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Biotech

Aussie Government Offers $40M To Build a Bionic Eye 89

Posted by timothy
from the the-6-million-dollar-man-should-cash-in dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government is keen to replicate the success of the Cochlear Implant (bionic ear) by throwing AU$50M (US$40M) of funding at the development of a bionic eye. Bionic eyes have been trialed with some success in the UK — with recipients able to detect senses of shape and space, but very little detail."

Comment: Re:Molecular weight (Score 1) 164

by tshetter (#27955143) Attached to: Study Shows Cocaine And Other Drugs In Spanish Air
But even with a large scale operation you arent creating that much LSD. If you are staying somewhere around 1g = 10,000 doses at 100ug, and even a huge operation doing millions of dosages...I highly doubt very much is evaporating or spilling.

Add to the fact it is then highly dilute in liquid and very stable on blotter...I dont buy this a bit.

Comment: Re:Less than a billionth of a gram per cubic meter (Score 1) 164

by tshetter (#27954987) Attached to: Study Shows Cocaine And Other Drugs In Spanish Air
Getting positives for pot smoke in the air I can see being reasonable. Cocaine, opiates, perscriptions or other drug traces in sewage water...maybe...

But LSD in the AIR? No damn way what so ever.

How do you even detect such a minute amount to begin with? What is the actual process? (Serious there)

Unless this is replicated there must be some contamination.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution (Score 0) 500

by tshetter (#27933809) Attached to: McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating
You are on slashdot man...ok, yes there are a few starving college students in CS/CE programs surviving on Ramen but for the most part the demo is mid20s+ and we can affort $10/meal and not just $3. (yes i see our 5 dig uid and bow you your inability to lose email passwords)

Yes, yes, soup in a bowl made of bread is quite up scale I understand this.

But when Olive Garden is pricey you have some some shit wrong.
Television

ABC/Disney Considering Hulu 192

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the step-in-the-right-direction dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Walt Disney Co and Hulu.com have restarted talks over offering shows from Disney's ABC television network on the online video distributor owned by NBC Universal and News Corp, paidContent.org reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources." The real question to me is when will they stop screwing around with Boxee users?
Operating Systems

Fastbooting Linux For Dummies? 241

Posted by timothy
from the every-second-counts dept.
Linux First timer writes "I wonder whether the Linux Gurus of Slashdot could help me with some advice on setting up a Linux system for my wife. She is not at all computer literate, but likes to get on the net for a few minutes every morning to read news etc. She is always bitching that our XP desktop takes way too long to boot 'just to get on the net for a few minutes.' I was thinking that I could take an old laptop we have, do a little first time test drive installing and using Linux, and possibly solve her problem in one go. The requirements for the system are simple: fast as possible boot/load Firefox, easy for a computer dummy to get onto the net, hard to break through random incompetence, and comes with Open Office.org or similar for occasional use. Wouldn't be used for much else. Any useful advice for us two poor Linux newbies? For example, is Ubuntu the best choice for this, or is there a better Linux flavour for the purpose? Any useful tweaks a novice can handle to make it work better for these simple tasks only?"

Comment: Re:Poor reasons (Score 1) 576

by tshetter (#27107925) Attached to: Why TV Lost
Its more concenient because you dont need a "DivX DVD player with a USB port" or "MythTV and Media PCs." Download, watch. That is why its so convenient for people to watch content on their computer. Add to that that people spend a ton of time in front of a computer anyway, and It is just as easy.

My 23" from 3ft away is about as good as my 47" from 10ft away. Feel free to break out a Resolution/Distance chart and prove me wrong. =)

Torrents and Netflix helped to kill TV, not facebook Id have to add.
Google

"Necessary Complexity" in Online Games 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the unnecessary-simplicity dept.
Massively is running a story about Google's short-lived virtual environment, Lively. The article examines why Lively shut down so quickly, and how its simplicity and its attempts at user-friendliness did more harm than good. Quoting: "The idea here is that any interactive system has a certain amount of complexity, usually involving the number and type of tasks which can be performed. Obviously, it is detrimental if the interaction interface is more complicated than it needs to be. That just makes things harder. What's a little less obvious is that reducing the complexity of the interaction interface too far makes things harder as well. Either it makes it hard to perform the tasks, or it reduces the number of tasks which can be performed. ... ideally the interaction interface needs to be of an order of complexity that is coupled to the order of complexity of the number and type of possible tasks. If it rises above that or falls below that, performing tasks becomes harder. Performing tasks with an oversimplified interaction-interface is like trying to make coffee with one hand tied behind your back. Overcomplicating it is like trying to instruct five people to build a shed, when none of you have any language in common."
The Almighty Buck

Are Micro-Transactions the Future of Online Game Business Models? 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the to-agree-pay-50-cents dept.
Last week we discussed news of Sony Online Entertainment's unveiling of a store that would allow players to purchase in-game Everquest items for real money. Massively spoke with John Smedley, SOE's CEO, about the system and what their goals were. He made the point that they were limiting sales to things that wouldn't unbalance the game. "They're fun and they're convenient. That's all they are. We're not selling power. There are a lot of respectable viewpoints on this, and a lot of reasonable people can disagree on them. Our view is that nothing here is gamebreaking." Edge Magazine has a related piece about Mytheon, an upcoming action-strategy game that will rely on micro-transactions to support its otherwise free-to-play business model. The game's producer suggests that micro-transactions are "a model that really gets us closer to the end user, and that's the way things need to be in the future, online."
Image

Researchers Test Whether Sharks Enjoy Christmas Songs 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-now dept.
Scientists plan to test whether sharks enjoy listening to Christmas pop songs, after US research showed fish could recognize melody. Chris Brown, senior marine biologist at the Loch Lomond aquarium, said seasonal music would be played through walkthrough underwater tunnels where they can be heard by dozens of nurse sharks, black-tip reef sharks, and ray species. Experts will then monitor the sharks' reactions to different songs. We'll play everything from Kim Wilde and Mel Smith's Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade to Wham's Last Christmas. We may find they prefer something softer like White Christmas by Bing Crosby," Brown said. Thank you for answering this question science.

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