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Comment: NotepadConf (Score 1) 131

by eggsurplus (#47616915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?
Great list of speakers/sessions lined up for the next conference.

From the NotepadConf site: http://notepadconf.com/

NotepadConf: the textiest conference you'll attend! See the latest technological advancements in plaintext editing. Meet the luminaries of the market and some sneak peaks at what's coming next!

NotepadConf is the premier technology conference for Notepad.exe users and text enthusiasts.

Robotics

Giant Robotic Jellyfish Unveiled by Researchers 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the thank-you-science dept.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, an anonymous reader writes in with news about a giant robot jellyfish. As if there weren't enough real jellyfish around to trigger our thalassophobia, researchers at Virginia Tech have created Cryo -- an eight-armed autonomous robot that mimics jelly movement with the help of a flexible silicone hat. The man-sized jellybot altogether dwarfs previous efforts, hence the upgrade from small tank to swimming pool for mock field tests. And unlike the passively propelled bots we've seen recently, Cryo runs on batteries, with the researchers hoping to better replicate the energy-efficient nature of jelly movement to eventually increase Cryo's charge cycle to months instead of hours. That's also the reason these robotic jellyfish are getting bigger -- because the larger they are, the further they can go."

Comment: Re:Jesus H. Christ, (Score 1) 277

by eggsurplus (#38165544) Attached to: The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV
As a high school football coach I actually would love to see all 22 and yes you can show all 22 on film at once. It is called a wide angle and we use it to break down high school games all the time. Very possible to fit everyone in. We don't care to see details such as the blood and sweat flying off of people. Looking like little ants would be just fine for the purpose.

Comment: ...being used consistently and appropriately... (Score 1) 209

by eggsurplus (#35292364) Attached to: Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended
I'll make it easy. It's never appropriate to ask and expect a username and password from anyone. It doesn't take 45 days to figure that out. OK, maybe in the government it might. Better make the review process 180 days instead and create a committee dedicated to this issue.
Idle

Hand Written Clock 86

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment: Scratched a disc last night...shut the band down (Score 2, Interesting) 583

by eggsurplus (#26134605) Attached to: Microsoft Knew About Xbox 360 Damaging Discs
Funny, I just had this happen last night. The wife accidentally knocked it over when pulling out the drum kit as we were in the process of changing instruments for Rock Band 2. This caused it to start clicking like crazy. I tried to turn it off as soon as possible but it was too late! There goes my turn to dish out some serious Beastie Boys.
Robotics

+ - Car Mechanic Builds xBot to Play XBox 360

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "A simple device that starts and restarts Perfect Dark Zero has been built by a car mechanic apparently annoyed at his inability to unlock in game content. He calculated that 40 hours of gameplay (or 2,000 offline matches) would garner him the last 60 points needed to unlock content on his Xbox 360. Should people that have the knowledge to 'hack' interfaces to games be praised for their engineering innovation or be indited as cheaters? I personally think that game bots are a great way to enter the world of artificial intelligence but am disappointed when the most effective ideas are the simplest unintelligent scripts or mods."

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