Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 6, 2009

Web-monitoring software gathers data on kid chats – Parents who install a leading brand of software to monitor their kids’ online activities may be unwittingly allowing the developer to gather marketing data from children as young as 7 – and to sell that information.

9 upgrades to turn your PC into a monster – Top of the range kit no gamer should be without.

Cop cops plea for e-mailing nude pics to woman he arrested – A small-town Kansas cop e-mailed naked pictures of himself to a woman he pulled over for drunk driving, offering a sexual relationship in exchange for helping her avoid the charges. A local problem became a federal case after investigators found that his e-mail servers were located in other states.

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25 Great Pirate Bay Alternatives – The end of the Pirate Bay is nearing. Even if the deal with GGF doesn’t go through the current owners are likely to sell to one of the other interested parties. For many BitTorrent fans this means that they have to find an alternative. Luckily there are plenty of good ones out there.

7 Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing – In response to the recent sentences against illegal downloaders for millions of dollars, here are seven crimes that will cost you less than downloading songs off BitTorrent.

A World Without Apple – Imagine an alternate universe in which Earth gets sucked into a wormhole in 1976 and emerges from it a split second later, only without Steve Jobs. What would the world look like in 2009? Sascha Segan got a firsthand glimpse of just such a world during a recent visit to South Korea. Turns out Apple’s Reality Distortion Field doesn’t extend to Seoul, and Sascha had some interesting observations on the hardware and technical innovations that the Koreans use in lieu of iPhones and MacBooks.

Off Topic:

People Of Walmart, Some Of You Should Look In The Mirror Before You Walk Out The Door – In most cities across America, Walmart has replaced Main Street as the place people go to do their shopping and mingle with each other. But what is it about Walmart that brings out the—how do I say this delicately?—fashion-challenged freaks.

Human Brain Could Be Replicated In 10 Years, Researcher Predicts – A model that replicates the functions of the human brain is feasible in 10 years according to neuroscientist Professor Henry Markram of the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland.

New Rule Prevents Teachers from Getting Drunk on Weekends – More than 10,000 have signed a petition calling for the scrapping of rules which require them to uphold ‘public trust’ in their profession outside school.

Surprising Ways to Increase Happiness – Sure, friends, family & chocolate can all help. But here are some things you might not be aware of.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Advanced SystemCare Free 3.3.4 – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

Orbit Downloader 2.8.16 – Downloading videos, Flash games, and large batches of files is greatly simplified with this freeware download manager.

Download Accelerator Plus 9.3.0.3 – This download manager brings much more to the table than fast file transfers, but it definitely delivers those, too. Increased download speeds are Download Accelerator Plus’s bread and butter, speeding up downloads by almost 200 percent in most cases and occasionally as high as 400 percent.

1-Click YouTube To MP3 Converter 1.7.0.7 – This is the easiest YouTube batch downloader and Converter. You simply drag or paste YouTube URL to the text field. The software will download and convert the videos to MP3, wav, m4a or wmv files instantly You don’t have to use any other download manager, 1-Click YouTube To MP3 Converter uses its own fast download function. You can download videos as fast as you can imagine.

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