Hogwash McFly (678207) writes "The rules of the popular word game Scrabble are soon to allow proper nouns. Mattel, the makers of the game, hope the changes made for a new edition, released this July, will "add a new dimension" to Scrabble and "introduce an element of popular culture into the game". With this rule change, the company hopes to target younger fans and families, although they will continue to sell the traditional version where 'Beyonce' and 'Facebook' are not permitted words." Link to Original Source top
Hogwash McFly (678207) writes "My boss gave me one of those USB-powered red LED scrolling displays as a Christmas gift, and while cycling the usual 'I read your emails' and 'ID10T Error' messages will be entertaining for a day or two, I was wondering if it could be put to more constructive uses. The configuration file is plaintext and supports different scroll speeds, flashing, bitmaps and wav sounds. The font is defined as 5x5 pixels per character, also stored in plaintext as 5 hex values, one for each vertical line of pixels. A dynamically generated message could prove useful in my day to day work on the helpdesk, but are there any interesting uses beyond network notifications and news feeds?" top
Hogwash McFly writes "Half a million dustbins across England have been secretly fitted with RFID tags to monitor household waste as the Government comes under increasing pressure to meet recycling targets. The bugged bins communicate with a sensor on the refuse truck which, after identifying the unique household, weighs the rubbish and transmits data to a central computer. This action follows calls by politicians to tax household waste by weight to try and improve Britain's poor recycling record in Europe."