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Comment FYI radio astronomers: Beware dodgy microwave oven (Score 4, Funny) 27 27

It's all well and good to enforce radio silence in the array's general area, but I hope they employ common sense as well. It took one batch of aussie radio astronomers 17 years to figure out that their dodgy microwave oven was causing intermittent interference; hopefully these guys aren't so clueless as to use unshielded electronics in any proximity to the array. Shielding your data centre is great, but it'll be the guy who forgets to turn off his cell phone that messes up your signal.

Comment I'm getting 8 hrs, but my body wants 9 - 10 hrs (Score 1) 159 159

I have three little kids, the youngest not yet one year, so I'm unable to get all the sleep I'd like. I make do with about 8 hours a night, sometimes only 6 or 7. But on the very rare occasion that I'm away from the kids, I naturally sleep between 9 and 10 hours (and feel much more awake in the morning.)

Of interest might be my kids' sleep times: 9 hours for the six year old, 10 hours for the four year old, and 7 hours plus multiple naps for the infant.

Comment Not XKCD, but oblig PowerNap reference (Score 1) 407 407

Sounds like we'll end up in the situation described in Power Nap, where everyone takes sleep supplements to stay awake. Except poor Drew, who's allergic to them, hence providing the story's initial premise.

In some ways the idea of sleep supplements is very enticing, as we could do a lot more if our bodies didn't need to rest for at least 1/3 of each day. Misusing Adderall is along a similar vein, where the purpose is to stay productive and keep your mind sharp for longer than is usually possible. If there were no negative effects this would become a common practice and acceptable, rather than an addiction that needs to be treated.

Comment Alternate headline: Apple watch sold online only (Score 1) 193 193

The subhead could be "Demonstration models available in store, purchases restricted to Apple website or Apple Store app."

Sensationalizing your headline is fine in mainstream media, let's please aim toward more rational headlines on venerable Slashdot.

Comment Re:One good thing about star wars weapons (Score 1) 274 274

The regular lead bullets from even a small caliber short barrel weapon is too fast for eyes to see. But the speed of light phasers being fired by the storm troopers leave a neat clean visible tracer lines. That leads straight back to the location of the gun which helps Harrison Ford ample time to find good spot to dive into, no antique plane needed.

I can't believe I'm replying to a joke post but... (a) you're mixing your movies, phasers are Star Trek and blasters are Star Wars. (b) Blasters supposedly shoot charged plasma - you fill them with gas, they excite it to a plasma somehow, and the glowing plasma is what's shot at the targets. Don't ask me about turbo lasers on capital ships.

(Cue a follow-on stream of comments correcting mistakes I've made, lol.)

Comment Flirting (Score 1) 698 698

I really wish my dad had talked to me about girls. Not the birds and the bees bit, but about how girls and boys are both the same: afraid to get their feelings hurt, unsure how relationships should progress, often hurtful to others by accident. He could have explained that the easiest way to let someone know you like them is to smile and say "Hi" every time you see them. To not be afraid of physical contact like dancing or holding hands. That even if you say or do the wrong thing, make an embarrassing mistake, if the other person likes you they'll still like you afterwards. That a good first date involves just spending time together talking and getting to know one another (and that I should therefore avoid movies for a first date!) It took me years to figure that stuff out, and looking back I can see a dozen points in my life where a simple explanation from my dad could have opened my eyes and saved me grief. Thankfully my wife recognized that I was clueless the moment we met, and simply told me how she felt.

Comment Re:Moved themselves out of the market (Score 1) 242 242

In Canada, the Radio Shack name was sold off years ago to Circuit City, and then when CC went under, bought up the Bell telco conglomerate, rebranding the stores as 'The Source' as another place to sell their cell phone packages and accessories. It looks familiar to Radio Shack, without any of the glory day components available for sale, selling cheap RC cars, computers and terrible audio equipment. The majority of stuff was labelled under a knock-off looking "Nexxtech" brand name. Again, inferior quality, but top-notch pricing.

So that's why I can't find anything useful there. I came back from New Zealand a few years ago, and was told by friends that Radio Shack was now "The Source", but when I went in they no longer had any of the stuff I needed. No bins of resistors or alligator clips or motors. No rolls of speaker wire, phone or network cabling. I have yet to find a replacement store that stocks hobby electronics like that, and I don't see the point in buying $5 of resistors off ebay and having to pay more than that in shipping.

I'm in the Canadian maritimes, if anyone has any recommendations for a new place to shop, I'd appreciate it.

Comment Article summary: Use time-in more than time-out (Score 1) 323 323

The point of the article is made near the end, which is to use less time-outs (which should still be used, as a time of reflection), and more "time-ins", which is apparently teaching your child about emotional events as they occur through the day. Based on the examples given, I would guess "time-in" is something we already do with our kids; it's just talking over events like "Wasn't it funny when Sarah sneezed milk out her nose?" Then listening to our kids tell their version. The new thing is to somehow "teach" them what that emotion means. I'm OK with a psych doing research that confirms common parental practices work, but there was a lot of vague hand-waviness about "teaching" emotions, and they skimmed over the fact that once a child is in school or daycare, the majority of their daily events aren't shared with their parents. Discussing such events therefore requires discovering them, which is difficult when the response to "How was your day at school?" is a terse "Okay".

PS: I actually read through TFA, which was rather long and filled with the author's opinions more than the psych's study results and opinions.. I don't recommend reading the article by the way, it was a lot of filler text with very little discussion of the main topic. It could use an editor's review - for example, it alternates between "time-out" and "timeout". Plus the title is misleading - it explicitly says time-ins aren't a counter-point to time-outs, it simply encourages that time-ins be added to the daily routine.

Comment Too bad Canadian Thanksgiving is long past (Score 1) 24 24

"claiming responsibility for the hacking of multiple news websites, including CBC News" - CBC being the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "suggested the attacks were meant to coincide with the U.S. Thanksgiving on Thursday" - which had very little effect on us Canadians, seeing as our Thanksgiving was a month ago. Smooth move, morons.

Comment $50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (Score 1) 107 107

I still have a copy that my dad bought me 30 years ago, and as of two years ago it still works fine. It's been used a fair bit, but I'm sure it is better condition than a copy that spent 30 years in a landfill. Are you sure there are people willing to spend $50 for a game with so many bugs (in this case, both programmatic and probably literal)? I'm willing to bet there are so many copies out there like mine, and so many people who hate the game, that nobody will be willing to spend more than $5.

PS: The gameplay and controls were just as bad as I remembered. Getting out of pits without falling back in was hard enough, but finding a way around the glitchy screen transition points was super frustrating.

Submission + - YouTube Considering An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Walking The Walk writes: YouTube is looking at creating a paid-subscription model that would allow users to skip the ads on their videos. (A more condensed summary from CBC.) No firm date has been announced, and it sounds like tentative steps right now, but YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki did mention that ad-enabled music videos would still be offered. (Can we extrapolate that all types of ad-enabled videos would still be offered?)

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