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When smilies go wrong

I don’t object to the textual smilies people use. However, I utterly butterly loathe the yellow graphics :( …especially those spawn of satans animated versions. My email client tends to convert text smilies into the graphic versions – yeuk. Except,

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Is there a national shortage of paper tissues

Sitting here typing while being entertained by the symphony of sniffing from several work colleagues. Why can’t people blow their noses properly anymore? It’s the same on the tube on the way to work. If bird flu takes off as

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CCTV’s cause UK’s Obesity epidemic

Consider two seemingly unrelated issues: A combination of CCTVs, biometrics, databases and tracking technologies has resulted in Britain becoming the most spied on nation in the world, according to a government privacy watchdog. http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=333302&ssid=204&sid=LIF and…. British health officials claim obesity

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WWII archive photos go online

More than five million aerial photographs of World War II are to be made publicly available on the internet. The pictures will go online on Monday. Taken by the RAF, they were used by Allied commanders to help devise their

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A “silent” passenger plane

A radically redesigned passenger jet could alleviate a major complaint of people who live near major airports–the deafening sound of planes taking off and landing. A team of 40 researchers from Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spent

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Spiffy photo

From Nasa’s photo of the day website.

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New anti-spam thingy

The funny text anti-spam thingy was a tad unreliable and difficult to read. I managed to find a much better one based on ye olde mathematics – yay. Should make commenting on here a lot easier in future. Thanks

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Samsung’s new mobile phone concept?

Samsung has partnered with Korea University to develop a machine-gun equipped sentry robot, which consists of “two cameras: one for day-time and one for infrared night vision, zooming capabilities, a speaker for notifying the intruder, sophisticated pattern recognition to detect

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Website Explains How To Make A Nuclear Bomb

The US government posted on the Internet Iraqi documents that explain how to build a nuclear bomb, the New York Times reported on its website. The Times said that officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency had complained to US

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Illness

It’s two years to the day since I collapsed outside the office and ended up being carted off to hospital in an Ambulance. And the start of several months of serious ickyness – although in hindsight, I had been ill

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US political ads

They don’t get much better than this (via Digg)

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It is now officially “Christmas”

The local starfucks is packed full of xmasy stuff and they have dragged out the red paper festive cups. I now declare it is officially Christmas.

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Witches are not grisly old hags…

…says, a grisly old hag. Laurie Cabot is a proud witch, and she’s fighting for her civil rights. In between psychic readings and running a shop that sells everything a witch needs to get started, Cabot is mailing letters to

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Speeding up websites

Found (via Digg) this very interesting article about how to optimise the delivery of webpages, written by a Google Geek. http://www.die.net/musings/page_load_time/ I am familiar with most of them at a superficial level, having a while ago, read an equivalent article

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Engrossing magazine = missed train stop

Each morning on the way to work, I read The Economist. This week they have a special about France, and I am afraid to say that I got rather stuck into it. So I managed to miss my underground change

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