Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
My first Lasik was done back when the procedure was considered "experimental". Then later I had it done again on the same eye. Before I laid down on the table, they were testing the laser on something like a block of wood with copper mesh. Sparks were flying, IIRC.
Having studied the Therac 25, I asked them if they ever had to reboot the machine. "All the time" they said. Yikes.
Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood
I got curious about this, and found a handy chart on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate
According to the fatality data, the US is worse than Australia, Germany, France. But it's also worse than Italy, which when I was there seemed pretty bad in terms of the things you mentioned. But in my experience it all pales to India, which, sure enough is much worse than all of those countries. :)
Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results
I had some kids in a class I was teaching invent an umbrella that used a closed system of two connected canisters, one on each end. The liquid inside (I forget which) was chosen so that when heated it became *more* dense, causing the sun-ward side to be heavier, turning the umbrella toward the sun. It seems that sort of passive system is possible, if you wanted to go down the invention road. :)
Where Does America's Fear Come From?
From what I can tell, nakedness drives American fear.
Why Project Flare Might Just End the Console War
Full disclosure: I work for NVIDIA on cloud gaming.
I was as skeptical as you about the latency. In this interview. Phil Eisler talks about 200ms of XBox + TV latency that people live with every day. (See page 2) If that's our target, then that's pretty doable, since with strategically located data centers you can get the network latency down to 20-30 ms.
In the work we're doing, we're actually focusing more on hitching in the game than latency, since the latency isn't as big a deal if you're say in the Bay Area where one of our test clouds is. Heck, I played Trine2 from the east coast and it was very playable. I wouldn't play BF4 across the country, of course. :)
There are plenty of other risks with the idea, but I wouldn't put latency at the top of the list.
Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture
I smell a conspiracy to pollute our precious bodily fluids. Or communists. Or something.
Hugh Pickens is Slim Pickens' son.
GNU Make 4.0 Released
SQL is being replaced with NoSQL DBs + imperative code. Want a join? Code up a couple of loops.
How long before makefiles get replaced with something imperative? Is there anything else widely used that's declarative?
Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS
Come to think of it, if I remember correctly, "iterate in the living room" is something my wife and I used to do before our daughter was born.
And now you're lucky if you "iterate" in the bedroom, with the lights off, on your birthday.
Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers
> They don't use proprietary chargers.
Eh? Have you ever tried charging a iPhone with a "normal" USB charger?
Why PBS Won't Do Android
So what's your answer? They shouldn't have any app at all? If they added an Android kickstarter campaign to their next funding drive, would *you* contribute?
US Academy President Caught Embellishing Resume, Will Resign
Interesting idea, but it sounds a lot like affirmative action, with the same problems.
Mount Everest Gets 4G Connectivity
Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers
Learning that my pacemaker runs Java?
Seriously though, here are some things I've heard:
- Software written by a bunch of graduate students was going to be used in surgery
- Windows NT used to control a ship
- Invalid software models used to "prove" that the foam that hit Columbia's wing didn't cause damage
Flaws In ZRTPCPP Library, Used In Secure Phone Apps
First he shoots a poor kid during his neighborhood watch, then writes a library with security vulnerabilities? Sheesh.
The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens
Besides being able to drink a nice beer, you can be sure that you won't see phones out at the Alamo Drafthouse:
AMD/ATI Drops Windows XP Support
3) ... or you're Chinese.
Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death
I remember back in the day AltaVista was the only search engine which allowed you to use + and - to fine-tune the results. Before Google's pagerank that was the best you could hope for.
EPA Makes a Rad Decision
And here's what matters to you: that radiation you expose yourself to by being made of carbon has no measurable affect on your lifespan, or anyone else's.
We'd all live to be 200 years old if not for that nefarious C-14!
NIMH Distances Itself From DSM Categories, Shifts Funding To New Approaches
I hear the problem with the research is that the rats gain intelligence and escape the laboratory at NIMH. It's a secret, so you may not have heard about it.
Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?
Unless you have kids. In that case take the extended warranty -- you are the outside of their distribution.
On the FIRST DAY of having our iPad I walk in on my toddler standing on top of it. WTF WOULD POSSESS HIM TO DO THAT? I enjoyed all of 2 hours of clear screen. Now GMail looks like a haunted house.
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