Mantenna - Thursday, August 13

August 13, 2009

Heidi Montag's (almost) naked Playboy pics hit the web, guitar virtuoso Les Paul passes away, and why Hayden Panettiere hates the paparazzi...the Mantenna is part of any balanced diet!

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Heidi Montag’s Playboy Photos Hit the Web

Last week Heidi Montag and her douche-of-a-husband Spencer Pratt proudly showed off her Playboy cover and urged everyone to buy it. Now the magazine is on newsstands and her pictorial has hit the web, prepared to be underwhelmed and bitterly disappointed. As rumored the photos contain absolutely no nudity, just Heidi in some bikinis or holding her fake breasts. Still, it's worth taking a look so you have something to complain about. [Hollywood Tuna]

Hayden Panettiere Hates the Paparazzi

Hayden Panettiere is paid huge amounts of money to be in films and on television, yet she complains about being famous. She blames her fans and the paparazzi for the demise of her relationship with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia. She says, ““It’s very, very difficult and people have no idea what they do to peoples’ relationships. They destroy them. The paparazzi and the public. The public wants to read about your personal life, and the paparazzi give it to them by nosing into your personal life and saying things that are just not true and horrible.” Boo-hoo-hoo! Hayden, why don’t you cry me a river. [Perez Hilton]

Avatar Preview Day

This Monday at 12 noon the Avatar movie website is going to start letting their tickets for IMAX theaters go, and believe you me, the people will come in droves. Sixteen minutes of the movie are going to be screened and everyone and their sister is going to try and get tickets for this. At this point only a select lucky few got to see twenty-five minutes of Avatar footage at Comic-Con this summer, but now 20th Century Fox is going to give other people a chance. So prepare yourself for lots and lots of competition: this thing’s been in the making for over four years and people are anxious to finally see some of it. [Collider]

Don’t Expect the Halo Movie Anytime Soon

Not surprisingly the recent rumors of Steven Spielberg bringing a potential Halo movie back to life after Peter Jackson’s attempts to develop it fell through are…bogus. Microsoft just really doesn’t give enough of a crap to make this happen, which is to say, Microsoft should be given credit for having a lot of wisdom. When was the last time a game-to-movie adaptation wowed audiences? There are so many examples of this not working out, and almost zero of the other way around. Microsoft has said that they’re focusing on Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach. Hmm. A software company focusing on software, not movies. Imagine that. [The Movie Blog]

UMass Cheeleading Gets Pretty Naughty

When it comes to scantily-clad, fun-loving cheerleaders, nothing tops the hard-hitting investigative work done by our pals over at Uncoached. Okay, so it's not really hard-hitting or investigative, but that's not going to stop you from looking at these semi-scandalous UMass cheerleader pictures, is it?  Good. [Uncoached]

Guitar Legend, Designer, and Music Innovator, Les Paul, Dead at 94


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One of the finest pickers on the American music scene, Paul was often cited as a major influence on other guitarists, including Chet Atkins, who called him "one of my idols." But for many other music fans, it was Paul's innovations that will ensure his legacy. They include pioneering early electric guitar designs as well as new ways to create multiple tracks and echo effects for recordings, which he used in his recordings with Ford and which were later were broadly adopted by other musicians. [Rolling Stone]

Electronic Voting Machines Proven to be Totally Untrustworthy, Easily Hacked

Princeton University researchers have devised a new hack that allows someone with no special access to take complete control of a Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machine -- an example of which the team purchased legally at a government auction. The machine does not allow modifications to its memory, but the team was able to use a technique called "return-oriented programming" to modify how the machine executes existing code, taking the bits they want and, ultimately, devising a way to re-program its behavior by simply inserting a cartridge into a slot on the machine. The hack only works until the machine is powered off, but the attack even foils that, intercepting the switch signal and making the system only appear to power down. Remember kids, every vote counts! [PHYSORG]

Yahoo! Resumes Charging Users to Email

Yahoo! Research have started a private beta of a scheme that resurrects the idea of charging people to send email to cut spam. Centmail users pay $0.01 for each message they send, with the money going to a charity of their choice. The hope is that the feel good effect of donating to charity will reduce the perceived cost of paying for mail and encourage mass adoption, making it possible for mail filters to build in recognition of Centmail stamps. Uhh, good luck with that, guys. [New Scientist]

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Wednesday, August 12

Tuesday, August 11

Monday, July 10

Friday, August 7

Thursday, August 6

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