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Comment: Re:A better question (Score 1) 613

by dr_db (#35022946) Attached to: Xbox Live Labels Autistic Boy "Cheater"

My autistic son was better playing quake than I was when he was two. He would stand there wobbling around with crappy balance and shoot people with the rail gun that I wouldn't hit with a shotgun. He saw me playing it *once* and got on it the moment I left the machine. I am hoping some kind of technical career for him, as (a) he can do shit on the computer that I can't fathom at times, and (b) there is nothing mechanical he needs to see more than once to figure it out. Now at age 8 and counting.

There is a good chance that he was cheating, and simply not able to understand the social implications of it - after all, not understanding social interactions is a defining aspect of autism. My son would figure out how to install a cheat in seconds.

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Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea 460

Posted by samzenpus
from the say-hi-to-atlantis dept.
RawJoe writes "India and Bangladesh have argued for almost 30 years over control of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have ended the argument for them: the island's gone. From the article: 'New Moore Island, in the Sunderbans, has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.'"
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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

Posted by Soulskill
from the quick-who-knows-a-good-ps3-flight-sim dept.
bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment: Re:Surprising? (Score 1) 509

by dr_db (#28976543) Attached to: Feds At DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned

Fries with Gravy ... and Cheese.

Never could get them to make it right when I was travelling down south. A good dark brown beef gravy with mozzarella cheese curds would sure hit the spot right now. mmmmm.

And I am not in a French region of Canada, but I still enjoy it. Immensely,

Off topic, we also have a far wider variety of chip flavours, and other gut size-enhancing snacks.

Comment: Re:Why aren't more roads concrete? (Score 1) 717

by dr_db (#28339389) Attached to: Broke Counties Turn Failing Roads To Gravel

Posting from a place that gets cold... The expansion cracks get ridiculous in the winter, hammers like a flat tire. And they seemed to need lots of maintenance, if my experiences in Winnipeg were any indicator. Where I am now they will put down a concrete pad where trucks stop and rut up the road, like at lights, but the rest is asphalt. The asphalt cracks about every 14 feet after a couple years from the cold/hot cycle.

Also, watermains tend to be run under roads as well, and it's much easier and quicker to patch a cut when they make a repair when the road is asphalt. The curing time to full strength isn't measured in days.

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