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+ - Amsterdam Central Train Station Sports a High-Tech Rainbow->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Every night, for just a short time after sunset, Amsterdam Central Station becomes Rainbow Station. A four-kilowatt spotlight projects a stunning rainbow through a custom-designed liquid crystal spectral filter onto one of the station's 45 by 25 meter (148 by 82 feet) roof arches, just above platform 2b. This liquid crystal optics technology is being developed for research on exoplanets, but it will light up Amsterdam Central – and the lives of thousands of travelers – every night for a year."
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Comment: Re:Economists... (Score 1) 190

by 6Yankee (#48605247) Attached to: Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Yeah, I remember that one. The petrol in station was way the hell out in the middle of nowhere (for the UK, anyway), and was already on the expensive side as a result. The owner said that he wasn't profiteering, rather it was about conserving what little they had. Until they could get another delivery, he wanted to ensure that anyone who wasn't desperate didn't stop there, and anyone who was only bought enough to get them to civilisation.

Made sense to me. Didn't make sense to the Daily Mail, of course.

+ - Microsoft's age-old image library 'Clip Art' is no more->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has finally bid a goodbye to the age-old Clip Art image library found in its Office products as its usage has been declining over the years. Redmond replaced the Clip Art’s online image library with Bing Image Search. This means that people searching for online images inside an Office app will now be directed to a gallery powered by Bing Images that will bring in results from around the web. Bing's copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system will let users get royalty-free images which they can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use."
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Comment: Re:Yup (Score 1) 209

by 6Yankee (#48316007) Attached to: What People Want From Smart Homes
the annoyance of the lights turning off all the time because occupancy sensors suck

...which is why the one in my office has a paper coffee-cup duct-taped over it and I bought a small desk lamp with an old-school switch. All the offices here have these sensors. But all the toilets, where you don't want to touch anything, have wall switches - even in the individual cubicles.

Comment: Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (Score 1) 151

by 6Yankee (#47887875) Attached to: To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

You have to put distance and/or a lot more mass between the CME and whatever you want to protect than you have ready access to, unless you own a mine.

Working in the north of Finland, and down a mine is exactly where our backup tapes go. Not that I deleted some local backups and had cause to find out or anything... oops.

As for CME preparation: Charge the camera batteries, make a flask of coffee, and break out the winter gear so girlfriend doesn't get cold and want to go home.

If imprinted foil seal under cap is broken or missing when purchased, do not use.

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