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Man Has 75% of Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Materials

JamJam Trauma (74 comments)

Trauma injury that caused 75% of the skull to be destroyed surely must have a huge impact on the brain. Hopefully the patient isn't in a vegetative state...

about 2 years ago
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Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

JamJam Re:Jammin' (805 comments)

Did someone call for JamJam?

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option

JamJam Conversion Costs vs Recovery Time (377 comments)

There a local program which describes the conversion costs and recovery time (in miles) for converting your vehicle to run on natural gas.

- The after market conversion leaves the existing gasoline system intact and adds the natural gas package to the vehicle. The installation of a natural gas system includes a cylinder that is mounted underneath, in the back of the truck or in the trunk of a car. One 70-litre cylinder equals 18 litres of gasoline and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

Cost Based on a typical ½ ton truck

$9000 - Conversion w/ 2 - 70 litre cylinders
$1.0090 - Gasoline Pump Price per litre
$0.4790 - Natural Gas Pump Price per Litre Equivalent of Gasoline
$0.5300 - Savings per Litre Displaced
$2.409 - Savings per Gallon Displaced

15 mpg gasoline mileage
$160.63- Savings per Thousand Miles

56,031 miles - Miles on Natural Gas Required to Recover Cost of Conversion

more than 2 years ago
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I like to watch the stars ...

JamJam With my SETI (106 comments)

I guess SETI@Home falls into the 'radio telescope' option. Of course I'm really listening to the stars for something other than a clue to my next horoscope....

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Makes a Super Memory Breakthrough

JamJam IBM R&D (164 comments)

Didn't RTFA to know this: At least IBM is still doing R&D, and has been for quite some time. That is usually the first budget item to be slashed in economic downturns and I am grateful that big blue (notice not capital B on those) is still doing it's part to better our computing environment. On a personal note I joined a banking company years ago, one of the reasons was because they had an R&D division (not to date myself but that was the Windows NT era). That was an early goal of mine to strive towards that division plus I liked the philosophy of the company that had a R&D aspect - you can grow your core business while still pursuing (chasing?) something big. As good or as bad as IBM is, it is still in the R&D game while living off, correct me if I'm wrong, it's mainframe fortunes.

more than 3 years ago
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Stuxnet Worm May Have Targeted Iranian Reactor

JamJam Siemens Patch Release (322 comments)

Taking the tin foil hat off, it almost sounds like a "Siemens Patch" for the PLC device - then that got me thinking, wouldn't this be an interesting way to patch other (zero day) vulnerabilities in MSFT, Adobe Reader, and other products? Maybe that would only help for Joe Public who is not patching their software anyway...

more than 4 years ago
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On Pennies:

JamJam One reason to keep the penny (594 comments)

I found using pennies an easy way to teach my kids the value of coins. Discuss the unit value of one penny, now if I give you a pile of 5 pennies it's a nickle, 10 pennies a dime, etc., then in reverse - they give me a nickle and I return 5 pennies.

After they understood the value of coins it was natural to move to how many dimes/quarters/pennies are in a dollar (or Loonie here in Canada).

So the penny has one good use...

more than 4 years ago
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The Role of Human Culture In Natural Selection

JamJam Natural selection gives way to human selection (337 comments)

It's not just humans impacts on themselves. Humans have become 'superpredators' speeding up the evolution of the species they hunt and harvest at rates far above what is found in nature. Hunting techniques such as bagging the biggest trophy animal to commercial fisheries where mesh openings in nets capture the largest while allowing the smallest to escape has impacted the natural selection process. Removing the strongest and biggest species from the gene pool has resulted in offspring characteristics such as reduced body size and lower reproductive age.

More info from this article

more than 4 years ago
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ATMs In Antarctica

JamJam What's the purpose of the ATM? (26 comments)

I'm assuming those stationed down there use internet banking rather than use an ATM to pay bills/check balance. So what's the purpose of the ATM, to withdrawal cash? Are there stores down there? cafeteria's to purchase food at? gambling? seriously what are they spending their money on down there. Additionally if the machines are getting serviced once a year then how is the cash recycled back into the machine? Is there an unwritten rule that you must deposit cash back into the ATM so that it's available for the next person to be able make a withdrawal or is the ATM's float large enough that it doesn't run out of cash in a year??

