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Comment Clock Radio! (Score 2) 702 702

A 1971 Panasonic AM/FM clock radio with this erie, blue-green glowing, segmented time display. It's the size of a goddamn shoe box, and easily weighs 3-4 pounds. It was my brother's, and when he moved out of the house he gave it to me. It's as old as I am and has survived multiple in-city, in-state, and one cross-country move, in addition to numerous drops, bumps, being rained on through open windows, splashed with various items spilled from ill-placed glasses, etc.

I haven't used it as an alarm or for music in years (my phone took over those functions some time ago), but I can't bear to remove it from my nightstand at this point.

Comment Re:Not a good letter. (Score 1) 315 315

Sysadmins don't owe them anything, not even quid pro quo. Jesus, what is the desperate nerd desire to perpetually heap praise and assign credit to RMS? It's no different than the cult of personality surrounding Steve Jobs (and just as annoying), but at least Steve Jobs is still actively trying to produce new ideas (for good or for bad), while RMS coasts on work he did 20+ years ago. Talk less, produce more would be my advice for anyone looking to make a difference in Free software. There's way too much talking. Usually about themselves.

Look, I'll be the first to say "thanks for the awesome tools!" since I too benefit from them. But there, I've said it. I'm done. Saying "thanks" does not require 100 years of indentured, deep-bowing servitude. Fuck them: If they're not producing new ideas, then I'm going to continue searching for those who are. THEY will have my praise an admiration.


Verizon Sued After Tech Punches Customer In Face 493 493

suraj.sun writes "A Verizon customer filed a lawsuit after the tech the company sent out got a little punchy. Instead of fixing the customer's problem, the tech allegedly hit him in the face. The New York Post says the tech attacked the customer after he asked to see some ID before allowing access to the apartment. From the article, '"You want to know my name? Here's my name," Benjamin snarled, slapping his ID card into Isakson's face, according to Isakson's account of the December 2008 confrontation. "The guy essentially snapped. He cold-cocked me, hit me two or three solid shots to the head while my hands were down," said Isakson, a limo driver. He said the pounding bloodied his face and broke his glasses. But things got uglier, Isakson said, when Benjamin squeezed him around the neck and pressed him up against the wall. "He's prepared to kill me," Isakson said. "That's all I could think of." The customer broke free and ran away. The Verizon tech then chased the customer until he was subdued by a neighbor who was an off-duty cop.'"

Intel Demos Wireless "Resonant" Recharging 184 184

Al writes "Last Thursday researchers from Intel demonstrated a way to recharge electronics from about meter away using a 'resonant' magnetic field. At an event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the researchers showed off a pair of iPod speakers connected to a 30-centimeter-wide copper coil that received power from a similar, but larger, copper coil about a meter away. The recharging technique relies on a phenomenon called resonant coupling, in which objects can exchange energy when tuned to resonate at the same frequency. A similar approach was developed by researchers at MIT in 2007, and spun off into a company called WiTricity. This company has already developed a few products that use resonant coupling to recharge, including a car battery."

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