Peer to beer networking

30 November 2001

WinXP steals 20% of your bandwidth

ready to break your record again nico :) ?
Entertainment Tonight has learned that the Los Angeles Police Department searched the home of actor PAUL REUBENS, aka Pee-Wee Herman.
Pee-Wee's a pervert again.
iSee will generate path of least surveillance
During a presentation during the Black Hat conference last week, he demonstrated how a malformed message crashes a Nokia 6210 phone on its receipt. Once the message is received it is impossible to turn on an infected phone again.
PooP machine
Former Beatle George Harrison has died at the age of 58 after a long battle against cancer, the BBC reported Friday.


Lau , Pourquoi un appart à Ferney,
Evian à coté du golf c'est pas mal.
PS: Pour être à l'heure à l'ONU
Le «Charles-de-Gaulle» enfin utilisé
Les seize Super-Etendard embarqués sont des avions d'attaque au sol qui ont participé aux frappes durant la guerre du Kosovo. Avec 75 % de coups au but. ................... 3 sur 4 c'est pas si mal

29 November 2001

will It be finally revealed?
Patrons enjoy themselves at an annual festival that serves bull testicles as the main course.
"It is time that we overcame the antiquated societal taboos associated with the topic of human sexuality and began to explore it from a critical academic viewpoint."
I found my career path I think : "Fundamentals of Erotic Computation".
"The Erotic Computation Group seeks creative, hard-working, team-oriented, and sexually competent graduate students. Successful applicants possess varied skills in computer programming, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Special sexual abilities are also important assets."
Tempest for Eliza is a Program that uses your computer monitor to send out AM radio signals. You can then hear computer generated music in your radio.
Can someone test that ?

28 November 2001

Paul "Freck" Morgan insists it's not a hoax: On Jan. 5, 2002, live on the Internet, he'll cut off his feet with a guillotine. For $20, you can watch.
Dad s'appelle Miss Trick et donne des conseils Dr. Ruth style dans Max. T'es démasqué dad, avoue.
LOL, dictionaraoke. Check my heart will go on
The best intranets of 2001 emphasize iterative design and standardized navigation, and feature collaboration tools and content management systems. On average, companies saw intranet use increase by 98% following their winning usability redesigns.
The winners in alphabetic order:
Andersen: Business Radar 3.0
BC Hydro: HydroWeb
Cisco Systems: I-deal (tristream)
Fidelity Investments Canada
Interactive Applications Group: Community [apps]
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Pearson Technology Centre
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC): ISSAIC
silverorange
United States Department of Transportation: DOTnet

Fuck, I gotta use that shite after all.

26 November 2001

Spéciale vegetarian nico on memepool:
It appears that PETA's Commando Chicks have been given some reinforcements in the form of The Lettuce Ladies and The Broccoli Boys.
Inventions come in all shapes and sizes. Some are as simple as purple catsup. Others push the limits of quantum physics. The real measure of an invention is not just how well it works or how impressively it is engineered, but how it changes our lives.

25 November 2001

L'Uruguay est la dernière formation à avoir obtenu son billet pour le Mondial 2002. La «Céleste» est sortie victorieuse du barrage qui l'opposait à l'Australie, qu'elle a battue par 3 à 0.
Une équipe de PDs en moins au mondial. C'est bien.

24 November 2001

hola ;) here's another great example of human insanity at it's best

click start, click run, type:
telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

baam! the entire star wars movie in ascii, quite hilarious

23 November 2001

Alright kids I'm back after a long holiday from everybody and everything, except of course chics and music. Will be posting my bands demo to a site soon. Yeah, you'll probably think it sucks, but I don't care. Will keep you posted. No I didn't get Anthrax, no I wasn't on top of the WTC, I was in LA on the 11th which was really freaky.

Got Linux on an Ipaq. Anyone know if there is a way to cram a real player on the thing, I've been looking but not much time to do so.

tm

22 November 2001

A new gravity map of the Earth suggests that if you want to lose weight you should go to India, where the pull of gravity is slightly less than it is elsewhere on the planet.
Une spéciale Bollo:
sicksack.com, un site avec tous les sacs à gerbe de compagnies aériennes.
Rushing to shift perceptions of the United States in the Islamic world, Washington and Hollywood are now brainstorming about how the entertainment business might help convey a wider -- and more positive -- range of perceptions about America. And no demo is more crucial to the future of Islamic-Western relations than the 15-30 age group. That's where MTV comes in.
CERN, the famed Swiss high-energy particle physics lab, has a problem. It's about to start generating more data than any computer or network anywhere in the world is able to analyze.
With DataGRID, they're talking about a network that can do real-time processing of petabytes of data -- a barely imaginable amount of information. One petabyte is a quadrillion bytes ­-- equal to all the information that could be held on 125,000 PC hard drives
L'écurie de formule 1 d'Alain Prost est au bord de la faillite. Selon la TV privée LCI, le Français va déposer le bilan jeudi devant le tribunal de commerce des Yvelines. Prost Grand Prix aurait une dette de quelque 50 millions de francs suisses.
Remerciez moi de faire passer des news importantes comme ça.
Immédiatement après avoir franchi les douanes, les footballeurs australiens ont essuyé des insultes criées par les supporters qui ont laissé un d'entre eux frappé un joueur australien à l'épaule.
L'agression s'est soldée par une intervention de la sécurité de l'aéroport qui a séparé les footballeurs des Uruguayens et escorté chaque joueur jusqu'à une porte de sortie de l'aéroport.
Ils avaient cas pas péter la jambe de Dugarry ces petites frappes. Bien fait.

21 November 2001

MGS 2 is here.
Who is the tourist guy ?
Giga MacTERA MAC
Exa MacYotta Mac vy big Mac
lol...
Fucking great article: Criteria for optimal web design (designing for usability)
Users have grown accustom to looking in certain areas on a screen to find specific items

Analyzing users' expectations of where they expect specific web objects to be located

Figure 1. Location for internal web page links

Figure 3. Location for "back to home" link

Figure 4. Location for internal search engine

Figure 5. Location for advertisement banners

Figure 8. Location for the help button

20 November 2001

thermonuclear homemade...
vote for your favorite vaporware
Un site boursier pour agents de change au sang chaud
Une société australienne a récemment créé un site internet, qui délivre des informations boursières présentées par des strip-teaseuses.
Prison avec sursis pour la diffusion d'une photo par vengeance sur internet
Un Parisien de 39 ans a été condamné mardi par le Tribunal correctionnel de Paris à deux mois d'emprisonnement avec sursis pour avoir diffusé par vengeance sur internet la photo de son ancienne petite amie nue.
LONDRES - En Angleterre, quatre malfaiteurs qui venaient de détrousser un livreur de cuisine chinoise ont été trahis par leur butin. Ils ont en effet laissé derrière eux un filet de sauce curry, que la police n'a eu qu'à suivre pour les retrouver.
Selon la police des West Midlands, le groupe a attaqué le livreur à coups de sac de chips à la crevette, avant de lui voler la nourriture qu'il transportait.
A leur arrivée, les policiers ont remarqué qu'un filet de sauce au curry s'échappait de l'un des récipients. En le suivant à la trace, ils sont arrivés à un appartement voisin où ils ont arrêté trois hommes et une femme.
The Next Computer Interface
: The desktop metaphor was a brilliant innovation—30 years ago. Now it's an unmanageable mess, and the search is on for a better way to handle information
L’Europe méprisée, la Belgique insultée... et Sharon convoqué

19 November 2001

France is about to launch an electronic government initiative that will give every citizen a personal internet portal allowing them to pay taxes online, register a child for a state school, or be reminded that their regulatory car inspection is due in a month's time.
The move aims to streamline the country's notoriously bureaucratic civil service. The new system, titled mon.service-public.fr, is due to be launched on Thursday
Linux looks for a home in iPaq handheld
Cloning Bruce Lee? It may sound like a B-movie, but if a Korean film company has its way, it could happen.

