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Happy New Years Eve! I hope you all have something planned that suits your own idea of how to celebrate the occasion. If you do hit the roads, however, please remember to be extra careful... I managed to have not one, but two scares behind the wheel yesterday from bad drivers (a guy in oncoming traffic borrowing a portion of my lane and a woman who thought using the turn signal before switching to my lane meant she didn't have to even look to see if a car was already there) within minutes of each other, which seemed to serve as a warning about what happens when some of these drivers (even the good ones) have a few belts in them. And of course, please don't drink and drive yourself... if safety doesn't serve as enough of a motivator, many U.S. states, my native New York included, have recently lowered the legal limits... in these parts it's now illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of over .08. Oh yeah, and for those of you in the East where the ball (or equivalent) has dropped already, Happy New Year (and remember, please don't tell the rest of us what happens in the future, or our actions may change what is meant to be).

Hey look at that... guess there was indeed one last ramble at the bottom of the 2002 pile!

Play Time: Spamwars (Flash required). Thanks John W. Simms.
Links of the Day: Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence. Thanks Jeff Wilson and Slashdot.
Stop Alien Abductions. Thanks Outlaw Josie Wales.
Stories of the Day: Toy pandas bearing swastikas a cultural mix-up. Thanks Jeff Baker.
Browsers go back to the future. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Wild Science: Researchers revive 15-year-old frozen blood. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Giving robots the gift of sight. Thanks Mike Martinez.
Weird Science: Lab-grown steaks nearing the menu. Thanks [MP] Wolverine [MP].
Auction of the Day: Yamaha LOTR Bike. Thanks Arturo Cisneros, Jr.
Follow-up: UNIQUE Tron Environmental Upright! ONLY 1! The outcome of a previous auction of the day.

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27. Meat eating Jan 1, 2003, 12:04 KS
 
> "People are vegetarians and vegans on Earth and they do
> quite well," comments Thomas Dreschel, director of NASA's
> Fundamental Biology Outreach Programme

OMG, any American who worked in some organization with "programme" in its name, no wonder they're wood to the wind for vegetarianism.

 
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26. Browsers Jan 1, 2003, 07:58 Hazard
 
Huh? Just read the "Browsers Back to the Future" article. Is this meant to be a joke?

If I understand the proposal correctly, the "new" way for back buttons to work is exactly the way it has been working for ages. In fact, it has never been different, even the old Mosaic did it that way.

However, the old way, as pictured in the article, seems to be new. A button that goes up one level in the site hierarchy has (to my knowledge) never been implemented. Partially because it wouldn't work in many cases because not every directory level on a web server has suitable index pages, I think.

Maybe I missed the point completely, but I think the author of the article got something substantially wrong.

 
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25. Hmm.. Dec 31, 2002, 18:12 Cicatrix
 
Maybe this is the perfect compliment to The One KeyRing that my uncle found in some cavern.

 
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24. Re: MAVAV NOT REAL Dec 31, 2002, 17:36 indiv
 
Before you get into an uproar about it, remember that it's a hoax.

Isn't part of the fun of posting these things watching people get all bent out of shape about it? You spoiled the fun.



 
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23. Re: Musical lanes Dec 31, 2002, 16:21 Pellet Puppy
 
Blue is "a website man"

 
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22. Re: Musical lanes Dec 31, 2002, 15:49 SacredGinmill
 
About the motorcycle auction. The guy spent 6 months building this thing and all he can say about Aragorn was that he is "a heroic man" ?

 
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21. Re: Musical lanes Dec 31, 2002, 15:34 Riker
 
If I were king, along with measures to make sure that breathalizers were as reliable as possible, first drunk driving offense? 5 years in jail. Second? Life. And when I'm king, parole is a word you'll only find in history books.

Someone make me king. Please.

If that doesn't happen, any drunk driver who injures or kills someone I care about had best go into hiding, or they won't last very long.

