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Comment How this got started (Score 1) 75

That one guy thought a dashboard for the college would be great. IT said, yeah, we can do that, and then when the guy left the meeting, they all looked at each other. If they pull this off, I'm going to request the feature be added where you can zoom in on someone's eyeball to see the reflection of what they were looking at. This will be so cool.

Comment Re:The age of body-worn police cameras (Score 2) 202

Both sides can be filming and it not stop a shooting, too. Here is a video where the officer had a body camera and the teen had a cell phone recording. It didn't stop the officer from shooting him:

Neither version helped convict the officer, either. It was ruled justified. I lean heavily in favor of the teen, but I can see the officer spin it enough to make it sound like a legit shooting. The poor kid should have sucked it up more and did what the officer said. But still, in the same situation, I would not have shot the teen. The officer called for backup, but did not wait.

Submission + - Scientists from University College London may have cured chronic pain (

transporter_ii writes: Scientists from University College London seem to have come up with a two-pronged treatment regimen that they believe would help patients suffering from chronic pain. And in a strange irony, they did it by making it possible for mice – and one human – feel pain when they previously couldn’t. Unlike a lot of the recent medical news (anti-ageing pills?), this one seems fairly real-world and concrete. If so, this is actually a major breakthrough, which must be why it has not received a lot of press.

Comment Two camps (Score 1, Insightful) 258

There seem to be two camps of people. Those that think we will be living on mars and have fully autonomous cars in a couple of years, and those that actually look into it and see how hard it is going to be. For some reason, the media seems to prefer the first one. Reality prefers the second one.

Comment While not an expert (Score 4, Insightful) 315

I've read quite a bit about how hunter gatherers sleep. Because of predators and other dangers, at any given point during the night, someone is usually awake. The teens stay up late, the old people wake up early, and then there are women with children that are up at odd hours with the baby. This works out so that there is always someone watching the tribe or village.

The big difference between Westerners and hunter gatherers is that if they get tired during the day, they can take a nap. We can't do that. In fact, there are a lot of places, Mexico, for instance, that let people sleep an hour or so in the afternoon.

It doesn't matter how much sleep I get, about 2:00ish, I get sleepy, just like a lot of people in the rest of the world. The difference is, a fair amount of the rest of the world can actually go to sleep.

Comment IP cameras (Score 1) 212

A lot of IP cameras will record on motion and store clips to an FTP server. How easy is it set up an FTP server on Linux. Pretty easy. You can even have the cameras email you on alerts. And of course, the IP cameras are running either Linux or a BSD, so not only is this setup easy to do, but meets your requirements almost all the way around.

Comment Re:What I don't like (Score 1) 474

This exchange from Buffy the Vampire Slayer seems to fit tech work so well:

Buffy: Mom, I hate that these people scared you so much. And I-I know
that you're just trying to help, but you have to let me handle this.
It's what I do.

Joyce: But is it really? I mean, you patrol, you slay... Evil pops up,
you undo it. A-a-and that's great! But is Sunnydale getting any better?
Are they running out of vampires?

Buffy: I don't think that you run out of...

Joyce: It's not your fault. You don't have a plan. You just react to
things. I-i-it's bound to be kind of fruitless.

That's tech work. Problems pop up, you undo them. There is no plan, and yes, it's kind of fruitless. :)

Comment What I don't like (Score 5, Insightful) 474

A lot of tech work is reactionary. And if all you have to do is put out fires, it isn't terrible. But you are usually expected to work at other things between fires. Which means the second you start doing one thing, you have to stop and go fix six other things. Always feeling like you are getting pulled in eighteen different directions sucks.

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