1. "All your base..." terrorist threat?

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 06:12 pm

    Boing Boing pointed out an article at the Sturgis Journal where a bunch of kids were arrested for terrorist acts.

    Sturgis police arrested seven Sturgis men for placing more than 20 threatening letters on various businesses, schools, banks and at the post office. At least 12 signs were posted Monday morning. Another 20 were put up Tuesday evening, according to Sturgis police.

    The prank was for April Fools and involved signs referencing the "All your base are belong to us" geek joke.

    The "All your base are belong to us" are lines said by Cats, a bad guy in a 1989 Japanese video game. The poor translation to English led to its use by many involved in the video game culture.

    If you'd like to inform yourself, check out the links below.
    Official Video Site

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  2. Another updated topic. Alcoholic Batteries.

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 05:36 pm

    As we mentioned earlier there has been strides in using ethanol to power a battery. Wired has also posted an article about the technology.

    "You can use any alcohol. You will be able to pour it straight out of the bottle and into your battery," said team member Nick Akers, a graduate student. "We have run it on various types. It didn't like carbonated beer and doesn't seem fond of wine, but any other works fine."

    There is still a ways to go for practical use.

    Minteer said the team is working on ways to increase their biofuel cell's power density. Currently the team's battery can produce 2 milliwatts of power per effective square centimeter. The average cell phone requires 500 milliwatts to operate.

    But it does seem promising. At least the researchers involved think so.

    Akers is confident the team will have a working prototype in a year, and that the finished product will hit store shelves a year later.

    I'd like to offer a toast... ;)

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  3. More info on OLED - "The future's bright--the future's OLED."

    jake on 2003.04.04
    at 05:22 pm

    Kodak LS633Good 'ol Gizmodo provided a link to the Australian version of ZDNet. More importantly, to an article about OLEDs. Now that a couple products (Kodak Camera) are coming around we can finally see some of the benefits this technology has to offer.

    My favorite, besides the obvious less costly flat displays, is power consumption. I can't wait till they start mass producing these things. Too bad I have to.

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