The Null Device

1999/9/16

Interesting Salon article on short-wave numbers stations and those who listen to them:

"I listened to the Voice of America and Moscow Radio and eventually came across shipping and aircraft stations," he says. "I was able to find an explanation for those. Then I heard the strange voice -- someone saying, 'Papa November' for five minutes while a snake charmer's flute played in the background. And there was no explanation anywhere."

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Patent of the day: US5878155 Method for verifying human identity during electronic sale transactions :

A bar code or a design is tattooed on an individual. Before the sales transaction can be consummated, the tattoo is scanned with a scanner... Once verified, the seller may be authorized to debit the buyer's electronic bank account in order to consummate the transaction.

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Stranger than fiction: Surviving Kray twin Reggie Kray, currently serving a life sentence, is making a record with gangsta rap act Fun Lovin' Criminals. (BBC News)

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More evil from the Big 5: Sony Music's grab for perpetual ownership of artist-related web sites: (CNet)

Sony Music has added language to its standard contracts that gives the company ownership over an artist's name--as well as any variation of it--for use as a domain name. Moreover, the clause is written as a lifetime provision that would apply even if the artist and Sony part ways. Sony Music has added language to its standard contracts that gives the company ownership over an artist's name--as well as any variation of it--for use as a domain name. Moreover, the clause is written as a lifetime provision that would apply even if the artist and Sony part ways.

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Interesting article on how the Internet is changing the German language: (WIRED News)

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The Turing Game now available on the Net. Unfortunately it requires Windows, though. (WIRED News)

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