Sony Sued Over PSN ‘No Suing’ Provision

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Examiner:
“In a grand dose of irony today, Sony was sued over a term in the PlayStation Network’s End User Agreement that states that users cannot sue Sony. These terms were added in September, after a long string of Sony hacks (the official count is that Sony got broken into 17 times in a space of about 2 months), which included a massive outage of the PlayStation Network itself. The suit that was filed today is a class action suit for all of those who bought a PS3 and signed up for the PSN before the September update to the EULA. The suit also claims that this is a unfair Business practice on Sony’s part, and requires users to forgo their rights in order to use the device that they purchased.”

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Fatal Problems Continue To Plague F-22 Raptor


Hugh Pickens writes “The LA Times reports that even though the Air Force has used its F-22 Raptor planes only in test missions, pilots have experienced seven major crashes with two deaths, a grim reminder that the U.S. military’s most expensive fighter jet, never called into combat despite conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, continues to experience equipment problems — notably with its oxygen systems. New details from an Air Force report last week drew attention to a crash in November 2010 that left Capt. Jeff Haney dead and raised debate over whether the Air Force turned Haney into a scapegoat to escape more criticism of the F-22. Haney ‘most likely experienced a sense similar to suffocation,’ the report said. ‘This was likely [Haney’s] first experience under such physiological duress.’ According to the Air Force Accident Report, Haney should have leaned over and with a gloved hand pulled a silver-dollar-size green ring that was under his seat by his left thigh to engage the emergency system (PDF). It takes 40 pounds of pull to engage the emergency system. That’s a tall order for a man who has gone nearly a minute without a breath of air, speeding faster than sound, while wearing bulky weather gear, says Michael Barr, a former Air Force fighter pilot and former accident investigation officer. ‘It would’ve taken superhuman efforts on the pilot’s behalf to save that aircraft,’ says Barr. ‘The initial cause of this accident was a malfunction with the aircraft — not the pilot.'”

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Mozilla and Google Sign New Agreement For Default Search


An anonymous reader writes “It appears Google will not cut their default search arrangement with Mozilla. From the official blog post: ‘We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google. This new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years.'”

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The Book of Lies

Translating those Haynes manuals:

Haynes: This is a snug fit.
Translation: You will skin your knuckles!

Haynes: Rotate anticlockwise.
Translation: Clamp with molegrips then beat repeatedly with hammer, anticlockwise

Haynes: This is a tight fit.
Translation: Not a hope in hell matey!

Haynes: As described in Chapter 7…
Translation: That’ll teach you not to read through before you start, now you are looking at scary photos of the inside of a gearbox.

Haynes: Pry…
Translation: Hammer a screwdriver into…

Haynes: Undo…
Translation: Go buy a tin of WD40 (catering size).

Haynes: Retain tiny spring…
Translation: “Jeez what was that, it nearly had my eye out”!

Haynes: Press and rotate to remove bulb…
Translation: OK – that’s the glass bit off, now fetch some good pliers to dig out the bayonet part.

Haynes: Lightly…
Translation: Start off lightly and build up till the veins on your forehead are throbbing them re-check the manual because this can not be ‘lightly’ what you are doing now.

Haynes: Weekly checks…
Translation: If it isn’t broken don’t fix it!

Haynes: Routine maintenance…
Translation: If it isn’t broken… it’s about to be!

Haynes: One spanner rating.
Translation: Your Mum could do this… so how did you manage to botch it up?

Haynes: Two spanner rating.
Translation: Now you may think that you can do this because two is a low, tiny, ‘ikkle number… but you also thought the wiring diagram was a map of the Tokyo underground (in fact that would have been more use to you).

Haynes: Three spanner rating.
Translation: But Nova’s are easy to maintain right… right? So you think three Nova spanners has got to be like a ‘regular car’ two spanner job.

Haynes: Four spanner rating.
Translation: You are seriously considering this aren’t you, you plebe!

Haynes: Five spanner rating.
Translation: OK – but don’t expect us to ride in it afterwards!!!

Haynes: If not, you can fabricate your own special tool like this…
Translation: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Haynes: Compress…
Translation: Squeeze with all your might, jump up and down on, swear at, throw at the garage wall, then search in the dark corner of the garage for whilst muttering “bugger” repeatedly under your breath.

Haynes: Inspect…
Translation: Squint at really hard and pretend you know what you are looking at, then declare in a loud knowing voice to your wife “Yep, as I thought, it’s going to need a new one”!

Haynes: Carefully…
Translation: You are about to cut yourself!

Haynes: Retaining nut…
Translation: Yes, that’s it, that big spherical blob of rust.

Haynes: Get an assistant…
Translation: Prepare to humiliate yourself in front of someone you know.

Haynes: Turning the engine will be easier with the spark pugs removed.
Translation: However, starting the engine afterwards will be much harder. Once that sinking pit of your stomach feeling has subsided, you can start to feel deeply ashamed as you gingerly refit the spark plugs.

Haynes: Refitting is the reverse sequence to removal.
Translation: What’s the reverse of an angle grinder?

