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Comment: TI Sidecars (Score 3, Interesting) 806

by orb_nsc (#28336029) Attached to: Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes
I'm glad they mentioned the TI 99/4A sidecars. I had a couple of these before getting the P-box. With all the engineers working at Texas Instruments, had none of them heard of "cables"? With a memory expansion and a floppy drive (which still needed it's own sidecar for the controller) your TI was already taking up the entire desk. And god forbid you nudge anything accidentally, and cause the whole thing to crash.

Comment: Re:12? You're paying too much (Score 1) 308

by orb_nsc (#24503425) Attached to: $12 MIT Computer Based On NES, Not Apple II
Whoa, I just saw the Picassa images and that is the EXACT famiclone that I bought, though the light gun was different. Same software on the cart as well. If you're ever at Gaisano Mall in Davao City, Philippines, you can pick one up for yourself. (They're probably available at many more dodgy retailers across Asia though)

Perpetual Energy Machine Getting Lots of Attention 965

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the swimming-in-snake-oil dept.
Many users have written to tell us about a magnetic machine promising "infinite clean energy". Engadget has the first picture of the device and is reporting that the announcement (along with a short video) of this supposed device will be released later tonight. "CEO Sean McCarthy tells SilconRepublic how it works. Namely, the time variance in magnetic fields allows the Orbo platform to 'consistently produce power, going against the law of conservation of energy which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed.' He goes on to say 'It's too good to be true but it is true. It will have such an impact on everything we do. The only analogy I can give is if you had absolute proof that God wasn't real.'" In my experience if something seems too good to be true it generally is. I wouldn't get your hopes up.
Sony

+ - Blue Laser Costs Coming Down; Could PS3 Price Cut

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njkid1
njkid1 writes "Sony is ramping up blue laser diode capacity for its Blu-ray players much faster than we anticipated, and the costs are coming down. A price drop on the PS3 this year is starting to seem more and more likely. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter tells GameDaily BIZ that PS3 could cost 100 dollars less by mid-year. The Blu-ray drive in the PlayStation 3 has been a source of much contention among industry observers. The inclusion of Blu-ray in the PS3 is one of the main reasons the console is being sold for $600. But as with any product, economies of scale should help to eventually bring costs down. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=1593 1&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000025"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Eliminate those stinky corporate toilets forever

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Today we move pretty far down on the taste-O-meter to bring you all the poop about 1Drop — a substance that claims to eliminate odors emanating from your toilet bowl after you use it if you apply it directly to the water before any activity takes place. No we aren't kidding. The stuff has a following as this writer can attest and there is apparently a patent on the drops which are said to be comprised mostly of a liquid known as diethylene glycol monoethyl ether. The substance is unfortunately, considering its use, flammable, so if your solution to a bad bowl is to light a match — forget it with this product on the job. And your job seems to be the place where this product might have its largest application. I mean who hasn't been in a corporate loo apparently after a large moose with a Mexican food fetish and a bad hangover has damaged the porcelain facility with a substance that has a half-life. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1452 2"

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