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Christmas Shopping For Your Nephew

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the provided-he-doesn't-want-fire dept.

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colenski writes "My vote for the coolest toy of the decade so far has to lie with the EyeClops Bionic Eye. As one reviewer noted, simply, "Microscopes never worked this well or looked this good when I was a kid." An ingeniously simple and brilliantly designed product, the EyeClops plugs into your TV and magnifies anything you put it on 200 times. Brain dead simple to use, EyeClops is a cheap $40 US / $60 Cdn gift that your nephew or nerdy niece would probably freak over. Here's some cool and disturbing pictures I got after about 20 minutes playing with it. Check out the money shot." I always struggled to focus through a microscope as a kid, and this looks like a great inexpensive present for a little kid since every cool chemistry kit is totally nerfed now. Any other fun ideas?

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Great present. (4, Insightful)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397593)

Pity kids can no longer get chemistry sets [slashdot.org] . How many genius chemists are we going to lose due to that again? Still, at least they can see the disease they might have cured. I suppose that is something.

Re:Great present. (2, Insightful)

deniable (76198) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397805)

It was all the sub-genius chemists that got rid of chemistry sets. It's a balance between some kids learning how stuff works and a larger number learning how stuff maims and kills. Can you imagine them trying to sell an old-school chemistry set now. The thing would come wrapped in warning labels.

subgenius schoolteachers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397887)

and TSA knuckleheads who "feel threatened" by any male not on Ritalin are the ones who got rid of chemistry sets, lawn jarts, and put warning labels on lawn mowers (Caution! Blade May Cut!). Are they still body searching 80 year old grammas at the airports?

Stupid American Kids (0, Flamebait)

ONOIML8 (23262) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398123)

No worries. It's just the stupid American kids who can't purchase chemistry sets thanks to the "protection" of "Homeland Security". They don't have any interest in them anyway, they're too busy playing Playstation, X Box and Wii.

Kids in "Terrorist Nations" will have no problem getting things like chemistry sets.

Of course this is a brilliant plan by the Bush administration whereby in 20 years we'll hire those kids as engineers, since we won't have any of our own. This builds friendship. We'll then use that friendship to convert these heathen to "christianity".

Re:Stupid American Kids (2, Insightful)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398241)

I think it is a little ignorant blaming this on the bush administration. The castration of the chemestry set has been going on a lot longer then since he has been in office and the "in 20 years" leads us to believe the problem will last long after he is gone.

Give credit where credit is due. But don't blame everything on Clinton or Bush just because it is fun to show your ignorant hate. We need a little more of the being able to think for yourself then kneejerk blame being pushed around. That is how we got the chemestry sets we have today. Be part of the solution not the problem.

Re:Stupid American Kids (0, Troll)

djupedal (584558) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398343)

"I think it is a little ignorant blaming this on the bush administration."

You may have missed the irony behind the entire comment. Bush isn't smart enough to pull something like this off. Everyone knows that - blaming him for something he isn't capable of doing is sarcasm at it's best. Contempt conveyed! :) "Be part of the solution not the problem."

And if that doesn't work out, try being a list mom instead :)

Re:Stupid American Kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398709)

And not knowing the difference between its and it's, priceless.

Re:Stupid American Kids (1)

ONOIML8 (23262) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398453)

Relax. It wasn't ignorant hate, I was poking fun.

However, do consider that the investment we make in our children today will have and effect in 20 years. That effect can be exactly as I describe, the need to hire foreign engineers. Also consider that we need to end this Homeland Security nightmare before we turn our country into the very thing we once despised.

Re:Great present. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398191)

Way to derail the discussion right away there chief.

Re:Great present. (0, Troll)

drDugan (219551) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398407)

when the leaders of your country are blatant criminals, and jack-booted gov't thugs carry people off without warrants to detention centers that explicitly protect those who torture -- polite discussion is over.

this is absurd: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=352789&cid=21263533 [slashdot.org]

anyone in the US who is not talking about this is asleep

Re:Great present. (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398681)

Or maybe you're being used.

Re:Great present. (5, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398197)

Pity kids can no longer get chemistry sets. How many genius chemists are we going to lose due to that again?
How many genius aerospace engineers did we lose due to banning lawn darts?

