cuckoo egg


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cuckoo egg

An MP3 file designed to aggravate music swapping users and help deter illegal copying. Cuckoo eggs are either erroneously named or edited. For example, a song with a heavy metal title is really elevator music, or, after a few seconds of the original music, random noise, speech or even cuckoo clock sounds are heard until the end of the file.

The first cuckoo egg was released by Michael and Stephanie Fix in 2000. The idea was that eggs would be quickly propagated throughout file swapping services because titles are often not listened to before being made available to others. The term comes from the cuckoo bird, which lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. For more information, visit www.hand-2-mouth.com/cuckooegg. See Easter Egg.
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1992) Rejection of cuckoo eggs in relation to host age: a possible evolutionary equilibrium, Behavioral Ecology, ISBE, pp.
If the value of cuckoo egg is superior to chosen one, replace the random nest with cuckoo egg.
Also, the so-called guest cuckoo eggs hatch much earlier than the host eggs.
In other words, by the time the cuckoo egg is laid, it has had 18 to 24 hours of internal incubation at 40 degrees Centigrade and hatches 31 hours ahead of any host egg laid at the same time.
Soler investigated that question by removing the cuckoo eggs from a num- ber of magpie nests and rechecking the sites several days later.
The response of magpies to parasitized nests was classified as (1) acceptance (the cuckoo egg remained in the nest between consecutive nest visits), (2) ejection (the cuckoo egg disappeared between two nest visits), or (3) abandonment (the nest was found containing cold eggs).
Reed warblers live with the threat that a cuckoo will infiltrate their nest, remove one of their eggs, replace it with a cuckoo egg, and leave cuckoo chicks to be raised by the unsuspecting reed warblers.
Some victimized species catch the fraud in the egg stage and roll the cuckoo egg out of the nest.
Once a clandestinely laid cuckoo egg hatches in a reed warbler nest, the chick evicts its native nestmates.
It is worth mentioning that cuckoo eggs may be discovered by the host birds.
It also provides excellent habitat for other bird species, the meadow pipits and dunnocks, both of which become unsuspecting foster parents to cuckoo eggs.
In CS method, cuckoo eggs represent solutions for desired objective function.