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Stanford Bioengineer Develops a 50-cent Paper Microscope

Verdatum Image of it in use (83 comments)

I had to do far too much wandering about to find a simple image of the thing as it is to be used. Hope this helps someone: http://imgur.com/RzvY6nf

about a month ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Verdatum Re:Prior Art? (63 comments)

Projecting specifically onto the fingers in the realm of augmented reality, thus requiring tracking the fingers' position as they move, and then gauging when each portion of the fingers is touched for the sake of alphanumeric input is a specific innovation. And it certainly extends beyond laser projected keyboards.

It is at least a kinda clever idea, unlike many patents we hear about on /.

about a month ago
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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

Verdatum Re:7th Guest 3? (66 comments)

I doubt we'll get a good answer on this. But Sanger's involvement was my number one question when I first heard about efforts to make a T7G3. I was really bummed to hear it wasn't going to work out. The replacement guy is obviously very talented, but still...The music isn't just a character of its own in those games, it is practically a lead role...

about 2 months ago
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The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

Verdatum Re:What about gays and lesbians? (509 comments)

I think GP misspoke, but it doesn't mean that it wouldn't be interesting to see how homosexuals compare with heterosexuals of the same sex in this quality, in addition to looking at transgendered.

about 4 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

Verdatum Of course, you know what this means (419 comments)

17 years from now, someone will write a listicle mentioning that graduating high school seniors have never seen a Blockbuster Video Store.

about 5 months ago
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ESA 'Amaze' Project Aims To Take 3D Printing 'Into the Metal Age'

Verdatum Re:Scary Implication... (74 comments)

Yes. For the low investment cost of, say, $250,000, you can own a machine that laser-sinters metal into something that will allow you to make most parts of a gun with the possible exception of the springs. Or, you could ya know, buy a gun on the black market for a couple hundred.

about 6 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Verdatum Re:collapsable comments (1191 comments)

My fingers were crossed hoping for this. I've always sorta figured that /. always had collapsible comments, I just wasn't clever enough to figure out what I needed to click to collapse them, and was too lazy to look into it...

about 6 months ago
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Saturn's Tidal Tugs Energize Enceladus' Icy Plumes

Verdatum Out of context... (27 comments)

This is one of the filthiest subject lines I've ever read on /.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

Verdatum Don't (418 comments)

Walk away. Just walk away.

about a year ago
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Microsoft-Built Smartphone Could Irritate Hardware Partners, Harm Nokia

Verdatum Re:I can see it now ... (100 comments)

It pleases me that this is the first comment.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

Verdatum Re:Generalization (388 comments)

As a software engineer, I hope/intend to age well, but I don't think I would age well at all if I was working at the DMV counter. But I believe that's a digression.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

Verdatum Re:Generalization (388 comments)

Fine, a heuristic then.

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?

Verdatum Generalization (388 comments)

You cannot disprove a generalization by way of counterexample. Certainly, lots of old programmers are wonderful. They read the latest developments and new paradigms, and work to understand whether they are appropriate or not, and they have lots of experience that lets the quickly detect problems or avoid paths that will become future problems...But lots of them also just get burnt out. They haven't learned a thing since college, and/or they just want to put in their hours and go home until they are able to retire. Until someone does a survey that compares age and software development apptitude (which would be a really hard thing to do well), it's a valid archetype to watch out for. I fully expect I'll have to prove I'm one of those exceptions to the "rule" when I get to be an old coder.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Verdatum Re:It's Halloween (712 comments)

I used to be a big fan of india ink, until I spilt a jar...boy does it ever make a mess.

Traditional india ink was often just lamp-black (carbon) mixed into gelatine and water. It behaves fairly similar to blood, with problems of globs, dry tip; you just learn how to work with this until it's second nature. Sorta like how gel-ink pens refuse to write unless the pen is held at just the right angle (which, I think partly because of my weird lefty grip, I've yet to figure out). Blood seems to flow a bit better using natural quills as opposed to metal nibs. So long as you dip the pen in alcohol or diluted acetone and blot it dry, on ocassion, it's really not too bad to write in. If you really wanted non-coagulating ink, you could always add coumadin. Just don't eat it or you might, ya know, die.

The problem with blood is that over time, it deteriorates until only the tiny traces of iron from the hemoglobin remain visible. This can be pretty difficult to read.

Oak gall ink is lots of fun. It's neat to see it change color as it cures.

about a year and a half ago
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Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power

Verdatum Re:Not another one... (110 comments)

Also too bad that, like all the "battery breakthrough" articles, this one has no real content beyond a bunch of unsubstantiated claims and the name of a startup company with nothing but a placeholder website.

I'm not quite as quick to call bullshit on this claim as I am with the articles claiming to solve the energy crisis. I spent four years writing code for modules that interacted directly with bastations, but without even a taste of a technical explaination why there is something wrong with the amplifier, it's a coinflip.

I wish this sort of journalism came with citations, so I could no for certain whether the author is dumbing things down to avoid scaring away the non-technical audience, or because they are lazy bastards who copy-pasted a press release without bothering to investigate if there was any validity to the claims.

about a year and a half ago
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Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

Verdatum Re:Glenn Beck is a fucking moron. (413 comments)

"Whatever he is now"? He's the "Mad prophet" Howard Beale from the movie Network. Which was a pretty clever idea to steal, ratings wise. He has unashamedly admitted this relationship in the past.

about a year and a half ago
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The US Navy's Railgun Program

Verdatum Challenges (321 comments)

Articles on these types of "futuristic" technology projects so rarely take the time to explain the challenges involved in making it a viable tool. This article did. That was refreshing.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

Verdatum Re:Acoustic soundproofing panels FWIW (474 comments)

Long way to scroll for a serious answer. Wow.

Adding to this, there is a wide variety of acoustic soundproofing panels. Modern professional soundproofing panels are often made from melamine foam, cut to different shapes to best absorb different waveforms and frequencies. For the hacker, you can make these yourself by cutting up bits of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers.

I had similar problems with my recently purchased house. I found that a lot of the noise was actually due to amplification from echoes in my house. If you find that acoustic foam isn't the decor you wish, you can also benefit quite a bit from putting up fabric tapestries. Quilts also do a fine job.

Beyond that, your mind eventually starts to tune out the noise. So long as you aren't trying to record audio, this does a surprisingly good job.

about a year and a half ago

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Netflix' Altered Web Interface given 1-Star rating

Verdatum Verdatum writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Verdatum (1257828) writes "Entertainment Weekly is one of many sites reporting the strong negative reaction from users of the new Netflix web interface. The new interface presents larger title images at the cost of visible ratings and the "Sortable List" view. To see a suggested rating or view details, one must now first hover over each individual title.

Netflix announced the new interface on Wednesday, in an official blog post. So far, the post has received thousands of negative comments, but only a few dozen comments by users believing the change is an improvement."

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