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Comment Your prodigy? (Score 1) 210

When I saw you and your son at the NY maker faire a couple years ago, your son - I believe he was around 13 at the time - did a demo on how to program a hexacopter to fly autonomously using WA. My son, who is a few years older, figured the kid was heading to Oxford by 15. Just wondering what the lad has been up to.

Submission + - From the "mommy my skin is burning" dept... toxic chemicals in kids clothing (

canada_dry writes: A new investigation by Greenpeace found a broad range of hazardous chemicals in children's products across a number of the major clothing brands, including fashion, sportswear and luxury brands. The study follows on from several previous investigations published by Greenpeace as part of its Detox campaign. It confirms that the use of hazardous chemicals is still widespread in the manufacture of clothes for children and infants.

Comment Don''t expect help from Apple (Score 1) 359

Like most retail stores, Apple store staff are rewarded for sales, not having not having warranty repairs. When I went there with a similar issue more than 5 years ago: I was summarily dismissed by their "genius". I went from there to an Apple authorized technician who actually tested the computer and confirmed the issue. Over the next couple years the laptop had to be repaired three times until I finally replaced it with a high end ASUS. Moral of the story... never, ever buy a sexy new Apple product unless you can also afford to also buy the extended warranty.

Submission + - Delicious kiwi fruit is at risk of becoming endangered from disease (

canada_dry writes: A disease that affects kiwi fruit has been spreading across New Zealand and Italy (the top producers of the hairy and nutritious fruit). This relatively new disease "psa-v" was first detected 20 years ago however it has become significantly more virulent in the last 5 years and is now appearing in almost every kiwi crop. Recent studies (May 2011 indicate there is concern about the future of the fruit. It seems that the current treatments of chemicals and antibiotics has been unsuccessful. Indications are that the disease originates from China ( More information is available on the kiwi growers website:

Comment Don't feed the humans (Score 1) 1015

Given the vastness of the universe it's hard to believe that earth holds some resource that can't be found anywhere else - plus the size of the earth in relative galactic terms probably wouldn't make much of a beep on the alien overload's metal detector. And, if aliens do make it here, it's a good bet that we're too dumb and fragile to be used as their slaves. My bet is that all us humans will simply be shipped off to alien zoos across the universe as curiosities and exotic pets. Those left behind will be part of a larger indigenous exhibit for our touring overlords.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982