I’d heard of this, but never seen it until now:
Here’s an idea: use Closed Captioning information to automatically generate lyrics for songs. e.g. from MTV.
First read this Onion satire from 2/04:
Then read this:
I’ll admit; I stole this story from NPR this morning.
That’s right; put down those mickey-D fries that you’re eating. McD just realized that their previous estimates of trans fats in the fries were on the low end (perhaps some of the fries dropped under the couch). The fries actually have a third more trans fats than they previously thought.
Back in 1967 the band appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on the same day as the first Super Bowl, which was then called the world championship game. They wanted to sing “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” but Sullivan insisted they change the lyrics to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together.”
Interesting idea: http://en.fon.com/
In short, if you share your Wi-Fi router, you can log onto other members’ Wi-Fi routers for free. FON runs on your router, so you don’t have to run a server on your computer. I feel like I’ve heard this plan before, but I can’t recall where…
- What’s the security story? Home users don’t set ACLs, so shared folders will be available to all FON users. And does everyone have their PC firewalls set properly?
- How inconvenient is it? I assume that your home PCs/laptops on Wi-Fi will be treated like any other customer’s laptop. So you have to authenticate to FON to use your own Wi-Fi.
- It’d be nice if you could easily share your phone or laptop’s wireless broadband connection (e.g. 3G, HSDPA, EV-DO). That would increase coverage in areas where home Wi-Fi isn’t available (e.g. buses, subways that are cell enabled).
- Outside of densely populated areas, coverage will be pretty bad. 802.11n / MIMO will help, but only so much.