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Comment Re:Wow .... (Score 1) 155 155

Imagine, a seasoning which turned your tough steak back from being shoe leather.

I wonder what wacky applications chefs will come up with for this one. I can see some of the molecular gastronomy folks doing some odd things.

From the article: "he and his colleagues add a urea substance that chews away at the whites, liquefying the solid material." I'm sure if you send that overdone steak back to the kitchen, the chef would be happy to apply the finest urea available to remedy the situation.

But actually, the process won't return the steak back to uncooked meat, it would turn the steak back to protein soup.

Comment Re:Applicable (Score 1) 44 44

You forget the third leg in the Japanese project triangle: sexy. So you can have blue humanoid robots but they won't be sexy, or you can have sexy humanoid robots but they won't be blue.

The sexy blue faction was really happy with the attention Avatar brought to their often overlooked cause.

Comment Completely missing the impact of this finding! (Score 1) 140 140

I can't believe discussion on this topic turned into a heated debate on consciousness and metaphysics, ignoring the explosive impact this research will have on the sex toy industry, especially for the fellas.

No longer will man have to rely on his imagination to put life into the can of Pillsbury biscuit dough he's humping (or the silicon equivalent of the same technology). With the new Thrust Delaying harness your Canned Tang, Handee Man, Li'l Tugger, and Bone Cone can take on a spooky life of it's own! Dial up the delay and you'll think Patrick Swayze was giving you a reach-around via Woopie Goldberg! That's some stranger danger you can feel safe about!

Why stop there? Hook it up to an amp so you can control the volume and tone of your thrusts and plug in some effect pedals to play with the peak and trough of your strokes!

Truly a great landmark day in the history of onanism. Hopefully this will herald growth and innovation (like cotton in a cotton gin) instead of isolating pain and humiliation (like a penis in a cotton gin).

Comment Can the operator walk? (Score 1) 79 79

If they want to talk about this as an exoskeleton, they need to show someone walking with a load. Otherwise, this is just a mobile platform for the Equipois ZeroG arm which is basically a steadycam mount for industrial equipment.

Specifically, I understand that the frame transfers the weight of the rig to the ground (rather than to a chest harness in a traditional steadycam), but unless they show the device dynamically transfering the weight from hip to hip so the wearer can walk without bearing the load, it's not so much an exoskeleton as it is a step-in tool mount.

Now back to the dick jokes because the first post and a dozen others have not yet completely worn out the heavy tool trope.

Comment Really? A hand-held touch device to control... (Score 1) 122 122

..a prosthetic hand? So to make it work, it has to be remotely operated by the working hand? Otherwise, isn't it just a narcissistic recursive device: command hand to poke at iPod so it can command the hand to poke at the iPod?

Do they make pedal powered wheelchairs?

Comment Clarifying the Photo in the Article (Score 5, Informative) 63 63

Reading the photo's cation, "The sand flea Tunga penetrans, here in a scanning electron microscope several days after penetrating the skin. The abdominal opening protrudes on the right," I thought it was an image of the flea in situ with it's ass stuck through a chunk of the skin it was excised with.

In fact, that giant doughnut around it's midsection is the part that "over 2 weeks [...] swells up to many times its original size, reaching a diameter of up to 10 mm." It's not even fully distended in the photo. Fully inflated, the flea looks like a pearl onion. A fecund pearl onion under your skin erupting with eggs.

When Satan was going through puberty, these were his blackheads.

Comment Re:I last visited this place . . . (Score 2, Interesting) 177 177

I remember this place in the 80's. My parents would take us out to Chinatown every week from the 'burbs to get some "real" groceries, and my brother and I would beg for a quarter so we can play a game. That was the one and only place I've ever seen the the machine where you can play Tic-Tac-Toe with a live chicken.
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Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell 361 361

climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed F-Spot vs. Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much-needed change; F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on the other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with the GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

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