16 November 2001

Testament par mail. Le truc qui marchera dès que les vieux auront compris comment ça marche un PC.
On the gaming front ... Return to Castle Wolfenstein has gone gold ;) will be at a haxor site near you soon

xbox: holly !@#$%, all i can say is Gotham Project and move over GT3 .. halo nice, mgs2 nice

This week came Empire Earth (nice looking AoE clone + improvements, nice but still boring), Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds (very shitey and backwards AoE clone), AND Battle Realms (best looking, playing, sounding RTS ever .. real nice)

Top 10 selling PC Games for week ending 11/3/2001
1. Civilization III [mwouaip, already wasted 100's hrs of my life with 1&2, no thanx .. too slow]
2. Civilization III Collectors Edition
3. Zoo Tycoon [fun for 2 days, gets too repetitive with no depth to justify it]
4. The Sims [f**k that]
5. Dark Age Of Camelot [Online RPG, looks like a Euro game and seems to be the total bomb, not released by the "scene" :( ]
6. Stronghold [RTS, pas mal, different touch]
7. Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge [f**k that]
8. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Pro [wtf is my wtc ?!? and collision detection ?!?]
9. Aliens vs. Predator 2 [better than most recent 1st persons and short, nice littech engine]
10. Asheron's Call: Dark Majesty
yo lau .. bring back the voices !!!!!! kes tu fous man :) hehe
(l'article que t'as poste sur le nombres de votes bush vs. gore est bollox btw, tous les journaux majeurs ont reporte exactement l'oppose)
iPOD: Coming to a Windows Near You.
The only strange aspect that it isn't Apple that's making this possible.

"Cross-platform computing specialist Mediafour is developing a software bridge to allow Windows users to download their digital music collections to Apple's highly rated MP3 player, iPod. Called XPod, the code will transfer MP3s, WAVs and AIFFs to iPod from any machine running Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP, Mediafour promises. All you need is a 1394 port, built-in or installed by way of a PCI add-in card."

15 November 2001

Je n'ai jamais dit que j'arrêterais ma carrière.
An Italian woman is due to give birth in a hospital in Rome this week to a baby girl - before returning three months later to have triplets.

14 November 2001

Putain quelle merde:
Chelsea skipper Marcel Desailly fears he may be forced to retire after suffering a recurrence of his achilles injury while playing for France against Australia on Sunday.
President Bush's international stature got a boost Tuesday when former South African President Nelson Mandela said he was "tremendously impressed" with the U.S. leader.
Adult Plush Toys

13 November 2001

"It's got to be a lot easier than it is today," Gates said, referring to the "laborious process" of fixing computer problems, along with fears of programs crashing and the difficulty of actually using advances, such as Microsoft's software, for Internet meetings.
"It has been too hard to set up," he complained.
A beautiful woman's face is like chocolate, cash or cocaine to a young man's brain, according to Harvard University researchers.
Gay, lesbian and straight couples fight about the same things, the results of a German study show. And it appears that stereotypical male and female reactions to arguments recur no matter what relationship they are in.[...]
``The most common problem was in bed, sexual problems. Then came personal habits or irritations, followed by jealousy, and then domestic arrangements such as who does the most housework and then arguments about careers or jobs,''
A vote-by-vote review of untallied ballots in the 2000 Florida presidential election commissioned by the nation's main media outlets shows Al Gore edged ahead of George W. Bush "under all the scenarios for counting all undervotes and overvotes statewide," the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

12 November 2001

Pong - not just a game
L'émission "Tout le monde en parle" part en vrille lors de l'interview de Karen Mulder... Info ou Intox ?
US Machinist Mate Brian McClain of Chesapeake, Virginia, practices his golf swing during a steel beach picnic on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is in the Arabian Sea participating in Operation Enduring Freedom in retaliation for the September 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington.
MS salesmen motivation:
"Learn about what they do with those systems, keep that inventory in your back pocket -- hell -- tattoo it on your butt if you have to"
How Microsoft invented open source, by Billg
The open source movement wouldn't exist without Microsoft, Bill Gates told his company's shareholder meeting earlier this week. Open source is also a follower, not an innovator, and destroys jobs, the economy and world peace (we made that last bit up).
At least that's clear now.
XtrmRace
nice

11 November 2001


The Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow is testing a scheme which lets women drop off their recalcitrant partners at a kind of boyfriend creche and borrow a fresh new shopping-friendly specimen for a few hours.
"On my first day at school I had to stick my tongue out for everyone."
German schoolgirl Annika Irmler has licked her way into the Guinness Book of Records with her whopping seven centimetre tongue

09 November 2001

Iron Chef USA. Hopefully we'll get the show soon in Europe.
Défoulant
Mettre une grande baffe à Spank-le-singe-gonflable au moyen de sa souris. Mais ce n'est pas tout : la vitesse de votre gifle est "scientifiquement" mesurée. Vous devrez atteindre 200 miles per hour (he, oui, c'est en anglais) pour accéder au nirvana. Indispensable en cas de stress au bureau.

