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Comment: Non-grandfather here also interested (Score 5, Interesting) 122

by RagManX (#40384017) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: a Good Geek Project For My Arthritic Grandfather?

As an early 40s person who already experiences some of these problems due to 3 decades of arthritis and worsening hand tremors, I'm also interested in geek projects folks can recommend the asker. Especially if they are things I could also work on with my pre-teen sons.


+ - Playstation Vita Reviewed

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Sony has finally come out with its replacement for the PlayStation Portable, Playstation Vita. While they have made some strange decisions with the media playback abilities and web browser, the gaming experience is incredible. Thanks to quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU and PS Vita's processing power; the device eclipses PlayStation 2 in power and comes very close to the capabilities of the PlayStation 3. Also since Sony has moved away from the XrossMediaBar (XMB) menu design found in other Sony devices and gave the PS Vita a complete touch screen interface overhaul, the new system looks less like a gaming device's menu and more like a smartphone's menu system. The OS overhaul also introduces other applications like a Web browser, music and video players, a photo gallery a map tool that uses GPS on the 3G version, and Sony's Content Manager for connecting to and transferring files between the PS Vita and a PS3 or PC."

+ - Felix Baumgartner Is Space Diving in Pursuit of Science-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This summer, an Austrian named Felix Baumgartner plans to ride a 600-foot tall balloon halfway up the stratosphere. When he reaches 120,000 feet, he will jump.

What happens next is swathed in mystery, but a few things are certain. For a short time inside his pressurized spacesuit, Baumgartner, a professional BASE jumper, will be the fastest man alive. Thirty seconds after leaping, he’ll exceed the speed of sound in the thin upper atmosphere by traveling almost 700 miles per hour. And if he safely parachutes to the ground between 12 and 15 minutes later, he’ll walk away with at least four new records: the highest skydive, the longest free-fall, the first to reach supersonic speeds in free-fall, and the highest manned balloon ride."

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+ - School determines child lunch unhealth, Send home bill instead-> 3

Submitted by halfEvilTech
halfEvilTech (1171369) writes "A North Carolina mom is irate after her four-year-old daughter returned home late last month with an uneaten lunch the mother had packed for the girl earlier that day. But she wasn’t mad because the daughter decided to go on a hunger strike. Instead, the reason the daughter didn‘t eat her lunch is because someone at the school determined the lunch wasn’t healthy enough and sent it back home. What was wrong with the lunch? That’s still a head-scratcher because it didn’t contain anything egregious: a turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice. But for the inspector on hand that day, it didn’t meet the healthy requirements."
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Comment: Re:Same legal protections? (Score 0) 686

by RagManX (#35965378) Attached to: EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

One, my ass! In my small city alone I see newspaper stories all the time about people getting arrested on kiddie porn traced back to their IP address. And there are probably even more hackers and pirates being raided who don't make it to the press.

In my large city, I can only recall once ever hearing of such a raid occurring, and it made the news not just the papers. Maybe the problem is you live in western fukakiddyville, and not that such things happen all the time. Perhaps it's just time to move?

Comment: Re:Facebook (Score 5, Insightful) 200

by RagManX (#31939744) Attached to: Facebook and the "Social Graph"

That's nice, but only works in a romanticized version of reality. Almost all of my friends live hundreds of miles away. I don't care for most of my cow-orkers, and have little time available to do much with my friends who live nearby because I have a schedule to maintain with my kids and my friends work different hours than I do. There's a ridiculous number of reasons why for many people it is difficult to actually spend a lot of time hanging out with friends IRL, and probably just as many to justify keeping in touch via social media. For many, it's almost like we're integrating technology into our lives to give us more ways to keep in contact with people who physical world constraints make hard to spend face time with.

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