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.
Viral Videos & Ads posted a few new videos (TV commercials/spots/advertisements) today.
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.
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."
CNET News.com reports that an American teenager has become the first person to be arrested on suspicion of sending unsolicited instant messages (spim).
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.
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
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.
If the Gods had instant messaging, then they would do this. Yikes!