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Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 190

I have heard that was the original plot idea in the Matrix (using a human mind network for some nefarious computing tasks), but it was changed to the "battery" idea because they didn't think the audience would get it. [citation needed] Anyone have any references of this?

Comment Re:Well, let's face it ... (Score 1) 390

This is the first real opportunity to get a feeling for whether childhood dreams will be crushed or Disney, with the help of...

and then

breath new life

I think a comma after crushed would have helped. It took me too long to parse that sentence (even after pausing to breath). Anyway, aside from my grammar complaints in the summary, I haven't much to say about this. We'll see how it turns out.

Comment As long as there is a sensible failure mode (Score 1) 231

I really like the idea of abstracting the console to the point where I can customize/control my interface with the car's computers. I'd like to be able to connect my own control device (tablet, bluetooth handset, mp3 player, GPS, ...) to enhance the driving experience. However, the CAR needs basic built in controls to turn OFF all non-essential options and simply drive, especially if an input device/accessory FAILS. If done properly, with open connectivity standards, this is a great trend. There's the problem though: too much integration without open connectivity standards. Cars' computer systems are becoming powerful. They need to be treated like any other advanced tech resource. Think: Security, connectivity standards and graceful failure modes. Happy V-day, btw!

Comment Re:Non-renewable resource (Score 1) 231

We're already extracting tons and tons of Helium every year, we're just not bothering to capture it because it has no economic value.

Is helium extraction output really measured in tons? I'd think negative tons would be a more helpful metric. Anyway, I would buy He in tanks by cubic feet and psi.


Company Invents Electronic Underpants 110

theodp writes "SIMsystem have created the world's first electric underpants that let you know that you've got issues by texting. Incontinence issues, to be more precise. The new-and-improved skivvies come equipped with a sensor strip that alerts caregivers to wetness via text message. From the technology summary: 'The SIMbox, when fitted into the individual resident's stretchpants (SIMpants), transmits sensor readings from the SIMstrip in the SIMpad® over a wireless network to the SIMserver. The SIMsystemManager software running on the SIMserver then detects key information about continence events and determines when to alert care staff about an event requiring attention.' So, who's going to start an open source project?"

C Code. C Code Run. Run, Code, RUN! PLEASE!!!!