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Comment Special markings on the table (Score 1) 50

If you look at the video, you can notice special markings on the robot's side of the table: there are 2 rows of 4 dots parallel to the center line, which I guess are here to help the robots to estimate the position / trajectory of the ball. But this also make the table not conform to regulations (see specifications of tables for table tennis).

Comment two-hands control (Score 2) 110


The smart phone prototype [..] has the gadget world buzzing with ideas about future products, and how exactly this product would enter the market. It is hard to imagine a phone that requires both your hands’ focus to control

Sure, because one can operate an iphone with just one hand. Since the smartphone, it seems to me that phones that can be operated single-handedly are things of the past.

Comment Re:Will Consumers Pay? (Score 2) 897

Americans have not demanded higher MPG ratings for their car, but they have not been offered any either. The motorization of cars sold in America is different from what other parts of the world I have lived in (Japan, Europe) get.

Two examples (that I have driven):
- Subaru impreza (not WRX/STI model): Europe/Japan motorization: 1.6 or 2.0l - America motorization: 2.5l (Note that I wouldn't drive the 1.6l impreza, especially on German motorways, but the 2.0l is nice, I just wished it had a 6th gear)
- Volvo C30: Europe/Japan motorization: from 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 or 2.5l - American motorization: 2.5l (same comment as for the Imp' applies).

Comment Re:How did this anti-science crap end up on slashd (Score 1) 954

Yes, and the first thing I do when I see a study about something as controversial as global warming is to check on the author:

Strangely enough, all those scientists who doubts the global warming seem to have some connections with oil companies...

Comment Laptop keyboards (Score 1) 332

Some are really awful, but some are actually quite good.
When I bought a new notebook last summer, my first concern has been typing comfort, and the only one I found really satisfying was the Thinkpad's x100e. The keys are slightly curved and comfortable under the fingers, and the press does not have the rubbery feel that is shared by much laptops (yes, Sony, I am looking at you). True, the battery life is the x100e is, at best, shitty, but that was a trade-off I was willing to make. Add the trackpoint at the center of the keyboard which is IMO far superior than the touch pad as a pointing device for casual use, be cause you don't have to bend your wrist to reach it.
I actually prefer this keyboard to the one Dell ships with their desktops, and that I had to use at work (company policy...)

Disclaimer: typed on an x100e

Comment "Clean" translation (Score 1) 227

French: "ou un systeme d'exploitation propre"

Correct translation: "or an OS of their own" - understand: an OS that has been made specifically for the device.

I guess google translate is not subtle enough yet to discriminate the different meanings of "propre" in french.


Solar Panels For Your Pants 81

Phoghat writes "A new line of clothes come with its own solar panels to charge small electronics in your pocket. It might be overdoing the 'Green' technology but for the low, low price of $920, you can own a pair of Go Urban Cargo Pants, which boasts 'fly front, low-slung drawstring waist, and two back patch pockets with button down flaps,' but the main reason you might want them is the: "'two side cargo pockets with independently functioning power supply.'"

Comment Cheap gas has a price (Score 2) 346

The US gas production is more and more dependent on shale gas production, due to the progress of the hydraulic fracturing technique . Although the American Petroleum Institute claims that there this technique pose little or no threat to underground drinking water, environmentalists say otherwise and their voice has been gaining strength thanks to the recently released Gasland documentary film.
What is clear to me is that there is no reason to explain why Dick Cheney exempted the gas drilling industry from the Safe Drinking Water Act, but to protect the gas industry profitability...
To be fair with Democrats, I also have to say that Obama strongly supports shale gas extraction. Good luck, America!

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