To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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Aimster is a yet another Napster sort of program that lets you share MP3 files, etc., with other people currently online. Aimster is getting a lot of press lately because of its cute name and its tie-in to AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM) program, although Aimster is not in any way associated with AOL or the programmers of AIM. When you first install Aimster, it checks to make sure that you have a current copy of AIM installed and then makes some kind of change to AIM's settings to let the two programs work together.
When you run Aimster and tell it to perform a search for MP3's or whatever, you specify with a check box whether you want to search only the files being shared by your AIM buddies who are online, or whether you want to search the universe. If you check "buddies", then Aimster looks in your AIM buddy list to see who is online, then checks to see if any of these people are running Aimster. If they are, it will communicate your search terms to the copy of Aimster on their machine and tell you the results. If you check "universe", then Aimster passes on your search to the Scour system at http://www.scour.com to see if any online Scour users have the files.
If you think about it, Aimster is kind of a waste of time because you could download the Scour client directly from the scour.com website instead. The only thing Aimster adds is the ability to limit your search only to the files of your AIM buddies, and in most cases that doesn't seem too useful. If you are a big AIM users and want to share files only with your fellow jr. skulkers, then you might like Aimster.
On a similar topic, Jr. Skulker Matt Miszewski runs the Napster Freedom Website. "This is a site dedicated to the free exchange of all ideas regarding Napster, its legality, digital freedom and the future of digital music. We welcome everyone to the discussion and whether you want to just have fun or get some stuff done, enjoy the site."
Jr. Skulker Uncle Brucie suggested the first link for information about how to fight back against telemarketers who intrude while you are busy skulking. The site talks about the laws regulating telemarketers and how you can use these to your advantage, tricks you can play to torment telemarketers who bother you, sound files of pranks being played on telemarketers, and much more.
The second link above is a catalog page showing two gadgets that connect to your phone line and can help block these unwanted calls. The first plugs in between a telephone instrument and the line. It watches for the phone to ring and get answered. It then immediately plays the same three tones that you often hear before the recording when you call a disconnected number. Read the web page about why this can prevent the most common type of telemarketing call. The second gadget plugs in to a phone line and has a single button on it. When you answer a call and it turns out to be a telemarketer, just press the button and hang up your phone. The gadget holds the phone line for a few seconds as it plays a recording telling the telemarketer that you don't accept this type of call and please don't call again, then it hangs up the line.
You may have seen news reports last week about a team of computer scientists at Brandeis University who wrote a program that would simulate a robot performing a simple real-world task. The program would automatically try out different designs for the simulated robot and come up with the optimum design for the task. There is nothing new about this so far; lots of things are simulated and computer-optimized nowadays. But this program went one step farther and gave detailed specifications to a "3D Printer" to build the parts for the machine it had designed. Human intervention was still required to assemble the parts and supply power, but this is one step closer to the science fiction scenario where robots design and build robots better than themselves.
The first link above describes this robotic project. The second link is to a description and a download area for a screen saver that designs robots like this. Download and install this as your screen saver, and then whenever your PC is inactive, it will participate in a network of other computers to design new robots.
WebSkulker wasn't so interested in the robots as he was in the concept of a "3D printer". What in the heck is that? Here is an article about one such device that plugs into a PC and is cheap enough to consider purchasing for home hobby use. It can manufacture small parts from 3D drawings that you make yourself on the PC. The two links after that are to manufacturers of this type of device:
Get more information and watch more movies here:
This is a 9-minute streaming media film that is a satire on George Lucas and how he got the idea for the StarWars movies. "Young George Lucas has writer's block. If he doesn't finish his screenplay in three days, he won't graduate from USC Film School. What he doesn't realize is that his story is all around him. His stoner roommate obsessed with 'the force,' his evil neighbor with Vader-esque asthma, and his diminutive professor with a habit of talking backwards all fail to spark his script. Then he meets a beauty with hair buns, and everything changes. Not rated, suitable for all ages."
Aircraft Owner's Tool Kit
HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.
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