Re:Great present. (2, Interesting)

Beerden (874601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398229)

A chemistry set likely doesn't inspire a kid to take up football as a career. Lawn darts might.

Re:Great present. (1)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398259)

Neener! I scored a set of jarts at a garage sale last month!

The problem with microscopes... (5, Informative)

inviolet (797804) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397599)

I always struggled to focus through a microscope as a kid, and this looks like a great inexpensive present for a little kid since every cool chemistry kit is totally nerfed now.

The problem you had, and that my own son had last Christmas, is that cheap microscopes don't have "widefield" eyepieces.

If you spend a little more (typically $100-$150 on Ebay) you can get a good-quality student-grade microscope with a widefield eyepiece. And nowadays, many come with 640x480 webcams, or at least webcam attachment points.

The webcams are USB, so it's trivial to capture images and print them out for science projects. That's vastly more useful than a TV-out.

Re:The problem with microscopes... (5, Interesting)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397803)

Bah. For my thirteenth birthday, I got money towards a microscope. Not any old microscope, mind - but one sold by a local scientific supplies outlet. (The vast, thousand-page catalogue was also great - full of proper laboratory supplies of every possible description!)

It was made in the Soviet Union. Unpacking it from its elastic bands, crinkly yellow-brown paper and unprocessed cotton wool was a fantastic experience.

I've still got it, too - and only realised a month or two back that its LOMO manufacturer [lomoplc.com] is that LOMO [wikipedia.org] - all I can say is that its optics are way better than the cameras...

Five or six years ago, I strapped a tiny composite video camera to it with an intriguing assembly created out of Lego. I got some half-decent results [hylobatidae.org] , too. Having said that, I'd still love one of these modern toy efforts. Lugging around a huge box filled with cast-iron optics isn't so much fun nowadays... ;-)

Re:The problem with microscopes... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398081)

I got a "real" stereo microscope for my 12th birthday. Similar story, my parents went to a microscope store(I have no idea how they found a microscope store), and picked up a big hunk of steel and glass. The stereo microscope was nice because I could put things I found in the back yard under it, or stuff I took apart in the house without needing to prepare slides. I still use it to this day.

Microscope cameras. (1)

Erris (531066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398351)

If you spend a little more (typically $100-$150 on Ebay) you can get a good-quality student-grade microscope with a widefield eyepiece. And nowadays, many come with 640x480 webcams, or at least webcam attachment points.

You can also buy a good camera and slap it onto the eyepiece with cardboard and duct tape. A $200 Canon provides surprisingly good results. If you can see it, cameras can capture it.

While vastly better than the $40 device, it's also ten times as expensive. They toy also takes much less set up time unless you try hooking it up to a bt878 based capture with composite inputs. Modprobe bt878 and use xawtv and you are set.

what your nephew really needs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397601)

Your own personal goatse
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own personal goatse
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

Advertising (4, Insightful)

mulhollandj (807571) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397607)

Since when does Slashdot do ads?

Re:Advertising (1, Insightful)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397661)

Compared to other seemingly ad articles, this isn't bad. Most take the form "Product X is awesome, discuss". This is more like "Product X is awesome; what other products are awesome?", which can include direct competitors and replacements for X. Provided enough good comments get in, I think this is a useful question. To be fair, the EyeClops shouldn't have been in the summary, but it probably provides a good starting point for discussion.

Re:Advertising (4, Informative)

rumith (983060) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397939)

You must be new here.

No, I'm New Here (4, Funny)

New Here (701369) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398099)

No, I'm New Here

Re:No, I'm New Here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398183)

heh, missed ya

Re:Advertising (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398317)

Yeah I got the ad think to right away. Perhaps this really belongs to geek gadgets... where there are probably far more interesting things that use less batteries.

Re:Advertising (1)

mh1997 (1065630) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398557)

Since when does Slashdot do ads?
Slashdot does not do advertisements!

This post brought to you by the creators of Ubuntu and Firefox.

