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Adobe’s Platinum Status

Adobe Headquarters

"Electricity consumption has been reduced by 35 percent; irrigation water use has decreased by 75 percent."

No, Abode hasn’t sold a million copies of Photoshop [actually, they probably have, but that’s not the point]. It has, however, finished work on its headquarters in San Jose, Cali., and received the USGBC‘s LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] Platinum rating. Not only is this the highest status currently awarded by LEED standards, but the Adobe headquarters is the first commercial building to receive the rating.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…our government funds a green building initiative? I had a hard time believing it myself, but its true! Of course, it was established during the Clinton/Gore years, so no props to the oil hungry Bush administrtion on this one.

Article from ArchRecord


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Posted: July 24th, 2006
at 9:51am by orangemenace

Categories: computers,green,business

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Throw Away Your Red Boxes

The Gizmo Project is "keepin’ it phree" by offering free VOIP to landline calls to over 60 different countries.AA Remember that free Skype promo? (oh wait… is that still going on? yes…)AA Well the Gizmo project is about to take a McGruff-sized bite out of their market share with their free service, also offering a skype-in equivalent for about three bucks a month.AA Can’t really beat that.AA How they’re going to make money is basically anybody’s guess but I’ll tell you one thing: they’re keepin’ it so "phr33" that the site is blocked on my job’s proxy server for some reason.

You many now carry on with your civilian life.
Via: Engadget

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Posted: July 20th, 2006
at 10:47am by black octagons

Categories: computers

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OLPC Makes Cranking a Laptop Affordable

The divide between rich and poor is constantly growing, especially with the advent of the digital age. Think about it, what would you do without your computer? Where would you cop your gear at, son? The mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptopa€"the "$100 Laptop"a€"a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world’s children.AA One Laptop Per Ninja.AAIt’s got pretty heavy tech blog coverage, but we here at myninjaplease are all about education of the little ninjas, so peep it out and donate.


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Posted: July 19th, 2006
at 12:01pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers

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Hong Kong government using kids in the War on Piracy!

The government of Hong Kong has enlisted the help of an army of young snitches to help them sniff out pirated software, music and video on the internet.AA 200,000 children from 11 youth organizations, among them the Boy Scouts, will be actively searching the ‘net for illegal distributors of digital content.

From the article:

"Tam Yiu-keung, the Hong Kong Excise and Customs Department’s senior superintendent of customs for intellectual property investigations, said the program should not raise any concerns about privacy or the role of children in law enforcement. The youths will be visiting Internet discussion sites that are open to all, so the government program is no different than asking young people to tell the police if they see a crime while walking down the street, he said."

original article in The New York Times

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Posted: July 19th, 2006
at 3:07am by Black Ock

Categories: myninjaplease,computers,life,crime,web

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Jon Stewart on The Net Neutrality Act

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart CLOWNS Senator Ted Stevens, the head of the Senate Commerce Committee that regulates ecommerce… Definitely check it out. I’m constantly amazed by how clueless our Senate is in general.

link to video on YouTube

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Posted: July 18th, 2006
at 1:40pm by Black Ock

Categories: youtube,computers,life,web

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Music Lens

"MusicLens. Super cool free app to help you find new music via a whole heap of sliders to input mood, loudness, tempo etc. Lovely interface, interesting results. Definitely worth a bookmark. [Via Metafilter]

With MusicLens, music lovers can expand their own personal music repertoire with songs that they perhaps did not know about before, or with songs they could not previously describe in order to search for them."

Read the article at Red Ferret.

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Posted: July 15th, 2006
at 11:31pm by black octagons

Categories: computers

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F**K a mouse and keyboard, control it with your mind, son!

A 25-year-old paralyzed man has been able to move a cursor across the screen, open his e-mail and control a robot using only his mind… OK, well he has a new type of brain sensor, called the BrainGate sensor, implanted in his head, but it’s still pretty good. Just imagine what it’ll be like a few years from now!


"The scientists implanted a tiny silicon chip with 100 electrodes into an area of the brain responsible for movement. The activity of the cells was recorded and sent to a computer which translated the commands and enabled the patient to move and control the external device."

Full article on Reuters

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Posted: July 14th, 2006
at 3:47pm by Black Ock

Categories: computers,life

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Intel Core 2 Duo Trounces AMDs Current Chips in Breakdance Battle!

The new Intel chips walloped the AMD competitors in 35 out of the 37 tests run by esteemed tech site Tom’s Hardware! That’s a considerable roundhouse to AMD’s shining reputation. Not only are the Core 2s superior performance-wise, but they use considerably less energy than the Athlons and almost 30% less than the earlier Pentiums. It will be, by far, the best x86 processor on the market when it hits the public on July 27th.

AMD has plans for retaliation though, in the form of what is only known as the "4X4," a processor with 4 independent cores.

Check out the epic battle on Tom’s Hardware.

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Posted: July 14th, 2006
at 10:26am by Black Ock

Categories: computers

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