Correction?

(via The Talent Show)

Horoscope:

The Star ran the incorrect horoscope in some editions of today’s FYI section. If your paper has a repeat of the Tuesday horoscope today, turn to Page A-6 for the correct one for July 29. The FYI section is printed in advance.

This correction actually appeared in The Kansas City Star. Just what are they correcting? Was the horoscope on page A-6 more correct than the on in the FYI section? Why are newspapers, the supposed purveyors of truth, even running horoscopes?

temptation on the porn elf

(from the there’s some awfully strange people out there dept.)

While browsing my web access logs, I discovered that someone came to this web site because this page is among Google’s top results for the search string, temptation on the porn elf.

Up until now, I thought “nude pictures of Hugh Beaumont” was the strangest search string found in my access logs (for the record, there are no nude pictures of Hugh Beaumont anywhere on this web site).

Merry CHRISTMS

(from the not sure this is what the holidays are supposed to about dept.)

DoD News: Contracts for October 4, 2004:

CUBIC Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,765,298 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of one Combined Hungarian Range Instrumentation and Simulation Training Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (CHRISTMS) for the Government of Hungary under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed in October 2005. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N61339-04-C-0104).

CHRISTMS: Combined Hungarian Range Instrumentation and Simulation Training Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System – having been involved in the acronym game, I can only wonder how long it took to come up with that one. It’s almost as bad as Automatic Omninodal-Heuristic Engine.

As if flying wasn’t already bad enough…

Cell phone calls in flight?:

The Federal Communications Commission said that at its Dec. 15 meeting it will discuss possible revisions to rules prohibiting cell phone use on commercial flights. That’s the first step of the process needed to lift the ban.

Cell phone use has been banned due to concerns about how it could affect an aircraft’s navigation. And cell phones sometimes have trouble working when the plane is at cruising altitude because phone towers aren’t built to project their signals that high.

Let’s see — uncomfortable seats, screaming babies, boring people* who insist on talking for the entire flight, bad food (or no food) — I know, let’s add cell phones to the mix — oh yes that will make flying much more pleasant.

*I know there are many interesting people who fly, but I’m almost never seated near them.

Firefox users ignore online ads

(via the The Laporte Report)

Firefox users ignore online ads, report says:

Internet Explorer users are at least four times as likely to click on Web ads than Firefox users, a German advertising technology company said last week.

The company, Adtech, found that during October and November, only 0.11 percent of Firefox users ever clicked on an ad, compared with around 0.5 percent of IE users. The percentage of IE users clicking on ads varied depending on which version of the browser was being used, the company said: from 0.44 percent of version 6.x users to 0.53 percent of version 5.5 users. The survey was based on 1,000 Web sites in Europe that use Adtech’s ad server.

David Hallowell, a Mozilla contributor, said this trend may have emerged because nontechnical Web surfers, who tend to be IE users, are more likely to click on pop-up ads by mistake, because they think the ad is a system dialog box.

“People click on (pop-up) ads because they think the system’s trying to tell them something,” Hallowell said. “The average Firefox user is more aware that they’re ads, not system dialogs.”

Does this mean Firefox users are four times smarter than Internet Explorer users?

Republican Family Vaues

(from the it’s OK if you’re a Republican dept.)

The Korea Times: New US Homeland Chief Fathered Daughter in Korea:

Bernard Kerik, the man tasked with protecting the United States from the threat of terrorist attacks, fathered a daughter with a South Korean woman while serving on the peninsula in the mid-1970s, U.S. media reported over the weekend.

Kerik, who was selected to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of the Homeland Security Department on Thursday, had the baby with a woman identified as Sun-ja after arriving in South Korea as a 19-year-old military policeman in December 1974, according to several reports.

The baby, named Lisa, was born in 1975. But Kerik deserted her and her mother when he left the country in February 1976.

I wonder if the American press will pick up this story…