SEWilco writes: You might want to check your SPAM folder, as SpamAssassin has a rule which is tending to make email sent in 2010 be marked as spam. There is some discussion in a Zimbra forum. The SpamAssassin Wiki FH_DATE_PAST_20XX page doesn't have discussion, but it was updated today with a different date rule.
SEWilco writes: The phrase "Slashdot effect" is now part of the English language, according to the English TV show "Countdown". The Internet also added paywall, unfriend/defriend, tag cloud, hashtag and tweetup to the language, while that real-world thing added epigenome, ecohacking, phantonym, redact, and zombie bank.
SEWilco writes: A small asteroid exploded over Indonesia on October 8, 2009, high enough that nobody was injured. The NASA/JPL NEO estimate is that the airburst explosion was similar to 50KT of TNT, and similar events are expected every 2-12 years. Local TV reported on the explosion and dust trail. The Telegraph points out that this rock was about one-sixth of the Tunguska object.
SEWilco writes: Seattle News is reporting that stories of Prius problems are accumulating. Causes of unintended acceleration and braking failures have not been identified, other than floor mats which may interfere with the accelerator pedal. Floor mat problems do not explain all the events, including one during a test drive.
SEWilco writes: Artist Mikael Genberg wants to put a little red cottage on the Moon. Swedish Space Corporation says it's possible, and a competition for construction has been arranged. The cottage could be ready for visitors as early as 2011. LunaResort.com has info in Swedish, but it is Flash-hindered.
SEWilco writes: "Traffic signals which use a flashing yellow arrow for left turns are being installed in several U.S. states. Their meaning is the same as "left turn must yield". There is federal approval for the FYA. And you thought there was nothing new in highway user interfaces."