Since my boss reads slashdot too, maybe he'll see this comment and do something constructive about it. Or he might just fire me, but thats ok too, recession or no recession, there are other jobs I can take.
Course, he might not see this comment (or do nothing about it), in which case I won't be here all that much longer.
So? Shouldn't they have taken that into account before taking the risks? Lots of people have problems, lots of people with kids have problems, lots of people don't have the benefits these people had before they made a stupid decision.
I did replace Windows XP with Arch Linux and run a tiling window manager without any toolbars or other things that take up vertical space on the screen, so I guess that makes it more usable than out of the box. It would be really nice to have a good resolution though... some day!
My friends used to laugh at me for buying bottled water, but heres the thing: I DO taste the difference and buy bottled water over tap water BECAUSE of the TASTE, not because I think its cleaner or anything. I grew up in the country and when I was young, our tap water came from a stream on the hill behind the house. It was clean and uncontaminated and you could instantly taste the difference. Most people don't believe that water can taste different, but try it sometime - find pure, fresh, clean mountain water and tell me theres no difference.
I used to hate tap water in towns and hated bottled water because it just doesn't taste the same as fresh mountain water. (For years, I'd only drink sparkling bottled water, because it masked the taste of the water a bit). Then I moved to the City and suddenly bottled water was much nicer than the tap water and I adapted. Yes, its still horrible compared to the fresh mountain water (which has since been cut off, because some idiot let their farm animals into the stream and it got contaminated
So, I buy bottled water for the taste. I immediately taste if the water is not nice (and assume its bottled tap water) and won't buy that brand again. Theres really only 3 or 4 brands I buy regularly now.
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Applications for this were both entertainment and guidance (though you could come up with more elaborate applications if you try hard enough, we didn't since time was limited). For entertainment, we had a few ideas: a virtual zoo (or anything else that can be represented through sound) where you can walk around and hear different animals and, more interesting, a virtual band where each instrument is playing at a different location in the room and the wearer can walk around the soundscape.
For guidance, we built two simple applications: we position a row of sounds to guide the wearer to some location. Only the next "waypoint" is audible and when you walk "into" it, it stops playing and the next one in the sequence starts. The other one was that a sound would play when it detected a wall (and the sound changed so you could effectively "scan" along a wall and get a rough idea as to its shape). Got some great feedback off a blind guy too.
My housemate is loosely continuing this project as part of his phd. The sensors, for example, have been replaced by "military" grade ones, so the accuracy is phenomenally good now. Also, the whole thing is packaged better (and smaller) than our tape-and-wires prototype was. Its interesting to "see" what else people can use audio for, it seems to still be relatively untapped as an output device for computers/augmented reality.