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Submitted by Mousey on Mon, 12/13/2004 - 12:40pm.
News | Sight Seeings | Sports
While the Ant's away, the Mousey will play! ..So Gareth of Southern California Linux Expo fame, dropped a cool link in the lalugs irc channel on freenode about an Australian architectural firm (PTW) winning international design competition for Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The winning design was for the Olympic Watercube, a building housing the water sports events for the 2008 Olympics, the walls of which are actually made out of water!
A quote from the article: "It appears random and playful like a natural system, yet is mathematically very rigorous and repetitious. The transparency of water, with the mystery of the bubble system, engages those both inside and out of the structure to consider their own experiences with water"..
That's a COOL looking building!
Submitted by ant on Sun, 12/12/2004 - 5:05pm.
News | Personal | Updates
... since I have a new hire orientation at work. No computers and no Internet most of the day! I am going to die! :P I probably will get to them after 5 PM PST. :(
So what does this mean? It means less posts on AQFL! Maybe Mousey and others can provide something to post. :)
Submitted by ant on Sat, 12/11/2004 - 10:10pm.
Funny Pictures | Sight Seeings
Dilbert shows an example of those co-workers who are cubicle vampires. I'm scared at my workplace. :)
Submitted by ant on Fri, 12/10/2004 - 5:57pm.
Demo/Shareware | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Security/Privacy | Software | Windows
This CNET News.com article says online shoppers are still willing to buy products advertised in spam. It seems the problem is unlikely to desist anytime soon, a new survey shows... The problems with this kind of sale in particular are manifold. Users are encouraging the spammers to keep sending bulk mail by buying from them. They are also violating software copyrights. Furthermore, by buying software that is most likely pirated and not produced with much quality assurance they are likely exposing themselves to viruses and spyware bundled with their illegal goods.
Submitted by ant on Fri, 12/10/2004 - 11:10am.
Reading Materials | Science | Technology | Videogame Console
This CNN story says video games calm kids before surgery, more effectively than tranquilizers or parental presence. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect. Dr. Anu Patel conducted the study after noticing a friend's 7-year-old son was so absorbed with his Game Boy at a restaurant that he ignored the adults and the food at his table.
Submitted by ant on Thu, 12/09/2004 - 5:35pm.
Personal | Reading Materials | Work
CNET News.com's story asks how big a deal is offshore outsourcing. It depends who you ask:
Research firm Gartner published a study Monday saying "offshore outsourcing isn't as widespread as people think," with lower-cost locales accounting for less than 3 percent of money spent on global information technology services this year.
Submitted by ant on Thu, 12/09/2004 - 12:30pm.
Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials
Broadband Reports reports that cable executives waxed poetic over "Lite" broadband tiers in 2003; connections from 128kbps to 1Mbps, offered around $25, designed to appeal to stubborn dial-up converts. Most of these tiers never materialized in 2004, primarily because of a fear that existing users, often paying in excess of $40, would downgrade and cost the companies money.
Submitted by ant on Thu, 12/09/2004 - 11:01am.
Personal | Sight Seeings | Television (TV) Show/Movie
According to TV Tome (12/8/2004 news section), ABC will be reairing all of past episodes Lost to gain new viewers. For those of you who haven't seen the entire series so far, this is your lucky time of year as the show goes on temporary hiatus. Starting December 15th 2004, the show will rerun from the Pilot (in full), and continue down the line until the target date of February 2005. From there, they'll start with Episode 11 called "Whatever The Case May Be" and finish out the season on time in May with however many episodes they decide to finish off the season with. The episodes need to be created and more time is needed for filming.