' Laff riot? Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center users can no longer view the Web site www.space.com, which is being filtered out as forbidden entertainment. Shucks, aside from a $7,000 virtual-reality race car, some gruesome science fiction and news about NASA's 'Vomit Comet' aircraft, www.space.com looks no more entertaining than, say, www.whitehouse.gov.

' When will the sun rise and set on any day up to the year 3000? Punch in time zone, latitude and longitude on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Internet solar calculator, at www.srrb.noaa.gov/highlights/sunrise/gen.html.

' That [email protected]#$ Mr. Clippy. Users won't have Microsoft Corp.'s pop-up paperclip to cuss at anymore when Windows XP arrives with less visible software helpers. That brings back memories of the late clueless canine known as Microsoft Bob. Did anyone ever get useful advice out of either helper? But let's root for the underdog'or underclip'because poor Clippy's about to become the target of virtual staples and rubber bands in a forthcoming Web game.

' Keep it under your hat. Faced with a deadline to outfit 1.3 million Army personnel with snappy new black berets, the Defense Logistics Agency couldn't buy enough from U.S. beret makers and pondered going offshore to'ouch'Chinese factories. DLA found itself butting heads with irate members of Congress as well as elite, beret-wearing Army Rangers who, said one military source, 'went berserk' at the fashion faux pas. Rangers will now get beige headgear when the rest of the Army gets black in June.

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