Category: Geek

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March 12, 1998: V-Chip Becomes Mandatory

1998 –  The FCC announced they have come to a finalization on the video programming rating system and have fulfilled all requirements for the proposed “V-Chip”. Along with NAB, NCTA and MPAA, the chip will follow the TV Parental Guidelines and each program will be rated as follows: TV-Y (All Children — This program is designed to be appropriate for all children.) Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this program are specifically designed for a very young audience, including children from ages 2-6. This program is not expected to frighten younger children. TV-Y7 (Directed to Older Children — This program...

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March 11, 2007: The Move of Daylight Savings Time

2007 – The Energy Policy Act of 2005 ammended Daylight savings time 3 weeks . The theory was to move clocks forward 1 hour 3 weeks earlier than usual and Fall back in the first week of November (instead of last week in October). From a previous study, it was concluded this change would save households 1% of energy each day of DST. The history of Daylight Savings Time dates back to Benjamin Franklin. He noticed people had their shutters closed to keep out the morning sun, then burned more candles in the evening. Through time he convinced others to change the...

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March 9, 2008: The Zuckerberg, Lacy Incident

2008 – SXSW Interactive keynote, Mark Zuckerberg was being interviewed by journalist Sarah Lacy. There was a lot of anticipation for the event, but things went south quickly (no pun intended). During the interview, Lacy starts talking about these books Zuckerberg writes into but never formally asked him about it. She gets a little befuddled because Mark was not picking up the ball. She verbally notes the stall, which Zuckerberg replies “You have to ask a question.”  That brought the audience into the conversation with a standing ovation. Trying to continue, Lacy finally made a question out of this story with Mark...

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March 7, 1996: Pluto Photos Released

1996 – Even though Pluto was first seen in 1930, we didn’t have the ability to take a decent picture of the furthest planet… er… dwarf planet… er… (dang you Neil deGrasse Tyson!!!). The Hubble telescope finally was powerful enough to take photos of Pluto’s surface. They spent over 6 days taking snapshots and learning all about this distant neighbor. Astronomers found that Pluto had a complex surface, just like Earth. Many basins and craters were discovered during that six day photo session. Wikazine – Full show notes for March 7 Richard Wittman Jr. admits breaking into NASA Sony announces release of Linux...

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March 6, 1986: First Computer Sting Operation

EDITOR NOTE: I received documentation that shows this event actually happened on March 5th. This will be corrected on Wikazine.com and changed for next year. 1986 –  Fremont, California police set up a BBS called “Phoenix Fortress” in order to do one thing – catch cyber criminals. Sgt. Dan Pasquale was the online contact with the handle “Revenger”. He continued to stay in contact with hundreds of of hackers and pirates in seven states through the BBS until they collected enough information to make an arrest. Stolen credit card numbers, long distance codes, selling weapons, hacking information and more were...

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March 1, 1990: The Raid of Steve Jackson Games

1990 – The secret service and Austin TX police raided Steve Jackson Games, along with the home of Loyd Blankenship, writer of GURPS Cyberpunk. Four computers, two laser printers and all of the companies’ hardware was seized. This was a part of a nationwide data piracy investigation. It was a very sketchy reason for why the roleplaying and gaming company got raided this hard. This also brought on a six month battle to get back their hardware, which they finally were able to retrieve all but one hard drive. Finally, on October 21, 1990, Steve Jackson Games got to look at...

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February 28, 1983: Goodbye MASH (and Feb 29th)

1983 – The last episode of M*A*S*H – Goodbye, Farewell and Amen aired to a record 125 million viewers (estimate). It became the most watched television episode in the US – where it stays today. Some even speculate this will never get bumped off due to Over the Top Television options like Hulu Plus and Netflix where people can choose to watch it later. Still, the number of viewers was almost half the US population in 1999. Feb 29, 2012 – The Raspberry Pi was released after 3 years of R&D. PeopleSoft reorganizes

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February 24, 1993: Ruby Programming Language

1993 – Yukihiro Matsumoto posts to a ruby-talk mailing list about building the language. His post stated the following: I was talking with my colleague about the possibility of an object-oriented scripting language. I knew Perl (Perl4, not Perl5), but I didn’t like it really, because it had the smell of a toy language (it still has). The object-oriented language seemed very promising. I knew Python then. But I didn’t like it, because I didn’t think it was a true object-oriented language — OO features appeared to be add-on to the language. As a language maniac and OO fan for 15 years,...

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