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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

bugs2squash Re:dealing with the unknown (102 comments)

it's an ingredient in diet coke

about a week ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

bugs2squash Re:Under two minutes of bullshit (69 comments)

What's this search nonsense ? It has pre-computed solutions for a number of scenarios, why not just look up the scenario based on the detected failure directly.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

bugs2squash Re:That's great (78 comments)

Given that tape data storage refuses to die, I too have to wonder why there is not optical tape. Anyway, with this paper available, my 16kbyte ZX81 RAM pack is beginning to look dated, they could print it on a large postage stamp.

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

bugs2squash Limo (205 comments)

I always wanted the glass screen option, once the fighting starts I just raise the screen and enjoy the peace.

about two weeks ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

bugs2squash Re:Token Ring is dead. (83 comments)

barely any link layer is shared today though, hubs are dead and gone (or at least hidden in cupboards by people who think they need them for packet sniffing). MIT's solution seems eerily like a Chris Christie plan to eliminate congestion on the NJ turnpike.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

bugs2squash Re:Why fly over a war zone? (752 comments)

These events bring up so much I don't know or had not thought about. I hear from the radio news that radar makes it pretty easy to pinpoint exactly where the missile was fired from. Whether the world will ever get two answers that agree from the various radar operators covering the area and whether they will tip their hands to exactly how much they can resolve is a different matter, but it's interesting to me that radar coverage is that good. Another thing that gives me pause for thought is just how well equipped are the crazies in this world (for various definitions of crazy). For all I know it may be damn near impossible to fly long haul without coming into the theoretical range of at least one bad guy with a good missile system.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

bugs2squash Re:Cynically I expect (151 comments)

If it's in Scotland wouldn't it be space whiskey ?

about two weeks ago
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Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

bugs2squash Re: Not such a big problem (74 comments)

That seems unlikely to me unless there are special circumstances.

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

bugs2squash Re:Prior art (468 comments)

I don't know, the pictures of the outside of the enterprise from "into darkness" looked pretty much like it has a thick optically corrective lens in the bridge, to make the birds of prey look bigger (they are only really 2" long, a tragedy of scale for the Klingons).

about three weeks ago
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Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

bugs2squash Re:Failsafe? (468 comments)

Exactly, the plane has windows in it and a pilot in it so that passengers will get in it.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bugs2squash Nothing to worry about officer (702 comments)

See the 3D printer I'm bringing aboard works just fine.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bugs2squash Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Maybe someone else has already pointed this out, but there seems to be a lot of focus on the mobile device working and little focus on a stand-alone battery. I have a stand alone USB backup battery that I can charge my phone with and it's bigger than the phone, but it's just a battery "powering it on" just makes a blue light come on.

Presumably this means they'll want the phones to go through alone in their own tub too, that will increase the length of lines for the X ray by 30% or so.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

bugs2squash Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

What if you disparage someone for their choices ?

about a month ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

bugs2squash Re:Great (104 comments)

Or anything that can see light through the office window.

about a month ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

bugs2squash Re:IPv6 (104 comments)

I have to wonder why they need an IP address at all, a MAC address would suffice if you are always on the same LAN (which you would be if you're under the lamp). I wonder when we'll need to go to 128-bit MAC addresses.

about a month ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

bugs2squash Options (104 comments)

It would have been interesting to see the light itself powered using PoE and have it forward the LAN traffic optically. Presumably the LED itself can cycle on and off and be a receiver during the off period, or be coupled with a separate optical receiver for the return path. I see that now IT security needs to be more involved with the lighting management !

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bugs2squash Re:Atheism (1330 comments)

No, I just don't believe I need to make up stories about a god, or to believe in other peoples made up stories. And I especially don't believe that morality can only come from the make believe god.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

bugs2squash Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Which I think points to it not really being about religion. After all, in a way this debases christianity, the christians don't want to think of pets going to heaven because they seem incapable of belief. Now we're to believe that just beyond the pearly gates there's a hobby lobby ?

No, this is just another dig at anything Obama says and another way to prolong the debate about abortion to keep the cash flowing instead of actually taking commonsense steps to reduce the number of abortions.

about a month ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

bugs2squash So what if cabbies vent (273 comments)

London cabbies have a history of spouting right wing horseshit continuously as they drive you along, it doesn't seem to have the lasting effect on the passengers that the mayor fears.

about a month ago

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robot projects for K-5

bugs2squash bugs2squash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugs2squash (1132591) writes "Some of the parents of kids at my son's elementary school would like to set up a robotics club for the children. I see that Lego has a new line of robotics bricks called wedo and that seems to be the path of least resistance to doing something. But I wanted to ask...

What experience do all y'all have of running a robotics club for this age group (5 thru 10 years-old) and what factors made it a success (or failure) ?

Did you use a commercial kit of parts or brew something from scratch ?

What kind of projects work well with kids this age ? — I was thinking maybe making robot flowers (yes, I know they'd all rather build robotic sharks with lasers)"

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