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2008-07-01 12:00:28

It's the computer that almost wasn't. Microsoft's Surface -- a touch-sensitive table that could redefine the way people interact with machines -- got its start in company research labs five years ago, though backers considered putting the project on ice several times. Engineers wanted to build technology that would let users tell a computer what to do by moving everyday objects, such as a digital camera or a game piece, around the screen's surface. Yet some managers viewed the system as an...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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