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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

daryl_and_daryl ITO - indium tin oxide (123 comments)

  has been around about the same amount of time,

- it does not suffer from the curse of spilled milkshakes or other liquids, as led's do
- it does not suffer from IR light from the sun coming in through the windows
- it is cheap
- it does not suffer from flexing or bending like a plastic bezel
- it is also now known as a touch switch, and there is an off the shelf IC to make it work, and it is cheap

2 days ago
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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

daryl_and_daryl The late '70s just called (123 comments)

They still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Also, there is no touching involved in this technology.

It does not work well if your fingers are transparent either

2 days ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

daryl_and_daryl Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (275 comments)

Myth Busters do not really bust myths, usually they use a sample size that is too small.

They typically are not testing for only one variable.

And the entire thing with using 'artificial' rain producing a false negative, that just made my head hurt.

The show kinda makes Wikipedia seem like a reasonable data source.

2 days ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

daryl_and_daryl knitting needles (275 comments)

Knitting needles are allowed, but screwdrivers longer than 7 inches are not permitted in carry on luggage. (7 inches from end to end, when assembled).

Now I have to go file down all the handles on my screwdrivers.

2 days ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

daryl_and_daryl Re:Chainsaws? (275 comments)

But if it is a 2 stroke chain saw, the bottle of oil can only be 3.2 ounces

2 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

daryl_and_daryl Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

I agree that recording is / should be allowed.

But there does need to be a way to maintain context in the recording.

Perhaps an extreme example:

A bad guy shoots a cop. The moment after he drops his gun.
A bystander starts recording, with only the bad guy in the frame.
The bad guy says "I don't have a gun, don't shoot me."
The cop shoots the bad guy in the head, clearly killing the bad guy.
Bad guy falls to ground, with most of his head missing.
Bystander stops recording.

WBFF Fox45 in Baltimore gets recording - Plays entire recording on the air. - Riots ensue

Entire event takes 7 seconds - Recording takes 5 seconds

Recording shows cop killing an unarmed man - who had said he had no gun.

While the entire recording is true, it needs to be placed in context.

( Insider Info: Annapolis is a better tourist destination than Baltimore. In Annapolis you just get a parking ticket with each visit. )

5 days ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

daryl_and_daryl Re:Conspiracy theory in 3...2...1.... (114 comments)

Mercury is reflective - so the more the better

also, fish scales are reflective, so dead fish floating just might improve conditions

5 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

daryl_and_daryl Re:Not a cargo ship (116 comments)

almost as if they are stationary

about a week ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

daryl_and_daryl On the internet ... (190 comments)

no one knows if you are a dog or a "high value consumer."

What is next, chess playing computers ?

"What no one was anticipating is that the bots are extremely effective of looking like a high value consumer."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

daryl_and_daryl Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

I agree with your thoughts, and your ASIC example is great. The only problem is that this still overshoots the question of where an ASIC is found by several orders of magnitude.

Anything that you are going to make 500 000 or so is worthy of an ASIC.

Digital Watches, which are a pretty neat idea, were using ASICs in the 70's.

The bit of silicon under that blob of epoxy would not be useful for anything else. It was an Application Specific Integrated Circuit.

Your fridge, washer, cordless phone, cell phone, tv remote, color changing led night light, and just about anything else electronic you can point to has one or more ASICs inside of them.

Silicon wafers are expensive, and always have been. The reasoning behind an ASIC is that you can use less real estate on the wafer, so your costs per unit come down. The only 'downside' is the development costs.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

daryl_and_daryl Re:This is a good thing. (699 comments)

Kickstarter link , please

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

daryl_and_daryl Are FaceBook posts a credible source ... (436 comments)

for anything? [ Citation Needed ]

Do we need to call the suicide hotline for every teenager that says they want to kill themselves on FaceBook ?

Should we involve the Police in every post that speaks of wanting someone dead ?

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

daryl_and_daryl Re:Define "counterfeit" (35 comments)

Grey Market dealers ( and Dell service centers ) prefer the terms 'burned-in' or 'pretested.'

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

daryl_and_daryl Re:Oh good (907 comments)

So I blow my Cap'n Crunch whistle into the passenger door speaker, while holding the negative pole of a magnet over the hall effect sensor for the back driver side tire pressure monitor, and then what ?

about 3 months ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

daryl_and_daryl Re:Not surprised (150 comments)

You will find many cases where this is not true. Items with prior art are often patented with the hope that throwing enough at the wall, with enough lawyers will overwhelm someone who is not in a financial position to respond in a timely manner, to the suit.

about 5 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

daryl_and_daryl Re:They will, without a doubt, die... (923 comments)

My friend / neighbor is a mad scientist, and very difficult to shop for at X-mas. This would make the perfect gift.

1 year,17 days
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

daryl_and_daryl Unix is a failure ?? (773 comments)

So you are saying that Apple is admitting that Unix is a failure?
Unix and its functional derivatives are considered very successful by most. What are you using as a metric to define 'failure'?

about a year ago

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