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Comment 1960s calculator (Score 1) 332

Although the plastic has yellowed considerably, the calculator that got my dad through school still works perfectly! The leather holster for it has seen better days, however.

Yes, it is a slide rule - it's been years since I actually used it to calculate something, but it certainly is still functional.

Apart from that, my old TI-99/4A booted up last time I tried a few years back (Parsec!), but it's been in the attic ever since. It did run almost daily from 1979 until I got an Apple IIc in... 1985 or 1986 or so

Biotech

Chip Allows Blind People To See 231

crabel writes "3 blind people have been implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure. From the article: 'One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him.'"

Comment Re:Clear Submission Bias (Score 1) 549

Actually, Fox News does occassionally omit the partisian labels, and even switches them (http://mediamatters.org/blog/200906240026 - assumedly this is inadvertant, although folks more suspicious than I tend to infer malacious intent). That doesn't make the omission here any better, of course.

It's fair to say there has been a severe lack of civility on both sides of the aisle, highlighted mostly on the Republican side, I think (Cheney telling Leahy to Go F__k himself, the rep who shouted "you lie" during the presidential address, etc), although Rep. Grayson clearly enjoys lowering the standards himself.

Comment Re:Bah (Score 1) 700

Well, after the detox diet week (which was admittedly difficult), I went on a low-glycemic diet (which I plan on continuing pretty much indefinitely). It is, no doubt, the more important contributor to the weight loss.

I'm staying off the diet coke purely because I'm not craving it, not because I think it's necessarily integral to the weight I've lost. I do feel happier, have an easier time staying on task and have a better memory (well, at least as far as I remember). Some people would chalk that up to quitting aspartame, not caffiene, but either way, I feel better than I did :-).

Comment Re:Bah (Score 1) 700

I never drank coffee (never liked the taste or smell), but for years, I drank upwards of six 20oz bottles of diet coke daily. I accept that 120oz of soda/day makes me a caffeine lightweight by Slashdotter standards, but it still seemed like a lot.

I quit cold-turkey about 8 weeks ago on a Wednesday night as part of a "detox" diet (no caffeine, no oil, no fat, no carbs, no sugar - basicially veggies and water). Thursday morning was OK, surprisingly, but I had a headache by noontime. The headache lasted (never completely crippling, but *constant* throbbing behind my eyes) until the following Sunday morning.

I felt like I had very little energy for the whole week, which probably had more to do with my diet than the lack of caffeine. However, after a week or so, I actually felt better - I have better focus, more stamina, and actually got more shit done. I definitely feel better now (and have dropped 30 pounds, which doubtless helps). I haven't RTFA, so I don't know if the days-long headache is a typical response. YMMV, but based on my experience, I do recommend at least trying to cut back on caffeine (maybe not cold-turkey, though).

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