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Mobile Box Office makes your phone a movie ticket

Remember when you had to actually talk to a person to buy a movie ticket? Boy, was that annoying. Then they started letting you buy tickets from kiosks with your credit cards, and later you could buy them on the Internet. It’s getting more and more convenient, but you still need a PC or a kiosk, and that, frankly, isn’t going to fly. Luckily, Mobile Box Office has heard our frustrated cries and sent us an answer: movie tickets via cell phone. You merely point your Web-enabled phone to mbo.com and purchase your tickets, and then you’ll get a barcode delivered to you that will act as your ticket. You just open up your phone, have the popcorn pusher scan it, and you’re in your seats. Currently the service just works for Emagine Entertainment theatre, of which there are two in Missouri, but you have to assume MBO has bigger plans for the future. Now all it needs to do is make a droid that sells overpriced Sour Patch Kids and our movie-going experience will be perfect. — Adam Frucci

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Big holes in net’s heart revealed

The research prompted the FBI to make its site more secure

Simple attacks could let malicious hackers take over more than one-third of the net’s sites, reveals research.

The finding was uncovered by researchers who analysed how the net’s addressing system works.

They also found that if the simple attacks were combined with so-called denial-of-service attacks, 85% of the net becomes vulnerable to take-over.

The researchers recommended big changes to the net’s addressing system to tackle the vulnerability at its heart.


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Apple wants Blu-ray discs to include iPod content


According to anonymous film industry insiders Apple has been asking studios to include iPod video content on Blu-ray discs.

Though movies on Blu-ray discs are expected to start shipping next month and a large screen iPod is still probably months away, Apple wants to make sure that when their next-generation iPod is released it will have a sufficient library of playable content already available for customers to watch.

And Apple could be in a strong position to make their wish a reality. Already in the Blu-ray camp are Sony, who Apple have been working with closely of late with regard to its HD cameras; and Disney, who have been close partners of Steve Jobs’ Pixar.

No details are available of the resolution of the video content Apple wants included but it is likely they will at first match that of the current high-end iPods. With 50GBs of space available on Blu-ray discs there should be no problem at all including full-length movies for iPods.

With video rental chain Blockbuster expected to stock Blu-ray discs from the summer Apple could dominate the portable video market that hitherto has seen companies such as Microsoft and Archos struggle to achieve significant success.

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Mobile carriers decency guidelines are indecently strict

An article in today’s
Wall Street Journal (registration req’d) outlines the rules major wireless carriers are implementing to manage mobile content.

It’s ridiculous.

Verizon not only regulates how much bare skin it considers inoffensive in video, it bans "any derogatory references to Verizon Wireless itself." Honestly. Does Verizon not have confidence in its own business? Is it so concerned that someone bad-talking the company would have a detrimental effect on the business? I’m more concerned with the insecurity of not being able to take criticism than with the criticism itself.

If the article is correct, I’ve already violated the guidelines several times with my text and video messages. Whoopsiedoodle. Good thing those are for personal use only.

Cingular bans violent and sexual content and words like "condom" and "lesbian."

Sprint has yet to develop/publish its content guidelines for commercial providers. In the past, I’ve read that Sprint has said "hey we just provide a platform, we don’t want to get involved in content," while Verizon creates its own content as well as meddles in third-party content.

Will Sprint become known as the carrier to use if you want to read content that might include scary words? Or if you want to watch MTV videos on your cell phone? Or will it decide that becoming the porn fan’s carrier of choice is not a direction it wants to grow?

I suppose I shouldn’t condemn. I pay for a service and if I don’t like its rules I can always change services (for a contract-breaking fee, sigh). I also can’t imagine a circumstance in which I would pay for video on my phone, so perhaps I’m missing something when I recoil at the guidelines.

(And just how much bare skin is allowed for Verizon content providers? Do they express it in absolute pixels, or in a percentage of the body, or a percentage of the screen?)

But I feel strongly that the carriers would do better to create a carrier-approved "kids" service, and maybe a "limited" content service for adults who don’t want to spend time or effort filtering their own media. And then continue to provide a platform for a wide-open "might be explicit" service, and let us buy the content we want.

~PS, VerizonSUCKS big time… WORST COMPANY EVER! After MCI that is, but since they are gone, Verizon now wins!!!! Don’t ever do anything with them. EVER… I will not even go into the hell i’ve gone thru with Verizon. When i was running my last companies IT department, the only true regret i ever had was the inability to switch to another local provider. I mean, everytime something went wrong, it took me having to track down there corporate officers in oder to have anything fixed. And it sure did get broken often.

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What happened to summer??? It’s so cold out tonight?
Any who, one my my friends sent me this link: http://www.zefrank.com/theshow – this dude has a really funny (and really truthful – factual) daily video blog. Check it out if you get a chance. Totally worth it…
If you check out Dlisted.com (http://dlisted.blogspot.com) – you will have noticed that the "The CAPTION THIS Contest!" picture submission was actually submitted by your truly "ME", hehe… so funny. But here is the direct link any ways: http://dlisted.blogspot.com/2006/04/caption-this-contest.html
And YES, my real name is Lohan, but that is my first name, not last.
Good night.

Nintendo Revolution Named ‘Wii’

Nintendo has given an official name to its upcoming next-generation game console formerly known by the code-name Revolution: Wii. Pronounced "we," the name was chosen because it emphasized the console is for everybody, Nintendo said in the announcement Thursday.

 ~oh god!!! Tell me it ain’t so!