Yahoo user chat rooms closed…

Couple of times I’ll go into the yahoo chats and see what is up. Recently the user created chat rooms have been down. This action was probably because of a report on a TV station about chat rooms geared to pedophilia. I feel it is good for them to pay more attention in this area. They let things go for way too long. I remember noticing those chat rooms many years ago when my nieces were looking to chat on the internet. I’m glad the sponsors finally pulled the plug but they should have checked where their ads were in the first place.

The only sad thing about this is other non sexual chat rooms were shut down also. It’s been over a week now and haven’t seen any changed yet. Hope they will bring the chat rooms back. Was a good place to chat with others instead of going through IRC. IRC has been around for years, ever since the internet was born. It’s a good chat interface but not a lot of every day folks find it. When the MSN chat rooms closed a couple of years ago, everyone went to the yahoo rooms. They are perfect because it’s on the Yahoo messenger. Easy to access. That was the problem because it allowed children easy access and the predators came as well. Yahoo should just have a couple people checking rooms all the time. People who create bad rooms can get banned. It’s easy. I use to help out on a family oriented board and had to be always aware of who is who. I’m sure Yahoo can hire some people to check the room names at least.

A Science blog

I love everything about science! I used to watch the wizards world and the science guy on tv. I followed some of the experiements and had a fun time doing them. Here’s a webpage about science and experiments one can do themselves. This guy also has his own blog where he talks about some interesting stuff too. I always think trying something out really teaches more than just reading about it. Good place for students who are having problems with science. Found some fascinating stuff on this site and will try some when I have some time. I’ve really gotten to the point where there isn’t a subject that someone hasn’t blogged about.

A dalek stolen!

Like I have mentioned before, I am a big fan of Dr. Who. While I was wandering the news sites, I found this article about a stolen dalek! Find it really funny the quote:

A spokesman said: “There may be a black market out there for Daleks – but it’s still a strange thing to steal.”

Now someone has sent back the plunger with a ransom note. They want to talk to the Doctor. Here’s the article about the ransom note. The other funny thing is that a previous actor who played the doctor has been in contact and might be sending a note back to the dalek kidnappers.

Disposable emails?

Lot of places on the internet want you to sign up with an email address. There are far too many places that use the email address as a way to spam! You’ll find all the details in their TOS so that’s how they get away with it. I do understand why an email adress is important because it gives the perception that there is an actual human being signing up. But I actually got fed up getting so much spam so I started to look for other ways of dealing with this problem. There are places on the internet called disposable emails.

One such place is called Spambob.com. I used them a while ago signing up to a newspaper from another state. I just recently found Spamgourmet.com and find them very useful. You can have email addresses that you can just forget about it after using it once or you can keep it as your email for spam. It’s a great idea and wanted to share it with everyone. Another site is KasMail.com and Spamex.com which actually has a browser install also.

Of course you can always use the regular free email services on the internet like yahoo.com, gmail.google.com, and hotmail.com. But the disposable email are a lot easier to use for signing up to something you just want to use for a day or so.

Dinosaur fossil bones give interesting finds!

I found an article which was very interesting to me. It was about a fossil with tissue in a dinosaur bones. They found out the sex of the dinosaur which was female and was pregnant. They also have more evidence that dinosaurs have connections with living day birds. I am really interested in finding out more about this and see what this finding can tell us about life and death.

I also found another blogger, by Tdavid, mentioning a find from a 40,000 year old cave bear.

Ok, well, not quite Jurassic Park yet, but impressively scientists have made progress in connecting the DNA sequence of a cave bear that died 40,000 years ago.

This does make me think about Jurassic Park type of experiment. Guess we will have to wait and see what the future will give. On one hand I’d love to know more about the past animals but on the other side these animals were instinct for a reason.