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Comment: Re:Well, duh. (Score 1) 117

by BadOctopus (#29457169) Attached to: Birdsong Studies Lead To a Revolution In Biology

I'll see your 'Duh' and raise you a 'not really news'.

See this BBC News article from 2000 which describes how, "part of the hippocampus grew larger as the taxi drivers spent more time in the job." Navigating the streets of London for a job requires more spacial memory and reasoning so that bit of the brain grows.

Hardly a breakthrough or a suprise, unless I'm missing something?

Comment: Re:Wind Could NOT Provide 100% of World Energy Nee (Score 1) 867

by BadOctopus (#28432715) Attached to: Wind Could Provide 100% of World Energy Needs

It just couldn't simply because there isn't wind all the time...

Yes there is wind all the time.

Not in one place, obviously, but by the time you've hooked up a shitload of turbines spread across thousands of miles you largely mitigate the "it's not windy here" problem.

And in Europe, on the rare occasions when whole countries are becalmed, power is sent along interconnectors from neighbouring countries. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7598212.stm

It's always windy somewhere.

Robotics

+ - Solar Powered UAV to set the World's Endurance Rec

Submitted by
Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth writes "A team of students from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa is working on a new solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which they hope will soon break a 17 year old world aviation record. Although solar aviation is nothing new, it is still considered to be in its infancy. The work done at the Technion as well as elsewhere around the world is starting to attract the attention of the aviation industry with the hope of creating green aircrafts with a much higher endurance threshold."
AMD

+ - AMD running dry?

Submitted by SoTuA
SoTuA (683507) writes "Analysts report that AMD is in financial problems. The fierce battles with Intel in the past years have taken its toll, with AMD showing a important stock price drop during the last 12 months, while Intel remains steady. Reportedly AMD is cash-strapped after buying out ATi and upgrading their factories. Will AMD turn this trend around with the launch of Barcelona, or will Intel regain the ground recently lost in the CPU market?"
Wii

+ - New Wii Dev Tools in the Making

Submitted by
Ambrose
Ambrose writes "Looks like Nintendo are finally supporting Third-Party developers. From an article at The Wii Gamers, a new development application called NintendoWare is being developed for Wii Developers. NintendoWare emulates Wii hardware on a PC so that developers can sample parts of their games without having to load it to a Wii dev machine. The motion recognition could also see an upgrade, with a new predictive input tool that uses prior movement to predict your next motion, and a text-to-speech tool is also in the works."
Wii

+ - New Wii Dev Tools in the Making

Submitted by
frenchy64
frenchy64 writes "Looks like Nintendo are finally supporting Third-Party developers. From an article at The Wii Gamers, a new development application called NintendoWare is being developed for Wii Developers. NintendoWare emulates Wii hardware on a PC so that developers can sample parts of their games without having to load it to a Wii dev machine. The motion recognition could also see an upgrade, with a new predictive input tool that uses prior movement to predict your next motion, and a text-to-speech tool is also in the works."
Businesses

+ - Open-source Time and Attendance, Payroll Is Here

Submitted by passion4
passion4 (1069666) writes "A recent press release from an open source company states: " TimeTrex, unique new open-source software moves web-based time and attendance and payroll into the 21st century. It's time to toss those punch cards out. TimeTrex's unique, open-source time and attendance and payroll system integrates a number of crucial features into one easy-to-use, web-based package." I recently switched my business from a large payroll outsourcing company to TimeTrex and it has been working great so far."
Education

+ - Lasic Revisited

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dear slashdotters,

My sister-in-law is considering Lasic eye surgery. Since it's been quite a while since Slashdot covered this topic I thought I'd re-check and see if the field had changed much in the last few years. Specifically I'm interested in how much improvement was experienced and obviously any other experiences. Lasic used to increase the count of some artefacts during the night — is this still so?

In this case the person;
  • Does quite a bit of driving for her job (usually during the day).
  • Has the required eye defect that will respond to Lasic.
  • Is fortunate to have access to an excellent medical service (as good as anywhere I expect).
  • Is a moderate/heavy user of a laptop.
How has Lasic affected your life? What worked/didn't work as expected.

Based upon your personal experience, would you recommend a Lasic operation?

And because every story should have a link — I've advised her against this old favourite. :-)"

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