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Comment: Re:Defense (Score 1) 238

by AdamTheBastard (#39667937) Attached to: University of Pittsburgh Deluged With Internet Bomb Threats

If they aren't clever enough to build one large bomb and do significant damage to the building, its occupants and the general morale of the community; they surely aren't clever enough to build a whole bunch of smaller bombs, wire them up and bury them in an open area with near constant traffic without getting caught.

Medicine

3D Displays May Be Hazardous To Young Children 386

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-look-at-me-that-way dept.
SchlimpyChicken writes "Turns out 3D television can be inherently dangerous to developing children, and perhaps to adults as well. There's a malaise in children that can prevent full stereopsis (depth perception) from developing, called strabismus or lazy-eye. It is an abnormal alignment of the eyes in which the eyes do not focus on the same object — kind of like when you watch a 3D movie. As a result, depth perception is compromised. Acting on a hunch, the guys over at Audioholics contacted Mark Pesce, who worked with Sega on its VR Headset over 15 years ago — you know, the headset that never made it to market. As it turns out, back then Sega uncovered serious health risks involved with children consuming 3D and quickly buried the reports, and the project. Unfortunately, the same dangers exist in today's 3D, and the electronics, movie, and gaming industries seem to be ignoring the issue. If fully realized, 3D just might affect the vision of millions of children and, according to the latest research, many adults, across the country." The Audioholics article is a good candidate for perusing with Readability — the pseudo-link popups are blinding.

Comment: Re:offensive, isn't it? (Score 1) 142

by AdamTheBastard (#32608330) Attached to: Ranking Soccer Players By Following the Bouncing Ball

This problem could be offset somewhat by assigning a player points for taking control of the ball from the other team. It wouldn't be perfect, but it's an improvement.

You could also scale the points you award to the defensive player based on the number of points awarded in the current 'play' as well as the points of the passing player and potential receiving players. The idea being that the more touches on the ball one team has, the more progress the ball has made towards the goal and the skill level of the last opponent on the ball, the skill of the players who may have received the pass; all contribute to the importance of taking control of the ball.

Comment: Re:outrageous! (Score 1) 96

by AdamTheBastard (#32286886) Attached to: Novell Changes Enterprise Linux Kernel Mid-Stream

Most of the distro's I have used include a file in /etc which tells you what version you have installed. I also use a distro that thinks it's cute to name their releases after animals. On that machine I can run the following to get the info I need.

> cat /etc/lsb-release
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=9.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=karmic
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 9.10"

On another system based on some hatted fellow's distro I can run the following to get the info I need.

$ cat /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.4 (Final)

On other systems you could start with `cat /etc/*-release` and see where that gets you.

Comment: Re:For a start fine, but then - solar! (Score 1) 424

by AdamTheBastard (#29099431) Attached to: NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

You can compress gas to store energy, but where are you going to find that on the moon?

Maybe the next mission to the moon could take a really long hose. Just before they break atmo an astronaut could start reeling the hose out. Then the moon people could just pump some of earths atmo.

Easy.

Comment: Re:Reactors a better solution than solar panels? (Score 1) 424

by AdamTheBastard (#29099365) Attached to: NASA Developing Nuclear Reactor For Moon and Mars

A solar system on the moon gets no light for 14 days at a stretch.

Perhaps if that solar array is only on one face of the moon.

If you doubled (well tripled, to account for losses) the amount of panels and took enough cable (and transformers) to transfer the power ~5KM (half the circumference at the equator) you could have power stations on both sides and wouldn't need to store more power than would be used to smooth out the feed.

Clearly I have no idea about the maths involved in this but it solves the storage problem, I'm sure it adds many more problems though.

Comment: Re:Limitations of Dead Tree (Score 1) 198

by AdamTheBastard (#28950297) Attached to: xkcd To Be Released In Book Form

The book will have 150 to 200 of strips out of more than 500 so far published online and is expected to sell for $19. The selection was made by a fan who is also doing the layout for breadpig. âoeI took a few off and added a few others,â he said.

Two things from this.

a) It removes the possibility of page-number<=>comic-number relation. Which means we miss the 404 joke.

b) The list is being selected by _one_ fan. There's no consensus there! I demand a vote! Pit comic against comic! First 200 in the ranked pairs result make the cut!

Comment: Re:Should be obvious why FF devs use to flame peop (Score 2, Informative) 273

by AdamTheBastard (#27175267) Attached to: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Released

* No multiple profiles

--user-data-dir='path/to/profile'

You can even simultaneously run two instances using different profiles. My partner and I use this on our shared desktop so we can stay logged in to all those sites we don't care if the other person sees.

http://www.chromeplugins.org/tips-tricks/how-to-create-profiles-in-google-chrome/

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