Dremel Releases 3D Printer
I like how one of the first two things the family in the picture printed appears to be a polyhedral die. I think it's a d12. Very cool!
Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s
The summary doesn't explain well, but TrackingPoint isn't a robotic gun or anything like that. It is a system that uses rangefinders and other sensors built into a scope that allow a user to designate a target, and then, when the trigger is pulled, only allows the weapon to fire when it's aligned with an optimal firing solution. This lets novices shoot on target at extended ranges. They've previously done this with bolt action rifles, but apparently they've developed it for use in AR-15s, as per the article. Here's a link to their page about the original system: http://tracking-point.com/prec...
Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Heh, back in high school one of my lenses fell out toward the end of the period and I had to walk to my next class without my glasses on before I could fix them. Until then I never realized how annoying it was getting hit in the eyes by the wind from my movement. How do people without glasses live?
Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records of New Yorkers
Don't forget our illustrious governor, who refuses to communicate with his staff via email, favoring phone calls and Blackberry Pin-to-Pin messaging instead, so as to sidestep records laws. I'm glad he's kept up on his promise to be the most transparent administration in state history.
Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch
So you're telling me that if somebody gave you a $120,000 yearly salary in return for doing absolutely nothing (or, to look at it another way, whatever you damn well please) you would turn them down? Because only a narcissist would take the money? "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm not a narcissist. I only accept gifts of rainbows, sunshine, and feelgood vibes."
If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap
That is the Republican way. That is why anyone that isn't racist supports raising the limits.
So I take it that the Democratic way is increasing imported wage slavery, then calling anyone opposed a racist? How progressive of you.
New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
But how do you tell the difference between them?
US Wants To Build 'Internet of Postal Things'
Since the idea is to connect and/or monitor everything (or at least many or most things) to a network, maybe it should be called the "Internet of Everything" instead?
California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought
When you are done, you need to cool that same water so that will take land and cooling equipment.
My understanding was that most distillation desalination plants used the incoming sea water as a heat sink for the condensation, eliminating the need for cooling equipment and recycling some small amount of heat energy.
Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks
Sadly, I have actually met people to whom this idea is a foreign concept. In one particular case the fellow I was discoursing with actively stated that he didn't see the problem with regulating everything, essentially. I wish I could find the conversation to get an exact quote. Presumably people like him are why the Library of Congress has lost track of the number of lines in the United States Code.
Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law
There's no way of knowing whether Jobs, had he lived and been healthy, would have faced charges, especially since he was a recidivist.
Based on the context I'm guessing they've taken "recidivist" to mean "a rich and famous person". Funny, I'm not familiar with that definition.
In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records
Like that bastard Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York! He avoids email entirely in favor of phone conversations or Blackberry pin-to-pin messages, so there's no record of anything that goes on. Wait, no, he's a Democrat. Thank God, then, it must be perfectly OK.
Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences
Reminds me of Diogenes of Sinope:
When asked how he wished to be buried, he left instructions to be thrown outside the city wall so wild animals could feast on his body. When asked if he minded this, he said, "Not at all, as long as you provide me with a stick to chase the creatures away!" When asked how he could use the stick since he would lack awareness, he replied "If I lack awareness, then why should I care what happens to me when I am dead?"
Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points
Silicon Brains That Think As Fast As a Fly Can Smell
What's more, there are some apparently void elements in the circuit, but still the circuit stops working when these elements are removed.
Sounds like the textbook definition of the GP's, "[...] this bio-inspired stuff cannot easily be improved incrementally from seeing how it performs in practice.". I think that being able to improve things in that way is important, too, since these kinds of evolutionary processes are like rolling a ball down a hill to find the lowest point; it's good at finding the local minimum, but you don't know if you've found the best solution globally.
NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims
Perhaps the parent is referring to the information disclosed in this article: 9/11 Was 'Zero Day' in Intercepted Warning
Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead
It sucks enough hearing your doctor say you're going to die, but to hear it on the worldwide news? Damn.
I'll also bet that all the truck thieves in Mexico is getting a call from their mothers today, worried sick, wanting to know if they're OK.
Hotel Tycoon Seeks Property Rights On the Moon
The Moon is rather big, and therefore would take an enormous amount of energy to de-orbit or destroy it. If we ever get to the point, technologically, where we could do something like that then you'd have to be equally worried about that same catastrophe happening on Earth and ruining everything down here.
Demo of Prototype Virtual Retinal Head Mounted Display
Well, you could always blink, or just close your eyes.
UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor
What's the point of not being killed by hunger, when you get killed by an asteroid?
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