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+ - Amazon Smile - Automatic charitable contributions->

Submitted by ammorris
ammorris (755429) writes "The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice!

But... What are the most deserving charities for Nerds and Stuff that Matters? Given that you can pick from "over a million" charitable organizations the selection of WHO to give to is a bit daunting!"

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Comment: Seems like overkill? (Score 1) 323

by ammorris (#45896199) Attached to: Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines
Ten inch pipe seems like overkill? Why not a simple pneumatic tube? Seems like it'd be more than sufficient to move a large quantity of "product" a great distance... Then again, why would they limit themselves to the length they can drill directionally? With the current state of autopilot driven R/C multicopters and planes I'd be surprised if the cartels wouldn't be flying their product great distances across the border on a nightly basis.

Comment: Why not start with a recently extinct species? (Score 1) 409

by ammorris (#40842843) Attached to: Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort
Why not start with something a little less ambitious than full blown dinosaurs? I'm sure there's quite a few relatively recently extinct animals that would generate quite a bit of "buzz" if the were suddenly brought back into existence. I for one would like to see the Dodo Bird brought back. How about the Passenger Pigeon? No human alive today has ever seen a live one... Why not start there?

Comment: Donor Hardware = Casio XJ-A240 Projector. (Score 1) 463

by ammorris (#32570984) Attached to: Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)
The donor hardware pictured in the "How We Made It" Section appears to be a Casio XJ-A240 DLP Projector - Retailing for a cool $999.99. Seems like an expensive piece of donor hardware to be breaking down to build these! Also - I wonder how many diodes they're getting out of each projector to get their final cost down to only $200 per pointer??
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Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro) 463

Posted by Soulskill
from the sharks-sold-separately dept.
sirgoran writes "We've all thought about being the hero fighting off evil-doers and saving the day ever since we first saw Star Wars. The folks at Wicked Lasers have now brought that a little closer to reality with their latest release: a 1-Watt blue diode laser that can set skin and other things on fire. From an article at Daily Tech, where they talk about the dangers of such a powerful laser: 'And here's the best (or worst) part — it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high-powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people.' The thing that caught my eye was the price: $200. I wonder if they'll be able to meet the demand, since (if it works as advertised) this will be on every geek's Christmas list."

Comment: Math For America. (Score 1) 677

Sounds like Lockhart isn't the only one with this lament. This problem has been recognized by some , and some are in fact, Actively working to improve math education in our schools.

Math For America does exactly this. If you want better math education, the solution starts with retaining better math teachers. How do you do this? Simple.. Pay them a competitive salary.

Those who excel at math, rarely stay to teach it because it's more lucrative for them to take higher paying positions in the private sector.

Read more at http://www.mathforamerica.org/home

From the MFA Website "We are a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve math education in secondary public schools in the United States by recruiting, training, and retaining outstanding mathematics teachers."

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+ - Leap Second to be Added Dec 31, 2008->

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ammorris writes "Don't be the laughing stock of your friends when you shout "Happy New Years" a second too early... The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) has announced that a leap second will be added on December 31, 2008 at 23h 59m 60s, Meaning that this year will be exactly one second longer. The last leap second occurred Dec 31, 2005, they are added due to fluctuations in the rotational speed of the earth. You Can Read all about leap seconds on Wikipedia.."
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Comment: Other options (Score 3, Insightful) 742

by ammorris (#23769031) Attached to: Best Chair For Desktop Coding?
There ARE competitors to the Aeron, in many other styles... Check out Knoll Office Seating, the ergonomics that go into these chairs is really amazing. If you can stomach the prices, then by all means, your back WILL thank you at the end of a long day. Make sure you buy a properly sized chair (*the aeron comes in 3 sizes) and if you buy some other chair, make sure he adjusts it to where his posture is set right. I have a couple of Knoll Life chairs at home, I can personally recommend them as super comfortable, and they come in a million different color combinations. Oh.. And they'll outlast anything from ikea or office depot.

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