Oct 022007
 

Windows Live

Looks like MS just added another online shop to its Live arsenal.

Jellyfish is a comparative shopping web site that shares revenue with their customers. When you boil it down it’s a search engine that is perfect for when you want to buy something online and they’re supposedly able to bring you lower prices through this model of theirs.

Jellyfish’s version of pay per action, which it calls “Value Per Action (VPA),” splits the advertiser’s fee with the customer, in effect compensating that person for his or her attention

To give a visual representation of how this works to lower prices, they have a pic:

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I’m not holding my breath.

 Posted by at 9:26 pm
Oct 022007
 

National Treasure 2

In this follow up to the box office hit National Treasure, treasure hunter Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) once again sets out on an exhilarating, action-lacked new global quest to unearth hidden history and treasures.

This is everything that the Da Vinci Code wanted to be but failed to deliver. Due out on 12/21/07.

Official Site with gallery, downloads, clips.

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 Posted by at 6:42 am
Oct 022007
 

Science

Contamination from bacteria DNA generally make up 50 to more than 90 percent of the raw DNA extracted from the bone and muscles of most ancient specimens. In contrast, more than 90 percent of the DNA extracted from hairs taken from woolly mammoth specimens in a new study belonged to the extinct mega-mammals themselves.

The secret ingredient is keratin, a protein that protects the hair’s DNA from bacteria.

The implications here of course are that the future is bright for cloning experts eyeing the Wooly Mammoth’s return.

Here’s the rest of the science story from MSNBC.

 Posted by at 6:00 am
Oct 022007
 

Boeing Hummingbird

The autonomous unmanned rotorcraft, measuring 35 feet long with a 36-foot rotor diameter, eventually will fly more than 140 knots with a ceiling of 25,000 to 30,000 ft. (high hover capability up to 15,000 ft.) for up to 20 hours.

And in a major milestone last week, Boeing has successfully flown its A160T Hummingbird unmanned vehicle for eight hours while carrying a 1,000-pound payload. During its longest flight to date and the program’s 42nd flight overall, the aircraft reached an altitude of 5,000 feet near Victorville, Calif. The half-ton payload simulated the delivery of critical supplies to the battlefield. Future payloads will include a combination of sensors, weapons and systems to perform a variety of missions.

Read the full coverage at Space War.

 Posted by at 12:05 am
Oct 012007
 

Master Chief as a chick

You can bid for this one of a kind statue on ebay here. Right now the bid is up to US$1575 and 10% of the winning bid goes to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

This figure is 11.5 ” tall to the tip of the sniper rifle and is created in polymer clay. You can view some of the artist’s other works here, like the Zombie Hooker, Futurama Leela and one of the weirder ones Poko the clown.

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 Posted by at 8:02 am