The Null Device

2001/1/14

People who cannot get up in the morning may not be lazy, but carriers of a genetic mutation -- a mutation which may be adaptive for a post-agrarian world. (writing this at 4.28am)

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re: the Morrissey/Diana thing: it gets better. The author of the conspiracy theory posted this description of his life so far. If this is not a carefully thought out hoax, then he is quite an exemplar of psychoceramicity. (Pity he can't afford to get his theory published as a book; it would look great on my bookshelf, right next to Jack the Ripper: Light-Hearted Friend).

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Did miserablist pop band The Smiths foretell the death of Diana back in the 1980s, in lyrics, cover artwork and release details? This somewhat psychoceramic page claims so. (via NtK)

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Some speculation on what IT might be. Could the mysterious, allegedly revolutionary invention be a personal jetpack? A robot dog? Or a means of downloading pizza?

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The NSA have released details of a top-secret encrypted digital telephony system, used by the Allies in WW2. The system used two turntables to hold the encryption key on vinyl records, synchronised with a clock two orders of magnitude more accurate than a modern consumer CD player. Some implementation details are still missing, though (such as the sampling rate used, the speed and capacity of the vinyl records, &c); though nonetheless, this is rather impressive.

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