CBS News' article says that many cellular phone users aren't really talking to anybody. The New York Times recently described research at Rutgers University and the Ethics and Public Policy Center. They found that a great number of cell phone users are faking it.
Viral Videos and Ads posted a bunch 24 new television/TV commercials/spots/advertisements today after a long delay in updating. Only three of them were worth seeing and sharing on AQFL.
/. mentions a Business Week article on voice verification in future debit and credit cards. Here's how it works: A special sensor on the credit card stores its owner's previously recorded voiceprint in digital form. When the owner receives a new card, he or she speaks a password into the sensor on the card. If the voiceprint matches, the card is activated.
Compfused.com posted a 1.5 minutes video with various clips/scenes showing a super police dog doing its job.
This old BBC News' article says it takes about 30 people to get a Mexican Wave going in a football stadium. Scientists from the University of Budapest in Hungary studied video tape of the crowd phenomenon that caught on during the 1986 World Cup and built a mathematical model to describe how it works. Tamas Vicsek and colleagues discovered that a critical mass of people is required to get the wave underway and predict that waves are more likely to occur when spectators are not already over-excited -- such as during flat periods in the game. The team believes similar studies on crowd behaviour could help the authorities predict when spectators are about to lose control, such as during riots or post-match brawls.
According to Broadcasting & Cable's news article, former ABC News reporter/anchor Sam Donaldson is ready to say the last rites for network news because it will soon lose its dominant position as Americans' primary source of news. "I think it's dead. Sorry," he said during a breakfast panel Tuesday at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)'s convention in Las Vegas, Nevada (NV). "The monster anchors are through." Even though 30 million viewers still turn to networks news each night and garner ratings well above CNN and Fox News, networks news operations long ago lost their role as the sources Americans rely on during time of major breaking news, said Donaldson.
Two video clips of the day from Blue's News today that involves a cat that drums and a DDR kid as a juggler:
- Wow, this cat is really good in drumming with this toddler. See this short Google Video. Seen on VideoSift.
- Boing Boing has a downloadable video clip (WMV; 4.6 MB; almost 1.75 minutes long) of a high-speed Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) kid juggling three pins. Wow. There needs to be a contest of this!
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This MSNBC story says Albert Einstein's theories buttress every facet of modern life. It's all Einstein's fault. Many of Einstein's other theories, which began pouring out in a burst of incandescent creativity 100 years ago, turned physics and our understanding of the natural world on their heads, giving scientists the tools to mold almost every observable aspect of life as we live it in 2005.
According to this Yahoo! News story (with photographs), a robot -- dubbed Kamel -- rode a racing camel for 1.5 miles, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour in a non-competitive trial run. By 2007, rulers of this energy-rich emirate say all camel racers will be mechanized. In Qatar, ruling sheiks have responded to calls for banning the use of boy jockeys by embracing robots as the best solution.
This The Born Loser cartoon shows one way to tell others about their past.
This Sci-Tech Today article says the survey, conducted by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnea Association to launch National Stop Snoring Week, found 81 percent of the partners of snorers said they do not sleep enough, with half of those saying they wake up feeling tired. Nearly 70 percent of snoring couples consequently end up sleeping in separate rooms.
Something Awful's current theme of doctored images is "Let's Japanize!". Take something, and make it look like Japan got their magical l
This CNN story is both sad and amusing about the difficulties in living on Dork Street due to jokes.
Engadget reports a story about "Edible UIs" on We Make Money Not Art Web site. Dan Maynes-Aminzade developed two Edible User Interfaces: the BeanCounter and the TasteScreen. The BeanCounter uses jellybean dispensation to track memory usage of computer processes -- taste the rainbow of your fruity memory hogs. The TasteScreen literally drips small quantities of flavoring from a USB device mounted atop an LCD monitor. The flavored chemicals drop down and coat the monitor with a thin liquid residue that dispenses flavor when touched with one's tongue...