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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired

cmeans Re:Something like it already on KickStarter (30 comments)

I just happened to see it listed as a new project, and as I've done Audio Description in the past, it peaked my interest. Saddened that it hasn't garnered much support but maybe it's because others don't have confidence in the tech/implementation.

about a month ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

cmeans Anything that can be caught or farmed... (481 comments)

is probably fair game. Doesn't mean everyone is going to want to eat it...at that point it's personal preference (or what you're used to/were brought up with).

about 3 months ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

cmeans Re:Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (260 comments)

Thanks. I've learned something, and yes, this was much easier than Googling. Now I just have to Google to find out if you're blowing smoke up my kilt or not.

But, seriously....thanks!

about 4 months ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

cmeans Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (260 comments)

I know nothing about electricity other than the fact that AC and DC are different, so feel free to mod this down.

Assuming that our DC sources of electricity are already somewhat efficient, why don't we just have other things that use that current be DC as well?

It would seem that inverters loose some "energy" in the conversion process, which is why we need this Google like X Prize to develop something more efficient...so taking them out of the equation seems like it would be a good idea.

Is it just that we're so used to designing electronics etc. to use AC, or are there other benefits? and, if so, then why not put effort into designing AC sources of electricity?

about 4 months ago

Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

cmeans They buried the lead (162 comments)

Headline should have been: "Scientists gets Cocaine"

about 5 months ago

Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

cmeans Less than impressed (308 comments)

These are supposed to be technical people, but their email list subscription system doesn't work... It's happy to send me an email, but denies that my email address is in the system. Very disappointing. Makes me wonder how well they're going to be spending the SuperPAC money if their own systems work no better than anyone else's.

about 6 months ago

Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code

cmeans Revolution (the TV Show) (74 comments)

Feb. 27th, Revolution had code scrolling on the screen (yes they were debugging at light speed), but they stopped at a C function that did actually have a runtime bug that matched the story line (an unused/released C malloc). The only thing that spoiled it was that the same statement was missing a semi-colon, so the code wouldn't have actually compiled in the first place.
Oh well...it was nice to see some code that did actually match what the characters were babbling about...even if there were other things that they did that didn't make any sense what-so-ever to someone who actually understood what they were seeing on the computer screen.

about 9 months ago

Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

cmeans Re:passwords are not the issue (107 comments)

I store the secret questions & answers in my KeePass file, and I make sure to use suitably different answers from the questions being asked, so there's no correlation between the two...they're like additional passwords.

1 year,13 days

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

cmeans Re:Users... (473 comments)

We're a small shop...everyone wears many hats. They don't always fit, but we try to look fashionable :)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

cmeans Users... (473 comments)

And their ever changing specifications, indecisiveness, lack of comprehension of the time it takes to implement, then re-implement something, and their general reluctance to pay once it's done.

about a year ago

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

cmeans The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (322 comments)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first done as a radio show. Though I love the books, and the original TV show, they still didn't best my fond memories of the radio broadcast. It's probably just nostalgia, but it sure feels like it was the best way to bring Douglas Adam's vision to life. The movie sucked, not DA's fault. There's a reason they didn't release it until after his death. Do you know where your towel is?

about a year ago

Sequoia Supercomputer Sets Record With 'Time Warp'

cmeans Psychohistory (39 comments)

Finally, we can start computing where we're going to end up, and who/what we have to manipulate to end up somewhere else.

about a year and a half ago

Drug Testing In Mice May Be a Waste of Time, Researchers Warn

cmeans 9 out of 10 mice agree... (148 comments)

they shouldn't be used for testing. The 10th mouse is actually the inventor of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, and also has 42 good reasons to recommend mice as the perfect lab experiment creatures.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

cmeans Tweed or Herringbone... (432 comments)

A tweed or Herringbone jacket, and jeans should be enough. You can switch off on a collared shirt & T-shirt. I wouldn't bother with the tie either way.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

cmeans Re:Copyright infringement? (183 comments)

That clearly wasn't factored into the earlier posts.

about 2 years ago



AIM is now available via GMail/GoogleTalk

cmeans cmeans writes  |  about 7 years ago

cmeans writes "Ever since myjabber.org started redirecting to google.com (early November), I wondered if this was a hint that Google was finally going to start supporting other transports via it's Jabber / XMPP based IM service. AIM is now an option under GMail's Settings/Chat. I've not yet been able to log into my AIM account, but this is at least a start. Hopefully, MSN and Yahoo! transports won't be far behind."



Trying out MySpace.com

cmeans cmeans writes  |  more than 8 years ago I'm probably way out of their core demographic, however, lots of people seem to think it's a great place to expose yourself...so that's what I'm going to do...expose my...humor. (If I can find it...it's kinda small.)

Read my lame jokes, what do you think, should I quit my day job? My MySpace.

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