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Comment: Re:Summer Light (Score 1) 223

by orangebox (#40661109) Attached to: Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth
They are more common near the magnetic poles (both north and south). The closer you are to them, the greater your chance of seeing the Aurora. If the storm is strong enough, I know they've been seen as far south as 47 deg. Whenever I see news of solar activity, such as the CME, I usually look to spaceweather.com for updates.

Comment: Re:This would be so easy... (Score 1) 160

I like the 'allows for about X amount of page turns' statement. Works for printers. But there are factors that doesn't seem to be considered.

I don't have a Kindle or Nook, I have a BeBook, but my problem appears to be universal to these readers as well. If I leave my reader in standby mode, the battery is dead within a few days to a week. But if I use it every night for an hour or so, I can make a couple of weeks on the same charge.
Robotics

Robot Throws First Pitch At Phillies Game 92

Posted by samzenpus
from the mecha-casey-at-bat dept.
RedEaredSlider writes "The first ball at the Phillies-Brewers game will get thrown by a robot — but Roy Halladay's job is still safe. As part of an outreach program and the Phillies' 'Science Day At The Ballpark,' the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science is showcasing a robot made from a Segway and featuring an arm that acts more like a human throwing than an ordinary pitching machine. A pitching machine functions more like a gun, firing a baseball in what amounts to a straight line. But the robot has an armature connected to a hand that was specifically designed for throwing. Another thing the robot can do is identify the strike zone."

Comment: Re:How about using books instead? (Score 1) 181

by orangebox (#35387676) Attached to: HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans
I never looked into the eInk technology and how they really function. I assumed it was similar to how toner cartridges functioned.

I have a Hanlin B/W book reader, and I enjoy it quite a bit. It changes pages rather slowly, but I learned to time it right so when I reach the end of the page it changes :) The battery life isn't great and not truly what is advertised, but I think it is a problem with the battery instead of the unit.

I was playing around with a Nook at Barnes and Noble, I take it you like them a lot ? I was impressed at how slick and fast they operate. I was very tempted to pick one up last time I was in there. I am lucky it wasn't payday week ;)

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