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Wednesday, February 01

Woot This Week

by Kathleen Richards

Welcome to Woot This Week! Every week I'll count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently up for sale on Woot. Click the images to view the deal! And be sure to share your favorite Woot finds in the comments below!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

5. Daft Punk Art by Octavian Mielu, $65.99–$107.99

While I probably wouldn't put this in my house today, I wish I could buy one of these and send it back in time to my 19-year-old self so I could hang it in my dorm room and be even cooler than I already was (so I'd be slightly cool). Daft Punk is playing at my house! My house! Also they're hanging on the wall.

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Tuesday, January 31

The Debunker: Was the Name of "HAL" in 2001 a Secret Salute to IBM?

by Ken Jennings

January 1, 2017 isn't just New Year's Day… it's also the Internet's 34rd birthday. On January 1, 1983, all the computer systems on the ARPANET, created by the Department of Defense in 1969, were required to switch over to the TCP/IP network protocol that it still uses today, giving birth to the Internet as we know it. But how well do we know it? Onetime computer programmer (and Jeopardy! computer victim) Ken Jennings is here to do a complete systems update on all the Digital Age spam in your mental inbox.

The Debunker: Was the Name of "HAL" in 2001 a Secret Salute to IBM?

Shortly after 2001: A Space Odyssey was released, author Martin Gardner used one of his "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American to publicize an ingenious theory discovered by one Mr. John Roycroft of London. Writing to IBM in Britain magazine, Roycroft noted that if you took "HAL," the name of the film's psychotic computer, and advanced each letter one step forward in the alphabet, you'd get "IBM." IBM had advised the makers of 2001 on technical accuracy, and its logo appears twice in the film, once in the cockpit of the Pan Am space-plane, and again on the wrist panel of the space suits aboard the Discovery. Ever since Martin Gardner put the word out, it's been a widespread fan theory that HAL 9000 was so named to secretly indict IBM in the actions of the evil, murderous supercomputer.

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