 
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20. Re: Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 15:23 Hump
 
Yeah, people in Australia are already hung-over

I hear thats a constant state of being in Australia...no?

 
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19. Re: Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 14:33 Psyclone
 
Dec 31, 12:23 Blue

"Oh yeah, and for those of you in the East where the ball (or equivalent) has dropped already, Happy New Year (and remember, please don't tell the rest of us what happens in the future, or our actions may change what is meant to be)."
Am I in a time warp here? According to my clock/calendar, it's till December 31st here...??
I'm pretty bad at this time zone stuff for some reason, but if my calculations are correct, it's already the New Year in all of Australia by now, and (by the Gregorian calendar, at least) as far west as Southeast Asia by now...


D'oh. My limited mind was thinking East Coast...*crawls back into his hole*


 
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18. Re: No subject Dec 31, 2002, 14:30 Bronco
 
would be fun to make a group called Humans Against Mothers With Too Much Time on Their Hands

When I was in high school a couple of guys were selling DAMM t-shirts:

Drunks Against Mad Mothers.

Very poor taste but funny just the same.


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17. Re: No subject Dec 31, 2002, 14:00 UttiniDaKilrJawa
 
too bad its fake:) would be fun to make a group called Humans Against Mothers With Too Much Time on Their Hands:)

 
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16. Re: MAVAV NOT REAL Dec 31, 2002, 13:57  Blue 
 
And that is included in the Slashdot link.  
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15. MAVAV NOT REAL Dec 31, 2002, 13:53 Xombie
 
Before you get into an uproar about it, remember that it's a hoax.


This comment was edited on Dec 31, 13:55.
 
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14. I hate that Dec 31, 2002, 13:48 Outlaw Josey Wales
 
I hate it when people misspell my name

Stop Alien Abductions. Thanks Outlaw Josie Wales.

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13. Re: Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 13:17 Hazard
 
I'm pretty bad at this time zone stuff for some reason, but if my calculations are correct, it's already the New Year in all of Australia

Yep. It is.

 
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12. Re: Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 13:09 diRty roBot
 
Yeah, people in Australia are already hung-over

 
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11. Re: Question regarding BS auctions Dec 31, 2002, 12:28  Blue 
 
Well here's an interesting article that touches on issues like that from our stories of the day on the 27th:

http://www.business2.com/articles/mag/0,1640,42194,00.html
 
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10. Re: Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 12:23  Blue 
 
"Oh yeah, and for those of you in the East where the ball (or equivalent) has dropped already, Happy New Year (and remember, please don't tell the rest of us what happens in the future, or our actions may change what is meant to be)."

Am I in a time warp here? According to my clock/calendar, it's till December 31st here...??

I'm pretty bad at this time zone stuff for some reason, but if my calculations are correct, it's already the New Year in all of Australia by now, and (by the Gregorian calendar, at least) as far west as Southeast Asia by now...
 
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9. Question regarding BS auctions Dec 31, 2002, 12:09 c r i s p y
 
OK, here's a question that's occured to me on more than one occasion:

Obviously, no one in thier right mind actually intends to pay $6100 for a videogame cabinet made out of snow, so what happens on Ebay when a buyer defaults on payment? Is there any kind of mechanism in place to prevent them from bidding on other auctions?

I have also seen cases where a seller lists something (ususally a no-reserve item) and there is a single, overly-inflated bid on the item which I suspect is made by the seller himself. Is there anything to stop a seller from bidding on his/her own auctions, simply to run up the price?

Thanks in advance.
 
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8. Eh? Dec 31, 2002, 12:01 Psyclone
 
"Oh yeah, and for those of you in the East where the ball (or equivalent) has dropped already, Happy New Year (and remember, please don't tell the rest of us what happens in the future, or our actions may change what is meant to be)."

Am I in a time warp here? According to my clock/calendar, it's till December 31st here...??

 
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