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Comment Interesting Funding (Score 1) 269

From TFA:

This work was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.

I listen to people all the time complain about how many US tax dollars go to the Defense budget for the purpose of destruction etc, yet here the DoD is funding cancer research. I wonder if there is an ulterior motive or if the purpose of the funds is truly for cancer treatment?

Comment Re:15 minutes or 15 seconds? (Score 1) 163

About 15 years ago I watched a meteor shower from about 9,000' elevation north of Durango Colorado at Vallecito lake. Although the meteors I watched were much smaller than the one we are talking about here, I watched several of them bounce off the atmosphere like a stone skipping on water actually going back upwards as they burned.

If the trajectory of this meteor was not steep, I think it could easily skim across the atmosphere for as long it did with enough mass.

PC Games (Games)

EA Editor Criticizes Command & Conquer 4 DRM 266

Command & Conquer 4's DRM hasn't garnered Electronic Arts as much bad press and fan outrage as Ubisoft's scheme, despite being very similar. Nevertheless, it's been causing problems and frustrations for some users, including's own editor-in-chief, Jeff Green. An anonymous reader points this out: "Green wrote on his Twitter account late last week: 'Booted twice — and progress lost — on my single-player C&C4 game because my DSL connection blinked. DRM fail. We need new solutions.' He continued later, 'Well. I've tried to be open-minded. But my 'net connection is finicky — and the constant disruption of my C&C4 SP game makes this unplayable. The story is fun, the gameplay is interesting and different at least — but if you suffer from shaky/unreliable DSL — you've been warned.'"

Comment Similiar Experience (Score 3, Informative) 63

I purchased a digital picture frame made by Insignia in 2008. When Plugged into my PC my AV(Nod32 Eset) found two files it listed as viruses. After removing them, the picture frame worked fine.

About a month later Insignia sent a letter explaining there may have been viruses on the internal memory of the frame.I think this happens quite a bit.

Comment Re:Muscle atrophy? (Score 5, Interesting) 226

As someone who is ~30 and has 5 surgeries to date on my right knee, I'd prefer the consequences(muscle atrophy) of using using something like this to supplement my existing leg as opposed to a knee replacement. My point is, there are reasons other than laziness that some people may get excited about this technology(disabilities). Even wearing an acl brace, I can barely walk after a scrimmage with my nephew's or son's soccer team that I coach; an exoskeleton leg could keep me doing what I love for a long time w/o pain and disability.

Submission + - Bill Gates Patents Hurricane Prevention ( 1

boliboboli writes: According to an article on CNN, "Gates and a dozen other scientists have raised eyebrows by submitting patent applications for a technology to reduce the danger of approaching hurricanes by cooling ocean temperatures." "The patents, which were only made public last month by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, were filed in January by Searete LLC. The company is a subsidiary of Intellectual Ventures, an invention firm run by Microsoft's former chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold.

Comment Smart (Score 2, Interesting) 123

One of the key rules of business is to know your market opportunities and cater to the larger segment. Clearly football has become the biggest and most popular sport in the US(sorry baseball) and they are going after a huge demographic by catering to them. Being a big football fan myself who doesn't own a wii, but like the idea of my kids playing football someday, I may purchase one so we can play when we can't go outside and use the real thing.

Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man -- who has no gills. -- Ambrose Bierce