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365 Days of Photojournalism With Stormtroopers 30

Lanxon writes "Wired reports that for one French fan, the Stormtrooper has become an obsession. Stormtroopers 365 is a collection of wacky, witty, and artistic photographs that its creator Stéfan Le Dû has been adding to daily since 3 April 2009 when the project began. 'I got a new camera and I had some Stormtrooper figures sleeping in their blister packs for months. I wanted to start something a bit challenging on Flickr, and I had previously seen some awesome Star Wars toys pictures, and other "365" projects that I really liked,' he says. The two starring Stormtroopers — TK455 and TK479 — have run into cats, clocks, various household implements, and even a DeLorean sports car."

Ubuntu Will Switch To Base-10 File Size Units In Future Release 984

CyberDragon777 writes "Ubuntu's future 10.10 operating system is going to make a small, but contentious change to how file sizes are represented. Like most other operating systems using binary prefixes, Ubuntu currently represents 1 kB (kilobyte) as 1024 bytes (base-2). But starting with 10.10, a switch to SI prefixes (base-10) will denote 1 kB as 1000 bytes, 1 MB as 1000 kB, 1 GB as 1000 MB, and so on."

Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel 165

angrytuna writes "The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand."

Wii Hardware Upgrade Won't Happen Soon 325

As high-definition graphics become more and more entrenched in this generation of game consoles, Nintendo has had to deal with constant speculation about a new version of the Wii that would increase its capabilities. Today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly denied that a hardware revision was imminent, saying, "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it." He added, "In terms of what the future holds, we've gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home consoles will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability, and we'll do that when we've totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii. And we're nowhere near doing that yet."

Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

Comment Re:Bad Economy = Bad Management (Score 2, Insightful) 453

No, the best tech people are the ones that solve the problems that their business needs solved. Sometimes that comes from the guy who knows the technology, and sometimes that comes from the folks who understand the problem.

And when you're really lucky, you get both parts of the equation from the same people ...

Comment Re:The comment may also be complex.. (Score 5, Insightful) 660

... but if it passes the Unit Tests ...

That kinda presumes that the unit tests are good, doesn't it? Which means that somewhere, somehow, somebody has to know what problem they are trying to solve.

Defining 'good enough' is really tough. I've seen perfectionists get bogged down, but even more often, I've seen folks that invoke the 'it's good enough' mantra as a cover for sloppiness and incompetence.

Comment Re:First post (Score 1) 489

Umm, that was definitely Leonard Cohen singing. They used the version from Various Positions , which was released in 1984. It was very heavily edited - not just verses were cut out, but they even removed individual phrases, making it a bit choppy.

Cohen is not a gifted singer. However, he does have a wonderful musicality, but it takes a while to hear it. In short bits he isn't great (but I don't think "really sucked" is a very accurate critique).

Comment Re:I want one too! (Score 1) 317

Liability can be an interesting thing. When you don't do anything unusual, you don't take any extra responsibility.

Let's say you're a theater manager that isn't blocking cell phone signals deliberately (like now, presumably) ... then somebody has an emergency. Their companion runs out to the lobby, but one of the high school kids is on break, and the other one is getting stuff from the supply closet. The companion runs up and down the halls for a couple of minutes, and finally finds someone. However, that person doesn't have a key to the office where the phone is, so that takes a radio call to the on-duty manager. Finally, after several minutes, help is summoned.

So far, this is bad luck, but not negligence. You never made any promises about how fast they can contact emergency services.

Now, let's suppose that you set up a cell phone blocker. Essentially, you are now saying that you MUST go through the staff to call 911 - you have no other options. You have now made an implicit promise.

With this change, the chain of events described above is a disaster ... the lawsuits would come fast and furious, and be very difficult to defend.

Comment Re:I want one too! (Score 2, Insightful) 317

Yep, people had heart attacks before - and they died. Now we have paramedics, automated defibrillators, cell phones, and other tools. So let's try a few scenarios:

  • Sorry that he died, but the ambulance's siren was bothering me so I sent them on a fake call. That's OK, people had heart attacks before paramedics.
  • Sorry that he died, but the color of the AED cabinet bothered me so I hid it behind a curtain. That's OK, people had heart attacks before AEDs.
  • Sorry that he died, but I didn't want my movie interrupted so I jammed the cell phone signal. That's OK, people had heart attacks before cell phones.

Yeah, that's a good argument ... </sarcasm>

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