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Comment: driving farther to get to work (Score 5, Insightful) 187

by emptybody (#46422933) Attached to: Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

as the economy has come back, people have been forced to take jobs further from their homes - wherever they can get one.
with the housing market a mess, they also couldn't easily move closer to work.
when they can sell their houses, and move closer, or there are more jobs closer, we will see an adjustment.

personally, i want to see traffic hell. enough that we bring back light rail as a priority.
its stupid that we do not have lines running down the center of most highways in the country.

Comment: 4th amendment. no new law required (Score 5, Insightful) 147

by emptybody (#40043565) Attached to: Cops' Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Now Better Than GPS

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Every time we pass a new law we water down the constitution.
"papers" - is not strictly paper. it is where their data is stored.
"effects" - whatever they have
"houses" - where they store themselves and their stuff.
"persons" - they themselves

what more is needed?

Comment: cul-de-sac offices with common area in center. (Score 1) 520

by emptybody (#31963198) Attached to: Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

a cul-de-sac of offices with doors facing inwards and an open wide hallway down the center with a common workspace and large conference room style table for teamwork. each dev can go into their offices and close the door for heads down or pair programming. leave it open to passively participate as a group, work at the group table for team exercises.

at the ends of the cul-de-sac place bookshelves, white boards and a video screen for demo/group presentations. use rolling whiteboards, flip charts/postit charts.
add a remote video cam with audio and you can include folks from offsite.
put a conference phone in the center of the table.

Education

Chicago Mayor Calls For "Brainiac High" 419

Posted by Soulskill
from the edumication-in-the-windy-city dept.
theodp writes "In a private lunch with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, BusinessWeek's Michael Arndt was taken aback by the mayor's candid monologues against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the failure of public schools — Chicago's included — to adequately train kids today in technology, math, and science. Among the education fixes Daley said he's contemplating are a fifth year of high school and elite math and science academies for Chicago's brainiest students. Endless wars that divert hundreds of billions a year from schools and job training are also undermining America's competitiveness, Daley added, wondering where the public outrage is."

Comment: obvious and thought of 15 yrs ago by me. (Score 1) 54

by emptybody (#31328678) Attached to: Google Awarded Broad Patent For Location-Based Advertising

idea was that a device could be carried over which a third party could submit information that upon you reaching or researching locations would become aware of that information. essentially a digital billboard. near a movie theater? here: watch previews of the shows and times. near the packie? here: our sale on cognac. near the bridge? here: the number of the Samaritans.

what i did not know was that i only needed to write up the idea and patent it with Out a working physical prototype.

for me, this idea is obvious and a natural evolution of technology and use thereof.

Biotech

One Variety of Sea Slugs Cuts Out the Energy Middleman 232

Posted by timothy
from the would-never-leave-the-house dept.
dragonturtle69 writes with this story, short on details but interesting: "These sea slugs, Elysia chlorotica, have evolved the ability to gain energy via photosynthesis. Forget about genetic modifications for sports enhancements. I want to be able to never need to eat again — or do I?"

Comment: EXTRA: towncriers out of work due to printingpress (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by emptybody (#30323220) Attached to: The Noisy and Prolonged Death of Journalism

The internet does not replace the journalists aka reporters.

it is merely changing the distribution.

The town crier was replaced by the paper boy but journalism, gathering the facts, reporting on events, has lived on.

it is not the printing press that makes a journalist.

My big wish is that factual reporting would regain its place ABOVE the opinionated offerings seen on places such as FOXnews.

Idle

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."
PlayStation (Games)

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."
Power

+ - California to Ban Power-Guzzling Big-Screen TVs

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The Los Angeles Times reports that California regulators are poised to pass the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions just as they did with refrigerators, air conditioners and dozens of other products since the 1970s. "We would not propose TV efficiency standards if we thought there was any evidence in the record that they will hurt the economy," said Commissioner Julia Levin, who has been in charge of the two-year rule-making procedure. "This will actually save consumers money and help the California economy grow and create new clean, sustainable jobs." California's estimated 35 million TVs and related electronic devices account for about 10% of all household electricity consumption but manufacturers quickly are coming up with new technologies that are making even 50-inch-screen models much more economical to operate. Sets with screens of up to 58 inches would have until the start of 2011 to comply with a minimum efficiency standard, with more stringent rules being introduced two years later. If all TVs met state standards California could avoid the $600-million cost of building a natural-gas-fired power plant says Ken Rider, a commission staff engineer. Switching to more-efficient TVs could have an estimated net benefit to the state of $8.1 billion, the commission staff reported."
Earth

+ - Peace Corps Crowdsources Development Ideas

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Kristi Helms writes in the Seattle Times about an organization of returned Peace Corps volunteers that has created an online community where the best development ideas for improving agriculture in Sub-Sahara Africa can win $20,000 in funding. The site, Africa Rural Connect, connects over 200,000 current and returned Peace Corps volunteers, African Diaspora, non-profit leaders, technology buffs and anyone else who has a solution for Africa's development challenges using software called Wegora, designed to encourage a global exchange of ideas. "We are excited about the caliber of ideas that have been posted on the site so far and we're really seeing the Wegora technology help foster a whole new way of thinking online about these types of issues," says Molly Mattessich, manager of Africa Rural Connect and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. "The volume of posts from people and groups around the world has steadily increased and we hope to see that trend continue in the coming months." The Grand Prize winner will be selected by a Panel of Judges in November 2009 and the winner will receive $20,000 to help implement the winning plan. The top ideas generated so far include plans for rainwater harvesting in rural Tanzania, a systems approach for rabbit keeping by a rural community, and redesigning ox-powered farm tools."

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