Posts by Category: general

general February 8, 2002 posted by

Just what we need. A pill to combat over eating. Oh yes they say it’s to combat obesity, which makes it sound nice and medical, but basically we’re talking mostly about too many Cokes and fries, aren’t we? I’m no one to talk, but even I have to worry at the results of encouraging people to think that they can just take a pill to remove over-indulgence. Sheesh!


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general February 8, 2002 posted by

Just what is Sony up to? They have started to hype up the next gen Playstation 3 already, nothing new there. But the reports are talking about performance which is WAY out of games console territory. Quote recent snippet – ‘Tentatively scheduled for completion by 2005, the processor will be capable of 1 Trillion FLOPS (floating-point operations per second)’. Now that is supercomputer levels of power. Why? Could it be because of this?


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general February 7, 2002 posted by

Tired of receiving all those rehashed urban legend emails in your inbox like Craig Shergold’s business cards, and Intel paying you to send emails? Send your next tormentor to the Urban Legends site and let them discovery the brutal facts about online pranks for themselves.


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general February 7, 2002 posted by

Cartoon fanatics now have their own site at the Big Cartoon Database. Predictably but still disappointingly there are no actual cartoons on the site, but it’s still a stunning compendium of all things Scooby-Doo!


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general February 7, 2002 posted by

Sheesh! Researchers have developed a plastic material that becomes 1.5 times more magnetic when blue light shines on it and less magnetic with green light. I have ABSOLUTELY no idea what this could be useful for right now, but I’m sure something incredible will pop up soon. Only problem? It has to be at very very very cold temperatures at the moment.


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general February 3, 2002 posted by

This is not a pleasant read. ZZZ has a short piece detailing the billions of tiny and very dangerous bits of space junk currently orbiting the earth. Quote: ‘When orbiting debris collides, it usually does so at such a speed that it is more than pulverized–it is liquefied and turned into not one or two, not even dozens, but millions of new pieces of space debris. And all of them are hazardous..’ That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us in…


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general February 2, 2002 posted by

Sad folks only Dept. How’s this for the ultimate Geek gamer trip? Some guy has set up several different games to play across multiple monitors on his PC. The screenshots show Quake and Unreal Tournament played on 2 and 5 screens respectively. I suppose it’s kind of immersive, but do the words ‘overkill’ mean anything here? Grin. Picked up from /.


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

Another beauty from Mike’s List. Fancy a slightly different smell? Why not try a new range of exotic perfumes from Demeter Fragrances? . Crusty Bread, Cappuccino, Dirt, Carrot, Laundromat, Pipe Tobacco and Whiskey might just do it.


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

Like small? Want fast? Got $23,000? The Merlin Roadster. Harley engine, 100 mph, 35 mpg and a motorbike registration as a three wheeler.


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

From the ‘horses, stables, doors locking after the bolt’ department. Seems like MP3.com have just filed suit against their old law firm for letting them wander into that nasty $175 million law suit by the record labels. Now this is interesting. So we have MP3.com – now owned by record label Universal Vivendi – now suing a law firm for exposing the company to a record label legal mauling which was spearheaded by …er…Universal Vivendi. Wow! Don’t lawyers have fun…


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

Colour screen, digital camera attachment, tiny size mobile phone. The SCH X290 from Samsung. They’re coming folks!


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

The attractively named Sony MEX-HD1 is a car CD player with a difference – it will also rip (read copy) your CD music to its internal 10 GB hard disk on demand in MP3 format. This means that eventually you can stop carting your CDs to the car and just listen to everything stored in the unit itself. By my dubious calculations the thing should store around 2000 tracks or so, if they’re running conventional compression, which is a fair…


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

More nice stuff from Mike’s List (as well as a hilarious take on phone lies!). First up is a doozy, a realistically priced liquid cooled PC case. The Korean built Calm-PC is silent, dust free and ever so cool looking. OK so it costs $200.00 delivered to UK, and it won’t cope – yet! – with over 1GHz processors, but what a neat idea.


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

What is it about housing today? The Microflat is a concept for solving the housing shortage in the world’s capitals by cramming folks into very tiny boxes. Excuse me, but I thought that the Japanese had figured this out with their capsule hotels several tight fitting decades ago. Sheesh!


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general February 1, 2002 posted by

Bob ‘Mr Silicon Valley’ Cringely has popped up with yet another nice little find. His latest report looks at Rainmaker Technologies, a company that thinks it has the $10 answer to increasing the world’s bandwidth by improving the modulation of the signal down the wire. Basically they reckon that they can get 10 times the amount of data down a wire without having to do very much plumbing. Everyone who uses the Internet will realize that this is a GOOD…


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