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Will Delay Renting New WB Releases

JamJam They still don't get it (418 comments)

These movie studios are still stuck in their old ways of doing things. They try to DMR content, for the longest time deny online streaming and basically go out of their way to stymie the consumer from what they want. Why are these studios having such a hard time moving to a new delivery model without imposing limits? Surely it's got to be more than just making an extra buck or two. Do they have a sense of entitlement and control over us?

more than 4 years ago
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The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza

JamJam Quite Fitting (282 comments)

First a /. poll on pizza and now this... I'm surprised though that there wasn't a reference to slicing different styles of pizza's. Thin crispy crust can really only be cut in triangles (same with stuffed crusts!) while the soggy sloppy pizza's would benefit from smaller splices. Of course size does matter so slicing an extra large pizza would almost always be sliced different from a smaller size.

about 5 years ago
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What Do You Look For In a Conference?

JamJam CO$T To Employer (186 comments)

What it really comes down to is that in a recessions companies cut back their training dollars. Think of it this way, if they just laid-off 10 workers then it generally does not look very good to send remaining employees on expensive training or conferences. Having said that, if the conference hours can be applied to maintaining a professional designation (i.e.: PDU's to maintain your PMP ) then you'll always get those people attending.

about 5 years ago
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Taking Showers Can Be Harmful To Your Health

JamJam Chlorine shower vapors (431 comments)

There's also talk of health risks due to taking hot showers. Supposedly that releases chlorine and chloroform gas creating a health risk, particularly for those with asthma. I guess that's why there are chlorine filters for shower heads. Then again a filter would likely be a breading ground for bacteria so pick your poison...

more than 5 years ago
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Anti-Spam Lawyer Loses Appeal, and His Possessions

JamJam How ironic (237 comments)

Having lost nearly all his worldly possessions James Gordon, rabid anti-spam fighter, managed to keep his prized can-opener for the cans of spam he will be dining on... nom nom non

more than 5 years ago
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Netscape Founder Backs New Browser

JamJam It looks like a browser, it smells like a browser (243 comments)

That article was so light on on content all that we can summarize is that RockMelt is another browser. A browser with a creative name, that has a "browser rock star" who is backing it, and one that has some new "plug-in" features with Facebook. So why am I lacking any excitement by this? Correct me if I'm wrong but it's not like Andreessen is a Steve Job's visionary or anything.

more than 5 years ago
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Arizona Considers Selling Capitol Buildings

JamJam Break the lease - Own the building? (301 comments)

So what if I buy one of these properties then break the tenants lease (pay a financial penalty or something) then I'd outright own the property? Would the building be zoned commercial or could I make one of these buildings into my house? or bed & breakfast? (which would great if I bought a jail)

Just thinking outside the box here...

more than 5 years ago
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One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

JamJam Doesn't include Blind people (612 comments)

While not a large number, WHO estimates that 314 million people are blind or visually impaired. So add that number to those who wouldn't be able to see the Milky Way.

more than 5 years ago
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The Bling of the Ancients

JamJam No Freezing (61 comments)

The drilling would be extremely uncomfortable without some sort of freezing. Coca leaves can cause numbing and would likely have been the herb used in that part of the world.

I would also not want to be the guinea pig used when they learned the structure of the tooth.

more than 5 years ago

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Barcode of Life

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Using barcodes assigned to unique DNA identifiers, scientists are working on a handheld scanner that would allow you to identify any plant or bug that you come across. Acting similar to a StarTrek Tricoder the handheld device would display the name of the species, its origin and an encyclopedic description of any living thing you touch with it. According to Barcode of Life Data Systems close to 80,000 species have already been assigned DNA barcodes with 500,000 to be added within the next 5 years."
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Boogie Babe Squashed but Awarded Millions

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "A Vancouver BC woman was flattened by a colleague twice her size who fell on her during a dance floor accident at a nightclub. She was out celebrating with colleagues the completion of her articling program after a dinner sponsored by the law firm where she worked. The accident left the 110 lbs woman with severe headaches and a brain injury that made it difficult to concentrate. She has been awarded 5 million dollars for loss of future earnings."
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The Lancet recants study linking autism to vaccine

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "The Lancet, a major British medical journal, has retracted a flawed study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease. British surgeon and medical researcher Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues originally released their study in 1998. Since then 10 of Wakefield's 13 co-authors renounced the study's conclusions and The Lancet has said it should never have published the research. Wakefield now faces being stripped of his right to practice medicine in Britain. The vaccine-autism debate should now end."
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Air Canada told to provide nut-free zone

