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Comment: Re:I just don't know. (Score 4, Informative) 151

by chaodyn (#43559385) Attached to: Kenya Police: Our Fake Bomb Detectors Are Real
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."

Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales 291

Posted by Soulskill
from the greedy-for-negative-pr dept.
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."

Comment: Re:First Post (Score 1) 154

by chaodyn (#35818336) Attached to: Chinese Censors Crack Down on Time Travel
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 :)

Comment: Re:Vertical acceleration (Score 1) 274

by chaodyn (#35731712) Attached to: Electromagnetic Automobile Suspension Demonstrated
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.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 2, Insightful) 169

by chaodyn (#32525244) Attached to: Smart Underwear Designed For Military
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..."

Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 756

by chaodyn (#32020708) Attached to: California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys
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...

Comment: Bring back the Feelies! (Score 1) 400

by chaodyn (#31943320) Attached to: Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals
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.

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.