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May 18th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-05-18 09:41
  Subject:   [Digg] Advertisers catch on that Tivo lets people skip commercials - pant crapalarity ensues.
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At the heart of the advertisers' argument is the much-reported propensity for DVR users to fast-forward through commercials. Some users are said to have shifted their entire TV viewing habits to best avoid exposure to ads. If they want to see something live, they prefer to start watching half an hour late, just to be able to skip commercial breaks.

It's a terrifying statistic for advertisers and networks because, "The thing that scares us most is that they say, 'When we get TiVo, we're going to skip commercials,'" said Kristi Argyilan, executive vice president of channel insight at Arnold, a Boston ad agency. And Pam McNeely, group media director at Dailey & Associates Advertising (IPG ), figures the number of installed DVRs could go to 40 percent by the end of 2007. "You tell that to clients," she says, "and they say, 'Oh, my God! I'm cutting TV spending.'"


http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060517-6853.html

Besides Mythbusters, I haven't seen a damn thing worth watching on TV in... at least two years. Know why viewers are walking away? Know why people are buying DVRs in droves to filter out all the crap? BECAUSE THE NETWORKS DESERVE IT!!!

(Nelson)Heh-HEH!(/Nelson)


Also, MySpace is not cool any more. ;]
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-05-18 10:03
  Subject:   Heliodisplay tech FTW!
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Originally mentioned at Gizmodo as a prototype in 2003, IO2 Technology has just completed the production unit and provided the details behind the revolutionary HelioDisplay which produces interactive 3D dsiplays in thin air (via lasers) from common sources.

Inputs from most regular sources: PC,TV, DVD, HDTV, video game consoles. Projects a 22″ to 42″ (depending on model) diagonal image that floats above the device. It is interactive, like a virtual touch screen: a hand or finger can act as a mouse. Although the HelioDisplay uses lasers, the images are not holographic.


http://www.ohgizmo.com/2005/08/30/ohgizmo-exclusive-interview-with-the-heliodisplay-inventor/

http://www.io2technology.com/


See also the Slashdot story from August 2k5:

>It actually works by shooting a mist into the air and projecting an image onto said mist.

So the DoS attack against this is a ceiling fan?
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-05-18 17:50
  Subject:   (no subject)
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  Mood:ITMFA
  Music:"Well, fucking DUH!!!"
A Pentagon probe into the death of Iraqi civilians last November in the Iraqi city of Haditha will show that U.S. Marines "killed innocent civilians in cold blood," a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday. From the beginning, Iraqis in the town of Haditha said U.S. Marines deliberately killed 15 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including seven women and three children.

Military officials told NBC News that the Marine Corps' own evidence appears to show Murtha is right.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12838343/
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-05-18 17:56
  Subject:   [ISTGINMTSU][Fark] Man drinks 24 cans of Coors Light a day... for 8 years straight!
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  Mood:impressed
  Music:AC/DC - Have A Drink On Me

AND HE KEEPS ALL 70,000 OF THE CANS!!!



When property manager Ryan Froerer got a call from a realtor last year to check on a townhouse, he knew something was up. Ryan Froerer "said it was the sickest thing he's ever seen. Just unimaginable that someone could live in that." He couldn't even open the front door. It was blocked from inside.

The realtor had forewarned him about the smell. "He poked his head in, the smell was so awful he couldn't go in." At the back door, Froerer was astounded by what he saw in the kitchen. "As we approached the door, there were beer boxes, all the way up to the ceiling."

Inside, he took just a few snapshots to document the scene. Beer cans by the tens of thousands. Mountains of cans burying the furniture. The water and heat were shut off, apparently on purpose by the tenant, who evidently drank Coors Light beer exclusively for the eight years he lived there.


http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=268346


When contacted by the press, the tenant was quoted as saying: "Bite my shiny, metal, ass!!"
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