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Comment Extra "security" makes people feel safe? (Score 1) 582

I find it odd that there are people who feel more safe when they take off their shoes. Whenever I've gone somewhere where they pat me down and check me with a metal detector wand, it makes me feel like someone is going to shoot me inside there. I feel more vulnerable.

I recently went to a rollerskating rink where I was wanded and patted down by a police officer. Of course he didn't even check my skates which has more than enough room for a hand gun. Metal detector and pat down at a skate rink, perhaps I shouldn't be here. Did I feel safe there? Not at all, it did the opposite.


Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment Re:A reasonable idea (Score 1) 104

I to had once thought of that. This idea is the same for TV shows. They have been putting product placement in TV shows. The main character is holding a can of coke for example, or there are some donuts in the background. It isn't that much of a distraction.

If advertising starts being required for games and TV shows this limits the types of shows and games you can have.

For example, it would very wrong to have the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek to hold a can of coke. Since that is the case, what might happen is simply we would never get any shows/games were it wouldn't be appropriate to have ads.

Developer: "Here is a good idea for a game..."
Business dude: "Does the setting allow for good ad placement?"
Developer: "No"
Business dude: "Then come up with a different idea."


Inventor Builds Robot Wife Screenshot-sm 469

Inventor Le Trung must really like the book "The Stepford Wives," because he has built the dream of every lonely man without hope, a robot wife. Le's wife, Aiko, starts the day by reading him the newspaper headlines and they go for a drives in the countryside. Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn't strayed into the bedroom, but a few tweaks could turn her into a sexual partner, even redesigning her to have a simulated orgasm. *Shudder*

Comment Re:How much did these people drive before? (Score 1) 171

Seriously, no one like shopping at grocery stores. Shopping for cloths yes, but groceries you must be kidding. You can get pizza delivered in most cities and towns. We should be able to get our groceries delivered as well. Delivered within 20 minutes of ordering, just like pizza's. It is almost impossible to do grocery shopping over the phone, but is is possible to do it on the internet. While you are shopping on the internet it can even offer helpful suggestions: recipes (as well as links to the ingredients), list of what you bought last time, etc..

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