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Comment: Re:People sell their new phones (Score 0) 148

by Maria_Celeste (#49292439) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

Too many people sell their old phones for decent money. Others (like my sister) like their two-year-old models with all their data on them and see no real reason to upgrade, so when they're offered an upgrade, they sell the new phone.

Others (like me) just don't want to put that much effort into it. It's a phone. If I can call people, check my gmail, use hangouts, use google maps, look something up, and maybe use the camera, I don't really need anything more. I can mod my Droid 4 when I need to, I think I could run over it with my car without too much wear, and it has a REAL keyboard. You can have it, when one of us dies. I have no time or desire to learn a new OS either. I use a PC; my Droid is kind of intuitive.

Plus, the little Android dude is adorable.

Comment: Re:"Talented C students" (Score 0) 389

by Maria_Celeste (#48077883) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
Straight A student here... high GPA, AP classes, gifted program, etc. I went to Maryland by choice. The school really only matters if you're there for an exceptionally good program (which I was --- UMCP was and is consistently one of the top journalism schools). Otherwise, the level of education that you get is based on the effort that you put into it. Crap in = crap out. Or, as the Math dept's Dr. Gulick put it when I was initiated into phi beta kappa, 'the best students are the best students anywhere.' It doesn't matter whether you went to an ivy league or a state school.

On the topic of creativity, writing is one of the more creative disciplines, in which one can earn a degree. That said, I don't know of a good way to quantify something that by it's nature defies quantification. Aside from sending in clips of my stories from my high school newspaper --- which someone could subjectively evaluate --- I don't know of anything else that I could have done to demonstrate my creativity/writing ability during the general admissions process. I DID have to do that to be accepted to the journalism program though.

Comment: The perfect cup of coffee (Score 0) 167

by Maria_Celeste (#47841459) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
If you're a serious coffee drinker, you're continually exploring and refining the techniques, the equipment, the beans, the water, the temperature (a la the Breaking Bad coffee clip)...all in search of the perfect cup. Those of us with a chemistry background can discuss coffee and its maddening number of compounds, well, ad nauseum. The genome of one species of coffee can provide information that takes us closer to that brewing the perfect cup OR even helps us make the perfect cup by adding another variable over which we can have some control (especially using a more precise and cleaner genetic modification tool like CRISPER). My cup of coffee this morning was better than most people's, but it wasn't perfect...

Comment: Thanks, trolls! :) (Score 1, Funny) 1262

Never heard of her or her series. I just checked it out and appreciated/agreed with some of it. The last time someone did me that kind of favor, I read with relish the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Congrats, trolls. You've made it to the big league...I mean the Catholic League.

+ - Glove Takes Place of Years of Piano Lessons

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a glove-device, which after 2 hours of wear, enables the user to play Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The glove includes a flat vibration motor, and five tiny vibrators, which "buzz" the fingers in a pattern while worn. The researchers "believe that the repeated buzzing from the glove creates a muscle memory that enables a wearer to learn to play a song with far less practice than it would take without haptic stimulation." The technology could also have applications for spinal cord injuries, according to IEEE's Spectrum."

+ - Microsoft's 3-D Audio Takes Shape

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Microsoft researchers are using 3-D motion sensors, cameras, and “head related transfer function” (HRTF) to build a headphone-based personal 3-D audio environments — the aural equivalent of next-gen virtual reality goggles. MIT Tech Review's Tom Simonite writes

In a demonstration of the technology at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley lab, I put on a pair of wireless headphones that made nearby objects suddenly burst into life. A voice appeared to emanate from a cardboard model of a portable radio. Higher quality music seemed to come from a fake hi-fi speaker. And a stuffed bird high off the ground produced realistic chirps. As I walked around, the sounds changed so that the illusion never slipped as their position relative to my ears changed.


+ - Land Sinking with California Groundwater Drain->

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "In the middle of a major drought, Californians' demand for groundwater is causing at least one 2-sq-mile area to subside by 1 foot per year, according to one researcher. Other areas are subsiding as well, but at less dramatic rates. Not only does that kind of subsidence jeopardize infrastructure (roads, pipelines, etc.), it increases flood risk as well. More importantly, it could put future groundwater reserves at risk by compressing the space available for storage — and minimizing California's ability to outlast future droughts."
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+ - Strongest evidence yet of two distinct human cognitive systems->

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "New research appears to demonstrate that humans use two distinguishable systems to categorize the objects in their world. They've termed these systems explicit and implicit. Lead author J. David Smith, Ph.D. (University of Buffalo) explains the difference this way in Science Daily. When you select a cereal named 'Chocoholic' from the store shelf, consider why you are doing so. Is it a deliberate, explicit choice, or is it possibly an implicit-procedural chocolate reaction, one triggered by processes, memories and so on, of which you are generally unaware? The paper appears in the the journal Psychological Science."
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+ - Google hosts fundraiser for climate change-denying US senator->

Submitted by Maria_Celeste
Maria_Celeste (2490696) writes "Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged. The lunch, at the company's Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who has made a career of dismissing climate change as a "hoax" on the Senate floor. Proceeds of the 11 July lunch, priced at $250 to $2,500, will also go to the national Republican Senatorial Committee."
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