the return of PointCast

This time it's called the "MacOS Tiger RSS scroller". I've already gotten multiple requests to clone this into xscreensaver and the damned thing isn't even out yet! I guess I ought to generalize the various text-sourcing savers (starwars, phosphor, apple2, fontglide, and gltext) so that it's easier to bulk-configure them to point at intardweb resources. Not enough people know about the glorious banality of ljlatest, I suspect.

I should pitch this new "Push Technology" to a VC. I think we can make big money by filling your screen with ads while you're not at your desk.

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Black Hole Created, Earth To Implode

Lab fireball 'may be black hole'

It was generated at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in New York, US, which smashes beams of gold nuclei together at near light speeds. When the gold nuclei smash into each other they are broken down into particles called quarks and gluons. These form a ball of plasma about 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun. This fireball, which lasts just 10 million, billion, billionths of a second, can be detected because it absorbs jets of particles produced by the beam collisions.

[...] The Brown researcher thinks the particles are disappearing into the fireball's core and reappearing as thermal radiation, just as matter is thought to fall into a black hole and come out as "Hawking" radiation.

"Ten million, billion, billionths of a second" is one of the stupidest formulations I've seen in a while. I think that says "ten billion uh, million seconds", but I'd guess the word they were trying to avoid using was "femtosecond".

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