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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
grover sat alone on the shelf, placid red smile stiched across his goofy blue face. his fabric eyed gaze never shifted.
he couldn’t see it coming.
when the knife pulled free from the back of his head, his polyester brains spilled to the floor. only a sad smile remained. had grover only been able to see his attacker, things may have been different.
grover the muppet — barely alive.
we can rebuild him. we have the technology.
The SeatlePI is speculating that "a single event may have sealed AT&T Wireless's fate: the opportunity for its customers to leave" citing that they were "infamously apathetic" to it's customers.
I can only tell you in my sparse experience this was certainly not the case. As at&t wireless agents/representatives, we had strict guidelines for customer service and were monitored several times each month
"A full-scale quantum computer could produce reliable results even if its components performed no better than today's best first-generation prototypes, according to a paper in the March 3 issue in the journal Nature* by a scientist at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)."
"In popular science fiction, the power of invisibility is readily apparent. Star Trek fans, for example, know that the devious Romulans could make their spaceships suddenly disappear. But is the idea really so implausible? Not according to new findings by scientists who say they have come up with a way to create cloaking device."
"Ever wish you could be Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future II and travel to a future where city windows display pastoral scenes and the newspaper is a disposable piece of constantly updating, foldable plastic? Well, that movie magic may soon come to life, thanks to a new class of materials recently developed by researchers at Oregon State University and Hewlett Packard."
The BBC news is reporting that "people are becoming so dependent on their mobile phones that one in three are concerned that losing their phone would mean they lose their friends."
"We're a nation of lazy so-and-sos," David Noone from Intervoice said."
"Microsoft and telecom gear maker Alcatel have created a development and sales partnership for software that delivers services to TVs over the Internet."
Paris Hilton's address book, famously kept on a T-Mobile Sidekick, has been popping up all over the internet after someone managed to figure out her password.
"Scientists have developed three new robots that walk a lot like humans do. The androids, unveiled yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., are extremely efficient, using about the same amount of energy as a person out for a stroll does."
"A huge explosion halfway across the galaxy packed so much power it briefly altered Earth's upper atmosphere, astronomers said Friday. No known eruption beyond our solar system has ever appeared as bright upon arrival."
"Scientists have embarked on a massive project to "barcode" every species of life on earth to create what would be a modern-day Noah's Ark to aid research." Alarmists will say this is the beginning of 'being marked'. Some folks think this is what The Bible refers to when it says those "with a mark on their head or hands". Will panic ensue? Will protests abound?
Oh man, an astronomer at Princeston states that some planets in our galaxy may have a thick layer of diamonds just below the surface. Woohoo! Where's my spacesuit? Oh, none in our solar system though. Figures. Story at Reuters.
We had about an hours down time this morning due to a fight between a 97 Ford Explorer and one of our old power poles. The pole lost. Well, actually you should have seen the other guy too - what a mess. There were splinters and glass everywhere. But our greedy electric company was their usual prompt self and got us back online in record time with little loss of revenue. I apologize for any inconvenience this must have caused. Thanks.
This story kinda hits home for me as I now work on a computer all day for cingular wireless (formerly AT&T in our branch). I guess this is why call volume has been increasing steadily lately. Here's the full story on Reuter's slow ass site.