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Comment: Ignore these naysayers (Score 1, Informative) 113

I have used over 16 OCZ drives and pushed them to their limits with no problems. Obviously all drives will eventually fail regardless of their nature, and you should always backup and use raid if uptime is important. Anyone using any drive without redundancy and backups should not affect your opinion of these drives.

Comment: Why so negative? (Score 1) 170

by TheSimkin (#44173581) Attached to: Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight
When someone comes up with an awesome idea and wins a google award this is generally a good thing. Why is everyone trying to knock her? She's a 15 year old inventor who created something pretty awesome through a lot of tinkering, research and hard work. I can see many uses for this and would very much like to get one if they are ever mass produced.

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

Posted by samzenpus
from the little-flyer dept.
yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."

Comment: Level the playing field, switch it up (Score 1) 550

by TheSimkin (#42640427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?
First, I would use console games, being in front of a tv together feels like a social activity much more so than sitting behind two different computers. Get games of every genre and type, (party games, fps, strategy etc). I would start with the party games, as they often include many mini games. The idea is to find something she likes/enjoys, and then to explore the entire genre with her, and then pick another. Games that she has a natural aptitude for and that you generally suck at will be great. Also lots of games will balance the playing field out if you are doing poorly (Mario Kart!). And remember to keep it fun. If she's bored with the game don't insist you keep playing, just find another, like you said you have lots of experience, and just like you it will take her some time to refine her tastes! Also for the console experience, the PS3 is a great choice as online purchased games can be installed on more than one PS3. So you could have a two tv two ps3 setup in the living room (head to head FPS games, tetris, the new god of war). Happy gaming!

Comment: Re:Putting his money where his mouth is (Score 4, Insightful) 460

by TheSimkin (#39960781) Attached to: Richard Stallman Falls Ill At Conference
RMS has spent his life fighting for your rights. And when he gets sick all you can do is pile dirt on him? Sure he has some strange views on some things, but in all cases he pushes for greater personal freedom and less corporate ownership of 'ideas' and less government interference in personal lives.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- Emerson