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Grocer invents gun with no moving parts

Australian grocery wholesaler Mike O'Dwyer has invented a gun with no moving parts that can fire one million rounds per minute, compared to actual guns where the fastest one 'only' fires 6000 rounds per minute. I can't say the invention of new ways for killing people overjoys me, but the technology does impress me.

Linked on the 12th of December, 2000 Details

P2P explained

The Red Herring features a no-nonsense article about P2P networking that cuts through the hype. Well worth reading.

Linked on the 11th of December, 2000 Details

German police arrest blind driver

According to the Press Association this week police in Mainz, Germany, arrested a blind man for driving a car along the city's main street. The blind man explained he had always wanted to give driving a try. He realised the dangers but kept things safe by 'driving a couple of feet at a time, stopping, getting out and walking around the car checking for obstacles'.


There's plenty more like this at the BBC's Planet Tabloid page.

Linked on the 10th of December, 2000 Details

Erik Estrada has a fan site

You haven't surfed the net if you haven't visited the official Erik Estrada fan site.

Linked on the 10th of December, 2000 Details

Hunter S. Thompson at ESPN

I have absolutely no interest in sport, but with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing a column for ESPN, I may suddenly acquire a taste for it.

Linked on the 9th of December, 2000 Details

HTML email tracks you

With the ever-increasing use of HTML email, senders can embed images into their emails. These can then be loaded from a remote web server or attached directly to email. When images are remote, they can be tagged by the sender to know who, exactly, opened the message and when. Giving them, in effect, a return-receipt capability that can't be disabled by the recipient. Here's a safe demonstration of this concept. Luckily, I loathe HTML email so I have it disabled anyway.

Linked on the 9th of December, 2000 Details