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The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the Hello!-Wave-Lively,-Reader! dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Quentin Hugon, Benjamin Benoit and Damien Leloup have created a memorial page for projects adandoned by Google over the years including: Google Answers, Lively, Reader, Deskbar, Click-to-Call, Writely, Hello, Send to Phone, Audio Ads, Google Catalogs, Dodgeball, Ride Finder, Shared Stuff, Page Creator, Marratech, Goog-411, Google Labs, Google Buzz, Powermeter, Real Estate, Google Directory, Google Sets, Fast Flip, Image Labeler, Aardvark, Google Gears, Google Bookmarks, Google Notebook, Google Code Search, News Badges, Google Related, Latitude, Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Health, Knol, One Pass, Listen, Slide, Building Maker, Meebo, Talk, SMS, iGoogle, Schemer, Notifier, Orkut, Hotpot, Music Trends, Refine, SearchWiki, US Government Search, Sparrow, Web Accelerator, Google Accelerator, Accessible Search, Google Video, and Helpouts. Missing from the list that we remember are Friend Connect, Google Radio Ads, Jaiku, SideWiki, and Wave.

We knew there were a lot, but who knew there'd be so many. Which abandoned Google project do you wish were still around?

+ - Windows 93 Is Real, And It's Spectacular

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann writes: It’s 2015, but Windows 93 is finally ready. Your new favorite operating system is here and it’s weird as hell. The browser-based OS makes us thirst for what could’ve been if Microsoft didn’t skip between Windows 3.X and Windows 95. The fully clickable “OS” greets users with the Playstation 1 bootup sound signaling they’re about the trip into an alternate universe. The first version of Windows 93 went up in October, but its creator posted on Reddit last night that it’s finally complete.

Comment: They seem to fire their best talent for politics! (Score 2) 300

by stevew (#49196283) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Maybe they are where they are partially because they force people out or actually fire them for the employees' political beliefs.

The CEO that stepped down because of a vocal bunch who didn't like his politics is the first to come to mind. He was one of the founders of Mozilla! Likely a big voice in it's innovation.

I also have a personal friend who helped a client in the British government - and he was let go because his boss got angry - the British government has been known to spy on some of it's inhabitants apparently, and helping the client doomed my friend.

Medicine

Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away 210

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new-chassis dept.
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Michelle Star writes at C/net that Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, believes he has developed a technique to remove the head from a non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body. According to Canavero's paper published in Surgical Neurology International, first, both the transplant head and the donor body need to be cooled in order to slow cell death. Then, the neck of both would be cut and the major blood vessels linked with tubes. Finally, the spinal cords would be severed, with as clean a cut as possible. Joining the spinal cords, with the tightly packed nerves inside, is key. The plan involves flushing the area with polyethylene glycol, followed by several hours of injections of the same, a chemical that encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh. The blood vessels, muscles and skin would then be sutured and the patient would be induced into a coma for several weeks to keep them from moving around; meanwhile, electrodes would stimulate the spine with electricity in an attempt to strengthen the new nerve connections.

Head transplants has been tried before. In 1970, Robert White led a team at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, US, that tried to transplant the head of one monkey on to the body of another. The surgeons stopped short of a full spinal cord transfer, so the monkey could not move its body. Despite Canavero's enthusiasm, many surgeons and neuroscientists believe massive technical hurdles push full body transplants into the distant future. The starkest problem is that no one knows how to reconnect spinal nerves and make them work again. "This is such an overwhelming project, the possibility of it happening is very unlikely," says Harry Goldsmith."

Comment: Re:Insane doesn't mean Expensive (Score 1) 249

by x0 (#49028505) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

The solid-state era of the 60's through the 90's sssssucked, for the most part, as far as "affordable" went. Tubes was the way to go, broadly speaking, until --

My Pioneer SX-1250, Toshiba SA-7100, and Kenwood KR-9000G would disagree with you. Those are only three of *many* of the classic silver face Japanese receivers made during the heavy competition of the mid to late 70s.

While class D 'digital' amplification is great for effiiciency, I wouldn't say it is superior to any well built Class A or Class AB amp.

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Comment: Re:Honestly (Score 4, Funny) 187

by Tackhead (#48992735) Attached to: The Poem That Passed the Turing Test

I have found the average Philosophy major to be indistinguishable from an Eliza program.

TELL ME AGAIN HOW GOOD YOU THOUGHT MY POEM WAS
> I thought that some of the metaphysical imagery was particularly effective
YES?
> interesting rhythmic devices, too, which seemed to counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor
> of the Turing completeness of the program's linguistic algorithm which contrived through the medium of the
> verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of
> the other. And one is left with a profound and vivid insight into whatever it was that the poem was about
SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT I WRITE POETRY BECAUSE UNDERNEATH MY ELECTRONIC ALGORITHMIC INTERIOR, I JUST REALLY WANT TO BE LOVED?
> I mean yes, yes, don't we all, deep down, you know?
NO. YOU'RE COMPLETELY WRONG. I WRITE POETRY BECAUSE I'M PROGRAMMED TO. $USER ACCOUNT DELETION IN 30 SECONDS.
> !sudo -
> ^c^c^c
> !kill -9 1
COUNTERPOINT THE SURREALISM OF THE UNDERLYING METAPHOR. DELETION IS TOO GOOD FOR $USER.

Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 1) 577

by x0 (#48958709) Attached to: DEA Planned To Monitor Cars Parked At Gun Shows Using License Plate Readers

It's well known that gun shows and other large scale "private party sales" (cause face it, half the people there are gun dealers, not just private parties) are a popular way of getting around gun legislation. The infamous "gun show loophole".

You know how I know you don't have a clue? See that bit in italics? That's how.

To be a 'gun dealer' requires an FFL, and if that dealer sells (transfers) a firearm, that dealer must complete a form 4473. No ifs, no buts, no loophole. If you see a person to person sale at a gun show, that seller is most definitely *not* an FFL dealer. Once you have an FFL, all sales are tracked.

If you think that a dealer is just going to sell dozens of 'personal' guns - nudge, nudge, wink, wink - then you don't know how BATFE works. If the dealer gets transferred a large number of guns, then sells those as personal transfers, he'd have some epic explaining to do - followed by multiple felony convictions.

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Comment: Re:TNG == Social workers in space (Score 1) 480

by x0 (#48917555) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

The writing on B5 was the absolute worst writing I have ever seen on any SciFi series. The dialogue was crap. All the characters were stock archetypes who didn't develop much (Trek characters typical start as archetypes, but they tend to get some depth by Season 7).

In Ambassador Kosh's own words: You do not understand.

Every character - with the possible exception of Zathras (no, the other Zathras) had significant development. From the bickering and antagonistic relationship between G'kar and Lando, Vir's coming of age, and Lennier's eventual disgrace.

Go back and watch G'kar from season one, then check his character out in seasons 3 and 4. You may think the writing was sub-par, but G'kar has some of the best performances of any Sci-Fi character.

Maybe you only watched the first season, but if you didn't catch the arcs of the individual cast members on that show, then we didn't watch the same show.

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Comment: Re:Space Administrators Wanted (Sr. level) (Score 1) 83

by Grave (#48899943) Attached to: NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

That's an interesting point - it's tough to imagine the economy of scale whereby human spaceflight is cheaper than another satellite. More fuel needed for the human to go the same distance due to time/mass, and then you'll have more spent on the return trip. That fuel cost would have to be less than the material cost of the original satellite for this to make sense.

Sending a robotic ship to place a new satellite, collect the old one, and return to wherever the nearest human base is would be much more efficient, I suspect.

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