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Comment: Tape off switches, Really? Simple answers.... (Score 1) 248 248

I'm surprised that he hadn't figured this out... only thought about removing switches (or taping them down) for a few minutes.

Then I found two VERY simple solutions. GE makes a switch that is a toggle that says "in the middle" (i.e. push it up turns on, then moves back to a center position, and visa versa to turn off). It doesn't take a certified installer to figure this out. That way works for both "non-smart" use, and "smart" use (i.e. via phone, tablet, etc.)

Also, the GE smart bulbs that I got with my Wink are smart enough to reset if you turn off the power and turn it back on. Absolutely NO need to tape anything off.

I think he didn't think very much about this, or wasn't very creative... didn't take me that long to do it, and the DIY has worked well enough that it passed the "Wife doesn't want anything that is tech just for tech sake" test...

It's actually FINALLY getting to the point where the DIY person can tackle this if they don't get sucked into the hype and actually THINK about the use cases before deploying stuff willy nilly...

Comment: You don't realize the impact this has.. (Score 1) 66 66

This is my cousin Les. You can't imagine what it is like to see this type of breakthrough for him after 40 years (I was 10 when the accident happened)
I've seen how amazing Les is and how he gets around and deals with life without his natural arms for most of my life. I've gone dune buggy racing with him driving (he's a crazy driver :-) ) and many other fun things. But to see these videos, I'm just awe struck. Not only is it impressive technology wise, but it's just awe inspiring and brings immense joy to see the gift that this can bring back into Les's life. (esp. this time of year) This is one of the best Christmas presents this year.

Comment: Re:Electrical Accident? (Score 3, Interesting) 66 66

I can comment with some authority on this (this is my cousin in the article!)

Yes, an electrical accident can make you lose both arms and stop your heart, however the fall that occurred afterwards (at least according to the doctor) restarted his heart. I saw the sun glasses he was wearing that changed color based on sunlight (which were permanently stuck in a darkened state) so the whole situation and environment around this was probably a once in a lifetime situation.

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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household? 408 408

First time accepted submitter Dufflepod (3656815) writes "After yet another hardware purchase last week, I realized with some alarm just how drastically an enterprising burglar could increase the crapulence quotient of my life if they ever made off with my hardware. The house is alarmed, but much to my annoyance it isn't always set when people go out for any length of time. Ideally I want to 'alarm' the expensive items among my various PCs, UPS, NAS box, test equipment, and some of the sundry other gadgets & gizmos I require to stroke my inner geek. Over the past few days I have spent hours Googling for every combination of "anti-theft perimeter alarm radius motion detector vibration wireless" etc etc.. I have found various possible solutions, though the cost of some of them does make my eyes water (eg SonicShock @ €150/box). Has anyone out there decided to bite-the-bullet and protect their kit with decent alarms, and do you have any suggested 'do's & don'ts'?" So how would you secure valuable items, as opposed to securing the entire place?

Comment: Not bad, just lazy. (Score 1) 627 627

As one poster wrote, using a spell checker when you write a novel doesn't make you a bad writer. That's true, but it doesn't make you a better speller.

An IDE doesn't make you a bad programmer, but it doesn't make you any better at retaining the language specifics (any more than a spell checker helps you become a better speller... people don't use it to "improve a weak skill" they use it "instead of developing the weak skill"... )

I've seen plenty of folks who can think, but couldn't do ANYTHING without an IDE. That's like a carpenter who uses an electric circular saw, but couldn't use a hand saw if the power was out....

Comment: Open Source, but voids a warranty? (Score 1) 74 74

It it just me, or does this make no sense. Isn't Open Source suppose to ALLOW you to run the SW in any form, as you like on a piece of HW?
Ok, so this only runs on Google's HW... and they are within their right to set terms of what they're going to support. But this sure sounds really screwed up...
and at least doesn't seem to follow the "spirit" of Open Source, though it does follow the "letter-of-the-law"...

Google continues to slide on my score sheet. Use to seem to be taking a new exciting path, now just turning into yet another huge corp, with a similar mental model as any other. (Granted they all have their own tweaks, but they're not anything special any more). Nothing to see here, move along there...

Comment: History repeats and repeats... (Score 2) 1174 1174

For some reason, the whole "this person" or "that person" is homophobic is starting to sound like in the 50's when it was "that person is a commie".
People are getting attacked for believing (or are even assumed to believe) something others don't believe in. The side that's screaming the loudest then gets to blacklist those folks and keep them from working. Sheesh.

Comment: A reason for a return trip for at least two people (Score 1) 206 206

So, since Neil and Buzz's flag fell over, I think they can call dibs on a 2nd flight to the Moon to fix that.... to be historically accurate they'd have to be the ones who did it... like having the original painter repair a masterpiece... the only way to do it right :-)

Comment: Scientific American Published a book on it. (Score 5, Informative) 183 183

The Great International Paper Airplane Book by Scientific America : http://www.amazon.com/Great-International-Paper-Airplane-Book/dp/0671211293
had, at least at the time, the "best performing" for time aloft, distance, etc. The designs were very solid.

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Journal: Robots that address a social problem. 1 1

Since the dawn of SF, we have envisioned how robots will help solve issues plaguing mankind. They have made great strides in manufacturing/assembly , roombas, and hobbyist robots, but I thought that the dream of robots solving social issues hadn't really materialized. However, a friend recently went to the Middle East, and found the following sport Camel Racing which has

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+ - Our version of Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie...

Earl The Squirrel writes: On Oct 12, 2011, Dennis Richie, creator of C and co-creator to Unix has died. As the hero's of our generation age, it's sad to say this will invariably happen, but it's sad for all of us who continue. Let's be sure to thank and salute those who have made what we enjoy so much. Losing two so close together makes it even harder.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning

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