Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Submission Summary: 0 pending, 36 declined, 4 accepted (40 total, 10.00% accepted)

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Dr Pepper 1-in-6 Prize is 1280x1024 Wallpaper

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Dr Pepper is running a 1-in-6 WINS! sweepstakes in conjunction with the new Harrison Ford/Cate Blanchett vehicle, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. One of my bottle caps was pretty obviously a winner [its last four digits were "UWIN"], and when I logged on to discover what it was that I had won, guess what it was? Yep — I kid you not — a 1280x1024 desktop wallpaper for a computer screen. For the record, I love Diet Dr Pepper [at least when I'm in the mood for a caffeine jolt], so don't take this as a slam on the product itself."
United States

+ - Cold Spring Harbor Suspends Chancellor Watson

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "We all knew that it was only a matter of time, and tonight, it's offical: Cold Spring Harbor has suspended its Chancellor, the Nobel laureate, Dr. James Watson. Watson now joins Harvard's ex-President, Dr. Lawrence Summers, among prominent academics who have learned that there are some topics which we just don't broach anymore. Oh well, so much for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of inquiry. By the way, there was some worry earlier this week that Dr. Watson might actually be arrested in England, for having violated the British "hate crimes" laws; here's to hoping that he at least makes it home without being imprisoned."
Sci-Fi

+ - Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction & Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin, and the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby recalls the horror of IT. Finally, the Wall Street Journal's Meghan Cox Gurdon describes a cynic's encounter with Wrinkle."
Sci-Fi

+ - Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction & Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin, and the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby recalls the horror of IT."
Sci-Fi

+ - Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction and Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, and the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin."
United States

+ - First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq->

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Noah Shachtman, blogging at Wired, notes that the first armed patrol robots have begun operations in Iraq. The SWORDS platforms, manufactured by Foster-Miller, feature a 'three-part arming process — with both physical and electronic safeties... required before firing', and 'now come with kill switches, in case there's any odd behavior'. Foster-Miller claims that SWORDS can be fitted with the Barrett .50 caliber, but apparently the units deployed to Iraq were fitted with the 5.56mm FNH M249 light machine gun. No details yet on the number of rounds of ammunition carried by the robots [which might very well be classified information]."
Link to Original Source
Television

+ - Ed Benedict, Flintstones animator, dead at 94

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Ed Benedict, the legendary Hanna-Barbera animator who created the look of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, and a host of other characters & their environs, has died at the age of 94. There is a nice profile of his work at Amid Amidi's Cartoon Modern blog, as well as in the hardcover book of the same name. Likewise, there are some excellent examples of 70 and 80 year old Benedicts in Animation Blast, Issue 8. Finally, there's a Streaming Media interview with Ed, from way back in 2001, at the tender young age of 89, wherein he expressed his disdain for computers and new-school animation."
Math

+ - Bletchley hums again to the Turing Bombe

Submitted by mosel-saar-ruwer
mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "After ten years, the Bletchley Park Trust yesterday unveiled a reconstruction of Alan Turing & Gordon Welchman's 'Bombe', which defeated the Enigma Code. Approximately 200 of these machines were built by the British Tabulating Machine Company, of Letchworth, Herts, but the project was deemed so secret that, after the war, these machines were destroyed, and survived thereafter only in blueprints, a few photographs, and the memories of the progenitorial Hax0rs & Crax0rs who operated them. Details of the unveiling ceremony can be found in numerous stories in the British press — The BBC, The Times, The Scotsman — but The Telegraph ran with a particularly fetching picture of Jean Valentine, and of course there are further pictures on the newswire. The team of reconstructors was led by John Howard, and he has many detailed pictures of the mechanical parts on his website [which, I trust, is about to experience a big slashdotting]."

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn

Working...