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July 21, 2008

Pwnage 2.0 Released: Gadget Lab Jailbreaks iPod Touch

Wired | Pwnage 2.0 Released: Gadget Lab Jailbreaks iPod Touch
The iPhone Dev Team has released its Pwnage tool to jailbreak both iPhones and iPod Touches running the 2.0 software, and we fearlessly used a sacrificial iPod to test it out The first version was released yesterday and was quickly followed by a minor update. Right now, this is Mac only, but we are sure the open source project will end up ported to Windows soon enough. The tool will jailbreak your iPhone but will not unlock it from your mobile carrier. This is likely more useful for owners of the original iPhone — 3G buyers will have already signed up for a contract so changing carriers is a little pointless. A future unlock should, though, allow you to pop in a local SIM card when traveling.

July 18, 2008

How to: travel by cargo ship

How to Travel by Cargo Ship

1. What exactly is traveling by Cargo Ship?

Most of the major global shipping lines CMA-CGM, Canada Maritime, and Bank Line offer paying passengers to hop on one of their lines. As a paying passenger you are accommodated in guest cabins and have access to most areas of the ship.

Captains and crew spend a lot of time on the water, and they are usually happy to have a fresh face walking around their workplace, meaning that they may even invite you to eat with them, give you tours of the ship and maybe even have you over for an Officer’s happy hour.

Wii outsells Xbox

tgdaily.com | Wii shines, Xbox 360 tanks
Chicago (IL) – Big announcements at E3 cannot hide that Microsoft had a rough June with its game console: Nintendo’s Wii surpassed the Xbox 360 as the most sold current game console in the U.S. every other game console, including the PSP and Nintendo DS, sold more units. Has the Xbox 360 lost its appeal? NPD’s June game console sales numbers hold every indication that Microsoft is increasingly under pressure by its rivals. For the first time in its life-cycle, it has lost its title as most-sold current-gen game console to Nintendo’s Wii. According to NPD, the Wii has now sold 11,008,200 units while the Xbox 360 stands at 10,465,900 units. The PS3 still trails the two with cumulative sales 4,851,100 units, but Sony sold close to twice as many PS3s in June as Microsoft sold Xbox 360s: NPD said that U.S. retail reported sales of 405,500 PS3s and 219,800 Xbox 360s. Nintendo leads the way with sales of 666,700 Wiis. It took Nintendo only 20 months to catch up with Microsoft and nix the Xbox 360s 12-month lead.

July 17, 2008

Amazon launching new video-on-demand service

Amazon Video on Demand store streams film and TV, launches today - Engadget

The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is scrapping its Unbox service in favor of a new online TV and movie store called Amazon Video on Demand. Unlike iTunes and Unbox, Amazon's new digital store-front will stream any of 40,000 movies and television programs to customers. According to Bill Carr, Amazon's VP for digital media, "Our goal is to create an immersive experience where people can't help but get caught up in how exciting it is to simply watch a movie right from Amazon.com with a click of the button." In this regard, the first 2 minutes of every video will begin to play when customers visit the video's product page. Movies can be purchased and downloaded to your hard drive or stored in an Amazon video library allowing you to stream the content to other (any?) Internet connected devices. Films and TV shows from "almost all the major studios and television networks" will be available for sale or rental in the US at undisclosed prices -- only Disney and its ABC subsidiary are holding out for uh, obvious reasons (Steve Jobs is Disney's largest individual shareholder).

July 16, 2008

How to: Fake being a wine snob

theferrett: How To Be A Snob: Drinking Alcohol

Step 4: Decide Upon Your Pronouncement.

Now, to understand how to be a proper snob, you must understand two things about taste:

1) Taste is a bell curve.
2) Nobody fucking knows what they're talking about.

The first point is easy; you don't taste everything all at once. There's actually a rise and flow to the taste process, starting from when the food touches your tongue, building to the intense mid-section, and then dropping off into an aftertaste. In the case of a McDonald's hamburger, what you'd taste first would be the squishiness of the bread and the oversalted burger, rising to the chewy dog food of the burger itself as you mash it around, ending with that greasy oil slick that coats your throat at the end.

You may never experience this yourself, but trust me when I say that it does happen. You just gulped some whisky, but the foodies experienced a three-act play in their tastebuds. So you must be aware of this flow.

The second part involves understanding that taste is an intensely personal experience, which is to say that you can say pretty much anything and nobody knows any better. In fact, unless you're drinking with a sommelier who knows what she's doing - in which case let her tell you what's in it and nod a lot - then everyone is afraid that maybe they're the ones who don't know what they're doing.