DID YOU HEAR

DID YOU HEAR

' Red-faced Bluetooth. Developers of Bluetooth short-range radio devices felt blue last month when a networking demo failed at Germany's CeBIT trade fair. The Bluetooth card in a server couldn't communicate with transmitters because of different specs.

' Heavy. Police arrested a man who flew into Pittsburgh International Airport with cocaine paste molded inside his notebook PC carrying case. The cocaine added 5 pounds'and perhaps six figures in street value'to the notebook. Not only is the moldable paste harder to detect than the usual cocaine brick, but the narcs said someone carrying a notebook isn't likely to arouse suspicion.

' Olay-echtay. Several companies offer software that alters song titles to fool Napster's filters that prevent copyright infringement. One of the first encryption schemes, now blocked, converted song titles to pig latin.

' Death ' Web companies are looking at death'yours, not theirs. Forever Enterprises Inc. of St. Louis offers live funeral webcasts for those who can't attend. They also put videos of the deceased online. FinalThoughts.com lets members send a final e-mail message to loved ones after they die. FinalThoughts.com members can even attach to the messages, at no extra charge, 'online forms that can be completed and stored securely and confidentially until the right time.' Sounds like a sure way to get the last word from beyond the grave. For especially annoying relatives and exes, attach a few macro virus executables. Death may be the ultimate killer app.

' ' and taxes. The Federal Highway Administration and nine states commissioned a study to see if geographic information systems and the Global Positioning System can be used to track vehicles. The idea is to tax drivers based on where and how many miles they drive. Feel like Big Brother is watching your car?

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