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June 20, 2006

WaReZ group get's pwn3d today...


From The MercuryNews.com & a the friend of the Realm that pointed this out...

Federal prosecutors announced today that two more people, including a Cupertino man, have been convicted as part of Operation Copycat, the Justice Department's crackdown on Internet piracy.

Cupertino resident Tom Leung, 53, and Ray Morada, 32, of Washington, D.C., were convicted today of conspiracy and copyright infringement charges for their participation in a `warez group.''

Warez groups are the source of the majority of pirated movies, music and software distributed and downloaded on the Internet, according to federal prosecutors.

Once a warez release group prepares a stolen work for distribution, the material is distributed in minutes to secure, top-level Internet servers throughout the world. From there, within a matter of hours, the pirated works are distributed globally, filtering down to peer-to-peer and other public file sharing networks accessible to anyone with Internet access, according to authorities.

(Link - MercuryNews.com)

I just lifted half that story... Much like a WaReZ group would... Wait, maybe not, but you can finish the article at MercuryNews if you want .. But, this is enough to get the idea... Seeya!

We're so goddamn ass-backwards...

This is so fucking ignorant I just don't know where to begin. So I wont. It needs no explination.

Found on Yahoo!

WASHINGTON -
A Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned that position.

The document outlines retirement or other discharge policies for service members with physical disabilities, and in a section on defects lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders.

Critics said the reference underscores the Pentagon's failing policies on gays, and adds to a culture that has created uncertainty and insecurity around the treatment of homosexual service members, leading to anti-gay harassment.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremy M. Martin said the policy document is under review.


(Link - Yahoo! News)

Animals are gay. But that's okay!

This was already posted over at BoingBoing.net (Link) but it's a really interesting read... Showing once again that being Gay is Okay! Specifically, there are many different examples of gayness in the animal kingdom. My favorite reference is to baboon "penis fencing".... Yes, you thought I was going to handle this whole subject both professionaly & maturely. Well, I'm definately not a professional... Mature? Well, depends on the day. But I digress...

From Seed...

Joan Roughgarden thinks Charles Darwin made a terrible mistake. Not about natural selection—she's no bible-toting creationist—but about his other great theory of evolution: sexual selection. According to Roughgarden, sexual selection can't explain the homosexuality that's been documented in over 450 different vertebrate species. This means that same-sex sexuality—long disparaged as a quirk of human culture—is a normal, and probably necessary, fact of life. By neglecting all those gay animals, she says, Darwin misunderstood the basic nature of heterosexuality.

Male big horn sheep live in what are often called "homosexual societies." They bond through genital licking and anal intercourse, which often ends in ejaculation. If a male sheep chooses to not have gay sex, it becomes a social outcast. Ironically, scientists call such straight-laced males "effeminate."

Giraffes have all-male orgies. So do bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, gray whales, and West Indian manatees. Japanese macaques, on the other hand, are ardent lesbians; the females enthusiastically mount each other. Bonobos, one of our closest primate relatives, are similar, except that their lesbian sexual encounters occur every two hours. Male bonobos engage in "penis fencing," which leads, surprisingly enough, to ejaculation. They also give each other genital massages.

As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it. At last count, over 450 different vertebrate species could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia. You name it, there's a vertebrate out there that does it. Nevertheless, most biologists continue to regard homosexuality as a sexual outlier. According to evolutionary theory, being gay is little more than a maladaptive behavior.

Joan Roughgarden, a professor of biology at Stanford University, wants to change that perception. After cataloging the wealth of homosexual behavior in the animal kingdom two years ago in her controversial book Evolution's Rainbow—and weathering critiques that, she says, stemmed largely from her being transgendered—Roughgarden has set about replacing Darwinian sexual selection with a new explanation of sex. For too long, she says, biology has neglected evidence that mating isn't only about multiplying. Sometimes, as in the case of all those gay sheep, dolphins and primates, animals have sex just for fun or to cement their social bonds. Homosexuality, Roughgarden says, is an essential part of biology, and can no longer be dismissed. By using the queer to untangle the straight, Roughgarden's theories have the potential to usher in a scientific sexual revolution.

(Link - Seed... rest of the article)

There are 450 animal species who from time to time, gay it up a little. If I subscribed to this magazine, I'd get to know the specific species... But, I'm cheap.

File this under wacky!


Over at the SciFi Blog...

The "Nokia Open" is/would be a cell phone that opens like a fan with a "scrollable touch screen," which seems to be an essential-yet-nonexistent item that would need to be invented in order for this to work. The idea is that with the push of a button the thin phone opens up, revealing a spacious screen on which buttons and menu options appear for you to manipulate with your digits. All well and good, but a cell phone that appears before you on the wings of a magical eagle would be cool too, though I'm not expecting Nokia to start marketing it anytime soon.
(Link - SciFi Tech Blog)

The Carbon Freeze Sequence



From YouTube...
This sequence is from the film The Empire Strikes Back, and was made entirely with Hasbro and Kenner action figures. It is a sneak preview at the full length version I intend to make over the next few years. - (muthacomputer)

I guess my first question would be why? Isn't the original better? And are people going to want to sit through 90min. of action figures?? Ok, I might torrent it... But I wouldn't tell anyone... -the Realm

Saturn’s moons seen wearing haloes



From New Scientist....

Saturn's two largest moons have been captured together in a new image from the Cassini spacecraft. The image will help mission managers refine their models of the moons' positions to better steer the spacecraft in the future.

The image was snapped on 11 June, when Cassini was about 3.6 million kilometres away from Saturn's second-largest moon, Rhea. It shows the 1528-kilometre-wide Rhea silhouetted against Titan, which is about three times as big.

The bright ring that surrounds Titan is sunlight scattered by Titan's thick atmosphere – the sun lies behind the moons in this image.

But the image was not taken solely for its aesthetic appeal. "It will help mission managers fly the spacecraft," says Alfred McEwen, a member of Cassini's imaging team at the University of Arizona.


(Link - New Scientist)