright cartel into a new century. They were down, and they were out: but Steve Jobs rode to their rescue."
While I <gasp!> agree with Orlowski somewhat, I can't imagine Jobs is this short-sighted. My take is that, like the XBox, it's initially all about mindshare - getting the masses comfortable with (and regularly using) the concept of buying music online, track by track. And also establishing a solid foundation for future innovation, such as distributing indie lables (Ottmar?), and other kickass stuff we haven't even thought of yet that's brewing in the Cupertino skunkworks.

[via The Guardian]

Update: Follow-up post at The Guardian: "This kind of low-margin tactic is well known in the computer business - it's long been employed by everyone's favourite monopolist, Microsoft, for years, as it has entered new markets in which it wants to build market share and deter rivals."

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Le Weekend

Om emailed:

i hope you are enjoying the nice cool weather. perfect time to sit at home and read. i am totally planning to do that this weekend


Indeed... Keeping me company this weekend are David Weinberger's Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Joe Clark's Building Accessible Websites.

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November 6, 2003

This Is The End

Via Tony, here's the end of the world...

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Attention Carnivores

The Meatrix

[via Anil]

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November 5, 2003


Kevin Sites just posted two updates from Iraq:

Hearts and Mines, Part I: "I looked around town today," one lieutenant told me, "I was hoping to find someone doing something bad, somebody I could hurt -- but there wasn't one. Just people that needed my help."

Next, Kevin's latest photos.

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Like Joel, I'm a fairly introverted person. Fortunately some research has been done on introversion, and we have an article explaining it: Caring for Your Introvert, The habits and needs of a little-understood group. A snippet:

Are introverts arrogant? Hardly. I suppose this common misconception has to do with our being more intelligent, more reflective, more independent, more level-headed, more refined, and more sensitive than extroverts. Also, it is probably due to our lack of small talk, a lack that extroverts often mistake for disdain. We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking...
[via Chuck]

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Anil Dash, This photo contains no women: "It's no coincidence that none of these men found it appropriate to have a woman involved in their decisions."

[via Anil's daily links]

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Cowardly Biased Suckers

Tony Pierce is all over the CBS/Reagan nonsense:

"you didnt pull it completely off the air, you just moved it to Showtime, your sister network, the ghetto HBO."


"fuck you cbs, you had a chance to stand up to the immoral minority and you bent right over for the man."

Bonus: The man is a poet: "best little free gift you could ever give someone is an unexpected laugh. a smile on their face when they couldnt remember what there was to smile about."

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Quote of the Day

Steve Jenson: "I'm an enigma wrapped in a twinkie."

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November 4, 2003


Finished The Art of Happiness at Work on the way to work this morning, started Life of Pi on the way home. Audible's swell.

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Doc: Porn explained.

Funniest quote from Naomi's article: "Today, real naked women are just bad porn." Nonsense.

Best quote from ESR's response: "You might as well try resenting water for flowing downhill." Brilliant analogy!

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November 3, 2003

Not Addicted... Yet

Saw my second-ever Netflix DVD over the weekend, Michael Moore's Roger & Me (excellent film). Netflix is absolutely brilliant, especially for lazy geeks like myself: log into, search or browse by genre, click the big "Rent" button, and it arrives by snail a day or two later. 3 DVDs at a time for $20/month. In the future it'll be even easier:

"We named the company Netflix and not "DVD By Mail" for a reason, which is we plan to lead the downloading market and over time we will offer both DVDs by mail and downloading. The consumer will be able to choose."
Regarding piracy, Netflix is doing for movies what Apple has done for music downloads:
"Netflix is one of the services that is a piracy-inhibitor basically because it is such a good value. If for $20 you can rent unlimited movies, your incentive to do piracy is a lot less."

An aside: I wonder if Apple (or somebody) will buy Netflix some day? Apple's interest in things-dv (iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, etc.) plus the iTMS's infrastructure plus Akamai could be an extremely cool movie/download platform. Even cooler if it distributed CC multimedia...

Though I've got 8 or so movies queued up, I don't yet consider myself an addict (there's too much deadtree to consume, and it's a higher priority than passive movie watching). This though, is true addiction: 0.6 movies/day for the past 5 months. I wonder if Goldman is proud, ashamed, both or neither?

Now if we could just get Netflix to open up some web services...

[Motley Fool link via Erik Benson]

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At last we've the good fortune to read a heart-to-heart with the man himself, Tony Pierce:

How did your site spread around the Internet community?

"Word of mouth. The best way possible... Its not that hard to get hits. It's harder to write good shit. I would rather spend my energies on the writing and appreciate whoever shows up."

Read on...

[via Marc]

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November 2, 2003


Dubya, you're a genius: "President George W. Bush continues to proclaim that the escalating terrorism in Iraq, some 25 to 30 attacks per day, up from 15 to 20 in September, is actually a good sign. “The more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react,” the president told reporters."

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind," said Ghandi.

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November 1, 2003


From Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation by William Ury:

"In Japan, for instance, workers often carry on a 'strike' while they continue working. They wear black armbands in order to let management know the depth of their grievances. The armbands also remind management how much potential power the employees wield over the economic future of the company. Such symbolic strikes have proven surprisingly effective in bringing management to the table for serious negotiations about workers' grievances."

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Literary Consumption

Amazon Book CoverRecently added to my Amazon 'to be consumed' list, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation. A snippet from the Slashdot review:

Dear Dr. Tatiana,

I'm an Australian redback spider, and I'm a failure. I said to my darling, "Take, eat, this is my body," and I vaulted into her jaws. But she spat me out and told me to get lost. Why did she spurn the ultimate sacrifice?

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Smart Mobs:

"'Bluejacking' isn't exactly something new. The idea--that first appeared at the Esato mobile phone forums--is to use Bluetooth to send anonymous messages to other mobile phone users that inadvertently (or not) have their devices set in 'discoverable' mode. Now there's a website dedicated to bluejacking where people are posting their stories and even posting pictures with their 'victims'. This could become a common joke if we consider the research just released by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group declaring that one million Bluetooth-enabled units are shipping every week."
I've got a T68i (plus camera!), this should be fun.

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