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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Week in Geek

posted by on July 27 at 14:14 PM


The average American worker wastes 1.7 hours—nearly 20%—of their workday online. The average Slog reader, significantly more.

Grad students at NYU are working on getting your plants to call you when they’re thirsty. “We hope that the system will help people learn how to take better care of their plants over time and maybe not even need the phone calls after a while.”

Computer learns baby talk. “Wow, that’s really annoying,” say researchers, and turn it off.

The CNN/YouTube debates, as imagined by local funny man Matthew Baldwin, aka The Defective Yeti. Bueno.

Twitter. I still don’t get it.

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

For only $125, this umbrella’s handle will light up when it’s going to rain, so you don’t forget to bring it with you! Wow!

Here’s what you do: Take your computer into a room near your (roommate|(girl|boy)friend|boss|worst enemy). Open this page in 15 browser tabs, about 1 second apart. Crank up the volume, lock the door, and go buy more RAM.

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I hope the bionic man doesn't get his ATM card stolen now...

Posted by bma | July 27, 2007 3:10 PM

Computers allow us to be 20% more efficient, so it's a wash.

Posted by Paulus | July 27, 2007 3:29 PM

Well, you may be 20 percent more efficient, but I'm 200 percent more efficient.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 27, 2007 4:03 PM

Anthony -- I'm the kind of guy where when the until the kid's 7 or so, I can't really put him on the spindle and start getting 'em ship shape. At which point, I have a 7 year old computer.

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