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Comment: Re:ESPN (Score 1) 277

by SIGALRM (#32572806) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details

The novelty of motion control quickly wore off for me after a couple of days of Wii bowling.

Since "novelty" means new, perhaps Wii bowling was a novelty, in the same way "Stanley Steamer" must have seemed novel, as is all emerging technologies. I'm not suggesting Kinect will be the breakthrough product, but it has promise in a transformational way in the world of digital media. I hope Microsoft executes well on Kinect, and that competition really pushes motion control to a new level.

To reduce it to annoying contortions is to miss the real potential, IMO. You may not like it, but I think many will.

Comment: Re:republicans favoring less government involvemen (Score 1) 720

by SIGALRM (#24620865) Attached to: 30% of Americans Want "Balanced" Blogging

Care to guess again?

Sure. My guess is: your dad wasn't involved in a conflict "so secret" that no one else knew about it--including the US and Vietnam governments, the American public, journalists, and every credible historian since. My guess is, your dad was jerking your chain, or you're making it up. Technically that's 2 guesses, but I'll take the liberty.

P.S. Floating around in the Gulf of Tonkin does not count as "conflict".

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Microfluidic Chips Made With Shrinky Dinks 149

Posted by kdawson
from the improvising-science dept.
SoyChemist writes "When she started her job as a new professor at UC Merced, Michelle Khine was stuck without a clean room or semiconductor fabrication equipment, so she went MacGyver and started making Lab-on-a-Chip devices in her kitchen with Shrinky Dinks, a laser printer, and a toaster oven. She would print a negative image of the channels onto the polystyrene sheets and then shrink them with heat. The miniaturized pattern served as a perfect mold for forming rounded, narrow channels in PDMS — a clear, synthetic rubber."

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