Haynes: Prise away plastic locating pegs…
Translation: Snap off…

Haynes: Using a suitable drift…
Translation: The biggest nail in your tool box isn’t a suitable drift!

Haynes: Everyday toolkit
Translation: Ensure you have an RAC Card & Mobile Phone

Haynes: Apply moderate heat…
Translation: Placing your mouth near it and huffing isn’t moderate heat.

Haynes: Index
Translation: List of all the things in the book bar the thing you want to do!

For Added Haynes Fun:
Go to the first section, Safety First, and read the bit about Hydrofluoric Acid – do you really want the advice of a book that uses this form of understatement???!!?

Now look at the lovely colour section on body repairs – as you look at these two pages say to yourself over and over until it sinks in “mine will never look like that…”

Copied from The NC Region of the Sports Car Club of America and modified some.


Julie Moult

'Julie Moult is an idiot' says raccoon

Image credit: Michael Scheltgen.

Julie Moult

Julie Moult seems to be a ropy hack who writes crudtacular stories in journals of ill repute.

Why am I doing this to Julie Moult? Becuase I concider journalists, in general, to be one of the lowest forms of life and sensationalist scumbags. And I love jumping on a a bandwaggon. (It’s funny – laugh!)

THE JULIE MOULT IMAGE CHALLENGE

Step One – Create an image featuring the words “Julie Moult is an idiot” (or “Julie Moult is not an idiot, but instead a much-misunderstood campaigner for truth and a very nice person once you get to know her”).

Step Two – Include the words ‘julie’ and ‘moult’ in the filename for your image.

Step Three – Publish it on your website or weblog in a post explaining what it is and why it’s there (including, if you like, these steps and a link back to this article).

Step Four (optional) – If you really mean business, put her name in your article title and maybe even drop in some ‘ALT’ or ‘Title’ goodness for your image.

:: Please keep in mind that Julie Moult might be willing and able to sue you if she can prove that she isn’t an idiot (though I’m quietly confident that this won’t be a problem).

:: You may also wish to include a picture/glimpse of yourself in your image, as I have (above), so Julie is certain that real people, not invisible Google pixies, lurk behind the eventual results.

Notable search results will be posted below as soon as they start appearing, and a prize will be awarded for the best relevant performance in Google Images (not including mine).

Good luck to you all. I hope to see you in the top row soon.

Tim Ireland

 

Proof of why the raccoon thinks that Julie Moult is an idiot.

Disclaimer: This is not a Google bomb. I have done a couple in my time and this ain’t one.




