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Comment: Re:Because insurance pays for them (Score 2) 629

by wbhauck (#40318837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
I wish my insurance paid for mine. Helly, they don't even cover the visit to an audiologist.

Not to shill, but I got a Clareza 8 (8 channels) from Zounds Hearing ( http://zoundshearing.com/customers/products/clareza/ ). It's a mini behind the ear device so no custom fitting except for tuning it to your issue frequencies.
I did a bit of research before buying it and got it mainly because of 4 features:

-Price. It was $1500 (2 years ago). Most others I saw started at $2000.
-It uses a remote control to adjust volume, treble and bass. (It also has 4 preset modes which is handy).
-It uses a rechargeable battery. Each charge lasts about 16 hours. I put in the charging station each night (along with the remote control) and I'm good to go the next morning. The company replaces the battery free every 6 months or so.
-It has an on/off switch. Others I've seen require you to pull the battery to turn it off.

Yeah, it'd be great if they were cheaper. People who can't afford them simply do without, which really sucks. Not to be dramatic as I only have moderate hearing loss in my left ear, but getting my hearing aid really made life better.

Comment: What's up with the company? (Score 1) 403

by wbhauck (#40030591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?
"my boss and I are the only ones left"
Forget outsourcing, you need to figure out why there's only two of you left and whether or not the company will exist long enough to complete the product.

If you want to ignore that and concentrate on programmers think of it this way: you're either in a failing company about to go out of business so no one would want to work there, OR your in a start up that some folks might want to work there.

Failing company: you're doomed.
Start-up company: you need to get a quality programmer with incentive to write quality code and stick around long enough to see it through. Otherwise you'll get the "I won't be here next week" mentality with a contractor. And forget off-shoring it. You'll spend more time discussing the work (then correcting what they send you) than you would actually doing the work yourself.

Comment: User of voice silencer gun silenced by real gun (Score 1) 370

by wbhauck (#39211389) Attached to: Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters
So the idea is that someone in an audience is going to point this thing that looks like a hand-held mini missile launcher at a politician and silence them. How are they aiming this device? Oh, a laser pointer. Like you might find on a rifle.

If you happen to be by this person I suggest you move before the real guns with their laser sights start firing.

Comment: Needs help to run all those machines (Score 1) 169

by wbhauck (#39074713) Attached to: Man Digs Out Basement Using Radio Controlled Toy Tractors
He needs to setup each machine so it can be controlled via a webserver. People could log in and sign-on to a specific machine and operate it for a period of time, say an hour if others are in line for it, if not, they have it as long as they want. He could run it only when he's there so keep the mischief to a minimum.

There's already kits for it ... http://www.pcworld.com/article/131237/build_your_own_internetcontrolled_robots.html

Comment: Re:His Real Inspiration (Score 1) 208

by wbhauck (#36025762) Attached to: Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones
Exactly.

And he came up with the rust stickers for bikes / cars after reading William Gibson's Virtual Light .
[Google Books] http://books.google.com/books?id=MG8ohto0bTgC&lpg=PP1&dq=william%20gibson%20virtual%20light&pg=PA175#v=onepage&q=bike&f=false

"worked into the fake rust and the carefully frayed silver duct-tape."

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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