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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

puddingebola shell game (149 comments)

The pea is under this shell, are you looking? Okay, watch carefully, the hand is quicker than the eye.. the shells move, they move, they move, keep watching, keep watching. Voila! 13 billion dollars in value were under the third shell. Did you choose right?

3 days ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

puddingebola The eyes... (55 comments)

The eyes are the window to the soul. Perhaps in a job that requires that people show empathy and understanding at all times this is too demanding, but what does it mean when we make an electronic device to simulate emotions we aren't feeling. I am skeptical that people want to use something like this, but I could be wrong. I guess in the 80's we had mirror shades to hide a person's eyes, and other people looking at them could see themselves. Maybe this is just an extension of the technology of emotional distance.

3 days ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

puddingebola Absurd (103 comments)

IETF should be written lower case, ietf. And the motto should be, "Making the internet work mostly better." After a 2-hour screaming argument with her about this, she still refused to see the wisdom of my argument.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

puddingebola Alcohol (386 comments)

The Economist article mentions that other studies have determined that alcohol is the most common factor in murders in Australia, Finland and Sweden. Searching for more studies related, I noticed the WSJ has an interesting site called Murder in America that allows you to sort and visualize murder information http://projects.wsj.com/murder...

about two weeks ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

puddingebola Law (72 comments)

We have a dominant Taxi company in the city where I live, one so influential and powerful that it has landed a former city councilman in Federal court for accepting bribe money to stifle competition from other companies. They are, of course, bringing some serious legal pressure to bear on our politicians for allowing Uber to operate independent of codes regulating the taxi business. Seems that the biggest barriers to improving cab transportation are existing regulations and conflict with existing companies, not technical. In Dallas, the attempt to stifle Uber went so far as to include police stings of Uber drivers: http://www.dallasobserver.com/... Either existing taxi companies need to adopt new technologies like this on their own, or citizens have to demand restructuring of the rules governing them. It seems in many places that taxi companies view these more as a threat than a benefit.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

puddingebola Spell That (275 comments)

Tamerlan Tsarnaev- T-I-M-T-H-O-M-A-S. I am professional hockey player.

about three weeks ago
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Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

puddingebola Fore (169 comments)

Fore! FIRE!

about a month ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

puddingebola Comments (167 comments)

Seems like there's some skepticism over the nature of the study. Somewhat reasonable, but it still seems to add to evidence about the long term effects of the disaster on the ecosystem around Chernobyl. Some comments seem to express skepticism about the importance of decomposition. Perhaps a biologist could go into greater detail on its benefit to life on earth. The suggestion about controlled fires makes me wonder if you read the article.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

puddingebola Nuclear War (126 comments)

Do you think it would be possible to break into those computers that control the nuclear missiles and launch all the missiles like in that movie Wargames and start a nuclear war with the Russians, and if you think it's possible could you like tell me how, and could you like send it to my email and use like super secret encryption so that the NSA won't detect it, and make the instructions really clear so I can follow them. THANKS!

about a month and a half ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

puddingebola windowshu akbar? (392 comments)

The caliphate of Microsoft? There is no god but Windows and Bill Gates is his prophet?

about 4 months ago
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Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

puddingebola Re:Economies of scale? (182 comments)

Good point, but now we could have untraceable guns that could be used once in a murder or crime, and disposed of after use.

about 4 months ago
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Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

puddingebola Economies of scale? (182 comments)

Maybe the price will drop as they print more. I'm fine with them leaving it at $11,900, fewer sales. Google result for "M1911A1 for sale" is a page advertising $419.00. Years ago there was a Bloom County cartoon parodying the scene in the graduate where an adult takes Benjamin Braddock aside and offers him the advice, "Plastics, Ben. Plastics." In the Bloom County cartoon the adult says, "Disposable Handguns." Soon we will have a world with untraceable disposable handguns. Put the pros and cons of this new technology in the scales. I suspect a large net positive, but with some amazing new problems in the future. Things nobody has imagined yet.

