Broadband Reports mentions a CNET News.com story on the United States/U.S.'s growing debate over municipal broadband. Across the country, acrimonious conflicts have erupted as local governments attempt to create publicly funded broadband services with faster connections and cheaper rates for all citizens, narrowing the so-called digital divide. The Bells and cable companies, for their part, argue that government intervention in their business is not justified and say they are far better equipped to operate complex and far-flung data networks.
BBC News mentions Pep Torres, a Spanish designer, who came up with what could be the perfect solution for the woman who feels frustrated that she has to do all the house chores. It is a washing machine called "Your Turn", which will not let the same person use it twice in a row. It uses fingerprint recognition technology to ensure the job of loading is not dumped on just one individual. It is supposed to be difficult to hack and child-proof.
This UserFriendly cartoon mentions a cricket bat and the insects. :)
Worth1000's current theme is on doctored photographs of celebrities and politicians. They are involved in a scandals. There are 39 entries.
If my boss/manager/supervisor asked me to share my cubicle with a hot single female co-worker like Dilbert (#1), then I would say "YES!". ;)
An anonymous poster, in a /. poll comments section, mentioned Dialect Survey. It contains results to a series of questions, including rhyming word pairs and vocabulary words, to explore words and sounds in the English language. There were no right or wrong answers; by answering each question with what people really say and not what they think is "right". It shows an accurate picture of how English is used in the community. This maps and result page was the interesting one to look at.
People, with a lot of money, can finally buy Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators: "Gone are the days of science fiction when people traveled in transparent bubbles. Today this is no longer a product of our imagination. There is a bubble that can carry you without cables, pulleys or pistons. It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminium and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down." There are informations, FAQs, three MPEG video clips, etc. on the Web site.
According to this Ananova story (has a photograph), Yang who found a two-headed snake at his home is raising it as his pet. He discovered the unusual reptile in a discarded bag in his yard in Zhenyang town, Henan province. Yang has decided to raise the snake in a washbasin in his family home. Both the two heads are well-developed, and each have eyes and a mouth.
/. mentions a Sci Fi Wire article that says Star Trek producers have finally agreed that Star Trek fans are oversaturated with the show, and are planning to provide a break. This does not mean they won't bring something new to the screen; they will just wait a few years. They are convinced the ratings dropped due to the show competing against other Trek re-runs.
Here is another USB story, titled "The ins and outs of USB" like the The USB Vision: 10 Years Later story. It tells how USB was developed and discussed the pros and cons of the standard. The USB specification may be an example of that hybrid de jure or de facto standard, one that clearly earned wide acceptance through its technical merit...
According to ghost16825's Broadband Reports security forum thread and F-Secure's Weblog, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer remarked that Microsoft might indeed ship Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP before Longhorn/next Windows major version comes out.
Viral Videos & Ads recently posted four new television/TV spots/commercials/advertisements. Two of them were funny:
Dmusic mentions a MSNBC story on children revealing more online than parents know. Thousands of parents around the country are discovering teenagers are among the most active Internet bloggers, and many are posting pictures, names, addresses, schools, even phone numbers, almost always without their parent's knowledge. Provocative photographs (e.g., butt in the air, with their thongs sticking out of it; squeezing their elbows together to make their breasts/boobs look bigger), a list of friends, personal information, etc.
This CNN story reports a new trike bike could take fear out of junior's first solo ride. Three Purdue University industrial designers, who tapped into memories of their own childhood cycling misadventures, have built a bike that ditches the training wheels but keeps rookies stable. The bike is called SHIFT that slowly transforms from a tricycle to bicycle configuration as the rider pedals faster. Then, it returns to trike formation as the rider slows down.