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Plastic Hamburger Phones Ahoy

January 27th, 2008 by iDunzo

What you see before you is a telephone. It is not a cellphone. It is not a VoIP phone. It does not have Skype or DECT or some other marketing-friendly electrical engineering designation. It is not even cordless.

Hamburger Phone

What it is, however, is a plastic hamburger. Why the sudden proliferation of cheap hamburgerphones? A movie, of course.

Source: Film Junk

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Spam Filters Suck

January 22nd, 2008 by iDunzo

As any grizzled football coach will tell you, good defense beats a good offense but that wisdom doesn’t apply to the realm of spam, where porn peddlers and Nigerian hucksters regularly outwit the latest filtering software.

The most obvious problem is that it’s simply not possible to update filtering software frequently enough to catch all of the spammers’ assorted innovations.

Techniques like disguising unsolicited messages by replacing the “i” in Viagra with a “1” or using images in lieu of text, for example drive me crazy.

At the same time, an overly aggressive approach can be disastrous, trapping legitimate email as false positives which also sucks.

One possible route to improvement: Instead of focusing on suspicious content, consider the trustworthiness of the sources.

Oscar Boykin, a computer engineering professor at the University of Florida, suggests that filters would work better with more widespread use of authentication systems, which make it harder for spammers to forge source addresses.

Emerging standards like Sender ID and DomainKeys, for instance, verify that a message’s sender and domain are legit.

Improved computer security would also help, since many illicit messages are sent from computers infected with malware. Here’s some additional food for thought on the issue of spam.

There’s egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;

So what do you think? Could we do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?

Urgghh! What do you mean ‘Urgghh’? I don’t like spam!

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McDonald’s Podcasts

January 21st, 2008 by iDunzo

Ok, I’m a fan of McDonald’s. Yes I know it’s probably not good for me but it tastes so good. Quarter Pounders with cheese and a side of fries is the best.

Anyway, for a little lunch research to see just how bad the food is for me, moments ago I went to the McDonald’s website and apparently they have a podcast.

Don’t believe me? Here’s a direct link to the McDonald’s podcast to see for yourself.

At McDonald’s, we are committed to listen to our customers and be open and direct about the facts surrounding our people, our food and our restaurants.

In order to share the real story of McDonald’s, we have created a series of podcasts.

I was hoping for something fun like a podcast about cheese burgers, shamrock shakes or even maybe the world famous McRib sandwich but I was denied, like a red headed step child.

Disclaimer: I don’t mean any ill will towards real red headed step children around the world. I’m just saying…

Anyway, basically the podcasts are about corporate stuff at McDonald’s. Maybe there are some hidden gems. I’ll have to poke around and see.

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Jet Toaster Browns Bread in 50 Seconds

December 24th, 2007 by iDunzo

This prototype toaster, designed for Heinz in the UK by student Oliver Newberry, is probably the best toaster the world has seen.

Heinz Turbo Toaster

Instead of relying on pansy radiation, the Turbo Toaster uses a fan to take the heat right to the toast, blasting air across a heating element.

Fittingly, given the popularity of Beans on Toast with the British student, Newberry designed the Turbo Toaster to deal with the problem of the beans going cold while the toast was cooking.

While I might suggest it would be simpler to just start the toaster earlier, I admire anyone who solves a problem in such an over the top manner.

Amazingly, this might actually see production next year.

Source: Daily Mail

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Folding Cup: Flawed Cootie Avoiding Concept

December 6th, 2007 by iDunzo

The premise of the Folding Cup is that, at a party, you are forever in danger of grabbing somebody else’s paper cup.

Designer Jaehyung Hong solves this problem with tiny fold up tabs around the base, each carrying a number, letter or symbol from a deck of cards:

Folding Cup

So. The procedure: First, choose a code and twist the tabs to mark your drink.

Second. Try to remember it.

Third, try to both read and remember the code after several cocktails.

See the problem? The concept will probably never surface, but don’t despair.

The time honored method still works: write your name on the cup with a sharpie. And use big letters.

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