about 4 months ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Sterling What You Will

puddingebola Modern Law Enforcement (60 comments)

Back when you were wrote the Hacker Crackdown, you described a world where ham-handed and overly zealous law enforcement and hacker culture collided, and predicted more of the same in the future. How has modern day law enforcement evolved in terms of its approach since that time, in what ways is it more savvy, and in what ways does it still strike you as draconian or clumsy in its approach.

about 4 months ago
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Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft

puddingebola 61 (174 comments)

'61 was a much better year for Cobalt. Cobalt-60 far overrated, and people are paying too much for it on the open market.

about 4 months ago
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StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

puddingebola Re:didn't Bobby Fischer get jail time for playing (114 comments)

No, he was wanted by the State Department for going to Yugoslavia during the war in the 1990's when all travel by US citizens was banned. He played a rematch of his famous match with Boris Spassky. He sought asylum in Japan, then was granted full citizenship in Iceland, and was still wanted at the time of his death in 2008.

about 4 months ago
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StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

puddingebola Not so Fast (114 comments)

He just tested positive for Red Bul,l taurine, Monster Energy drink, and NoDoz. Banned.

about 4 months ago
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Zuckerberg To Teach 10 Million Kids 0-Based Counting

puddingebola Good Luck (295 comments)

I'd like to wish Mark Zuckerberg luck in his new teaching career. He'd better start now, it will take him most of his natural life to make a dent in that number.

about 5 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

puddingebola Re:Typical (264 comments)

Bookstores can serve as more than a point of purchase in regards to literature. I'm sure that Amazon has something to say to that in regards to their online community, but I think there is still something to be said for the physical world.

about 6 months ago
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How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

puddingebola Spaghetti (263 comments)

I still say she/he would be stretched out into spaghetti.

about 6 months ago

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Yahoo Announces Security Improvements

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about three weeks ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Alex Stamos, Yahoo!'s recently appointed CISO (chief information security officer), said the internet giant has finished encrypting traffic between its data centres. Stamos also outlined a roadmap for future improvements, including plans to encrypt Yahoo Messenger within months, in a blog post. We implemented the latest in security best-practices, including supporting TLS 1.2, Perfect Forward Secrecy and a 2048-bit RSA key for many of our global properties such as Homepage, Mail and Digital Magazines. We are currently working to bring all Yahoo sites up to this standard," Stamos explains, adding that as a process that requires continuous improvement, the project to improve security at Yahoo! will never be completed..."I'm gonna need to find another company to make fun of now that Yahoo! is taking encryption seriously," said Matthew Green. a cryptographer and research professor at Johns Hopkins University. "Any suggestions?"" Are these security improvements significant?"
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Canonical's Troubles with the Free Software Community

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a month ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Bruce Byfield looks back at the soured relationships between Canonical and the free software community. Partly analysis, partly a review of past conflicts, the writer touches on Mir and Wayland, and what he sees as Canonical's attempts to take over projects. From the article, "However, despite these other concerns, probably the most important single reason for the reservations about Ubuntu is its frequent attempts to assume the leadership of free software — a position that no one has ever filled, and that no one particularly wants to see filled. In its first few years, Ubuntu's influence was mostly by example. However, by 2008, Shuttleworth was promoting the idea that major projects should coordinate their release schedules. That idea was received without enthusiasm. However, it is worth noting that some of those who opposed it, like Aaron Seigo, have re-emerged as critics of Mir — another indication that personal differences are as important as the issues under discussion.""
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Jack A Kinzler savior of the Skylab mission, dies at 94

