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'Loosing' Fat

Turns out, you never really loose any fat cells, only the amount of fat stored in them. Makes you really think about body sculpting, and how much genetics really plays into body shape. Also, what happens with liposuction when you rip out a few billion fat cells?

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 22:10

James Woods at Speed

Clips like this make me really unhappy with the rise of computer-generated graphics. Car chases were a lot more exciting and visceral when you needed skilled stunt drivers and camera operators to make a sequence work.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 22:05

Yet Another Object To Crave

Okay, so there's a $699 pair of athletic shoes. What's the catch? It has a computer inside that adjusts the level of cushion and rebound based on your activity--an auto-adaptive shoe.

I'm such a dork, because I want them. Ugh.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:53

Mainline Vitamins

The Japanese have a new style of vitamin bar where the nutrients are injected intravenously into the customers. Don't know if I find that incredibly cool, or incredibly disturbing.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:51

Relative Uptime

After managing in a company where five nines (99.999% uptime) was a big selling point, it's somewhat amusing to see MySpace crowing over their industry-leading reliability of 99.96%, or what we'd call 'three and a half nines'. That's over 210 minutes of downtime each year.

Poor Twitter is angling for over 7,000 annual minutes of downtime with their 98.72% uptime.

I'm not making light of their technology and scale challenges, but these levels of uptime would never be acceptable in an enterprise environment.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:46

IPhone Naysayers: Pay Attention

One of the last complaints from 'power users' is the lack of a removable batter for the iPhone. What happens when your phone conks out and you absolutely need to get an email, SMS, or call? Well, Kensington has you covered with a reasonably elegant solution.

Now, if email notification and SMS management could stop sucking, we might have something here.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:40

CNET Powned By Someone Paying Attention

Turns out CNET ratings aren't that useful after all. Some good statistical analysis show that CNET gives good ratings to almost everything with 19 out of 20 reviews between 5.0 and 8.9 out of 10.

Disappointing, but not unexpected. Caveat Emptor, as they say.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:37

Because It Was Bound To Happen Anyway

Reviving the 'Nazis in Space' theme is Iron Sky, from the makers of the Star Wreck series:

Courtesy of Faisal.

by Christopher Heiser on May 7 21:35
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