It’s been a minute since I’ve had enough free time to do one of these, but guess what!? It’s a news roundup from your old pal Mr. Rizzn. That’s right. Today I actually have enough free time to devote to a little R&R. What is R&R for Rizzn? Posting on his blog. On the upside, I am doing this from a wireless laptop from the beach outside my house here in Florida, so I’m not a total recluse.

For those of you keeping track at home, I’ve had 0 drinks on this trip, and I’m headed back in the morning. Smokehouse wins the vacation drink-a-thon.

Resident’s 18 TV’s might have caused high-rise fire
This story makes me rethink my idea for the video wall I had planned for my livingroom. I just like the retro look of oldschool pawnshop TV’s stacked on one another. Incidentally, this story takes place a few miles from my house here in Florida.

Picture this: you’re kicked back watching several of your 18 televisions while propping your feet up on one and holding the door open with two others — and then your room catches on fire. Strangely enough, something very similar may have happened; the precise cause of the fire that lit up Florida’s Hotel Versailles — forcing the Red Cross to relocate 150 residents — is still being investigated, but there’s no way having that many TV’s plugged into a small army of power strips can be safe. When firefighters arrived, even they commented on the difficultly of extinguishing flames while wading through over a dozen CRT sets. So the next time you think about rigging up an insane multi-monitor setup, keep your protective gear
close at hand.

[via engadget]

Recording VoIP
Does this story mean that I am violating the law everytime I record my conversations with my insane landlord?

There are a ton of reasons a company might want to record its own VoIP calls, starting with Sarbox compliance and running through points like customer service, security and even CALEA. Witness Systems says its running on a third of Cisco’s Unified Contact Center systems, and AudioCodes’s SmartWorks IPX collects voice packets and reports D-channel information. But be careful about running afoul of privacy laws, which differ from state to state.

[via vonmag]

Skype Hacked
My thought on this is that now Skype is owned by eBay instead of Skype, their attitude on hacked pieces of software is likely to be a lot less liberal than when hacked versions of Kazaa got certained unnamed CEOs millions in startup capital.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see how eBay handles this. They’ve got a bad reputation in some circles in how they handle the PayPal end of things, but every company that handles money in a bank-like fashion tends to irk people quite easily. This will be the first software product I’m aware of they’ll be having to deal with a problem like this with. Their responses will be telling.

There’s a report that an unnamed Chinese company has developed software that can place calls over Skype’s proprietary network. The software doesn’t use Skype’s Supernode peer-to-peer feature, which routes calls over computers and networks to relay calls–a feature that alarms system admins and has caused many businesses to ban Skype. On one hand, being able to bypass Supernode would be attractive to business customers. On the other hand, too many customers bypassing Supernode would degrade Skype’s throughput.

[via vnunet]

YIM/MSCHAT Interoperability
Old news, yes I know. But movement on the story indicates it’s actually going to happen.

Limited public testing that enables users of Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to connect to each other through either service. Users can register to sign up in a limited public beta at Yahoo or Microsoft. The process had een expected to be available in the second quarter of this year. Once they gain access to the beta, users can exchange instant messages across the two services, as well as see their friends’ online presence, view personal status messages, share emoticons, view offline messages and add new contacts between the services … Microsoft declined to comment directly on whether it would soon have a similar deal to make Windows Live Messenger interoperate with AOL’s consumer IM client, but said that the company “anticipates more of these relationships in the future.”

[via computerworld]

The End is Near
Certainly this is a sign of the apocalypse?

Bill Tancer over at his HitWise blog has data that claims MySpace Moves Into #1 Position for all Internet Sites. This is incredibly important, MySpace.com is more popular that Yahoo Mail, and MySpace’s growth of visits has surpassed Google towards the end of May of this year. But as Bill points out, what is most revealing is that the “top search terms driving traffic to all Internet sites” is MySpace and MySpace.com with 1.28%, compared with last years top search term being eBay at .31%. See all the details at HitWise.

[via searchenginewatch]