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Comment Re:Better answer (Score 1) 572

"Hello, bug name electronics store? I'd like to order a DysonStation 4..."

"We'll have the installers right out."

"What installers?"

"The installers have to remove your carpet and re-lay it with our special layer underneath which tracks your footsteps. It's for your safety, and to ensure you're only using your vacuum on approved parts of the floor."


"As a disclaimer, some customers have reported getting locked out of their houses because they weigh too much, or walk into an unapproved room."


"Hello, I'd like to order the new OuyaRoomba."

Comment Re:Odious new law? No attribution? Guess who... (Score 1) 316

So who sponsored the amendment?

The bill itself, sponsored by a Democrat, specifically forbids companies from forcing employees to allow access to their social media accounts. The amendment created an exception. An earlier commenter mentioned that the amendment was proposed by somebody with a big (R) next to his name...

Comment Re:in-house data centers: we have one (Score 1) 180

If your power goes out, what then?

That's actually a perfect example. When the power goes out, the rooftop generators kick on and everything continues.

When your business relies entirely on services provided by other parties, you're just asking to be marginalized. If something in some remote datacenter causes your virtual host to completely disappear, you don't have a guy to jog down the hall and see what's up. All you have is a phone call to customer support.


Biological Computer Created at Stanford 89

sciencehabit writes "For the first time, synthetic biologists have created a genetic device that mimics one of the widgets on which all of modern electronics is based, the three-terminal transistor. Like standard electronic transistors, the new biological transistor is expected to work in many different biological circuit designs. This should make it easier for scientists to program cells to do everything from monitor pollutants and the progression of disease to turning on the output of medicines and biofuels."

Comment Re:I use both...and am looking for a better option (Score 1) 965

However, I too have been looking for a solution now that Apple is moving in the iOS-y direction for OS X, in terms of a system that lets me keep the awesome BSD power of Mac OS without being confined to Apple's walled garden of App Store restrictions etc.

Sounds like what you're looking for is... BSD.

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