08 November 2001

why do we need windows again?
"Tous mes clients se demandent quel va être l'impact du 11 septembre sur le consommateur. Pendant les années Clinton, les mots qui définissaient ses besoins étaient : confiance, sécurité, expression de soi. Depuis une dizaine de jours, ce serait plutôt : simplicité, notions d'essentiel, volonté d'être un individu dans un groupe."
Comme d'hab: impression de l'article qui suit, un café et 10min de pause.
An anguished John le Carré says we wasted our cold war victory and are now assisting our enemy

[...] we cannot prevent another suicide bomber being born each time a misdirected missile wipes out an innocent village, and nobody can tell us how to dodge this devil's cycle of despair, hatred and - yet again - revenge.

By the accepted rules of terrorist engagement, of course, the war is long lost. By us. What victory can we possibly achieve that matches the defeats we have already suffered, let alone the defeats that lie ahead?

[...] we embark on the very process that terrorists of their stamp so relish: as we hastily double up our police and intelligence forces and award them greater powers, as we put basic civil rights on hold and curtail press freedom, impose news blackpoints and secret censorship, spy on ourselves and, at our worst, violate mosques and hound luckless citizens in our streets because we are afraid of the colour of their skins.

Ten years ago I was making an idealistic bore of myself by telling anyone who would listen that, with the cold war behind us, we were missing a never-to-be repeated chance to transform the global community.

Blair speaks well because Bush speaks badly.
What a wonderful world:
If the first casualty of war is truth, the second casualty is newspaper space devoted to non-war news [...]
The practice has been highlighted by the leak of an email from Jo Moore, the special adviser to the transport secretary, Stephen Byers, suggesting the September 11 terrorist attack represented a good day to bury bad news.
Acoustic 'Frankenstein' Kitty
The "BMW NIGHTMARE"
This review compares Open-Source and commercial shopping cards suitable for smaller Web retailers and discusses Web development issues. Included is a separate E-Commerce Merchant Guide for retailers who need an affordable shopping cart with credit card payments that can be customized for their business.

07 November 2001

XFiles chez Ardisson: scandales, scandales...
A unique catalog of movie title screens
Web Mishap: Kids' Psychological Files Posted
Detailed psychological records containing the innermost secrets of at least 62 children and teenagers were accidentally posted on the University of Montana Web site last week in one of the most glaring violations of privacy over the Internet.
Dutch Police 'Bombard' Stolen Cell Phones With SMS
The Amsterdam police have been using short messaging system (SMS) missives to block the use of stolen cell phones, and while the campaign has been successful, mobile providers are concerned about the cost and bandwidth strain of the campaign.
Schumi trop bon avec le son !
X-Forge 3D Game Engine
The X-Forge 3D Game Engine provides a complete suite of tools and technologies that allows game developers to quickly bring existing or new games to multiple mobile devices.

The screenshots above are taken from Fathammer's technology demos and are real-time rendered 3D graphics, which run smoothly on eg. Compaq iPAQ PDA. Click on the thumbnails for full-size versions.
From the New York times --- No Comments:

En 1996, le général Colin Powell a révélé le fond de sa pensée en confiant au journaliste Barrie Dunsmore : si les Etats-Unis avaient été en train de perdre une bataille et que les médias en avaient parlé au risque d’informer l’ennemi, “je vous aurais tous fait jeter en prison... [et] le peuple américain vous aurait dépecés”.

Un gouvernement qui demande aux journaux de s’autocensurer. Des télévisions qui depuis longtemps ont réduit leur budget de l’information à la portion congrue. Les médias américains n’ont pas les coudées franches pour faire leur travail.

Merci le courrier....
LOL...

