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Dear Journal,

Have you seen the web site nipitinthebud2010.org? Looks like some ugly propoganda to me. As read in the web sites user agreement... "The information on this web site is provided on an "as is" basis, all content is suggestive." The most polite way to confess to being dishonest I have ever heard. Hope people see through this sort of rubbish.

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Journal: Dear Journal

Journal by aleqi_njbp

Dear Journal,

I am so glad to be going back to California in one week. We will spend almost a month back in Davis so catch me while you can. Much love to you all.

Love,

Nathan Hunt

PS This is posted from /. Is this like social networking? Can everyone hear me? I say holler if you hear me! I Can't hear YOU!!!!d

Comment: Re:Netbooks aren't DME (Score 2, Interesting) 727

by aleqi_njbp (#31466328) Attached to: Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

Hearing aids tend to be classified as DME (durable medical equipment). Medical equipment has a higher support cost...

My father gets free batteries for life with purchase which is part of the cost. Apparently since his ears had failed to deliver any input to his brain (on SOME but not all wavelengths,) his brain lost patience waiting for the dead frequency info and those brain cells were reassigned. When he got the fancy hearing aids they tested his hearing very carefully and created a map of what he could and could not hear and the hearing aids only amplify those sounds which he struggles with. Shocking!! After years signals started flooding into the brain, the prodigal sound returns! It takes weeks for the brain to retrain itself to process audio info again so every few weeks he has to go in and have his hearing remapped and the EQ adjusted to match his actual hearing which is a big part of the cost, these are far far from plug and play. Lots of tweaking involved which gets steep. Oh but you should have seen the dazzled wide-eyed look he had walking away from the doctors office..."I CAN HEAR HER FLIP-FLOPS!!" and all sorts of such revelations. Also he has some robocop type powers now. He can select directional mic input where he hears what he looks at or even a mic that only hears signals from behind him. As a music lover he is happy as a fly in a pile of poo about these things.

Comment: bet http://www.nuigroup.com/ could use these well! (Score 1) 146

by aleqi_njbp (#31207872) Attached to: Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones
I think that a portable projector with a cam facing the same way could be exploited to make one of these multitouch units made at http://www.nuigroup.com/ that rock. Mount it on a tripod and all you would need would be a touch surface. Very portable multitouch interface you could use with or without your desktop to power it.
Power

Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete 96

Posted by timothy
from the transcend-batteries dept.
An anonymous reader writes "University of Michigan researchers have crammed an ARM Cortex microcontroller, a thin-film battery, and a solar cell into a package that is only 9 cubic millimeters in volume. The system is able to run perpetually by periodically recharging the on-board battery with a solar cell (neglecting physical wear-out of the system)."
Image

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-feed dept.
When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.
Space

Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-for-one dept.
likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."
Image

NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the drop-the-cloud-anchor dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."

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