Re:Advertising (5, Interesting)

colenski (552404) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398799)

Jesus, why does everything have to be labeled an ad? My GF's daughter got one for her birthday, and I freaked and I wrote TFA. Now you know everything there is to know about it. It's Slashdot, remember? The site where we, i dunno, talk and stuff about nerdy things like cool toys. Are we *not* supposed to submit stories because it might contaminate the lofty standards imposed on it by the NPOV gestapo?

meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397611)

He'll think it's awesome for a couple days, then it will go into the closet never to be seen again. But I guess that's kind of how all Christmas toys are.

Exactly. (0, Redundant)

headkase (533448) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397813)

Buy the kid a Wii and Super Mario Galaxy and he'll get a load more longevity out of it as he can buy *new* games when he's over SMG!

Re:Exactly. (1)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397841)

Well, he was probably going to get SMG anyways. Get him Zack and Wiki instead.

Re:Exactly. (2, Funny)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398331)

when he's over a submachine gun? I agree.

Nerfed Chem Set (1)

LameAssTheMity (998266) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397615)

I heard they've got some pretty cool updates in the works for Government v2.0

Hey! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397619)

Another example of how Canadian customers get screwed: by charging 33% more for the same product (Our looney is at par with the greenback these days, or worth even more!)

Re:Hey! (3, Informative)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397721)

Another example of how Canadian customers get screwed: by charging 33% more for the same product (Our looney is at par with the greenback these days, or worth even more!)
Try crossing the Pond and buying stuff in euros or in UK pounds one of these days. You'll find that despite what the markets say, 1USD = 1GBP or 1EUR (at least, if not more).

The markup for US stuff over here can be quite astounding (but then we're all so rich we can afford to pay double the prices).

Re:Hey! (4, Informative)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397819)

Try crossing the Pond and buying stuff in euros or in UK pounds one of these days. You'll find that despite what the markets say, 1USD = 1GBP or 1EUR (at least, if not more).

You people in first world countries have it easy. In my third world country, buying ms office legally is twice the minimum wage. The nintendo wii is 1000$.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398787)

So you only have to work two hours to buy a copy of MS Office? In the US, working at minimum wage you'd have to work about two days to purchase it.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397823)

I know... Never ceases to amaze me... And provides multiple occasions to tease my gilrfriend (she's French) about the cost of living in Europe, where electronics (in general) are generally overpriced and overtaxed. I know where I'll be buying my laptop when we finally move over there!

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398311)

. . . Or maybe you're paying more in Canada to pay the GST everyone is so fond of . . .

Re:Hey! (1)

bouchecl (1001775) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398403)

. . . Or maybe you're paying more in Canada to pay the GST everyone is so fond of . . .

Quoted prices in Canada do not include taxes (GST + Provincial Sales Tax). So the product sold for $60 CAN would end up costing something like $68, with taxes.

Re:Hey! (1)

bfree (113420) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398353)

A quick check of two sites for retail stores here in Ireland put the price at 52.50 (including 21% vat as people here always go on about sales taxes) which is about US$77, just about double the quoted US price.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397789)

Another example of how Canadian customers get screwed: by charging 33% more for the same product

I guess they were counting on your inability to do basic arithmetic, amply demonstrated by your 33% calculation.

Re:Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398367)

60$ X 2/3 = 40$. 33% more. Just depends on the view point.

Re:Hey! (2, Insightful)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398759)

No, $40 is 33% less, but $60 is 50% more. Yes, percentages annoy me too. Tools of evil manipulation, they are.

Flash home page (3, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397621)

Guess I won't be seeing that anytime soon. Too bad so many home pages are a flash only portal

These pictures don't look any better than the images I took with my old Intel digital scope, which has been gathering dust for about 5 years now.

Probably same or similar guts.

No wonder it's dusty. (1)

Erris (531066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398499)

my old Intel digital scope, which has been gathering dust for about 5 years now.

Wow, Windoze only with all sorts of issues. Check out the QX3 support page. [intel.com] Of course, you can's use it with Vista [yahoo.com] . Too bad, because it's a nifty scope [microscopy-uk.org.uk] .

This newer scope is cheaper and can be used with an ordinary TV or bt878 capture card.

