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Comment: Wiimote Whiteboard (Score 1) 164

by andrew_d_allen (#49155105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?
These guys made their own, with a projector, a screen, an infrared pen, a Wiimote, and the Wiimote Whiteboard program. Pretty cool results. Seems like a great market opportunity for someone to package it up in a self-contained plug-and-play unit (although you have the "big videoconference touchscreens" as an upper limit on your price point): http://www.instructables.com/i... http://www.instructables.com/i...
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles Inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum 97

Posted by samzenpus
from the mole-man's-new-ride dept.
OakDragon writes "A sinkhole about 40 feet wide — and 30 feet deep — opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY early Thursday morning, swallowing eight vehicles that were sitting inside. At least one of these cars is one of a kind, and due to its location the fire department allowed its removal. The sinkhole is remarkable in that it has left the surrounding ground which supports the circular structure intact, although that assessment may change up on investigation. Security footage from inside the museum shows the collapse as it happened."

Comment: fairly predicatable (Score 5, Insightful) 106

With most surveillance footage it's pretty easy to spot what's going to happen next: the customer will pay for their items, receive change, and walk out of the store. Unless you're watching it on the internet. Then, a car will drive into the storefront or a botched hold-up will occur.
Programming

Does Coding Style Matter? 479

Posted by Soulskill
from the obfuscate-half-and-document-the-other-half dept.
theodp writes "Over at Smashing Magazine, Nicholas C. Zakas makes the case for Why Coding Style Matters. 'Coding style guides are an important part of writing code as a professional,' Zakas concludes. 'Whether you're writing JavaScript or CSS or any other language, deciding how your code should look is an important part of overall code quality. If you don't already have a style guide for your team or project, it's worth the time to start one.' So, how are coding style guidelines working (or not) in your world?"
Editorial

The Greatest Battle of the Personal Computing Revolution Lies Ahead 291

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the google-vs-google dept.
As tablets and computer-phones flood the market, the headlines read: "The Personal Computer is Dying." But they are only half true: an artifact of the PC is dying, but the essence of the PC revolution is closer to realization than ever before, while also being closer to loss than ever before.
China

Chinese Automaker Launches Remote-Control Family Car 130

Posted by timothy
from the drug-resistant-featuritus dept.
cylonlover writes "When we think of remote control cars, we generally think of scaled-down vehicles that can easily get caught up underfoot. Not so Chinese automaker BYD, which has upsized the remote control car with the release of its Su Rui model in China. The mid-size family saloon that seats five includes Remote Driving Control technology that allows the driver to get out of the car and drive it using the included remote control 'key.'"

Comment: Re:Big Red Will Still Get Their 2 bucks (Score 1) 281

by andrew_d_allen (#38545480) Attached to: Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee
My partner got caught by one of these bill collector scumbags. They just troll through credit histories and call folks with delinquent balances and browbeat them into giving them a debit card or checking account number to "settle" it. Any amount of verification will show that they have nothing to do with the debts they're trying to collect (which we, thankfully, did). Very frightening experience.

Comment: Re:Can Anyone figure out what he's arguing here? (Score 1) 240

by andrew_d_allen (#38508992) Attached to: Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted
Oh, so it's just the slippery slope fallacy: "seizure of internet domains now = legislators will do anything for political leverage at the expense of US customers and suppliers" Yes, SOPA is misguided. It does not mean the US Congress has a death wish for our country, but rather they are bumbling, and largely paid-for, fools.

Comment: Extra-judicial enforcement (Score 4, Insightful) 283

by andrew_d_allen (#38427480) Attached to: Law Professors On SOPA and PIPA: Don't Break the Internet
The real problem, as I see it, is the "accusation = guilt" and extra-judicial enforcement methods of these laws. It just floors me that our congressmen, sworn to uphold the constitution, thinks that laws where all you have to do is file some paperwork and "poof" the website gets blocked without having to present compelling-enough evidence to a judge under penalty of perjury (and with oppposing counsel's arguments) for him or her to issue an injunction to block the DNS entry. It shows they have absolutely no respect for the Constitution or even knows what "rule of law" means.

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