Could SIP Save Skype?

The answer, in my article over at, is resoundingly NO. But there’s more to it than that. My argument in this piece was largely an economic one, not as much a dissertation on the independent merits of the protocols in play.  I do think that the issues around SIP remain relevant as they result […]

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Albanians swipe Bush’s wristwatch

Okay, maybe you didn’t hear it here first, but El Reg reported yesterday that someone among a crowd of “well-wishers” in Albania stole George Bush’s wristwatch as he glad-handed the throngs. Apparently embarrassed Secret Service agents can now bid for the watch on eBay. I’m just happy to be able to gloat. Watch the video […]

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Waiting For Spielberg.. MFMERHANT.html September 21, 2003 Waiting For Spielberg By MATTHEW ROSE Unlike most urban legends, the one about the Iranian exile stuck at the Paris airport for 15 years is true. Surrounded by a mountain of his possessions near the Paris Bye Bye lounge at Terminal 1 in Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Merhan Karimi […]

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Patriotic Profiteers..

I’m now getting spam from morons selling US DoD Death Cards on EBay… joy! -Ian. —– US firm cashes in on ‘Comical Ali’ In the latest attempt to cash in on the war, a US toy company has produced dolls based on Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq’s now-famous former information minister. Mr al-Sahhaf gained notoriety […]

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Nine Coolest Albums of 2002… the_nine_coolest_albums_of_2002.shtml The Nine Coolest Albums of 2002 Brad Barrish, 18 December 2002 If there’s one thing I know about music it’s that you can never be too ahead of everyone else. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to say you knew about something before your friends and all the magazines did. It may […]

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Enron (Actually Worth Reading)..,11337,825401,00.html Bad company Its testosterone-fuelled traders were fixtures in Houston’s strip clubs. One division of the company spent $2m a year on flowers alone. And its executives used the firm’s corporate jets as taxis. In the first extract from his remarkable new book on the rise and fall of Enron, Robert Bryce describes the heady […]

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