Man Has 75% of Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Materials
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...
Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity
Did someone call for JamJam?
US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option
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
I like to watch the stars ...
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....
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I found a way to enable the old design just go to http://slashdot.jp. It looks great, is fast, just a little more difficult to read if your Japanese is rusty...
IBM Makes a Super Memory Breakthrough
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.
Stuxnet Worm May Have Targeted Iranian Reactor
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...
Skype Files For IPO
Vonage's IPO was a disaster with their stock price dropping +20% the following day of their IPO. Investors sued and Business 2.0 Magazine awarded that IPO as the 14th of 101 Dumbest Moments in Business for 2006.
I wonder what measures Skype has taken to mitigate such risk?
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...
The Role of Human Culture In Natural Selection
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.
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ATMs In Antarctica
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??
Netflix Will Delay Renting New WB Releases
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?
The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza
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.
What Do You Look For In a Conference?
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.
Taking Showers Can Be Harmful To Your Health
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...
Anti-Spam Lawyer Loses Appeal, and His Possessions
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
Netscape Founder Backs New Browser
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.
Arizona Considers Selling Capitol Buildings
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...
One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night
While not a large number,
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.
The Bling of the Ancients
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.
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