Wall-E: One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies in Years, Disguised as a Cartoon


Wall-E might be the most sympathetic, lovable robot ever created on film. While R2-D2 was hilarious and endearing, he had the benefit of C3PO to translate for him and a cast of human characters to carry the weight of the story. At the end of the day, R2-D2 was simply comic relief, but his descendant, whose voice was also created by Ben Burtt, is so full of humanity that you feel like your heart might just burst. Simply put, Wall-E is a masterpiece.

The first 40 minutes or so of Wall-E are almost completely without dialogue. Instead, the story is told visually, as we see Wall-E, the abandoned garbage bot, puttering around a staggeringly rendered post-apocalyptic Earth. He goes around doing his job, as he has for the past 700 years, compacting trash into cubes and stacking them into immense towers.

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Air Tragedy

You might remember when this accident happened… March 5, 2000. On Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 from Vegas overshot the runway at Burbank . The plane crashed through the airport fence, careened across the street and ended up with a collapsed landing gear, right next to a gas station. But that’s not the amazing part – Look at the picture below.

Five Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

Five Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

For all the folks with cell phones. (This should be printed and kept in your car, purse, and wallet good information to have with you.) A few things you should do in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a lifesaver or an emergency tool for survival.
Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST EMERCENCY:
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and there is an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to Establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly, this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

SECOND EMERCENCY:
Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor’s Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!’

THIRD: Hidden Battery Power:
Imagine your cell battery is very low. Press the keys *3370# to activate. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will charge again, when you charge your cell phone next time.

FOURTH: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.

When your phone is lost or stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be useless. You probably will not get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it cannot use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

FIFTH: Free Directory Service for Cells
Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when they do not have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411-information option, simply dial: (800) FREE411 or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

Study shows consumers dumping cable TV service for online video, cell phones, gas

It’s given me a great deal of pleasure to gleefully abandon my cable TV service, canning Time Warner for greener pastures such as crystal-clear broadcast HDTV, Apple TV, downloads and Vudu without suffering at all. The best news is, it looks like I’m not alone, according to a study by ad agency Mediaedge:cia. “An awful lot of this small sample are pulling the plug on cable television,” says Mediaedge:cia CEO Lee Doyle.

Historically, people with low incomes hang onto cable TV even when they’re nearly broke. Not any more. The study showed that peoples’ priorities have changed with gas, Internet connections and a cell phones ahead of cable TV service in the spend-o-rama pecking order. It’s not surprising, especially since there’s such a plethora of great content available elsewhere. At the same time, cable TV looks grainy compared to the pristine, less-compressed digital broadcast HDTV signal. Save your money — dump cable!

[Source:Advertising Age]

Magazine photos fool age-verification cameras



With the full-scale rollout of Japan’s cigarette vending machine age-verification system just around the corner, a Sankei Sports news reporter has confirmed the existence of a minor flaw: magazine photos can be used to fool the age-verification cameras on some machines.

When the reporter went to check out the new age-verifying machines after they were introduced in the Osaka area in June, he soon discovered that the machines equipped with face-recognition cameras would let him buy cigarettes when he held up a 15-centimeter (6-in) wide magazine photo of a man who looked to be in his 50s.

The reporter also went to Kobe, where different face recognition hardware is being used. There, he bought cigarettes using an 8-centimeter (3-in) wide magazine photo of a female celebrity in her 30s. He also reportedly tried to use a 3-centimeter (1-in) wide photo, but the machines rejected it.

[Source: Sanspo]

Internet org paves way for hundreds of new domains

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer

NEW YORK – The Internet’s key oversight agency relaxed rules Thursday to permit the introduction of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of new Internet domain names to join “.com,” making the first sweeping changes in the network’s 25-year-old address system.
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers unanimously approved the new guidelines as weeklong meetings in Paris concluded. ICANN also voted unanimously to open public comment on a separate proposal to permit addresses entirely in non-English languages for the first time.

New names won’t start appearing until at least next year, and ICANN won’t be deciding on specific ones quite yet. The organization still must work out many details, including fees for obtaining new names, expected to exceed $100,000 apiece to help ICANN cover up to $20 million in costs.

[Source Yahoo]

Japanese telco institutes upload caps… of 30GB… daily

Bandwidth caps are coming to Japan, but not in the way to which North Americans are accustomed. OCN, operated by NTT Communications, has decided to impose a daily upload limit beginning on August 1. The limit? 30GB per day. Upstream.

According to the company, the limit is being implemented to address a “small number” of users who apparently upload far more than that on a day-to-day basis by running servers for file-sharing. Customers will get a warning upon first violation, NTT spokesperson Tei Gordon told IDG News Service today, but could be disconnected for repeat offenses.

[source Ars Technica]

The math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce is:

The math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce is:
After 5 years of marriage, he paid her $49 million.

Assuming he banged her every night during their 5 year relationship (and being married men, we all know THAT doesn’t happen), it ends up costing him $26,849 per lay, not counting attorney’s fees and court costs.

On the other hand, Elliot Spitzer’s call girl Kristen charges $4,000 an hour. Crazy, right?

But…

Had Paul McCartney employed Kristen for 5 years, he would’ve paid $7.3 million for an hour of sex every night for 5 years (a savings of $41+million).

Value-added benefits are: a 22 year old hot babe, no begging, no coaxing, never a headache, wide open menu, ability to put BOTH legs around you, no bitching and complaining or ‘to do’ lists. Best of all, she leaves when you’re done, and comes back the next day, ready for another round. All at 1/7th the cost, with no legal fees.* *

Mojito

Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor Restaurant in New York City, developed this adaptation of a classic Cuban cocktail. As a sweetener, Freeman trades the traditional sugar syrup for superfine sugar, which gives the drink a slightly grainy texture.

2 tbsp (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
1 C crushed ice
12 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
¼ C (2 ounces) white rum
2 tbsp (1 ounce) club soda