Month: July 2006

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BELFAST. Uproar in Northern Ireland as Republican activists rampage across the web, leaving a trail of spam, badly-spelt blog comments and a faint whiff of cheap perfume. 'A bunch of dirty, sleeveen bogtrotter bastards' says shady balaclava-wearing thug. Escalation Competition for domain names has always been intense, leading to frequent battles between organisations looking to eke out a presence on the net. But now, in a case which could result in a landmark ruling by a baseball-bat wielding heavy in an illegal kangaroo-court, web commentators fear that a recent spate of domain hijacking could lead to a dangerous escalation of violence in Northern Ireland boardrooms and branding agencies. The original difficulty arises from the use of the name ira.com, which was registered several years ago by an un-named company trading from the Cayman Islands. The domain name was never used and when the license expired after two years another buyer...

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Are you chronically dull? Do you require constant attention? Do you find yourself seeking endless validation on discussion forums? If so, then you need 'The Interested Bear'! Brought to you by special blather correspondent, Moon. Yes, the all-new Interested Bear will appear to show interest in any and every thing you say, no matter how boring it is, or how many times you've said it before. The Interested Bear has been pre-programmed with a repertoire of meaningless cliches designed to show he is paying attention, however scant, to whatever it is you're saying. Cute cues, such as "Is that so?" "How odd" and "Really?!", aid you to keep rambling on ad nauseam without being interrupted by the unwelcome opinion or discourse of another person. Best of all, the Interested Bear's eyes have been glued wide open, and his head set in a permanent "nodding" position. Never again, readers dear, will...