Rebus bottle caps

Someone was showing me a Lone Star bottle cap last night with an absolutely inscrutable little rebus puzzle in it. I got curious today if anyone had cataloged these tiny brain teasers, and thinking it unlikely, Googled it. Sure enough – every single one photographed and organized by series. Internet, you’re amazing.

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Paying per Gigabyte

On the heels of good news for internet users, Boing Boing reports that Time Warner cable is metering internet in test markets:

Time Warner’s plans to meter its cable internet are taking shape. The short of it: $1 for every gigabyte over the plan’s standard allowance, which will be 5 GB for a $30 plan and 40GB for a $60 plan. This compares to Comcast, which has secret limits somewhere north of 250GB, and Bend Cable, which has a 100GB cap.

Of those two plans, only the latter is of any use to anyone who does more than check email and IM: 5GB is what you get with cellphone data plans right now. Even 40GB is crummy: compare to Comcast, derided by geeks for its secret caps, with its 250GB-ish allowance. If you used that much bandwidth in one of Time Warner’s test markets, you’d be getting a $270 internet bill.

No thanks.

It’s about time, Starbucks

Finally, Starbucks Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi:

Here’s how the new Starbucks “free Wi-Fi” plan works: Customers purchase a Starbucks Card, which is like a gift card to yourself, with a minimum of $5 on the card. Then you go online to register the card for the rewards program. The rewards program grants you up to two hours of consecutive access every day. The $5 on the card can be used to buy coffee, snacks or other goods from Starbucks.

The only catch:

The catch for this service is that the rewards card has to be used at least once per month with a Starbucks purchase to keep the rewards active. AT&T will send you four solicitation e-mails per year.

It’s not a bad catch for such ubiquitous wi-fi. Really, in some over-caffeinated cities this could mean an uninterrupted wi-fi signal for miles. If you’ve got a rewards card, sign up here.

Watch out, Safari users!

Apple Safari vulnerable to multiple attacks:

Safari users may be subject to crashes or interactions with an attacker’s malicious site, according to a warning posted on Tuesday on BugTraq .Researcher Juan Pablo Lopez Yacubian is credited with finding multiple vulnerabilities in Apple Safari 3.1.1 for Windows. Other versions of Safari may also be affected.

Journey Finds New Lead Singer on YouTube

Just a city boy; born and raised in south Manila. How crazy would it be to be covering Journey songs in Hard Rock Cafes, and then getting a call from the band to be their new lead singer:

Neal called Arnel, Arnel called bullshit followed by promptly losing his shit when Schon confirmed it all via email: Arnel had received a formal invitation to be the new lead singer of Journey.

And he’s actually really good: