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What’s the story of the 1958 hiker?

not-an-iphone“The 1958 Hiker” is a story about a hiker who lost his map. As he drifted off to sleep that night, a visitor from the year 2008 taunted him with revelations of the future. This article was previously posted to Google Knol. In the story of The 1958 Hiker, a lone hiker is making his [more...]

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Apr
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2012
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What’s the back-story to the “Defender” video game?

defender“Defender” was a coin-operated arcade game from the 1980. I wrote this whimsical back-story at the time. If you’ve played the game, you’ll understand this story. This article was previously posted to Google Knol. It was April when aliens discovered the taste of human flesh. Since then they had been sending Landers to the surface [more...]

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Apr
30
2012
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What are the key facts about Ireland?

emerald-isleIreland, and √Čire in the Irish language, are the official names of the Republic of Ireland.¬†Ireland comprises the island of Ireland, except for the six northern counties that are part of Northern Ireland and therefore of the United Kingdom. Geography Ireland has a land area of 70,280 square kilometers, including 1390 square kilometers of enclosed [more...]

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Apr
30
2012
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Who died in 2008?

2008These prominent people died in 2008: January 2008 11th: Edmund Hillary, 88 (mountaineer) 17th: Bobby Fischer, 64 (chess champion) March 2008 19th: Arthur C Clarke, 90 (science fiction author) 23rd: Neil Aspinall, 66 (Beatles’ manager) April 2008 5th: Charlton Heston, 84 (actor) May 2008 24th: Dick Martin, 86 (entertainer) June 2008 1st: Yves St Laurent, [more...]

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Apr
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2012
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What are the key facts about China?

china-lanternsChina is the most populous country in the world, and a rapidly developing one. It is the fourth largest country by land area, after Russia, Canada, and the United States. Geography China has a land area of 9,596,960 square kilometers, including enclosed water of 270,550 square kilometers. Its land bounday totals 22,117 kilometers, and it [more...]

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Apr
30
2012
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What’s Flamingo Land Resort like?

flamingo-landFlamingo Land Resort is a combined theme park, zoo and holiday park in North Yorkshire, UK. This article was originally posted to Google Knol in 2008. Rides The major rides include Velocity (a short motorcycle-themed coaster ride featuring extremely fast acceleration), Cliff Hanger (a rise-and-fall “drop tower”) and Kumali (a looping roller coaster). These rides [more...]

Apr
30
2012
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What Australian questions were asked at GA and Uclue?

unusual-australian-meatsMany interesting questions about Australia were asked and answered at the now-defunct Google Answers service, and are still being asked at Uclue. Questions about Australia from Uclue Research on the NGO sector – Australia What they do, what they buy, how they are organized Australian sport information Attendances, prices, broadcasting, fitness… Australian reporter “embedded” with [more...]

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Apr
30
2012
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What are the prefixes for binary multiples?

binary-prefixesThe SI prefixes provide a convenient way to apply a decimal scale factor to a unit of measurement. For example, 1000 meters is a kilometer (km). However, the SI prefixes are frequently misused to apply a binary scale factor that happens to be close to a decimal factor. For example, 1024 bytes is often incorrectly [more...]

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Apr
29
2012
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Are there videos of clever animals?

intelligent-duckMany animals share human characteristics such as problem-solving and game-playing, and display various forms of intelligent behavior. Here are some videos that may surprise you. Skateboarding dogs Dogs who have learned how to skateboard seem to love it, and there are plenty of videos on YouTube of skateboarding dogs. I like this video, because the [more...]

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Apr
29
2012
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Is bug-free software possible?

software-bugsUntil the mid 1980s, the prevailing expectation was that computer software would be bug-free. After the release of Windows 1.0, people started saying that you couldn’t expect complex software to be bug-free. That attitude incensed me. Software can be as robust and bug-free as people want it to be.The biggest cause of bugs in computer [more...]

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