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Comment: FIrst step toward feasible long term space travel? (Score 1) 210

by technomom (#49146741) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

If you think about it, if we can eventually place the brain in a container that can withstand the vacuum of space and harsh climates on other planets, we could solve some of the logistics of traveling to Mars and beyond.

So as crazy as this sounds, it could be a first step toward practical space travel.

Comment: You really have a lot of it covered already.... (Score 1) 698

Seriously, by leaving these videos and being what seems to be an excellent parent, you seem as if you need little more to add to what you already have.

As a girl geek myself, tell her not to take herself so seriously. Be sure to have fun and to keep family first and foremost. Remember that in 25 years time, no one will care if you made that important presentation to an executive or worked extra weekends to get that promotion. Work is fleeting. Family is forever. I have never once regretted going on a scouting camping trip with my son or asking my boss to leave a little early to catch my daughter's tennis match. Seek out people who understand this. Don't waste time with people who don't.

Comment: My list (Score 1) 353

by technomom (#49080363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

- Pushbullet for all the reasons given by others here.

- uBlock - ad blocking that is not opted out of by the highest bidder

- Airdroid - okay, technically not an extension/app but still a good app for extending your phone's reach to your desktop.

- Sunrise - nicely done Chrome app that looks and plays just like the mobile version.

- Chrome Remote Desktop - Very handy for making my iMac usable from anywhere and also for doing remote help for mom and dad when they call with computer problems.

Comment: Re:Chrome Apps/Extensions (Score 1) 353

by technomom (#49080281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?
Pushbullet is also surprisingly handy when you're using Chromecast. It pops up Play, Pause, Stop buttons on your desktop. Handy for when you might have walked away from your phone and are at your desk. Also, the shared clipboard feature is absolutely wonderful if you can get over the creepiness of it.

Comment: Not 110,000, not by 2/28 as Cringely predicts. (Score 1) 331

by technomom (#48976875) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM
For what it's worth, Cringely is still the only guy actually saying 26% (around 110,000). Most are pinning this at maybe 8,000 or so, even with the employee shuffling and bad performance reviews. It is certainly not likely that all 26% will be gone by 2/28 as Cringely specifically stated. Still not great that IBM is laying off, but they always lay off this time of year. The only reason this story got legs was because Cringely made up a huge number to get clicks.

Comment: Still very much a blizzard in CT, MA, RI (Score 1) 397

by technomom (#48915163) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms
It's not like this wasn't a blizzard at all. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are all getting hit with a lot of snow and wind. What happened is that the model predicted more of a path over the Hudson Valley rather than interior Connecticut. It literally came down to which way the wind blew. The problem is that as hard as snowfall is to predict, predicting how a bunch of people are going to react in less than optimal weather is much harder.

Comment: Re:Surprised it didn't happen sooner (Score 1) 314

by technomom (#48839405) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing
Agree with you on the 2008 thing. I remember seeing ads around in the newspaper in 2002 or so for 105% mortgages (so that the borrowers could not only get 100% mortgage on their home but also so that they could borrow more for their OTHER bills). The fine print talked about it being APR....and having the rate change in 5 years. I recall saying to my husband, "Wow, how stupid can people be to take that?" Sad how many people were.

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