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In-browser Mac OS 7.0.1 emulation, compatible software suite arrives at the Internet Archive

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A pair of 20MB hard drive compilations contain a full MacOS 7.0.1 environment that runs in a browser, and contains an assortment of applications spanning from 1984 to 1991 has appeared on the Internet Archive, with the entire bundle able to be run inside Safari.
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misplacedlonghorn
2051 days ago
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chrisrosa
2051 days ago
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This brings back some memories.
San Francisco, CA
josephwebster
2051 days ago
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Back to when Macs were insanely great.
Denver, CO, USA
JayM
2051 days ago
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Heh. Cool.
Atlanta, GA

20+ Cats Who Immediately Regretted Their Poor Life Choices

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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Edd’s Big Mistake

Edd's Big Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

My Rainbow Cat Is Less Glamorous

My Rainbow Cat Is Less Glamorous

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

Cat Made A Terrible Mistake

Cat Made A Terrible Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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My Cat, When She Realizes She’s Stuck

My Cat, When She Realizes She's Stuck

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

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My Cat Keeps Trying To Steal The Feather Duster, Luckily He Never Gets Too Far

My Cat Keeps Trying To Steal The Feather Duster, Luckily He Never Gets Too Far

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Big Mistake

I've Made A Big Mistake

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Cat Tries To Drink Water From A Bathtub, Regrets It

Cat Tries To Drink Water From A Bathtub, Regrets It

My Rainbow Cat Is Less Glamorous

My Rainbow Cat Is Less Glamorous

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

Ninja Cat

Ninja Cat

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I Hear My Cat Crying In The Bathroom, Walking In, I See This

I Hear My Cat Crying In The Bathroom, Walking In, I See This

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You’re Doing It Wrong

You're Doing It Wrong

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Let Me In

Let Me In

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I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

Edd’s Big Mistake

Edd's Big Mistake

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Cat Made A Terrible Mistake

Cat Made A Terrible Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

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So My Cat Got Her Head Stuck In A Roll Of Tape

So My Cat Got Her Head Stuck In A Roll Of Tape

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I've Made A Huge Mistake

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misplacedlonghorn
2576 days ago
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I ruptured my spleen laughing at these!
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Dainty teacups filled with Cthulhu and other eldritch creatures

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Brisbane-based artist Michael Palmer creates these fierce looking sea-dwelling creatures that sit within a dainty teacup full of “tea.” The “tea” is actually resin, so you can’t drink out of these. Bummer.

More than anything, they’re just awesome to look at and would make a cool gift for...

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misplacedlonghorn
2804 days ago
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Yes
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Chipotle Will Bribe Everyone To Try Their Braised Tofu

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softritas“I don’t like tofu, and you can’t make me eat it!” Americans and Canadians have said to Chipotle, ignoring the tofu that the chain introduced last year. “If you try it, I’ll give you a free burrito with meat in it!” Chipotle countered, striking a bargain like a clever parent. Will the chain’s customers take this deal? On January 26, we’ll find out.

That’s the day that Chipotle is making their try-it-you’ll-like-it offer. Customers are being invited to purchase and try a food item with braised tofu in it. They just have to try it. Whether they like it or they don’t, the receipt from that soy-laden visit will earn them a free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos with any fillings they want. It can be tofu, or it can be something other than tofu. That’s up to you.

The free entrée deal starts the following day, January 27th, and lasts until the end of February. Of course, you have to remember to bring the receipt back, which adds an extra hurdle to this deal compared to Chipotle just giving free tofu burritos away.

I’ve tried Sofritas: it has good flavor and texture for a tofu, and is spicier than the chicken that I normally get. It’s worth a try even if that isn’t something you would normally order, and that’s exactly what Chipotle is doing here.

