Texting slang is, according to one report, more an art than a crutch for the semi-literate. The study found more of a correlation between reading ability and "sound-based textisms," such as "wiv" for "with," than with acronyms like "lol." (No word on who pronounces "with" so that it sounds like "wiv," though.)
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A new monitoring system allows plants to text farmers when thirsty
By Jessica ChengPosted 05.07.2008 at 3:38 pm 2 Comments
Just in time for this years growing season, farmers have new equipment to help keep tabs on their crops while away. With SmartCrop, a system developed by Accent Engineering, farmers get text messages when their plants need water. The system uses infrared thermometers to measure leaf temperature and data is then transferred to a computerized base station. A cellphone modem hooked up to the base station allows farmers to receive SMS alerts when their plants are too hot. Research has shown that each plant species has a range of temperatures that is best for its growth.