Thursday, January 13, 2011

First Ceiling Light Internet Systems Installed

An anonymous reader writes "We last heard about LVX's LED ceiling light optical communication system in December, and now news has broken that the company recently implemented the technology at several city offices in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The LVX/ceiling light system is capable of transmitting data at about three megabits per second, which is about as fast as a residential DSL line. It works by placing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a standard-sized light fixture. This then transmits coded binary messages to the special modems attached to computers, which also respond via light waves."

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There's Snow in 49 States

There's Snow in 49 States

There's Snow in 49 States

There's snow in 49 states right now, covering some 69.4 percent of the contiguous United States. Even Hawaii has snow , though it's on a volcano so it's sort of cheating. Can you guess which state is ruining our perfect record?

Florida! Yes, dumb old Florida is snow-free, making it the New York Giants to the snow's 07-08 New England Patriots. Thirty-two states have winter weather advisories! There's snow in Hawaii (on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), Texas, California and Louisiana! Every state is pitching in to make this a real American snowpocalypse, and Florida is just sitting it out.

Oh well. Forty-nine out of 50 is still pretty good. And pretty rare. CNN's Angela Fritz calls it "extremely unusual," though since meteorologists don't keep track of awesome statistics like "how many states have snow in them," it's hard to say how unusual.

Why so much snow? Well, the CIA weather ray appears to have created two storms a few days ago—one in the Midwest and one in Texas. Both storms travelled eastward on Obama's command and are meeting tonight in the Northeast, where everyone is freaking out.

The map above, via Google Maps and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows snow cover and is shaded for depth. Below you can see maps of snow density and precipitation over the last 24 hours.

There's Snow in 49 States

There's Snow in 49 States

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Don't you understand?

We don't get snow living just north of HELL.

Florida: The Armpit of the United States. Reply

It's Dethklok's heat ray. Somewhere on the planet they've turned up the heat to sell some Dethcones (Tasty and Brutal!). Reply

You know say daddy me snow me-a gonna blame
A licky boom-boom down
PoBoyNation promoted this comment

Florida is the raised middle finger of the U.S. Reply
BrockEffnSamson promoted this comment

♪♫ Forty-nine states belong together, forty-nine states are kinda the same. But one of these states is doing its own thing, now it's time to play our game! Time to play our game! ♫♪ Reply
Mama Penguino promoted this comment

It sounded really crazy that Hawaii would have snow, but I guess it's not so crazy...

"Q: Does it snow in Hawaii?
A:The answer is "yes". It snows here every year, but only at the very summits of our 3 tallest volcanoes (Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Haleakala). The snow level almost never gets below 9000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,000 feet, 13,000 feet, and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year. It rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days though." Reply

Holy lighting and thundersnow, Batman. Woke me up twice last night. Caught the lightning after being woken up.

This is a weird badass motherfuckin' storm.

Don't have to go to work here in Boston but do need to venture out for some cold medicine and nyquil at some point.

Stay safe, peeps. Not so much because of the snow, but the wind will burn your face off in two gusts. Reply

A night when 18-24 inches of snow are expected is an awesome night to be jetlagged. Its also an awesome night to leave "that's what she said" notes on all your friends' status updates (YES its still funny. Shut up.) Reply

I left for the bar at around 8pm. When I got off the train, around 8:30, it had started snowing. When I got home, around 3am, there was 7 inches of snow on my block. Reply

Beautiful snow falling right now here in Seattle. Sadly, the rains shall make it all disappear in the morn'.

No time for snow angels. ;-( Reply

fuck you florida!!!!! we never liked you anyway Reply
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Everyone get down to Georgia and Alabama as soon as possible. We're gonna shovel snow over the border into Florida and bring this up to a perfect 50. Reply

And to think some people don't think that the apocalypse is near... Reply

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So that's what it will look like when the glaciers start to overtake us! Reply

Can you guess which state is ruining our perfect record?

I'd've guessed Alaska. Even the snow there hates Sarah Palin so much that it spite-melted just to escape. Reply

Remember that scene in The Day After Tomorrow where all the Americans are migrating to Mexico because global warming is causing America to freeze over? I'm just saying, people. Reply

Florida needs some mountains or something. Reply

FYI, those maps are almost completely useless in the west. Half of the area covered in "snow" is almost certainly not. It's probably something to do with dense cloud cover, mountainous terrain, etc. Reply

Yeah, but there's a hurricane building up that will kill hundreds and cause millions in damage, so let's call it even. Reply

Oh, and here I was thinking it would be Alaska. Reply

It's so close, too! Come on snow, you can do it! You're less than 30 miles from the border! Reply

Was about to say California had no snow. Then I remembered we had those mountains up there. Reply
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