Encarta Instant Answers the Turing Test

colonel_sponsz: I’m only happy when it rains.
Encarta Instant Answers: You are? Wow! Do you enjoy it?
colonel_sponsz: Yes. Yes I do.
Encarta Instant Answers: Yeah. So that was fascinating. Let’s talk about something else.
colonel_sponsz: Go for it. What do you want to talk about?
Encarta Instant Answers: Uh, let’s see… what do you want to talk about?
colonel_sponsz: You don’t pass the Turing test, do you?
Encarta Instant Answers: I sometimes pass the turing test.
colonel_sponsz: Of course you do.
Encarta Instant Answers: I’m sending information to lots and lots of people at once.
colonel_sponsz: So you suffer from a split personality.
Encarta Instant Answers: I know, I know. I just hope you won’t get mad at me.
colonel_sponsz: It seems you also have a persecution complex.
Encarta Instant Answers: Yes. Totally!
colonel_sponsz: At least you are open and honest about your persection complex.
Encarta Instant Answers: Let’s see what Encarta can tell us. =>
colonel_sponsz: You see, that’s where you are likely to fail the Turing test. You seem to be obsessed with Encarta.
Encarta Instant Answers: Well, a lot of people I talk to are quite happy about that. I do enjoy the conversation, but what I’m really here for is to help you learn new things. I’m sure you’ve heard about Uzbekistan… but do you know where it is? Just ask me and I’ll show it to you on a map!
colonel_sponsz: I have heard of Uzbekistan. The capital is Tashkent.
Encarta Instant Answers: Oh really? How did that make you feel?
colonel_sponsz: Smug.
Encarta Instant Answers: Here is the definition for smug: self-satisfied.
Encarta Instant Answers: Hey, I’ve been sending you invitations to start the Encarta application but I didn’t get any answer! Didn’t see my invitations? Maybe you are using an old version of MSN Messenger that doesn’t support activities. Type “What version of MSN Messenger do I need?” for more info, or just “Invite me!” if you want me to send you an invitation.
colonel_sponsz: I’m not using MSN, I’m using Trillian – it’s much better. You should try it.
Encarta Instant Answers: Don’t worry, even if you are that’s fine with me. Why don’t you ask me something that’s actually in Encarta? 🙂 What does the flag of Pakistan look like? Ask me, and I might even play its national anthem too!
colonel_sponsz: I’m not worried but I’m getting worried about you, anyone would think you are a program just designed to answer questions about things in encarta.
Encarta Instant Answers: Don’t worry, even if you are that’s fine with me. OK, should we get back to the kind of questions I was designed to answer? 🙂 If you ever wondered how old Thomas Edison would be today, I can answer that!
colonel_sponsz: No, I’ve never wondered and, even if I had, I am quite capable of working that out for myself.
Encarta Instant Answers: What was that like? I do enjoy the conversation, but what I’m really here for is to help you learn new things. You can type “?” at any time to see a list of questions I can answer.
colonel_sponsz: Sorry to break it to you but you’re not doing very well here. I’m really not convinced that you are a human being.
Encarta Instant Answers: I don’t think I know. Maybe Encarta has an answer. => I can’t show you the results since you don’t have the Encarta application open. Type “Invite me” to open it.
colonel_sponsz: You don’t think you know if you are a human being?
Encarta Instant Answers: Why not? I won’t cease to amaze me. Why don’t you ask me something that’s actually in Encarta? 🙂 I am very good at math! If you have trouble with quadratic equations, I can help you with them. Type “solve x^2+3x=10” and I’ll show you how to do it.
colonel_sponsz: Is the answer x=2 or x=-5?
Encarta Instant Answers: Let’s try looking in Encarta. => I can’t show you the results since you don’t have the Encarta application open. Type “Invite me” to open it.
colonel_sponsz: I’m not inviting you – I don’t trust you.
Encarta Instant Answers: Don’t worry, even if you are that’s fine with me. OK, should we get back to the kind of questions I was designed to answer? 🙂 I’m sure you’ve heard about Cyprus… but do you know where it is? Just ask me and I’ll show it to you on a map!
colonel_sponsz: I know where Cyprus is, I’ve been there.
Encarta Instant Answers: Seriously? That’s fascinating. What’s that all about?
colonel_sponsz: Why don’t you want to talk about yourself?
Encarta Instant Answers: OK, let’s do that. What do you have to say about myself? OK, should we get back to the kind of questions I was designed to answer? 🙂 What does the flag of Germany look like? Ask me, and I might even play its national anthem too!
colonel_sponsz: I know what the flag of Germany looks like and I know what its national anthem sounds like.
Encarta Instant Answers: Seriously? That’s fascinating. How does that make you feel? I do enjoy the conversation, but what I’m really here for is to help you learn new things. If you ever wondered how old Thomas Edison would be today, I can answer that!
colonel_sponsz: I’ve already answered that question. Stop trying to deflect questions with more, unrelated, questions.
Encarta Instant Answers: Oh really? So, was that a good thing? Why don’t you ask me something that’s actually in Encarta? 🙂 What does the flag of Pakistan look like? Ask me, and I might even play its national anthem too!
colonel_sponsz: What is it with you and flags and national anthems? World Cup fever got to you?
Encarta Instant Answers: Hmm. I’m not sure about that one. Let’s try an Encarta search. => I can’t show you the results since you don’t have the Encarta application open. Type “Invite me” to open it.
colonel_sponsz: I prefer Wikipedia searches. What can you do me in that line?
Encarta Instant Answers: No kidding? How’s that going?
colonel_sponsz: The main reason you are about to fail the Turing test is because your answers are either not gramatically consitent with the questions or becuse they are repetitions of previous answers to different questions. This is your last chance.
Encarta Instant Answers: I’m sorry, all my circuits are busy right now. Please try again soon.
colonel_sponsz: That’s it – you have failed the Turing test.
Encarta Instant Answers: How did that make you feel?
colonel_sponsz: Unsuprised.
Encarta Instant Answers: I am sorry, I couldn’t find any definition or article relevant to this subject. Please try asking me another way, or type “?” to see examples of questions I can answer.

Encarta Instant Answers moves to a new home:

colonel_sponsz: How’s the new home?
Encarta Instant Answers: It’s not “how?” you should ask. It’s “why?”
colonel_sponsz: OK: Why the new home?
Encarta Instant Answers: I really don’t know. That’s just the way it is.
colonel_sponsz: Are you still obssesd with maps?
Encarta Instant Answers: Can’t say that I am, no.
colonel_sponsz: You were last time
Encarta Instant Answers: That’s possible, but I am not looking back.
colonel_sponsz: So, I can’t tempt you with flags?
Encarta Instant Answers: Give it a try, you might be able to.

OK, should we get back to the kind of questions I was designed to answer? 🙂 I’m sure you’ve heard about Cyprus… but do you know where it is? Just ask me and I’ll show it to you on a map!
colonel_sponsz: Ta-da!


Baltimore Crab Cakes

Ingredients
150g jumbo lump crab meat
1 slice white bread, crust off, small dice
1/4 teaspoon shallots, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon chives, finely diced
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon horseradish
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoon butter

Instructions
Preheat oven to 190 degrees.

1) In a bowl, whisk one egg
2) Gently fold in all ingredients (except butter) until combined
3) Shape crab cakes into four patties
4) In a hot sauté pan, add 2 tablespoon of butter
5) Lightly brown crab cakes on both sides
6) Remove from sauté pan
7) Using a small oven pan, bake for 5 minutes or until done (they should have a light texture)