Sofritas Monday [Chipotle]

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misplacedlonghorn
2878 days ago
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May have to try this myself. Tofu doesn't suck and a free burrito later isn't terrible either.
Austin, TX
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KieraKujisawa
2877 days ago
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Neat Chipotle Deal!
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 USA
srsly
2878 days ago
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I feel like my circle of friends are already tofu friendly, so hey: they're giving buy one get one burritos.
Atlanta, Georgia
JamesDiGioia
2879 days ago
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I'm a meat eater, and I think the sofritas are really good. I will certainly be taking advantage of this offer.
NYC
Courtney
2879 days ago
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The sofritas is the best damn thing on that menu, I'm glad more people are about to realize this. Also, yknow, red meat is not a viable wide scale food source for the population. Or meat in general. And certainly not the way the animals are raised currently in any sort of large production farm factory. Any way you cut it: plants.
Portland, OR
kazriko
2879 days ago
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I can't say I'm an anti-tofu person, I've had it before and it isn't terrible. I suppose I could try it.
Colorado Plateau
samuel
2879 days ago
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Sofritas is the only thing I eat at Chipotle. It is sooo good.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
ryanbrazell
2879 days ago
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The sofritas at Chipotle are my favorite thing on the menu.
Richmond, VA
kleer001
2879 days ago
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Good. This widespread eating of cheap meat is killing us and the planet.

Contact Lens Makers Work Together To Make Sure You Pay More

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As anyone with bad eyesight could probably tell you, having options when it comes to the cost of contact lenses is extremely important. Just ask my fiance, because apparently I have “very expensive eyes.” I’ll take that as a compliment, but the idea that I won’t have the opportunity to find the best priced lenses next time I fill my prescription is a very real possibility, and one that’s already hurting some of the 35 million consumers who wear contacts.

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel met to consider whether decisions by three of the four major U.S. contact lens makers to set price floors for their products constitutes anticompetitive behavior by limiting competition and possibly resulting in higher prices, Reuters reports.

The moves by Alcon, owned by Novartis AG; Bausch & Lomb, owned by Valeant Pharmaceuticals; and Johnson & Johnson – the maker of Acuvue brand lenses – prevent many low-cost retailers (think 1-800-CONTACTS) from discounting their lenses.

The new policies bring up several questions surrounding the motivation of these producers. Two antitrust experts tell Reuters there’s a chance the companies see the price floors as a way to give optometrists an incentive to prescribe their lenses instead of a competitors’ lenses, possibly creating a kickback of sorts.

Contact lens makers, discount retailers, industry trade groups and and our colleague, Consumers Union senior policy counsel George Slover, offered their opinions during the subcommittee’s testimony Wednesday.

Joe Zeidner, general counsel for from 1-800-CONTACTS, told the committee that the decision by the lens makers would undoubtedly run up prices for consumers.

“They (consumers) will see higher prices. They will lose their ability to shop around,” Zeidner said.

Slover testified [PDF] that there really is no reason for such a provision to be implemented to begin with.

“In any event, the new practice constitutes an antitrust violation from a legal standpoint, from a practical standpoint it is anti-competitive to refuse to allow discounting,” he said. “Consumers are denied more affordable alternatives. They pay more than they need to, and sellers who would like to make those affordable alternatives available are denied the opportunity to do so. That’s not good for consumers, however you look at it.”

Officials with Johnson & Johnson testified that while the company discontinued discounts, they lowered prices of their products.

“By instituting uniform pricing, lowering our prices and making the process by which we make those prices available, we believe we can better compete in contact lens market,” Millicent Knight, an official with Johnson and Johnson said.

It’s hard to fathom HOW J&J could “better compete,” given that it is already controls 47.1% of the contact lens market.

Alcon was the first company to jump on the idea of price floors last summer. The other two makers followed suit, with Johnson & Johnson discontinuing rebates when its policy went into effect this summer.

A spokesperson for Novartis, the company behind Alcon, tells Reuters that the company implemented its new price floor policy to combat the practice of so-called “showrooming” where optometrists educate patients on a product only to have them go to an online retailer to purchase at a lower price.

All three makers hold a significant portion of the contact lens market, while industry officials estimate that only about 10% of contacts are sold online.

Those online retailers are trying to brace themselves for the effect of the new pricing model by urging consumers to stock up.

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One Consumerist reader sent over an email he received from 1-800-CONTACTS notifying him of the changes.

“A new policy, known as Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP), is being implemented by many contact lens manufacturers. This policy regulates the lowest price we can sell their lenses for and will cause the overall price of contact lenses to increase with the elimination of sales, rebates and discounts.

“In the next day or so, we will be sending you additional information as well as an opportunity to stock up on your brand using discounts and rebates before they are no longer available.”

The letter goes on to list a number of Acuvue brand contact lenses that will be effected by the pricing change starting August 1.