Then again, you would be surprised by the quality of image you can get with a few simple lenses and an ordinary digital camera. Binocular lenses make for nice macro lenses. The front lens gets you closer to the subject and eyepiece lenses make good macro lenses. Good quality surplus microscopes are also available for $100 or so.

what's with all the xmas linkage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397629)

Keep linking all the ads you like ... I have a feeling there won't be a ton of servers getting crashed this year.

or nerdy niece??? (2, Insightful)

rukidding (931503) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397645)

...your nephew or nerdy niece would probably freak over


Can we stop this! We need more women in high-tech. Girls can be interested in tech without being nerdy. Innovation requires diverse backgrounds, please reword this.

Even: "...nerdy nephew or nerdy niece..." would be better. At least its equal.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (2, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397669)

Yeah and on top of that, the coolest toy you could give a kid for Christmas is a simple computer and teach them to do a Linux build. Imagine the shock on the faces of friends and teachers when your kid tells them what he/she did over Christmas break.

Microscopes, eh.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

crazed gremlin (978591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397687)

Shock? What shock? Nobody will know what the hell the kid's talking about. Sad, but true. I know from experience.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (4, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397741)

Shock? What shock? Nobody will know what the hell the kid's talking about.
The shock will likely be on the kid's side anyway when he finds out that none of his friends talk to him anymore and when he finds himself stuffed in his locker at the end of most of his schooldays.
Damn nerds speaking gibberish.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397755)

Shock? What shock? Nobody will know what the hell the kid's talking about. Sad, but true. I know from experience.

Then take them bowling for one day, too.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (4, Funny)

deniable (76198) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397761)

Nah, if you want to shock teachers you need to give him plutonium, preferably weapons grade. That'll shock them. So will a stun gun.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397863)

Kids these days - expecting stun guns to be preassembled? Why, in my day you'd build your own with a 9V battery, a fuck-off big capacitor and some other odds and sods scrounged from the technology block!

(Someone in a few years below me actually did this. If you saw him wandering along with a bunch of components and two pokey-out wires in his hands, you'd run away. Very fast. Oh, and someone else built a xenon flash-tube driver for his GCSE technology project. Decided to test it with his fingers, sans flash-tube. Ouch! I did the sensible thing and build a robot...)

Re:or nerdy niece??? (2, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398287)

Nah, if you want to shock teachers you need to give him plutonium, preferably weapons grade. That'll shock them.


You gotta watch out for that, or this might happen [gocomics.com] ...

Re:or nerdy niece??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397849)

What fantasy world do you live in where 10 year olds give a shit about Linux? What a sad existence...

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

Simon Carr (1788) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397943)

Slightly more fun than brushing your teeth.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398355)

And install Flash on the damn thing so the kid doesn't have to suffer like the grandparent poster.

Re:or nerdy niece??? (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398013)

I also find the wording in the summary disturbing and depressing.

OLPC (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397673)

The ultimate gift of this season: OLPC [laptopgiving.org] .

Not only are you giving a great educational device, but you're also helping some child in the developing world. Perhaps a good time to introduce your nephew to philanthropy, too.

Re:OLPC (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397713)

The ultimate gift is to give time to your kids, neices, nephews. Take them somewhere they want to go, help them do something they want to do. Yeah, the OLPC is pretty good, too.

Re:OLPC (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398115)

I ain't payin' the nigger tax!

Nothing really beats... (3, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397691)

Nothing really beats giving your nephew a hooker for Christmas.

Re:Nothing really beats... (3, Funny)

deniable (76198) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397745)

Nothing really beats giving your nephew a hooker for Christmas.

What would he do with a rugby player? Protection racket?

Re:Nothing really beats... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398053)

Who said anything about a rugby player dipshit? He said a hooker. You know, a prostitute? A bitch that sells fucks for money?

Re:Nothing really beats... (2, Funny)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398133)

Well, props to you for spotting that he was working a flanker.

Re:Nothing really beats... (1)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398489)

I think you blind sided the AC a bit there, old chum - very fly!

At least three-quarters of the world would have got the reference - the USians are obviously a bit (self-)centred, believeng themselves to have a lock on the world of sport.

