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Hack Attack: The self-sustaining iPod - Lifehacker
"oh, this is cute"I swear, she did this for every customer. Well, every customer but me; I gave her three words "Hi" "No" and "Credit". Do you not understand that this is my lunch break? I'm standing in line at 12:30 on a weekday and I look pissed off. There's your hint. Take it and run. Before I find something to bludgeon you with.
"only 5 dollars? that is a good deal"
"do you want this in another bag?"
"let me see if there is another on in back"
Flying windmills could provide limitless power - Engadget
It is time for lunch and a break. I sit and survey my kingdom; I have gradually conquered it with my deliberate paces. I listen. There is nothing. There are few places and times on earth where this happens; normally there is some disruption of perfect silence. Here there are no highways, no waves, no insects, no birds, and right now there is no wind. I revel in its glory, high above all things. All invention, all wealth, all mankind cannot replicate its serenity or beauty.
It is shattered. A delicate crystalline figure falls from my hands, smashing to the marble floor. Silence is slaughtered by the vociferous chatter of my comrades. Their mindless voices pain me as I struggle to hold the pieces of my cherished prize. It is gone though, the wind begins again and I relinquish hope of solitude. I shiver as a cool razor slices into me, tears at my flesh. I am no longer hot, and will soon be cold since I no longer have exertion to keep warm. I pull out my jacket and throw it on as I sit. I also take my lunch out and unwrap the sandwich. It has a single slice of bread topped with salami and cheese. The bread is coarse and thick in my hand, while my fingers wick up grease from the meat when they skim its surface. I take a bite and the flavor of the cheese dominates my palate. Full and genuine the taste runs through my mind without finding an exact match. It is similar to other cheeses, but richer and fresher. I can almost see the Russian cow that it came from alive in front of me. The bread does not have a strong enough taste to compete, but its texture mixes as I chew and becomes smoother with every grind. The meat comes through as the cheese fades; it is a tasty salami and savory too. The sandwich taste melds and lingers before fading. My moment has expired; it is time to move on. I eagerly rise and gear-up, fresh from my brief reprieve. My rest has strengthened my spirits and renewed my resolve. This is only half a mountain and I will soon see the satisfaction of the summit for myself.
Andy Y., who currently enjoys Project Runway [coincidentally the "Recommend It!" last newsletter] with his two girls, 8 & 10, and hockey with the San Jose Sharks.So does that mean his two daughters are models on Project Runway, or that the San Jose Sharks come over and watch hockey with him?
Defense Tech: These Cameras Don't Forget a Face
American Civil Liberties Union : Feature on Face-Recognition Technology
The Suit's batteries should only last a couple days, so make sure you fire up your ham radio to try and decipher the hidden message it broadcasts. Before long it'll degrade into a terminal orbit and taste a fiery death. At first I was thinking they'd put it into a stable orbit, which kind reminded me of Pirates of the Carribean. You know that scene where the pirate skeletons are hanging by nooses outside the town? Kinda like a warning to any aliens that might think about stopping by for some pillaging. "This is what we do to... astronauts."
if I leave a CD on the front seat of my car with the doors unlocked? Did I break the law?
Digital Music News: Insider Blogs
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Tracking the Threat
Oracle of Bacon
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12 things you can get over RSS besides news - download squad
Holy crap. You know that 2 hour 4 episode block of Arrested Development that Fox is going to air on Feb 10? Guess what its up against. Um... The 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies. I'm excited and fearful. For me, there's no question what I'm going to watch. I'd stay inside if it was raining 3 dollar cupcakes to see the last of Arrested Development. But I've recently come to grips with the fact that I have no idea what the rest of the country is thinking. Would they seriously plunk down and watch the Ceremonies for 4 hours? And even if they do get curious during a commercial, will watching the last episode make any sense; will they appreciate it this late in the game? Oh goodness. Alright, I'm going to go buy another copy of season 2 cause my disc 2 is missing. Hey, extra DVD sales can't hurt, right?
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1. Why did you make it look like a character from final fantasy?
2. I don't need my robots to delegate, that's what I'm here for. Delegation leads to the following scenario.
me: I want a beer.See? Now I've just paid god knows how much for a lazier version of myself. Which is lazy. Robots should do what I say when I say, not look to pass the buck. Imagine you're making a chicken patty and the microwave whispers "Couldn't the toaster oven do this for me?"
robot: Get me one while you're at it.
