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Comment Re:Not just redheads (Score 1) 265

Not sure if it was a high pain tolerance or shock in my case. :P

I snapped my upper leg clean in two. I tried to splint it myself so I could be dragged to the truck. Didn't work so well. The pain was comparable to a toe cramp, however. The only thing that kept me from moving was the disembodied sensation of when I tried to move the broken limb, and the fear of damaging an artery.

On the other hand, at the hospital when I finally WAS feeling some pain, the morphine didn't do a lick of good.
They were administering what they told me was the largest safe dosage, and it was numbing as much as a glass of water would.

My hair also goes from brown to red throughout the year.


Submission + - iPhone App Contains Secret Tethering Capability (

gManZboy writes: "The iOS app iRandomizer Numbers contains an unexpected function: It allows users who enter undocumented codes to create a tethered Internet connection. Thereafter, other nearby computers can join an ad-hoc WiFi network and reach the Internet using the tethered iPhone's cellular data connection.

The app purports to be nothing more than a random number generation tool. But entering "1984" in the minimum field and "31337" in the maximum field--numbers of significance in the hacker community--and tapping the "generate" button reveals a tethering network configuration screen.

Nick Kramer, CEO of Shmoopi, LLC, acknowledged in an email that his app supports tethering. "Reluctantly, I will admit that my application 'iRandomizer Numbers' does have a hidden tethering feature," he wrote. "I say reluctantly because I didn't plan on the feature being released. I designed the tethering functionality for my family and close friends not thinking it would be disseminated outside that circle. ""

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 53

Look for Acoustic Pulse Recognition. It's pretty well exactly what you just said.
It uses a series of microphones, usually four of them on a glass pane, to locate contact.

I would personally love such a setup for a glass desk top or keyboard tray, with the letters and buttons lightly etched into the glass. I'm sure creating imperfections in the glass would require a more rigorous calibration, but I believe it would be well worth the trouble.

I can also imagine using more than four microphones would allow for vastly more detailed input, but I really have no clue.

Comment Throw it all out the window!v (Score 1) 725

I vote we remove the calender all together.

Screw it.

I only buy calenders to have a sexy girl cover the empty space on the wall.

While we are at it, we can turn our 12 and 24 hour rotary dials into a partitioned dial with a light portion and a dark portion.
The light part would say, 'I'm awake,' and the dark would say, 'I'm sleeping,' and both portions would be adjustable to suit one's lifestyle.
This could easily be adapted into a watch that simply changes color via an LCD display, or some sort of over-complicated shutter system.

I also vote the government issue us free 18 inch ( or larger ) digital picture frames to fill the new free space on the wall with cycling pictures of beautiful women.


On a different note, why not be creative?

A *year* would consist of five months and have nothing to do with orbit. The length of the month would scale in such a fashion that the length of the previous month, multiplied by two, subtract half the original length would give the length in days of the month to follow. This would essentially solve the problem of aging past 30.
The first year would be 403 days if you started with a 31 day month. Reasonable. The following year would have 3043 days, and the year after that you'd be over half way through your life.

This system would also make it much easier to draw time-lines for those idiotic school projects.

Comment Re:Progress (Score 5, Insightful) 299

"I dare you to name just a single nuclear accident in the last few years"
"Fukushima Daiichi?"

I wouldn't call that an accident. One must keep in mind that it was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami. What else would you expect?

If it were an error due to an operator or faulty equipment, then that would be a different story.

Comment Simple. (Score 1) 398

So.. They spend all this money on such a thing, and then what?
Auto darkening welding helmet anybody?

I have one and I can stare at the sun for hours, then walk inside and see just fine.
It's not a horribly expensive solution to getting blinded.

The company that develops these will probably get into the business selling welding helmets shortly to ramp up their sales. ;)

Comment Saskatchewan! (Score 1) 344

Why save sunlight when it's only light out for 8 hours a day? ;)

Whether there's DST or not, I'd be in the same boat I'm in now,
My digital alarm clock is 98 minutes ahead, which forces me to do math every time I look at it because I'm too lazy to set it.

It's great for when your waking up and your concept of time is severely warped... or when that night time insanity sets in.

Comment Forevah (Score 1) 254

At my current state of ignorance, I rarely open my phone. I ignore most every text messages and rarely ever make calls... So the phone is basically sitting dormant most of the time. If I don't open my phone to play tetris, my battery will last upwards of two weeks.

During regular use, ( If you can call it that ) battery life drops to about 7 days.

Good ol Sanyo.

I also *had* an iPhone, until I dropped it. Once. The call quality was horrible and the battery does not last as long as it should, being a *phone*. It's quite useless when it dies and your somewhere remote...

Comment Re:Legally blind != Totally blind (Score 1) 302

Precisely. I was about to make the same point, but I found yours. ;)

Stolen off the internet: ( I'll probably be in court next week for this! ) :P
"In North America and most of Europe, legal blindness is defined as visual acuity (vision) of 20/200 (6/60) or less in the better eye with best correction possible. ... Approximately *ten percent* of those deemed legally blind, by any measure, have no vision. "

So, as you said, by no means does 'Legally Blind' make him totally blind.

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