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+ - Is it time for Carbon Monoxide detectors in commercial vehicles?

Submitted by bbsguru
bbsguru (586178) writes "While the details of the story may not be certain for months, there are some reports from the California Tour Bus Crash last week that made me wonder. What if the truck really was on fire before the crash? What if that fire was in the cab, as reported by (at least some of) the eyewitnesses? If so, carbon monoxide poisoning could account for the seeming unresponsiveness of the FedEx truck driver. Should commercial vehicles be required to have the $15 device that could have prevented this?"

+ - US FCC Decision to improve WiFi speeds "Nationwide"->

Submitted by bbsguru
bbsguru (586178) writes "Wi-Fi networks will soon be improving thanks to a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today.
    The FCC voted unanimously to open 100 MHz of wireless spectrum in an unlicensed 5GHz block . The move will increase the number of frequencies available to unlicensed wireless networks (such as those set up through Wi-Fi routers) by nearly 15 percent, and in turn, allow them to handle a greater level traffic at higher speeds.
    In English: Private Wi-Fi networks in your homes, businesses, convention centers, airports, music venues, etc., are about to get a lot faster.
    “Today’s action represents the largest amount of spectrum suitable for mobile broadband that the Commission has made available for auction since the 700MHz band was auctioned in 2008,” the FCC wrote in a statement.
“Access to these bands will help wireless companies meet growing consumer demand for mobile data by enabling faster wireless speeds and more capacity.”
    The increased spectrum should mean that Wi-Fi networks will be less congested, and next-gen routers will be able to take better advantage of gigabit broadband speeds that are cropping up all over the country."

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Comment: +1 Nomination for AWESOME (Score 4, Insightful) 22

by bbsguru (#46376999) Attached to: Gesture Recognition Without Batteries
OK, so the effect of body position and proximity on a received signal has been known for a long time. Interpreting it and assigning meaning isn't that big a stretch, I guess. But to combine that with this kind of low (no?) power implementation is brilliant!

I suppose some killjoys will complain that the parts of the world most in need of low power tech are also those most lacking in the ambient signals needed to make this work. Pffft! This is simply brilliant.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

+ - Caffeine Improves Memory in Bees->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "After a long day buzzing between flowers, even the most industrious worker bee could use a little help remembering which ones she wants to return to the next day. Some plants have a trick to ensure they end up at the top of the list: caffeinated nectar. A team of researchers bombarded honey bees with floral smells paired with sugary rewards, some of which contained the same levels of caffeine found in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers. Three times as many bees remembered the odors associated with caffeine after 24 hours, when compared with the scents associated with sugar alone. When the researchers applied the stimulant directly to honey bee brains, it had a positive effect on the neurons associated with the formation of long term memories. Now, they want to see if bees go out of their way to feed on caffeinated nectar, perhaps even ignoring predators to do so—behavior that, if observed, could shed light on the neurological processes behind addiction."
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Comment: Great idea! And... (Score 1) 1388

by bbsguru (#42535563) Attached to: Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings
How about we take the even more useful step of applying artificial intelligence to determine when an idiot like this is expressing an opinion, and automatically disabling any electronic transmission or amplification of same?

Of course, that's just my opinion, but it comes with a money-back guarantee!

Comment: Works for me (Score 1) 288

by bbsguru (#41010897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?
About 6 months ago I switched one of my phones over to the "StraightTalk" plan from Good Old Wal*Mart. Yes, it's a repackaging of the TracFone service, and runs on the AT&T network. I get 30 days of 'unlimited' voice-text-data for $45 (or less), and the service has been predictably the same as the AT&T I moved from.

I now pay 40% less for the same service I had before on this phone, given that there is no iPhone Tax this way. You can get the SIM card at you local WallyWorld, or online.

I plan to switch my other phones over, after I see if this year's crop of new "smartphone deals" makes it worth sticking to the Old Way for a while.

Comment: DEFENSE subpoena? (Score 1) 191

by bbsguru (#35034398) Attached to: Facebook Posts Mined For Courtroom Evidence
OK, I can see how the prosecution might want to use this kind of information in a criminal case. Makes sense, and all that. But the Defense?

"Oh, your honor, my client was playing Angry Birds at the time, and could not possibly have been at the scene of the crime. Yes, it was on a cell phone, but you can see he had already UnFriended the co-defendant at the time of the robbery..."

Comment: More options? (Score 1) 238

by bbsguru (#34755624) Attached to: Google's Next Challenge, Spam Results
OK, so this is surely an obvious fix.

How about giving the searcher two more controls in 'Preferences'. First, a "radius" control, to set the discrimination for a tighter or looser match the the search criteria. That is, if I loosen the controls, I'll get more matches, but less accuracy. Conversely, I could eliminate anything that doesn't match, exactly, all terms.

Then, for some real fun, the Second control sets the "start page" to show results on, from 1 to 50, for example, or 'Random'. You may find yourself seeing some much less travelled sites, that still meet your criteria. Most important, it meets the "user option" test. Don't like it? don't use it!

Hey Google! This one's on me. You could probably have it all coded up by morning, right?


Attachmate To Acquire Novell For $2.2B Cash 221

Posted by kdawson
from the old-order-passeth dept.
wiredmikey and a few others wrote in to let us know that Novell has agreed to be acquired by Attachmate Corporation for $6.10 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion. The Boston Globe reports that the deal also includes the sale of some intellectual assets to a consortium organized by Microsoft. Attachmate plans to operate Novell and SUSE as separate business units. Here is the press release.

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition 102

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-down-the-controller dept.
gadgetking writes "When I first saw this I thought it was a joke — the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition. Seriously? I mean I like my COD first person shooter game as much as the next nerd but this really shows how mainstream video games have become. From the article: 'The Jeep brand today announced it has been named exclusive automotive partner by Activision for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and that they're making a COD Jeep. Hitting show floors next month, this limited-edition Jeep Wrangler will be available for a MSRP of $30,625 for the two-door model and $33,500 for the four-door. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition comes standard with "aggressive 32-inch tires, unique military style and Call of Duty graphics."'"

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