Zibodiz (2160038) writes "Years ago, I worked at an electronic retailer, and learned from experience that Linksys routers had the best lifespan. I also saw the fewest issues with compatibility from other brands of adapters. D-Link was decent quality, and Netgear had about a 25% return rate.
Since that time, the landscape has changed immensely; Linksys has changed hands twice, Netgear is now often recommended as a quality choice, and Belkin has shown up on the scene.
I now own a small computer repair shop, and have been selling early Cisco-made Linksys routers successfully without any returns at all (I've only sold a couple dozen, but I've also been using them in my home and business), but those are no longer available. I only want to sell routers that support the N-standard; beyond that, features don't matter, as most of them are sold to little old ladies who just want WiFi for their new iPads. What brands have a good track record of stability, longevity, and compatibility these days? Reviews always talk about features, but rarely talk about real-life experience; what have yours been?" top
Waterproof tablet with fan cooling that works underwater
Zibodiz (2160038) writes "Hidden within Fujitsu's autumn lineup for Japan was another waterproof tablet, but this one had something a little different — an extractor fan that still works underwater. The 12.5-inch QH77/M will need it, because it runs on Intel's 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor, which (nearly always) requires a degree of cooling." Link to Original Source top
Zibodiz (2160038) writes "NASA has confirmed a surprising, counterintuitive discovery. The inferno known as Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, has water. Frozen water. Three news research papers based on data obtained by the Messenger spacecraft show undeniable evidence—"clear results" as the project's director calls them.
Zibodiz writes "Many here on Slashdot are actively in support of GMO studies, and hence probably don't want to support an anti-GMO documentary. If you want to see what 'the other side' has to say, without funding them by purchasing the DVD, the new documentary has been released online for free until Saturday, 9/22/12. From the site: When the US government ignored repeated warnings by its own scientists and allowed untested genetically modified (GM) crops into our environment and food supply, it was a gamble of unprecedented proportions. The health of all living things and all future generations were put at risk by an infant technology.
After two decades, physicians and scientists have uncovered a grave trend. The same serious health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets that have been fed GM foods are now on the rise in the US population. And when people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), their health improves.
This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future." Link to Original Source top
Zibodiz (2160038) writes "The sounds many animals make are determined by their genes—they don't have to learn them. Humans, on the other hand, have all sorts of languages and accents, stuff we pick up from those around us. We're not alone. Whales, elephants, songbirds and bats also listen and learn. Now there's literally a new kid on the block: goats. Because baby goats learn to bleat just like the kids they hang out with. So finds a study in the journal Animal Behaviour. If you were a goat, the authors say, those different 'accents' might be a good way to identify outsiders." Link to Original Source top
'Holographic' desk allows interaction with virtual
Zibodiz writes "The Sensors and Devices group at Microsoft Research has developed a new system called HoloDesk that allows users to pick up, move and even shoot virtual 3D objects.
It's about the size of a filing cabinet and is made up of an overhead screen that projects a 2D image through a half-silvered beam splitter into a viewing area beneath. A Kinect camera keeps tabs on a user's hand position within the 3D virtual environment, a webcam tracks the user's face to help with placement accuracy, and custom algorithms bring everything together in (something very close to) real time." Link to Original Source top
Zibodiz writes ""Cisco Systems emerged from 150 days of restructuring on Tuesday as an aggressive competitor, laying out some of the problems that led it to make changes, while saying its rivals are in even worse predicaments.
The dominant networking company started to streamline its operations and refocus itself on a few core businesses earlier this year after posting disappointing financial results. The subsequent restructuring shut down its Flip consumer camcorder unit and other businesses and eliminated 12,900 jobs, with almost 23,000 employees moved in the process. Executives laid out some more details on Tuesday at Cisco's annual financial analyst conference in San Jose, California.
Cisco's five areas of focus now are its core routing and switching business, collaboration, data-center virtualization, video, and tying these elements together in an overall architecture."
Perhaps the most interesting thing to me is that Cisco had 12,900 employees that were doing things other than "routing and switching, collaboration, virtualization, video, and...architecture"." Link to Original Source