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Comment Re:There might be something to it (Score 1) 229

> Children under about 10-12 shouldn't be exposed to any artificial stereoscopy

Citation needed. But I'll do a bit more than just complain about your blind assertion... folks should check out web stories about Sega's experiences in the 1990s:
http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/06/26/2059205/3D-Displays-May-Be-Hazardous-To-Young-Children
http://markpesce.posterous.com/split-screen-how-safe-is-3d-tv-screen-play-di

Comment Re:oh and this is where i make fun of lolbertarian (Score 1) 229

Sega pulled an earlier 3D product in the mid 90s because problems were observed in kids who used the device frequently. Took me forever to find links right now -- it used to be easy to pull up the documents about this on Google, but as of today, all the keywords point at today's announcement. This is the problem with relying upon Google to remember things for me. :-)

But I did find one article about it finally:
Search within this article for "Sega"
http://markpesce.posterous.com/split-screen-how-safe-is-3d-tv-screen-play-di

There are a number of write ups about Sega's experience, and that experience is what is spawning a lot of the concern from Sony and Nintendo.

Comment Re:This is why the Dems lost the House (Score 2) 828

he can literally say "this is bullshit guys, you must treat people of all sexual orientations equally"

No, he can't. He couldn't.

Clinton tried to do that -- to do exactly what Truman did on race. He announced before taking office his intent to declare that gays could serve openly. In response, Congress passed the Don't Ask Don't Tell legislation to tie the president's hands. And they told Clinton, "You will sign it or we have enough votes to put through a veto-proof version that increases instead of decreases the investigations into military personnel.

You can read the full history here: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Don't_ask,_don't_tell

Java

Submission + - Oracle sues Google for use of JAVA in Android (arstechnica.com) 1

Aristos Mazer writes: Quoting from Ars Technica: In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail. Full article here.

Submission + - iRobot introduces morphing blob robot (physorg.com)

Aristos Mazer writes: iRobot has story and video showing their new robot, a morphing blob that looks like dough that moves by shifting its sides from solid-like to liquid-like states at will, allowing it to pass through cracks by squeezing rather than navigating. iRobot calls the new technique "jamming". Research project funded by DARPA.

Submission + - Jessica Watson sets sail (jessicawatson.com.au)

DarkOx writes: Jessica Watson has begun her round the world voyage, if successful she will be the youngest person, age 16, to circumnavigate the globe by sail unassisted and non-stop.

She will 23,000 nautical miles (about 38,000 kilometres), departing and returning to Sydney as required to set the record. This will be a journey lasting around 240 days, during which she may not acquire any outside supplies or receive any assistance with repairs.

She will have internet access, e-mail, and her position will be continuously tracked and monitored. This is a pretty high tech undertaking both in the electronics sense and as in sailing kit. Her yacht is a S&S (Sparkman and Stephens) 34 a boat that has successfully been used in other solo circumnavigation bids.

Much more information can be found at her website: http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/

Submission + - Verizon's challenge to the iPhone confirmed (washingtonpost.com)

misnohmer writes: Verizon has just launched a new set of ads [droiddoes.com] confirming the rumors of its upcoming iPhone competitor :
"Unlike previous Android phones, the Droid is rumored to be powered by the TI OMAP3430, the same core that the iPhone and Palm Pre use, and which significantly outperforms Qualcomm 528MHz ARM11 based Android phones that exist today. [] Droid will also be running v.2.0 of Android, with a significantly upgraded user interface. The Droid poses a different and more significant challenge to the iPhone than any other phone to date. The Palm Pre could have been that challenger, but it lacked the Verizon network, and users were unimpressed with the hardware. According to people who've handled the device, the Droid is the most sophisticated mobile device to hit the market to date from a hardware standpoint. When you combine that with the Verizon network, you've got something that is most definitely a challenger to the Jesus phone."

Submission + - Mozilla blocks WPF & .NET Framework Add-Ins (mozilla.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has blocked the Microsoft WPF Plug-In & .NET Framework add-in. Firefox users on Windows will start seeing these blocked completely by the browser as of Saturday.

Submission + - Scientists One Step Closer to Cheap Nuclear Fusion

ewsnow writes: The Focus Fusion Society reports that the scientists and engineers at Lawrenceville Plasma Physics have finally built an operational Dense Plasma Focus device. While not at full power yet, they were able to achieve a pinch on their device. The small company that Eric Lerner started recently gathered enough funding to start a two year study on the validity of his theory regarding fusion-inducing plasmoids. If the theory holds, the device will produce more electricity than goes in. In contrast to the billions of dollars spent on Tokamak fusion (think ITER), LPP is conducting their research on a budget around a million dollars. Yet, if it works, it will provide nuclear fusion with much simpler equipment and much less cost. Eric Lerner and Focus Fusion have been discussed on Slashdot before.
Microsoft

Submission + - Sidekick data loss: Sabotage or dogfooding? (visualstudiomagazine.com)

" rel="nofollow">ozmanjusri writes: "Questions are being asked about a dramatic disconnect between Microsoft's management and engineering teams.

A somewhat inflammatory article by Appleinsider points makes claims that longstanding management issues and a culture of "dogfooding" could have been to blame for Microsoft's recent catastrophic client data loss. Interestingly, they also claim that there may be evidence that could suggest the failure was the result of a deliberate act of sabotage.

According to the article, an un-named source has stated that a pre-existing project group called "Pink" was operating independently inside Microsoft designing a Zune-phone. The Pink team took over the Danger acquisition, with disastrous results.

"When Danger was acquired, Pink was already a going concern but had no engineering staff. Microsoft discovered that Danger had unbreakable contractual obligations that meant they couldn't turn us into warm bodies working on Pink, so they staffed up internally," the source reported. "By the time Danger engineering became available to work on Pink a year later, innumerable bad decisions had already been made by clueless idiots."

The source also claims the Pink project was failing because of a management decision to include UMTS and CDMA phones in the same form factor, a technical nightmare."

Books

Submission + - How Ray Bradbury overcame fear of flying (keepingthedoor.com)

daria42 writes: Sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor Books has published on YouTube a series of excerpts from a recent video with acclaimed American sci-fi author Ray Bradbury, in which he discusses his books and various aspects of his personal life. For example, he describes meeting a carnival performer named "Mr Electrico" who was the spur for Bradbury to begin writing in the first place. The author also talks about overcoming his fear of flying; he first flew on Delta Airlines only after drinking three double martinis first.

Comment Re:Superstition (Score 1) 691

It's not the same as saying "God doesn't allow it." It could simply be "under the laws of physics, no such machine can ever be constructed successfully." The theory doesn't require any active player in the game pushing back on the LHC. The theory is just suggesting a pressure, if you'll allow the analogy, that holds back any such particle generation, and if you "compress" the probability of success enough, it pops back forcefully. What the theory is suggesting is that no amount of good design can make this work, in the same way that no amount of jumping is going to launch a person into Earth orbit -- the universe doesn't allow it.

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