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+ - Brain Implants Get Brainier->

Submitted by the_newsbeagle
the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes ""Did my head just beep?" wonders a woman who just received a brain implant to treat her intractable epilepsy. We're entering a cyborg age of medicine, with implanted stimulators that send pulses of electricity into the brain or nervous system to prevent seizures or block pain. The first generation of devices sent out pulses in a constant and invariable rhythm, but device-makers are now inventing smart stimulators that monitor the body for signs of trouble and fire when necessary."
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+ - Amazon takes on Microsoft, Google with WorkMail for businesses->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Amazon Web Services today launched a new product to its expansive service catalog in the cloud: WorkMail is a hosted email platform for enterprises that could wind up as a replacement for Microsoft and Google messaging systems. The service is expected to cost $4 per user per month for a 50GB email inbox. It’s integrated with many of AWS’s other cloud services too, including its Zocalo file synchronization and sharing platform. The combination will allow IT shops to set up a hosted email platform and link it to a file sharing system."
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Comment: News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (Score 4, Interesting) 390

by MobyDisk (#48915363) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

Bad example: Whining about how a snowstorm wasn't big enough.

Good example: A discussion about the mathematical modeling used to predict the snowstorms, and a historical graph comparing predictions to actuals. Oooh, how about graphing the delta between the two by color and overlay it onto a map so we can see where predictions are more or less accurate.

+ - It's 2015. Where are the anti-snow robots?

Submitted by RevWaldo
RevWaldo (1186281) writes "I'm hardly the first armchair inventor that's thought "like a Roomba, but for snow!" If you search around many folks have built themselves remote control snowplows / snowthrowers, but we're hardly talking The Jetsons here. You'd think self-guided bots that continuously remove snow as it's falling (thus reducing the needed mass and horsepower, making it less likely to, say, scoop up the neighbor's dog) would be all over Kickstarter and the like, but not so much. What's the hold up?"

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 809

by MobyDisk (#48879545) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

The reason for that 'ridiculous' law was that a nosiy car could, in fact, scare a horse and cause it to bolt,

One needs the historical context to make sense of the law. At the time, many of those laws really were created just to stifle the car industry, not to protect citizens from horses. Another example: In some state, the law required the driver to get out of the car, honk a horn, then fire a gun, then do something else equally ridiculous, then they could drive the car.

Comment: Re:4th amendment requires specifics (Score 1) 382

by MobyDisk (#48876667) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

I don't think the term "probable cause" means "can conduct a search without a warrant." Rather, "probable cause" is justification for a warrant to be issued. But I think people get confused on this point because the courts have made exceptions for motor vehicles and that gets mixed up with "probable cause."

Comment: 4th amendment requires specifics (Score 3, Insightful) 382

by MobyDisk (#48857413) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

From the article:

...without providing any specific details as long as the target computer location has been hidden through a technical tool like Tor or a virtual private network. It would also allow nonspecific search warrants...

Text of the 4th amendment to the constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The article is light on details, but if it is accurate, this looks like a straightforward violation of the 4th amendment. The devil is always in the details though. The article may be an oversimplification.

Comment: Re:Which is kind of a shame (Score 1) 314

by MobyDisk (#48822843) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

They started to go this route, then abandoned it. Last Christmas I was at Radio Shack and they sold Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, and 100-in-1 electronics kits. I asked for a gift card to Radio Shack, and I got one this Christmas. So I walked in the store to find none of those things were there any more. It was like someone decided they would appeal to the Makers then made a 100% backpedal on that. I hate to use the gift card to buy a $10 cable from them that costs $1 on NewEgg. Free is free, but it still hurts!

They do sell EL wire, and drivers. Unfortunately, the drivers they sell don't even power the length of EL wire they sell. And of course, the employees didn't even know what they do.

Nearby, we have a Micro Center which is what Radio Shack could have been and then some. They do sell all the things I listed, plus 3D printers, discrete computer parts, and general electronics. It's like Best Buy but more techie. I have never seen a Fry's but it might be like that.

Computer programmers do it byte by byte.