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Comment: Re:Finally the ATM's will be used! (Score 5, Informative) 273

by audacity242 (#39508667) Attached to: Blind Man Test Drives Google's Autonomous Car

Drive-up ATMs have braille for two reasons.

1. It's cheaper and more efficient to make all your ATMs the same, so walk-up and drive-through models are often the same.

2. Blind people need to have access to cash, too, and it's not uncommon for them to be driven to an ATM by a sighted driver. Usually they sit in the rear driver's side seat and the driver just pulls a little more forward than normal so the blind person can access the ATM.

Comment: Magnification is not the answer (Score 4, Insightful) 134

by audacity242 (#38054624) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building an Assistive Reading Device?

The long-term result of macular degeneration is that he will lose the ability to focus on anything in the center of his vision, and will eventually hit the point where he only has (blurry) peripheral vision. When this occurs, he will not be able to read at all. Any items which magnify text will be a very temporary solution for him.

Focus on finding audio solutions that work, spend time researching them and then becoming familiar with using them, because anything you create now that magnifies text will be very quickly obsolete.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 1521

by audacity242 (#37210074) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Ah, I Love You. I've never been an IT person, but have always earned a reputation as resident unofficial techie wherever I've worked. When that virus hit, I read about it here, and at work, my boss let me know he'd received an email, from the CEO, with the subject line of "I Love You." I let him know to not open it, and went down to the sysadmin's desk and let him know we'd been hit. It was early, and he took some precautions, and we were never hit to the extent that some organizations were.

Comment: Thank You (Score 1) 1521

by audacity242 (#37210036) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

I've been reading slashdot for somewhere around 13 years. Wish I could figure out when on earth I registered this account, I remember at the time being woefully dismayed that I had a 6 digit UID (the friend who let me know about slashdot had a 5 digit UID). In some way, I feel like a part of my youth has been lost. slashdot has been with me through four boyfriends, y2k, 09/11/2001, OMG ponies, the launch of gmail on April Fool's Day, the implementation of the mod system, the rise and fall of Netscape, Dogpile, Altavista, the popularity of Linux distros waxing and waning, the evolution of Microsoft, Apple, and Google, and countless other events, large and small, good and bad.

Years ago, there was some article in which an argument erupted in the comments about whether it was okay to urinate in sinks. I argued against it, and some random guy clicked my profile, found some photography I'd done, and sent me some emails. We lived in the same town. We just celebrated our third wedding anniversary.

I've never been a programmer, nor a sysadmin, or held any IT position. But slashdot has expanded my horizons in immeasurable ways, and in some way, I wouldn't be the person I am today if it had not been for slashdot. In some way, I wouldn't be the person I am today if it had not been for slashdot. I thank you for that.

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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment: Remember why you're marrying her (Score 2, Insightful) 1146

by audacity242 (#28958039) Attached to: Navigating a Geek Marriage?

As a FEMALE geek who met her husband via Slashdot, there are a few things which have been said over and over, but they're important.

-- You're not that good of a liar. Therefore, if something is bothering you, you can try to hide it in order to spare your partner's feelings, but bottom line, just as you're not that good of a liar, your partner isn't stupid. So just get it out, it's easier and quicker and will result in fewer hurt feelings.

-- Realize that no matter how geeky you both are, you are different. Different things cause us to be stressed, and one of the important components of a relationship is realizing what things won't cause panic in yourself but will in your spouse and proactively helping your spouse through that.

-- Most importantly, remember why you're marrying her. Not only do you have lust for her, and love for her, you LIKE her as a person. You find her beautiful, brilliant, funny. So when she's left her dirty dishes in the sink for the millionth time in favour of reading a book, shake your head and smile, because that's part of who she is. Just like how she's going to tolerate how stinky you get during your WoW binges. Yes, these things are minor annoyances, and over time, she'll realize she can do the dishes and THEN read, and you'll make sure to shower prior to that huge raid, but don't let the little things get in the way of that most important thing. There's a reason you're marrying her, because you like her, love her, feel lust for her. Don't ever forget that.

Far too many marriages fail, and while people cite many things, it often boils down to one or both partners in the marriage just plain not being NICE to the person they claim to love.

The Almighty Buck

+ - Tennessee taxes your illicit substances

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "No, Really! you had better get your tax stamp for your smoke & shine...

From Time mag. via CNN, this story is both amusing and bemusing.
our government in action.

              "Tennessee's Unauthorized Substances Tax requires anyone in possession of a certain quantity of contraband to buy a tax stamp and affix it to the drug."

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,157 8857,00.html?cnn=yes"
Sci-Fi

Two Stargate SG1 Films Announced 181

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the good-for-them dept.
Presence2 noted that MGM announced that the Stargate franchise will migrate to the big screen, carrying with it the ending of the last two season's Ori plot-line. The plot summaries listed in the article don't seem like anything surprising... one even has a wacky time-line slip-up plot. Very original for scifi ;) I'll still watch it.
Windows

+ - Windows based installer for Linux

Submitted by Verunks
Verunks (1000826) writes "The guys at ubuntu are working on a easier way to install linux for windows users:
"The aim of this installer is to provide an easier way for a Windows user to install Ubuntu without having to know how to burn a cd iso, set the bios to boot from cd, repartition the disks, set up a multiboot system, etc. It will not replace any of the current Ubuntu installation options, and will not require that windows is installed prior to the installation of Ubuntu.""
Games

Sequels We'd All Like To See 514

Posted by Zonk
from the i-am-looking-at-you-tie-fighter dept.
Voodoo Extreme has a feature up that's a wishlist for future sequels. They run down some great game franchises that have been off the board for a little while, and wonder out loud about the possibility of new installments. Besides the usual suspects for lists like this (StarCraft, TIE Fighter, Descent, Ultima), they touch on some cult favorites that are ... less likely to show up in modern gaming. From the article: "Planescape Torment 2: The Poop -- Loved by many a forumgoer is Planescape Torment, a Dungeons & Dragons-themed RPG set in the other planes of existence. It was a dark game with evil undertones, but also lighthearted and funny at times. Just think Baldur's Gate with an M rating. The Scoop -- Odds of a sequel are equal to or greater than Elvis coming home on the mothership." Any oldies you'd like to see back on modern systems? While I really like many of the ideas listed here, the LucasArts classics Grim Fandango and Maniac Mansion are the ones I'd most like to see rehashed.

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