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Comment: OpenMeetings (Score 4, Interesting) 164

by kallen3 (#49154665) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

Ever tried OpenMeetings ( It has a whiteboard in it and I have been in group discussions using it, voice and video. Not as good as a face to face but better than having to travel especially when weather makes it difficult. I think Google Hangouts does something like that too but have not tried it.

Comment: This is nothing more than a swamp cooler (Score 1) 183

by kallen3 (#48957813) Attached to: The "Cool Brick" Can Cool Off an Entire Room Using Nothing But Water

which really will not work in areas that experience a monsoon season during the summer seasons. For example in Arizona the monsoon season starts beginning of July and last through September. The monsoon (not a weather service term for you purists) is typically when the dew point is at 55 degrees for 3 days. Guess when a swamp cooler looses effectiveness? When the wet bulb is at 55 degrees. So it is only useful during 2 months of the year in the U.S. desert souhwest.

Comment: progressives are not for everyone (Score 1) 464

by kallen3 (#48718641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I wear them all of the time and have not a problem with using them with multiple or single monitor computers. The first time I ever put them on there was about 30 seconds of disorientation until I go used to them. You also need to be sure to use the right frames.

However there are people where I work who can not wear any type of bifocals so they use 2 different glasses. They have tried progressive and traditional bifocals in various combinations of frames but still are unable to use them.

Comment: Re:Google? (Score 4, Insightful) 85

As someone pointed out you have to have some idea of the project you are looking for. I have found many software projects on Freshmeat/Freecode just by going there 3 or 4 times a week. Sometimes there will be things listed that I had not given any thought to and then I see it listed there found it intriguing went to the web page and checked it out. Later on I would go back and download it because I would recall months later when the need arised it was there. Trying do that with google, what would be the search string, "New software"? Especially for us not searching for anything specific and just wanted to find new open source software in general.

Comment: Circuit Cellar (Score 1) 41

by kallen3 (#47230061) Attached to: Open-Source Hardware For Neuroscience

I seem to recall that years and years ago Steve Ciarcia wrote a series of article in his Circuit Cellar magazine about making sensors and a home built EEG. If I recall correctly it used relatively inexpensive parts and off the shelf sensors when necessary. All designed for the hobbyist and much lower in cost. Of course I may be wrong. But still wondering, whats the big hoo haw about something this expensive?

Comment: Re:I expected China, but here in the US? (Score 1) 243

by kallen3 (#44314029) Attached to: The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

have to agree that it is no secret, we hear about it and talk about here in Phoenix on a regular basis. Almost everyone who has lived here for any length of time has had it at least once. AS another poster pointed out it is like the bubonic plague here. Almost anyone who lived here for more than a year or two are aware that the jack rabbits here are infected with it. But mentioned it to someone from the more urbanized areas they are always taken by surprise. Must be the ultra urban snobbery.

Comment: lets see now..... (Score 1) 1448

by kallen3 (#44238489) Attached to: Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For <em>Ender's Game</em> Movie

He is not politically correct......check
He is not socially correct........check
He has opinions that many find suspect.....check
His opinion is protected as free speech......check
He is a writer that many find enjoyable to read.....check
Just because his opinions does not matches yours you will not read or view movies based upon his works? Now has anyone find this to be disturbing? Because he has opinions which differs from the current world view he needs to be shunned and ignored?
So who really has the closed mind and narrow point of view? Does it not work both way?

Oh wait no it doesn't, it only works for those with the biggest bat, so who is really the bully here?

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