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Comment Re:Also won national spelling bee (Score 1) 271 271

Are we looking at a serial competition-enterer?

It takes a tremendous amount of preparation to do well the the National Spelling Bee. Given that he won that competition as well as this one, I think it is much more likely that he is a highly intelligent, motivated young man.

Comment On the other side of the coin... (Score 1) 256 256

I usually have the opposite problem. I want to reply to everyone included on the email, but I forget to hit reply all. I need to have an option to have the computer ask me what I intended to do every time I reply to an email with multiple recipients. It would be annoying, but that's the price I pay for my absent-mindedness.
Technology

Submission + - New Touch Screen Technology Uses Sound Navigation->

justice4all writes: "A Cambridge start-up has developed an acoustic technology that could replace current smartphone screens

A Cambridge University spin-off has developed acoustic processing technology that could be used to replace the touch-screens currently used in smartphones and other devices.

Input Dynamics was founded in 2008 by Cambridge University department of engineering researcher Jens Enzo Nyby Christensen. The company argues that its “TouchDevice” technology has benefits for the environment, because handsets using it wouldn’t need to use rare metals such as indium, used in the manufacture of current touch screens."

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Comment Doesn't pass the smell test (Score 3, Insightful) 815 815

From the article:

"Rossi and Focardi’s paper on the nuclear reactor has been rejected by peer-reviewed journals, but the scientists aren’t discouraged. They published their paper in the Journal of Nuclear Physics, an online journal founded and run by themselves, which is obviously cause for a great deal of skepticism."

Everything about this seems like a scam.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Solar Storms Could Bring Northern Lights South->

RedEaredSlider writes: Increased solar activity could give residents of the continental U.S., southern Europe and Japan the chance to see the northern lights for the first time in several years.

The National Weather Service's Space Weather Prediction Center says the sun is entering a period of high activity, marked by more sunspots and a greater chance of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, hitting the Earth. That would result in auroras being visible much further from the poles than they usually are.

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AT&T

AT&T To Allow Xbox 360 As U-verse Set-Top Box 62 62

suraj.sun sends this quote from Engadget about U-verse subscribers soon gaining the ability to use an Xbox 360 as a set-top box: "A so-called Wired Release will roll out to AT&T U-verse customers next Sunday, and it'll bring the long awaited feature with it (though you'll have to wait until November 7th for that particular aspect). This means an AT&T U-verse customer's Xbox 360 will have a Dashboard app, and when launched, it'll let it function exactly like any other U-verse set-top. The only major catch is that it can't be the only set-top — you'll need at least one DVR at another TV in the house to enjoy one of the four HD streams that could be funneled into your home."

Comment Quality Apps (Score 1) 165 165

I like this idea if they can implement it well. I always find reviews on Amazon useful when purchasing other products. This could be a helpful tool for finding some really good applications. It all depends on the implementation and if they can convince good developers to see their apps there.
Image

Court Bans Sandwiches Because They Could Be Thrown 4 4

The High Wycombe Magistrates' Court has banned sandwiches, bottled water and even potato chips due to fear of the items being turned into "missiles." From the article: "An official at the court said: 'The concern is that people are going to use their food as a missile and fling it down the stairs at people. Apparently there have been incidents of lunches being thrown around in the past — so we have had to introduce these rules for everyone regardless of who they are or why they are here.'" Who knows what will happen when court officials learn you can throw things other than lunch.
Science

Submission + - Make: Online : CNC bacteria swarm builds tiny pyra->

jamie writes: "Researchers at the NanoRobotics Laboratory of the Ãcole Polytechnique de Montréal, under Professor Sylvain Martel, produced this remarkable video showing a swarm of about 5,000 flagellated bacteria--of a type which are subject to manipulation by magnetic fields--being directed to..."
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Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables 119 119

markmark57 writes "Popeye cartoons, tasting parties and junior cooking classes can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics. Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok found the type and amount of vegetables children ate improved after they took part in a program using multimedia and role models to promote healthy food. Twenty six kindergarten children aged four to five participated in the eight-week study. The researchers recorded the kinds and amounts of fruit and vegetables eaten by the children before and after the program."
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George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library 146 146

Everyone knows that George Washington couldn't tell a lie. What you probably didn't know is that he couldn't return a library book on time. From the article: "New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the president has racked up 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned. One of the books was the 'Law of Nations,' which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain's House of Commons. Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789."

Comment Excellent for Students (Score 1) 198 198

Based only on the video, this looks like it could be very useful for students working with smaller Java assignments. The interface looks intuitive, and seems to be designed for people who like to visualize the flow of their code. The debugger also looks more intuitive than many of the ones I've seen. However, I shudder to think how messy the interface could get if you were working with a large project.

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