For example I was on a few planes this past week and whenever the seatbelt sign went out at the gate, out came the treos the black berries and all those other phones with too many buttons that I don't keep track of. They're all so silly. We finally figure out how to make a small enough phone and now they're having to make them bugger to fit a keyboard on, or a usable screen. Its like someone though about else a phone could do (email, web browsing) and automatically went with the standard interface for those tasks, even though they are incongruous with the first concept. We wanted a smaller phone, not a laptop folks. Why don't you hire some guys to think about how else to make this happen. Voice typing? Virtual keyboards? Projected, hollographic or rolling displays? Something new. Please?
Anyway, try out the demo of the passicon thing is you have time, not a must see, but interesting.
Rutgers Media Relations - Graphical Passwords Enhance Computer Security Thanks to Rutgers-Camden Research
Read the article carefully: Fox is giving Arrested Development a Special Two Hour Viking Funeral, where they'll shoot their load of the last four episodes and roll off in search of better programming; which they won't find. Thanks for keeping Arrested from getting warn-out like that Seinfeld show. I hate Fox.
CNN.com - Bye-bye 'Malcolm,' 'That '70s Show' - Jan 18, 2006
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Don't mess with wendy's, you'll go to jail for 9 years.
The bots, according to the Ministry, will be able to perform such household tasks as cleaning, monitoring homes, reading to children, and ordering pizza via the InternetI do know of one person however that will need this, if only for its internet pizza ordering skills.
Korea to introduce household bots to watch the kids, clean and order pizza - Engadget
You just can't go around killing people.
What do you mean why? 'Cause you can't.
Because you just can't, OK? Trust me on this.
BBC NEWS | Americas | Elderly US killer is put to death
Photos: Dead Body Guy--dying to be a corpse | CNET News.com
The World's Fastest Electric Car - Forbes.com
100-downloads.com | Top-100 essential downloads of free software freeware for Windows XP
Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Porsche Cayman S, Part 2 - Jalopnik
Detroit spammer faces slammer | The Register
B Advanced Sound System for Audi includes pop-up speakers for the dash - Engadget
"Hott but slow."
Ok, I don't know my Ferraris well enough to know what kind this is. If anyone does, I'm open to support. We're breaking ground every day here at Daily Placebo, and as proof this is the first ever video Hott Spot submitted. Check it out. I'm not sure what the director was trying to convey with the camera work but I'm pretty sure there is a red car of some sort in there. I don't think this is worth any extra credit. But nice try.
Labels: hott spot
Apple's new ad isn't so subtle, and Intel isn't too pleased - Engadget
Rule # 1: If you want a Subway sandwich you have to go to the Subway store. It is seriously not cool to send one person from your office with a scrap of paper with ten or eleven sandwich requests scribbled on it. One body, one sandwich. Got it?
Also has anyone seen the subclub death notices? I had no idea counterfitting free sandwiches was such a problem.
Notes from the Technology Underground: The Nuclear Potato Cannon
New version of iTunes tells Apple your listening habits - Download Squad
we make money not art: Spy-diver killer
No resources, no skill, no talent, no ability, no brains...Awww man, I suggested this idea to Goowy yesterday...
No, no…time! It’s all this meaningless time. Laundry, grocery, shopping, coming in here talking to you. Do you have any idea how much time I waste in this apartment?
I can ball park it.
My email to Goowy:
Alright how about this one: A widget that tracks packages. You'd enter in your package ID and specify the shipping service. The widget would then periodically access the carrier and map the package location on a google maps type interface. Multiple packages could be mapped in different colors, with lines depicting the paths they've taken. The map extent could automatically zoom as the packages get closer to their destination.
Of course the web implementation isn't perfect, it'd be better integrated into a mail client that would automatically recognize tracking numbers and links. Plus I wouldn't worry about providing some random website with my package info.
Oh, also check out this page. Excellent resource.
Download of the Day: Win2VNC - Lifehacker
pressure from Russian authorities to allow "overworked cosmonauts a chance to restore their strength".
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go restore my strength.
It took a while, but being politically correct is out! We’re all turning back into Archie Bunkers; if you’re out of practice you may want to review the 1978 edition of the tasteless epithets handbook. Meanwhile, the remaining politically correct people are barricading themselves in Harvard Square, like the survivors in "Dawn of the Dead."
Supporting the troops is in as ever. But supporting the actual war is out. Supporting President Bush is so far out, it’s in. There’s something about those plummeting approval ratings that make you just want to give him a hug. He’s like a dog with one of those lampshades on his head.
But even though lamenting about the state of the film industry is in, nobody seems to be doing anything about it, i.e. lowering prices, getting rid of those commercials before the movie, beating people who talk during the film with batons, etc. Oh, and making better movies would be nice. Better movies are out.
