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The Pizza Tracker 2

If you are one of those people who just has to know the status of your pizza, accurate to within 40 seconds, Domino's has a solution for you. Pizza Tracker. Yes, Pizza Tracker is the cure for all of your slice anxiety. Chris McGlothlin, technology chief at Domino's actually says, "It's an emotional roller coaster when you order. Customers wonder: Did they get my order? Are they taking care of me? Will it show up?"

Air Sex *NSFW* Screenshot-sm 1

samzenpus writes "Just when I think it can't get any stranger the Japanese come up with the idea of air sex. It's for people who really like air guitar and have never touched another person. At least it looks safe, except for your dignity of course."

Submission + - Flexible work hours increase productivity 35% (

Technical Writing Geek writes: "This is radical stuff. So radical that Cali and Jody rolled ROWE out in several divisions over a couple years before fully briefing CEO Brad Anderson on the program (he's now an enthusiast). Today, nearly all of the 4,000 headquarters employees are working in ROWE and there are plans for pilots among retail employees this year (which will be interesting to watch).

The results have been spectacular: an average 35% boost in productivity in divisions working in ROWE and a decrease in voluntary turnover by 52-90% depending on department. (Interestingly, involuntary turnover increased among ROWE workers — while it might seem like slacker paradise, shirkers have no place to hide when the only measure of work is results. What's more, as the number of meetings fell, collaboration and teamwork improved.) Just as important, employee engagement and other "soft" metrics (like energy and hours of sleep and family time) went up significantly."

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Submission + - Drug Marketed to Enhance Gaming Abilities (

eldavojohn writes: "A German PC maker has decided to market FPSBrain, a drug geared at increasing your gaming abilities. From the manufacturer, "Being ambitious computer players ourselves, we are almost daily working on optimizing our computer systems in order to achieve maximum performance. Despite all the investment, one factor has not been considered: the player himself. FpsBrain was developed to maximize the playing skills of the computer player." Basically vitamins and caffeine."

Submission + - FDA Approves Cloned Animals for Food (

DeltaV900 writes: ""The long-awaited FDA report concludes that foods from healthy cloned animals and their offspring are as safe as those from ordinary animals, effectively removing the last U.S. regulatory barrier to the marketing of meat and milk from cloned cattle, pigs and goats." Next on the approval list for the FDA: Soylent Cow."

Submission + - Microsoft responds to strange Xbox 360 signal (

Lizarazu writes: A Computerworld article reports that after over a month Microsoft has finally issued a 43-word statement on the report of a strange, strong radio signal apparently generated by its Xbox 360 game console that was originally noticed by a New York College. Microsoft's statement says the problem could be anything, and that Microsoft should not be blamed because the Xbox meets federal requirements, and that it has not received reports about it. The entire statement, averaging about one word per day, is: "Any number of scenarios could account for wireless LAN disruptions in a college dorm environment where several electronic devices operate in close proximity. Xbox 360 complies with all applicable FCC regulations and we have not received reports that would indicate such a problem." According to the story however, Microsoft are guilty of a severe case of beating around the bush.

Submission + - Filming an Invasion Without Extras

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Kevin Kelly has an interesting blog post on how a World War II D-Day invasion was staged in a few days with four guys and a video camera using batches of smaller crowds replicated computationally to produce very convincing non-repeating huge crowds. Filmmakers first used computer generated crowds about ten years ago ago and the technique became well known in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but now crowds can be generated from no crowds at all — just a couple of people. "What's new is that the new camera/apps are steadily becoming like a word processor — both pros and amateurs use the same one," says Kelly. "The same gear needed to make a good film is today generally available to amateurs — which was not so even a decade ago. Film making gear is approaching a convergence between professional and amateur, so that what counts in artistry and inventiveness.""

Feed Engadget: DIY spy sunglasses cost just $40 (

Filed under: Wearables

On the real, spy glasses are old hat, but building a set on your own for under $40 is most definitely notable. An engineering fellow has managed to do just that by snagging a micro camera from eBay for around $18 and wiring it up to a $20 pair of Solar Shield shades. From there, he connected the camera to a pocket-friendly MiniDV camcorder -- which we're sure could be done wirelessly for those with extra time -- and continued on to snag quite a few questionable reels of footage from a day at the beach. Of course, you won't find us recommending that you let your inner voyeur loose or anything, but feel free to tag the read link for all the instructions you need (and a video to boot).

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