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a month ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From his New York Times Obituary, "Had Jack A. Kinzler not built model planes as a boy, had he not visited the post office as a youth and had he not, as a grown man, purchased four fishing rods at $12.95 apiece, Skylab — the United States’ $2.5 billion space station — would very likely have been forfeit." An excellent obit from the NYT, recounting the story of how Kinzler saved the Skylab mission with a telescoping parasol to patch a damaged heat shield. An inventive thinker and tinkerer, Mr. Kinzler was also responsible for the flags and plaques placed during the Apollo mission. Worth reading."
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Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a month ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Target ignored indications from it's threat-detection tools that malware had infected it's network. From the article, "Unusually for a retailer, Target was even running its own security operations center in Minneapolis, according to a report published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. Among its security defenses, following a months-long testing period and May 2013 implementation, was software from attack-detection firm FireEye, which caught the initial November 30 infection of Target's payment system by malware. All told, up to five "malware.binary" alarms reportedly sounded, each graded at the top of FireEye's criticality scale, and which were seen by Target's information security teams first in Bangalore, and then Minneapolis." Unfortunately, it appears Target's security team failed to act on the threat indicators."
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Mozilla & Epic Games bing Unreal Engine 4 to the Web

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a month ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Mozilla is announcing today that it has partnered up once again with Epic Games, the makers of the most-used middleware in gaming. The two companies are bringing the Unreal Engine 4 framework to the web just in time for the Game Developers Conference next week in San Francisco.""
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Nokia turns to Android to regain share in Emerging Markets

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 2 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Nokia is preparing to release it's first Android phone, as the lost market share in emerging markets from the death of Symbian has never been recovered. Windows Phone could never be adapted to the entry level devices that have driven growth in these markets, necessitating the move. From the article, "Nokia was once the king of cellphones in emerging markets. But it has lost ground because it was slow to respond to Android's popularity in many countries. In India, where Nokia's Symbian-powered phones held a big share of cellphone sales just a few years ago, Android was installed on 93% of new smartphones shipped there last year, according to estimates from research firm IDC.""
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VMware and Google partner to bring Horizon View Desktop to Chromebooks

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 2 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "With companies looking to transition away from Windows XP, VMware and Google are partnering to deliver the virtual desktop of Horizon view to thin client, Chrome OS Chromebooks. From the article, " Google is hoping that companies opt for the Chromebook/Horizon combo as a way to replace aging Windows XP devices but still keep running the legacy desktops and apps they need. That's the scenario painted by Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Chrome OS, when I spoke to him earlier today. "What we've found," he told me, "is that a lot of companies are adopting Chromebooks for cloud deployments because they're easy to manage and very secure. But those companies still have some legacy applications left over, and they want to figure out how to get these legacy apps to their users. We make it very easy to transition from where they are right now to move to a cloud world without having to make too many changes."""
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Rumors say it will be Satya Nadella as CEO

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 3 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Rumors on the internet say that Microsoft is set to appoint Satya Nadella as CEO. From the article, "After a prolonged search, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) appears set to appoint Satya Nadella, EVP of its Cloud & Enterprise Group as its next CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. In addition, reports indicate that founder and current chairman Bill Gates will cede the chairman role to independent director John Thompson but will remain as a board member. As of last night, neither of these reports have been confirmed by Microsoft." Described as the safe internal pick, will Nadella alter the Gates/Ballmer strategy?"
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The Spamming Refrigerator

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 3 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "The "Internet of Things" is as susceptible to malware and spam as the rest of the net. From the article, "A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets...The spam attack took place between 23 December 2013 and 6 January this year, said Proofpoint in a statement. In total, it said, about 750,000 messages were sent as part of the junk mail campaign. The emails were routed through the compromised gadgets. About 25% of the messages seen by Proofpoint researchers did not pass through laptops, desktops or smartphones, it said." Read the Proofpoint's statement at http://www.proofpoint.com/about-us/press-releases/01162014.php"
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Steam store taken down by likely DDoS

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 4 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "The biggest name in PC gaming is still down. The most recent in a spate of cyber-vandalism has replaced Valve’s Steam Storefront with a simple Error Message, and the video game world is still trying to make sense of this string of recent high-profile attacks. The store went back up after an outage yesterday, but appears to have gone down again at the time of this writing.""
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Toyota Announces Plans for Fuel Cell car by 2015

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 5 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Toyota has announced plans for a fuel cell powered car at the Tokyo Motor show. From the article, "Satoshi Ogiso, the Toyota Motor Corp. executive in charge of fuel cells, said Wednesday the vehicle is not just for leasing to officials and celebrities but will be an everyday car for ordinary consumers, widely available at dealers. "Development is going very smoothly," he told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Tokyo Motor Show. The car will go on sale in Japan in 2015 and within a year later in Europe and U.S." I couldn't find any further details in searches."
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Nokia had an Android phone in Development

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 7 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "Perhaps influencing Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition, the New York Times is reporting that Nokia had an Android phone in development. From the article, "A team within Nokia had Android up and running on the company’s Lumia handsets well before Microsoft and Nokia began negotiating Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone and services business, according to two people briefed on the effort who declined to be identified because the project was confidential. Microsoft executives were aware of the existence of the project, these people said." Perhaps Nokia feared they had put too many eggs in one basket? Whatever the case, the project is most likely dead at this point."
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Did Qualcomm force Android's open source project head to quit?

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 8 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Jean-Baptiste Quéru, godfather of the Android Open Source Project and one of the most influential figures in the ongoing development of the platform, abruptly stepped down from his position as AOSP maintainer this week. Though JBQ, as he’s generally known, didn’t give explicit reasons for the move, the clever people over at Android Police quickly connected the dots from some of his recent Twitter activity, which bemoaned legal interference in the AOSP release process. Specifically, Quéru’s frustrations about being barred from releasing critical binaries for the new-model Nexus 7 tablet appear to have boiled over. In a subsequent Google+ post, Quéru more or less confirmed this. Well, I see that people have figured out why I’m quitting AOSP,” he wrote. “There’s no point being the maintainer of an Operating System that can’t boot to the home screen on its flagship device for lack of GPU support, especially when I’m getting the blame for something that I don’t have authority to fix myself and that I had anticipated and escalated more than 6 months ahead.”

Does this deserve a "Qualcomm, F*** You!"?"

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Acer to increase emphasis on Android and Chrome OS

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 8 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Acer has told investors that it will reduce its emphasis on Windows PCs and laptops over the next few quarters in favor of devices based on operating systems from Microsoft's archrival Google. The Wall Street Journal reports that that Taiwanese hardware maker plans to grow its "non-Windows business" rapidly, such that Android devices will probably make up 10 to 12 per cent of Acer's revenue by year's end.""
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Researchers Stop Light for One Minute

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 9 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "To break the minute barrier, George Heinze and colleagues at the University of Darmstadt, Germany, fired a control laser at an opaque crystal, sending its atoms into a quantum superposition of two states. This made it transparent to a narrow range of frequencies. Heinze's team then halted a second beam that entered the crystal by switching off the first laser and hence the transparency.""
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Federal Prosecutors indict Hackers in $300 million case of fraud

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 9 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they have charged five men responsible for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more $300 million and two of the suspects are in custody, in the biggest cyber crime case filed in U.S. history... Authorities in New Jersey charged that each of the defendants had specialized tasks: Russians Vladimir Drinkman, 32, and Alexandr Kalinin, 26, hacked into networks, while Roman Kotov, 32, mined them for data. They allegedly hid their activities using anonymous web-hosting services provided by Mikhail Rytikov, 26, of Ukraine." Albert Gonzales, already serving a 20 year sentence from another case, is also named in the indictment."
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ACLU Study says Police Cameras create Database of our movements

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 9 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "The ACLU has published a study saying the widespread use of police and traffic cameras has made it possible to track individual's movements, even across multiple jurisdictions. From the article, "While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge's approval is needed to use GPS to track a car, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to track a driver's location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners are assembling a "single, high-resolution image of our lives." "There's just a fundamental question of whether we're going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become routine," said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the organization. The group is proposing that police departments immediately delete any records of cars not linked to any crime.""
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Microsoft asks the Attorney General for Permission to Disclose Info on PRISM

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 9 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "In a blog post Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel and EVP for legal and corporate affairs said that the firm can't talk about national security requests and wants to tell its story. Smith said that the US government is preventing it from revealing NSA demands, so Microsoft is going directly to the US Attorney General.
"Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information," he said.""

