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Comment: Internal Devs way to go (Score 1) 209

by Praedon (#47577813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?
I used to work for an Aerospace Manufacturing plant, and their ERP system M1 wasn't cutting it. I developed a complete web-based portal system that interfaced directly with the SQL server to bring the data to life. I now sell my software I made to other businesses that use the M1 ERP system and customize it to their needs. I highly recommend that route. You won't be disappointed when you see your data come to life in an orderly fashion.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: Re:Do you use the start menu often? (Score 1, Offtopic) 570

by Praedon (#42826699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8
Here's the link for installing a Windows Start Menu into Windows 8. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-windows-8-suck-less-with-classic-shell/

I never do.

Really, the biggest change in Windows 8, is that I have to press the windows key when I login. Nothing else really changed in the OS for me. I still just hit win+r for the "Run" prompt, or click a shortcut in the number of places I've aggregated them that make much more sense than Win 7's start menu layout. I got Windows 8 because it was just $15 for a valid windows license.

I'm in full agreement that there's no reason to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8. But if you get windows 8, it's not the end of the world (unless you're really married to the start menu). Or hell, if you really need the start menu, just go download it and install it. If you're on slashdot you should know how to do this. This askslashdot is kind of a no-brainer.

Comment: Re:NO. (Score 2, Insightful) 349

by Praedon (#38495260) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?
I think I remember now, why I marked you as a foe a long time ago. You have nothing insightful to say about anything. Nor do you have anything intelligent or constructive to add to any conversation. If you would of read my post, you would realize it's about electronic home-schooling and not "swishy gadgets" in the school system. Self-modded down for troll and fail.

Comment: Re:YES it is, and here's proof (Score 2) 349

by Praedon (#38495242) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?
That was a very insightful reply. ECOT in the beginning, from what we heard before my sister came in, was really in shambles. By the time my sister started though, it was her answer to dealing with bullies, lack of public education attention, and she could work on things at her pace. Every once in awhile, she did have some issues getting a hold of teachers, but they were bombarded for the longest time. She was really proud of herself, for being able to accomplish her work using ECOT though, and it really improved her self-esteem.

I do agree though, that it could be very situational to the child. ECOT worked for her, whereas it may not of, for your brother. I just wish I could of had ECOT when I was that age. I always found public education to be the most boring waste of time in the world. Never challenged, horrible environments, and hated all my peers.

Comment: YES it is, and here's proof (Score 2) 349

by Praedon (#38494948) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?
My sister, when she lived in Ohio, had a learning disability. It wasn't until my family discovered ECOT that she finally had the fighting chance to graduate. They sent her a locked down computer, and gave her all the help and support she needed over the phone for all her lessons. Electronic home-schooling should seriously be considered all over the United States.
The Internet

+ - Affordable Mind-Controlled Robotic Telepresence->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Software developer Robert Oschler has launched a Kickstarter project aimed at creating a low-cost, mind-controlled, robotic telepresence system, based on integrating support for WowWee's Rovio robot, Emotiv's EPOC neuroheadset, and Skype communications into a new version of Oschler's Robodance software. The headset's ability to detect head movement and facial gestures will enable those with limited mobility to explore their home or any place else in the world where there's a Rovio they can connect to, at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives, says Oschler. As a reward for supporting the Kickstarter project, contributors at certain levels will have the opportunity to experience 10- or 20-minute 'telepresence tours' if the project achieves its funding goal."
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+ - Stern Pinbal to sell games at BestBuy->

Submitted by Joe_Dragon
Joe_Dragon (2206452) writes "Five Top Selling Stern Pinball Machines Are Now Available
For Purchase at BestBuy.com

MELROSE PARK, IL –August 15, 2011– Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s only maker of real pinball games, announced today the availability of its pinball machines through Best Buy. Pinball and game enthusiasts can now purchase five of Stern’s popular releases at Bestbuy.com with instore availability coming later this year.

“Pinball is back and booming,” said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball. “and being available though an incredible retail channel such as Best Buy brings pinball to the main stream mass market..”

Stern Pinball games now available at BestBuy.com include:

        Avatar Pinball Game: Avatar pinball features a 3-D backglass with incredible depth, clarity and color, speech and sound effects from the movie. $4,799

        TRON: Legacy Pinball Game: TRON: Legacy pinball features exciting sound bites from the film’s main characters, as well as music from the film’s original score. $4,799

        The Rolling Stones Pinball Game: The Rolling Stones pinball features 13 Rolling Stones original songs, fast ramps and artwork featuring band members and classic album covers. $4,799

        Iron Man Classic Pinball Game: Iron Man Classic pinball made exclusively for the home features visuals, speech, music and sound effects from the Marvel blockbuster films Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2. (This machine does not feature a coin mechanism and can not be operated) $3,799

        The Rolling Stones Limited Edition Pinball Game: The Limited Edition version of the Rolling Stones Pinball features a slew of special features, including a second set of flippers, a white ceramic ball and an indivdually numbered plaque with a certificate of authenticity. $5,999

  Pricing and Availability

  Select Stern Pinball machines are available for purchase today for $3,799.99 — $5,999.99 direct at BestBuy.com by either searching “Stern Pinball” or by visiting: http://bit.ly/sternpinball

  For additional information on Stern Pinball visit: http://www.sternpinball.com/

  About Stern Pinball, Inc.

  Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the leading producer of pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture popular, arcade-quality pinball games. Recent popular Stern titles include Avatar, Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, The Rolling Stones, Tron, Big Buck Hunter and many more. All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. Stern’s games are enjoyed by both pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the globe. For more information visit www.sternpinball.com.

Just wait for the geek suard to F* this up. At lest make you pay $30+ to install a free rom update."

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Facebook

+ - Facebook "Like" button declared illegal in Germany-> 2

Submitted by
hasanabbas1987
hasanabbas1987 writes "So we had it established that Ze GermanZ don’t like Facebook when they brought the website’s facial recognition feature under fire, which simply helped tagging friends quickly in photos. Now they are at it again and this time they have announced that the Facebook “Like” button is illegal. Germany take no nonsense about their privacy issues and have declared that the Like button is in violation of the privacy laws. Thilo Weicher, an official for the northern German state of Schelswig-Holstein data protection center, says that the Like button has the programming to track a person’s movement across the internet which is in violation of the data protection laws in Europe."
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Education

+ - Candle Flame Contains Millions of Diamonds->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "As odd as it sounds, candle flames contain all four known forms of carbon. Zixue Su, Yang Zhang and University of St Andrews chemistry Professor Wuzong Zhou have recently published a paper utilizing a new technique that leveraged anodic aluminium oxide films as collectors to actually observe diamond, graphitic, fullerenic and amorphous particles from a live candle flame. The result of a challenge from a colleague that claimed no one knows what a flame is actually made of, Dr. Zhou and his team deduced that around 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created every second in a candle flame. Some more light has been shed on how the flame transforms hydro-carbon molecules into carbon dioxide that could pave the way to a new nucleation mechanism for diamond growth and fullerene formation in a combustion synthesizing process."
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