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April 28, 2009

LOTD for April 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 5:45 pm

Please excuse any typos in today’s LOTD because I’m writing this via my phone while watching my girls have their gym class.

It was great to invent a new beamforming technique today! I wrote half of a paper today and something just came to me when I was writing it!

FREE food at El Pollo Loco today. The Taste the Fire® Offer (“offer”) consists of one flame-grilled leg and one flame-grilled thigh, two tortillas (choice of flour or corn) and fresh salsa. I had it for lunch and it was even better than the KFC chicken yesterday. No coupon is needed, so stop by an El Pollo Loco tonight if you live or work near one!
http://www.elpolloloco.com/whatsnew/tastethefire.html

Article about how the swine flu is the long-predicted result of the world’s industrial animal farming system, with more than 1 billion pigs and more than 70 billion chickens raised each year for human consumption, animal farming methods make the creation of new virus types inevitable. They are currently studying the big pig farms in Mexico to see if they had a role in creating this new strain of swine flu, which is a mixture of four different viruses: North American swine flu, North American avian flu, human H1N1 flu and a swine flu strain found in Asia and Europe:
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/04/is-swine-flu-a-bioterrorist-vi.html

Mexico complained when a Health official in Israel proposed changing the name of the “swine flu” to the “Mexican flu”:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710813348&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

An Austrian lab accidentally sent out a batch of bird flu and it got mixed with a human flu strain, which could have created a hybrid flu that could have caused a pandemic:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126983.400

US National Academy of Engineering panel concluded that even the strongest levees and flood walls might not be able to save New Orleans if it was hit with a hurricane like Katrina again:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17040-levees-wont-save-new-orleans-from-another-katrina.html

Journal paper challenges the popular theory that an asteroid led to the extinction of the dinosaurs:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=114648&org=NSF&from=news

Chemical gel shows that robots can be created without using any electronics–based on how the oscillating BZ reaction creates an autonomous material that moves without electronic stimulation:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16910-chemical-caterpillar-points-to-electronicsfree-robots.html

It appears that Apple is preparing to offer two devices for Verizon–an “iPhone lite” (smaller and less expensive than the iPhone) and a media pad:
Article link

http://apple20.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/04/28/steve-jobs-verizon-the-iphone-and-the-ipad/?source=yahoo_quote

Microsoft is talking with Verizon about Microsoft’s “Pink” phone that is geared towards competing with the iPhone:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124093915558664239.html

There are a lot of knockoff cell phones (Hi-phone instead of iPhone, etc.) in China, accounting for more than 20% of their cell phone sales:
http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/apr/28/1b28ripoff2195-phony-cell-phones-big-profits-china/?uniontrib

Two Pennsylvania men tried to set the world record for text messaging in a month. One man sent 140,000 text messages (the record is set by a man in India who sent over 182,000 texts in a month) and was shocked to get a $26,000 bill from T-Mobile! T-Mobile’s “unlimited” text plan only allows 100,000 text messages per month, and he was lucky that T-Mobile removed his charges:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/91179-Men-Chase-Texting-Record-Get-Record-Bill

This article gives some good advice for LinkedIn users. The project that I’m working on right now was initiated via LinkedIn, so I can attest to the usefulness of the system!
http://www.star-telegram.com/business/story/1340677.html

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