This Yahoo News article says experts blame poor planning, rapid industry advances and the massive scope of some complex projects whose price tags can run into billions of dollars at U.S. agencies with tens of thousands of employees.
Worth1000's current contest theme is on swapping playthings for everyday items. It is bascially replacing any object with a child's plaything, a toy. There are 47 entries.
Death_Knight's thread (screen shots [nice ion canon] and comments) mentions a FilePlanet (account required -- free or subscription) video file link (87 MB) with Gnomevasion in World of Warcraft. Here is the video file description: "What happens when you take 300 players, throw in teamwork, voice communication, a server crash, and one of the greatest guilds of all time? You get Gnomevasion! In this video members of Sturmgrenadier form up on an alternate server in WoW when their home of Bleeding Hollow goes down. Hilarity ensues when each and every member wreaks chaos on an unsuspecting server with pink-haired pig-tailed gnomes! Download this video and witness the true power of a Gnomevasion."
Viral Videos & Ads posted new TV advertisements/commericals/spots today. Here is a list of ones I liked:
- #1: Nice smooth legs!
- #2: Americans are sure happy law suers. Hey, I will sue YOU for reading AQFL! [grin]
- #3: I'd rather go to restroom instead. I thought that guy was going to pee like a dog. :P
- #4: Ewww!!!!! Always check for TP! Good thing I keep extra tissues in my left pocket for emergencies like this one.
This CNET News.com article says David Aitel, who a 20-something founder of vulnerability assessment company Immunity, hunts down security problems in widely used software products. But unlike an increasing number of researchers, he does not share his findings with the makers of the programs he examines...
Now, this StupidVideos video clip shows a polar bear that is totally like me when I wake up (not just on Mondays). Yep, that's me alright since I am a night person/owl/dracula/name whatever you want. :)
MilkandCookies has a streaming Apple QuickTime video clip (downloadable copy (5.8 MB)) of a famous movie scene with "Singing in the Rain" music, but in a hip-hop style. You can view the details and comments. It is an television/TV spot/advertisement/ad for the Golf GTI in U.K.. I like it compared to the classic movie ;). Seen on Blue's News.
This /. poll reminds people that today is the anniversary from the Challenger's explosion from 1/28/1986. So sad. I was ten years old back in Pennsylvania, USA, if I remember correctly. I did not see this accident live on TV. I saw the recording on the local news. I wasn't crazy about space stuff back then compared to today, but yet it was sad. :( Columbia's accident is coming up very soon too. :(
So, where were you when it happened (e.g., wasn't born yet)?
Discovery Channel News' article says ants use angled signposts, marked with scent, to find their way home or follow the path into the
FiringSquad posted a BoingBoing story about a Londonder who made a tsnuami-relief donation using Lynx -- a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users, and others -- on Sun's Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this "unusual" event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor's door and arrested him.
CNET News.com reports an amusing bug in Microsoft's MapPoint software that sends those looking to travel between two Norwegian cities on a trip across much of Western Europe. The suggested quickest route between Haugesund and Trondheim is a 1,685-mile journey through Belgium, England, France, Germany and Sweden to make the journey. With two trips across the ocean and a fair bit of overland travel, the site estimates the journey will take some 47 hours and 31 minutes.