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MIT Creates Superhydrophobic Condiment Bottles

ACAx1985 True progress means... (292 comments)

Now the product will cost more to use this technology. Don't worry, you'll still be getting the same 8 ounces of product, but it's okay that they charge you more because you'll finally be able to use all 8oz!

more than 2 years ago

Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

ACAx1985 Totally useless (212 comments)

iOS 42. is totally useless for iPhone users until it gets jailbroken. Stay away like the plague until it's jailbroken and stick with 4.1

more than 3 years ago

Ray Ozzie Quit... What Took Him So Long?

ACAx1985 iTunes (224 comments)

iTunes is more "bloated" and "worse" than any Microsoft Office app I've ever used.

more than 4 years ago

AppleTV Runs iOS, Already Jailbroken

ACAx1985 iPhone4 jailbreak, anyone? (299 comments)

Can someone PLEASE jailbreak the new (August/September purchased) iPhone4?

more than 4 years ago

3 Drinks a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

ACAx1985 Stress. Sex. Social. (470 comments)

I can talk about my circle of friends/fellow students in college. Alcohol is used to relieve stress.. much like a cigarette. Alcohol leads to sex for most teenagers/mid-20s men and women (and I suppose older, but this commentary is from my own experience), a healthy activity -- that also relives stress. Alcohol is social. A more social person is shown to also have a healthier life versus a non-social person. Alcohol is a huge part of teenage/mid-20s life in New Jersey, especially enrolled at a university -- and I imagine most American life.

Are there better options for a healthy lifestyle? Exercise, diet, etc? Absolutely. But when you look at all things evenly at the end of the day, it does not surprise me that alcohol is a positive part of life for most people.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 4

ACAx1985 Divx support? (1184 comments)

Huge selling point will be Divx support. Obviously, it will need a jailbreak.. but even with a jailbreak, my iPhone 3G can't properly play Divx.

more than 4 years ago

Accidental Wii Suicide

ACAx1985 Almost as bad: the journalism (1343 comments)

In the face of an absolute tragedy, the journalism is almost as bad. Using these sort of horrible incidents and making absurd connections to gain hits/views/attention on a news article is absurd.

"Three year old shoots self with gun" or "Nintendo causes kid to commit suicide" .. one is a more accurate description of a real event, and one is journalism exploitation.

If you own a gun, you don't leave it near a kid. A kid means anyone not responsible enough to know the consequences of pulling its trigger -- this may mean up to 18 years old, if the situation so warrants. To leave a real gun, loaded and ready for shooting, within reach of a three year old should be a criminal offense. The father didn't pull the trigger, but he might as well have.

Ever see a three year old? Ever see a three year old pull/grab/touch/suck/eat/play with EVERYTHING in sight?

more than 4 years ago

Can Bill Gates Prevent the Next Katrina?

ACAx1985 SIMPSONS did it! (380 comments)

SIMPSONS did it! SIMPSONS did it!

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

ACAx1985 Re:What to do with a broken 16GB iPhone 3G? (770 comments)

Hopefully they come down. It looks like its $500 for one of the new models if I'm already on a contract.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

ACAx1985 What to do with a broken 16GB iPhone 3G? (770 comments)

So now that there is a $200 16GB 3GS, what do with a recently cracked (but completely functional) 16GB 3G? Repairs are $200+ .. throw it out a window?

more than 5 years ago

Game Companies Face Hard Economic Choices

ACAx1985 Gameplay * (511 comments)

Gameplay > (Expensive) Graphics

Gameplay > (Expensive) Movie License

Sure, you'll sell the big Spiderman name or pretty graphics to a handful of ignorant parents, but in the end your game will succeed or fail based on the quality of its gameplay.

When you've mastered the gameplay, and you can majestically combine graphics and movie license, then you have a truly stellar game. See: GoldenEye 007.

But you can't neglect the gameplay for any reason, or else you end up with titles like Superman 64.

more than 5 years ago

Gmail Adds 5 Second Send Rule

ACAx1985 More importantly, a feature for cell-phone texting (281 comments)

Google, develop something for my iPhone that makes me solve a series of differential equations before I'm allowed to send out a text message after 11PM.


Or maybe just.. "Hold your iPhone level for 60 seconds if you would like to send this message."

That'd solve 95% of my relationship problems.

more than 5 years ago

Strip-Search Case Tests Limits of 4th Amendment

ACAx1985 The Real Issue Here: How To Empower Children (1240 comments)

I know all too many children who simply follow the orders of adults. I also know too many children who never follow the orders of adults. A middle ground must be reached to teach kids that in some situations, you must refuse an adult. Some children are simply so passive that is unhealthy and/or dangerous.

If this victim would have been empowered (from her parents and/or from her education system) with the knowledge and confidence to prevent this, she would have been much better off.

I think THIS is the real issue at hand.

Of course, the events that transpired are indeed a crime and need to be handled by a court, but I'd like to see the outrage directed towards making sure children are taught not too so blindly obey and to fight for their human rights when necessary.

