Broadband Reports mentions Declan McCullagh's editorial (CNET) where he believes everything is a-ok in the world of broadband, and people concerned with falling global rankings are over-reacting. "FCC figures released last month show that 94.3 percent of U.S. ZIP codes have high-speed lines available to them," he writes; though as we've pointed out, the FCC considers one home in a zip code with broadband to mean that entire zip code is "serviced".
SFGate.com's article says it seems as if single men are discovering what single women have known since ancient Egyptian times: Cats are worthy of worship. At least unmarried British men say so, in a recent survey conducted by Cats Protection, a leading animal welfare society in the United Kingdom. And judging by the delirious worship that single men I know lavish on their kitties, I'd like to think American men -- those brave enough to stand up and be counted -- feel the same way.
Viral Videos & Ads posted new videos today. Four of them were funny to me:
- Wow, I need to get this toothpaste if it makes my teeth that bright!
- Best Buy says to turn off your friggin cellular phones or else this happens. I saw this in a movie theater once, but I don't remember where.
- IKEA suggests that you change your furnitures before you do naughty stuff.
- I wonder if I can get women with this method. [grin]
BBspot lists the top 11 geek break up lines.
This Dilbert cartoon shows you what happens when you get an I.T. guy to come over and notice your non-standard equipments at work.
This CNN article is heart warming and amusing about parents serving detention with tardy student. Susan and Steven Manis say it was their fault their daughter was late for school so they shared her punishment--spending an hour with her in detention. The couple says their 13-year-old daughter, Jessica Dunkley, was being unfairly punished for being late six times in October and November when the family's van wouldn't start.
This Daily Yomiuri On-Line article says computer games in which children can identify with a hero or heroine who attacks his or her enemies are more likely to make them aggressive than games featuring indiscriminate violence, according to a recent survey. In November and December 2001, researchers led by Ochanomizu University Professor Akira Sakamoto conducted a survey on the effects of video games popular among 592 fifth-grade students at six primary schools, mainly in Kanagawa and Niigata prefectures.
Blue's News posted a Mail Online article about computer game addicts failing in the classrooms. Children who spend hours playing computer games and watching television are failing to develop the skills to succeed at school. The warning comes from leading scientist Professor Robert Winston, who said youngsters are not acquiring the long-term powers of study and application they need in class. This is because the games they play and programmes they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.
Either I am still dreaming (someone please poke me!) or this story is crazy!
Biddybot, a member on my ant message board, mentioned and posted a couple links (#1, #2, and #3 (third one is my find)) about ants cutting people's hair. It is a localized scalp hair shedding/focal alopecia (aka bald spots), in human beings, caused by Pheidole ants and overview of similar case reports.
This National Geographic article says spiders and insects that eat other creepy crawlies purposely seek a balanced diet to maintain their health, according to a new study. Scientists found that three predatory invertebrates--all of which use different hunting methods--adjust their feeding to correct nutritional deficiencies. Researchers behind the study say other, much larger predators, like leopards and sharks, may also monitor what they eat to maintain a balanced diet.
This BBC News UK article says the way airflow around the nose is more complex than that in a jumbo jet's wing according to scientists. The structure of the nose meant air eddied, whirled and re-circulated as it passed through the nose, the team said. Principal researcher, Dr. Denis Doorly, said people are used to the flows around an aeroplane being complicated but that is in some ways simpler than understanding the flows inside the nose. "The geometry of the nose is highly complex, with no straight lines or simple curves like an aircraft wing and the regime of airflow is not simply laminar or turbulent."
Compfused.com posted a streaming video clip of a big wave surfing. Impressive, and dang that is huge!