To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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Here is how Netflix really works, and why it is a great deal: after signing up for an account, you go to their web site and build a list of any number of DVD's that they have available to rent. That same day, they will mail you the first 4 in separate envelopes, and each envelope turns into a return mailer by tearing off the front panel addressed to you to expose a second panel addressed to them with postage prepaid. So you can watch one DVD and immediately drop it in the mail. The next day watch another one and drop it in the mail, or hold them as long as you want before sending them back. When Nexflix gets a DVD back from you, that same day they will mail you the next available one from your list. If this isn't fast enough for you, you can go to their web site and tell them that you mailed one back and they will believe you and immediately send the next one.
They have a very large selection of DVD's available and they seem to have most of them in stock. The price again is $19.95 per month no matter how many you rent, so it's a great deal for jr. skulkers who will watch more than maybe 8 per month (Blockbuster is around $5 for 2 DVD's for 5 days).
In last Friday's issue, WebSkulker gave several alternatives for sharing MP3 files in the belief that Napster would be shut down that night by a court order. Later that afternoon, the court of appeals stayed the judge's order so that Napster can continue to operate until the court of appeals has time to consider the appeal, which is expected to be in September. At that point the original injunction might come back and Napster will be shut down then, or the court might allow Napster to keep operating until a possible trial next year.
In the 6/15/00 issue, WebSkulker mentioned http://www.netradio.com as a site that lets you listen to 120 channels of music in various genres. SoundsBig.com has a similar service with more than 100 originally programmed channels in 19 genres. SoundsBig has their own player technology based on Java so that pretty much any computer and browser should be able to play their streams without needing to download anything else. You can choose from three qualities based on your bandwidth, and even the slowest one sounds very good.
Jr. Skulker Busbar suggests that all of you read this article about a new version of the 56kb modem standard that will allow for "an increase of more than 40% in the maximum data rate towards the network to a new maximum of 48 kbit/s on the best connections; significantly quicker start-up times on recognized connections, and the ability to put the modem ‘on-hold’ when the network indicates that an incoming call is waiting."
Jr. Skulker Randy Solton likes the Ad Subtract program which comes in one free and two paid versions, depending on features. The best one "blocks ads, cookies, pop-up windows, animations, music, and more. Includes: Advanced Cookie Management - highlights dangerous online profiling cookies."
Jr. Skulker James Lopez recommends Proxomitron, which is free and much more comprehensive that AdSubtract, but seems more difficult to configure and use because it allows you to write your own filters that interact with elements of web sites you are viewing. It does too much to even summarize the features; see the second link for details.
Jr. Skulker Stever18 told us about this page with links to many other tools for online privacy.
Have you jr. skulkers ever seen the kits sold in science stores that let you make a battery out of a potato or other vegetable? The first site above is a hoax where someone claimed he built a web server that was powered by a potato battery, but again this one was admittedly a hoax.
Frederick White (who is not a jr. skulker) read about that hoax, did some experiments, and was able to accomplish what the hoax claimed: a web server that really is powered by a five-potato battery. The second link above talks about this with pictures and graphs. The third link lets you view a page served by the potato-powered machine.
Speaking of science experiments, Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie suggested the first link: "The concept behind this site is so simple, it's easy to underestimate how fascinated and horrified you'll become once you start delving into it. One day, Mahlon Smith went to the market and purchased three packages of meat. Then he placed them on a plate in his neighbor's yard and returned each day for 19 days to record nature's progress with a digital camera. All in the name of science, of course. And while the photos might make your stomach turn, the clever commentary is bound to make you laugh. Warning: If you're a hot dog lover, perhaps it's best if you skipped this site."
second link is a sequel to Rotting Meat called "Stinky Feet"
where the author's goal was to infect himself with athlete's foot and
photograph the result over a period of time. It's too gross for
WebSkulker to attempt a description. The third link is haiku
poems about the project.
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