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Ah, but what about future versions where - they release scent only when someone's around - they detect pets and release more and more - multiple units within wireless range all collaborate and synchronize
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Don't remember. But I learned to type as an office-boy circa 1947, from an instruction manual from the 20s, on an Underwood...
re: wasting CPU cycles: I'm humbled to think that my home PCs are wasting more CPU cycles a day than were available in the entire world about when I was born.
re: CPU cycles just for screen entertainment Notice how they're not called "screen savers" anymore since many have images that don't move and could still cause screen burn-in. Now it's "screen entertainment".
By the way, plasma screens suffer burn-in too. I've seen some really badly burned-in units in the subway because they display certain fixed pages a lot, and I've heard that folks are selling used ones on ebay that are terribly burned in from similar advertising.
I can't fathom why advertisors are paying more money and using more electricity per eyeball just to see their ads. As a kid, ads were just cardboard posters. Some were lit. Ok. Then they're backlit so they're prettier but that requires more expensive printing onto non-biodegradeable plastic sheets. Then they're on motorized rollers so many ads share the same spot. That's most annoying when they're the entire wall at a sports game. Now flat color plasma panels that I can't afford at home are being used just for advertising in theatres and even the McDonald's menus. That's just technology for technology's sake.
Ah, add a blue blinking led and charge more for the kewl-factor.
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Hmm, went to be with a headache. One of the best articles on random strings I have ever read (also, possibly, the only one) was by Mr. Thurber, who wrote...
Well, if it's all getting trashed, then recycling everything possible is usually considered agood thing-. Sadly, such chips are usually custom and inside an epoxy blob so there's nothing to see, pull apart, learn or re-use. *if*, however, any common off-the-shelf parts were used THEN hacking-altering-re-using it is possible. There are web sites for re-using ordinary household things:
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Hehe...when I was an undergrad 25+ years ago and in the marching band, our football schedule included Oberlin, which is not too far away. One year, when CWRU played Oberlin at...
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