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Chromebooks appear to be Selling

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about 9 months ago

puddingebola (2036796) writes "A number of different websites are commenting on NPD's consumer research numbers that claim Chromebooks are getting 20-25% of the sub-$300 PC market. From the article, "The NPD says that Google’s Chromebook has now gained 20 to 25 percent of the sub-$300 laptop market in the U.S. That’s a huge gain for a computer that’s only been on the market for two years. It’s even more impressive when you consider that Chromebooks were seen as nothing but a self-serving experiment on the part of Google for the first year of their existence." Stephen Vaughan-Nichols is also blogging about this over at ZDnet. While the PC market shrank again in the second quarter of 2013, Chromebooks seem to have grown."
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I've negleted Slashdot

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year ago

I've neglected Slashdot. Haven't been sending in my stupid stories. Haven't been posting stupid comments. Still Reading though. The excitement of technology! The excitement of technology!

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Post again

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Haven't posted anything to my important journal in a while. Sorry, forgot about it. I probably haven't posted in a while because i forgot to brush my teeth and the bacteria invaded my brain and made me do crazy things. It's always that tooth decay bacteria.

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Seaweed

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Came home and ate some seaweed. Really bittle. Made me wonder about what kind of techonology these Koreans are using to create these food substances. All the same, I was able to chew it up. Don't know how it's going to feel on exit though.

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Wheels

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I have been watching Google, Apple, and Microsoft have their techonolgy war. Who will win? Who cares. John Lennon says there are no problems, only solutions. When will the monkey people of planet 3 decide that there must be some better way to behave on planet 3?

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Vitamin Technology

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I discovered the whole wheat cereal I eat for breakfast every morning doesn't have all my daily intake of vitamins...What to do? Then I discovered the solution: vitamin pills. Vitamin pill technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Inside the vitamin there are special chemicals that turn my urine different colors. This is the most entertainment I have had in a very, very long time.

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Refrigerator Technology

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Found some technology in the refrigerator this morning, some genetically modified fruit. I'm pretty sure it was genetically modified, it had arms and legs. No mouth yet, however. I'm kind of scared.

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Persued

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Ate a delicious banana. I know my comments on Slashdot are poignant and insightful, yet someone keeps modding them down with the "offtopic" insult. It's like I'm being hunted, being persued. It must be someone who is out to destroy me. I must be careful. They must be out to get me.

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Good nights sleep

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Had a good nights sleep last night. Heard the toe truck dragging somebody's car away at about 4 am, but I went to bed so early it didn't matter waking up so early. A technology called an alarm clock awoke me later. It is amazing, it converted radio waves into sound. I sprang out of bed a short hour and a half after hearing these wonderous sounds.

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Today I woke up with gas

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I woke up with gas this morning, but its passes now. Thankfully. Can't think of tie in with technology.

This journal thing is really taking off.

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Dem Cowboys

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I saw dem Dallas Cowboys on the TV last night, and they scored 24 points to the New York Giants 17 points. This conferred victory upon their franchise. It was delightful. This doesn't have very much to do with technology or science though. Except maybe, that I think the Cowboys use iPads to analyze plays.

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dIARY ENTRY 9/5/2012

puddingebola puddingebola writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Today I went to Starbucks and ate a blueberry muffin and had a coffee. I had just used this fluoride rinse shit on my teeth, and I didn't wait the recommended 30 minutes after using it, so when I ate the muffin it probably coated my teeth in sugar and cavities are forming at the base of my teeth and I'll need a root canal.

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