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

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

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

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

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

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 Bring back the Feelies! (Score 1) 400

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.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling