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Comment: Re:I'd Rather Drive or Take the Train (Score 2, Informative) 408

by zarkzervo (#28249203) Attached to: In the next 12 months, I expect to travel by air ...
On my last trip, I was randomly searched. I was wearing close to no metal whatsoever. (I have traveled quite a few times the last year and prepare well).

When I goth through, I took my jacket, my shoes, my laptop and my bag and got on the plane. Later, I discovered that I have taken the wrong laptop.

Why didn't anybody stop me?

Why didn't I check the laptop better when I got through? Well, it was the only laptop there, because someone else had taken my laptop.

Why didn't anybody stop him?

In practice, two people where allowed to take someones quite expensive laptop without being stopped. I was well prepared, but that didn't prevent my laptop from being stolen when I was "forced" to give up my laptop in the control.

Best Way To Build A DIY UAV? 259

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the please-include-armament-instructions dept.
Shojun writes "I am very interested in building my own UAV. Not just one that can fly around happily, but one that I can program to say, take photos every second as it does a barrel roll under a bus (ok, that part may be a pipe dream). I have enough embedded programming experience — it's the hardware which I'm uncertain about. I can go the kit way, and then build the remaining stuff, or get some Dollar Tree Foam boards and build it all. I'm in favor of ease, however. Once the plane is built, buying a dev board seems like a possibility, but I wonder whether it's overkill. Alternatively, if there was a How-to-build example on the net for such an activity that I could adapt, to the degree that I could then program in even completely hardcoded flight instructions, I can certainly take it from there. Thoughts? Has anyone here tried something like this before?"
Software

World's "Fastest" Small Web Server Released, Based On LISP 502

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the more-tools-in-the-tool-belt dept.
Cougem writes "John Fremlin has released what he believes to be the worlds fastest webserver for small dynamic content, teepeedee2. It is written entirely in LISP, the world's second oldest high-level programming language. He gave a talk at the Tokyo Linux Users Group last year, with benchmarks, which he says demonstrate that 'functional programming languages can beat C.' Imagine a small alternative to Ruby on rails, supporting the development of any web application, but much faster."
Sci-Fi

Don't Panic, It's Towel Day! 164

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the he's-just-this-guy-ya-know dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Today, as every May 25th, geeks all over the world celebrate Towel Day and carry a towel in honor of Douglas Adams. The popular author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy died in 2001 at the age of 49, but his work lives on. According to the book, a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Hence its symbolic role in this celebration. This year, for the first time as far as we know, Towel Day is being supported by the British publisher of Adams' books, who organizes a photo competition."
PC Games (Games)

Using 1 Gaming Computer For 2 People? 424

Posted by timothy
from the quite-a-replacement-ratio dept.
True Vox writes "My fiance and I have recently taken interest in City of Heroes (she's currently got a character on my account). She's got a cute little netbook, but nothing nearly powerful enough for a 5-year-old MMORPG, let alone if we take interest in Champions Online! I am reticent to buy a new gaming computer simply for what amounts to a passing phase. Has anyone had any experience using one computer to control two monitors with two sets of input devices (e.g. two keyboards and two mice, or one keyboard, one mouse, and a 360 gamepad, perhaps)? I have seen one solution that might work, but not much information from users that I can find. In short, does anyone have any experience with setups like this?"
Movies

Original Cast On Board For Ghostbusters 3 444

Posted by timothy
from the hi-there-sigourney dept.
bowman9991 writes "Dan Aykroyd reveals that all the original cast have now signed on for Ghostbusters 3, including Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. Apparently Bill Murray, who holds a one-fifth controlling interest, was very reluctant at first, not even willing to read a third draft of Aykroyd's script. Aykroyd would like to see Ivan Reitman or Harold Ramis direct, wants to introduce a 'new generation' of Ghostbusters, and believes they could be filming the new Ghostbuster movie by winter."
Transportation

Rutgers Attempts Robot Atlantic Crossing 67

Posted by timothy
from the anything-to-get-away-from-camden dept.
RUCOOL writes "Rutgers University students and staff launched a Slocum glider AUV in an attempt to be the first such vehicle to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Progress so far is good, but it will be a long 6- to 9-month journey. Status as well as other information can be tracked here. Media links can be found in the lower left section of page, among images, and storyline blogs." And Google Earth fans can track the vehicle's progress, too.
Role Playing (Games)

World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New Raid 204

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-swimming-bears dept.
On Tuesday Blizzard rolled out the first major content patch for World of Warcraft since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King last November. The 3.1 patch includes the long-awaited dual-specialization feature, which allows players to quickly and easily switch from one set of talent choices to another. Action bars and glyph choices change as well. The patch also includes a new end-game raid dungeon, Ulduar, which expands upon the variable difficulty modes Blizzard has recently experimented with. The instance contains 14 bosses, 10 of which have an optional "hard mode" that players can attempt for better rewards. In addition, the patch contains a host of class balance changes, bug fixes, and UI improvements. You can see the full patch notes at Blizzard's website, and a brief trailer is also available.

Comment: Re:Adequate Reward? Please... (Score 1) 237

by zarkzervo (#27412861) Attached to: Volunteers Simulate Mission To Mars

So... Kudos to those running the experiment. Cheap labor is great.

Isn't this "reward" added to the money they already get? As I understand it, it's not like they are doing the experiment for free. The experiment is their job and the $20.000 is a bonus if they complete the experiment. It's just to motivate the crew to try to stay the whole experiment.

Comment: Re:What good does this do? (Score 2, Informative) 336

by zarkzervo (#27107437) Attached to: Audio Watermarks Could Pinpoint Film Pirates By Seat
I don't know about USA, but here in Norway, only the smallest cinemas don't have assigned seating. I really like this because you can buy tickets on the internet and pick them up 5 minutes before the start of a premiere and get the best seat in the cinema. If there is no good seats left, I'll wait until the day after.

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