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Comment: Seeing planetary orbits in a multiple-star system (Score 1) 48

by moloney (#49188465) Attached to: Massive Exoplanet Evolved In Extreme 4-Star System

"The exoplanet orbits the primary star of the system ... The primary star has a new-found binary partner (which the exoplanet does not orbit) and this pair are locked in an orbital dance with a secondary binary..."

Is there a graphical simulation of this? I would love to see this and the other possible planetary orbits that could occur in a multiple-star system.

Comment: Please change the whole lens (Score 1) 166

by moloney (#34851652) Attached to: Goodbye Bifocals — Electronic Glasses Change Focus

In addition to my bifocals, I also have a pair of "computer" glasses. These have a single prescription focused slightly farther than reading glasses. When working on a computer with two monitors, these allow me to just move my eyes to look at different parts of the screen. With bifocals, I have to move my entire head, which is highly annoying.

If the emPower! glasses could change the whole lens, I could manually turn them on and work on the computer with my head up. When not on the computer, I could turn them off and let the accelerometer select far/near focus based on my head being up/down.

Comment: Re:Only-a-decade-behind-dept (Score 1) 468

by moloney (#33634648) Attached to: Texting On the Rise In the US

Being ignorant of texting and choosing not to use texting are two very different things.

I personally believe that most adults are far too busy (unfortunately), for the mindless chatter that makes up a large porting of texting. Those adults who need to use texting, simply use it less than teenagers. Those who don't need it, use another form of communications: voice, email, IM, etc.

Spam

Lexus To Start Spamming Car Buyers In Their Cars 317

Posted by timothy
from the even-as-they-sleep dept.
techmuse writes "Lexus has announced plans to send targeted messages to buyers of its cars based on the buyer's zip code and vehicle type. Unlike regular spam, these messages will be delivered directly to the buyer's vehicle, and will play to the vehicle's occupants as audio. Lexus has promised to make the messages relevant to the car buyers." Imagine the fun that some targeted malware could do — not that such a thing could happen to a Lexus.
Businesses

After Domain Squatting, Twitter Squatting 201

Posted by timothy
from the kept-in-a-special-safe dept.
carusoj writes "Squatting on domain names is nothing new, but Twitter has created a new opportunity for squatters, in the form of Twitter IDs. Writes Richard Stiennon: 'Is there evidence of Twitter squatting (squitting?) Let's check. Yup, every single-letter TwitID is taken ... How about common words? Garage, wow, war, warcraft, Crisco, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, and Chevrolet are all taken. My guess is that Twitter squatters have grabbed all of these in the hopes that they will be worth selling in the not too distant future. Of course the legitimate holders of brands can sue for them and Twitter can just turn them over if asked. But, because the investment and risk for the squatter is zero, you are going to see the rapid evaporation of available Twitter IDs.'"

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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