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Comment cool, but... (Score 2) 207

200ft? That's about 60m. That puts it far to close to the ideal, best condition stopping distance of a car moving at about 60km/h. The software for detection isn't new, and ladar has had this sort of range for a while. Quintiple the range and keep processing real time, then it'll be worth news

Comment 'Straya Mate (Score 1) 558

I really wish they would hurry up with fixing Australian Net in general, it's a joke. In Brisbane, and I get 228ms to the server using University Internet, which is as good as it gets here. People in Sydney would probably be sitting on about 190ms. At least we'll be faster locally with fibre soon... Oh wait, politicians want to stop that too.

Comment About Polaris (Score 4, Informative) 203

I know it's not your question, but just a warning on it. If you plan to send the documents to anyone, and they don't have office 2010 there are going to be issues. They'll be able to read the file in a shocking font if they open it something like openoffice or libreoffice, but there will be random characters at the start and end and the text won't be manipulable.

Comment Update and two cents (Score 3, Informative) 129

Quick update on this: http://www.news.com.au/technology/tablets/samsung-wins-australian-appeal-case-in-apple-tablet-war/story-fn6vigfp-1226210226842 They can't actually start selling yet, and apple are trying to overturn the overturned decision. And why would you get a Galaxy tab, especially now that the Transformer is out and about
The Almighty Buck

Restaurants Plan DNA-Certified Seafood Program 174

Restaurants across the globe will soon use DNA technology to reassure customers that they are getting what they pay for. In recent years getting "counterfeit" seafood has become a big problem. In 2007 several people became seriously ill from eating illegally imported pufferfish that had been mislabeled as monkfish. From the article: "David Schindel, a Smithsonian Institution paleontologist and executive secretary of the Washington-based Consortium for the Barcode of Life, said he has started discussions with the restaurant industry and seafood suppliers about utilizing the technology as a means of certifying the authenticity of delicacies. 'When they sell something that's really expensive, they want the consumer to believe that they're getting what they're paying for,' Schindel told The Associated Press."

Comment But it doesn't work anyway... (Score 2) 306

Given that Turnitin doesn't work as advertised anyway, I'm not really sure what the issue is. While it can certainly check all the internet sources, it fails to compare it to other submitted works. I know I've lifted sections from my own, previously submitted to turnitin assignments only to have it spit out 0% plagiarism when in reality I've only done half the work the second time around. Hell, I know people who've lifted entire sections straight from Wikipedia, changed two words, and it detected nothing. The thing is broken, and I don't see why people still feel the need to bother with it.

Comment Good Luck (Score 1) 705

I remember back in my primary school days, they had a few "touch typing games" on cd's in the library. The only problem was, that the games were so simplistic and easy that you could look at the keyboard and still win. My breakthrough in touch typing didn't come through until I started online gaming, and before I could be bothered to get a mic. I got sick of getting killed while trying to type, so developed my touchtyping skills that way, and I am sure that many others. As for teaching it in schools, I'm all for gaming to be a subject. Little late for me, but I'm sure everyone else would enjoy it.

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