:P

Re:Nothing really beats... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398349)

This tread is way over your head. Please return to digg.

Re:Nothing really beats... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397807)

Too true.

Currency (3, Insightful)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397729)

Odd that its $60 CDN when the currency is equal now.

Re:Currency (1)

slashhsals (1190687) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397759)

Maybe it's just marketoid magic currency greed at it's finest and they're simply screwing Canadians.

Re:Currency (1)

Dr Caleb (121505) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397843)

Indeed, they are. And they think we don't notice.

Probabally give some lame 'shipping costs' excuse, when the thing is made in China.

Re:Currency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397973)

I'm currently shopping for a new car, and I'm seriously considering buying in the US and going through all the hassle of paperwork to "import" it back to Canada (even though some of the models I'm considering are actually built right here in Ontario). I've gone into a few dealerships here and told them there's a price differential of 30 or 40% on the exact same fucking vehicle ... they just shrug their shoulders and say there's nothing they can do.

Getting screwed for $20 on a kids' toy is one thing. Getting screwed for $10K on a car is another thing entirely.

Re:Currency (1)

freedumb2000 (966222) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398143)

It's the same here in the EU and these days its actually not a big hassle to re-import a car, The car manufacturers of course did not like that and tried to prevent dealerships from re-importing cars. It went before the EU courts and now the law is clear, re-imports are perfectly good.

Re:Currency (1)

Harold Halloway (1047486) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398097)

Amazon in the UK are selling the Eyeclops at £34.95. $40 US currently converts to around £19.50, give or take. I suppose we should be grateful that the £/$ parity phenomenon doesn't apply in this case, as so often it does elsewhere.

Re:Currency (2, Informative)

slim (1652) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398217)

Odd that its $60 CDN when the currency is equal now.
Hint: consumer prices do not track currency fluctuations. Obviously each affects the other, but in complex ways. For one thing, the price of an item has more to do with what people are willing to pay, than how much it costs to produce, and for another, neither retailers nor customers would like it if a product changed price every week depending on the state of finance markets.

(Of course there are exceptions, such as motor fuel, seasonal food, etc.)

Re:Currency (1)

billcopc (196330) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398443)

It's not odd, it's called greed, a very common and well-understood mental illness most often found in people of low national fiber.

I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397777)

I for one welcome our bionic-eyed overlords.

photoshop (1)

loconet (415875) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397795)

The kid's hand holding the EyeClops on the website somehow seems disturbingly older than the face.

Re:photoshop (1)

nowhere.elysium (924845) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398377)

That's because it's a stupendously amateurish job. I just love the mild irony that a toy that's allowing someone to look closely at a thing, has been advertised with an image that doesn't bear up to the same scrutiny...

Re:photoshop (1)

Uusilehto (1114317) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398721)

More likely, the advertising people realized that they couldn't fit an eyeclops AND a child's head into the same photo, resorting to the use of an adult hand to make the thing look like it could actually be used by a kid. Seriously, the thing is huge. Just look at the youtube video and compare proportions to the website photo!

"Brain dead simple"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397801)

Not only is this a shitty turn of phrase, I'd rather my kids learn to use a real microscope.

The quality is ok, (2, Informative)

philicorda (544449) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397837)

but it looks the same as my web cam when I screw the lens out really far.
I've done this and the close up pics I get are as high magnification and in focus as the ones taken with this microscope.
I know this as many of the pictures linked to in the article are of the same things I looked at, like coins, hair on your arm etc.

I kinda expected more if the optics were designed specifically for a microscope.

How it's better than a webcam. (1)

Erris (531066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398543)

I kinda expected more [than a webcam] if the optics were designed specifically for a microscope.

Did your webcam have built in ring illumination? Do you have your old computer? Does it work with your current version of Windows?

Canadian Price (1)

Beached (52204) | more than 6 years ago | (#21397907)

So, last time I looked the American dollar was number 4 on the list next to Canada, Euro, and Pound at number 1. So I guess they won't be selling any up here at a 50% penalty for shipping an extra 100km. Right now 1 Canadian dollar is worth 1.026 american.

I guess companies still like to think that the US dollar is worth twice as much.

