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Comment Re:Kitty loves Robot (Score 2) 145

One thing that would be really great is a laptop with an eInk screen, so that you'd be able to use it in full sun. Even the best laptops are difficult to read under the shade of a tree (and at max screen power the battery doesn't last long). But as far as I know color eInks have been in the development stages for forever, and B&W ones have not made it out of eReader displays.

I'd love to have a laptop with a changeable screen (press the button and pop it out): normal and eInk. Or even: eInk, Glossy, Matte, very high-res, etc... It could also be a fun DIY project to take an eReader and add a video input, put the tablet in front of your screen and connect it to the DVI or whatever video port of your laptop.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 2) 456

Exact same story here. We installed a wifi repeater in the lobby at work. The hostess started complaining about the 'microwaves hurting her'. But it wasn't even turned on yet (we were still building the rest of the system), only the LED on its power. When we finally turned it on we put a piece of black tape over the LED and told her that we'd turned it off. Everything was fine after that. Some people deserve to be slapped.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 1) 236

Here's one case: there's been a small mudslide on the road and more is expected. Police / road workers are closing the road in a hurry. Central authority / maps have not been updated. You car MUST stop. But I guess it's enough to put a barrier in the middle of the road to get any car to stop, automated or not.

Comment Yeah, right. (Score 4, Interesting) 168

In the words of Knuth the Great: "Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it."

It reminds me of a story from the late 80s (?) at a tech conference. The makers of a real-time OS with real-time snapshots would periodically pull the plug on their systems, plug it back in and it would resume exactly what it was doing, to the delight and amazement of all the techies in the assistance. In the much larger and much more expensive booth in front of them was a richer vendor. The techies started coaxing them to do the same. After much hand wringing, they did, and after a very long rebuild time the system came back as a mess. Conclusion: the 1st vendor went out of business, the 2nd one is still very big.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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