High School Student Suspended for Dressing as Vagina for Halloween
The 17-year-old high school student from Ann Arbor, Mich., won first place at an after-school costume party at Community High School. He came dressed as a vagina. With all due respect to witches, ghosts and goblins, school administrators found Silbereis' vagina costume just a little too scary, even for Halloween. School officials suspended him Wednesday for the rest of the week.
Le démocrate Mark Green a reconnu tôt mercredi la victoire du républicain Michael Bloomberg dans l'élection municipale à New York.

06 November 2001

Speaking of nazis and police:
On 2 November, following its consideration on 19 October of Switzerland's second periodic report on its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Committee said it was " ... deeply concerned by reported instances of police brutality towards persons being apprehended and detainees, noting that such persons are frequently aliens". It expressed further concern that "... many cantons do not have independent mechanisms for investigation of complaints regarding violence and other forms of misconduct by the police" and emphasized that "The possibility of resort to court action cannot serve as a substitute for such mechanisms".
Amusing how the NY major gets praises for his actions (Oprah Winfrey called him "America's Mayor" and President Jacques Chirac of France dubbed him "Maire-heros," the French equivalent of "Rudy the Rock). Everybody forgot his nazi police order.
The "teaser trailer" for Episode II

05 November 2001

Men may be in danger of extinction because of sperm banks, fertility treatment and human cloning. [...]
Professor Seigfried Meryn says men already have higher rates for all major causes of death, shorter life expectancy and women can now do their jobs just as well.
Am I Going Down? Calculez vos chances de crash la prochaine fois que vous prendrez l'avion.
Social Debugging 101
A German university wants to teach computer students to stop acting like geeks. With all the coding and debugging, coke and pizza, and peers who speak the same language, who needs to socialize with the outer world? But now Munich University promises to make its budding geeks proficient in "much-needed" subjects including how to dress properly and how to make small talk. Turns out there's more to know about etiquette than the proper behavior in newsgroups. University spokesman Dieter Heinrichsen also teaches table manners: which glasses and forks to use during which course. But come on, setting up tables is so '90s. Instead of an exam, students will sit a three-course lunch to show off their new skills. To give the exam a suitable atmosphere, it won't be held in the university building but at a nearby hotel. One can only hope these clever geeks won't use their newly acquired conversational skills to hold forth on such things as Linux, Flash or the sluggishness of WinXP.

Copied from Wired, do you think this should be introduced elsewhere? (am NOT referring AT ALL at epfl computer science)
Le projet "Planet’2000" (©M-SAT), la Terre entière à 30 mètres près.

La suite ici, vraiment très fort ces frenchs (allez voir les videos
c'est étonnant)
Real War is the first major RTS game featuring modern military war fighting.
Real War is the commercial version of the official military Joint Forces game being used to train the US armed forces.
Build your own bases and deploy over 50 different units.
Fight over 3 richly detailed terrain.
3D hardware acceleration support for all vehicles.
Multiplayer Support.

En plus c'est trop drôle on a uniquement le choix entre les méchants (c-à-d les terroristes) et les gentils (G.I)
On est tous un peu des prix nobels finalement.

(more info here)

04 November 2001

Candy for Todd. You still here ?
Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago.
"An official told me that my name had been flagged in the computer," a shaken Oden said. "I was targeted because the
Green Party USA opposes the bombing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan."

03 November 2001

Another voice to listen to. The guy has always been the enemy of islamic extremism, and has a good view of the situation, being between both worlds.

Salman Rushdie: Yes, this is about Islam

Of course this is "about Islam." The question is, what exactly does that mean? [...]

This paranoid Islam, which blames outsiders, "infidels," for all the ills of Muslim societies, and whose proposed remedy is the closing of those societies to the rival project of modernity, is presently the fastest growing version of Islam in the world.[...]

Twenty years ago, when I was writing a novel about power struggles in a fictionalized Pakistan, it was already de rigueur in the Muslim world to blame all its troubles on the West and, in particular, the United States. [...]

Then as now, some of these criticisms were well-founded; no room here to rehearse the geopolitics of the cold war and America's frequently damaging foreign policy "tilts," [...] or America's role in the installation and deposition of sundry unsavory leaders and regimes. But I wanted then to ask a question that is no less important now: Suppose we say that the ills of our societies are not primarily America's fault, that we are to blame for our own failings? [...]

An Iraqi writer quotes an earlier Iraqi satirist: "The disease that is in us, is from us." A British Muslim writes, "Islam has become its own enemy." A Lebanese friend, returning from Beirut, tells me that in the aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, public criticism of Islamism has become much more outspoken. Many commentators have spoken of the need for a Reformation in the Muslim world. [...]

If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream.
Celebrities without makeup

02 November 2001

The nation's unemployment rate soared to 5.4 percent in October, the biggest one-month jump in more than 21 years, providing the most dramatic evidence yet that economic fallout from the terror attacks probably pushed the country into recession. Over 400,000 jobs were eliminated during the month.
Chronique militaire: La guerre des lions et des rats

“Certains disent que nous devrions interrompre les frappes pour laisser passer davantage de convois de ravitaillement. Mais une pause dans les bombardements ne ferait que prolonger les souffrances du peuple afghan.” Donc, les lions continueront de mourir, les rats de courir, et les bombes de tomber.
If Western journalists mused on the purported drunkenness of the driver and how the paparazzi distracted him, their Arabic-speaking counterparts overwhelmingly agreed that "There is no doubt about the presence of a conspiracy behind the death of Diana." Very many Arabic-language publications promoted elaborate and ever-more fanciful theories about the event. What to the world was a tragic automobile accident, to the Arabic press was a plot. Even official bodies joined in this seeming consensus: Libya's National Commission for Human Rights declared that "Only children believe that it was an accident."

01 November 2001

The Work Nickname Generator
Me: towel boy
You: bitch, killer, captain, Fancy Pants
moi aussi je veux être payé à faire n'importe quoi:
Le peintre flamand Rubens était un fin clinicien. Ce constat a été fait par des spécialistes belges qui se sont penchés sur l'une des oeuvres les plus célèbre du peintre, «Les Trois Grâces». Ce tableau illustre parfaitement des déformations de la colonne vertébrale, comme la scoliose et les pieds plats, souligne leur étude, parue dans la revue internationale «Annals of The Rheumatic Diseases».
Les trois femmes présentent des signes caractéristiques, évocateurs d'un syndrome d'hypermobilité bénigne familiale héréditaire, relève le docteur Jan Dequeker, rhumatologue de l'université de Louvain en Belgique.
Le ranking des universités suisses. Le site est vraiment pourri (sous un design pas mal, cauchemar à naviguer)
Lau:
following our discussion last week, some food.

Here you'll find the orginal story(ies) (I know already posted on the blog few months ago) of the crazy linux freak, guru of open source.
"Pendant le saut, je me suis dit, je sais qu'il y a quelque chose d'important que j'oublie, je suis censée faire quelque chose à 1800 mètres. Mais je n'arrivais pas à me rappeler !"
Ah les gonzesses...
Watched this freaking show yesterday. tha real thing. Maybe every wednesday
Webarchive, coole concept, hard to make it work. Post in the comments sites you may find please.
The iPod Has An Easter Egg
"Live, from Florida State University, it's Writing a Novel in Real Time.
At least, that's what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler is trying to do with his Inside Creative Writing program that launches Tuesday.
Butler, who teaches at the university, will begin with a simple concept for a story when he starts writing at 9 p.m. (EST).
"My project ... involves the sharing of a fully elaborated, moment-to-moment act of personal intimacy formerly found only behind the veil of private life, the act of creating a piece of literary fiction," Butler said."
Reminds of another Wired article (in the paper version) where the author was basically saying that as we will loose control on the content itself, artists will have to turn to other "business models". He was citing the reselling of the full creation process as an example of a potential way to make money online (with people subscribing).
Shields UP! quickly checks the SECURITY of
YOUR computer's connection to the Internet.
Sex and the Cell Phone-Deprived
Living without a mobile phone can cause sexual problems and a blow to confidence, Italian researchers said.
Codacons, a consumer association in Italy, took away the mobile phones of 300 volunteers for 15 days and studied their reactions.
About 70 percent of the volunteers said they "could not live without the device," while a quarter of them said the lack of the device was a blow to their confidence and led to sexual problems with partners. As many as 48 of the 300 volunteers in Ischia, Italy, said they refused sex during the study.
Some of the other side effects reported included loss of appetite and depression. Only 30 percent of the volunteers said they felt no effect from having their mobile phones taken away.