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Comment From the cookie monster himself (Score 1) 106

I am the monster who unleashed the cookie beast into the wild. I wrote a short blog about this issue recently. The quick summary is that I think turning off 3rd party cookies for everyone will end up being a bad thing, especially for those of you who care about turning off 3rd party cookies.

Comment The experiment is finally complete (Score 1) 138

As the originator of the blink experiment I am happy to announce that after 19 years the time has finally come. We are officially stopping the blinking and will announce the result of the experiment after fully analyzing all the data. We thank all of you who have participated and especially those of you who have left comments and feedback. I don't want to spoil the final announcement, but early results point to a generally negative reception. (As well as several deaths) I am happy to announce that the popup window and marquee tag experiment will continue indefinitely. :lou

Comment Re:Retire at 20 (Score 1) 358

If you invest smartly and with some aggression you can make 6% annual after tax return. You must deal with inflation or else you have less money every year. ~3.5% annual inflation rate in the US. Subtract 3.5% and you have 2.5% that you can spend a year. With 5 million you can net $125,000 spendable income a year. Sure beats working, but you will not be in the 1%. If you want to be conservative in your investments, you will earn a lot less.

Comment Fishcam (Score 3, Informative) 218

The original Netscape fishcam has gone through several iterations of cameras. It started on a SGI indy with a camera that came with the computer. It then moved to a portable video camera that was fairly old at the time, but had an analog RCA output and was encoded by the SGI. Now it runs on a Stardot NetCam SC5IR The Startdot camera is an embedded linux computer with a 5 MP video camera and high quality interchangeable lenses. The fact that it is a linux machine means you can do lots of creative things, like run a small web server, FTP, NFS, CIFS, scripts, etc. The most important aspect about a camera in my mind is its reliability. I don't want to reset the thing ever if possible. The Stardot has been running for more than a year uninterrupted. The big problem with Stardot cameras is the price. My SC5IR is over $1000 with all the accessories. A cheaper alternative is to set up a video server and use cheap security cameras with CGA resolution. You can get security cameras for $100 each and a cheap video card for ~$200.

How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259

Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

Comment The name Lynx was choosen because it eats Gophers (Score 1) 239

In the pre WWW era, Gopher ruled because there wasn't a better alternative. The big complaint was the lack of layout control and flexibility for expansion. Lynx came about as a fusion of the Gopher network protocol and a hypertext interface. Eventually Lynx adopted HTTP and HTML as additional methods and became an extremely popular Web browser. (More users than any of the individual Mosaic browsers.) There was a strong demand for better layout and flexibility and regardless of what network administrators wanted, these features would have evolved.

LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God 457

A UK bookmaker has lowered the odds on proving that god exists to just 4-1 to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider. The chance that physicists might discover the elusive sub-atomic object called the "God particle" has forced the odds lower. Initially the odds that proof would be found of God's existence were 20-1, and they lengthened to 33-1 when the multi-billion pound atom smasher was shut down temporarily because of a magnetic failure. A spokesman for Paddy Power said, "The atheists' planned advertising campaign seems to have renewed the debate in pubs and around office water-coolers as to whether there is a God and we've seen some of that being transferred into bets. However we advise anyone still not sure of God's existence to maybe hedge their bets for now, just in case." He added that confirmation of God's existence would have to be verified by scientists and given by an independent authority before any payouts were made. Everyone getting a payout is encouraged to tithe at least ten percent.

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