Some anime episodes are currently being shared through a new bandwidth provider: GigeShare. It actually looks interesting. Similar to MegaUpload and RapidShare, but without as many constraints. GigeShare allows up to 1000MB (~1GB) per file upload, so no more splitting up the files. Files are deleted after 30 continuous days of inactivity and there’s no limit to how many downloads like YouSendIt. They still have that wait time like MegaUpload and RapidShare, but unlike those, they allow simultaneous downloads. I’ve only tested (not downloaded) 5 files at a time, though maybe they should limit 1 simultaneous download per person. Which leads to the only caveat the have, speed. Each download only gets ~20-30KB/s. Even if you have one, you’ll get that speed. If you have 5, you’ll get a combined speed of ~100-150KB/s.
Hopefully this service will stick around for awhile. The interface is decent and definitely doesn’t suck *** like MegaUpload and definitely provides more space than RapidShare. Oh yah, if you block Google Ads, the site is pretty blank. I was wondering what was wrong with the site, until I opened it with IE.
TINY MUSIC MAKERS: Pt 3: The THX Sound (from /.) – “I like to say that the THX sound is the most widely-recognized piece of computer-generated music in the world,” says Andy Moorer. “This may or may not be true, but it sounds cool!” – an interesting history of Deep Note, the THX sound.
Pimp My Snack (from MS newsgroup) – PimpMySnack is a custom, banging, A1 Tip Top, jamming club fare. It’s a sandwich of fun on ecstacy bread wrapped up in a big bag like disco fudge. It doesn’t get any better than this. We take Snacks to their limit, and show what they’re capable of with a little ingenuity, a little cash, and a lot of imagination. Basically they take little candies and make giant candies! I wonder if they need a taster.
Parking Solution (from MS Newsgroup)
From Snopes.com: The photographs displayed above are real, and compact, multi-story parking structures can indeed be found in some Germany cities (such as Dresden), but in this case the two don’t go together. The structure pictured here is not a public parking garage, but rather a storage facility for newly-manufactured automobiles. It’s an inside view of one of the 20-story Car Towers at Volkswagen’s Autostadt facility in Wolfsburg, Germany, which is sort of a cross between a Volkswagen showcase and theme park. Visitors can take in the shops, restaurants, and cinemas, as well as enjoying automobile-themed attractions such as the virtual CarDesign Studio and the All-Terrain Course. You can see the actual car tower at the Virtual Tour of VW’s Transparent Factory
Funny MS KB (Microsoft Knowledge Base) articles:
A Tour of Microsoft’s Mac Lab (from /.) – Many people have asked if Microsoft uses Macs at work. This blog entry should be an interesting read for thos.
Firefox Flicks (from MS newsgroup) – looks like the videos are finally starting to come in!
Google: Da Vinci Code (from MS newsgroup) – The Da Vinci Code involves a thrilling murder investigation that unearths a secret that could change the course of history. The film opens May 19th worldwide. The quest, which began April 17th requires skill, intellect, and perseverance. Over a span of 24 days ending May 11th, you will encounter unique challenges. These daily puzzles will pull you deeper into the world of The Da Vinci Code. Answer all 24 puzzles correctly for a chance to win untold riches. Only the worthy will prevail. Looks like an interesting game. Haven’t really given it a shot yet.
Worker Locks Would-Be Robber Inside Bank – A gunman who tried to rob a San Gabriel Valley bank Wednesday morning found himself locked alone inside the building by a quick-thinking employee, police said. … The robber asked if she could open the vault but she said it required a second worker who would be arriving in five or 10 minutes, Taylor said. … While waiting for the second employee to show up, the robber told her “to go outside and to look around and to act as though everything was normal,” Taylor said. Sigh… another idiot robber.
Teen Inmate Gets More Time for Pot Request – A judge changed a sentence from six months in prison to eight years after a teenager convicted in a drive-by shooting wrote a letter asking a friend to take over his marijuana dealings.
Drivers run dry to beat gas prices – Some California drivers are resorting to desperate measures to beat the surge in gas prices at the pump — deliberately running dry on the state’s freeways and simply waiting for rescue. … Lujan’s 20 trucks roam the busy freeways of Orange and Los Angeles counties as part of a publicly funded patrol that gives a free gallon of gas to drivers who have run out of fuel. It also offers other basic assistance to drivers whose vehicles have broken down. It seems like they only give them 1 gallon of fuel. Personally I see that as being stupid to both the city and the driver. How much time do you idle around just to get $3 worth of gasoline? The city then also has to pay for this service through tax payers money and the next time around, tax hike, so you lose out that way. If you’re trying to make a statement, instead of running dry, buy cars that get higher mileage, or even hybrids or electric cars. And of course, there’s always public transportation. This sounds much like the people telling others to boycott specific gas stations. The gas stations won’t lose out.
Gun X Sword – Turtle Race – hilarious clip I ripped from Gun X Sword Episode 15 to show to Decathanerd. Then I thought I might as well share it with you guys. Maybe now you’ll see where my AIM buddy icon comes from.
Online Etymology Dictionary – before I’ve always used Oxford English Dictionary to get my etymologies. Apparently this site is pretty good too! and of course FREE!
Azumanga Daioh – Final Fantasy X-2 parody (from 4chan)
Size matters in macho Mexico’s election – Among the crowing, slurs and insults being flung around in Mexico’s election race, campaign ads in this country are even competing over which candidate has the greatest manhood.
Fake paper detector (from /.) – You may remember the story of some cheeky MIT students who wrote a computer programme to generate scientific papers. Well, now some researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics have come up with an Inauthentic Paper Detector to foil it. I’ve been meaning to give the IPD – Inauthentic Paper Detector a try, but it seems to be down at the moment. It’ll be interesting to see what happens I submit my blog entries to it or my college papers. I wonder if it can detect bullshit… *whistles*
Man kills mother, grills part of body – A Japanese man has confessed to killing his mother, dismembering her body, and grilling part of it on an electric hot plate after she nagged him about getting a job, media reports said.
China bans tomb-sweepers’ “vulgar” burned offerings – China has banned its citizens from burning paper models of condoms, luxury villas and karaoke hostesses when paying respect at the graves of their ancestors. Many Chinese burn paper money as a sacrificial rite to honor deceased relatives, but economic development has brought more unusual tokens of gifts for the after-life. … Over the last two years officials have discovered people burning paper offerings of the potency drug Viagra, extra-marital mistresses and even “Supergirls” — dolls modeled on winning contestants of Chinese television’s hugely popular American Idol spin-off, Mongolian Cow Sour Milk Supergirl.
Police See Paranormal Activity in Pub – Officers arrived at the Low Valley Arms pub near Barnsley in South Yorkshire, 250 miles north of London, after being told the alarm had been set off, but instead of finding any signs of a robbery, they were faced with a shaken landlord convinced he had encountered a ghost with half a face missing in the ladies washroom. Though they saw no ghoul_ described as a woman in flowing white gown_ officers were shocked to find toilets flushing themselves, said Inspector John Bowler of South Yorkshire Police.