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Terminator v Fornicator

I’m still not feeling particularly excited about the coming United States presidential election. I find American politics baffling at the best of times and the battle of the man with the endless chin versus the man with terminal foot-in-mouth disease doesn’t inspire me to gain a better understanding of the whole bun fight. The election for Governor of California was a whole lot more interesting with action star Arnold Schwarzenegger on the ballot and...

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One giant leap for space travel

The whole space tourism scenario has taken another step forward with the privately sponsored SpaceShipOne scudded off into space for the second time in a week to easily beat the previous flight-altitude record for an air-launched craft and grab a $US10 million prize to boot. Designer Burt Rutan built SpaceShipOne and now plans to built a whole fleet for Virgin boss and adrenalin junkie Richard Branson. Mr Branson has recently formed Virgin Galactic and...

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Clean Bill of health

Clean Bill of health

Mr Microsoft himself, Bill Gates, has stunned the computer world by announcing that he’s never had a computer virus. That makes two of us, Bill. The comment was made during a speech at the Computer History Museum in California, when Mr Gates announced that Microsoft planned to tackle the growing spyware problem. Microsoft bashers like to tell anyone who will listen that all Windows programs are full of security holes but it stands to...

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Broadband update

Everyone seems to be trying to woo high-speed net-users at the moment. Telecom has announced a new range of packages available from next month, including a 2Mbps plan  and Ihug launching its bliink system.

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Mouse on a mission and other droppings

Sticking to the subject of weird, American and South Korean scientists have created a genetically engineered mouse that can run faster and longer than the average mouse — a marathon mouse. With all the doping scandals at the Athens Olympics, this could be the next step. Imagine the uproar when the International Olympics Committee announces Russian weightlifter Mikhail Mousikov is found to be part human-part rodent. Doping is a worry in all sports, even...

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Olympics on the internet

I suppose now would be a good time to feature Olympic Games sites, since we’re in the midst of Olympic fever. Well, maybe it’s more of a tepid spell than a fever. For all the latest news from the official Games site, try Athens2004. Interestingly, on the site it says that with such a high selling rate the tickets of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games are already hard to find. I can’t help wondering...

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A for ingenuity; F for effectiveness

British anti-virus firm Sophos found a work wanted ad tucked away in the code of the MyDoom.U and MyDoom.V worms. In a bad sign for the virus-writer, the worm isn’t spreading too fast but I suppose you have to give him or her an A for ingenuity. If you use a webcam, take note: Sophos has found Rbot.GR virus doesn’t simply follow the usual trend of infecting hard drives, stealing passwords and launching denial-of-service...

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