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Submission + - Net Neutrality Summit

Castar writes: BoingBoing has a post about an upcoming summit in San Francisco about the issue of Net Neutrality. The EFF and speakers on both sides of the issue are gathering to debate and spread awareness of Network Neutrality, which is an increasingly important topic. The FCC, of course, might have the final word.
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Submission + - Frind Works 10 Hour Week, Makes $10 Million a Year

Reservoir Hill writes: "The New York Times reports that Markus Frind built the Plenty of Fish Web site in 2003 as nothing more than an exercise to help teach himself a new programming language, ASP.NET. The site first became popular among English-speaking Canadians. Popularity among online daters in many United States cities followed more recently, and with minimal spending on advertising the site. According to data from comScore Media Metrix for November 2007, Plenty of Fish had 1.4 million unique visitors in the United States. In December, Mr. Frind said, the site served up 1.2 billion page views, and page views have soared 20 percent since Dec. 26."
Robotics

Submission + - Coming Soon: Cyborg Farmers (robots.net)

palegray.net writes: "Robots.net covers an article about robotic exoskeletons for Japanese farmers. These exoskeletons would provide increased strength and support for manual labor intensive tasks. The full article can be found here: New Robot Suit to Assist Japanese Farmers. From the article:

... a university team lead by Professor Shigeki Toyama formally announced the development of a robot suit they hope will dramatically ease the burden on agricultural field workers as well as other manual labor intensive jobs.
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Journal Journal: A revelation of sorts...

I have read a few articles lately that got me thinking. Some of the articles dealt with things such as: a fourth dimension soon to be revealed; humans having a predisposition to believe in the supernatural; string theory (and the possibility of 11 dimensions or more). These articles lead me to a book called Flatland (written in 1885, available on Google Books).

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Some of my readers ask me what a "Serial Port" is. The answer is: I don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?

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