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+ - MagicJack Inventor Dan Borislow Dead at Age 52->

Submitted by Nightwraith
Nightwraith (180411) writes "Dan Borislow, whose “MagicJack,” peddled in television infomercials, helped pioneer free phone calls through the Internet, has died. He was 52.

His death was confirmed by Brad Shewmake, a spokesman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., the maker of the device. Borislow was the founder and former chief executive officer of the company, based in Netanya, Israel, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

He died yesterday of a heart attack after playing in a soccer game in West Palm Beach, according to an e-mail today from his friend, Douglas Kass, founder of Seabreeze Partners Management Inc. in Palm Beach, Florida.

“Dan was a true telecom pioneer whose vision, creativity, energy, passion and single-minded focus was the driving force behind the success of MagicJack,” the company’s CEO, Gerald Vento, said today in a statement. Vento replaced Borislow as the company’s chief executive on Jan. 1, 2013."

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Comment: Re:Bravo! (Score 3, Insightful) 56

by Nightwraith (#47128909) Attached to: ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

It was certainly nice that this was approved with a great deal of speed by all the agencies involved. Good news too that they were able to preempt other previously approved projects.

But in reality, it sounds like they had an excellent plan and at least some proof-of-concept design done when it was pitched to those agencies. Also, it's pretty time-sensitive and a great PR win if it succeeds, which the space industry desperately needs right now.

When the grease is available, all those wheels of government can turn pretty quickly!

Comment: Re:Yes.. (Score 2) 130

You hire someone to check it in and out.

Wish I had mod points for a 5-digit uid reply which should have been obvious to the OP.

As mentioned below, surely there can be a work-study position funded for an inventory clerk. I'm sure there are already people being paid to check-in/check-out books & videos at the library or equipment at the gym/fitness center.

Comment: Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (Score 1) 841

by Nightwraith (#37973182) Attached to: Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

Mod Parent Up!

I was fortunate enough to attend a college prep school. A number of classes had homework counted as the number of problems you attempted, but was NOT included in your grade. Some folks lied, others would say they attempted 0 questions. Your level of participation was usually directly related to your understanding and ease with the material.

The best college math professor I had simply asked if there were any questions about the homework that was assigned at the last class. No questions? Class dismissed.

The trick here was that the homework assigned was on NEW MATERIAL. You weren't expected to know how to do the assignment, you were expected to ATTEMPT the assignment and try to work out the process on your own and bring your questions about the process to class.

Learning needs to be an ACTIVE process. Simply attending class should not be enough to graduate.

Comment: Fill out the requirements! (Score 1) 170

by Nightwraith (#37877626) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Image Recognition For Race Timing?

So many things missing from the OP's requirements like:

Must work in ALL weather conditions (fog, rain, snow, dust)
Must be accurate to 1 ms
Must identify which DRIVER is in the car as more than one person may be driving any given car, and drivers may have full face helmets
Must handle backward/spinning/sliding finishes
Must process in near realtime ( 20sec between finishes)
Must handle multiple cars on course at once (at least 3 running)
Must handle GoKarts and other strange pieces of machinery that may not have roof/hood/doors
Portable/Lightweight/Packable

What else is my caffeine starved brain missing?

Comment: Re:an engineered crisis (Score 1) 734

by Nightwraith (#37320492) Attached to: USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

Ah, but how many of these other businesses are still paying their pensions? Too many simply went bankrupt or just closed up shop and the benefit recipients were told to pound sand.

Most people would be thrilled to have a pension for retirement, but most would rail against the idea that part of their benefits they EARNED were simply stripped away years later due to a cash flow problem.

Here, with this law, the problem has simply presented itself earlier in the life cycle.

Medicine

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-your-genes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

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