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Evolution of Stoplights

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ABC News has a story that says the stoplight has a surprisingly erratic history and has evolved into forms so complex that some engineers describe it as a "hanging PC". Most signals today can detect traffic flow through sensors under the roads and then adjust their timing accordingly. And many can automatically change to green at the flash of a strobe light from an oncoming fire truck. Cutting-edge and future models can even double as surveillance instruments.

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Shorter hours in software industry...

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CNET News.com and ZDNet report that many employees are working less punishing hours. Production workers in software publishing--most are computer specialists--worked an average of 36.4 hours a week last year, down from 41.4 hours in 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Ant's Top 6 Picks for Funny Viral Videos & Ads of the Day (2/22/2005)

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Viral Videos & Ads posted a few new videos (TV commercials/spots/advertisements) today.

  • #1 -- Food poisioning for football players.
  • #2 -- Target practices with bad eyes.
  • #3 -- In a zoo, elephants + Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail) = ?
  • #4 -- Using rocks to hide stuff.
  • #5 -- Widescreen makes these couples tired.
  • #6 -- Someone is not happy with his hotdog order.
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Unreal Tournament 2004 Patch 3355 Released!

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Blue's News and Shacknews report that Unreal Tournament 2004 Patch 3355 is out. You can get the Windows patch from those two sites, and Linux and MacOS X patches from Icculus. The patches fixed minor stuff.

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Chicken Feathers in PCs?

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Wired News, from FiringSquad, report that researchers are turning to an unlikely source to develop environmentally friendly computer components: chicken feathers. Richard Wool, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, wants to recycle discarded chicken feathers and use them to manufacture circuit boards, replacing petroleum-based components with keratin-based composites. Computer circuit boards are only one of the many applications researchers envision for this material... Thanks to the country's appetite for chicken, there are a plenty of feathers available. They are generally seen as a nuisance, researchers say, so it makes sense to reuse the 5 billion pounds of chicken feathers generated in the United States each year. Currently, the feathers are rendered into low-grade animal feed for cattle, called feather meal.

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What Will Man Do First?

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A how-to guide to defeat the DRM on a Senseo coffee maker.

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I thought this was amusing and strange to see coffee-makers having DRM. Why? Sheesh. Boing Boing posted instructions on how to circumvent and defeat the DRM on Senseo coffee makers to use other pads.

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Postal Experiments: What happens if you...

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User Friendly posted a link to a Web page of some fellows, who did wonder and carried out actual experiments in mailing through the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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"Happy Birthday Screw You" -- A history and copyright of the song...

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Dmusic has an article about the history and copyright about Happy Birthday song: "Like with many things relating to copyright, the story of how Time-Warner's music-publishing division came to own 'Happy Birthday to You' is long, convoluted, and absurd. It's also a telling narrative about folk music -- how it evolved from a living, breathing part of culture to little more than one musical genre among many, a mere section of a record store."

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Dr. Fun's Cartoon: Gatorade vs. Goaterade

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Dr. Fun shows an example that you have to be careful when asking for Gatorade drink.

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A video of a pissed PC gamer in a LAN party.

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Compfused.com shows a 43 seconds amusing video clip (WMV) showing a pissed Quake 3 Arena player in a local area network (LAN) party.

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U.S. makes first arrest for spim.

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CNET News.com reports that an American teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages (spim).

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Calvin & Hobbes Cartoon: "Calvin, I'm late for work!"

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KaT (remove AQFL to e-mail) mentioned a funny old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip from 1994.

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Anti-Muni Bills Country Wide

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Broadband Reports says that 14 and possibly more states that have or will pass(ed) bills banning community-run broadband. Free Pass shows a map breakdown of the states. Tallahassee.com takes a look at a newly proposed bill in Florida, backed by Sprint, BellSouth, Verizon, and Comcast, designed to bog down the muni-development process.

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FoxTrot with World of Warcraft and EverQuest

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Foxtrot has a funny comic strip related to World of Warcraft, EverQuest, and many addicting massive multiplayer role playing games (MMORPGs).

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203 consecutive hours (and still going) of playing hockey!

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Firing Squad posted an ESPN story about a group of 40 Canadian players, who took to the ice on Feb. 11, shattered the Guinness Book of Records for the longest ever match by playing 203 consecutive hours of hockey and vowed to keep skating into Monday.

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Red vs. Blue's Winter 2005 PSA (Funny Video): Cold and Flu Season Tips

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This funny Red vs. Blue's Public Service Announcement (PSA) video (3 minutes and 50 seconds) is about cold and flu season tips. It's pretty f

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PuTTY beta v0.57 Released

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PuTTY beta v0.57 is now out. The new version fixes two security holes which can allow a malicious SFTP server to execute code of its choice on a PSCP or PSFTP client connecting to it.

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Chapstick vs. Glue Stick

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Dilbert posted a funny comic strip showing one difference between a chapstick and a glue stick.

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If the Gods had instant messaging (IM)...

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If the Gods had instant messaging, then they would do this. Yikes!