“In a truly competitive market, if one manufacturer tries this kind of rigid pricing, another would step in and take advantage, appealing to cost-conscious consumers with a lower price,” explains Slover. “Yet that kind of competition could now be absent in the contact lens industry. We hope antitrust enforcers will take a close look at these anti-consumer industry practices.”

U.S. Senate panel to look into price setting for contact lenses [Reuters]

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misplacedlonghorn
3041 days ago
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Yet another reason I am happy I had LASIK years ago!
Austin, TX
glindsey1979
3040 days ago
I'd been scared to do that due to the microkeratome used... but now I feel I can probably handle it if they pump me full of enough morphine beforehand!
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3035 days ago
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ugh
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The Corrected Geography of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'

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Much of the world is aware that the Proclaimers would walk 500 miles – and onto that slog tack an extra 500 more – to collapse at the door of the person they love. Their six-month stint on the American Billboard singles chart in 1993 is a testament to their machinelike willingness to destroy foot tendons just to find their life-partner for sleeping, getting drunk, and "havering" (Scottish slang for "talking rubbish," always a crucial component in relationships).

But while "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" does a great job of laying out the folk-rockers' intentions to complete the full thou', it is lousy about providing the specifics of their journey. What direction are they walking, for instance – south toward London, or north to the frigid, rocky shores of the far Highlands? Then there's the problem that if they walked 500 x 2 miles in a straight line from any point in the U.K., they'd hit water. Would they stop and reconsider their travel plans (buy a jet-ski, perhaps)? Or would they keep on walking straight into the briny waves, plodding along the ocean floor to some remote island where their seagull poo-splattered lover is waiting?

It's a catchy song, but it leaves so many questions! Fortunately, there's a guy hard on the case to unravel its mysteries. Kenneth Field is a 40-something cartographic product engineer in Southern California who's made a fun map showing all the places the band could walk to in a 360 degree field if they began in Leith, the birthplace of twin-brother singers Craig and Charlie Reid.

The map is actually a tongue-in-cheek criticism of another cartographic effort (yes, there have been at least two) to plot where in heck the Proclaimers were headed. Hazel McKendrick created an earlier version that neglected to take into account the Mercator projection's distortion of geography. Field's project corrects the walking radii and "applies knowledge of how maps work to make a sensible, correct map... even though the theme is distinctly daft and I still hate the song with a passion." Here it is:

The circles show where the Proclaimers could have made it if they developed the ability to fly, with orange being "500 miles" and yellow "500 more." The colored-in regions give a more realistic idea of where they might've gotten walking on Europe's network of roads and ferries. Note that the band conceivably would opt to use ferries to reach mainland Europe, a foul because "they may have sat down."

Via email, Field explains why he took time out of his day to draft this ridiculous thing. "So many of what you might call viral maps these days have dreadful cartographic or analytical mistakes that most people probably aren't aware of," he says. "If I and others can in some small way contribute to raising awareness that some maps are just not constructed well (and hence you get a totally misrepresented impression) then that's a good thing."

This evolved look at the Proclaimers' classic ode to ambulation – which this week topped Reddit's MapPorn thread – is part of a small series of what Field calls "lyric maps." For those curious about his next offering, it's an homage to U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," showing in dull gold 3.5 million road segments in the contiguous U.S. with no formal title:

Kenneth Field

About this particular map, Field writes:

The overall pattern suggests that it's streets in rural areas that have no name. Pretty much all the major cities appear dark indicating a low number of streets with no name. This makes sense...the dataset contains every road in the U.S. and many of them would be dirt tracks. Despite there being over 3 million separate segments on this map there isn't much sense looking at the detail for a particular city...there are so few it makes the map sparse as the following larger scale map of California illustrates.

Being a serious-minded cartographer, Field did not plan for his flippant '80s-song projects to gather a wide audience. But he'll take the attention as a compliment, he says:

[The Proclaimers map] and the U2 map are probably the most frivolous pieces of work I've ever done...they took no time at all yet they are arguably getting more exposure than my other, serious, quality work. As a former Professor of 20 years in the U.K. and someone who teaches, presents at conferences worldwide, edits an international journal (The Cartographic Journal), is active as Chair of the International Cartographic Association on Map Design it's odd to see daft maps get exposure but hey, if some people enjoy it then it's all good. Maybe one day they'll stop by and look at some of my 'proper' work.








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misplacedlonghorn
3084 days ago
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Fun!
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