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FBI and NYPD Officers Sent On Museum Field Trip 70

In an attempt to "refresh their sense of inquiry" FBI agents, and NYPD officers are being sent to a course at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of Perception hopes to improve an officers' ability to accurately describe what they see during an investigation by studying art. From the article: "Amy Herman, the course leader, said: 'We're getting them off the streets and out of the precincts, and it refreshes their sense of inquiry. They're thinking, "Oh, how am I doing my job," and it forces them to think about how they communicate, and how they see the world around them.' Ms Herman, an art historian, originally developed the course for medical students, but successfully pitched it as a training course to the New York Police Academy."

NASA Parodies Reach New Level of Awkwardness 28

MMBK writes "NASA TV recently produced six movie-trailer parodies about current projects for a 'themed exhibit at an international conference.' But for the most part, the attempt remains pretty corny, far, far away from the imaginative, inspiring work of space artists like Bruce McCall."

Comment Re:Good idea, but we can do better (Score 1) 217

I like this idea, but I would extend this a little further.
  • Use broadband over power lines to communicate with the power company. The power company tells the house a current price for electricity, and possibly what the guaranteed price will be over the next 24 hours.
  • Appliances can decide for themselves the best time to run. For example you tell the dishwasher "I want the dishes cleaned by 8am" and then it finds the lowest-priced time to run.
  • Of even more benefit to the power companies, you could negotiate with your power company a maximum power usage for your house of X amps. The power company would like to do this because they then know the maximum amount of power they need to plan for when building their infrastructure. Your home-controller would then be responsible for negotiating with your appliances a way to meet this power goal. For example, it may be necessary to shed some unecessary load at peak times (say during a heat wave) and it would be possible for the home controller to turn off whatever appliances are not needed at that time to keep you under your agreed-upon allotment.

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