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Comment A small step for historical accuracy (Score 1) 231

I'm glad their promotional material used what Armstrong actually said, "One small step for *a* man..." rather than what people heard over the buggy comm-link that dropped the word "a".

Growing up, it always bothered me that "man" without an article and "mankind" meant the same thing, and I was so happy when that guy discovered the audio signal of the word "a" in that famous transmission, which Armstrong always insisted he had said.


First Dynamically Balancing Biped Robot 155

damg writes "Anybots, which is three guys led by Trevor Blackwell, has developed the first robot that walks like we do, by dynamically balancing itself rather than being pre-programmed for walking like Asimo. The video shows the robot walking and being pushed by another 'bully' robot to demonstrate that it can't easily be pushed over."

Submission + - The $600 Stand-alone Blue-Ray Player

Dr. Eggman writes: PCWorld brings us news of a cheaper stand-alone Blu-Ray Player Sony will introduce this summer. Costing $600, the player will be a significant price reduction over the $1000 BDP-S1 Sony introduced just ahead of Christmas. The $600 player is designed with the same features as the S1, but at a price to compete with the $500 Toshiba HD DVD player. While it was originally speculated that the PS3's Blu-Ray player would essentially serve the role of the cheap Blu-Ray player, this new announcement raises questions about the PS3's place in the HD Format battle. Sony has managed to pull out a strange new twist in the Home Entertainment War, but will it pay off?

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.