Porn Sites Hijacking Your Browser

Ron Zorko was only trying to get to PC World’s web site. But when he accidentally mistyped the URL, a porn site popped up.

“I suppose I should learn to type better,” he says. But a typo that took him to was only the beginning of his troubles. He soon discovered that this porn site was now both his home and default search page. He changed the settings back in Internet Explorer. But with his next system boot, was back.

“No matter what I did, that was my home page,” he says. Zorko was one of three readers within two weeks to e-mail PC World’s Answer Line address with a tale of a hijacked home page that renewed itself with every boot.

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Someone Is Watching You – Software

Right now, your boss, your spouse or the government could secretly be reading all your typed words — even the ones you deleted — while surreptitiously snapping your picture.

Sound alarming? The man who makes it possible is the first to agree.

“It’s horrifying!” says Richard Eaton, who develops, markets and even answers the technical help line for WinWhatWhere software.

“I’m Mr. Guard-My-Privacy, so it’s kind of ironic,” says Eaton, a lanky 48-year-old with a diamond stud earring. “Every time I add a feature into it, usually it’s something that I’ve fought for a long time.”

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Sleeping Less Lets You Live Longer

According to an article in the Washington Post, contrary to popular belief, people who sleep six to seven hours a night live longer, and those who sleep eight hours or more die younger, according to the largest study ever conducted on the subject.

The controversial study, which tracked the sleeping habits of 1.1 million Americans for six years, undermines the advice of many sleep doctors who have long recommended that people get eight or nine hours of sleep every night.

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Foot Powered Laptop

According to an article in the Register, a US developer is coming to market with a device which lets users recharge batteries using a foot-operated pump.

The StepCharger, from AladdinPower, gives approximately 20 minutes of laptop power after five minutes of brisk pumping.

This could come in extremely handy if you’re stuck without access to an external power source or a spare battery.

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Losing the War on Patents

Just three months after it launched in the fall of 2000,, a self-described “patent-busting” Web site, declared itself a success. In January 2001 it awarded four $10,000 prizes to individuals who had presented evidence that BountyQuest believed would successfully undermine a set of specific patent claims.

Now, one year later, BountyQuest’s supposed patent-busting experiment appears to have itself gone bust. More about the patent wars here.
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Emergency Response Location Mapper

Denver inventor, Guy Grace, has devised a unique system for assisting the police at the scene of a crime.
“Police officers searching for an intruder would be safer, for instance, if they were armed with a computer printout of a school’s floor plan — “to let them know where the nooks and crannies are,” Grace said.

The software program that he created now is the heart of an experimental, portable security system that its developers predict will streamline the way police and rescue workers respond to emergencies.

With the click of a triggerlike mouse, a SWAT team could call up a hard drive’s stored images of a school’s interior layout — including video of its hallways and classrooms — before they enter.

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Thoughts on Parellel Universes

Scientists now believe there may really be a parallel universe – in fact, there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, and we just happen to live in one of them. These other universes contain space, time and strange forms of exotic matter. Some of them may even contain you, in a slightly different form. Astonishingly, scientists believe that these parallel universes exist less than one millimetre away from us.
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Sleep Less – Live Longer

Sleeping longer — eight hours or more a night — could shorten your life, according to a study of the nighttime habits of more than a million Americans released on Thursday.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego found in a study of adults aged 30 to 102 that people who slept eight hours a night were 12 percent more likely to die within the study’s six-year period compared to those sleeping seven hours.

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First Known Outbreak of Pet Cloning

A domestic cat was cloned late last year in a Texas A&M University research program called CopyCat, which marked the first time a pet has been cloned, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Cloning research at the university has been funded with more than $3.5 million in investments from John Sperling, an 81-year-old financier who formed Genetic Savings & Clone Inc. Good name, huh?

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