I don't think they have any usefulness... they don't have any electronic parts, batteries, or such - they use a paper card to "select" what you are searching for - it's basically a plastic handle with a metal antenna not connected to anything. It's a divining rod, and that's all. I think the buyers should have realized something was fishy when the manufacturer said they were powered by static electricity of the user "walking around."
Gamasutra reports that Sony has introduced "PSN Pass" — one-time codes that will unlock complete online access for certain games. "The company didn't offer details on how used and rental players would access online features in these titles, but did clarify that first-party use of the passes will be decided on a game-by-game basis." The initiative is similar to the "Online Pass" that EA rolled out last year, and to Sony's own experiment with SOCOM 4. Sony's explanation for the Pass will probably leave you wishing Google Translate supported marketing-speak: "This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio."
"And this, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped."
You don't need to worry about spares - when you break down you just write a letter with what parts you need and when and send it to yourself in care of Western Union with instructions to deliver it before you leave. Like that episode of Quantum Leap where Sam and Al switched during the leap and the door was shut - the second they dropped the letter into the mailbox the door opened. Makes logistics that much easier
For military vehicles, it's measured in Watts - or absorbed power at the driver station (after passing the acceleration through a filter representing a human). So basically short duration accelerations are tolerable, but many of these drive up the absorbed power. Using absorbed power as a metric, you can then measure the impact of the suspension quantitatively as done here.
In my case I WAS being lied to. We watched the local garbage collection truck pick up our garbage, dump it in the truck, then pick up our recycle container and dump it in the same truck. We stopped bothering after that.
Since the U.N. already named an Alien Ambassador it seems logical that there should be some sort of organization to track all the visitors - besides the Men in Black, that is.
Ridiculize - I like that. That's an awesome new word. I'm going to start using it rediculizingly frequently.
Um, S-Mart is a big store. They don't have aisles, they have isles - you get a small motorboat when you enter instead of a cart to get to all the different isles. Duh.
You caught me.
But at least I didn't have to worry about it reporting status to some outside observer - imagine walking into a store... "Welcome to S-Mart, sir - by the way, your underwear is reporting a slight stretching in the elastic - you may want to visit isle 3 and pick up some new ones. Oh, and we're having a special on weight-loss products in isle 5..."
Now I have to worry about my underwear invading my privacy too? That's it, game over.
From the same Article: "The court also limited its decision, ruling that users could not be expected to constantly update their wireless connection's security — they are only required to protect their Internet access by setting up a password when they first install it."
Which means my kids' normal order at McDonald's falls well within this limit (according to the nutrition info at the restaurant): Chicken nuggets, 190 calories, Apple Dippers, 35 calories, choc. milk, 170 calories for a total of 395 calories. Notice the nuggets have barely more calories than the milk...
I miss my cloth maps of Britannia, my microscopic space fleets, my peril-sensitive sunglasses, and Max Payne mouse pads (still in use to this day). And the humor in the original Fallout and Fallout 2 manuals was priceless. For Fallout 3 I had to go online to figure out how to turn on the flashlight for my XBOX copy. Sad.