12th > November > 2011 Archive
Mozilla has released the first beta of Firefox 9, just days after the release of the eighth build of the popular open source browser.
Floyd Landis, the disgraced US cyclist who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for doping, was handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence for his part in a hack of an anti-doping lab computer. Arnie Baker, Landis's former trainer, also received a suspended 12-month term from the same French court in Nanterre, near Paris. The criminal hacking case stemmed from the use of a trojan to infect a computer at the Laboratoire National de Depistage du Dopage in 2006, a few weeks after the lab accused Landis of testing positive for testosterone during the Tour de France.
Round-upRound-up If you’ve recently migrated to Blu-ray, or are already a dyed-in-the-wool evangelist, you’ll doubtless have developed an uncontrollable compulsion to build a collection of 1080p platters. But what releases deserve your attention? To provide answers of a sort, I’ve compiled this invaluable (and not at all off-the-cuff) guide to the best Blu-ray discs of 2011. Gongs (shall we call them Reggies?) are distributed in faux BAFTA category style, if only because it allows chalk to be lauded next to cheese. Feel free to concur, debate or disparage in the comments section.
A Southampton man who got his wedding tackle wedged in a metal ring was freed from his todger vice in the traditional local fashion: by trained fire brigade operatives wielding a grinder.
OMFGOMFG In an attempt to defuse internet hysteria regarding the purported end of the world next year as the Mayan calendar long-count completes, NASA has stated that next year's solar maximum will see solar flares which are "a problem the same way hurricanes are a problem".