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Comment Re:No Nintendo 3DS? (Score 1) 155

I had the same thought: "Where is the 3DS?" Alot of people I know are interested in the 3DS, if not for the gaming, but just the allure of 3D tech without the glasses in general. I think we can all agree that the glasses are the main stumbling block for the low 3DTV sales. To leave this off but include the Playstation phone? I guess they're out there, but In a world of Android and iOS, I don't know a single person who is really interested.

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

Comment Re:I have to ask... (Score 3, Interesting) 582

Frankly, I think self, or at least at home diagnosis, IS the future of health care. Med tech needs to be sold at the consumer level and incorporated into the daily hygienic routine, in a non intrusive way. The bathroom of the future will have diagnosed this problem. After you take your morning piss, or crap in in your space toilet, it will analyze the contents and report back any, uh, interesting findings, proposed causes, solutions, possibly give the option of scheduling an appointment with a doctor, etc.

Hell, doctors are ALREADY being giving PDAs with diagnosis software based on data mining techniques. Type in the list of symptoms, and let the program compare with a repository of data to kick out a diagnosis. I think we're heading to a point, probably still in the far future, where "doctors" in the traditional meaning are irrelevant. They will probably be needed to perform actual procedures, or to diagnose more complex sets of health issues, but for simple "analysis" of basic or common, health problems, machines in every home will be plenty sufficient, as well as add the benefits of early warning.

However there will probably be obstacles in the way of moving med tech to a consumer product for self diagnosis in home. Namely various doctors/medical associations that are looking out for their own interests, and busybody government buerocrats seeking to "protect" you from the possibility of self-misdiagnosis while actually protecting the profits of a somewhat marginalized profession.Similar to what we see happening in every industry where tech marginalizes former moneymakers...

Anyway, good for this girl!

Now make me a space toilet!

Comment iPhones are on AT&T and I don't want to switch (Score 1) 283

Uh, I thought iPhone was AT&T only, and some of us don't want to switch carriers, much less switch to AT&T. If iPhone 3.0 is indeed going to multi-carrier, I can agree with a wait-and-see plan of action, but since that doesn't appear to be the case, and as I'm with Sprint and don't want to switch to AT&T, I have zero interest in the iPhone. How could you not understand that?

Comment Re:What fair use? It's not even published. (Score 1) 315

Your opinion is basically total nonsense.

From womeninbusiness.about.com [about.com]:

As of January 1, 1978, under U.S. copyright law, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. Specifically, a work is created when it is "fixed" in a copy or phonorecord for the first time.

And if you don't trust that source, how about copyright.gov [copyright.gov]:

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section Copyright Registration.

Comment Real-Time Cybersecurity Dashboard (Score 1) 319

"SEC. 4. REAL-TIME CYBERSECURITY DASHBOARD. The Secretary of Commerce shall (1) in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, develop a plan within 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act to implement a system to provide dynamic, comprehensive, realtime cybersecurity status and vulnerability information of all Federal government information systems and networks managed by the Department of Commerce"

Sweet, now you can just hack ONE central place and get full vulnerability information on EVERY system. What a genius fucking security idea.

Comment Re:A victory for sanity. (Score 1) 1056

Doesn't the Barney show also feature a number of actual children that, GASP, have facial expressions? Animators never expression emotion through giving their characters facial expressions? While I totally agree that "mommy and daddy letting Dora and Barney babysit the kid" is NOT a good thing, I think this particular line of thinking is rubbish. I think it's about passivity VS interactivity, not because the head of Barney's costume is more static than a human face....

Comment Gonzales v. Raich says it IS interstate commerce! (Score 1) 609

Gonzales v. Raich

The Supremes have ruled that pot grown in California and only consumed in California (regardless if there is a 'sale' or not) is "interstate commerce" on the logic that such cultivation might theoretically have wider impact on the overall marijuana market that exceeds the borders of California. By that logic, one could say that since the proposed regulations by California will have a definite impact on the wider television market outside of California, that it IS interstate commerce.

Comment No mention of Adventure Game Studio community!?? (Score 1) 93

How the hell can a submission titled "The Return of (Old) PC Graphic Adventures," on a geek oriented website, no less, leave out the amazing Adventure Game Studio project and associated community? There is so much original, independent, and FREE adventure gaming awesomeness coming out of of here, I recommend any fan of the genre check it out.

Adventure Game Studio

In particular, I have to give a hearty recommendation to "No Action Jackson." The graphic style is a dead ringer for DoTT, and it's amazing on it's own merits.

"The game centres around Jackson, a young, role-playing obsessed nebbish who's got a D&D game scheduled with two of his friends. The only problem is that his mother refuses to let him leave the house because his grandparents are visiting. Jackson's first task is to somehow get out of the house without his mother and grandparents noticing. After finally escaping, Jackson is horrified to discover that his two friends have completely stood him up. You spend the rest of the game trying to track them down and convince them to play D&D as planned."

No Action Jackson

The dialog and puzzles are all what you would have expected out of a quality Lucas or Sierra game old. Do yourself a favor and check it out! There is plenty more where that came from. I mean, I love what the ScummVM team has done, but AGS is way more interesting to me, as it's delivering a lot more new and original gaming content.

Submission + - Internet Radio Day of Silence

WebDJ writes: "The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, today is a national Day of Silence. Webcasters across the country have dedicated this day to increasing awareness of this looming threat and gathering support for the SaveNetRadio collation and our campaign to preserve music diversity on-line. For an updated list of the participants in this national day of silence, visit http://www.kurthanson.com/dos/. Net radio listeners, please excuse the interruption of your normal programming and take action to ensure this silence is not permanent. Call your Congressional Representatives today. savenetradio.org for more information."
United States

Submission + - CIA Papers from 1970's Released (yahoo.com)

jellie writes: "The Associated Press reports that the CIA has released 693 pages of internal documents, nicknamed the "Family Jewels", about events that led to a scandal in the 1970's. From the article:

The documents detail assassination plots against foreign leaders like Fidel Castro, the testing of mind- and behavior-altering drugs like LSD on unwitting citizens, wiretapping of U.S. journalists, spying on civil rights and anti-Vietnam war protesters, opening mail between the United States and the Soviet Union and China, break-ins at the homes of ex-CIA employees and others.

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