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WotD: Oops

May 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: oops

Oops: used to express mild dismay, chagrin, surprise, etc., as at one’s own mistake, a clumsy act, or social blunder.

“Now wait just one minute, aren’t these things supposed to be daily? You’ve skipped some days?”

File that under insignificant. Moving on…

“Tsk.”

MySpace Labels Innocent Woman as Sex Offender

Jessica Davis, a 29-year-old University of Colorado senior, found herself falsely branded a sex offender and kicked off MySpace last weekend, ABC News reports. There is no registered sex offender by her name in Colorado.

MySpace isn’t talking about this, but Sentinel — the company that built the database for MySpace — has acknowledged the error. Sentinel CEO John Cardillo told ABC News that the system functioned properly, because an actual sex offender existed with the same name, and a date of birth two years and two days apart from Davis’.

Hey, I’m all for putting IT, and the collective data gathered through its users, to good use, but with new measures come new threats that need to be handled properly with the right control mechanisms. Otherwise, sh-t like this happens.

“Today a sex offender, tomorrow terrorist? You certainly don’t want that to happen through IT!”

Actually I don’t want that to happen at all!

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WotD: Parthenogenesis

May 25, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: Parthenogenesis!

“What the…?”

Yes, a new section and hopefully some newer updates. Word of the Day will be another section for some inspiration!

“Tsk, just filler for someone with no creativity.”

Whatever, get on with the program.

Tsk, Parthenogenesis: the development of an egg without fertilization!”

Yes, from an article I read here: Hammerhead Shark Gave “Virgin Birth” in Omaha Zoo

Actually kind of strange, considering the definition of the word and then reading something like this in the article:

The finding marks the first confirmed case of a female shark fertilizing her own eggs and giving birth without sperm from a male, a process known as parthenogenesis.

So is it fertilized or not? If it is, doesn’t that mean it doesn’t fit the definition? And if so, is the dictionary wrong or is it just used in the wrong way in the article? Enquiring minds would like to know!?

“Ah well, guess I don’t really care for semantics.”

You should, considering this category has something to do with vocabulary and all? Maybe I’ll e-mail them as a good citizen and ask them for clarification/correction.

“Your blog, not mine. And a good citizen?”

Anyway, imagine if humans were able to do something like that. Would that be an upgrade or a downgrade in terms of revolution? Technically, it makes humans less dependent on 2 different types of humans, so I’d say that’s a good thing. Course, it may also bring all kinds of shortcomings biologically, not to mention culturally when men aren’t necessary anymore for the birth and upbringing of new generations.

“Still, the concept sounds like fun.”

It’d be interesting to find out what an all women society could do, literally. Maybe even change “mankind” to “womankind”.

“That is already a real word, you doofus!”

Yes, but not with the same meaning. Ah well.

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Sick of Hotmail Attachments?

May 5, 2007 Leave a comment

“This is going to be a quicky”

Are you sick of downloading Hotmail attachments one by one, going over multiple screens to get the damn things? There’s a special feature to have them all downloaded into a zip file without much trouble, and it’s called Gmail. If you don’t have an account, just make one. If you already have a Gmail account. Just forward your hotmail emails with attachments to your Gmail account and download it zipped!

Hotmail is inferior to Gmail in many ways. And this is one of them.

PS: If you don’t know what Winzip or WinRar is, I strongly recommend you to visit the WinRar site and read up on it! Not to mention download it!

“And that’s all folks! “