Nope, Arrested development wasn't on. House was. I didn't watch it. A quick check of the fox website shows no air dates for Arrested Development. So Fox, you've only got Simpsons and Family Guy to show me now? Alright if that's how you want to play it, I'll watch those two shows. Only those two shows. And I'm going to fast forward through the commercials. Then I'm going to put them on my computer so I don't have to watch your network for the reruns. How do you like that?
There are four unaired episodes remaining in the third season; according to Variety, Fox's airdates for them are "To Be Announced". The last new episode aired on January 2, 2006, and Fox has scheduled re-runs of House in what had been Arrested's time slot. In the United Kingdom, BBC Two, which picked up the series in September 2004, has finished airing the second season.
(I'm so glad I ordered those wikipedia shirts)
Drag and Drop Upload - Today's Browser Tip - Download Squad
I wanted to leave it at that, but I spose that wouldn't really make sense if you didn't already know what I was talking about. So I went to the new 'CakeLove' at 'disney world' (no not the real "Disney World") over the weekend. It was loud in there. Loud, bad music. Loud patrons. Loud employees. It was hot too. Not the good hot. And not the hot you'd expect in a bakery, like from ovens. Bad hot; and they weren't trying to fix it. Ok, so we've got loud and hot, which makes it unbearable to wait around for someone to reach in to the
refrigerated case and pull out a cupcake. It must have taken 10 minutes. And there were like 12 people behind the counter all busying themselves with not looking at me. COME ON. Alright so I've stood there for 10 minutes I'm hot and annoyed. They get my cold cupcake out of the fridge, charge me 3 bucks for the privilege and advise me not to eat it until I've waited 15 minutes for the icing to warm up. What? I just waited around in a bakery so that I could get a 3 dollar cupcake that isn't even fresh? Why don't you leave some out of the fridge for immediate consumption; cause I find it hard to believe that everyone who goes in there is dropping 50-80 bucks for cupcakes to take somewhere else. So anyway, its winter. You guys all know that, right? Generally not all that warm, and while Sunday wasn't freezing, it was certainly colder than that case they were keeping the cupcakes in. So where the hell am I supposed to let this cupcake warm up? In the standing room only of you increasingly obnoxious bakery? I think not. I went into a sandwich place and took my time eating in an acceptable environment and then decided to go after what I have to expect will be the best cupcake ever conceived. Meh. It was ok. They used too much butter in the frosting. You could tell it'd been refrigerated (not just cause the frosting was still mostly congealed) from the texture of the cake, which I'd say would be okay had it been fresh. It was like a badly executed angel cake. The texture hinted that way at first, but then it was not as soft and forgiving midway through the bite. As you chew its consistency is vaguely biscuit-like(not fresh biscuit mind you, refrigerated biscuit) but granted, a bit sweeter. Overall an experience I'd be willing to pay about 75 cents for. After tax. Note to self: never again. which I believe were the first words out of my mouth as I left the bakery. If you can call it that.
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Missing Netflix? The mailman did it! - Cinematical
Yeah, I watched another Modern Marvels lastnight. I know you're all tired of hearing about it. Tough. So you know about the Strategic Petrolium Reserve(SPR), and you know that there are four sites. You know that Bush tapped it after Katrina (as well he should have, that's why we have it). Do you know how it works? They pump oil into underground cavivities formed by salt mining. I guess I never really thought about it, and I'm not saying that its a bad idea. Just kinda crazy. Also fusion is much more of a reality than I thought it was. Lets get all up on that.
Logo Wear : Wikipedia Merchandise : CafePress.com
Microsoft releases .NET version of Python - Download Squad
Alright, this isn't a flying 'w' or the crest on megaman's helmet. Its a sled. It actually seems pretty sturdy too; you know, for being made from paper. Tell you what, I'm going to remember this one in case I ever find myself in an episode of McGyver trying to escape from the alpine giant origami paper factory.
Oh, and yesterday's sucked. It was a "magazine box". One that could obviously hold no magazines.
Download of the Day: yakalike - Lifehacker
Disable shimgvw.dllWMF exploits prevention
Verisign iDefense reports the following workaround that requires the disabling of the dynamic link library (DLL) shimgvw.dll, which handles the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer Library. Disabling this DLL may inhibit thumbnails and faxes from rendering properly.
1. Choose Run from the Start menu
2. Type regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll
3. Click OK when the change appears
4. Reboot (recommended)
To re-enable this DLL once Microsoft issues a patch for the WMF flaw, change step 2 to read regsvr32 shimgvw.dll instead.
Today's folding is a horse head. A horse head? What? How is this something I want to learn how to fold? I mean, sure maybe if tomorrow I lean a horse body, but I have no general use for a horse head in my day to day transactions. I hope these get nicer soon; and in the mean time don't cross me. You might wake up with a horse head in your bed.
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