Let's prevent this from happening again with more than just a legal precedent.

more than 5 years ago

Latest World of Warcraft Expansion Blocked In China

ACAx1985 Re:Skeletons? (165 comments)

Can anyone post a link to facts/discussion about the Chinese avoiding the number four, death, skeletons, etc? I've never heard of this--I'm fascinated.

more than 5 years ago

Detecting Click Tracks

ACAx1985 Re:Not (really) tempo and not editing (329 comments)

One thing TFA suggests (and a comment or two here) is that click tracks are necessary to allow digital editing. That's not really the case and isn't the reason people use clicks. You can sync an editor to a live track and in any event, if you need to push or pull an off-timed beat you can just adjust manually or snap to grids with accuracy in the hundredths of a beat in Protools or whatever. And its not drummer tempo consistency. The vast majority of pro drummers are perfectly tight and the human ear enjoys their slight variations in timing (although My Chemical Romance got rid of their first one for it among other things). No, the real reason that clicks are used 9 times out of 10 is where there are sequenced keyboard, bass line or percussion type parts and the click is used to keep the drummer in time with the pre-programmed parts.

Regarding My Chemical Romance, I grew up seeing them live in basements. Their new drummer is worlds better than their old one.. they used to suck live because of their drummer's inability to keep time properly.

more than 5 years ago

Detecting Click Tracks

ACAx1985 Thursday - Common Existence (329 comments)

Check out drummer Tucker Rule on Thursday's new album, Common Existence. I'm pretty sure he's playing to a click, but they feel raw.. and the recording of the drums is also money--the drums sound like DRUMS, not synthesized beats like most pop music. You can hear the skins.

more than 5 years ago

New Medical Disorder Linked To Gaming

ACAx1985 Mario Party for N64, anyone? (224 comments)

When I was about 12 I destroyed the palms of my hands playing Mario Party 64. There was a game where you had to spin the control stick with your palm really fast to wind up a flying Shyguy. It came to the point where the activity not only tore holes in skin but also the gloves I wore to do it. Outrageous.

more than 5 years ago



What are the ultimate computer accessories?

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  about 2 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "Wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, wireless game controller.. what other accessories would you add to your laptop or desktop to make it the ultimate entertain machine. Wireless HDMI? What else is out there?"

Ask SlashDot: Accessing my PC in Any Room of the House?

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "I have a desktop computer in my bedroom that I need to access and control from any room in the house; at the very least, I'd like to access it in the living room (separated by about 4 feet of drywall). Besides running an HDMI cord through the wall from my desktop to my TV, what other options exist? What sort of wireless mouse/keyboard options exist, too, to access this content?"

How to control and display Desktop computer from a

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  about 3 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "What is the Slashdot preferred way to control and display Desktop computer from any room of the house? The obvious solution in one room is to just connect via HDMI and then use wireless USB keyboard/mouse.

How about for multiple rooms?"

Guitar Hero meet... Guitar Villain!

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "Multi-platinum Canadian rock group Billy Talent will release a Guitar Villain special edition of their new album on July 14. The special edition two disc set will contain a guitar-free mix of the album in addition to the album in its entirety, encouraging fans to play along. To facilitate this, Billy Talent is including guitar tabs for every song on the album. What do you think of this Guitar Hero-approach to selling albums? Is piggybacking off of Guitar Hero and Rock Band's success a move in the right direction for the music industry?"
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Add S-Video to laptop?

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "I have an older laptop with no S-video output. Is there anyway to upgrade the laptop (through PCMIA?) with an S-video out? Are there any options besides purchasing a new laptop?"

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  about 8 years ago

ACAx1985 (989265) writes "This site http://www.junkfoodblog.com/2006/11/taco-bell-offe rs-lifetime-tacos-for.html > is reporting that if you give Taco Bell a PS3 (which will be donated for charity), they will give you a lifetime supply of Tacos.

From the article:

"The lifetime of Taco Bell food is actually the equivalent of $12,500 in Taco Bell Bucks. It's not actually a lifetime of food, though, if you ate that much Taco Bell food, you just might die before you consume it all.

To participate in this, a Playstation 3 owner must contact Taco Bell via e-mail at: tacobellnews@tacobell.com

The first person to respond, based on the time the email is received, and then sends their PlayStation 3, will be awarded the Taco Bell Bucks. Offer expires December 1, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. PST.""

ACAx1985 ACAx1985 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ACAx1985 writes "The last remaining large archive of guitar tabulature has been threatened by the MPA; Ultimate-Guitar's response is that they will not succumb to the threats:

"Ultimate-Guitar.Com website is absolutely legal tablature archive which activity is based on a Russian Organization on Collective Management of Rights of Authors and Other Rightholders in Multimedia, Digital Networks & Visual Arts (ROMS)' license. ROMS is the national Russian organization providing professional collective management of authors' property rights and protection of interests of rightsholders in cases of use of their works in digital interactive networks, including the Internet. We pay royalties quarterly thru ROMS."

Link: http://ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news /ultimate-guitarcom_the_last_stand.html"


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