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+ - Art Induced Seizures

Submitted by qeorqe
qeorqe writes: Three visitors to the multimedia art installation "Zee" by Kurt Hentschlager may have suffered seizures. It was closed indefinitely after three incidents in its first three days. The exhibit consisted of a fog filled room where one's visual field is filled with changing and pulsing colored light patterns.

This is part of Pittsburgh's International Festival of Firsts. The festival also includes a four story high yellow rubber ducky in Pittsburgh's rivers.

+ - Art Seizures

Submitted by qeorqe
qeorqe writes: Three visitors to the multimedia art installation "Zee" by Kurt Hentschlager may have suffered seizures. It was closed indefinitely after three incidents in its first three days. The exhibit consisted of a fog filled room where one's visual field is filled with changing and pulsing colored light patterns.

This is part of Pittsburgh's International Festival of Firsts. The festival also includes a four story high yellow rubber ducky in Pittsburgh's rivers.

Comment: April Fool? (Score 5, Interesting) 206 206

by qeorqe (#39556701) Attached to: Rybka Solves the King's Gambit Chess Opening

This interview was the day after March 31.

"On March 31 the author of the Rybka program, Vasik Rajlich, and his family moved from Warsaw, Poland to a new appartment in Budapest, Hungary. The next day, in spite of the bustle of moving boxes and setting up phone and Internet connections Vas, kindly agreed to the following interview, which had been planned some months ago."

Biotech

+ - Center for PostNatural History

Submitted by qeorqe
qeorqe writes: The Center for PostNatural History is a museum and research library about organisms that have been created either by genetic engineering or selective breeding. Included in the collection are Sea Monkeys and GloFish. Nature has an interview (pdf) with the curator Richard Pell.

The museum is located in Pittsburgh, PA. Admission is free.

Comment: Is that all? (Score 1) 289 289

by qeorqe (#38695112) Attached to: TSA Makes $400K Annually In Loose Change

Isn't that an average of less than a dollar a day per metal detector gate. If only $1 was lost per day at each metal detector gate and there were only 200 airports with an average of only 6 metal detector gates each that would be $1*200*6*365 = $438000. Does the reported amount seem like a very low number?

Are all the detectors operated by TSA or are many operated by others?

Comment: "HAL was ordered to lie ..." (Score 1) 228 228

by qeorqe (#38420020) Attached to: Why Google Is Disabling Kids' Gmail Accounts

Apparently Google is doing this is to comply with COPPA. Is the US congress teaching children to lie and defraud web sites like Google? I am reminded of a quote from the movie "2010: The Year We Make Contact".

  "HAL was ordered to lie ... by people who find it very easy to lie."

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 277 277

by qeorqe (#37017852) Attached to: Comcast Launching $9.95 Low Income Broadband Plan
If Comcast's acquisition of NBC/Universal is monopolistic, anticompetitive, or inappropriate for some other reason, why should they be able to "buy" an exemption with this agreement? If there is nothing wrong with the acquisition why should the government extort an agreement from them?

Is this profitable or beneficial to Comcast? If so why are they permitted artificially to discriminate against others?

If it is not profitable is the cost paid by the shareholders or their other customers?

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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