Re:Canadian Price (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21397967)

I guess companies still like to think that the US dollar is worth twice as much.

Or maybe they've seen too many Canadians crowing on the intarweb about the loonie being on par with the dollar and say to themselves, "Screw those guys, if they want it they can pay more."

Money shot. (4, Funny)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398017)

Check out the money shot.

It's not that kind of money shot. When I read that, it made me think of what I would have been doing if I got one of these when I was a kid. I would have looked at my butt on TV.

Re:Money shot. (1)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398155)

If you look at the related videos, you'll see that someone did indeed film his jizz.

$40US/$60CDN? (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398071)

The Canadian and US dollars are at par, yet there's a 50% premium for Canadian customers?

What a rip-off!

- RG>

Why $40 US, $60 Canadian? (1)

sk8king (573108) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398095)

The Canadian dollar hasn't had that kind of disparity for years and for the last month, the Canadian dollar has been at par with or higher than the American dollar!

The American price should be the same as the Canadian price. I suppose the price should be a little higher than the $40, but $60 Canadian is equivalent to paying about $63 American. I wonder which site I will order from.

Educational microcontroller kits (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21398193)

If the entire story is an ad, can the comments be ads too?

Maybe for a slightly older age range...
electronics kits updated for the digital generation [nerdkits.com]

one Digg user commented:
"I wish I'd had one of these as a kid :) Heck, Christmas is coming up... I just might have to forward this link to my wife."

nephew/niece? (4, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398249)

EyeClops is a cheap $40 US / $60 Cdn gift that your nephew or nerdy niece would probably freak over

I couldn't help but notice that the submitter is working under the assumption that all Slashdot readers are unable to get girls*, let alone have children of their own.

* The idea that Slashdot readers might be feminine themselves is practically a violation of dogma.

Re:nephew/niece? (1)

TheSkyIsPurple (901118) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398783)

>* The idea that Slashdot readers might be feminine themselves is practically a violation of dogma.

I can see where you'd get the impression that all SlashDot users are bastions of masculinity, but I'm sure a good chunk of the guys here are a little feminine =-)

Price disparity (3, Insightful)

Beerden (874601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398263)

I am boycotting stores like Toys-R-Us because they advertise openly that they cheat their customers. They have not adjusted their Canadian and US prices to reflect the current dollar values. How is it that a toy that sells for $40 US is also sold for $60 Canadian, when the Canadian dollar is currently worth $1.02 US? Corporate sociopathic greed, and this from a toystore!

Re:Price disparity (2, Funny)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398523)

Modded flamebait by a touchy american who refuses to accept that his currency is in a nosedive. Heh.

Microscopes worked great for me as a kid (5, Funny)

throatmonster (147275) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398281)

Of course I was a nerdy geek and spent the time to learn how to use real microscopes. I examined a lot of things (including semen) and learned a lot of things (except, of course, the social skills needed to get the semen inside, or anywhere near, a female).

Article summary is misleading (2, Interesting)

Burning1 (204959) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398419)

EyeClops is a cheap $40 US / $60 Cdn gift that your nephew or nerdy niece
By Christmas, the cost will be $60 US / $40 Cdn.

; )


Re:Article summary is misleading (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398481)

Yeah hey I just noticed that - why is this thing more expensive in Canada?

Adverts (1)

Burnhard (1031106) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398491)

I'm becomming increasingly disenchanted with slashdot for allowing the posting of obvious adverts as threads. We had the c# memory leak detector "advert" the other day and now this. Do the moderators not have delete keys any more, or are they in it for the money themselves?

What was wrong with you people? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398635)

I always struggled to focus through a microscope as a kid

Uh, you turn the focusing knob until it's focused?

I had a microscope for my entire childhood. Never seemed to have a problem in this department. It was my very own tiny insect battle arena. :)

Bad gift (1)

KodeWizard (1190719) | more than 6 years ago | (#21398713)

It's gift like this that leads an innocent American kid into the unfortunate career of engineering and end up competing for the few low paying jobs with nerds from China, India, Rassia in 10 years... Don't do it! Or at least buy a Chinese language learning kit along with it. You nephew will need it.
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