Jaani's Linklog

The Linklog is a data feed from various social bookmarking sites that I frequent. It contains short entries deemed interesting but — whether because their subject matter is not directly related to the themes of this website (internet law and technology regulation) or simply for reasons of convenience — not justifying a full weblog entry. The format is simple: a title with a link to the aggregator source, and a one-line description.

Note that neither the titles nor descriptions are my own — they remain, with any associated errors, the work of the people who submitted each item to the feed from which each was derived.

Woman Goes Crazy in a Courtroom When Tapped on the Head

This is just hilarious… woman gets tapped lightly on the back of her head and she totally overreacts. Talk about an Oscar performance!

Teenager Killed His Father After Being Banned from Myspace

A teenager who confessed to killing his father last month told police he hated his dad for taking away his Internet access, according to a police report released Wednesday. He told police that his father had taken away his Internet access after seeing suicide threats the teen had posted on social networking Web site MySpace.com.

Are these widgets worth half a billion?

A lot of eyebrows were raised on Wall Street in January when two giant investment firms, Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, paid $50 million for a 9.1% stake in Slide, a San Francisco- based company best known as the purveyor of entertainments like SuperPoke, which lets Facebook users “ninja kick” or “bodyslam” or “throw a pillow at” their friends.

Benefits of spirulina: studies show anti-cancer properties

Used in Japan for years, spirulina is a microalgae grown in alkaline, warm-water lakes. Spirulina’s green colour is due to its chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll acts as an antioxidant and may have medicinal benefits against cancer. Spirulina is also rich in phycocyanin, a pigment with anti-cancer properties.

Russia's Radioactive Mines

These guys have gone deep into old Soviet uranium mines. In these mines Russian prisoners have dug for radioactive materials for the Soviet Army.

As you can see on the top picture the Geiger counter shows that there is still some radioactive pollution.

Save Music — Disconnect the Internet!

Lunatic proposals involving governments regulating Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and then forcing them to disconnect users suspected of performing illegal downloads are gaining traction in the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

Death of massive star creates brightest burst ever seen

Gamma-Ray Bursts are the most powerful explosive events in the Universe. On the morning of March 19th 2008 the Swift satellite found a burst which was so bright it could have been seen without binoculars or a telescope even though it was seven thousand times further away than the Andromeda galaxy.

Google: "Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Will Break The Internet"

It’s an unstable situation. But the theoretical issue is the concentration of Microsoft’s resources and its history, combined with the very large share that it would have in certain applications—like instant messaging and email—that could be used essentially to break the internet and diminish choice.

Facebook To Launch Instant Messaging Service

Facebook has been testing a new instant messaging service and will be launching it to the public soon, perhaps in the next week. Our understanding is that the service will be built in to user’s Facebook pages and allow them to web chat with their Facebook friends.

Microsoft to Buy Web Ad Analysis Company

Microsoft Corp. plans to buy Rapt Inc., plugging a hole in its suite of tools for Web publishers and advertisers, the software giant said Friday.

10 Amazing Photos: Climate Change, its Causes and Effects

A collection of stunning climate change photos gathered from around the Internet. Includes such diverse subject matter as the Perito Moreno Glacier, a Shanghai freeway intersection and a London climate change demonstration! Enjoy!

Dropping 22TB of patches on 6,500 PCs in 4 hours: BitTorrent

BitTorrent is often maligned, but overlooking it might be foolish. One IT department found that it can speed patching and image updates so much, that rollouts that once took four days now only take four hours.

Girls and young woman are now the most prolific web users

35% of girls, compared with 20% of boys, have blogs; 32% of girls have their own websites, against 22% of boys. Girls have embraced social networking sites on a massive scale, with 70% of US girls aged 15-17 having built and regularly worked on a profile page on websites such as MySpace, Bebo & Facebook, as opposed to 57% of boys of the same age.

Earth Hour: Turning off the lights

On March 29 at 8 pm cities around the world will plunge itself into darkness as a gesture in fight against global warming. At a similar event in 2007, Sydney residents and businesses demonstrated their concern about global warming by switching their lights off for one hour.

Plug-'n'-Play USB Virus Makes MacBooks Fall to Pieces

Behold, a video of the Newton Virus. Back in 2005, Troika, the British-based art collective that was behind the Heathrow Terminal 5 sculpture that some of you recently described as a “disco turd,” created a virus for Macs, called Newton. It came on a little USB key that looked like a cross between a malevolent Apple and Pac Man and was aimed at,

Sea reptile is biggest on record

A fossilised “sea monster” unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced.

Huge Leak: Database of 8,700+ stolen cooperate FTP accounts

The stolen credentials belong to companies from around the world and include more than 2500 North American companies, some of which are the world’s top 100 domains, according to security company Finjan. The ISP hosting the db has been notified but they still have not removed it. Finjan says companies can email them to check if their info was stolen

How to cut and splice ethernet cables

This video shows you how to cut cables to whatever length you need and then put the little plastic thingy on the end so you can use it again. The video focuses on Ethernet cables so you don’t have to pay your internet provider extra to run cables to another computer from your router.

5 Great Acquisition Targets for 2008

A list of 5 companies that should be acquired in 2008, and includes Yahoo acquiring AOL.

The ethics of Stealing Wifi

A recently released study by a security firm says that using an open WiFi network without permission is stealing. Ars looks at the ethics of open WiFi

Abolishing ageing:How to live forever

“In the long run,” as John Maynard Keynes observed, “we are all dead.” True. But can the short run be elongated in a way that makes the long run longer? The seven sisters that Dr Aubrey de Grey wishes to slaughter with SENS are cell loss, apoptosis-resistance (the tendency of cells to refuse to die when they are supposed to), gene

DRM Officially Dead: Last Major Label Sony Plans to Drop DRM

It’s over. The last major label to hold out on selling DRM-free MP3s, Sony BMG, is “finalizing plans” to sell music not locked down with DRM. It’ll be available sometime in the first quarter, apparently in time to get in on Amazon and Pepsi’s 1 billion song giveaway.

Japan proposes Net censorship, watermarking

The Japanese government may begin to more heavily scrutinize websites mobile content and file sharing if a series of proposals go through. “Harmful” content could be censored and copyrighted files would be watermarked under two of the proposals.