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Comment Re:Plug behind left ear... (Score 1) 241

No, inductive transfer has been used in a few implanted devices, although supplying the wattage necessary for an LVAD is a challenge. Keeping the coils in place is rather trivial, as these people need to wear accessory belts/vests and external battery packs.

I know of at least one artificial heart manufacturer that was using the technology.


Comment OS 2.1 (Score 5, Interesting) 253

After I got my iPhone 3G the very next software update included a change to the "bar algorithm" that was marketed as "improving user understanding of the signal meter" or somesuch. It was in response to user complaints of low signal strength, and somehow (miraculously) the reception improved... more bars.

So they're rolling back this change?


Comment Re:Don't be silly (Score 2, Interesting) 315

On September 10, 2001 I went through Heathrow (coming back to NA from Europe) with both a Swiss Army knife and a smaller penknife in my jacket pocket. The jacket went through the x-ray machine.

The next day I slept in (jet-lagged) and woke up to discover the world had changed for the worse. :(


Higher Pay for Math and Science Teachers 471

Coryoth writes "Following up a previous story, it seems that the Kentucky effort to provide increased pay to teachers with qualifications in mathematics, physics, and chemistry has been gutted. Teachers objected to differential pay, and that portion of the bill was removed. At the same time California has just put forward a similar measure, with differential pay for teachers qualified in mathematics and science. Shockingly 40% of mathematics teachers in California are not fully qualified in the subject — a higher percentage of unqualified teachers than any other subject. Is the Californian effort any more likely to succeed, or is it destined to be similarly gutted? Is there a solution to the woeful lack of qualified mathematics teachers that the Teachers' Union will find acceptable?"

Apple vs Bloggers 271

Moby Cock writes "Jason O'Grady has posted a story on his ZDNet blog detailing the state of the current legal trouble he is embroiled in with Apple. He views it as another salvo in Apple's efforts to stamp out rumour sites posting 'trade secrets' prior to the official announcements. The discussion becomes rather pointed and goes as far as to suggest that the case is really a case in support of freedom of the press." From the article: "At issue was a series of stories that I ran in October 2004 about an upcoming product that was in development. Was it the next great PowerBook? Maybe the a red hot iPod? Maybe a killer new version of the OS? Nah. The stories about a FireWire breakout box for GarageBand, code-named 'Asteroid.' Yawn."

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky