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Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Naughty gnomes made to cover up
A man has covered up his lewd garden gnomes with painted-on swimwear after police warned him he faced arrest for causing public offence. One of the gnomes now sports a polka-dot bikini, said local resident John Threlkeld, who passes the gnomes every day on his way to work.
Man eats McDonalds for two weeks, loses 3 pounds but increases cholesterol. Mentions that the premise of the movie "Super Size Me" includes a no exercise 5000 calorie diet, is it any wonder one might get fat on such a diet?
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Man Wins Lottery Three Times in One Night
Man thinking that he didn't have a ticket for the current lottery, asked his friend to buy the same numbers while on vacation. Then thinking his friend might have bought the wrong numbers decided to purchase the same numbers a 3rd time.
Pixel counting can unredact govt docs
If a non monospaced font is used a computer can determine the set of words that would correctly fill the pixel space of a blacked out word.
They found the number of pixels that had been blacked out in the sentence: "An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an xxxxxxxx service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike." They then used a computer to determine the pixel length of words in the dictionary when written in the Arial font.
The program rejected all of the words that were not within three pixels of the length of the word that was probably under the blacked-out area in the document.
The software then reduced the number of possible words to just seven from 1,530 by using semantic guidelines, including the grammatical context. The researchers selected the word "Egyptian" from the seven possible words...
Monday, May 10, 2004
Puppy Dials Ambulance, Crew Responds
The switchboard operators tried to talk to the caller, but heard only a gruff, barking sound.
"They were afraid someone needed help and was trying to say so they asked for assistance from the police," he told NRK
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Adidas Creates Computerized 'Smart Shoe'
Adidas says it has created the world's first "smart shoe" by mating it with a computer chip that adapts its cushioning level to a runner's size and stride.