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Comment: Re:$1000 a PC? (Score 1) 606

by maddskillz (#33928792) Attached to: Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

We use dells at work. 95% of the time there is a problem it's a failed hardrive. In that case they ship us the harddrive and we put it in ourselves. It hasalways been there the next day
In the case of a motherboard, which has happened a few times, they send the tech out. One time they weren't there the next day, but there was a huge snowstorm that day, so that may have been a factor.


Volkswagen Creates Sewage-Powered Beetle 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the 35-miles-per-burrito dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that Volkswagen is giving new meaning to the term 'Dung Beetle' with a prototype able to cover 10,000 miles annually on the waste from 70 households. The Bio-Bug was launched by Wessex Water, which is generating methane from human waste at a sewage treatment works near Bristol. 'Our site has been producing biogas for many years, which we use to generate electricity to power the site and export to the National Grid,' says one company official. 'We decided to power a vehicle on the gas, offering a sustainable alternative to using fossil fuels which we so heavily rely on in the UK.' The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association says the launch of the Bio-Bug proves that biomethane from sewage sludge can be used as fuel. 'This is a very exciting and forward-thinking project demonstrating the myriad benefits of anaerobic digestion (releasing energy from waste). Biomethane cars could be just as important as electric cars.'"
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King's Quest Fan Project The Silver Lining Is Back 61

Posted by Soulskill
from the every-cloud-has-something-something dept.
LoTonah writes "After eight years of development and a Cease & Desist from Vivendi, King's Quest fan project The Silver Lining is back in action. From the website: 'We are extremely happy to announce that our project, The Silver Lining, will definitely see the light of day! In a wonderful turn of events, Activision reached out to the Phoenix Online team a few months ago with a desire to revisit their decision regarding The Silver Lining. After negotiations, the C&D has been officially rescinded, and Phoenix Online has been granted a non-commercial license to release The Silver Lining! Our team is ecstatic about this, and as hard as we've worked for eight years, it's the tireless belief and support of you, our fans, that has made this possible.' The first episode of the project is due to be released on July 10."

Comment: Re:Negotiate (Score 1) 410

by maddskillz (#30369680) Attached to: Saying No To Promotions Away From Tech?

If something came across that doubled my salary, I'd be off like a shot and do it. I mean, really...if anyone here was independently wealthy, who would ever work again? Certainly not I.

I would. I work at a library and I can see the positive impact we are having on the community. Also, my co-workers are great, so it's nice to see them. If I one the lottery, I would continue to work..I would just come in a lot later!

Comment: Re:Strange pulse stories (Score 1) 329

by maddskillz (#30328178) Attached to: My resting pulse, as of today, is ...

I have the same issue. I went to the Dr, who sent me to a cardiologist. They hooked me up with a holter monitor to see what was happening over an extended period of time.
The conclusion was I was fine. They told me there is an amount of times your heart can skip, and you are still ok, and I was within spec.
I would still recommend going to a Dr about it. You could have a different issue, and maybe there is something they can do.
My problem went away when I quit exercising as much. I used to really push myself, but now I watch my heart rate, and don't let it go too high for too long.


Student Orchestra Performs Music With iPhones 65

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-symphonic-app-for-that dept.
A course at the University of Michigan ends with a live concert featuring students using iPhones as instruments. “Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble“ teaches students to code musical instruments for the iPhone, using the Apple-provided software-development kit. Georg Essl, assistant professor of computer science and music, says, "What’s interesting is we blend the whole process. We start from nothing. We teach the programming of iPhones for multimedia stuff, and then we teach students to build their own instruments.”

Copyright and the Games Industry 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-super-mario-toilet-paper-is-probably-illegal dept.
A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."

Comment: Re:*First post.. (Score 1) 590

by maddskillz (#30114500) Attached to: Public School Teachers Selling Lesson Plans Online

I know a lot of teachers. Almost none of them spend a significant amount of time in the summer doing lesson plans. There is a good reason for this, though. The school board has a tendency to "bump" you from your job. So, you go into September thinking you are teaching grade 2, and surprise! you are teaching grade 4 now!
The ones I do know do spend a significant amount of time after school and on weekends doing lesson plans and marking.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928