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Comment: Wallet required (Score 3, Interesting) 375 375

My job, and almost all medical jobs require me to carry my physical certifications on my person. The state and other regulatory agencies can demand my cards at any time for inspection. It's about ten small cards that will likely never leave my wallet, no matter what comes down the line.

Comment: Pebble (Score 1) 381 381

Lasts three days or more on a charge, perfectly readable in any light. It's incredibly valuable since my phone is on my belt in a pouch at work, and I sometimes don't feel the vibrate but I can't have the ringer on all the time. Apps let me respond to text messages with short choices, and control my music. All I want is the price on a Steel to drop a little and I'm there.

Comment: Netbook + Toddler Keys (Score 1) 302 302

I have an Asus netbook that works pretty well for this situation. Cheap enough that I don't give a damn about it, really, and it's held up reasonably well to my 2 year old daughter. Install Toddler Keys http://tk.ms11.net/ so that she can bang away on the keys without it doing much of anything, and disable the "close lid = standby or hibernate" feature because that'll cause some hangups. After that, you're pretty much golden, and at least in my case my kid is more interested in the Skype session because she can move the whole computer whereever she wants and sit down to talk to Mommy.

Comment: At-Will (Score 0, Offtopic) 340 340

I'm at an organization where a similar situation is proceeding through the HR hell.
The unfortunate part is that as an at-will employee, which we all basically are at my job, they have to do something highly illegal to actually get sued for firing you. You can show up and pick your nose and get fired for it, and it's just "at will."...

Now, if they actually said "Because of this" you might have a better case, because then they're stepping on first amendment stuff. But if they said "Because we want to" you'd be SOL. People don't get that your first amendment rights protect you from jail time, not protect you from any consequence at all.

Biotech

A Genetically Engineered Fly That Can Smell Light 111 111

An anonymous reader writes "It sounds like a cool — if somewhat pointless — super-powered insect: a fly that can smell light! Researchers added a light-sensitive protein to a fruit fly's olfactory neurons, which caused the neurons to fire when the fly was exposed to a certain wavelength of blue light. Adding the protein specifically to neurons that respond to good smells, like bananas, makes for a light-seeking fly."
Bug

Sony Update Bricks Playstations 510 510

Stoobalou writes "A controversial update which was seeded by Sony in order to remove the ability to run Linux on the Playstation 3 games console has caused a storm of complaints. The 3.21 firmware upgrade, which removes the security hole provided by the 'Install Other OS' widget used by lots of educational institutions and hackers alike, also removes the console's ability to play games... turning it into a very expensive doorstop."
NASA

Apollo 13 Mission Manual Pages To Be Auctioned 96 96

astroengine writes "On April 13 — the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 accident — Bonhams in New York City will auction off pages from the Apollo 13 mission manual, with handwritten notes by flight commander Jim Lovell. I'm thinking the chances of actually outbidding a rich space enthusiast are slim to none, but having a chance at owning a piece of spaceflight history should be popular nonetheless." Here is an item listing page at Bonhams for one of those pages, which, as Gizmodo notes, saved three astronauts' lives.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

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