sugapablo writes "Just when you thought lines at the airports couldn't get any more ridiculously long, news.com.au is reporting that, "Music fans might soon have their iPods searched by customs officers at airport checks and face jail if a large amount of pirated music is found on them". Apparently Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith's office "has confirmed the [Australian] Government was a part of negotiations" to an international agreement that would do just that, search travelers' iPods and laptops for pirated music and suggests "criminal sanctions for infringements on a commercial scale". Question is, what's "commercial scale"?" top
sugapablo writes "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that "Pittsburgh will convert all of its 300-vehicle fleet to cleaner-burning, less-polluting biodiesel within the next three years, with fuel produced on the North Side using waste vegetable oil and grease from Heinz Field snack bars." Heinz Field is, of course, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. "Home-grown diesel is cheaper than OPEC diesel," State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty said. "This conversion will make the environment cleaner, the city treasury healthier and help big and small businesses prosper." So the world famous Primanti Brothers sandwich (served at Heinz Field and complete with fries) will now be a contributing factor to something other than heart disease.:)" top
sugapablo writes "According to the Oregonian, "In addition to being a triple murderer and pedophile, Joseph Edward Duncan III is a computer expert who may have kept graphic evidence of his crimes on his laptop." Apparently, the FBI has been trying, unsuccessfully, for over a year to break Duncan's encryption. Since the FBI believes that the encrypted files on the laptop contain evidence of other crimes, possibly more murders and molestations, Duncan's lawyers believe he is now able to use the laptop as a bargaining chip in a plea bargain attempt.
"I am working on an encrypted journal that is hundreds of times more frank than this blog could ever be (that's why I keep it encrypted)," Duncan wrote on his web log three days before the May 16, 2005, murders near Coeur d'Alene. "I figure in 30 years or more we will have the technology to easily crack the encryption (currently very un-crackable, PGP) and then the world will know who I really was, and what I really did, and what I really thought."" top
sugapablo writes "From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The city of Pittsburgh now offers Wi-Fi service over its entire downtown area (and parts of adjacent neighborhoods) that "covers a large, 90-block area, provides two hours of free access daily and allows users to surf at speeds comparable to a DSL modem". "For more time, higher speeds and better security, subscribers can pay" provider US Wireless additional fees (that's what's in it for them). Talks are ongoing to expand the Wi-Fi services over the entire city. So what does this mean? Will all cities eventually offer this? Will people start paying for their internet access through taxes rather than to an ISP?" top
sugapablo writes "According to the Associated Press, "Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case in Japan of an Apple laptop catching fire and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week."
"A laptop made by Apple Computer Inc. overheated and caught fire in April, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. The user sustained minor burns after the computer caught fire, according to Apple spokeswoman Michiko Matsumoto, who confirmed the case."
Nowhere in the article did it mention what laptop model it was that fried. (As I type this story on my black MacBook.)"