Never let it be said that Mole doesn't own up to his mistakes. The latest was to report the story of the 7ft Jar Jar Binks doll that appeared on the Landover Baptist site without stopping to question its authenticity.
Tens of readers have written in to tell Mole that he's been had. The site is a spoof - something that Mole might have discovered for himself had he bothered to go there.
If it's facts you're after, Mole would usually advise you to turn to any other page of this publication, but an item on page four of last week's issue has generated almost as many derisive messages as the Landover gaffe.
It was a story about a new super-fast CD drive, a portable device weighing just "450Kg".
At least a dozen wags have written to Mole to point out that this would make the device in question a little on the heavy side - about the same as a small car or a medium-sized horse. No one was convinced by Mole's explanation that the device's weight is a security feature, designed to stop the light-fingered making off with one's precious data. We're giving everyone who spotted the mistake a 450Kg drive of their own. All you have to do is come in and pick it up.
Elsewhere on the lunatic fringe of science, Mole learns of a new device to counteract the adverse effects of radiation on computer users, which include itchy eyes and runny noses, according the latest piece of questionable research. It is a tiny crystal installed in monitors that vibrates at the same frequency as your body, absorbing all the death rays emitted by your computer. If you buy one, don't forget to contact Mole, who has a used car deal you may be interested in.
Before you write off the potential applications of vibration technology in the world of IT, consider the example of the Ericsson ad that nearly was. The artwork features an image of an Ericsson mobile phone pictured with several exotic vibrators. At the Eritrack conference a fortnight ago, executives from the Dusyant design company were proudly showing copies of the ad, apparently intended for use in Switzerland. The concept was too much even for the laid-back Swedes in charge of Ericsson, who ordered the ad to be pulled before it appeared. Fortunately for posterity, one or two copies of the offending image were smuggled out of the conference and to the Internet.
Another offensive image can be found at http://www2.vnu.co.uk/mole/con.htm.
It's a fairly well-known mugshot of the young Bill Gates taken after the boy genius was arrested for committing a minor traffic offence - or so the popular version of the story goes. The true facts are that Master Gates was pulled in after trying to acquire exclusive rights to the entire US highway network for use by the Billmobile and the Microsoft shuttle bus, also known as the "NT" because it stops so frequently.
Many programmers are worried about what the next millennium holds. Not because they're remotely concerned that their shoddy fixes might be responsible for global catastophes, of course, but because they fear the work will dry up. According to a recent report in the New York Times, so many Y2K-related software projects have been botched, problems will persist for years.
Programmers have more than their own incompetence to thank for their guaranteed job security. Their career prospects have been enhanced by the efforts of Action 2000, the agency responsible for disseminating advice about how to tackle Y2K problems. Among its credits to date is a handy points system for scoring Y2K-related injuries and fatalities and a warning to the effect that the millennium bug can be spread, as if it were a virus.
Armed with facts like these, Britain's businesses will be ripe for exploitation by unscrupulous consultants selling lucrative clean-up contracts. An Action 2000 advisory, due out later this week, warns that IT staff who kiss their colleagues are at great risk from the Y2K bug, which can also be caught from toilet seats.
Still worried about the millennium? Call Molesoft Services for a free copy of the "How to beat the bug action pack" which includes enough Bacofoil to protect your precious systems from infection and a packet of special vibrating crystals to ward off consultants and other demons.
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