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+ - Internet Controllable Halloween Decorations still going strong

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease have allowed Internet Users to view and control (for real!) Alek Komarnitsky's house for a decade.

While the Halloween decorations have evolved over the years (every house should have an 8 foot inflatable Homer Simpson — D'OH!), the website is still Web0.0 complete with Javascript pop-ups and flashing GIF's — although it is W3C compliant. But the underlying Perl code (can you find the Camel book in the Haunted Office?) running on Linux/Apache continues to provide entertainment for the Internet masses plus raise over $80,000 for charity.

Surf on by this evening (MDT) to view three live webcams and use X10 controls to turn 10,000 lights ON & OFF plus inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein, Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, Headless Horseman, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson. It's a high-tech trick-or-treat!

+ - CNN auto-play violates their own advertising standards

Submitted by xmas2003
xmas2003 writes: I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have CNN on my news' bookmarks, since while they offer a quick look at the current news, their increasingly sensationalistic reporting leaves a bit to be desired. I almost exclusively would just look at print stories as their videos reporting is long-winded fluff ... a very low bandwidth way of consuming news. Plus hosts such as Piers Morgan and Jeanne Moos are just grating to listen to.

A few months ago, I noticed that CNN's videos (and audio!) were auto-playing at the top of their print stories. ironically, this violates their own advertising guidelines which says "Must be user initiated by click ...No host-initiated audio is permitted ...... Audio must be user initiated by click ... Audio must be user-initiated by clicking within the banner"

The power of the mighty (advertising) buck accelerates their downhill slide! ;-)

Comment: XR Drugs (Score 1) 255

by ScottCooperDotNet (#46191581) Attached to: Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

This is a common tactic of drug manufacturers as their patents run our they suddenly find a way to color it pink or something equally trivially unimportant change and try to start the patent clock all over. This is a total subversion of the purpose behind patents.

Or formulate an XR "Extended Release" version of the drug under the same name.

On the other hand, the profits from existing drugs helps pay for research into new drugs to some degree, so could India be similar to a big company that uses Open Source but doesn't release any of their own code?


Comment: News for Nerds Stuff that Matters at Technocrat? (Score 1) 2219

by ScottCooperDotNet (#46182203) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Bruce, thanks for all the magic you work.

If you're willing to let Technocrat take over the "News for Nerds. Stuff that Matters." mission, it would take off quite nicely. That would be a change from the prior mission, but if you'll do that, I'm willing to submit, edit, and post articles.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai