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Submission + - surprise proposal (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Hello,
I’m friends with someone who developed an iPhone app called Pixel Pig. He wanted to propose to his girfriend so he created a special level in the game that would pop the question to her and told her he needed some video of someone playing the game for marketing materials so he could get it all on tape. I know you may just view this as shameless promotion but it’s a really sweet video to watch and would probably give the happy couple an extra thrill."


Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
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US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

Comment Re:I left many years ago... (Score 5, Interesting) 70

I hate those people. I once stupidly used their site (because it was the first name to pop to mind) to do a whois on a potential domain for a business. The name was simple, my parenters name and my name, and surprisingly not taken. Then I found out why so many people hate these guys. When I did the whois network solutions registered the name I was searching so I now had to either buy that name from them or wait a year for it to be free again. What assholes.

Sucks for the lower downs involved, but I can't help but smile.

Comment Re:Business 3.0? (Score 0, Flamebait) 226

Deregulating everything would have worked great if the damn liberals hadn't snuck in all those new regulations. That's what the real problem is. Without the socialist/communist liberals a pinch of free market pixie dust is all it ever takes to overcome the greatest of obstacles. Of course, that pixie dust doesn't work when covered in a plastic condom of "checks" and "safe-guards"

Comment Re:don't believe it (Score 1) 539

TFA explains how they are modeling it. They are modeling a specific part, the neocortical column, and they are doing it by looking at real brains really closely and trying to create a simulation, neuron by neuron, including what type, position, and how it interacts with the ones next to it.

The project now has a software model of "tens of thousands" of neurons - each one of which is different - which has allowed them to digitally construct an artificial neocortical column.

They say they are able to excite the model and see a reaction.

For example, they can show the brain a picture - say, of a flower - and follow the electrical activity in the machine.

What I want to know is if the simulated reaction to some stimulus is turning out the same as the reaction of a real human brain to some stimulus as viewed by an MRI or something. That would be cool if it did.

Comment Re:I'm stunned (Score 1) 340

I agree with the spirit of that statement, buit the concept as is has flaws.

I think many people, myself included, don't worry every second about securing belongings, but we do worry and secure and not because we are material whores but because it takes time and money to replace things. It's not that the things are so important, but it's that a few seconds to lock things, in the long run, gives me more free time and resources to enjoy life.

In the same vein, it has always bothered me that I sometimes get labeled a materialist because I treat my things well. It's not that I am a materialist, it's that I am a pragmatist. I understand they are just things, but I also understand they are my things.

Comment Re:Aiding and Abetting? (Score 1) 340

Plus I don't want anyone fiddling with my car, good intentions or otherwise. Still an invasion of my property.

Exactly. It's even worse to think of a bored beat cop coming to my door, glancing into my house and feeling me out when I open the door, all in the name of him "friendly" "educating" me about my wireless security.

Why not just stop by and give a "friendly" "education" on anything else that isn't illegal and they feel I am doing wrong? LIke, say, "educate" me about my front lawn's landscaping, or say my political veiws.

I don't think I am alone in the slashdot crowd for wanting to cops to stay the f*** away from me until a law is being broken. Is that too much to ask?

Comment Doesn't this stuff excite you? (Score 2, Insightful) 176

There are a lot of jokes as replies, I assume partially because the summary sets them up so well and partially because it is rather dense subject matter. But doesn't this stuff excite you? Years ago a friend and I used to talk about how there should be a way to make computers out of light and we should just try for that, because, well, there isn't much faster. Articles like this mean its closer to reality. Even if it never happens in my life time it still excites me to know we are headed there.

I am sure some physicist is now going to tell me how it's actually better to use some other quantum something for computing and how I don't understand light and subatomic particles/waves/strings/finnegans. I know I don't. I just like the idea of light computers.

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