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Comment Re:pen and paper (Score 1) 217


I have one. It's an ink pen with a camera in the tip. The camera reads dots on special paper and digitally records whatever you are writing / scriblling / drawing. It also records audio.

It plays back the audio, too. On each sheet of paper there is a timeline. Touch the timeline with the pen and it plays back from 0% marker to the 100% marker. If you touch the paper to a section that the pen wrote/drew it will start playing the audio from *that* point, too. It's totally awesome.


Oh, and no. I dont work (or know anyone who does) there.

Comment Re:One of my earliest memories (Score 3, Funny) 79

I was four years old. We were at Myrtle Beach, SC. We were on dry sand, quite far back. I seem to recall the waves being large and clean, with very little chop; but not threatening to people up on the beach. A wave charged in, all the way to the boardwalk. The beach is relatively flat there, so the actual depth was only about a foot. My mother picked me up. My sister and my father were large enough to fend for themselves. I have no idea if anybody was hurt. The beach cleared. In the panic, my yellow plastic shovel was lost; but I spied it from up on the balcony of the motel. "Mommy, can you pllllleeeeease get it?". She went down, but another wave or a person must have taken it.

Since then, I've heard of at least one other incident like this. I think it was in Florida.

So...let me see if I got this straight. Two kids lost a yellow plastic shovel at Myrtle Beach, SC?

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 117

Time to update the list of things that will let you automatically get a patent for something:

        - on a computer
        - on the internet
        - on a stick

Don't forget 'In the Cloud'

Well, obviously "In the cloud."

So, besides, "On a computer", "on the internet", "on a stick", and "in the cloud", ...what has Google *ever* done for us!?

Comment Re:Bloody idiots (Score 1) 146

The queues are there for a reason: To create the impression of safety.

Also, to present a highly populated and completely unsecured target to any bad guy who decides to exploit it. That's one of the many ways in which US-style airport security is sheer idiocy.

Of course, for mentioning this, I'm sure I'll end up on somebody's watchlist somewhere. Hi NSA!

Recent news reports suggest that you - probably - already are.


Comment Re:TRS 80 Model I (Score 2) 623

Ha! Know the feeling well. I like to think that I hacked and R/E'd my way to computer programming by reading the source to hundreds of thousands if not millions of line of code. I was 9 (1978) when I located this rabbit hole and knew then this is what I'd do for the rest of my life. There was no Google so I largely would trade pirated games or find cassettes that contained programs written in easily translatable BASIC commands which I quickly picked up. Every 'RUN' magazine was read from cover to cover. Learned to type while reading code from it. Began writing my own programs to do whatever because guess what, young-bucks - It hadn't been done much yet and the 'teh interwebs' was another 20 years away - so searching the web for a program to do 'X' didn't exist.

One day sticks out particularly well with me, too. One day I had a mathematical homework assignment. Math is tedious. Being lazy, I wrote programs to do all my homework assignments for me. My father caught me doing this one day and began to - as he was often want to do - scold me. He said, "Son, if you let the computer do your homework for you you'll learn nothing." I turned and quickly responded, "Wrong, Dad. I have to program the computer to do the homework AND validate that the computer is doing my homework correctly. So, I'm learning twice as much." His eyebrows raised and he turned and walked away.

That was the first time I knew this US Marine to not pound me into the ground for talking back to him. I knew I was on to something amazing.

Computer system progression: Commodore PET/CPM VIC20 C64 C64c (VIC20/C64/C128 combined) 8086 (it was a sad beast) 486 $WHO_CARES_AFTER_THE_486 ...

Comment Re:Surcharge (Score 1) 338

But, I never said it would only take one letter. A little bit of persistence is required, but either way you'll waste a lot less time mailing it than phoning.

At 46 cents(USD) (source: https://www.usps.com/business/prices.htm) per stamp just how many letters (stamps) we talking to reverse a $14.64 (61 cent * 24 months) charge? Looks like the crossover is at 32 stamps (.46*32=$14.74)(USD).

Basically, if you make minimum wage (or somewhat over minimum wage) its worth your time to fight it. If you make substantially more, just what are you willing to volunteer to 'free the world' from their tyranny.

Is what they are doing right and proper? Probably not.
Is there much you can do about it? Again, probably not.

What's the solution then? Inundate your state's Attorney General's office with complaints. One .46 cent letter (per person) * 10000 complaints will get his attention. Contact your Congress critter, too. Then the local news stations.


(Sorry, that was silly of me.)

Comment Re:LinkedIn is Creepier than Facebook (Score 1) 164

Very creepy, and really, in a couple of cases violating HIPPA[sic] regulations through their disclosure of who-knows-whom.

I assume you mean HIPAA? How is LinkedIn bound by being HIPAA compliant?


The only privacy agreement they are under is the one you (and millions of others) signed up for AND agreed to.
I truly hope you are not shocked to hear this; but, they sell your information by data mining the heck out of it and categorizing you (and millions of others) into nice little packages of "Would probably buy" product X. Advertisers stumble over themselves attempting to get your eyeballs (and millions of others) into looking at their advert so you (and millions of others) have a chance to buy their product or service(s).

Do you use Google? Their whole business model is to sell profiles to advertisers. Bing, Yahoo!, AskJeeves, and SLASHDOT, too.

I do feel your pain, though.

Comment Linux is slow? (Score 4, Interesting) 64

The system is probably running Linux. It takes a while to become ready after the power switch is turned on, which is typical of Linux. A smaller RTOS would likely come up much faster. The fact that the device requires networking, and streaming of sound and video also lends itself to a Linux system. Linux already includes much of the software to make everything work. The size of the RAM and Flash suggest a lean, but very workable Linux based system.

Emphasis mine. Really? I've found my Linux installs to be very fast booting - certainly faster than Windows machines. Also, according to your pics there is an 80MHz crystal on there - any modern day OS you threw on that loaded from some external storage cluster would take a while to load. However, I didn't see any SD Card, SSDs or other external media device with which to hold a larger OS which means it's all embedded in one of those IC chips you couldn't find any information on.

Having said that, there are version of Linux which can fit on a single floppy drive - about 1.2Megabytes - and in this case the OS has been burned into one of the ICs. Point here is that it may not even be Linux.

Comment WTF with the title (Score 4, Insightful) 154

Seriously? "US Refuses To Sign ITU Treaty Over Internet Provisions" is the title of this piece?

From what I could tell, even TFSummary mentions multiple countries refuse to sign. But, "OMG! Teh Un1t3d 5t4t3s refusors to p3n h4x moar documents! Roooaarrr!!1"

A more sensationalist title I've not seen on /. for a while.

How about a more neutral tone for story summaries? Maybe, I don't know:

Multiple countries fail to agree on ITU Treaty
Multiple countries disagree on ITU Treaty content
Differences still exist between countries involved in ITU Treaty
ITU Treaty content to undergo more revisions


Comment Re:Killing me softly with Slashvertisments (Score 1) 73

Dear god this must be a slow news day - I have never seen such a blatant slashvertisment in all the time I have wasted here.

Obligatory you must be new here.

Don't forget to introduce him to this!

1) Have slow news day
2) Post slashvertisement
3) {{eyeballs}}

p.s: Did I screw up? Opps, I forgot to use '????' on step 3. Now our secrets out! My bad!

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