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special "buffer zone" on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."
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Court pulls insurance award in sex accident claim

JamJam JamJam writes  |  about 5 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "The Supreme Court of Canada has taken away a $200,000 insurance award made to a Vancouver man who became paralyzed after a series of medical calamities arising from him having unprotected sex. The man was "accidentally" infected with genital herpes which lead to him being totally paralyzed from his mid-abdomen down. The Supreme Court deemed this a non-accident since the man was was aware that having unprotected sex could result in him contracting a sexually transmitted disease, although he did not actually know that any of the women had genital herpes."
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Most revolutionary videogames of all time

JamJam JamJam writes  |  about 5 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "The trailblazing games on this list are not necessarily the "best" games ever made or even best sellers. Some, like "Dune II" (1992), were out-and-out commercial flops. But they all have one feature in common--they changed the way people play. Some introduced innovative controls or enhanced graphics. Others defined a genre or expanded gaming to entirely new audiences. All altered the industry."
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Cheap Trick brings back the 8-track

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Cheap Trick new "album" is being released not only in CD and vinyl, but in a long-departed format as fashionable as Tang, bell-bottoms and porn-star mustaches — 8-track. Unsurprisingly, finding a manufacturer for an obsolete-format release of the Seventies superstars' latest wasn't easy."
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Rockstar Programmer - 8 levels to Nirvana

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JamJam writes "We have all come across bad programmers, those that turn what they code into spaghetti soup and great coders, those that can envision their code working beyond their own sandbox. CodingHorror loosely talks about the Eight Levels of Programmers. Are you a bad programmer, just an unknown entity in a large corporation, an average hack or perhaps a successful coder. People's self-assessment likely places them in a higher level than what they have really achieved. What it really boils down to is this: does your code get noticed or accolades from other programmers?"
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Advertising that watches you, too

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Guy ads for guys, girl ads for gals, and whatever ads for transvestites. Globe and Mail has an article on pro-active merchandising. Similar to the movie Minority Report cameras embedded in the screen displaying an advertisement sends a picture of you, the audience, to a system. The analyzing software determines the viewer's gender, approximate age range and, in some cases, ethnicity. Claiming 85-90% success rate in determining the audiences' gender the ads are then changed as appropriate. Now if only these systems could figure out my mood then maybe they'll know I'm more interested in an ad for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition rather than a motorcycle."
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Natural selection gives way to human selection

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes ""Humans have become 'superpredators' speeding up the evolution of the species they hunt and harvest at rates far above what is found in nature." Hunting techniques such as bagging the biggest trophy animal to commercial fisheries where mesh openings in nets capture the largest while allowing the smallest to escape has impacted the natural selection process. Removing the strongest and biggest species from the gene pool has resulted in offspring characteristics such as reduced body size and lower reproductive age. These changes are at a rate that is 300 per cent above the pace that would prevail in nature."
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Dell sues cybersquatters

JamJam JamJam writes  |  about 7 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Among trademark infringement and cybersquatting web addresses similar to those owned by them, Dell also accuses the defendants of "domain name tasting," which, under the policies of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), allows a registrar to register a domain name and place pay-per-click ads on it for up to five days to determine whether it will make money from those ads. If so, the registrar can then register the domain name for $6 per year. If not, the registrar is supposed to return the domain to ICANN. However, Dell alleges that rather than dropping the domain names after the five-day grace period, the defendants moved them from one registrar to another without every paying for them. The lawsuit had been filed without notice to the defendants and under seal so the defendants wouldn't have a chance to leave the country or remove or destroy evidence, court papers said"
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Lab scientists induce out-of-body experiences

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Nneuroscientists in Britian have figured out a way to reliably induce out of body experiences. "This is essentially a means of projecting yourself, a form of teleportation. If we can project people into a virtual version of themselves, just imagine the implications. The experience of playing video games could reach a whole new level.""
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DARPA funds laser-guided bullets

JamJam JamJam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JamJam (785046) writes "Bullets with wings? Both Engadet Engadeget and Wired are reporting a DARPA 7.5 million funding initiative for a revolutionary bullet. After all if one or two bullets will do the work that a folly of 100 bullets would then you really wouldn't need more than a couple of rounds per soldier."

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