XScreenSaver 5.02

XScreenSaver 5.02 out now.
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Nazi Robot Attack!

(Also note that LJ now lets you embed anything, as long as you wrap <lj-embed> around the <embed> or <object> tag. Why it doesn't just do that automatically, I don't know.)

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firefox hover

I changed the layout of the DNA Lounge calendar. The page is less wide now, since all the real data is down below the left-side menu. The top part is taken up with a calendar-grid summary. What do you think?

(I'm not real happy with how the text in the "All events are 21+" box looks, but I'm not sure how to re-arrange that.)

Dear Lazyweb, fix my CSS:

In Safari, when you move the mouse over one of the clickable calendar boxes at the top, the background color changes. In Firefox, this doesn't work. The CSS in question is
.ccell:hover { background: #040; }
Please tell me how to make this work in Firefox too. (Does it work in IE?)


To make Firefox work, add a <!DOCTYPE>. To make IE work, only use :hover on <A>.

Next question: can someone tell me why the "Calendar Overview" table on the front page is not wrapping its text in Firefox? Works fine in Safari. It should be constrained to be 180px wide, but it's not.

Update: That table needed "white-space: normal" in its CSS after I added the doctype; no idea how it got auto-set to "nowrap".

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main screen turn on

'Talking' CCTV scolds offenders
"Talking" CCTV cameras that tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour are to be extended to 20 areas across England.

Home Secretary John Reid told BBC News there would be some people, "in the minority who will be more concerned about what they claim are civil liberties intrusions".

1984 Chapter 1:

There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

George Orwell, Big Brother is watching your house

On the wall outside his former residence - flat number 27B - where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.

Orwell's view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights. The flat's rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.

Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras, together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and offices.

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Current Music: Atomica -- Larsen ♬

dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein SFPD says "no live music for you."

stupid gov't web sites

Dear Lazyweb,

I am curious to know how many businesses in San Francisco have both an ABC type 47 license (state-issued), and a Place of Entertainment license (city-issued). So I want to get both lists, so that I can compute the intersection. I'm pretty sure this is all public information, and I think I've even seen it before, but I can't find it now. ABC has a search form, but it won't give me the whole list. And I don't see anything on sfgov.org at all... Can you find it?

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Back to 18? A new chorus of critics says it's time to lower the drinking age.

Billboard Liberation!

Billboard ban in São Paulo angers advertisers
    [...which gets my vote for most shocking! headline of the year.]

The law is "a rare victory of the public interest over private, of order over disorder, aesthetics over ugliness, of cleanliness over trash," Roberto Pompeu de Toledo, a columnist and author of a history of São Paulo, wrote in the weekly newsmagazine Veja. "For once in life, all that is accustomed to coming out on top in Brazil has lost."

But advertising and business groups regard the legislation as injurious to society and an affront to their professions. They say that free expression will be inhibited, jobs will be lost and consumers will have less information on which to base purchasing decisions. They also argue that streets will be less safe at night with the loss of lighting from outdoor advertising.

"This is a radical law that damages the rules of a market economy and respect for the rule of law," said Marcel Solimeo, chief economist of the Commercial Association of São Paulo, which has 32,000 members. "We live in a consumer society and the essence of capitalism is the availability of information about products."

"What we are aiming for is a complete change of culture," said Roberto Tripoli, president of the City Council and one of the main sponsors of the legislation. "Yes, some people are going to have to pay a price. But things were out of hand and the population has made it clear it wants this."


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all your base

"This is a time-lapse photo showing the paths of the multiple re-entry vehicles deployed by the missle. One Peacekeeper can hold up to 10 nuclear warheads, each independently targeted. Were the warheads armed with a nuclear payload, each would carry with it the explosive power of twenty-five Hiroshima-sized weapons."
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Exhibit A:
Exhibit B:
Ricci Revs Up Speed Racer
Christina Ricci is joining Larry and Andy Wachowski's live-action adaptation of the 1960s cartoon Speed Racer. Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman already have boarded the high-octane project, which is based on the anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida for Japanese audiences and later imported to the United States.

Speed centers on a young race car driver, Speed (Hirsch), and his quest for glory in his thundering, gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. Ricci will star as Speed's girlfriend, Trixie, his formidable ally on and off the track.

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