How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
I know this is a real thing but it sounds like something they made up on the spot. Sounds more like Aperture Science than NASA.
Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws
It's ok, because the screen in my center console can pull up Facebook, so I'll just take my eyes off the road and read it there. Don't get me wrong, having a HUD in front of your eyeballs while driving is a terrible idea, but let's think about the big picture here.
Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance
While I'm glad someone is teaching these kids about personal finance, I feel like this is yet another subject that should be taught by parents. I took an elementary economics class in high school that also taught us how to make a budget and even balance a checkbook. However, I had learned these things several years earlier. I know nowadays more than half of Americans are in massive debt so perhaps parents wouldn't set the best example for their kids. Just makes me sad that this sort of thing is even needed.
How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?
10 years ago I was a full time college student and had classes and hours of homework to do. Now I have just a 40hr/wk job and a boyfriend who also enjoys gaming, so I definitely play more.
HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8
Wouldn't be surprised if they rebrand it "Windows Classic".
4K Is For Programmers
As a programmer and someone with terrible vision (Google "nystagmus"), ridiculously high resolution monitors are particularly useless for and even detrimental to my productivity. Yes, I can fit 10 programs on the screen at once, but none of that matters as I can not read the resulting size 6 font in each of those windows. I'll stick to my two, 20", 1280 x 800 goodies.
Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating
If you're upset/stressed/worried and just want to do something simple to make yourself feel a little better, the worst thing you can have happen is someone nagging you about not doing to one thing that you think would make you feel better. It's a good way to get someone more upset and a good way to end up with a broken phone.
Yota Phone Launches With Secondary E-Ink Display
One of the many features from my old Nokia that I miss. *sigh*
RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse
Wish I had mod points. My first thought was exactly this.
I wish my cell phone was...
I voted for faster, because more memory to keep up with my ADD brain is always good, but what I really want is a phone with some basic customization options. I upgraded to an Android from an ancient Nokia running Symbian and was sad at the lack of, what I considered to be, basic options. Things like changing the system color scheme (I have poor vision and light text on a dark background is best for me) or being able to independently control the volume/vibrate settings to every sound my phone makes (ie, different volumes for text messages, calendar alerts, system pop-ups, etc). These are all things my Nokia did, and I really took for granted. I find it sad that to be able to do these things on my Android, I would have to download individual apps for them or even jailbreak my phone. Also, there are several functions my Nokia does/has (calendar, to do list, Google maps) that are either far inferior or missing on my Android. I was under the impression these are pretty standard things, but I guess not. Yes, I know there are apps for everything, but I would like to not have to search for/download every single little thing I want my phone to do.
In an arcade with only the following games ...
I can tap buttons at home.
WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...
I know, I know, educating people on the dangers of high fat diets hasn't worked and people still flock to greasy burgers. So we get rid of the trans-fat so that when people gorge themselves on junk food, it's maybe just a little bit healthier than it would have been. Much like parents have to keep kids from gorging on Halloween candy instead of just leaving it out and expecting the kids to keep some self control.
Now, I am not the healthiest of eaters, but I'm also not overweight. I rarely eat fast food, but when I do, I want a big, greasy meal. I used to love Micky D's fries but now that they got rid of the trans-fat oil, they just don't taste the same to me. In that regard, I wish they still had full trans-fat oil for those of us who can actually resist eating it for 98% of our meals. Oh well. I guess us good kids have to play along with the rules to keep our sloppy siblings under control.
Do You Need Headphones While Working?
I do some monotonous computer work so listening to podcasts and documentaries on YouTube helps pass the time. Most of the time however, it's to drown out all of the obnoxious people around me. I work in one of those large rooms with cubicle walls that don't reach the ceiling so you can hear EVERYTHING. And there are a lot of talkers here. And they rarely have anything meaningful to say.
Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads
Yes, lets have random candy advertisements flung at diabetics and ads for peanut butter shown to people who would die if they ate it, just because they happened to walk by the shelf (which is not hard to do in a grocery store). The people handing out free samples of crap food that I don't want are annoying enough. I don't need to have the shelves themselves haranguing me about what to buy! The entire store is one giant ad already! Why do you think things come in brightly-colored, shiny packages? They get your attention! You learn color patterns and associate foods with certain labels. And if things are on sale, it generally says on an eye-catching tag under the item. Why do I need a shelf telling me that Oreos are on sale when I can see the bright red "SALE" tag right under the bright blue Oreos package? Geez!
My productivity peaks between...
I seriously have the best thought process and more eureka moments in the shower than anywhere else.
Longtime Linux Advocate Don Marti Tells Why Targeted Ads are Bad (Video 1 of 2)
My favorite is always when I am shopping for gifts online. I look at many items (and possibly purchase a few) most of which, I have zero interest in for myself. However, because I happened to look at them, suddenly there are banner ads everywhere for items I want nothing to do with.
I also have this issue with work. I work for a biotech company and we order our products from a few usual lab supply sites. Sometimes I see banner ads for the same things. If I'm at work, ok, but I already have that information because I was just on that company's site earlier. If I'm at home and just happened to look at something (maybe from an e-mail) then biotech banner ads are plastered all over my personal computer for a week. Sorry folks, I'm not shopping for lab supplies at home.
A lot of targeted ads just don't work for the way I browse and it makes me laugh at them.
My favorite brand of snake oil is ...
I just... I mean.... How? How can people even think that they would do anything at all? (also insanely jealous I didn't think of such a simple way to swindle millions out of their money).
DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions
for the movie Contagion?
Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car
I would dearly love to be able to get to/from work (~30 minute each way commute) without having to waste an hour every day with the non-productive task of driving. It is a huge waste of my time. It potentially solves other problems as well like helping handicapped people, reducing drunk driving, freeing up huge amounts of non-productive time and more.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You're the first person I've seen pick up on the points of self-driving cars that most people gloss over. I am very blind and, on a good day, might be able to qualify for a daytime-restriction licence. That means that, in the dead of winter, I might have about 6 hours where I can actually be out on the road driving. If I have an 8-hour/day job, that means I have to find other ways to get to work and I have to coordinate running errands/visiting friends with daylight hours. At that point, why would I have a car if I can't really use it for half the year. Why don't I just take a bus! (which I do). Now, while I love public transportation, commute times can be frustrating. I live about 6 miles from work, which requires a car commute of about 15 minutes. However, the bus to travel the same distance can take up to 40 minutes due to many stops (it's a very busy route).
Letting someone else drive is great. I do work on the bus or read a book or whatever. Sometimes though, I am limited in my activities due to crowds (seriously, I can't even open my laptop on my lap sometimes) or noise (try reading when there's a load of screaming kids on the bus). I would LOVE to have a vehicle that could get me to work, without me having to drive it, and would not make 27 stops along the way.
On the productivity point, imagine what this could mean for living situations. So live a 2-hour drive from where you work? So what (other than fuel costs of getting the car there and back)? Instead of spending 4 hours a day driving, think of it as spending 4 hours in a mobile living space. Watch TV! Work on a puzzle! Video chat with people! Surf the web! This technology could really go somewhere (no pun intended).
Nintendo Announces 2DS Handheld — Plays 3DS Games In 2-D
Does anyone else think the 2DS kind of looks like the Tiger Electronics handheld games from back in the day?
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