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Drones Could 3D-Map Scores of Hectares of Land In Just a Few Hours

Jon Abbott Re:LOL ... Scores of Hectares? (94 comments)

I suspect the majority of people haven't the slightest idea of what a hectare actually is -- I know I don't.

Just remember that 1 hectare is equal to 10.5 square femtoparsecs.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Jon Abbott Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

The uses are contrived and niche.

I found it interesting how the video for the Apple Watch showed it nagging the wearer to stand more, exercise more, etc... I don't think anything that nags the user like that will be broadly accepted.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Jon Abbott Technologic Systems (183 comments)

I just checked and they state that the TS-7260 draws half a watt minimum and 2W typical... I seem to recall it drawing even less than that though. Perhaps it was 200mA @ 3.3V which would fit within their spec.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Jon Abbott Technologic Systems (183 comments)

The embedded ARM boards from Technologic Systems are worth looking at also. I used a TS-7260 with a large enough SD card to install Debian with gcc and it worked great. It booted nearly instantly and consumed something like 100mA of current at 3.3V IIRC. It was quite a robust little box. There are newer and faster models than the TS-7260 at the link I provided above.

about 4 months ago
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Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Jon Abbott Re:I remember watching the disaster on television (207 comments)

I watched the final Challenger launch in person in Kindergarten from Orlando, FL. The teachers and aides let all the kids outside to watch the launch and then brought us all back inside without explaining what happened. At the time I thought that the SRBs were just taking a different path than normal. It wasn't until that evening that I found out from my parents and TV what had happened. To this day I have disdain for situations where misinformation or lack of information is happening.

about 10 months ago
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Development To Begin Soon On New Star Control Game

Jon Abbott A good target for mobile platforms? (160 comments)

From the Ars Technica article it looks like they are targeting PCs, Macs and console platforms for the new release of Star Control. To me it seems like mobile platforms would also be well suited for this game, as it shouldn't need the latest and greatest graphics capabilities. When SC2 was released, it could actually run on an underpowered 286, even though 486s were popular at the time. At the time that seemed to help its popularity, as pretty much anyone with a PC could play it.

about a year ago
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The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

Jon Abbott All it needs (127 comments)

All this needs is a microphone, loudspeaker and vocoder so you can convince all of the onlookers below that you are their supreme overlord.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

Jon Abbott Re:Is camping necessary? (173 comments)

Why not just open the blinds before bedtime and turn off the lights progressively at night... or whatever the magic is... that does this?

It may not be as simple as staying indoors and opening blinds or reducing lighting at night. The article I read yesterday (here) said the test subjects were exposed to 400% more sunlight when camping outside compared to their usual indoor environment... so sun exposure may also play a role. Considering that Vitamin D (which the body synthesizes in the form of cholecalciferol from sun exposure) acts contrary to melatonin levels (which spike during sleep), perhaps sun exposure provides a strong natural cue for the body's melatonin level to surge at sunset.

about a year ago
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

Jon Abbott Re: nature and consumers (358 comments)

Artificial banana flavoring is synthetic isoamyl acetate, amyl acetate and other compounds, whereas actual bananas likely contain hundreds of distinct flavor compounds. Isoamyl acetate by itself is often described as tasting like banana and pear, or Juicy Fruit. My guess is that artificial banana flavoring just isn't as complex as what bananas produce (no pun intended).

about a year ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

Great, thanks. It's definitely a drive from where I'm at but hopefully I'll make it out there sometime.

about a year and a half ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

No need to worry, I get plenty of spam already. Probably not as much as most Hotmail accounts get though.

about a year and a half ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:why are snowflakes symmetric? (79 comments)

Do you mind sharing where? I'm doing a photography book on Colorado and would like to include such a place. My email is i_love_junk_email at yahoo.com.

about a year and a half ago
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High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

Jon Abbott Re:Bad summary (79 comments)

Agreed. Humorously enough, as I read your post, I saw the mention of Canon, then looked at your username and remembered seeing the same username over at CanonRumors.com. I also frequent that site... small world.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

Jon Abbott Re:Autodesk Inventor (218 comments)

Better yet, if you have a Mac you can download Autodesk Inventor Fusion from the App Store for free, and it doesn't expire. Inventor Fusion is quite limited compared to the normal version of Inventor, but it's certainly powerful enough to create interesting/useful objects and export them to STL format for 3D printing. Trimble Sketchup is useful for starting to learn 3D modeling, however it isn't a solid modeler and as such isn't well-suited to 3D printing without using something like CADspan to convert the models to STL. The 3D warehouse in Sketchup is really impressive though and provides a great playground for downloading and working with preexisting models.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Trolls Win With Toxic Comments

Jon Abbott Re:not relevant here, fortunately (298 comments)

Very true. I haven't seen any "BSD is dying" posts here in a long time.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson Answers Your Questions

Jon Abbott Re:3D printers (51 comments)

Check out the Filabot.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Federal Court Rules For Patent Over Breast Cancer Gene

Jon Abbott Re:Perhaps someone can help me out here (160 comments)

Does this mean no-one else is allowed to test for that genetic sequence?

Effectively, yes.

about 2 years ago
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Interviews: Ask Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson What Won't Blend?

Jon Abbott The intro song (118 comments)

Was the intro song written specifically for the videos, or did it already exist elsewhere? It is very reminiscent of the The Price is Right theme song.

about 2 years ago

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Poll: My preferred unit of length is the...

Jon Abbott Jon Abbott writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jon Abbott (723) writes "My preferred unit of length is the:

Inch
Millimeter
Mile
Attoparsec
Fathom
Furlong
Light year
Cowboy Neal's Cubit Rod"

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